Ministry Staff & Interns
We believe that God created every aspect of his creation with the purpose of displaying his glory. Worship is an act that humans, as part of that creation, undertake that recognizes his rightful place as Creator and King. We believe that worship is not just something that we do on Sundays or when we sing together but should be present in every aspect of our lives and everything we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1
The biblical hope of Christians has always been in the resurrection of believers. We believe that all those in Christ will be bodily resurrected just as our Lord is and that we will dwell with him in presence in the new heavens and new earth as the Scriptures teach (Revelation 21:1-5). As we enter into Christ and die to our selves at baptism, we can begin to live by the values and reality of that resurrection even now while we wait for it (Romans 6:1-8).
“In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” – 1 Peter 1:3-6
We affirm that God has saved us into the life of Christ through no merit of our own but only as a result of his amazing grace (Titus 3:3-7). Part of his incredible mercy in granting us entrance into the life of Christ is the commitment of the Holy Spirit to partner with us to transform us to becoming more like Christ. This is our goal as disciples. God loves us enough that he will never leave us as we are but will provide us the strength and tools to increasingly live like Jesus every day (1 John 2:6). Although the Holy Spirit and the Word of God are the primary sources of our transformation, we believe that he also uses each of us to help, nurture, support, encourage, and transform one another as we mature into the life of Christ.
“ He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:28-29
We believe that as part of God’s worldwide spiritual family (Ephesians 2:19-22) that at the very heart of our community is love. Jesus called his people to love one another deeply (John 13:34-35) and we strive daily to hit that center of our target. As God’s family we are devoted to one another, and our love goes far beyond our weekly worship services (Romans 12:9-10). We strive daily to support and be with one another (Acts 2:42-47) and to encourage one another in our spiritual walk (Hebrews 3:12-13). We believe that the Scriptures are God’s holy Word (Isaiah 66:2), are inspired by God (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the absolute authority for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Thus we take seriously the call to love another as God has loved us (1 John 4:19)
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” – 1 John 4:11-12
Our purpose as disciples is to worship God with our entire lives and as part of that worship, we are passionate about what God is passionate about. God deeply desires that every human being would come to be restored in a relationship with him and be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Among Jesus’ last words were the call to go to all the nations and make disciples. We believe that it is the role and should be the desire of every single Christian, not just a select few, to make disciples. To those ends, we do our best to ensure that every person in our community is equipped to help other people become disciples of Jesus Christ.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Steve and Kelli Saindon
Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader
Steve has been a Christian since 1978 when he was baptized while attending Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Kelli became a disciple in August of 1982.
The Saindons’ connection with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Church of Christ extends back to 1987 when they, along with a small group of disciples planted the MSPCC. The church quickly grew that first year and Steve and Kelli moved to serve in a number of different congregations in the quarter-century plus since then. They have had stops in St. Louis, Vancouver, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In 2003 the Saindons returned to Minnesota where Steve assumed the role of Evangelist for the MSPCC and Kelli assumed the role of Women’s Ministry Leader. They have three adult children: Stevi, Kaleb, and Sadie. Steve and Kelli currently live in Apple Valley.
Michael and MyCresha Burns
Michael and MyCresha were married in 1997 in Wisconsin. Shortly after marrying they moved to Milwaukee, WI where they were invited out to church, studied the Bible with disciples and became disciples themselves, getting baptized on the same day in 1999.
After leading the preteen ministry for several years in Milwaukee, Michael went into the full-time ministry as a campus minister and teacher, and he and MyCresha led the campus ministry there for two years. They then moved to Appleton, WI and led the Fox Valley Church of Christ for nearly six years. In 2012, they moved to Minnesota with Michael taking on the role of teacher. As a kingdom teacher, Michael leads the Education Ministry in the MSPCC, as well as teaching in churches around the US and the world. Michael and MyCresha also lead the Singles Ministry in the MSPCC. They have two sons: Pavielle and Elijah. Michael and MyCresha currently live in Roseville.
Keith and Chelsea Mudiappa
Keith has been a Christian since 2000 when he was baptized in Colombo, Sri Lanka. As a teen he moved with his family to Chicago in 2002 and he graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. Chelsea became a disciple in 2008 in Greensboro, North Carolina during her freshman year in college. Chelsea graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013.
Keith has been in the full-time ministry since 2009. He has led Campus Ministries at Northwestern University, Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northern Illinois University. Keith and Chelsea were married in 2013 and moved to Minnesota shortly after that to serve in the Campus Ministry of the MSPCC. They currently live in Dinkytown.
Jim and Leanne Bishop
Jim has an Engineering Degree from Iowa State and a Masters of Project Management from Western Carolina University. He has worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron Inc. for nearly 25 years as a project manager. He became a disciple in Chicago in 1991 and married his wife, Leanne, in 1994.
Jim and Leanne have served in various leadership roles in a variety of places around the world including churches in Chicago, Columbia, South Carolina, Bangkok, Thailand, Cape Town, South Africa, and now in Minnesota. They lead the Southeast family group in addition to other Deacon related responsibilities. They have three children: Andrew, Allyson, and Hannah. Jim and Leanne currently live in Farmington.
Tim Rawls was converted in Charleston , Illinois in 1978 and served as an intern there and as campus minister before moving to Minnesota. He, along with his wife Deb, served the church in Minnesota in the full time ministry for a year in 1989 and were engaged in serving the church in many other ways since then. They have 2 adult daughters: Abbi and Katie. Deb went home to be with the Lord in 2009. Tim faithfully serves as a house church leader and in the music ministry. Tim is self-employed and does home remodeling work. He currently lives in St. Louis Park.
Todd and Michelle Viegut
Todd became a disciple in 1988 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After becoming a disciple he transferred to the University of Minnesota where he completed a degree in Computer Science. His wife, Michelle, was baptized into Christ in 1990 while earning a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
Todd led the Campus Ministry for a time while at the University of Minnesota. After getting married in 1995 he and Michelle spent some time as part of the staff in the MSPCC. In 1997 they moved to Des Moines, Iowa to help with the Married and Singles Ministries of the Des Moines Church of Christ. They moved back to Minnesota in 2004. They have two children: Bryant and Anna. Todd and Michelle oversee several family groups in the Northwest suburbs of the Metro area. They currently live in Coon Rapids.
Kevin and Ann Wittinger
Kevin and his wife, Ann, both grew up in the Twin Cities and have lived here their entire lives. They both received degrees from the University of Minnesota. Both were baptized in 1993 and have been part of the MSPCC since that time.
Kevin and Ann lead a family group in the Western suburbs. They have two children: Isaac and Alexandra. They currently live in Delano.
Tim and Nancy Baube
Tim grew up in up-state New York and was baptized into Christ in 1983 in Boston, while attending Boston Architectural College. He later went on to get a degree in accounting from University of Massachusetts and works for Toro in Bloomington. Nancy also became a Christian as a student in Philadelphia in 1976. She moved to Boston in 1981 and attended Boston College of Pharmacy. She works as a pharmacist for Park Nicollet.
Tim and Nancy met in Boston and were married there in 1987. They have been part of the church in Minneapolis since 1991. The currently live in Bloomington and lead a family group there. They have two daughters, Sarah and Deborah, and a granddaughter, Isabella.
Leon and Susan Johnson
Dan Julie Hokanson
Kingdom Kids Coordinators
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