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Staff Directory

Teaching Team

Joel Preston has been our Pastor since 2010. Joel was born and raised in southern New Jersey and graduated from Trinity Baptist College. Joel served for eight years as Youth Pastor, and one year as the Christian School Principal at a church in Tampa, Florida.

Joel and his wife Jenine have two sons, J. J. and Jace. Pastor Joel is passionate about expository preaching, theology, building a strong Christian home, and loving people as they are. In his “spare time”, he can be found playing disc golf, reading or just hanging out with his family. Joel was custom designed to live in Minnesota as he loves the cold weather and snow. He is hopelessly addicted to books, diet Mountain Dew and all things Philadelphia.


Student Ministries Director
Joe Gatzke serves as our Student Ministries Director. Joe was born and raised in Wisconsin but we don’t hold that against him, especially since he is a Vikings fan!

Joe is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and is nearly finished with the Master’s program at Bethel Seminary. Joe loves youth ministry and equipping students to love God and serve others. He is an avid hunter and fisherman, as well as being a fanatical Minnesota sports fan.




Office Administrator

Jeanne Johnson serves as our Office Administrator. Jeanne is a true Minnesotan and has spent most of her life right here in Pine City. She is passionate about ministry and making sure things are done with excellence. When she is not in the office, Jeanne loves spending time with her best friend and husband, Lonnie, as well as her children and grandchildren.