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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office.
Discipleship & Care 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.
You can reach Josh at email@example.com
David Hughes (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the new Youth Pastor at the Log Church. A young man himself, and a devoted Christian by the age of 8, he’s had a lot of experience with children and church youth groups. His vision is to get to know his students and find out where they are in their walk with Christ. He hopes to help them learn to study the Bible with simple but provoking questions and discussion. He envisions that when the students graduate, they will know they are capable of studying God’s work and having a relationship with Christ that will stand through anything they face in their adult world
David became a Christian as a young child, because of his Mom’s inspirational example and perseverance. As a youth, he taught 5th grade Sunday school and was a small group leader in his youth group. He met Jonathan Langer at a youth leaders’ retreat and he invited David to check out the Log Church. David had interned at Lakewood Church under the youth pastor for a year, and was excited to pursue his passion for ministering kids, though the Youth Director position at the Log Church. He is also currently taking on-line classes through Eternity Bible College.
He is engaged to Bailey, a gifted young musician and singer he met at a young adult church group. She was a missionary kid for ten years, but when her parents and younger brother decided to return to Japan, Baily chose to remain in the Brainerd area nearer to David. He considers himself lucky for that.
Many might say he’s not far from being a kid himself, but his passion for God and his work for Jesus began when he was very young.
Children's Ministry Director
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.
Office & Communications Director, Connect Ministry
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.)