JOSH + KATIE KREHBIEL | LEAD PASTORS
Josh and Katie met at the Northwestern where they majored in Pastoral Studies and Business, and General Ministry. They instantly connected around their hearts for intimacy with God and seeing people activated in their lives in God.
The Krehbiels 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 and 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, and are in the process of adopting more! Josh and Katie are passionate about seeing the Body of Christ awakened to its true identity and demystifying the Christian life for everyday believers! Josh and Katie believe they will see an end to "spectator Christianity" in the Church at large and are honored to be a part of the transformation.
Ben Peterson | ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Ben comes to Grove after working in both ministry and the marketplace. He, his wife Kandi, and their two children 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! His greatest goal in life is to pursue knowing God more and loving people well.
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, Stephen graduated from North Central University with a “Music Pastor” bachelor’s degree. Over the past several years, Stephen has led worship in schools, camps, conferences, and churches across the U.S.
Stephen is passionate about the marriage of intimacy with God and 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 and 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.