Heather Hjelmstad directs the Ministry of Inclusion at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The MInistry of Inclusion exists to ensure that all young people at Lord of Life have the opportunity to participate fully in its ministry, regardless of physical or cognitive abilities.
To make this happen, Heather has worked to create a dynamic "Buddy" program that pairs trained individuals with young people who have special needs.
Heather is a passionate advocate and trainer. She, her husband Clark and their three children make their home in Maple Grove.
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