Our Staff

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Living Christ Staff - Call (952-934-5110) or email, we'd love to connect with you!

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Pastor Mark has been involved in ministry both as a youth minister and as Pastor since 1981.  His focus for ministry is to create an environment where people’s eyes are opened to God’s desire to have a relationship with them and to be aware of the opportunities that God presents to them each day.  Pastor Mark graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska with an elementary education teaching degree and a Director of Christian Education certificate.  He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri completing the Master of Divinity degree and has taken courses leading to a Doctor of Ministry degree.  Pastor Mark served for four years in southern California in a youth ministry role, nine years in Eagan as a Mission Developer/Pastor, three years at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska as an Assistant Pastor, five years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson, Wisconsin as a co-Pastor developing a second site ministry (Trinity Family Center), and has served for twelve years at Living Christ Lutheran here in Chanhassen as Senior Pastor.  Pastor Mark has also served in the Minnesota South District on the Board of Directors as a vice-president and as a clergy member.  Deb Tewes, Pastor Mark’s wife, is involved in “reJOYce,” the contemporary music ministry at LCLC as well as assisting in the coordination of the annual Advent By Candlelight women’s event (a women's outreach ministry).  Deb works at Concordia University in St. Paul as a Program Assistant for the graduate programs in the College of Education.  Pastor Mark and Deb have three children, Tad who is married to Jackie and living in Prior Lake.  Tad and Jackie have two children, Ella and Jude.  Jessica married to Nick Francis and living in San Clemente, California.  Jess and Nick have two children, Bode and Ezra.  Isaac, their youngest son, is married to Kylie and lives in Elk River.  Pastor Mark enjoys the BWCAW, fishing, hunting, being outside, and good food shared with great friends.

 

  • Mike Ramthun -
    Director of Youth, Education and Family Ministry

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Mike Ramthun is the Director of youth, education and family ministry here at Living Christ. He loves working with children and youth and having the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them. Mike is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated with a double major in Lay Ministry and Theology. Mike is engaged to the love of his life Emily, and will be getting married later this year. Mike enjoys the outdoors and riding anything with two wheels. Whenever you see Mike there is an 83% chance that he will be wearing some kind of flannel.

 

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Holle graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education.  Upon graduation she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and served in the campus ministry at Eastern Michigan University, Iowa State and the University of Minnesota.  Following her time on staff she worked at Crown College as the Director of Event Services.  While at Crown she earned her Master’s Degree in Ministry Leadership.  In 2005 she came to Living Christ and is currently working as the Director of Connection Ministry.
Her passion is to help people know God, grow deeper in that knowledge and live life discovering and using the gifts God has given them.  Holle enjoys traveling, get-a-ways and heart to heart conversations with friends, reading, learning, days at the arboretum and providing treats for all the little children who visit her office.  
 
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Nancy has worked at Living Christ as Administrative Assistant /Communications since February of 2007.  She is a former Elementary and Middle School teacher, having received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota. She later earned a Master's Degree in Education while teaching full-time in Edina. She enjoys  traveling, crafts, reading, and spending time her family and friends. Volunteering has always been a part of her life and she currently helps with TreeHouse of Minnetonka and is on the Board of her townhome Association. 
 

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  • Erin Damberger
    Music Director

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