Staff & Leaders

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Pastors

Steve Treichler

Steve was born in Hibbing, Minnesota and lived there all his young childhood. In 1982, Steve ventured south and attended the University of Minnesota (GO GOPHERS!). He worked for The Navigators, an international, interdenominational Christian ministry based out of Colorado Springs for 5 years at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he also taught Jr. […]

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Cor Chmieleski

Cor is married to Jill – the woman of his dreams (He says, “I’m 100% sure she’s my soul mate. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”). He is the father of two wonderful sons. Drew Christopher was born on September 8th, 2003 (“Christopher” after his uncle) and Isaac Matthew was born on […]

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Jon Neal

Jon grew up on a farm in small town Minnesota.  He moved to the Twin Cities to attend college at the University of Minnesota.  He started attending Hope back in 2004, as he stumbled upon a multi-colored bus that said it would bring him to church.  Jon graduated in 2008 with a BS in Accounting. […]

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Drew Zuehlke

Drew came to Hope in 2010 to attend LDI and work with the youth ministry.  His love for youth ministry and visual arts works great in his role overseeing the youth and visual communications.  Drew and his wife, Kelly, have been working in youth ministry for about 10 years and continue to enjoy partnering with […]

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Tim Johnson

Tim has been attending Hope since his freshman year of college at the U of M in 1999. He joined Hope’s staff as Music Director in 2002 and became a pastor in 2010. He met his wife, Jessica, at the U and they were married in early 2003; they live in South Minneapolis. Tim received […]

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Brian Silver

Brian and his wife, Angela, were married in 2010 and started coming to Hope in 2015 after Brian finished his M. Div. at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He came to Hope to join our Leadership Development Institute and in 2016 after he was assessed by Acts29, he was voted on by our elders to become […]

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Staff

Naty Severson

Naty is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.  While there she became a follower of Christ and met her husband, Jared.  They have been married 15 years and have three children.  Naty has been attending Hope since 1999. Naty first joined Hope’s Leadership team in 2001 where she served as the Church Chairperson.  Naty […]

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Olivia Disselkamp

Olivia tried to escape the “Bethel bubble” by checking out Hope in 2005. It didn’t take her long to realize that Hope had much more to offer than time off-campus.  She eventually agreed to join a small group, where, much to her chagrin, she met her now-husband, Dan. They were married in 2012 and have […]

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Ben and Brooke Johnson

Brooke has been coming to Hope since she was a freshmen at the U of MN in 1998. She started hanging out with the families, got plugged into nursery and Sunday School, then jumped into directing the Children’s Ministry. She’s married to Ben, and is mom to Courtney, Philip, and Ian. She loves being with […]

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Shannon Honken

Shannon found Hope Community Church in 2008 after moving to Minneapolis from Oklahoma.  She started the LDI program in 2009 and in 2012, she came on as part of the full time staff team.  Shannon met her husband, Ben, when he started LDI in 2013.  They currently live in South Minneapolis with a Newfoundland named […]

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Rob Warland

Rob hails from a small village in the great land of Wisconsin and made the long journey to Hope in 2004. His desire for development led to completing the LDI program, starting the Off Road LDI program, and also joining staff as the leadership development ministry associate. Rob and his wife Mindy have three young […]

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Bekah Wacek

Bekah first came to Hope in 2011 with the desire of learning more about God and ministry by doing the Trek 1 program of LDI. Little did she know she would also fall in love and get married to Ben, a fellow Trek 1 intern (bonus)! Bekah and Ben now have two kids and love […]

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Dharma Amundsen

Dharma first attended a Hope service back in January of 1998…it was certainly a lot smaller back then and she enjoyed serving as a nursery worker and occasional treats preparer:) As our church grew, so did the number of couples looking to get married! She took over as Wedding Coordinator in 2007 and has had […]

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Jordan Anderson

Jordan was born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin.  He begrudgingly moved to the Twin Cities (just kidding…) in 2007, after having graduated from UW – Madison.  Soon after, he started attending Hope, getting involved in a Small Group, in which he met, and then later married his now wife, Emily.  Jordan entered […]

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Brendan Wickstrom

Brendan started attending Hope in 2009 when he and his then girlfriend – now wife, Amanda, were looking for a home church. After meeting with Tim Johnson, Brendan was quickly thrown into the mix running sound. Only a couple of short years later he was added to the team as Hope’s Technical Director. Brendan has a […]

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Joel Stegman

Joel has been attending Hope since August of 2013, when he started Hope’s LDI program, which he is still participating in. In September of 2014, he began working as the custodian at Hope to serve Hope beyond LDI. He loves being able to serve the church in this way. Joel has a degree in Political […]

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Phil Wiese

Phil Wiese is the Jr. High Youth Director

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Collin Malaney

Collin, a native of Wisconsin, first attended Hope when he was a freshman at the U of M in 2005. After leaving to plant a church soon after, (followed by a myriad of other church and music experiences), Collin found his way back to Hope 7 years later with his girlfriend-soon-turned-wife Rachel where he now […]

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Kim Nelson

Kim and her husband, Graham, have been at Hope since it’s inception in 1996 with a four year jaunt with Hope’s first church plant.  While the early days required everyone to try serving in multiple ministries, she has found her administrative giftings home with Restoring Hope, our volunteer counseling ministry.  Kim and Graham are proud […]

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David Ruess

David began attending Hope in the Fall of 2009. He got involved at Hope by joining a small group and later started the LDI program in 2014. He joined the staff part-time as a Website Specialist in the summer of 2015. He attended Moody Bible Institute where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Studies with Biblical Exposition as […]

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Overseers

Steve Treichler

Steve was born in Hibbing, Minnesota and lived there all his young childhood. In 1982, Steve ventured south and attended the University of Minnesota (GO GOPHERS!). He worked for The Navigators, an international, interdenominational Christian ministry based out of Colorado Springs for 5 years at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he also taught Jr. […]

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Cor Chmieleski

Cor is married to Jill – the woman of his dreams (He says, “I’m 100% sure she’s my soul mate. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”). He is the father of two wonderful sons. Drew Christopher was born on September 8th, 2003 (“Christopher” after his uncle) and Isaac Matthew was born on […]

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Jon Neal

Jon grew up on a farm in small town Minnesota.  He moved to the Twin Cities to attend college at the University of Minnesota.  He started attending Hope back in 2004, as he stumbled upon a multi-colored bus that said it would bring him to church.  Jon graduated in 2008 with a BS in Accounting. […]

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Bart Carey

Bart and his wife Lorelei were part of the founding members of Hope Community Church.  Bart has been involved in the leadership of the church off and on since it started.  Bart played bass guitar in the band for 18 years but has since chosen to take some time off from this ministry.  Bart and […]

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Drew Zuehlke

Drew came to Hope in 2010 to attend LDI and work with the youth ministry.  His love for youth ministry and visual arts works great in his role overseeing the youth and visual communications.  Drew and his wife, Kelly, have been working in youth ministry for about 10 years and continue to enjoy partnering with […]

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Tim Johnson

Tim has been attending Hope since his freshman year of college at the U of M in 1999. He joined Hope’s staff as Music Director in 2002 and became a pastor in 2010. He met his wife, Jessica, at the U and they were married in early 2003; they live in South Minneapolis. Tim received […]

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Bryan Freeman

God led Bryan and his wife Alicia to Hope on a random Sunday in 2005, and they’ve been coming ever since.  Bryan and Alicia have two daughters, Anika and Isla, and love living in South Minneapolis.  Bryan works as a lawyer at the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum, helping businesses pursue insurance coverage from […]

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Jamie Anderson

Jamie grew up in Apple Valley, MN with his brother and parents.  He attended Minnehaha Academy, Iowa State University (BS Electrical Engineering), and the University of Minnesota (MBA).  Jamie and his wife Suzanne have been married for 11 years and live in South Minneapolis with their 3 kids (Evan, Britta, and Dane).  In 2003 Jamie […]

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Sean Jergens

Sean was born in Indiana and moved all around the country with his family while growing up, finally ending up in Litchfield, Minnesota in middle school. He attended Gustavus Adolphus college for a couple of years before transferring to the University of Minnesota to study environmental design and landscape architecture. Sean and his wife Christie […]

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Sean McVenes

Sean first started coming to Hope in 2006 as a college student at the U of M and has been a part of the church ever since. He currently works in engineering consulting in Woodbury. Sean got married to his wife Camille in 2013 and they currently live in Shoreview. When not at work or […]

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Ben Johnson

Ben has been attending Hope since the fall of 1997.  While there, he began connecting with people through a couple of church service trips and by driving the original Hope Van.  Ben married Brooke in 2001 and they have three kids – Courtney, Phil, and Ian.  His daytime job is to teach high school math […]

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Graham Nelson

Graham grew up on a farm south of Rochester Minnesota with great parents and one older brother who has… been like a brother to him. Graham and his wife Kim joined Trike as part of the small team to start Hope Community Church back in 1996. Graham is involved with starting new churches, Small Group, […]

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Andy Karsky

Andy has been at Hope since someone at his dorm asked him to come in Fall 2000.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering, then tried several career paths before setting in on software development.  Andy has served in various leadership roles at Hope, including bus driver, piano player, […]

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Stan Oawster

Stan, (along with his wife Carol is one of the founding members of Hope Community.  His day job is working in the world of Organizational Development and he gets to use his teaching gift at Hope by helping others see their God given gifts through assessments such as StrengthsFinder and the MBTI as well as […]

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Ben Wacek

Ben started attending Hope in 2007 shortly after graduating from Bethel University with a finance degree.  After several years of getting more involved at Hope, Ben started LDI in 2011, where he met his beautiful wife, Bekah.  Today he and his family live in South Minneapolis, which is where Ben works as a financial planner.  […]

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Brian Silver

Brian and his wife, Angela, were married in 2010 and started coming to Hope in 2015 after Brian finished his M. Div. at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He came to Hope to join our Leadership Development Institute and in 2016 after he was assessed by Acts29, he was voted on by our elders to become […]

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Governance Team

Steve Treichler

Steve was born in Hibbing, Minnesota and lived there all his young childhood. In 1982, Steve ventured south and attended the University of Minnesota (GO GOPHERS!). He worked for The Navigators, an international, interdenominational Christian ministry based out of Colorado Springs for 5 years at the University of Minnesota. During this time, he also taught Jr. […]

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Cor Chmieleski

Cor is married to Jill – the woman of his dreams (He says, “I’m 100% sure she’s my soul mate. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”). He is the father of two wonderful sons. Drew Christopher was born on September 8th, 2003 (“Christopher” after his uncle) and Isaac Matthew was born on […]

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Jon Neal

Jon grew up on a farm in small town Minnesota.  He moved to the Twin Cities to attend college at the University of Minnesota.  He started attending Hope back in 2004, as he stumbled upon a multi-colored bus that said it would bring him to church.  Jon graduated in 2008 with a BS in Accounting. […]

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Bart Carey

Bart and his wife Lorelei were part of the founding members of Hope Community Church.  Bart has been involved in the leadership of the church off and on since it started.  Bart played bass guitar in the band for 18 years but has since chosen to take some time off from this ministry.  Bart and […]

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Olivia Disselkamp

Olivia tried to escape the “Bethel bubble” by checking out Hope in 2005. It didn’t take her long to realize that Hope had much more to offer than time off-campus.  She eventually agreed to join a small group, where, much to her chagrin, she met her now-husband, Dan. They were married in 2012 and have […]

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Bryan Freeman

God led Bryan and his wife Alicia to Hope on a random Sunday in 2005, and they’ve been coming ever since.  Bryan and Alicia have two daughters, Anika and Isla, and love living in South Minneapolis.  Bryan works as a lawyer at the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum, helping businesses pursue insurance coverage from […]

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Katie Aman

I’ve been attending Hope since 2003, married Jarrod in 2001, and we have 2 kids.  During the day, I manage engineering projects at Medtronic, and have my degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  Jarrod and I have been lucky to be leading small groups at Hope for the better part […]

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Liz Johnson

Liz has been attending Hope since her sophomore year in College at the U of MN in 1996.  She has been a part of many small groups and ministries at Hope and is currently excited to serve on the governance team.  She met her husband, Peter at the U and they were married in 2000; […]

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Brett Ripley

Brett grew up in the small town of Pelican Rapids, MN and moved to the Twin Cities in 2005 to attend the U of M. There, he studied electrical engineering and philosophy. After becoming a Christian in college, he started attending Hope in 2009. Since then, he’s helped lead a small group in Uptown and […]

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