Pastor Gary Russell began his new position as the Senior Pastor at Alliance Church of the Valley on October 1, 2012. Pastor Gary last served as the District Superintendent of the Western Great Lakes District for the Christian and Missionary Alliance for 12 years. He and his wife, Linda, moved to St. Croix Falls from Appleton, Wisconsin to accept his new roll as Senior Pastor. Pastor Gary and Linda have two adult children; Jodie – an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern College in Roseville, MN and Andrew – a PhD candidate at St. Louis University. They also have four grandchildren.
Hi, my name is Jeff Naegelen, and being the associate pastor for adult ministries is a privilege and a joy. I currently oversee three main areas of ministry: Outreach into the community; Discipleship, Missions, Small Groups & Adult Education; and Assimilation of new people into the fabric of church life. It brings great joy being used by God to help people get to know and understand Jesus better, and to grow in their faith and walk with Him. It’s also a lot of fun to help people connect and develop meaningful relationships with one another in the church, in the community and around the world.
Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota is my alma mater, where I graduated in 1983 with a Bachelors of Religious Education. Prior to that I received a one-year Bible Certificate from Northwestern College in Roseville. I was an Admissions Counselor for Crown College until 1989 before going into youth ministry in Hawaii. I came to Alliance Church of the Valley in January of 1991 and served as the youth pastor until August of 1997. I then went to Missouri Valley, Iowa for nearly four years to serve as a pastor of a young church plant before returning to Alliance Church of the Valley in April of 2001.
My wife DeeAnn and I are thankful to God for bringing us together. We have been married for 26 years, and have three wonderful children, Josiah (21), Elliana (14), and Hope (12). We take great comfort in knowing that our children enjoy coming to church and participating in the various programs offered and the care given by such loving people. This is not only a great place to raise our children, but a great place to serve our Lord and Friend Jesus Christ. I hope you’ll join us, and experience what I’m talking about.
Hi, I am Chris Folkestad, the Youth Pastor at Alliance Church of the Valley. My wife, Katie, and I were both born and raised in Central Minnesota before making the transition to St. Croix Falls. Serving and being with students is a passion of both Katie and myself.
My personal philosophy of ministry is to help students know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, grow in their personal relationships with Him and go and bring this message of hope and salvation to their friends, community and world! I believe strongly in connection students with Christ and seeing them begin to own their faith!
Katie and I were married in August of 2003. We were able to graduate form Crown College in 2004. Katie majored in Youth Social Science and Business, and I graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry. We have two great kids, Caden (9) and Avery (7). They have brought so much joy and love to our family. Not to mention the laughs! God has blessed us as we continue to grow closer together. We are excited about our time here at ACV! We believe that the best way to do ministry and life is as a team.
Hello, I am Pam Britt, Administrative Assistant at Alliance Church of the Valley. My ministry here began in November of 2000, and I am very blessed to be a part of this church family.
I graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in accounting, and have worked as administrative assistant/bookkeeper for several companies in the Twin Cities/Western Wisconsin area before coming to ACV. David and I have been married since 1982. We have three adult children; Stacey, Beau and Gabriel, and two delightful granddaughters.