• Erica Bailey

    Children's Ministry Director -

    Erica returns to Our Redeemer’s after living in England for 5 years. While there she was the Religious Education Coordinator for a military chapel. Erica was on staff at ORLBC as a deaf ministry interpreter and nursery coordinator from 2005-2011 and is excited to be plugged right back into ministry here. Erica is originally from Florida. She has been married to Steven since 2002 and together they have 3 children. 

  • Dan Chell

    Associate Pastor  -

    Dan started his ministry at Our Redeemer's as an associate pastor in December 2004. He was ordained into the Christian ministry, through the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in 1976, and has served congregations in Minnesota, South Dakota, Arizona, and Montana. Dan is a people person, and his primarily focus is caring for and loving people through visitation, counseling and prayer. He has been married to Marlene since 1975, and they have two married sons and five grand children.

  • Wanda Fogarty

    Bookkeeper  -

    Wanda has been a part of the Our Redeemer’s staff since August of 2001 and currently serves as Bookkeeper for the church/school. Married to Bob since 1983, she counts each year as an amazing gift. They enjoyed the parenting journey with their five children and occasionally get to re-live those days with their grandchildren. When not at work, you can find Wanda on some adventure with Bob, the family, or at home curled up with a good book. Summer is her favorite season!

  • Jennifer Mineke

    Administrative Assistant  -

  • Ed Nugent

    Teaching Pastor  -

    Ed is a 1991 graduate of Messiah College, and a 2008 graduate of the Lutheran Brethren Seminary. Because he sees the worst sinner he knows in the mirror each morning, he is personally desperate for God’s grace and passionate about proclaiming it to fellow sinners both inside and outside of the church. His singular desire is to preach Christ and Him crucified. Ed has served Lutheran Brethren churches in Fergus Falls, MN and Le Sueur, MN prior to joining the staff at Our Redeemer’s. Ed and his wife Tanya were married in 1995 and they have two sons and a daughter. He began serving at Our Redeemer’s in June of 2015. He is an avid reader, hunter and gardener.

  • Nick Olson

    Youth Director  -

    Nick joined the team at Our Redeemer’s in August of 2014 after spending time in other churches in Minnesota and South Dakota. Nick is a graduate of University of Northwestern-St. Paul where he studied Psychology and Marriage & Family Counseling. He is very passionate about pointing teenagers towards the grace of God, building strong community, and leading mission in the Minot area. Nick relaxes by cooking meals for his family and friends, cheering on all Minnesota sports teams, and listening to music. He has been married to Brittany since 2012 and has two sons and one daughter.

  • Pete Pederson

    Executive Pastor  -

    Pete has lived in the Minot area all of his life. After high school he farmed for 20 years before joining the Our Redeemer’s staff in 1999 as Youth Director, and later served as Associate Pastor. Pete sees his strengths as keeping the gospel central in all of our ministries and helping people see how God has gifted them to serve. He is married to Shelly and they have 3 adult children and 2 grandsons. He enjoys outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing.    

  • Shelly Pederson

    Worship Director  -

    Shelly joined the staff of Our Redeemers in 2007 as our Worship Director. Shelly spends her time making music with the many gifted musicians at Our Redeemers, with the majority of time being spent on the contemporary worship services. Shelly is responsible for organizing and coordinating many areas of our worship services. She is married to Pete and they have 3 adult sons. Shelly is passionate about music and enjoys serving at Our Redeemer's.

  • Scott Skones

    Technology Director & Lay Pastor  -

    Scott has been part of the staff of Our Redeemer's since May of 2004. He is a graduate of Minot State University with BSE in Social Science. Scott focuses most of his energy on leveraging technology to further our mission with both the church and school. He is also a Lay Pastor and loves teaching, preaching, and helping people become more grounded in God's word. In his free time, Scott prefers to be fly fishing somewhere in Montana. In fact, he still considers himself a 'Montanan' even though he has lived in North Dakota for 15 years! He has been married to Angela since 2004 and they have two daughters. 

  • Charles Strand

    School Administrator  -

    Charles began at Our Redeemer's in the fall of 2002 when he was hired to teach mathematics for the Christian school ministry. He now serves as the administrator of the school ministry and is passionate about providing quality, Christ-centered education for the community of Minot. Charles loves creating things with his hands and hiking through the woods. He and his wife Angela were married in 2002 and have three girls.

  • Jay Zimmerman

    Business Administrator  -

    Jay is a 1989 graduate of the University of North Dakota. He worked as a CPA in public accounting for 12 years in Minnesota and North Dakota before accepting God’s calling to serve as Business administrator at Our Redeemer’s. Jay uses his gifts by providing administrative and financial leadership and facility management to help the church fulfill its mission. He enjoys motorcycling and snowmobiling. Jay and Karen were married in 1994 and have two sons and a daughter.

  • Maintenance Staff

    Steve Ellingson - Head Custodian

    Calvin Davis

    Jerome Phillips


The church is led by a group of men who are called by God and affirmed by the congregation to shepherd, teach, care for, oversee, and equip the congregation for ministry. These men are available to talk with you about any needs or concerns that you might have! The elders of Our Redeemer's Church are:

Merlin Allerdings - Chairman

Dan Chell

Tim Chell (Temporary Leave of Absence)

Mike Fogarty - Vice Chairman

Dave Forthun

Dick Gravley

Arne Lynne

Jonas Nelson

Ed Nugent

Dick Pederson

Pete Pederson

Charles Strand

Scott Skones