Pastor Kevin grew up on a farm near Henderson, Minnesota. He was nurtured in the Christian faith by his family and through the community of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul.
Pastor Kevin puts a lot of value on vision and planning. Shortly after Kevin arrived at FLC in October of 2012, a series of cottage meetings took place to listen to the congregation and hear how the people of FLC were gifted, what we do well, and where there is energy and excitement. Those listening sessions produced our four core values that have guided the decisions and actions of our council, staff, and ministry teams.
Pastor Kevin and his family enjoy calling Farmington Lutheran Church home. To be renewed Kevin enjoys being with Sally and their kids, exercising, and opportunities to do some fishing and cheering on some Minnesota sports teams.
Charles (Rusty) Brace was called to Farmington Lutheran Church as an associate pastor in October 2014.
He graduated from Augsburg College with degrees in Speech, Communications/Journalism and World Religion. He attended Luther Seminary with a dream to become a professor of World Religion as a second career; along the way, God called him into parish ministry.
Pastor Rusty’s ministry perspective proceeds from a calm and non-anxious demeanor and a love for conversation and relationship building. Having a passion for teaching and sharing God’s message; Pastor Rusty employs a joyful and healthy sense of humor.
In his spare time, Pastor Rusty loves to read and go to movies. He is a definite “homer” when it comes to watching sports. He occasionally does some simple woodworking, goes camping, hiking, and canoeing. He and Lynette enjoy traveling and they are particularly fond of trips to the BWCA.
Jim brings a unique set of skills and experiences to the position. He worked in Lutheran churches earlier in his career, and then moved into teaching theology at a Lutheran university. After that, he worked as a university dean, has run a publishing house, was a writer, a consultant, and spent time as a vice-president at a career school. Jim has been teaching college and graduate courses in management and organizational behavior for 25 yers. For his PhD dissertation, he looked at leadership failure in organizations.
The job of the Director of Church Management is to supervise staff, and help to implement the strategic plan. Jim supports existing and emerging ministries, and works to make sure that all things function effectively.
Dr. Jim Ollhoff
Director of Church Management
Per grew up in South Minneapolis attending St. Peder’s Lutheran Church. Every Summer he would head to Sugar Creek Bible Camp to participate in a new adventure every year. Later, after finishing his college education at Augustana College (now University) in Sioux Falls, SD, he returned to work at Sugar Creek Bible Camp as a High School counselor and then later as one of the Assistant Program Directors. His first youth ministry job was in Delano, MN at Light of Christ Lutheran Church before he found his way to Farmington Lutheran in February of 2015. During his time at FLC, he has enjoyed walking alongside the families of the Confirmation students and growing the High School ministry into a program where our youth feel cared for.
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Shannon grew up in Plymouth and attended three different churches of various faiths. Shannon received her BA in Theatre Performance from Augsburg College (now University) in 2011. After graduating, she worked with a handful of organizations with youth of various ages in different theatrical, teaching, and administrative roles. Most recently, she was the Community Engagement Program Assistant and Teaching Artist for Children's Theatre Company's Neighborhood Bridges Program. Shannon has called FLC her church home since 2013 when her and her husband, Nick, decided to get married here. They have since added two little boys to their family, Henrik (3 years) and Jameson (3 months). She loves being a part of the youth program here at FLC and supporting the youth and their families as they grow and learn together.
YOUTH MINISTRY ASSISTANt
Dawn Albrecht grew up in Albert Lea, Minnesota. She attended Zion Lutheran Church with her family and helped teach Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She received her Bachelor's degree from MN State University-Mankato (she would tell you that it is Mankato State). She studied Elementary Education, minored in Early Childhood Education, and has a concentration in Kindergarten.
Dawn came to FLC with 14 years of teaching experience.. Dawn is excited to help give children and families opportunities to learn and grow in faith together. She enjoys spending time up North, walking, watching movies, and some sports. Dawn also enjoys time with her husband, Jon, and their son.
Director of Children's Ministries
Leann has a degree in Children's Education and Religion and enjoys helping children grow in their faith. She is married to Daniel and we has three daughters; Amberlyn, Addison and Abbygail. They enjoy airplanes (they are an aviation family), hosting friends and family at their house, as well as watching any sport imaginable on the big screen. In Leann’s spare time, she likes to sip on a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy the quiet.
Children's Ministries Assistant
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Jen Watts grew up in Eden Prairie, MN and attended St. Andrew’s Lutheran church. She attended Winona State University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Math.
Jen started at FLC in November 2018. She brings her love for helping others and meeting new people to the position. Her favorite part of FLC is being part of a team that works hard and has fun sharing God’s love.
Jen’s husband Win, and two sons, Parker and Logan enjoy spending time outdoors. In the summer, you will find them on their boat wake boarding, wake surfing and tubing. In the winter, they love spending time in the ice house fishing and playing games.