Our Staff

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  • Pastor Mark Tewes
    Email: pmt@livingchrist.org

Pastor Mark has been involved in ministry both as a youth minister and as Pastor since 1981.  His focus for ministry is to create an environment where people’s eyes are opened to God’s desire to have a relationship with them and to be aware of the opportunities that God presents to them each day.  Pastor Mark graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska with an elementary education teaching degree and a Director of Christian Education certificate.  He attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri completing the Master of Divinity degree and has taken courses leading to a Doctor of Ministry degree.  Pastor Mark served for four years in southern California in a youth ministry role, nine years in Eagan as a Mission Developer/Pastor, three years at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward, Nebraska as an Assistant Pastor, five years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson, Wisconsin as a co-Pastor developing a second site ministry (Trinity Family Center), and has served for thirteen years at Living Christ Lutheran here in Chanhassen as Senior Pastor.  Pastor Mark has also served in the Minnesota South District on the Board of Directors as a vice-president and as a clergy member.  Deb Tewes, Pastor Mark’s wife, is involved in “reJOYce,” the contemporary music ministry at LCLC as well as assisting in the coordination of the annual Advent By Candlelight women’s event (a women's outreach ministry).  Deb works at Concordia University in St. Paul as an Administrative Assistant for the graduate programs in the College of Education.  Pastor Mark and Deb have three children, Tad is married to Jackie and they have two children, Ella and Jude.  Jessica is married to Nick Francis and they have two children, Bode and Ezra.  Isaac, their youngest son, is married to Kylie.  Pastor Mark enjoys the BWCAW, fishing, hunting, being outside, and good food shared with great friends.

  • Holle Severson
    Director of Connection Ministry
    Email: holle@livingchrist.org

Holle graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education.  Upon graduation she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ and served in the campus ministry at Eastern Michigan University, Iowa State and the University of Minnesota.  Following her time on staff she worked at Crown College as the Director of Event Services.  While at Crown she earned her Master’s Degree in Ministry Leadership.  In 2005 she came to Living Christ and is currently working as the Director of Connection Ministry. Her passion is to help people know God, grow deeper in that knowledge and live life discovering and using the gifts God has given them.  Holle enjoys traveling, get-a-ways and heart to heart conversations with friends, reading, learning, days at the arboretum and providing treats for all the little children who visit her office. 


  • Nancy Turnblad
    Administrative Assistant/Communications
    Email: office@livingchrist.org

Nancy has worked at Living Christ as Administrative Assistant /Communications since February of 2007.  She is a former Elementary and Middle School teacher. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota and later earned a Master's Degree in Education while teaching full-time in Edina. She enjoys  traveling, crafts, reading, and spending time with her two adult children, other family, and friends. 


  • Dane Wolfgram
    Director of Youth & Christian Education (DCE)
    Email: dane@livingchrist.org

Dane, originally from Bismarck, ND, was Installed as our Director of Youth & Christian Education on June 19, 2022. He served as our 2021-2022, Intern Director of Christian Education from Concordia University, Nebraska. Dane completed his full Director of Christian Education certification along with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in theology in June 2022. Dane enjoys photography, listening to folk and jazz music, and being in the great outdoors.  


  • Derek Bates
    Music Director
    Email: derek@livingchrist.org