Our staff TEAM

 

Larry Sheahan - Lead PAstor

larry@faithrefuge.org

Larry has served as our Lead Pastor since 2001, and loves seeing Jesus restore lives right here in our community and beyond, as our church raises up and sends out ministry partners to serve locally and globally. Prior to his time at Faith Fellowship, Larry served several churches in WI, MN, and IL as an Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor. He is a graduate of Grove City College (B.A.1989), and Bethel Seminary (M.Div.1996). He and his wife Carol have been married for 27 years, having met on staff during college at a Salvation Army camp for inner-city kids – it was truly love at first sight! They have 3 awesome teens at home.

Brett Shilton - Family ministries

brett@faithrefuge.org

As our Pastor for Family Ministries the past 3+ years, Brett's passion is to help equip our families, partnering with parents as the primary disciple-makers of their youth and children. He also oversees our church's children's and youth ministries. Prior to his time with us, Brett led the family ministries team at his church in the Grand Rapids, MI area. He has also served several churches as a Youth Pastor. Brett is a graduate of Cedarville College (B.A.1997) and Northwest Baptist Seminary (M.Div. 2005). He and his wife Kim keep busy with 4 school-age children.

steve brinkman - worship and small groups

steve@faithrefuge.org

We are thrilled to have Steve, Jessica, and their two young children as part of our church family! Steve oversees our worship and small group ministries, including ministry with our young adults, all of which are his strong ministry passions. Steve is a 2010 graduate of UW-River Falls with a B.A. in Music and B.S. in Information Systems, and looks forward to continuing his theological education! Before his time with us, Steve served as one of the location directors and worship leader at a thriving church plant in Edgar, WI.

 

doug redetzke - counseling & discipleship

doug@faithrefuge.org

As our Director for Pastoral Counseling and Discipleship, Doug leads our church's counseling ministry and provides oversight for our men's and women's ministries, with a significant emphasis on intentional discipleship of men.  Before joining our staff last summer, Doug served in multiple ministries at our church, including servant-leadership on our Elder Team. He is currently working on his Bachelor of Biblical Studies at Eternity Bible College. Doug and his wife, Darla, have been married for 28 years, and are the parents of 5 children ranging in age from 28 to 13, and blessed with 2 daughters-in-law and 5 grandkids.

Dot ralitz - administratIVE ASSISTANT

office@faithrefuge.org

It has been a gift to have Dot with us since January of 2008 and she is our frontline smile when we walk into the Ministry Center! She enjoys using her gifts from God to administrate and communicate to the Faith Fellowship family and the greater community. She and her husband Scott formerly served as missionaries to Russia for 12 years, currently live in Spencer, and worship with our friends at Center City Church.

ed erickson - custodian

office@faithrefuge.org

Ed has served faithfully as Faith Fellowship's custodian for many years, working 'behind the scenes' to help our ministry facility be the most effective and attractive ministry tool it can be! His wife, Nancy, can be spotted with Ed here on Saturday evenings making fresh-baked cookies for our hospitality team while Ed is cleaning the Ministry Center!