Our Staff

Our staff is devoted to the parish, because they believe in our mission of growing the Church, and forming growing disciples. Their role is to help provide an environment in which members can grow in their love of Christ, and use their God-given gifts to help others do the same. And they do this with a smile; after all, what we have to share is "good news of great joy." 

(Luke 2:10)

  • Father Paul Haverstock, Pastor

    Fr. Paul became our parochial administrator in 2020 and was installed as pastor on July 4, 2021. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Hebda in 2016 and spent his first year of priesthood finishing theological studies in Rome. Once back home, Fr. Paul spent three years as the parochial vicar of the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in Shakopee before being assigned to St. Gabriel.

    "There is no doubt in my mind that God’s providence has led me here. I grew up in Eden Prairie, but my family attended Zion Lutheran Church right here in Hopkins. Not once did I ever imagine that I would find myself back in Hopkins as a Catholic priest, serving one mile from where I was baptized. Only God could have planned this. I am delighted to be your pastor."


  • Deacon Francis Tangney

    Deacon Francis was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1996. Following ordination, he was assigned to St Joseph, and continues to serve St. Gabriel. In addition to assisting at Mass and preaching from time to time, he considers his main ministry assisting at funeral Masses and then joining the family at the cemetery for the burial prayers.


  • Deacon Darrel Branch

    Deacon Darrel has served at St. Gabriel the Archangel since 2013. He joined St. John the Evangelist in 1968, and was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2004. He and his wife, Chris, have a heart for walking with those in need,  especially by coordinating Loaves and Fishes (a ministry which serves free, healthy food to those in need four days a week at the Mainstreet campus), and facilitating support groups for couples who are struggling with infertility issues. They are also responsible for Baptism preparation and funeral planning.


  • Lori Thul, Parish Business Administrator

    Lori joined the staff at St. Gabriel in October 2018. She was the Parish Administrator at St. Anastasia in Hutchinson, MN, for 20 years prior. Lori holds an undergrad degree in fine arts from St. Catherine's, a masters in business communications from St. Thomas, and a masters in pastoral ministry from St. Mary's. She is also an Accredited Business Communicator with IABC. Needless to say, Lori likes to always keep learning, and has the goal of providing a firm foundation for St. Gabriel to achieve its gospel mission.


  • Eric Duffert, Parish Life & Operations Manager

    Before joining St. Gabriel in Feb 2022, Eric gained experience in office operations, travel sales, and student management with companies throughout the twin cities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in film and media arts from the University of Tampa and is an avid movie buff, trivia player, and music connoisseur. It was through the witnessing of his brother becoming a priest, a further deepening of prayer and study (and not to mention lots of help from the Holy Spirit) that led him to discern working for the Church in the mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been a joy for Eric to combine his burgeoning faith with his penchant for operational management and communications, and he is excited to be a part of St. Gabriel in this time of great change and growth!


  • Breck McGough, Director of Sacred Music & Liturgy

    Breck McGough started at St. Gabriel in May 2023, and is a singer, conductor, and composer whose works have premiered at national and international film and music festivals. He holds degrees in humanities, vocal music education, and composition and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in church music from Baylor University. Breck has been a church musician for most of his life and enjoys working with the community of St. Gabriel to cultivate a dynamic music program that emphasizes the beauty and depth of the liturgy. While not making music, he enjoys reading, running, and baking too much bread with his wife, Laurelin.


  • Andrew Allen, Director of Evangelization & Catechesis

    Andrew began serving at St. Gabriel in July 2021. He assists the pastor in the evangelization & catechesis of the parish. This includes implementing a pathway of discipleship, overseeing sacramental preparation, RCIA, youth/adult faith formation, and organizing retreats, missions, pilgrimages, and service opportunities.

    Andrew received his formation and education at the University of St. Thomas, receiving a B.A. in Catholic Studies (2009), and an M.A. in Theology (2013). From 2013-2021, he served as the Director of Children & Adult Faith Formation at St. Bartholomew in Wayzata. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Eloise and Lyla, in Plymouth.   


  • Jennifer Hill, Family Life Coordinator

    As Family Life Coordinator, Jennifer provides marriage preparation for engaged couples, as well as ongoing support for married couples & families as needed. 


  • Ingrid Inostroza, Latino Ministry Coordinator

    Ingrid began serving as Coordinator of our Latino community in August 2023 and has been a member of the parish since 2018. In addition to her responsibilities here, she has worked in education for over 15 years. She prefers to be contacted by phone and can be reached at 952-540-4770.