Pastor Jon Van Dine - Interim Pastor
Jon and his wife Teresa both grew up in Iowa. They met after high school at Jon’s home church. The ministry of that church in their lives set them on a course that lead to their meeting, marriage, and to a life of ministry together. Jon earned his Master of Divinity from Western Seminary (Portland OR) and his Doctor of Ministry from Biola University (La Mirada CA). In addition to those pursuits, they have served five churches together. Their two daughters are both married and they have two wonderful twin granddaughters. Jon loves all things coffee, and he enjoys fishing, woodworking and collecting fountain pens. There is something relaxing about a fountain pen that just doesn’t come through a computer. Teresa is a musician with a worshiper’s heart. She has a collection of acoustic guitars. Hearing her play her Guild twelve-string caught Jon’s attention even before they met. Their journey following Jesus and serving churches could best be described with a phrase from Eugene Perterson: “a long obedience in the same direction.”
Board of Elders:
As an Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) church, Faith Church is congregationally governed and Elder led. The Biblical role of Elder is that of overseer. The general role of the Elder Board, in addition to providing policy guidance and overall governance, is to provide for the spiritual life and ministry direction of the Church.
Dr. Ken Kompelien - Chairman, Elder
Ken grew up attending an Evangelical Free Church in northern Minnesota and came to know the Lord while in Vacation Bible School at the age of five. Ken has attended Faith Church since 1997 with his wife Jan, and their three (now adult) children. Ken has served as a youth group leader, Sunday school teacher and worship leader. He has been one of the Faith Church Elders since 2008 and has served as church chairman since 2013. Ken works as academic dean for the North Dakota State College of Science. He loves his family, sports (especially the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, and UND hockey) and fishing and spending time at the lake.
Loryn Klumper - Vice Chairman, Elder
Loryn grew up in a small town in southwestern Minnesota, attended South West Christian high. He graduated from Granite Falls area vocational school in Tool and Die. He worked for mold shops in Iowa, and South Dakota before settling in Wahpeton. Loryn and his wife Joyce have two boys, a daughter-in-law, and are blessed with three grandchildren. He enjoys being involved with the worship team and helping with lawn care at Faith Church.
Patrick Anderson - Secretary, Elder
Patrick Anderson grew up in west central MN in the small town of Evansville. He moved to Breckenridge in 1995 and became a Christian in 1997. He has been involved with Jr. and Sr. high youth group off and on since 2004 and is in his 8th year of teaching Sr. high Sunday school. He’s been an elder since 2009 and part of the worship team the past three years. He is married to his wife, Lynda, and they have three children. Patrick works as a diesel mechanic/lead technician for RDO Equipment Co. in Breckenridge. Patrick likes spending time at the lake with his family, skiing in the winter, cooking up recipes, enjoys following the local, college and pro sports, annual family deer hunting, going for a run, and home improvement projects.
Bruce Dockter - Elder
Bruce lives in Wahpeton with his wife Dorothy. They have been attending Faith Evangelical Free Church since May 14, 1989. Bruce works for Comstock Construction, Inc. as a Project Coordinator and Estimator. He helps to look after the church finances, church facility maintenance, and security and administration. He has been an Elder at Faith for twenty-five years.
Rockey Stoltenow - Elder
Jim Albrecht - Elder
Jim was raised in a farming community in northeast North Dakota and grew up attending a Mennonite Church. He attended college at UND in Grand Forks and his career path took him to the Twin Cities for a few years before moving to Wahpeton. He and his wife Karen, along with 5 children, started attending Faith Church in 2007. Jim works in Wahpeton for ComDel Innovation, a contract product development and manufacturing company
Josh Hardie - Elder