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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 four.


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 13 years. In addition to teaching, she began coordinating Central’s Sunday Nursery program in 2013. During the summer of 2015, she helped expand the early childhood program to Wednesday evenings.  She and her husband Luke are happily raising their family of three girls: Faith, Shelby, and Lauren. 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 and Missions 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 two sons - Theo and Winston. 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 came to Central Baptist Church in 1985, already having completed eight years of ministry in youth, camping, summer programming & community ministries in south Minneapolis.  Chuck and Mary have been married for 30 years, and their son Mike lives with his wife and children in Lakeville, Minnesota. Their wonder dog Lacie keeps the family life in balance.   Chuck has a BA in Christian Education from Northwestern College and an MDiv from Bethel Seminary, with a professional emphasis in youth & family ministries.  Chuck loves thrift stores and garage sales, road trips, being with youth and exploring the Twin Cities (which includes neighborhood food eateries) with his wife Mary. 


Dan Lundberg, Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries

Dan is committed to the belief that EVERYONE is a worshipper. The question is who and/or what we worship. There is simply no greater privilege or responsibility than to help lead and connect as many as he can to Jesus Christ - the ONLY ONE who is worthy of our worship and devotion. Dan is an experienced worship leader, choral director, vocalist, guitarist, bass player, speaker, teacher and writer. Except for a six year stint in the insurance industry, Dan has served in vocational Worship Ministry since 1987.   He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (B.A. Music) and Bethel Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Dan and his wife, Carol, met while studying Music at the University of Minnesota. They were married in 1978 and have three adult children, Christopher, Jonathan and Rachel. At the end of a long day, Dan enjoys nothing more than ‘zoning’ time with his wife, Carol.


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.