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Pastor Justin Ask
Lead Pastor
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I have been the Lead Pastor at Vinje since 2016. I am originally from Waseca Minnesota and a graduate of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Lutheran Seminary in Saint Paul. I enjoy working with the congregation’s many ministries including our Confirmation and youth ministries. I live with my wife, Seyward and our daughters Brooklyn and Magnolia - who are usually busy chasing our cats around the house. My passion for social justice has led me to found Serve Boldly and to my work on the board of directors for Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Pastor Dane Skilbred Pastor Dane Skilbred
Pastor of Discipleship
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I am the Pastor for Discipleship here at Vinje Lutheran Church. My focus is in Stewardship, Outreach, and Children’s Ministry. I am a graduate of Santa Clara University, in California, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul (Master of Divinity). I have been serving as a pastor since 2009 both in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and joined the ministry team at Vinje in May of 2017. In addition to serving as a pastor, I am a devoted husband to my wife, Ingrid, and father to our children Courtney and Isaac. I love music, sports, playing games, hearing and telling good jokes, and enjoying life with my family.
 

Pastor Mary Hovland
Pastor of Congregational Care
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I am "Pastor for Congregational Care" at Vinje Church.  I coordinate Vinje's Congregational Care Coordinators and Grief Support Group.  I am also the resource person for the Children's Ministry Team.  I am grandmother to seven grandchildren.  I love visiting with people and traveling worldwide to see the world through new eyes.

John Jahr
Minister of Worship & Music email
I am the Director of Worship and Music at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. I am a graduate of Concordia College and Luther Seminary (Master of Sacred Music). I was also a member of the first graduating class of the Choristers Guild Institute and am a certified children’s choir director. I have served churches in Fargo, the Twin Cities and the Dallas area and have been in Willmar since 2008. I also direct the West Central Singers, a mixed SATB community chorus based in Willmar. I live near the church with my rescue dogs, Milo and Rocky.

Chris Stark
Director, Loving Arms email
I am the Director of Loving Arms. I come here with over 30 years in the childcare field, 15 in home childcare and 15 at St John’s GrandKids in Springfield MN, where I started as a teacher and went on to serve as Director. I attended Minnesota State University in Mankato after my 4 children were all in school. I have been married to Jamie for 31 years and we love spending time with our 5 grandchildren. When not with them I enjoy football, cooking and spending time at our lake home in Alexandria.

 

Janet White
Office Manager email

I am the Office Manager here at Vinje Lutheran Church. My husband, Jack and I live on Nest Lake by Spicer. Outside of Vinje I spend a lot of time with our seven grandchildren. I also enjoy X-country Skiing, biking, rollerblading and spending time on the lake.

Melissa Hansen

Melissa Hansen
Discipelship & Communication Assistant email

I am the Discipelship & Communication Assistant here at Vinje Lutheran Church. I am a life time member of Vinje. My husband and I have three children and live in Spicer, MN. Outside of Vinje, I spend most of my time running my children to activities such as hockey, soccer, cross country and Mini Mod racing. When time allows I like to go boating, 4-wheeling and camping with my family. I also enjoy scrap booking and spending time with friends.

Beckie Brynjulfson
Assistant Director, Loving Arms email

Hi! I am the assistant director at Loving Arms Childcare. I have been here for 15+ years. I am married and have 4 children all whom have gone through Loving Arms from the infant room through Pre-K.  We live in Raymond and keep busy with our variety of pets, dance, tennis and baseball!

Bill Wogan
Custodian email
 

I have been the custodian here for 15+ years.  I have 3 children and I live in Willmar, MN.  When I am not working one of my many jobs, I enjoy fishing, hiking and camping. If you need something done, just ask me! It's a "Piece of Cake".

Ron Nordby
Custodian

I have been working with Bill for the last 10+ years and have been a member here at Vinje for over 50 years!!!  My wife, Carlyn, and I have three grown sons all with families of their own.  Family time is a joy.  I also enjoy a good NASCAR race.