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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 thirteen 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 an Administrative 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 is married to Nick Francis and they live in Shorewood. 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.
Dave graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Psychology. Dave and his wife, Keri, started worshipping at Living Christ in 2007. Keri helps lead a Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study Group. Dave and Keri have been blessed by God with 2 daughters, Averi (born in 2011) and Addison (born in 2016). Dave started on staff as Director of Youth Ministry in the summer of 2019. Dave is excited to continue working with Youth of all ages at Living Christ. His passion is to help people, especially Youth, learn that "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." -Romans 3:23-24. Dave enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports, spending time outside in nature and playing strategy games.
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.
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 with her family and friends. Nancy has two adult children, Kristen and Andrew. Volunteering has always been a part of her life and she currently helps with TreeHouse of Minnetonka and serves on the Board of her townhome Association.
Kris wears many hats for Living Christ Lutheran Church including Administrative Director for the Living Christ Early Learning Center (LCELC), Education Director for the Preschool-5th grade children of Living Christ Lutheran, and HR Coordinator for both LCLC and LCELC. Kris graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She joined the staff of Living Christ in the summer of 2000 when she helped start the LCELC. Kris has 2 adult sons, Ben and Eric. In her free time she enjoys gardening and taking photos.