Mark was called to ministry first as a youth pastor in Minnesota, where he served for 10 years. During this time, he participated in Search Institute’s “Significant Religious Influences” survey. This large survey led Mark to conclude that what happens in the home is 2 to 3 times more influential than any church program, to which he had dedicated his life. This was a turning point for Pastor Mark and led him to engage more strategically and intentionally with parents and homes.
As Mark became a father, he became even more convinced of his God-given responsibility to make his home the primary place where faith was nurtured and lived out. Mark also became significantly more impassioned to serve other homes through the church to impact the faith of the next generation.
In 2002, Mark and his wife Maria, moved their family to California, where he served as senior pastor of Ventura Missionary Church for seven years. At the encouragement of George Barna, Mark wrote Faith Begins at Home to encourage parents to be faith at home focused in 2006.
Shortly after, Mark wrote Building Faith at Home for church leaders, and the phone started to ring. More and more, churches and ministry organizations were asking Mark to come and speak to them about how they could do Faith at Home Ministry. Since 2006, Pastor Holmen has written nine more resources, two more for church leaders and seven for parents and in 2009, Mark stepped down from Ventura Missionary Church in order to pursue full-time Faith At Home ministry. God has led Mark to speak on Faith at Home ministry across the United States and around the world. You can contact Mark at email@example.com or call the church office.
Interim Youth Director
Jonathan was born in southern Minnesota and graduated from Pillsbury Bible College in 2004. He has served at Grace Baptist Church and Grace Christian School for the past four years as a Bible and English teacher. He has also been the leader of the Campus Bible Fellowship ministry at Minnesota State in Mankato. Jonathan loves studying the Word and seeing how it interacts with our modern day lives. In his free time, he enjoys fantasy football, Hearthstone, discovering new music on Spotify and new shows/movies on Netflix.
You can reach Jonathan at Jonathan@crosslakeefc.org or call the church office.
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Connect Team Leader | Volunteer Coordinator
Melissa and her husband, Shawn, both grew up in the Duluth area and graduated from the University of WI-Superior together in 1996. Shortly after graduation they became husband and wife. Melissa graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Corporate/Community Health with a Minor in Coaching. Over the years, Melissa has coached numerous Volleyball and Softball teams at different levels. She became the Program Director at the Hallett Community Center in Crosby in the fall of 1999.
In the year 2000 Melissa and Shawn moved into the home they built together which is located just outside of Crosslake. It was at this time that they decided to start a family. In 2002 their oldest daughter Stephanie was born. It was also at this time that Melissa decided to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. They eventually added two more children to the family with Rose being born in 2005, and Henry being born in 2008. During her time as being a stay-at-home mom Melissa fulfilled her calling to be in leadership at the Log Church through their MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), program. Starting out as a Discussion Group Leader, and then becoming a Discussion Group Team Leader, to eventually being the Coordinator for the last 5 years. She ended her MOPs career as the Moppets/Childcare Director.
Throughout her MOPs career Melissa learned what it took to have successful relationships such as being a mother, wife, friend, sister, and daughter. It took having a close relationship with Jesus Christ. To her it is all about relationship, in any aspect of life, and nothing else. Especially one’s faith. She craves, not only to have a deeper relationship with Christ, but also for others to have one as well. She is also very passionate about community and loves sharing life in community. She therefore, feels passionate about helping people through the process of becoming connected into the church body, and helping people find their God given gifts. She wants to be a vessel that helps lead people to Christ. Melissa has felt called to be a leader that assists in the building up of the community of the church to help fulfill the Great Commission.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,.. ” Matthew 28: 19
Children's Ministry Leader
Julie and her husband, Chris, moved to Crosslake last December from Two Harbors, MN. Through a series of events related to Chris’s auto body business, God made it clear that the family was headed to a new destination. When they moved to Crosslake, Julie immediately felt at home. She had been visiting her grandmother here ever since she was a small child. Chris found a new job providing insurance and the family began attending The Log Church.
Julie was involved in the Children’s ministry at her previous church so when AWANA’s needed help, she jumped right in. Julie knew God was calling her when the Children’s Ministry Leader position was announced. Julie loves hiking and has a passion for helping others. She especially has a heart for mentoring young girls that have experienced abuse. With four of her own children, she takes her role as mother seriously. David (20) is in the Marines. Daughter, Mahren (11) loves to read, draw and is interested in science. Talia (9) loves animals and fishing. Luke (6) misses his big brother. You can reach Julie at email@example.com or call the church office.
Communications Director | Office Manager
Polly and her husband Jim have recently moved to Crosslake from the Twin Cities. Together, they have five adult children and two grandchildren. Jim is retired from a 30-year career at Honeywell International in facilities and production management.
Polly has a passion for spreading the gospel message by helping others to communicate it effectively. Over the past 16 years, her business, Studio106, has provided communication consulting and creative services for small startup ministries as well as international clients. The “106” in the name is symbolic of Phillippians1:6, “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” She has degree in Psychology from Northwestern, Masters in Communications from Bethel University and graduate work in Organizational Development Consulting. Her experience lies in the areas of small business, healthcare and ministry marketing communications and organizational communication consulting. (3M, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, National Marrow Donor Program.)