JOSH + KATIE KREHBIEL | LEAD PASTORS
Josh & Katie met at the Northwestern where they majored in Pastoral Studies & Business, and General Ministry. They instantly connected around their heart for intimacy with God & seeing people activated in their life in God.
They were Intercessory Missionaries at Every Home for Christ in Colorado Springs for a few years before coming home to Minnesota to start a film company & a small group that eventually grew into what is now a thriving church community.
They have twin 8 year old daughters, a 5 year old son & are in the process of adopting more! Josh & Katie are passionate about seeing the body of Christ awakened to their true identity, and demystifying the Christian life for the everyday believers! They believe they will see an end to "spectator Christianity" in the church at large and are honored to be apart of the transformation.
Ben Peterson | ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Ben comes to Grove after working in the business sphere as a sales manager for 4 years and serving with YWAM in Kona, HI for 5 years as a leader in the House of Prayer. He and his wife Kandi have been with Grove since its roots in the living room.
Ben currently oversees our Global department and Grove Communities. He is passionate about seeing people operate confidently and joyfully in their calling, both locally and internationally!
Nicole Palser | CONNECTIONS PASTOR
Before coming to Grove, Nicole worked in Student Development at North Central University for 8+ years. She currently oversees communication, graphic design, and our Connections Departments.
She is passionate about meaningful creative expression and the life transformation that comes through understanding the good news of the Gospel! She loves meeting new faces at Grove and seeing people find family!
stephen witt | Worship director
Stephen has been leading worship since he was 14, starting in his home church in Indiana. In 2016, graduated from North Central University with a “Music Pastor” Bachelor’s degree. During the past several years, Stephen has led worship in schools, camps, conferences, and churches across the US.
Stephen is passionate about the marriage of intimacy with God & excellence in the craft of music at Grove. He is driven by the idea that the body of Christ has the potential to be the most creative collective of people ever, because we house the most creative Being inside of us, and the best news to share!
Abby Voigt | children’s director
Abby is from Brandon, South Dakota and moved to Minnesota in 2013 to study Ministry & Psychology at the University of Northwestern.
She is passionate about seeing people of all ages and stages of life empowered and equipped to live everyday life that reflects the heart of the Father. Abby loves to teach and write about “Raising a Kingdom Generation” of children who walk in Kingdom power and identity today!
NICK + Sophie KRUSE | youth directors
Nick grew up in Shoreview and studied at Bethel University as well, where he and Sophie met! He graduated with a degree in education and prior to youth ministry was in outside sales.
Sophie grew up in Plymouth and went on to study at Bethel University. She graduated with a degree in social work and prior to youth ministry was working as an inner-city school social worker in St. Paul.
Together, Nick and Sophie are committed to raising up the next generation to walk in freedom as sons and daughters rooted in their kingdom identity. Furthermore, Sophie and Nick are driven to witness youth living an empowered lifestyle through the Holy Spirit and holding fast to the word of God as their sole source of truth.