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Pastor Brandy Gerjets, Lead Pastor

Pastor Brandy Gerjets moved back to her hometown of Minot with her husband Travis in 2014, 
where she first served as Associate Pastor of First Lutheran Church. In late 2017, she became 
the Lead Pastor of First Lutheran Church. She graduated from Valparaiso University in 2004 and 
Luther Seminary in 2008 before traveling abroad on a one-year fellowship to experience different
expressions of the church in faraway places. She has served congregations in Marshall and 
Waconia, MN. When not fulfilling pastoral duties, she enjoys reading, decorating cakes, and
taking pictures of her two adorable sons, Everett and Barrett.

Pastor Ellery Dykeman, Associate Pastor

Pastor Ellery Dykeman moved to Minot in February, 2018 and accepted the call to serve here at First Lutheran as the Associate Pastor. Ellery was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington and graduated with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Trinity Lutheran College in 2001. This is where he met Anna and they got married and moved to Lebanon, Oregon where he served full time as a Youth & Family Minister for about 5 years before heading off to Dubuque, Iowa to attend Wartburg Theological Seminary.  He did his pastoral internship in Victoria, Texas, was an Interim pastor in West Branch, Iowa, and served first call in Monticello, Iowa before moving to Dickinson, North Dakota where he and Anna served together. Anna is a Deacon in the ELCA and is serving at Minot State University.  He is a long-suffering Seattle sports fan and loves traveling and exploring new places whenever he can. When he can find time, he enjoys brewing beer, getting dirty in the garden, playing his guitar, and sharing a home with Anna, their 3 kids, 2 dogs and 3 cats.


Melissa Ramshead, Director of Faith Formation

Jeri Novak, Office Administrator

Melissa Wolfe, Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Hunze, Financial Secretary

Sydney Hove, Custodian

Rita Rae Sundahl, Organist

Media Center Coordinator

Wayne Schempp, Cathedral Choir Director & Good News Band Director/Coordinator

Jeannie Sovak, Director of Bell Choirs

Melissa Wolfe & Heather Wherley, Wedding Coordinator