Staff & Leadership

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership are characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • Pastor Dave Nelson

    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Dave began his ministry at St. John's the summer of 2007.  He previously served congregations in Alexandria, MN (Bethesda), Nelson, MN (Our Saviour's); in Gaylord, MN (American); in Clearwater, MN (Rejoice); and in Paynesville, MN (Paynesville Lutheran.)  

    He grew up in LaCrosse, WI; graduated in 1978 from Carthage College, Kenosha, WI and in 1982 from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

  • Pastor ALex becker


  • Bonnie Schmidt

    Office Manager / Financial Administrator

  • Chrystal Rasmussen

    Administrative Assistant/Worship Support Specialist