Staff

  • Pete Pederson

    Executive Pastor  -  ppederson@ourredeemers.org


    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.    

  • Jay Zimmerman

    Business Administrator  -  jzimmerman@ourredeemers.org


    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.

  • Jordan spina

    Preaching/Teaching Pastor - jspina@ourredeemers.org


    Jordan grew up in Wisconsin and attended Bethesda Lutheran Brethren church. He volunteered with the youth group while pursuing a degree in education and came to love mentorship. It was around this time that he discovered that his primary gifts were in teaching others what the Lord has taught him. In 2013 he felt the Lord calling him into full-time ministry. After completing a master’s in divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, he became the associate and then lead Pastor at Rock of Ages LB church in Seattle until 2020. Jordan and his wife Becca were married in 2018 and began serving at Our Redeemers in September 2021.

  • Jeff Ringstad

    School Administrator  -  jringstad@orcsknights.org


    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 - communications@ourredeemers.org


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

  • Julie Rensland

    Bookkeeper - jrensland@ourredeemers.org


    Julie grew up on a small farm near Fertile, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Missouri Lutheran Synod and has found a church home here at Our Redeemer's. Julie has two grown sons and in the summer you will find her riding her motorcycle, camping, or enjoying Arts in the Parks. 

  • MANDI IVERSON

    Children's Ministry Director  -  miverson@ourredeemers.org


    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. 

  • Josh Neiss

    Student Ministries Director  -  jneiss@ourredeemers.org


    Josh grew up here in Minot and has been a regular attender at Our Redeemer's for most of his life. He and his wife Rebecca have three kids: Kaleb, Madison, and Logan. In his spare time he enjoys target archery, bow hunting and woodworking. 

  • Shelly Pederson

    Worship Director  -  spederson@ourredeemers.org


    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.

  • Cindy Sandeen

    Care Ministries Director


    Cindy is a Minot native and a long time member of Our Redeemer's Church. She spent 22 years as teacher/director of Our Redeemer's Preschool. She now oversees our five care ministries: People Care, Vet Care, Cancer Care, Hope Fellowship and PAL. Cindy has two adult children and two grandsons. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, fishing and spending time at her lake cabin.

  • ERIC WITTLIFF

    Technology Director - ewittliff@ourredeemers.org


    Eric is a Minot native. He graduated from Minot State University - Bottineau with a degree in Cisco routing. With a love for Jesus and a wide variety of computer backgrounds, he will help Our Redeemer's share the message through his gifts in technology. He and his wife, Heather, have two children Michael and Ella. In his spare time he enjoys retro video gaming and woodworking.

  • Maintenance Staff

    Steve Ellingson - Head Custodian

    Jerome Phillips

Board of Elders

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:


Jonas Nelson - Chairman of the Board

Scott Knutson - Vice Chairman of the Board

Merlin Allerdings*

Dave Forthun

Brent Helseth

Arne Lynne

Dick Pederson

Pete Pederson


* currently on sabbatical