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Ruth Conard

FOUNDER/PASTORAL DIRECTOR: Ruth brings this inspirational ministry to women around the world. She is an ordained minister, a teacher of God’s Word, and a mentor to many. She and her husband, Bill, served God in South America for 20 years where they also raised three children (and now have five...

Sonja Dixon

COUNCIL CHAIR: Sonja’s passion is to lead others with contagious enthusiasm that creates community and encourages and equips others to follow Jesus. She does this through relational leadership, facilitative teaching, time in God’s Word and in prayer, and in her practices as a lifelong learner. Sonja currently serves as associate...

Tahni Cullen

MARKETING DIRECTOR: Tahni is a speaker, writer and licensed pastor who is passionate about sharing God’s hope and restoration through challenging circumstances. Previously a communications/marketing director and ministry director at a large multi-site church, she now freelances while caring for her autistic son, Josiah of Josiah’s Fire. She is married...

Janet McCarty

TREASURER: Janet is the owner of Virtual Bookkeeping USA, and brings many years of bookkeeping and admin experience to the board. In Elk River, she and her husband co-lead a house church and she is Executive Director of the Lifetree Café local ministry. Janet is married with three children and...

Connie Gandrud

COUNCIL MEMBER: Connie has worked as an elementary school teacher and currently for State Farm Insurance for 29 years, she has spent much of her life in meaningful volunteer capacities including church council, leading small group Bible studies, Elk River YMCA board and ministries that focus on feeding people (Community...