Although Pastor Jon grew up in Dobbs Ferry, NY, he soon found himself venturing to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where he graduated with a degree in History. While his journey for continued education brought him to Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Jon never imagined that he would one day follow in his father’s footsteps in becoming a Pastor.
After serving as an Associate Pastor in Wadena, MN and then at King of Kings, Pastor Jon was called as Lead Pastor at King of Kings. He has a passion for preaching and teaching God’s word, and for walking with people through the various stages of life. While much of his time is spent overseeing the life and ministry of the congregation, Pastor Jon continues to make time with parishioners a priority.
Pastor Jon lives in Woodbury with his wife Rachel and daughters Erin and Corbin. They enjoy watching cooking shows and anything else that seems interesting at the time.
Even though Pastor Jon spent most of his formative years in New York, he was born in Pittsburgh PA. While he was less than a year old at the time his parents moved him from the holy land, Pastor Jon still has a heart for his beloved Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. As he puts it, “The only thing better than Pirates are Pirate Ninjas.”
Liz, along with her husband and two children, love to watch movies while sitting all together on the smallest couch possible, go on bike rides, travel the world, read, play games, laugh until they cry, and spend time with family and friends.
With a passion for new ideas, always making things better, and laughter, Pastor Liz Eide leads with a heart for God and God’s people and a desire for all people to know God’s grace and mercy in their lives.
Liz has been in ministry in some form since college. She worked in partnership between Young Life and Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna and served the American Church in Berlin, Germany. After receiving her Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary she served a small congregation in Rhode Island as a solo pastor for seven years. Three years after her twins were born she and her husband felt the tug to move home to Minnesota. In September of 2009, Liz began as the Congregational Life Pastor at King of Kings. She currently oversees faith formation from birth to adult, new members, leadership development, and care ministries.
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Chris has been on staff since November 2005 and has coordinated our many worship volunteers and executed worship services from the front as well as behind the scenes. He received formal training in voice, piano, and choral directing (to name a few) while earning a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and in Sacred Music. Some of his responsibilities include directing both of our adult choirs; leading True North, our Sunday morning worship band; and training the next generation of worship leaders and musicians with our youth worship band, Cornerstone. In addition to music, Chris oversees the Technical Arts ministry, seeing to the audio and video needs of King of Kings for worship and more. He also works very closely with the Pastors in creating and writing sermon series and worship material.
Lisa helps to provide opportunities for our congregation to be the hands and feet of Christ locally and globally. With a heart for the hungry, Lisa serves as board chair of the local Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf and as event co-chair of the Feed My Starving Children Woodbury Community MobilePack. She loves evenings at home hanging out with her husband and two kids, traveling to new places, and watching James Bond movies over and over and over and. . . .
Dianne oversees the business operations of the church including facility, finance, compliance and legal affairs. The greatest part of her job is the ability to connect with members and sharing the candy that is always in her office.
Jane owned a design firm for 20+ years, but felt called to join the staff at King of Kings in 2013. Her role is to tell the story of King of Kings by overseeing all internal and external marketing, communications and design. She also builds strategies, develops policies, and sits on several teams. Jane has a passion for Chipotle, photography, painting and other creative things, but is really a math/science geek at heart.
Andrea has the best “job” in the world! As the Preschool Director, she is blessed to be able to work with preschoolers and their teachers every day. Watching King of Kings’ youngest students discover, learn, grow and develop in their faith is one of life’s biggest joys!
As Coordinator of Preschool-5th grade, Paula has the opportunity to help plant seeds of faith through Kids of the Kingdom and summer camps. She oversees a contingent of volunteers who work with the classes and programs. The Children, Student and Family ministry team’s vision is to bring faith alive to the families we serve. Paula is a “true” Minnesotan who counts down for days when there is snow on the ground and the local ski areas are open for skiing. When she’s not on the slopes or at church she’s busy waxing skis in anticipation of winter.
Dan joined King of Kings in mid-June. As a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris, he is ready to begin serving in his new role in working with youth. Dan has worked at summer confirmation camp throughout his college career and is excited to continue his ministry here! Dan loves all things nature, the Boundary Waters, reading, playing guitar in his spare time, and spending time with his wife, Laura.
Kelsey finished her Masters Degree in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry in May 2015 and is keen about helping leaders, students, and families find meaning in their faith and see where God is breaking into their lives. She coordinates and leads High School and Young Adult ministries, and spends her time developing student and adult leaders, building community with students, and planning events and weekly programs. When away from the church she can be found chasing after her lab/boxer puppy, Kirby, or playing games with her husband, Garrett, family, and friends.
Patty oversees the office area which includes helping the Pastors, staff and visitors. She also takes care of New Member classes, Baptisms, ordering supplies, fixing jams in the copiers and many other things that need to be handled within the office. Patty also serves as our funeral coordinator. One of the wonderful parts of her job is being there to help others and visiting with members and visitors.
Angie accounts for all the generous gifts given to King of Kings and makes sure all bills are paid on time. She also keeps track of the separate records for Holy Grounds Café and Ready, Set, Grow Preschool. She works very closely with the Director of Operations with anything related to finances. Being a number’s person, Angie LOVES doing Sudoku puzzles!!
Sue received her BSN at Winona State University a LONG time ago and she has been working as a Registered Nurse at a local trauma hospital for 28 years. She attended her first bible study at King of Kings 9 years ago and she was hooked! She became the volunteer co-leader of God’s GALS in 2009 and it is there that her passion for Jesus grew.
In January 2015, she enrolled in Seminary at the University of Northwestern St. Paul for her MA in Theological studies. Sue joined the staff at KOK in March of 2015, as the Connection Group Coordinator. Her hope is to eventually get everyone into a small group where they can grow their passion for Christ, learn to live out their faith and build friendships that last forever.
When Sue has some spare time between two jobs and graduate school, you will likely find her with her nose in a book and a coffee close at hand. She loves reading especially works of very old, dead theologians, and she is always working on a bible study. She loves to spend time writing devotionals to inspire faith in her blog called, On the Ottoman; Lessons I am Learning at the Feet of Jesus. Sue and her husband Dave have been boating on the St. Croix River for 27 years. She loves to spend time with Dave and her three kids, Ethan, Ike and Hallie. Sue loves to bike in the summer and watch “chick flicks” in the winter, but only with a huge bucket of buttered popcorn and a bag of gummy bears.
Beth is responsible for supporting worship teams during weekend services and for special services throughout the year to ensure the smooth flow of worship. She serves as the communication liaison between pastoral/worship staff and volunteer support staff. Beth also serves as a wedding coordinator for the church.
Elizabeth is responsible for supporting worship teams during weekend services and for special services throughout the year to ensure the smooth flow of worship. She serves as the communication liaison between pastoral/worship staff and volunteer support staff. Elizebeth is a die-hard Packer fan!
Lori is responsible for supporting worship teams during weekend services and for special services throughout the year to ensure the smooth flow of worship. She serves as the communication liaison between pastoral/worship staff and volunteer support staff.
Johnny is the lead custodian that takes care of the building and the needs of many. Some of the things he does for the church are build, switch, assemble, disassemble, reassemble, clean, sweep, dust, mop, wax, fix, break, glue, caulk, nail, staple, tape, move, install, maintain, fabricate, paint, sand, cut, drill, chop, wait for an answer, wait for a setup, wait for a sign, interpret someone’s drawing, decipher ancient writing on the back of a setup sheet, shovel, salt, reshovel, resalt, repeat, recycle, repair, replace, relax, pound, measure, figure out, set up, set down, set aside, hang up, throw away, scrape, unclog, write down, add, subtract, multiply, divide, check, double check, triple check, improvise, overcome, and adapt…
Sam works part-time as a janitor here at King of Kings and full-time at a marketing agency in Minneapolis. When he’s not cleaning toilets or writing advertising copy, he enjoys playing music, running (yes, for fun), and the irrational glory that comes with winning a pick-up game of ultimate frisbee.
The Church Council is responsible for setting church policy, making financial decisions, and providing spiritual oversight for our church. The congregation votes to elect the Church Council at the annual meeting on February 28 at 12:30 p.m. Congregation members are encouraged to come to every council meeting and voice their opinions on topics being discussed. Before attending a council meeting, please contact the Council President to be sure that enough printed material is available for visitors. The council meets monthly on the third Tuesday. See right for copies of approved council meeting minutes.
Council Contact: For more information about the King of Kings Church Council and how to attend an upcoming meeting, contact Council President, Gregg Grunewald at firstname.lastname@example.org