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Central Baptist Church | Saint Paul



Justin Aadland, Pastor of Children's Ministries.

Justin grew up in the Midway Como Park area of the Twin Cities.  He attended Saint Paul Central High School and immediately attended North Central University where he recieved his BA in Urban Ministry.  In 2013, Justin graudated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Arts in Community Ministry Leadership.  He and his wife, Krista, have four daughters.  Justin took the position of Director of Children's Ministries in October 2013 with the same enthusiasm, weird sense of humor and passion to grow children into disciples of Christ that he has for his own children. 


Terri Hansen, Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation, Executive Director of Central Community Services, Inc (CCSI), Tutoring Coordinator.

Terri has been a part of Central for over 35 years, serving in a variety of lay and staff positions. A graduate of Bethel College ('78), and Bethel Seminary (MDiv, '95), Terri has a passion for facilitating spiritual growth and formation in others. As director of CCSI, her mission is to build community partnerships and create quality programs that enable Central to reach into the immediate neighborhood. Terri is married to Dave, mom of three adult children, and grandmother of three.


Heather Horn, Director of Early Childhood Ministries

Heather received her B.A. (’99) and M.A. in Early Childhood Education(’01) from Concordia University, St. Paul. She taught three years in the public school system before beginning her own educational business. She has been providing individual and group instruction for students pre-kindergarten through college level for the past twelve years. In addition to teaching, she began coordinating Central’s Sunday Nursery program in 2013.  During the summer of 2015, she is preparing for the expansion of the early childhood program to Wednesday evenings.  She and her husband Luke are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their third little girl early this fall.  Their daughters, Faith and Shelby, are thrilled to be having a new baby sister! During her free time…wait a minute, what free time?  She is happy to spend time with her family and guide young children toward being disciples of Christ.


Joel Lawrence  

Joel Lawrence, Senior Pastor.  

Joel is passionate about the ministry of the local church in her calling to love God and love our neighbor. Prior to Central, he was a college pastor, served in various roles in Christian camping ministry, was a teaching pastor in a local church, and served full time on the faculty at Bethel Seminary, teaching theology, and ethics.  Joel holds degrees from Texas A&M University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM.), and Cambridge University (Phil. and PhD.). He is married to Myndi and has 4 children: Bethany, Anna, Katherine, and Micah.  When not at the church, you can find Joel running, playing with his kids, and golfing.  


Steve Nuessle, Communications Director.  

Steve has been a part of Central Church as a member since 2011, involved with young adult ministries, the mission board, and the Board of Stewards and became communications director in June 2015. He graduated from Bethel Seminary in spring 2011 with a Masters of Divinity and served as chaplain in the Minnesota National Guard. He completed his BA from Carleton College in economics and has worked for various corporations in the Twin Cities prior to starting Seminary. He is married to Krista and they have a son/rascal named Theo. When not at church Steve enjoys softball, basketball, cooking, reading about history and theology, and listening to podcasts.


Sharyn Olson, Office Manager.  

Sharyn grew up in the Midway Area of Saint Paul and joined Central's staff in 1969. She has seen God's church go through many leadership changes, giving her so much experience and the joy she receives each day working at Central reinforces her passion to serve. She knows everyone in our congregation and community and her position uniquely gives her the opportunity to meet and greet everyone that comes through our doors.  She is an avid sports fan and enjoys plays, concerts and musicals. She simply loves her job and prays God continues to use her to serve the people at Central.  



Chuck Sorlie, Associate Pastor of Youth & Families.

Pastor Chuck and his wife, Mary, started at Central in 1985.  They have been married for 29 years, and their son Mike lives with his wife and children in Lakeville, MN. Their wonder dog Lacie keeps the family life in balance.   Chuck has an BA in Christian Education from Northwestern College and an MDiv from Bethel Seminary.  He loves thrift stores and garage sales, road trips, being with youth and exploring the Twin Cities (which includes foodie adventures) with his wife Mary. 


Ben Tyvoll, Contemporary Worship Director.

Ben has been married to his best friend, Kaaren, for 10 years and have been blessed with 5 beautiful children.  When not hanging with his family, he works as a mental health chaplain with a growing and innovative organization, Prairie Care.  Ben is passionate about worship and excited to witness God move in and through His people at Central Baptist Church.  Let's Go! 

Troy Wilson, Pastor of Community Outreach

Troy's story is one of grace, redemption and transformation. Troy obtained a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral & Biblical Studies from North Central University in 2002 and a Master's degree in Theological & Biblical Studies from Bethel Seminary. During his time of study, Troy began to notice a difference between religion and the reality of God's grace taught in the Bible. He doesn't believe that God is exclusive based upon dogma, tradition, or doctrine, but rather God's unconditional love is available to the human soul that seeks Him in brokenness. Troy is also a writer, life-coach, mentor, and lifetime student.


Pastor Emeritus


 John F. Anderson, Pastor Emeritus.

Since the 1970's, John has served Central in many different ministry capacities, including Senior Pastor. Before settling in the Midway area of Saint Paul, he served as a pastor in St. Louis Missouri, Los Angeles California and Galesburg Illinois.  He is married to Barbara Anderson, a faithful partner in ministry since June 14, 1958.  They have three children and have been blessed with three grandchildren.