Staff

Todd Ertsgaard

Lead Pastor

toddTodd joined our staff as lead pastor in the spring of 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN. and a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in Arden Hills, MN. He also did extended studies at North Park University in Chicago, IL. He has previously served as Youth Director at New London Covenant Church in New London, MN and planted and developed Oak Heights Covenant Church in Hutchinson, MN. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Christopher, Andrew and Danielle. He enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, proclaiming God’s Word and watching people grow in their walk with the Lord. He is convinced that Jesus has risen from the grave and has the power to change lives.

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Brian Majerus

Pastor of Christian Formation and Family Ministries

Brian MajerusBeing on staff since 2006, Brian’s current ministry is encouraging growth with individuals, couples, families, and the small group ministry. Through experiences in youth ministry, management, and mental health work, Brian developed a compassion for those who suffer and a passion for creating opportunities of formation and transformation toward Christian growth/maturity. In that pursuit, he graduated from Bethel Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree studying biblical, theological, & formation areas as well as marriage and family studies and therapy. Along with a love for God and people, he enjoys a good conversation, reading, (an occasional) run, movies, and writing (published in peer-reviewed journals). Brian, Kim (wife), Micah, Sam & Luke (sons) may be found on “little adventures” of bike rides, geocaching, hiking, “living room wrestling”, playing games and reading...

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Jackie Wallace

Secretary

Jacquelyn WallaceJackie has been our secretary since 1994. Her office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. M-TH and 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Fridays. She and her husband, Dan, have three grown children, son, Nick (married to Cindy), and daughters, Janelle (married to Travis), and Lindsay. She enjoys attending sporting events, is a big Twins & Vikings fan (married to a big Packer fan)! She also enjoys being a grandma to Reese and a step-grandma to Logan. Jackie likes scrapbooking, geo- caching, movies, and an occasional ride on her hubby's cycle! She enjoys singing in the church choir, and helping out however she can at church. Philippians 4:8, 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

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Neil Vance

Youth Director

Neil VanceNeil joined the First Covenant staff as the director of youth ministries in the summer of 2014. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Youth Ministry, Biblical & Theological Studies, and Reconciliation Studies from Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. Because Neil believes Scripture when it states that he is a beloved child of God, he earnestly desires to help youth, who are constantly told by society that they aren’t good enough, realize that God deeply loves them as well! Neil takes seriously the command to love God and others and seeks to live by the calling of Micah 6:8. Beyond building relationships and seeking to make God’s love known, he is an avid Minnesota sports fan, especially of baseball and the Twins! Neil likes to stay active and beyond playing, watching, and coaching sports, he also enjoys hiking, board games, spending time with family and friends, and a good book!

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Brian Smith

Director of Worship & Creative Arts

Brian Smith 2Brian joined the First Covenant staff as the Director of Worship and Creative Arts in September of 2014. He has a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul as well as an MBA from Hamline University. Picking up the guitar in high school, Brian has been involved in leading worship for over 15 years. During that time he has been a part of church plants in MN & AZ. Brian is passionate about leading people in worship and joining together with the body of believers to lift up the name of Christ Jesus. Along with a passion for music and arts, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and their three daughters; Amelia, Addie & Delaney out on the St. Croix on hot summer days, attempting to cross country ski in the winter and working around the house on various projects.

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