Staff Directory


Very Rev. Timothy Cloutier, JCL

Judicial Vicar

Fr. Cloutier is a native of the Archdiocese, born and raised in South Minneapolis. His family attended St. Kevin’s Parish. He entered St. John Vianney Seminary in 1973, then furthered his college-level studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, and from there entered the Oblates of the Virgin Mary’s house of formation near Rome, Italy in 1976. He studied in Rome for philosophy and theology degrees at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, obtained a Diploma in Latin Letters from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and his Licentiate Degree in Canon Law from the then Pontifical Atheneum of the Holy Cross. Father has done retreat work, specialized ministry with various groups within the Church in Italy, France, Austria and the United States, and served for four years in two offices of the Holy See before returning and being incardinated into the Archdiocese in 2001. After serving as parochial vicar for Immaculate Heart of Mary in Minnetonka and St. Raphael in Crystal, his most recent assignment before being appointed Judicial Vicar in July 2011 was as pastor of St. Mary’s in Waverly from 2003. He has also been an occasional adjunct professor of Canon Law at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul.


Rev. Mr. Nathan Allen, JD

Associate Judge

Deacon Allen was raised in Japan, where his parents were Protestant missionaries. He was received into full communion with the Catholic Church as a young man. Deacon Allen was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 2000, and served at the Cathedral of Saint Paul until 2006, when he began his current assignment as deacon at the Church of Saint Agnes in Saint Paul, MN. Prior to his appointment to the Tribunal in 2002, Deacon Allen was an attorney in private practice for several years, followed by four years as a legislative staffer for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Deacon Allen holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota, and has an indult from the Apostolic Signatura.


Ms. Lisa Bennett

Ecclesiastical Notary

Lisa was born and raised in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. She received her Bachelor's degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in 2002. She has been working for the Metropolitan Tribunal since 2001 as an Ecclesiastical Notary.


Mrs. Linda Botkin

Ecclesiastical Notary

Linda has worked for the Tribunal since 1984. Linda serves as an Ecclesiastical Notary on both First and Second Instance Courts.


Mrs. Christina Crow

Ecclesiastical Notary

Christina has lived in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis since childhood and currently resides with her family in St. Paul. She completed her Bachelor's degree in 1999 and is presently pursuing her Master's degree, both from the University of St. Thomas. She spent a number of years working for Campus Ministry at UST and for the Office of Marriage, Family and Life before beginning as an Ecclesiastical Notary for the Tribunal in 2003.


Mrs. Michelle Gerlach

Defender of the Bond

Michelle graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1997 with a double major in theology and Catholic Studies and a minor in classical languages. She began working for the Tribunal in 1999, first as an ecclesiastical notary, and now as a Defender of the Bond. Michelle serves on the appellate tribunal from her home in Bismarck, ND, where she lives with her husband and children.


Rev. Mr. Richard Klish, Ph.D

Director of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Associate Judge

Deacon Klish joined the Tribunal staff in 2002 as an Auditor/Assessor. He became an Associate Judge in 2003 and is now the Tribunal Director. He holds a Ph.D in English from Michigan State University and an MBA with a financial concentration from the College of St. Thomas. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 2000 and currently serves at St. John Neumann parish in Eagan, MN.

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Ms. Kim Larson, JD


Kim moved to Minnesota in August 1994 to serve as a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. After her year with JVC ended Kim worked full-time at her volunteer position, a non-profit agency serving children and families experiencing abuse and neglect. This experience led her to law school and she graduated from Hamline University School of Law in May 2001. Kim practiced in the areas of family, housing, immigration and disability law with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance and currently works for the State of Minnesota Judicial Branch. Kim joined the Tribunal as an advocate in October 2009.


Mr. Timothy McCarthy, JD


Tim is from Winona, Minnesota. He attended the University of St. Thomas and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Following a year-long internship at a law firm in Chicago, Tim returned to St. Paul where he attended law school at William Mitchell College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor, was admitted to the Bar in 1989, and has been practicing law in Minnesota since. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Chestnut Cambronne P.A. Tim, his wife, and four children are parishioners at St. Ambrose of Woodbury. Tim received his Decree of Appointment as an Advocate for the Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis on September 17, 2009.


Rev. David McCauley

Associate Judge

Fr. McCauley has served as a Judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal since 1997. He previously was on staff for the Tribunal in Fargo, ND beginning in 1986. Fr. McCauley's past experience includes being the Executive Director of the MN Catholic Conference from 1995-2001, and as Pastor of St. Ambrose church in Woodbury, MN from 2001-02. He served as the Pastor of St. Pascal Baylon in St. Paul until his retirement in 2009.


Rev. James McConville, JCL

Adjudant Vicar Judicial

Fr. McConville received a BA in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in 1986. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1990 after completing his M.Div degree from the St. Paul Seminary. He served as a Parochial Vicar, Theology Instructor and Army Chaplain until 2003, when Fr. McConville joined the Tribunal staff as a Defender of the Bond. In 2006 he completed a License in Canon Law (JCL) at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, where he currently works as an ecclesiastical judge and Adjudant Vicar Judicial.


Rev. Kevin M. McDonough, JCD


Rev. McDonough serves as a Judge.


Ms. Susan Mulheron, JCL

Associate Judge

Susan first joined the Tribunal as a student intern in November 2007. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with her B.A. in 2004, and received an M.A. in Theology from the University of St. Thomas in 2009. She earned her degree in canon law from the Catholic University of America in 2011, and rejoined the Tribunal staff as an Associate Judge that same year.


Ms. Nwazi Nyirenda, MAPhil, JCL

Associate Judge

Nwazi was born and raised in Zambia. She studied for her Bachelor's degree in Malawi before going to Kenya for her Master of Arts in Philosophy degree. She then taught Philosophy at the University of Zambia and the St. Bonaventure College in Lusaka, Zambia. Nwazi studied Canon Law at the Catholic University of America, where she earned her JCL degree. She gave philosophy lectures at the Prince George Community College in Maryland before joining the Metropolitan Tribunal in 2008.


Mr. Larry Price, JD, JCL

Associate Judge

Larry studied canon law at the Catholic University of Leuven, earning his licentiate degree in 1998. Before studying canon law he practiced civil law, earning his JD from the University of Miami in 1984 and gaining legal experience working for the Florida Attorney General and the United States Air Force. He has enjoyed an extensive teaching career at the University of Maryland, the University of Trier (Germany), Winona State University, and Saint Mary's University, where he has taught various courses in business law. He worked as a judge and director of the tribunal for the diocese of Winona for ten years before joining the staff of Saint Mary's University as a full time professor. Larry has been serving the Metropolitan Tribunal as a judge since 2010.

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Mr. Michael Reisbig, JD

Defender of the Bond

Mr. Reisbig serves as a Defender of the Bond.


Mrs. Cheryl Rutz

Ecclesiastical Notary

Cheryl joined the Tribunal staff in April 2008. Cheryl works in First Instance cases and assists in opening applications and generating the appropriate documents to move each case forward.


Rev. Mr. Gerald Scherkenbach, JCL

Defender of the Bond

Deacon Scherkenbach was ordained a deacon of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 1992. He holds a BA in Business Administration and Public Administration from the College of St. Thomas; MA in Theology from the University of St. Thomas; and Licentiate in Canon Law from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.. He has served as a part-time Defender of the Bond from 1996 to 1999. On March 1, 1999 he joined the Tribunal on a full time basis and served as an Auditor from March 1999 to April 2003; and a judge from April 2003 to August 2008, when he was appointed to serve as a full time Defender of the Bond. As Deacon he has been assigned to St. Bernard Church in St. Paul, Highland Catholic Community (now Lumen Christi) in St. Paul, and is presently assigned to St. Joseph Church in W. St. Paul.

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Mrs. Anna Verhoye


Anna serves the Tribunal as an Advocate.


Rev. Thomas Walker, JD

Associate Judge

Fr. Thomas J. Walker was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1990 after earning his M.Div. from the St. Paul Seminary. He also holds a BA in Mathematics from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. Fr. Walker currently serves as Pastor of Saint Ambrose in Woodbury, MN.