Pastor Brian Thorstad – Interim Senior Pastor
Interim Senior Pastor Brian Thorstad has been with us since June of 2016. He and his wife Donna are both “Cheeseheads” (they’re from Wisconsin) who have made Minnesota their chosen home. After a number of years in a long-term pastorate in the Milwaukee area, Brian and Donna launched out into the adventure of redevelopment transitional pastoring in 2003. Redevelopment means that Brian helps churches to get fresh starts. Transitional means that he helps the churches he serves to get matched up with great new long-term pastors. His stays have been from one to three years, and the congregations he has helped – six churches in three states – have been glad he came and sorry to see him go! Brian and Donna live in Hastings and have a son, daughter-in- law and two grandsons in International Falls, MN. In his down time Brian writes blogs and books, plays keyboard and guitar and occasionally writes a song.
Pastor Brian has authored two books, “Heaven Help Our Church” and “REDEVELOPMENT: Transitional Pastoring That Transforms Churches”.
Pastor Brian has a website at www.churchwhisperers.org.
Michael Olson – Youth Guy
Mike has come by youth ministry honestly, or you could say, he inherited the “gene” for it, as he grew up in the home of an accomplished church and denominational youth minister. From a very early age, Mike knew that he was going to be a youth pastor and has been deeply involved in youth group leadership since the beginning of his high school years. At the moment Mike is working on a degree in Christian Ministry from The University of Northwestern and involved in a youth ministry internship with a church in Maple Grove, MN, as well as working with our teens part time. He commutes to Blaine from his home in Hastings, MN, loves our teenagers and is playing guitar in our worship band.