Staff

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PASTOR MARK HOVESTOL - Lead pastor

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Pastor Mark holds an Associates Degree from Oak Hills Christian College, a BA in History and Biblical Studies from Trinity College, a MA in Old Testament from Trinity Seminary, and a Docorate in Christian Leadership from Bethel Seminary. He has a passion for living for Christ and sharing Christ with others in Roseville and beyond. He is married to Holly and has two grown daughters and 6 grandchildren. His broad experience in teaching and pastoral care enrich our community and equip him to lead us to become "wholehearted follower of Jesus". 


 

PASTOR COLLEEN NELSON - Associate Pastor

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Colleen grew up in the Chicago area and received both undergrad and seminary degrees from Bethel University. She has been on staff at Roseville Covenant since 2006 and in her role as leader of Family Ministries and Outreach, loves seeing people encounter the transforming power of Jesus and learn what it means to follow Him. She and husband, Chris, are raising three kids, Anneka, Broder and Jakob.


 

Austin Kaufmann - Church administrator
(operations, facility, finance, hr)

BA in History and Biblical Studies from Barrington College (Rhode Island); MBA in Non-Profit Management from the University of St. Thomas. Roseville is the sixth Evangelical Covenant Church that he has had the privilage to serve, with such position titles as: Youth Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Associate Pastor, etc. He and his wife, Judy, are both "easterners". Austin's hometown is Bellmawr, NJ a suburb of Philadelphia and Judy grew up in Worcester, MA. They have 2 daughters, Tabby & Becky, and four grandchildrn; Amanda, Terrell, Tionna, and Tazara. Austin's life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. It was given to him at Jr. High School graduation and he finds it just as meaningful today! 


 

Chaz Lowder - Pastor of worship and connecting MINISTRIES

Born in North Carolina, Chaz moved with his family to the Twin Cities as a child. Graduating from Bethel University, where he began his broadcasting career, Chaz took radio and ministry positions in Salt Lake City Utah, Fresno California, Minneapolis and Belize in Central America. His partner in life and ministry is wife Carolyn. Together they have led worship in Baptist, Lutheran, Covenant, CM&A and charismatic churches, ministries and events. Most recently they served as independent missionaries leading worship in Belize. Married for over 15 years, they have 3 children Mitchel(12) Alex(10) and Eliana(8). When not leading our worship on Sunday mornings, Chaz can be heard leading worship weekdays at 12pm on Praise FM radio.


 

Alicia Vela - pastor of youth and young adults

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Alicia is a Colorado native who has found herself living all around the Midwest.  She holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and a Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. She has a passion for helping students know and understand the overall story of God's people through the Bible and community. Roseville is the fifth Covenant church in which she has served youth and their families. She loves good coffee and great stories.


 

Heidi Swanson – Director of Children's Ministry

Heidi was born in the charming small town of Rice, MN. She has a degree in Psychology plus some Seminary training. "My husband Joel and I have four boys, so our life is full of all the fun things boys like to do. I enjoy books, chocolate, the great outdoors, and being around kids and their funny ways. My favorite thing about Kid's Ministry is seeing understanding and wonder on a kids' face when we teach them something about God they didn't know before.


 

Jenny Currie – Sanctuary Choir Director

Jenny Currie dropped in to visit RCC in 1997 and has never looked back! She began directing the Sanctuary Choir in 2000. She loves to draw hearts to worship God through singing and to encourage loving fellowship and personal growth within the body and life of the choir. Jenny earned B.A. degrees in Choral Music and Psychology from Bethel College in Minnesota and studied with the VoiceCare Network at St. John's University. She also teaches in her own piano studio. She is married to Paul, a home repair and remodeling guy, and they are parents of Walker, Reeve and Simone.

 

Other Staff Members:

Ashley Rice: Administrative Assistant & Office Manager.


Susan Narog: Administrative Assistant & Calendar Coordinator. 


Kayla Carter: Bookkeeper. 


Boyenneh Robertson: Part-time Custodian/Facility Coordinator - call church office.