Church Office

FAX (320) 235-1125

Pastor Justin Ask
Lead Pastor
320-235-1441  email

Pastor Mary Hovland
Pastor of Congregational Care
320-235-1441 email
I am "Pastor for Congregational Care" at Vinje Church.  I coordinate Vinje's Congregational Care Coordinators and Grief Support Group.  I am also the resource person for the Children's Ministry Team.  I am grandmother to seven grandchildren.  I love visiting with people and traveling worldwide to see the world through new eyes.

John Jahr
Minister of Worship & Music email
I am the Director of Worship and Music at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. I am a graduate of Concordia College and Luther Seminary (Master of Sacred Music). I was also a member of the first graduating class of the Choristers Guild Institute and am a certified children’s choir director. I have served churches in Fargo, the Twin Cities and the Dallas area and have been in Willmar since 2008. I also direct the West Central Singers, a mixed SATB community chorus based in Willmar. I live near the church with my rescue dogs, Milo and Rocky.


Pam Appel
Director, Loving Arms email

Hello! My name is Pamela Appel, it looks like apple, but it is pronounced like lapel without the L. I am originally from Fargo, ND. I have two daughters, Abigail and Katherine and a wonderful son-in-law Timothy. I have a passion for all children. I enjoy reading, being with family and friends, learning things, the outdoors, animals and prayer. 

Janet White
Office Manager email

I am the Office Manager here at Vinje Lutheran Church. My husband, Jack and I live on Nest Lake by Spicer. Outside of Vinje I spend a lot of time with our seven grandchildren. I also enjoy X-country Skiing, biking, rollerblading and spending time on the lake.

Melissa Hansen

Melissa Hansen
Discipelship & Communication Assistant email

I am the Discipelship & Communication Assistant here at Vinje Lutheran Church. I am a life time member of Vinje. My husband and I have three children and live in Spicer, MN. Outside of Vinje, I spend most of my time running my children to activities such as hockey, dance, soccer, volleyball and Mini Mod racing. When time allows I like to go boating, 4-wheeling and camping with my family. I also enjoy scrap booking and spending time with friends.

Beckie Brynjulfson
Assistant Director, Loving Arms email

Hi! I am the assistant director at Loving Arms Childcare. I have been here for 15+ years. I am married and have 4 children all whom have gone through Loving Arms from the infant room through Pre-K.  We live in Raymond and keep busy with our variety of pets, dance, tennis and baseball!

Bill Wogan
Custodian email

I have been the custodian here for 15+ years.  I have 3 children and I live in Willmar, MN.  When I am not working one of my many jobs, I enjoy fishing, hiking and camping. If you need something done, just ask me! It's a "Piece of Cake".

Ron Nordby

I have been working with Bill for the last 10+ years and have been a member here at Vinje for over 50 years!!!  My wife, Carlyn, and I have three grown sons all with families of their own.  Family time is a joy.  I also enjoy a good NASCAR race.