Staff Team

Andrew Peterson

Lead Pastor

andrew@parkcommunitymn.com

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 seven 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

Pastor of Ministry Development

ben@parkcommunitymn.com

Ben and his family moved to the SLP area in 2013 to help launch the church plant that merged to create Park Community. His primary roles at Park include leading the music ministry and overseeing Community Groups. He loves coming alongside ministries and leaders to help them flourish.

Ben grew up in Grand Marais and met his wife, Jenni, during his years at Bethel University where he received a BA in Sacred Music. They like each other, and their three kiddos, Ellie, Claire, & Bjorn, and their dog, Daisy, and this church community. Ben also enjoys eating, hiking, and songwriting.

Lauren Schierloh

Ministry Assistant

lauren@parkcommunitymn.com

Lauren and her family moved to the Minneapolis area from Oklahoma in 2018. Shortly after, they found Park Community Church where they were welcomed with open arms. Lauren graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Elementary Education and taught 2nd grade for 6 years. 

Lauren has served in multiple ministries within Park including Hospitality, KidsPark, assisting with coordinating Moms Connect, and assisting in Wedding Coordination at the church. She is very excited to be able to continue serving Park through her new role as Ministry Assistant. 

Lauren lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Joel, and two boys, Cooper and Brecken. When not at home taking care of her boys, Lauren enjoys teaching barre fitness classes, going on walks, organizing spaces, and sipping coffee.

Emily Hedstrom

Director of Family Ministries

emily@parkcommunitymn.com

Emily is passionate about child development, serving kids and their families, and making disciples of Jesus. She graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. All of her jobs have revolved around children, including working as a camp counselor, special education paraprofessional, and upper elementary school teacher.

Growing up a pastors kid, serving in the local church has always been important. She has served throughout her life in childrens ministry, youth ministry in college, and most recently serving consistently at Park Community Church.

When she isn’t with kids, Emily loves running, throwing clay on the wheel, or baking sourdough bread. She also loves to spend time with that tall guy with glasses 🙂

Dana Isder

Communications Coordinator

dana@parkcommunitymn.com

Dana has lived in the Twin Cities since her college years, where she graduated from Bethel University with a B.A. in Communications. She has enjoyed freelancing in graphic design and communications for non-profit organizations  from home since having children.

Dana and her husband, Nate, love serving alongside the people of Park. She enjoys bringing messages, events and other communications to life in visually-appealing ways.

Most days Dana can be found at home snuggling her three children, Grace, Henry and Colette. Between reading books and picking up toys, Dana loves baking, decorating, drinking coffee with friends and Target drive-up.

Ministry Team

Molly Ballanger
Director of Hospitality
hospitality@parkcommunitymn.com

Brooke Vidlund
Director of Connections
brookeselisker@gmail.com

Rachel Weber
Director of Global Ministries
globalmin@parkcommunitymn.com

Stacie Sneesby
Director of Senior Adults
stacie@parkcommunitymn.com

Elder Team

Andrew Peterson

Grant Larson

Ben Brandt

Nate Isder

Seth Schuett

Contact our Elder Team by emailing elders@parkcommunitymn.com.