leadership team

Our Leadership Board is appointed by our congregation. We gather together each month to continually
discern the leading of God's Spirit and to gain greater wisdom in promoting the unity and vitality of our church.

  • al wetzel, church chair

    I am the product of growing up as the oldest of six kids on the rural edge of Wells,

    Minnesota (pop. 2,500 or so sturdy stock). My father worked at Wilsons Meat

    Packing plant and my mother loved her role as homemaker. Church was simple:

    one for every denomination and mine contained my grandparents, aunts, uncles,

    and cousins. Life was sweet and simple, though turbulence was on the horizon.

    After a tour in Vietnam I married Lynn, a hometown farm girl, and we settled in to

    life in the big city. It was a time of careers, raising our daughter Alyssa,

    experiencing the complexities of 41 years of marriage, and looking forward to

    retirement hobbies and grandsons. However, we found lung cancer in Lynn

    during the retirement phase and she died 10/3/2014. Life for me continued


    During my ten-year attendance at enCompass church its people have become my

    family. They helped me grieve, recover, and discover. To such a degree that

    Brenda Lortie (another long-time attender) and I became married and started

    discovering its beautiful complexities on 9/24/2016.

  • caren nicholson

    I grew up in Loretto, MN, 20 miles west of Minneapolis. I have two children, Aaron and Kyle, two step-children, Adam and Jamie, and am Grandma to 6 and one more on the way! I was a RN for almost 30 years, retiring last year to take care of my grandson. I enjoy reading, sewing, and traveling. I always have a trip on the books and planning where I can go next. Two of my favorite trips have been to Peru (Machu Picchu) and Israel. 

    I started attending enCompass since its beginning. I appreciate the close community and focus on serving others. My desire is to seek the Lord's will and His plan for enCompass.

  • sharon deisinger

    I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we moved to the Dells when I was in high school. I was the fourth daughter of four daughters! My dad was a Presbyterian minister and my mom was a nurse. I went to school in Madison for interior design, which is where I met my husband Mark. Our church followed strict guidelines on dating and we prayed and trusted God for our spouse. Mark and I had our first kiss at the altar! We now have four children (a daughter and three sons), and one grandson.

    We started coming to enCompass about 7 years ago and really enjoy the smaller church atmosphere and Kevin's sermons. I pray for God's hand to guide us, for an outpouring of zeal for our church, and to touch others' lives as we grow in God's grace and goodness.

  • mindy molin

    I grew up in Owatonna, MN with my parents and sister. I knew as early as sixth grade that I was going to attend Bethel College (now University). During college I joined with two pastors in their start of a church plant in Lino Lakes. I took on the role as the church's youth pastor for 10 years. I also met and married Erik at that church. I ended my job as youth pastor to work for another youth organization until coming full-swing back to Bethel again. I started as an Admissions Counselor and now work as the Assistant Registrar for undergrad students. If you have students at Bethel, I'm the one who will award their degree! :)

    When our previous church closed its doors, Erik and I spent a few years looking for a new church. While searching, our family grew as we welcomed our first son, Tryg. After Tryg's birth, I really felt the loss of not having a church family to share in the experience. In the spring of 2011, Erik, Tryg, and I started attending enCompass. I have enjoyed getting to know the families at enCompass as we have continued the growth of our family with our second son, Kale.

    It is refreshing to be able to be real with other women and men who are just trying to do their best at work, at home, in parenting, in social settings, and in their spiritual lives. I enjoy the groups that enCompass has to offer and I hope that we can continue to expand beyond the Sunday morning experience in new and enriching ways.

    An odd fact about me: I was born over a month and a half early. I kind of feel like God thought it would be funny that I would be born on the first day of winter, December 21. The truth is, I hate winter!

  • Zac harder

    I grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, attending one of the many local Mennonite churches. I attended Hesston College in KS for two years and then volunteered with Youth Encounter to drive around in a van with 5 other 18-21 year-olds for a year on the beautiful US east coast. It was during this adventure that I met an amazing woman who would one year later become my wife. Amber and I have three wonderful kids: Feven, Kairus, and Freya.

    After graduating from the University of MN with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I now work at General Mills creating custom food equipment.

    Amber and I started coming to enCompass in 2009 after feeling a lack of connection at our previous church. People often talk about enCompass being full of genuine and sincere people. I have to admit, that is exactly what we first noticed and what kept us coming back. My prayer for enCompass is that people’s spirits can be refreshed and renewed from the hustle and bustle which often consumes the day to day.

  • joel mcdougall

    I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I attended Minnehaha Academy, where I ran Cross Country and Track & Field. I decided to attend Bethel University, and continued to participate in sports through my time there. While I was at Bethel, I was invited to enCompass Church. When I showed up for my first Sunday back in 2010, I felt so welcome and met so many outgoing, loving people. I had never experienced church in the way that I did at enCompass!

    I currently work as a Data Analyst for Opportunity Partners, a non-profit that supports adults with disabilities. In my free time, I volunteer with YoungLife in Bloomington, MN. I also love spending time in the outdoors- hiking, rock climbing, and taking naps in my hammock. I am also currently an online student at West Texas A &M University, pursing an MBA. I am recently engaged to my fiance Jamie, who I met on a blind date two years ago. We're looking forward to many more years together at enCompass Church!

    A fun fact about myself: I have never been able to blow a bubble with chewing gum.