Pastor 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 In Ministry
I have been working at Prince of Peace since the fall of 2005 as the Director of Youth Ministry. Starting in May of 2012 I began a new call at Prince of Peace as the Associate in Ministry. While I’ll still be working closely with Brent and the youth that I have built so many amazing relationships with, I’m excited to move into my new role and work on building connections within our Prince of Peace community. We have the friendly and welcoming thing down pat, so it’s time for us to grow deeper together! I live in South Minneapolis with my husband, Sam, our two cats Calvin and Morris, and we have a hilarious, active and wonderful two-year-old daughter. When I’m not working I like to sing, cook and eat, play outside (especially running and playing Ultimate Frisbee), voraciously read, and relax at home with family. I am so blessed to be a part of Prince of Peace, and humbled by my call to serve this congregation.
Pastor Jim Carlson —Pastor Emeritus
Our thoughts and prayers go with him and his family during his treatment. 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
Trying to be faithful to the Lord and the amazing life He has given me. I’m blessed to be married to my wonderful wife Alyssa (incredibly caring, great cook, awesome RN, and loves me for who I am). Exploring and connecting 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) and am in my fourth year of ministry. Alyssa and I love to worship, hike, cook and eat, and enjoy relaxing at coffee shops. Running is a passion of mine and disc golf is one of my favorite ways to relax. Our God is surely alive and abounding in 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 had our first child in January of 2011. Zoey is a spunky little one that brings so much joy to our lives. Exciting things are going on here at Prince of Peace and I am glad to be a part of it!
Nate Bergengren —Modern Worship Arts & Media Director
Husband to Audrey and father to Vivian Rae & John Carl – Living in So. Mpls, near Lake Nokomis. I’m back! I guess you could say that I never really left–that I’ve been lurking, weaving in and out of Lent and youth events for the past 5 years. I have a deep connection to this community. Now, I don’t put much stock in “fate” or “destiny” because I’m afraid of throwing the whole Universe out of whack, but I do believe that I’m back here for a reason. I do not watch Glee, but I love watching the Voice. 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. Come to the 10:30am service on Sunday, swing by the band-area and introduce yourself.
Lynell Keller —Office Administrator
Wife, mother of three, Gramma Nell to three adorable grandchildren. I love spending time with family (especially Anders, Amelia, and Peter) and friends. I like to knit and will usually have something with me to knit. 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
Graduated from Osseo Sr. Highschool – I love pretty much anything to do with technology, I am currently working as the Director of Technology here at PoP and am also a student at The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) in Tempe, AZ (online) working towards my Bachelors in Advancing Computer Science.
I am a huge gamer, and enjoy helping others in any way I can.
Kathy Arveson —Business Administrator
Married to John and mother of Meghan and Maren (both married but so far only granddogs). 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
Judy Blomgren —Organist
Orchestra director Champlin Park HS – Anoka Hennepin District TOP 20 teacher 2000 – Minnesota Teacher of the year finalist 2004 – Evergreen Club – owner of a wonderful kitty cat - avid Twins and Vikings fan – loves to play the King of Instruments for the King of Kings. “I play the notes as they are written, but it is GOD who makes the music.”
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.
Nikki Bauernschmidt —Nursery Coordinator
Wife of sincere Green Bay Packers’ fan – mother of two girls and a boy on the way – outgoing red-head – “Yes I can” attitude with a “Let’s do it” philosophy – hopeful gardener – enjoys scrapbooking and crafts – baker (limited cook by choice) – loves good times with family and friends – active member of Community Life team and other church activities – enjoys children’s creativity through simplicity.
Lisa Meshke —Seminary Student
A second year student at Luther Seminary studying to be a pastor.
Prior to beginning seminary in the Fall of 2012, she worked in the finance industry for seven years
as a consultant in West Des Moines, Iowa.
She graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Finance and Accounting,
as well as a Master of Business Administration.
Is a former competitive golfer who still enjoys a good round of golf with friends.
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!
Katie Hines —Children's Choir Director
(a.k.a. “Mary Katherine”) Wife – mother of two very busy girls (dance, karate, Twin Cities Youth Chorale) – full time Target HQ team member who creates training – director of the “Spots” (Target HQ Choir) – a sister to my best girlfriend. I love to play in the garden – cook with my husband – fall asleep on the couch, hike, camp, read, entertain and enjoy a calm lake in the summertime while listening the the call of loons. Someday I would like to have a lake cabin – own a dog – work only a few days a week – have time to take a breath!
Heather Zemien —Nursery Coordinator