Staff

Please visit our Contact Page or call the main office 763-427-1100 to get a hold of any of the staff by phone.

  • Pastor David Lechelt
    Senior Pastor

    Pastor David began his service as Lord of Life’s Senior Pastor in the summer of 2013. He is always ready to share both his powerful experiences of God bringing him to LOL and of showing up with LOL in the neighborhoods of Anoka County with God’s love and hope.


    Without a doubt he would encourage you to experience Sunday as “The Best Day of the Week.”  From bible-based extemporaneous sermons to inviting our kids to show off their colorful socks with him, you won’t miss his warm welcome, love of people, and joyful invitation to life together in Jesus Christ.


    He loves to beat the drum for “on the ground” impactful love of our neighbor and has enjoyed leading and partnering with the missions of several great non-profits in the area. He makes the most of his leisure time too, enjoying biking, cooking, reading, and travel. He loves in-depth faith conversations over a cup of good coffee and his tennis racket is waiting for a Spirit-filled volley on the courts with you.


    Email Pastor David

  • Pastor Amy Chalupnik
    Associate Pastor

    Pastor Amy has been on staff with Lord of Life since August 2015. In her role as Associate Pastor for Faith Formation, she generally preaches every third Sunday, teaches Confirmation on Wednesdays, leads worship, and offers pastoral care to young people and elders alike. She also has leadership oversight of Christian education and the nursery ministry. A great believer in outdoor ministries and hands-on-opportunities, you might find Pastor Amy behind the wheel of the van headed out for a summer mission trip or ELCA Youth Gathering, in the woods for an all-camp game, or organizing local service projects for youth.


    Email Pastor Amy

  • Michelle Anderson

    Director of Operations & Administration

    Michelle first joined Lord of Life in 1998 and later became part of the leadership team in 2013. As the Director of Operations and Administration, Michelle considers herself a steward of God’s gifts here at Lord of Life. “Our facility is a gift, our financial resources are a gift, our staff and leadership teams are a gift, our community is a gift, and each of our members is a gift. What I strive to do is take good care of each of these to be sure all of these gifts are here to support our main focus which is our ministry. I truly feel it is an honor to serve this congregation and watch God’s will be done!”


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  • Jenna Fluegel
    Children's Minister of Education & Engagement

    Jenna started at Lord of Life on the Preschool staff in 2011 and joined the Kids Ministry staff in 2013. In her role, she oversees the operation of Sunday School on Sunday mornings and LifeKIDS:56 for the 5th and 6th graders on Wednesday nights. In the summer, she plans and runs Vacation Bible School and assists with Musical Production Camp. Jenna also teaches one of the Tuesday/Thursday morning Pre-Kindergarten classes.


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  • Elaine Johnson
    Children's Minister of Education, Music & Worship Arts

    Elaine returned to Lord of Life in August 2016 after previously working here with children and worship from 1995 – 2006. From directing Sunday School worship and children’s activities, to outreach to families and assisting with worship enhancement, Elaine is happy to be part of the loving and caring community of Lord of Life.


    Email Elaine

  • Ellen Johnson
    Preschool Director

    Ellen joined Lord of Life Preschool as a teacher in 2009 and started directing while still teaching in 2014. Ellen says her philosophy as a teacher is that you have to love your students before they can learn. “I try to make every child feel like they matter as soon as they walk into our building. I can try and teach them how to hold a pencil correctly or cut paper the correct way, but if they don’t feel like I care about them, then they will not succeed. I am fortunate enough to be able to teach them about God’s love and how He loves us no matter what.”


    Email Ellen

  • Bruce Phelps
    Traditional Music Director (9:00 am service)

    Bruce joined the Lord of Life team in October 2015. Bruce was previously the founder of the Two Rivers Chorale and now is the Director of the Northern Lights Chorale that performs throughout the metropolitan area. Bruce also directed the Minnesota All State Men's Choir and was named to the Minnesota Music Educator's Hall of Fame. In his role as the Traditional Music Director at Lord of Life, Bruce oversees all music selections and directs the choir for the 9:00 am Worship Service.


    Email Bruce

  • Brad Kletzin
    Contemporary Worship Director (10:30 am Service)

    Brad is the Contemporary Worship Director, and although he was “officially hired” in 2012, he has been leading worship in various capacities at Lord of Life since 1996. You can find Brad playing the guitar and singing in the Contemporary Worship Band Sundays at 10:30 am. As the Worship Director, he also manages the music and musicians for the Contemporary Service.


    Call the office to contact Brad


  • Doug Dorn

    Facility manager

    Doug has a long history with Lord of Life, being confirmed here during the 70s and coming back to join as a member in 2006. He started working at LOL as a kitchen supervisor and was hired full-time in 2014 as the Facility Manager. Doug oversees the day-to-day operations of the building, as well as supervises the custodial staff.


    Email Doug

  • Lori-Sue Tooker

    Nursery Coordinator

    Lori-Sue joined Lord of Life as Nursery Coordinator in 2016. She enjoys spending Sunday mornings with the children of LOL and tries to make every child feel comfortable while their parents are in service. Lord of Life nursery is a place for kids to have fun and to be creative in building things, coloring and other activities.


    Email Lori-Sue

Church Council

  • Cindy Ulmen

    Council President

    Cindy started attending Lord of Life with her husband Dave during the summer of 2010. Cindy was drawn to LOL because of the community outreach. "I LOVE that we give back in so many ways and are truly the hands and feet of Jesus Christ." Cindy join the council in 2013 because she was looking for more ways to get involved and to build more relationships with the people in the church.

  • Hali plachecki

    Council Vice President

    Hali has been attending Lord of Life regularly for the past two years after being confirmed here in the 70s. She describes how welcomed she felt as she returned to LOL with her husband, and when an invitation came along to join the council, she could not turn it down. "To be a part of Lord of Life and serve the community and congregation is an honor and a privilege. It is my prayer that this journey will be fruitful for all!"

  • Chris Boraas

    Council secretary

    Chris and his wife, Connie, started attending Lord of Life in 1988 and came back in 2013 after some time away. Chris decided to join the LOL council because the church has been so important to him and Connie, and he likes the idea that any member can make a difference. "Being on the council has its challenges, but it is full of enriching opportunities!"

  • Scott andreassen

    council member

    Scott has been a member of Lord of Life for about 10 years. He's always truly enjoyed the people who attend and was excited to serve on the council as a way to serve the church he has called home over the years.


  • mark felegy

    council member

    Mark has been a member of Lord of Life for a year. Mark was drawn to the welcoming environment of LOL and the many opportunities to give back to the community through the church's outreach programs. "I joined the Lord of Life council because I felt like it was time for me to give back to the church that has been very special to me."


  • dave fredrick

    council member

    Dave, his wife Michelle, and two children started attending Lord of Life in 1995 because of the great Christ-centered worship experience and youth programs. In recent years, Dave wanted to get more involved with church activities and joined the council. "I really wanted to grow my faith and take a more active leadership role at church. I also had a desire to meet and get to know more congregation members, so when I was asked to consider LOL council, I believed that was where God was taking me next on my faith journey."

  • derek lind

    Council Member

    Derek has been attending Lord of Life since 2002. He describes LOL as his church home from the beginning of his spiritual growth and thinks the people who attend are what make it so great. Derek joined the council in 2017. "I wasn't looking to lead, but sometimes things work out that way. It's time for me to give something back to the church that was there for me for so many years."

  • Pastor David Lechelt

    Senior Pastor / Council Member


  • Michelle Anderson

    Staff Liaison