Church Office

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Pastor Justin Ask
Lead Pastor
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I have been the Lead Pastor at Vinje since 2016. I am originally from Waseca Minnesota and a graduate of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Lutheran Seminary in Saint Paul. I enjoy working with the congregation’s many ministries including our Confirmation and youth ministries. I live with my wife, Seyward and our daughters Brooklyn and Magnolia - who are usually busy chasing our cats around the house. My passion for social justice has led me to found Serve Boldly and to my work on the board of directors for Lutheran Volunteer Corps.

Pastor Dane Skilbred Pastor Dane Skilbred
Pastor of Discipleship
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I am the Pastor for Discipleship here at Vinje Lutheran Church. My focus is in Stewardship, Outreach, and Children’s Ministry. I am a graduate of Santa Clara University, in California, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul (Master of Divinity). I have been serving as a pastor since 2009 both in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, and joined the ministry team at Vinje in May of 2017. In addition to serving as a pastor, I am a devoted husband to my wife, Ingrid, and father to our children Courtney and Isaac. I love music, sports, playing games, hearing and telling good jokes, and enjoying life with my family.
Pastor Gary Mikkelson
Visitation Pastor
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Part time Visitation Pastor.  I like the sound of that.  I am Gary Mikkelson and new to this role at Vinje.  I am married to my lovely wife, LaRae.  We have three adult children; Alan, Laurel and Paul.  I am grateful for the opportunity to join Vinje’s Congregational Care Team.  The team routinely spreads out to visit folk at area care centers, hospitals, apartment places and individual homes.  Our common theme is to embody God’s gift of hope or as Paul writes in Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

Minister of Worship & Music

Chris Stark
Director, Loving Arms email
I am the Director of Loving Arms. I come here with over 30 years in the childcare field, 15 in home childcare and 15 at St John’s GrandKids in Springfield MN, where I started as a teacher and went on to serve as Director. I attended Minnesota State University in Mankato after my 4 children were all in school. I have been married to Jamie for 31 years and we love spending time with our 5 grandchildren. When not with them I enjoy football, cooking and spending time at our lake home in Alexandria.


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
Ministry Associate email

I am the Ministry Associate 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, soccer, cross country 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.


Sara Bos
Communication Director  email

I work part time here at Vinje as the Communications Director. I am a lifelong member of Vinje and have been involved here in various volunteer roles for as long as I can remember. My husband, Justin and I have two children, Colin and Meryl and two dogs, Ida and Georgie. In addition to my position here at Vinje, I also provide freelance graphic design and marketing services for a variety of clients. Most of my time outside of work is spent running our kids to their practices or cheering them on at their hockey games, volleyball games, cross country meets, musical performances, etc. We enjoy spending time with family and friends and love being involved in the community.



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.