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Central Baptist Church | Saint Paul


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.  



John F. Anderson, Associate Pastor. 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. 



Chuck Sorlie, Youth & College Age Pastor. 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. 


Justin Aadland, Pastor of Children's Ministries. Justin grew up in the Midway Como Park area of the Twin Cities.  He attended Saint Paul 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. 


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!



Joelle Anderson, Communications Director.  Joelle graduated spring of 2014 with her Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.  She completed her BA at UW-Madison in 2009 and went straight for her Masters feeling a deep call to begin seminary. Joelle was unsure of what was waiting for her after school was done, but she trusted that God would bring her to where she needed to be. She fell in love with Central after one Sunday and was thrilled to be hired on staff in May 2014. As a developing leader in her twenties, she is excited to be a part of a body of believers who get what faith is about.  It's about relationships and about allowing God to transform our lives. Outside of her ministry, Joelle enjoys cycling, being outdoors, traveling and cooking. 



Terri Hansen, Executive Director of Central Community Services, Inc (CCSI). 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.



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.