Good Shepherd Lutheran Church | Burnsville, MN

Barb Backer


Favorite Bible Passage: (It’s really hard to pick just one!) “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Why Barb wanted to work at GS: I have volunteered at Good Shepherd Lutheran church and school in many different roles for the 24 years my family and I have been members. When I decided to “semi-retire” I wanted to work where my time and talents would be appreciated and where I could positively impact others. Working in Kidz Club will gives me the opportunity to support the wonderful staff, students, and parents at GSLS.

Hometown: Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa!

Education: I graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City with a double degree in Business Administration and Business Education.

Experience: I hold 30-some years of administrative support positions (including 15 years at St. Croix Lutheran HS), 8 years part-time teaching adults (tech and community colleges), Discovery Toys education consultant, home day care, and thousands of hours volunteering for school and church events. To support the LES Lunch program on behalf of the congregation, I am a certified food service manager (MN Dept. of Health).

Family/Home Life: After a few years as an executive assistant, and a couple as a computer programmer, I moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area where I met my husband Warren. He was, at that time, the teacher and principal of a one-room school in North Richland Hills (Ft. Worth suburb). Our older two children were born there, Elisabeth (1989) and David (1992). In Fall 1993, we moved to the Twin Cities for Warren’s job with Target Corp., and landed at Good Shepherd, where we made many friends and enrolled our children in the LES. Our third child, Catherine, was born in March 1994. All three children graduated from Good Shepherd LES and St. Croix Lutheran High School. While our family has lived in Farmington and Apple Valley in the past, Warren and I moved to Burnsville in 2015.

God has blessed us in our marriage for 31 years and now we are “empty nesters.” David lives in Minneapolis; Elisabeth and her husband Tim live in Richmond, VA; and Cathy is a 5th grade & music teacher at Apostles Lutheran School in San Jose, CA. Warren and I enjoy traveling, camping, spending time with family and friends, watching movies and reading. We are active as members of the GS Praise Team, serve on several church committees, and coordinate church outreach and other events.

Barb’s philosophy: Each day is a gift from God. How we live it is to be our gift to others, and showing God’s love is always our job!