Chad Brekke —Lead Pastor
Returning home to Minnesota after serving 21 years in the vast mission field known as Pennsylvania. Hook, line and sinker sold on the unmerited, unwarranted, unexpected, undeserved grace of God revealed through Christ Jesus. Husband to Lori, my better half (much nicer, remembers everyone’s name, caring, kind, great baker…really, she’s just better) Father to Lydia and Clara. Tennis player, golfer, all sports really, competitive to a fault. Psyched and humbled to have my face added to those you see in this list of staff serving POP. We’re gonna run like we’re trying to win (Philippians 3:14)…you should join us!
Natalia Terfa —Associate Pastor
I’ve been at Prince of Peace since the fall of 2005, initially as the Director of Youth Ministry, now (through a long, winding, and grace-filled road) as Associate Pastor. I love to build connections and grow relationships within our Prince of Peace community and I do this enthusiastically through GroupLife and our various Caring Ministries. I’m wife to Sam, mother to Layla and kitty-child Shadow. We live in South Minneapolis and can be found exploring the city via nature and restaurants. I love to sing, cook and eat, practice yoga, voraciously read & write (I just wrote a book—more info here) and I occasionally attempt to not kill things in my garden. I am so blessed to be a part of Prince of Peace, and humbled by my call to serve this wonderful congregation alongside this great crew of staff!
Pastor Jim Carlson —Pastor Emeritus
Our thoughts and prayers go with him and his family during his treatment and recovery. Takes joy in being a husband and father of three daughters – three sons-in-law – grandfather of three (one not yet born) – likes to camp, hike, fish and read – passionate about visiting with people and being helpful – appreciates a sense of humor and a good laugh!
Brent Haglund —Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Blessed to be married to my wonderful wife Alyssa (loves me for who I am, incredibly caring, great cook, awesome RN) since 2010. We have a lovely little daughter, Calla. Exploring the connections between faith and life with youth and families is one of the coolest things in the world and I am thrilled to be doing that here at POP. I received my degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Augsburg College (a process that brought me to POP as an intern from 2008-2010). Alyssa and I love to worship, hike, backpack, bike, cook and eat, and enjoy relaxing at coffee shops. Running is another passion of mine and disc golf is one of my go-to activities. God is good and full of grace and love. He has a great plan for us all and I hope it involves meeting you!
Katie Rykal —Director of Children & Family Ministry
I began my work here at Prince of Peace in August of 2006. In May of 2008 I began my current job of Children and Family Ministry Director. I have a strong passion for children and feel very blessed to be where I am. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls with a Degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education. I also grew up at a Bible Camp in Northwestern Wisconsin (and YES I am a DIE-HARD Packers Fan) and also worked there for 10 years while in High School and College. I have been married to my wonderful husband Craig (also a die hard Packers fan) since July of 2007, and we are proud parents to Zoey and Lucy. Exciting things are going on here at Prince of Peace and I am glad to be a part of it!
Nate Bergengren —Director of Modern Worship Arts & Media
Husband to Audrey and father to Vivian Rae & John Carl – Living in Shoreview. I play guitar and I sing. And I believe I sense the God-message in all kinds of art, specifically pop music, and I see how it relates to a people who have a hard time seeing that church is relevant. I also get to build our website, work with social media and make sure our A/V systems are top-notch. Come to the 10:30am service on Sunday, swing by the band-area and introduce yourself. Can’t wait to meet you!
Lynell Keller —Office Administrator
Wife, mother of three, Nana to four adorable grandchildren. I love spending time with family (especially Anders, Peter, Sheloa and Amelia) and friends. I like to knit and will usually have something to work on with me wherever I go. A favorite quote: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Nikk VanLiew —Director of Technology
Baptized and raised here at Prince of Peace; I graduated from Osseo Sr. Highschool in 2012. I started volunteering as tech in 2006, as a result I was hired Aug 2011 as the Director of Technology here at PoP. While serving here, I am also a student at The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) in Tempe, AZ (online) working towards a degree in Advancing Computer Science (Computer Hardware & Software Development). I am a huge gamer, an emerging programmer, and enjoy helping others in any way I can. You can find me here on Sundays within the Tech booth, and running between rooms on other days of the week. I am thankful to be a part of this congregation. (Psalm 23)
Kathy Arveson —Business Administrator
Married to John, mother of Meghan and Maren and grandma to Luke. Not much of a sports fan but I enjoy biking and hiking. I love spending time with family, reading, crossword puzzles and needlework. I hope my next mission trip is to India!
Jaime Cortez —Lead Custodial Engineer
John Myszkowski —Director, Senior & Bell Choirs
Married for 29 years to wife Lin; three children –Olivia and twins Samuel & Sophia. Choir Director & Music Department Head at St. Louis Park Junior & Senior High Schools. Loves spending time with family, cooking, travel, running, swimming, and walking Elvis his Smooth Collie.
Alys Nelson — Organist/Accompanist
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Terry Gronli —Volunteer Coordinator of Music
Married for 25+ years – mother of three: two in college, one in high school – loves to scrapbook – sings in the choir – employed by Bakers Square for 31+ years – son getting married in July 2011 – has a dog and many beloved friends, expecially at Prince of Peace – enjoys all seasons, especially spring!
Teri Hansen —Nursery Coordinator
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Val Krych — Children’s Choir Director
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