NRF News is a summary of upcoming ministry events that help us live out our vision to Love God, Love Each Other and Make a Difference. We update this menu weekly, so check here often for event details, class and program times, sign up and contact information. View the Church Calendar for all ministry event tails.

Sermon Series: Better Together
There’s an African proverb that says, “If you want to fast go alone; if you want to go far go together.” All truth is God’s truth and that proverb is so true. When Christ envisioned what we call Christianity He didn’t envision a bunch of people going at it alone. He envisioned a group of people going together. In fact “together” would be of such paramount importance He would declare it was our love for one another that would be the key to reaching the world with His good news.

This August we will learn how to be a more effective team and see how we are “Better Together.” Click image to read about the weekly sermon topics.

Saturday, August 11
Worship Service 5:00pm & TreasureCove Classes (birth-age 4)

Sunday, August 12
Worship Service 9:00am & Classes for kids/youth (birth-12th grade)
Worship Service 10:30am & Classes for kids (birth-age 5)

Summer Opportunities to Serve at NorthRidge
(email us to learn more at [email protected])
Kid’s Ministry (birth-5th grade)
Connections Ministry (ushers, greeters, refreshments)
Worship Team (bass player)
Serve during our Great River Family Promise host weeks

Click on these links or the tabs above to read about all upcoming news/events:
Worship/Prayer Ministry
Adult Ministry
Youth Ministry
Children’s Ministry
Missions Ministry
NRF Business

Worship & Prayer Ministry News

Contact: Andy Schulz, Worship Pastor, [email protected]

We believe worship is our response to who God is and what He’s done, lived out in the things we say and do every day. At NorthRidge Fellowship you’ll experience honest, humble and authentic worship. No grand performance, just real people giving God the very best they have. Our hope is to inspire a growing love for God through reading scripture, music, and other expressions of art.

We invite you to use the resources listed here to grow in your love for God.
Post a prayer request – Complete this online form to request confidential prayer requests and our prayer team will pray for you.
Child Dedication – click here to read more about child dedication at NorthRidge and/or to schedule a dedication. Our next dedication weekend is August 11-12, 2018.
Baptism – click here to read about believers baptism at NorthRidge an/or to schedule your baptism. Our next baptism will take place August 18 in Lake Independence.

Serving Opportunities – We are looking for bass players to join the worship team. If you’re interested, talk to Pastor Andy.

Adult Ministry News

Adult Minister: Gregg Tisor, [email protected]
Events Coordinator: Terri Gilsrud, [email protected]
Men’s Ministry Jeff Ekstrand & Paul Jonason[email protected]
Women’s Ministry Pam Mertz[email protected]

The Connections Team is looking for people that would like to serve as greeters, ushers and on the refreshment team this summer. You can sign up for the weekends and service(s) that work for you. To join the online community group to receive the email notifications for sign up, email Andrea Reshetar at [email protected].

We are offering 5 summer small group/Bible studies this summer.  Contact Gregg Tisor with any questions or to sign up.

  • TUESDAY 6:00-7:30pm – Adult Small Group, led by Daniel & Jessica Steynmeets at their home with a potluck dinner and discussion based off the weekend message.
  • WEDNESDAY 6:30-8:00pm – Summer Bible Study, Majoring on the Minors. Join us this summer for a weekly guided teaching time on the Minor Prophets, with small group interaction and discussion. Bring a snack (finger foods) or dessert (cookies/bars) to share. This study is not consecutive, so feel free to attend the weeks that work for you. We are meeting in the youth room and childcare is provided. View the church calendar to see weekly topics.
  • WEDNESDAY 6:00-8:00pm – Age 18-24 Small Group, for adults that have graduated from high school through age 24. This group is led by Brax & Jess Carvette and will be studying from the Book of James, meeting at their home in Otsego.
  • THURSDAY 6:30am beginning June 14 – Men’s Small Group, led by Bill Carrington studying from the Book of Job. Coffee will be on, so bring your Bible and join us this summer to study, fellowship and pray together.
  • THURSDAY 9:30-11:15am at church – Women’s Small Group, led by Amy Belchak studying from the book “Enough” (meeting July 12-August 30)
  • THURSDAY 6:30-8:00pm at church – Women’s Small Group, led by Kathy Glen studying from Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline (meeting July 12 – August 30)

2018 Fall Small Group Leader Kick-Off Rally – August 16

If you’re planning on leading a small group this fall, or would like to learn more about leading one, please make every effort to attend this event. It will be a time of fellowship and celebration as we share a meal, meet new friends, pray and be encouraged. You will not want to miss this. Please RSVP via the online community, so we can get an accurate count for food.


Church Camping Weekend – August 17-19 
Come join fellow NorthRidge attendees for a fun weekend at Baker Park! During this church community camping weekend you will have multiple opportunities to connect with others as we share campsites, visit around the campfire, eat s’mores, go for walks or bike rides, play games, enjoy the lake, worship together, and create fun memories. Registration now open.

Men’s Softball – Monday evenings at Rogers Area Ball fields
The NorthRidge men’s softball team plays double headers each Monday night. Come out and cheer on our team! See the church calendar for game times. If you’re interested in being on the team, contact Chris Mabin at [email protected].

Stay connected with other women this summer via our Facebook group called “Women of the Ridge”. Contact Pam Mertz with prayer requests or questions at [email protected].


Youth Ministry News

Contact: Matt Pfadenhauer, [email protected], Youth Minister

IMPACT is middle and high school students 6th-12th grade who love Jesus and express His love to others. We are teens who want to make a difference in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and world as we love, live and lead like Christ. We offer classes, programs, events and retreats for teens and their friends. Go to the Youth Menu to read more about ministry to our youth.

IMPACT CALENDAR – Students can log in to view and/or subscribe to the IMPACT Calendar (6th-12th)

Summer Events for 6th-12th grade

IMPACT 101 9:00am—Summer class with teaching from Pastor Matt studying the Fruits of the Spirit.

Fun Fit Fridays 10:00-11:30am – Weekly activities to get kids moving, short devotional and fellowship afterwards (bring your own lunch).

IMPACT Preview Night – August 22, 6:30-8:00pm – A night to come preview what Wednesday nights are all about for incoming 6th-12th grade students.


Children’s Ministry News
Christina Van Vooren, Children’s Minister ([email protected])
Sherry Traugott, TreasureCove Director ([email protected])

Children’s Classes
Weekend classes are designed to encourage each child to connect with an adult leader and to develop lasting relationships with a small group of children. The children pray for each other and learn to know and care for each other as they grow together through the years. This summer, the kids will be learning/doing miracles and parables of Jesus in a study called Dig-In The Life of Jesus. Visit the Children’s Ministry menu for a class schedule.

Children’s Programs & Events
Vacation Bible School – Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from our week at Shipwrecked VBS!

TreasureQuest – Wednesday’s 6:30-8:00pm (during school year)
TreasureQuest is a time filled with upbeat kids worship music, active games, relevant Bible teaching, and relational small groups. Each Wednesday we will focus on a section of scripture. Kids 2nd-5th grade are encouraged to invite their friends. TreasureQuest Preview Night for the next ministry season is August 15th. Invite your friends to come and see what TreasureQuest is all about!

Summer Serving Opportunities – Email us at [email protected]

Summer TreasureCove (birth-5 year olds)
Adults and youth (6th-12th grade) are needed to serve our birth-5-year old kids during the summer months. There are opportunities to serve at the 5:oopm Saturday services (birth-4 years old), 9:00 and 10:30 Sunday services.

  • Teachers will receive lessons ahead of time and all supplies will be provided for them. Helpers will assist the teachers as needed.
  • Nursery workers will care for kids who are birth-24 months. There is no curriculum for the nursery.
  • Hosts serve from 8:45-9:10, then again from the last song of the 9am service to 10:40 to welcome and register new families.
  • Team Leaders support teachers, take kids to the bathroom, and contact parents if needed.

You will choose the weekend you want to serve ahead of time by signing up in our online community in the Kids Summer group.

Summer TreasureLand (Elementary Kids)
Adults and youth (9th-12th grade) are needed to serve elementary kids during the summer months. There are opportunities to serve at the 9:00 Sunday service.

  • Each leader will teach the same lesson for 3 rotations and then join the large group. All leaders will receive the lesson a head of time and all supplies will be provided.
  • Games Leader will lead 1-2 games.
  • Bible Discovery Leader will tell the Bible story in a fun and interesting way.
  • Object Lesson Leader will lead a hands-on learning station.
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade Helper with be with this age group assisting at the rotation stations.
  • Team Leaders support leaders and contact parents if needed.

You will choose the weekend you want to serve ahead of time by signing up in our online community in the Kids Summer group.

Children’s Resources

  • Trout Lake Summer Camp – To sign up your kids for a great summer camp experience at Trout Lake Camps, Watch this video to check it out and then go to their website at to sign up.

Missions Ministry News

Our missions ministry is Make a Difference. We believe strongly God grows us to be more like Him when we join in His work in the world. We serve in missions to connect us with God’s work outside of our walls, our town and our nation. Some are called to go, others are called to pray, and others are called to support through giving. No matter the calling, it’s about taking Jesus’ message to all parts of the world.

Explore the many opportunities NorthRidge offers for making a difference in our church, community and world. If you have questions, contact our missions pastor Dan Monson at [email protected].

Local Compassion – Make a Difference across the street, in your own community: volunteer time at CROSS, connect with “neighbors” at Mobile Hope-Dayton, help Great River Family Promise serve families without a home, get together with friends to pack meals for hungry kids, meet the needs of those in your small group.

CROSS Donations – Each month we have a different food theme to support our local food shelf CROSS with items they need the most. CROSS is also always in need of paper bags, household items and clothing. Visit their website for other ways to support CROSS. The July-August theme is School Supplies.

Great River Family Promise
Mark your calendar for a double host week this summer to serve families experiencing homelessness from Great River Family Promise in providing overnight shelter, meals, and hospitality. NRF families, individuals, and small groups can sign up to serve these families. Log into our online community to see the needs list and sign up.

Short-Term Missions  Through short-term missions we can make a difference around the country and world. Support or sign-up for a mission’s trip to Alaska, Honduras, Nett Lake Minnesota, Thailand or with Reach Global Crisis Response.

Missions Trips 
Want an adventure of a life time? View the trip brochure for upcoming trips and complete the Trip Sign Up Form to register for a trip.

  • Trip Brochure – To see a list of upcoming trips for 2018, view the brochure.
  • Trip Sign Up – To sign up for a mission trip, login to our online community and complete the form. If you’re interested in the Honduras trip, email [email protected]
  • Trip Updates – For all current mission trip updates and photos, go to our Facebook group NorthRidge Life.
  • Donate / Support team members – To donate to the missions benevolent fund, or support individual team members, click on title above.

NorthRidge Business
The administration teams for the office, finance, facility, and communications ministries are listed here. To reach us in the church office, email [email protected] or call 763-428-5115.

Connect with us on social media, our online community, publications like the newsletter and more! See all resources below.

Church Calendar – Click to view calendar of all ministry events.

Online Community – If you’ve attended NorthRidge Fellowship, you are invited to sign up and get plugged into our church community to access your profile, join groups, sign up to attend events, serve at events, give online and more!

Online Photo Directory
To view our online photo directory, log into the online community and click on the directory link.

Connect With Us on Facebook

Newsletter – a recap of ministry news, published 6 times a year

Need to Reach Us? NorthRidge Business Team 763-428-5115

Executive Pastor – Teri McEachern, x310 ([email protected])
Assists the lead pastor in strategic planning, managing operations, and her Family Pastor role includes providing direction and leadership for the children, youth and adult ministries.

Office Administrator – Tammy Grandstrand x300 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include ministry support to Pastor Ben, Andy, Doug, staff and congregation, database administrator for our online community and manages the communication of NRF.

Family Administrator – Andrea Reshetar x 302 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include ministry support to the the family ministry pastors Teri, Gregg, Christina, Matt, and adult ministry leaders, connections and facility ministries.

Office Administrator – Diane Kondratuk x301 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include support to the staff and congregation; record and report attendance and pertinent data to leaders and support to Pastor Dan and the missions team.

Finance Administrator – Andy Ruble x303 ([email protected])
Responsible for financial functions of NRF, accounts payable, payroll, giving, banking, financial reporting and human resources records. To give online, log into our secure online community. Online opportunities include one-time or reoccurring tithe, benevolent fund, event payment and mission trip donations.

Facility Manager – Chris Mabin x304 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include coordinating building usage, maintenance and care of the building and grounds and working with the IT team on technology needs. To request space in the building for community events, complete our online form and Chris will get in touch with you.

Custodians – Sherry Hime ([email protected]) and Chuck Mattson (Ch[email protected])
Responsibilities include overall cleaning of the facility. Sherry also volunteers as leader of the decorating team.

All Staff – Visit our Contact Us menu on our website to see all pastoral and administrative staff.

Cove Director 10-15 hours per week
We are looking for a fun loving, energetic, team player who has a deep love for God, for kids, and for families, to lead our birth through kindergarten program. This is an opportunity to use your skills and energy to make a difference in the lives of kids as they experience God’s love and come to understand a personal faith in him. It is also an opportunity to encourage and support parents in these important early years of parenting.

This paid staff position requires the ability to work most weekends (Saturday 4:00-6:30 and Sunday 8-12) throughout the year and the ability to teach small or large groups of children, to gather, organize, and support a large team of volunteer workers. For more information please email [email protected] or call the church office at 763-428-5115.

I-94 Chamber of Commerce Member – As a resident of this community, the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce is your partner. It is a fantastic place to find out information about local elected officials, find a phone number, or perhaps get a referral to a member business about a service or product. They do their very best to use their strengths to see that the communities of Albertville, Corcoran, Dayton, Hamel, Hanover, Loretto, Medina, Otsego, Rogers, and Saint Michael continue to make up a vital corridor for business.