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 Music 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. Becky was raised in a pastor’s home (Dave & Suzanne Rogers of Willmar, MN) and was saved as a child.
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 is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Central Seminary. His life and ministry has 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.
Alan has 25 years of experience as a Christian School teacher and administrator in Arizona, Michigan, and Minnesota. He has a Masters Degree as well as certifications and endorsements with the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Alan also has pastoral, teaching, coaching, and business experience. Alan and his wife, Allyson, have five daughters.
The priority of my ministry in our Christian school is to help our students develop and establish a truly biblical worldview. Since our school is an extension of the home, my goals in this process include patiently working with staff, families and students over an extended period of time.
Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship
Jeremy Stephens is a graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and is pursuing his certification with 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. While taking classes at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Jared also served at Fourth Baptist Christian School, teaching Bible, computer, and physical education, and coaching soccer and basketball. Jared and Tammy have three children.