Staff Team

Andrew Peterson

Lead Pastor

The Petersons (Andrew, Brittany, Avery, Judah, and Oakley) moved to SLP to start CityVision Church (now Park Community Church) in August of 2012.

Andrew and Brittany met at Crown College, where Andrew received a B.S. in Youth Ministry and M.A. in Christian Studies, while also serving on the pastoral staff at a church in the west metro for seven years.

Andrew is passionate about declaring the Word of God and seeing God’s kingdom advanced through the establishment and multiplication of the local church. Andrew & Brittany love their kids, family, friends, neighborhood, baseball, nachos, and TV.

Ben Brandt

Pastor of Ministry Development

Ben and his family moved to the SLP area in 2013 to help launch the church plant that merged to create Park Community. His primary roles at Park include leading the music ministry and overseeing Community Groups. He loves coming alongside ministries and leaders to help them flourish.

Ben grew up in Grand Marais and met his wife, Jenni, during his years at Bethel University where he received a BA in Sacred Music. They like each other, and their three kiddos, Ellie, Claire, & Bjorn, and their dog, Daisy, and this church community. Ben also enjoys eating, hiking, and songwriting.

Kyle Wiens

Discipleship Pastor

Kyle is a Minnesota native, growing up outside of Rochester, MN. He graduated from Winona State University and Denver Seminary with his master’s degree in Youth and Family Ministries.

For over twenty years, Kyle has served as a youth pastor. He has loved developing students, leaders, and families, and was honored to walk their faith journeys together.  He is excited to stretch into the role of discipleship and the ministry of Park Community Church.
Kyle loves being in nature, enjoying coffee with a friend, hanging out with his family, and being part of the community through local theater productions. Kyle has been married to his high school sweetheart, Stacy, for 27 years and together they have two daughters, one son-in-law, two crazy dogs, and one cat (who accepts them periodically).

Lauren Schierloh

Ministry Assistant

Lauren and her family moved to the Minneapolis area from Oklahoma in 2018. Shortly after, they found Park Community Church where they were welcomed with open arms. Lauren graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Elementary Education and taught 2nd grade for 6 years. 

Lauren has served in multiple ministries within Park including Hospitality, KidsPark, assisting with coordinating Moms Connect, and assisting in Wedding Coordination at the church. She is very excited to be able to continue serving Park through her new role as Ministry Assistant. 

Lauren lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Joel, and two boys, Cooper and Brecken. When not at home taking care of her boys, Lauren enjoys teaching barre fitness classes, going on walks, organizing spaces, and sipping coffee.

Emily Hedstrom

KidsPark Director

Emily is passionate about child development, serving kids and their families, and making disciples of Jesus. She graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. All of her jobs have revolved around children, including working as a camp counselor, special education paraprofessional, and elementary school teacher.

Growing up a pastors kid, serving in the local church has always been important. She has served throughout her life in childrens ministry, youth ministry in college, and most recently serving consistently at Park Community Church.

When she isn’t with kids, Emily loves spending time with her husband, running, throwing clay on the wheel, or baking sourdough bread.

Dana Isder

Communications Coordinator

Dana has lived in the Twin Cities since her college years, where she graduated from Bethel University with a B.A. in Communications. She has enjoyed freelancing in graphic design and communications for non-profit organizations  from home since having children.

Dana and her husband, Nate, love serving alongside the people of Park. She enjoys bringing messages, events and other communications to life in visually-appealing ways.

Between snuggling her three kiddos, managing schedules and picking up toys, Dana loves to bake, decorate and drink coffee with friends.

Ministry Team

Molly Ballanger
Director of Hospitality

Brooke Vidlund
Director of Connections

Rachel Weber
Director of Global Ministries

Luke & Kendra Olson
Student Ministry Leaders

Travis Lubbers
Director of Finance

Elder Team

Mike G.

Ben Brandt

Andrew Peterson

Grant Larson

Kyle Wiens

Nate Isder

Seth Schuett