Staff Team

Andrew Peterson

Lead Pastor

The Petersons (Andrew, Brittany, Avery, Judah, and Oakley) moved to SLP to start CityVision Church (now Park Community Church) in August of 2012.

Andrew and Brittany met at Crown College, where Andrew received a B.S. in Youth Ministry and M.A. in Christian Studies, while also serving on the pastoral staff at a church in the west metro for 7 years.

Andrew is passionate about declaring the Word of God and seeing God’s kingdom advanced through the establishment and multiplication of the local church. Andrew & Brittany love their kids, family, friends, neighborhood, baseball, nachos, and TV.

Ben Brandt

Associate Pastor

Ben moved to the West Metro in 2013 to help develop and launch CityVision Church after serving on the ministry staff at a church in Cokato, MN. He has a B.A. in Sacred Music from Bethel University and has a passion for the local church to be everything it is meant to be. His primary roles at Park include leading worship and overseeing Community Groups. Ben enjoys date nights with his wife, Jenni, daddy dates with his three kids (Ellie, Claire, & Bjorn), walks to the park, and Wok In The Park.

Kendra Bowe

Director of Children's Ministry

Kendra is a lover of Jesus who is passionate about sharing this love with others, specifically the kids and families of Park Community. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Thomas in the spring of 2015, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree for School Counseling.

Kendra has worked with kids and youth in a variety of contexts, including serving as a volunteer at her former church and at Park Community, and coaching softball to all children and youth. She also served on the leadership team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at St. Thomas.

Kristina Merrick

Director of Administration & Communications

Kristina started working at Park Community after doing a year-long internship at Hope Community Church in their Leadership Development Institute. She is passionate about God, and plans on doing full-time missions in francophone Africa in the future.

Kristina has years of experience in administration and communications, including working as an office administrator at Real Resources and a French Editor for EMC Publishing. She has also served in various leadership and ministry positions at Hope Community Church, and serves on both the Connections and Missions Teams at PCC.

Elder Team

When Park Free Church and CityVision Church merged in August 2015, the leadership teams were also combined to navigate the transition. In October 2016, Park Community unanimously affirmed our current Elder Team:

  • Andrew Peterson (Lead Pastor)
  • Ben Brandt (Associate Pastor)
  • Bill Gullifer
  • Bruce Peterson
  • Jim Blomberg
  • Mark Johnson
  • Seth Schuett