enCompass staff


  • Alex Blackwell
    Lead pastor

    I am beyond excited to begin my new role as Lead Pastor of enCompass Church. For those who have been a part of enCompass for any length of time, you know that there is something cool happening here. We have incredible people who epitomize authenticity and connection. As we seek to whole-heartedly bring God's Kingdom into the part of the world that we find ourselves in, we're excited about and willing to follow in the direction that God leads us. 


    At home, I am a husband to my wife Alli, who is a nurse, and a dad to our son Gabriel and our new little one arriving in March. I love to play almost any sport or board game, and I’m slowly growing in my expertise as a cook, homeowner, and dog trainer (we have a dog named Copper). I am an external processor, so I am always willing to hang out and chat about the latest Star Wars movie, philosophy, theology, and epistemology... or fantasy football.


    Facebook: facebook.com/blackwell.alex

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/alexblackwell1


    E-mail Alex

  • darcy mears
    children's ministry coodinator

    Two teenagers in high school, two cats, and one husband at my house keeps me busy enough; however, working with kidZone families gives me a chance to enjoy the babies and toddlers again and I appreciate every minute. Watching the kids blossom in faith and grow in community with each other is very rewarding for me. Three little known facts about this Minnesota girl: 1. I do not like tomatoes or mushrooms (definitely not Minnesotan - it's a texture thing). 2. In my next stage of life, I will write a murder mystery! 3. I find Time Management games on the computer therapeutic and relaxing. 


    E-mail Darcy

  • deron vaupel
    ministry administrator

    When I'm not spending time with my wife and two boys, building something (usually out of wood or Lego), or losing to Alex in board games, I'm in the trenches at enCompass, doing what I can to help people draw closer to Jesus.


    I got my start in ministry amidst the cornfields of Illinois, followed by a couple years in churches around the world, and finally settled in Minnesota. I've tried my hand at almost everything in church life, but my greatest joy comes from helping people of our church discover their potential for the kingdom.


    Facebook: facebook.com/deron.vaupel


    E-mail Deron

  • amber harder
    communications specialist

    I love to write, and even though my best friend and I have been planning to co-author a book since junior high, we have yet to put anything on paper! I get my writing fix these days from my role here at enCompass, making sure everyone has the resources they need to dive deeper into their faith, and the information they need to stay connected with each other.


    When I'm not writing for enCompass, you'll find me either writing for the Twin Cities Moms Blog or chasing after the three beautiful children who are my inspiration for those posts. 


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