• 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.    

  • 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.

  • Dan Chell

    Visitation 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.

  • 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 in September of 2001. 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.

  • Jeff Ringstad

    School Administrator  -

    Jeff joined our staff in August 2019. He has taught high school social studies at Midkota Public School and is completing his Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Mary in May 2020. Jeff and his wife Lisa are from Cooperstown, ND and have four sons, the youngest of whom is a junior in high school.

  • april inches

    Communications Director -

    April has been a part of Our Redeemer's Church since June 2015. She has served in several ministries through the years and is now excited to serve as the church's Communications Director. When not working April enjoys spending time with er husband Brian and two daughters, Taylor and Brianna.

  • 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!

  • Taylor Inches

    Student Ministries Director  -

    Taylor started on staff at Our Redeemer’s in July of 2018. She was a volunteer in our youth ministry for 3 years before beginning in the role of Student Ministries Director. She graduated from Minot State University with a degree in Education. Taylor was born and raised in Wisconsin but now calls Minot her home. 


    Children's Ministry Director  -

    Mandi has served in several areas of children’s ministry at Our Redeemer’s prior to joining the staff in August 2018. Her love for children and desire to help them grow in their relationship with Christ called her to her current role as Children's Ministry Director. Mandi and her husband Nate were married in 2005 and are blessed to be parents to their son, Austin. She loves music, movies, and summers at the lake. 

  • 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.


    Church Receptionist -

    Rachel was first introduced to Our Redeemers church while attending Minot State University. She graduated from MSU with a degree in social work. Rachel has served many years with the Women’s Ministries of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. She is married to Clint “Boomer” Patterson and they have two children, Lily and Colby. Through each life transition, Rachel seeks the will of God and where he leads. In her free time Rachel enjoys traveling and being an adaptive ski instructor. 

  • Maintenance Staff

    Steve Ellingson - Head Custodian

    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:

Mike Fogarty - Chairman

Merlin Allerdings - Vice Chairman

Dan Chell

Dave Forthun

Brent Helseth

Scott Knutson

Arne Lynne

Jonas Nelson

Ed Nugent

Dick Pederson

Pete Pederson