In 2017, EFCA’s North Central District called Brian Farone to serve as our District Superintendent. A first generation christian who came to faith through the ministry of Young Life, he is a graduate of Arizona Christian University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to joining the NCD, he served in pastoral ministry in Arizona and California. Likewise, he spent four years serving in regional leadership on the staff of EFCA West. Brian and his wife Teri have two college age children, Samuel and Grace. Together with the rest of our district team, he is passionate about serving pastors, church leaders and churches as they invite people to trust, walk with and serve Jesus Christ.
Church Resources, Placement, Credentialing
Director of Church Resources Dave Linde oversees the credentialing and placement processes in the district. Holding degrees from Bethel University and Dallas Theological Seminary, Dave was a solo pastor for 14 years. He’s now been in district ministry for 18 years connecting with pastors and church leaders in a variety of ways: coaching, advising, resourcing, teaching, encouraging, and helping organize our twice-a-year conferences. Desiring to put Jesus’s greatness on display, he’s passionate about helping others connect the truths we hold so dear from Scripture to heart and life in such a way that transformation takes place from the inside out. Dave considers himself widely traveled and likes to look out of his NCD office window onto the building where he was born. He and his wife, Kathy, now live in Circle Pines and have nine children and eight grandchildren (and one on the way).
Church Multiplication Catalyst
Starting out as a farm kid in the school of hard knocks, Church Multiplication Catalyst Dan Moose is still learning. Dan left his first pastorate and started planting churches in 1983 after receiving a BA from Oral Roberts University and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. While leading his third church plant, he joined the NCD church planting director to recruit and assess new church planters and to assist in training church-plant core teams and churches who desired to plant daughter churches. In May 2008, he accepted his current position where he spends time with pastors, leadership teams, and congregations mentoring, coaching, and training to develop a culture of multiplication that leads to the ongoing practice of multiplying new churches. Dan and his wife Cheryl live in Blaine near their three daughters and their families. They enjoy camping, biking, and DIY projects. Occasionally, he can be seen driving tractors and trucks on the farm for personal rejuvenation.
Kelley Johnson, along with his wife Jola, serves the district as the Director of Pastoral Care, helping pastors and their wives survive and thrive in life and ministry. Through prayer, listening, and a ministry of presence, his heart is to shepherd shepherds. The Johnsons currently live in Hector, MN, and have two adult children. Kelley has a unique background in both ministry and law enforcement, having degrees in both and serving 12 years in the former and 24 in the latter. His nose (or his ears) can often be found in a good book or audiobook, having recently experienced a renewed love for reading.
Steve Austvold serves as the Director of Missions Mobilization for the North Central District. Steve has served in Romania and with ReachGlobal. His wife Kathy shares his heart for missions and serves alongside him as they help churches bring the gospel to the ends of the earth. She has worked with missionary children’s education in Madrid and Caracas. She currently works with EFCA’s Global Fingerprints ministry.
Glenn Olson serves the North Central District as our Student Ministry Director, where he provides support and training to youth workers that gather in 9 monthly networks across Minnesota; he also directs a yearly student conference called District Blitz. Raised in Minnesota, Glenn and his wife Anne have lived in Hastings for over 30 years and have raised 6 children, with their youngest still finishing high school. Glenn brings 33 years of experience to doing youth ministry but 2 things are the driving force in working with youth workers: clear intentionality in disciple-making and intimately dependent prayer.
Pat Wester (PT)
Pat Wester serves the North Central District as our Director of Church Revitalization, where he provides key resources as he coaches NCD churches toward thriving. Raised in Minnesota, Pat and his wife, Dawn, now live in Rochester after a stint in Colorado. They have three grown children and are “Papa and Nana” to three grandkids, who somehow manage to get spoiled every time they visit. Ordained in the EFCA, Pat brings 25 years of service in pastoral ministry, including youth, children’s, small groups, and executive roles to our team, as well as a desire to see congregations and church staffs flourish and find vitality.
Having always felt called to play a support role to those in ministry, Office Administrator Sharon Trucker oversees the basic office administration and support for the NCD, including mailings, database and facility management, and support of credentialing and placement. Sharon grew up in the Pacific Northwest and in the EFCA but considers herself a Minnesotan now after attending Bethel College (with a BA in History) and working at the EFCA National Office for 15 years supporting various directors with Mission USA/ReachNational, Urban/Intercultural Ministries, Student Ministries, and Challenge Youth Conference. While passionate about enabling others to do the work they’re called to do, she also is drawn to multicultural ministry, having led the immigrant garden ministry at Revive Church in Brooklyn Park for a couple of years. Sharon lives in Maple Grove with her affectionate cat, Buddy, and often blesses her sisters, niece, nephew, grandnieces, and grandnephews (and her coworkers!) with scrumptious baked goods.
Since 2005, the NCD has been blessed to have Mindy Warland as its financial administrator. Not only does Mindy wrangle the finances, computers, and human resources for the NCD, Mindy also has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary and has been trained with Peacemaker Ministries. If you’re looking for someone to fix your computer or your relational struggles, Mindy would love to help you! She currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their three kids.
Jordan Hirsch (PT)
Jordan Hirsch is the part-time Administrative Assistant at the NCD. After transplanting from Illinois to attend the University of Minnesota, she received a BA in Geography and completed a three-year internship with the Leadership Development Institute at Hope Community Church in Minneapolis. For five years, Jordan was the Women’s Ministry Associate at a local church plant, but she’s now pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Concordia University in Saint Paul, where she lives with her husband, Chris, and their two perfect cats. She’s passionate about language and clear communication and loves to help others engage with the truths found in Scripture. Depending on the day, Jordan considers proofreading somewhere between a necessary evil and a bringer of absolute joy.
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