Matt was raised in a pastor’s home and graduated from Northland International University (B.A.) in 1998. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002 and his Doctor of Ministry from Northland International University in 2010. During his seminary years, he served as the assistant pastor at Chisago Lakes Baptist Church in Chisago City, MN. In 2002, Matt became interim pastor at Chisago Lakes Baptist, becoming senior pastor after 10 months. He served there until May 2008, when he was called to Fourth Baptist Church. Matt and his wife, Kim, have five children.
Matt has spoken and taught in multiple venues at home and overseas, including ministry at Central Baptist Seminary’s Romanian campus and at Faith Baptist Bible College in Cochin, India.
My pastoral priority and personal passion is preaching and teaching God’s Word to God’s people. I am convinced that the faithful exposition and application of God’s Word to God’s people is the only ministry paradigm that will bear fruit that remains. However history may evaluate my shepherding, may it be said that I fed the flock the pure milk and the rich meat of God’s Word!
Pastor of Worship and Administration
Dan Johnson was raised in a Christian home and assumed he was saved because he lived a better life than his unsaved friends. Through the faithful exposition of the Word, the Spirit clearly convicted him of sin and showed him the error of trusting in his own good works. Dan trusted the work of Christ for his salvation on August 17, 1990. He was baptized by immersion several years later and became a member at First Baptist Church in New Ulm, MN. Dan’s wife, Becky, was raised in a pastor’s home (Dave & Suzanne Rogers of Willmar, MN) and was saved as a child. Dan and Becky have five children.
Dan holds degrees from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Youth Ministry with a minor in Counseling), Maranatha Baptist University (Master of Arts in Bible), and a Master of Divinity degree from Central Seminary. His life and ministry have been consumed with music, participating in traveling music groups since junior high. He has also led congregational worship and directed choirs and orchestra for over a decade.
Head of School
Born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Andrew received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from Maranatha Baptist University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. His experience in the educational field since 2001 includes being a secondary mathematics teacher, dean of students, elementary principal, and assistant school administrator. Andrew and his wife, Stefanie, have three children.
Being an educator is not something I originally planned on; however, God has used a variety of circumstances in my life to direct me toward teaching. One decision I remember vividly is a desire, starting back in 8th grade, to live a life that mattered, to be in a profession that made a difference. My God-given purpose is to serve as a catalyst for transformative change in education, preparing and shaping students and schools to create a positive impact on the future.
Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship
Jeremy Stephens is a graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He has served as Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship since August 2015. His ministry includes oversight of biblical counseling and discipleship, community outreach, and new members. Jeremy and Sarah were married in 1999, and they have 5 children.
Pastor of Student and Senior Ministries
Both Jared and his wife, Tammy, were raised in Christian homes and were saved as children. During Jared’s teen years, he realized God was calling him into full-time ministry. Jared earned both his bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Theology at Bob Jones University. He served as associate pastor for eight years at Grace Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Florida. He then volunteered at his home church, Meridian Baptist of Newton, Kansas, where he was ordained in January 2009. Jared also served at Fourth Baptist Christian School, teaching Bible, computer, and physical education, and coaching soccer and basketball while he worked on his Master of Divinity degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, which he completed in 2021. Jared and Tammy have three children.
Marcio was raised in California in a Catholic household. However, due to his mom’s decision to know God better, Marcio began attending a Christian church in Antioch, CA, where he first heard the gospel preached. After months of wrestling with God, Marcio accepted Jesus as his Savior.
After high school, Marcio attended and graduated from Bob Jones University with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in business. He met his wife, Erika, during his college years at a Christian camp in California, and they were married in 2019. Marcio and Erika then moved to Virginia Beach, where Marcio began his seminary experience at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. They moved to Minnesota in 2021.
Marcio desires to equip the next generation to love God and serve others through the faithful teaching of the Word.