MEET THE STAFFOur staff loves serving the congregation and helping the church family follow Jesus. They’d love to get to know you better.
Rob and his wife, Tammi, live in Prior Lake with their two sons, James and Joe. Rob graduated from Stetson University (BA, ’92), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., ’95), and Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min., 2012). He runs, pulls for the Vikings, and drinks way too much coffee. His favorite show is still The West Wing.
Favorite Spot: Artist’s Point at Grand Marais
Restaurant Pick: Wildfire (Steak. Medium rare!)
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Worship Arts Director
Matt moved to the Twin Cities in 2008. He is a classically trained pianist and cellist, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano from the University of Northern Iowa. Matt joined his first worship band in sophomore year of high school, and eventually served as a staff worship leader at two local churches before relocating to Minnesota. Matt enjoys songwriting, playing video games, and hanging out with his wife, Megan, and dog, Jack. Matt is also a political and sports nerd, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Vikings, and Cleveland Indians.
Favorite Spot: Golfo de Nicoya, Costa Rica
Restaurant Pick: Fat Lorenzo’s
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Peter 1:8-9, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Kristin is a born and raised Minnesota farm girl. She moved to the Twin Cities in 1998 to study Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Minnesota. While attending college, she met her husband, Jason. They live in Shakopee with their 3 kids. Kristin feels very blessed to be able to use her professional skills in communications and design to serve at Brookwood.
In her free time, Kristin loves to travel and run, especially together – to date she’s run 10 marathons in 6 states. She also has a passion for music and has been giving private piano lessons in her home for over 14 years. Like most of the staff, she is fond of a good cup of coffee (actually, coffee flavored sugar milk!)
Favorite Spot: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Restaurant Pick: Peking Garden
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” (Kristin’s favorite running shirt has this verse on it, she loves to wear it for races to honor God by encouraging others.)
Student Ministry Pastor
Jason and his wife, Kari, live in Eden Prairie, MN. He is a graduate of Crown College (BA, Pastoral Leadership) and is pursuing his Master of Divinity at Bethel Seminary. Jason likes dark roast coffee, reading, traveling, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Reds.
Favorite Spot: Howth Head in Dublin, Ireland
Restaurant Pick: Red Cow (or anywhere with a quality burger)
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:37-39: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Go Ministry Director
David and his wife, Krista, live in Shakopee along with their two daughters, Macy and Kate. David is currently employed by UnitedHealthcare in Minnetonka. In the Dickmans’ spare time they enjoy spending time up north at the cabin, hunting, fishing and watching the Packers.
Favorite Spot: “Up North”
Restaurant Pick: Fogo De Chao
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalms 56:4 “I trust in God, I praise his word. I trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can people do to me?”
Deb moved to the Twin Cities from Eau Claire, WI in 1985. She graduated from Northwestern College with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Deb has worked in the administrative field for 20+ years and now is enjoying semi-retirement along with using her administrative skills to advance the kingdom with Brookwood.
Deb enjoys nothing more than spending time with her 3 adult children and their families. Well, unless it’s watching her favorite Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl.
Restaurant Pick: Redstone
Favorite Bible Verse: I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Children's Ministry Director
Holly and her husband, Drew, moved to the Twin Cities in 2004 after college graduation. They currently live in Shakopee with their two children Addison and Zachary. Holly is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point.
Holly loves black coffee, running, spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching most TV series on HBO. The whole Kapla family are very big Green Bay Packers fans.
Favorite spot: Door County in the fall
Favorite Restaurant: Kona
Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
John and his wife Jonda have lived in Shakopee since 2001 along with their three daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Sarah. John graduated from South Dakota State University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics. He currently is employed by The Toro Company.
The Heckel family enjoys camping and time together as a family. In his spare time, John enjoys hunting, bicycling, and tackling home projects.
Favorite Spot: Sitting around a campfire.
Restaurant Pick: Cold Stone Creamery (although not a restaurant, its good J)
Favorite Verse: 1 John 5:11-12: And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.