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Pastor Justin Ask
Lead Pastor
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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 Mary Hovland
Pastor of Congregational Care
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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.


Patsy Cordes
Summer Interim Director, Loving Arms email

I am the new Summer Interim Director for Loving Arms Childcare Center.  I am looking forward to helping Loving Arms and am excited to meet all the families enrolled. I have adult children, all who with their families live or work in the Willmar / Spicer area, so I am happy to be in this area with my children and grandchildren.


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.