Meet Our Leadership Team
Shelly has called Life Church her home church since 1989. She has been married to Ken since 1987 and have blended their family, with the Lord’s help, of four amazing children. They knew once the grandkids started coming, it would fast & furious and as of today they enjoy all ten of them. In 2019 Shelly left her insurance position of 30 years to become the Administrative Assistant at Life Church. She has always had a desire to serve the church and to come alongside the pastoral staff and ministries to help them do all that God has placed in them. Her desire is to see the church make a difference in our community and for people to come to know Jesus and His love for them. Her favorite things are time with family, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, camping, and her dachshund, Ruger.
I was raised in Life Church (then Community Bible Church), and when I was 19 I really grasped what walking with Jesus should and could be like. Since then I have endeavored to follow each step He has ordained for me, walking surrendered to His will daily. I left Fergus Falls for college followed by an Air Force career as a Space & Missile Officer. We moved back to the Fergus area in 2015 when I retired from the military and have attended Life Church ever since. I am currently employed at Security State Bank. Niki and I were married in 1993 and have two children: Alyssa and Zachary. My hope and prayer for Life Church is that it be a place that nurtures and exemplifies Christlikeness. That is the heart of discipleship; to spur one another on to think like Christ, to speak like Christ, to act like Christ, to live like Christ, to love like Christ. Christ is our foundation, our cornerstone. With this foundation firmly established and continually embraced, I am confident that God will continue to use this body of believers in new and exciting ways to fulfill the great calling He has placed on our church.
Dave’s walk with the Lord Jesus began at age 17 (1978) when he received the fullness of the Holy Spirit. He worked at holding regular bible studies, whenever possible, during his 4 years in the Marine Corps. During that time, he fell in love with helping other understand the Word of God better, learning about the wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of the Word of God. He joined Life Church in March of 1984, while it was called Community Bible Church (CBC) and quickly fell in love with the people. David met Jane Hoff at a youth meeting at CBC in June of 1984 and they were married at CBC in July of 1985. They left for World Harvest Bible College in August 1987 for deeper biblical training and returned to CBC in July of 1993. Since that time Dave has continued serving the people of Life Church in several different ways: Adult Bible Classes, children’s Sunday School, mowing, vacuuming, counselling and worship team.
My wife Sarah and I have been members of Life Church for over 10 years and have four fantastic children: Caleb (11), Elijah (9), Adelaide (7) and Paul (5). I have served in many ministries within Life Church (men’s, small groups, Sunday School), but both my wife and I have had a main focus serving in the children’s ministry. I feel blessed and honored every day to be a Elder and part of the ministry teams at Life Church! My relationship with God is the most important part of my life, followed by my family. For those of you that don’t know me, I enjoy hard work, solving problems, getting things accomplished, finishing strong and fishing.
My wife, Tasha, and I were married in 1986. Together we have served the Lord while raising eight children along the way. I am retired from a career in law-enforcement and currently work part-time as a driver for Ottertail/MinnDakota Coaches. I enjoy spending time with my family and fellowshipping with church family. I enjoy everything outdoors, but mostly pheasant hunting in the fall. I feel humbled to be a part of the elder team here at Life Church. My continuing prayer is to see God’s Spirit move freely at Life Church, bringing about fruit that glorifies Jesus Christ and advances the Kingdom of God.
I grew up on a farm north of Underwood, MN and am the youngest of 8 children born to Kenneth & Juneice Rostad. I fully committed my life to Christ and was filled with the Holy Spirit as a young adult in the 1980’s. My wife Shelly and I met in 1986 and were married the following year. We have a blended family with 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren, with whom I enjoy spending much of my free time. I have worked for Otter Tail Power for 13 years. My hobbies include snowmobiling, fishing, and watching baseball, much of which are done with my family. It is truly an honor to be able to serve as an elder at Life Church. My heart’s desire is for us as a church to reach out to our community in love as well as support missions locally and around the world to reach the lost. I am also committed to help the people of Life Church to be equipped, willing to serve with the Holy Spirit’s guidance to fulfill the calling He has for us.
Norm Thomsen has been a follower of Jesus since he was 14. He has been married to Lois for 55 years, and they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Norm and Lois have been in both pastoral and missionary ministry most of their lives (in the Midwest, Germany, and Austria.) Norm also served for 15 years as a chaplain in the Elim Care facilities in St. Paul and Fargo and now that he is retired serves as a chaplain part-time at LB Homes in Fergus Falls. Norm and Lois are passionate about seeing more people called, instructed, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to grow into strong, mature believers, reaching out into our neighborhoods, nation, and world with the life-giving message of God’s love, salvation, hope, and life transformation through the power of Christ!