Jon is the founding and senior pastor at Prairie Heights. His time is focused on seeking and sharing God’s vision for Prairie Heights, teaching life lessons from the Bible at our weekend services, and training leaders. Jon grew up in Williston, ND, and is a graduate of NDSU in electrical engineering (Go Bison!!) and Nazarene Theological Seminary. His purpose in life is to fuel growth wherever he goes. He loves helping people grow forward with God as leaders, positively influencing their worlds. Jon and Teri have been married 28 years and have been blessed with two children, Nathanael and Brooke. He is an avid sports fan following the ups and downs of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Braves, and Dallas Cowboys.
Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Staci keeps Pastor Jon’s calendar (and his life) organized. She also assists around the office wherever needed. On Sundays she helps out the Weekend Services Production team. Prairie Heights changed Staci’s life and brought her back to a relationship with Christ. More than anything, she wants to help people find God. She loves standing with Jon on Sunday mornings and hearing the stories and praying with the people whose lives have been changed. Staci is married to Josh (who she met at a Grow Group six years ago). Together they have 5 children and 3 grand-children. Other than God and Josh, her favorite things right now are spoiling the grandkids, coffee, photography, and her vegetable garden.
Chief of Staff
Kevin provides a blend of ministry and business experience as our Chief of Staff. After graduating from Cincinnati Christian University, he held many Senior Pastor positions. Kevin and his family then served in the mission field working in Haiti and Honduras. He focused on leadership development, church planting and speaking all across the U.S. to raise awareness of the mission, inviting local churches to be actively involved in pursuing the Great Commission. (Matthew 28) In 1996 Kevin started his own business, working as a corporate leadership and sales consultant. He is passionate to use these experiences from the church and business worlds for Kingdom work. Kevin has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Beth, for 33 years. Together they have two grown sons, one grandson and another on the way in May of 2017. They love music, are very active in outdoor sports, travel and motorcycling. Their joint passion is in developing relationships and watching with anticipation as God works IN them and THROUGH them.
Steve oversees facilities, finances, and the day-to-day operations of Prairie Heights. He wants to see everyone included in God’s forever family. Steve yearns for people to connect with God and to know how much He loves them personally and unconditionally. Steve is happily married to Kathie. They have 4 children and 4 grand-children. He enjoys playing games with friends and family, the outdoors (especially Winter!) and anywhere his truck will take him, wood working, and building/remodeling.
Nicki’s role involves all Prairie Heights finances, human resources, facilities, and general support for the other areas of ministry. She loves seeing God change lives. The best way Nicki does this is by helping out behind the scenes to enable every area of ministry to succeed. Nicki has been married for 17 years to her high school sweetheart, Chad. They have a puppy named Daisy. She enjoys baking, singing, coffee, hanging out with family and friends, and putting together old-school puzzles.
At Prairie Heights, Mark has the privilege of leading the congregation in worship. He ministers to our musicians on and off the stage as well as helps with the planning and execution of creative elements within the services. Mark has been leading worship to varying degrees for the past 9 years and couldn’t be happier with the opportunity to use his gifts and talents to glorify God. He’s been playing guitar and writing songs since he was a wee lad. e married his best friend Megan back in 2009. They have two girls, Cora (4 1/2) and Hazel (2), and a golden doodle named Charlie. Mark loves cooking, reading, camping, biking, and helping expecting couples with his unofficial side business as a baby name consultant. (Whether they asked for his services or not!) He would also unashamedly eat hummus with a spoon.
Weekend Services Producer
Janelle is the Weekend Services Producer which means she assists in the coordination of the weekend worship experience. This includes volunteer coordination, service preparation, and production. She loves being part of something bigger than herself. It’s what has changed her life. She gets to be part of creating that experience for others at Prairie Heights. She also loves working with the volunteers and seeing them grow as they use their gifts to serve others and connect more with God and their church family. Janelle is married to Eric, and they have an amazing daughter, Melodie. In her “spare” time Janelle likes to do just about anything as long as she is with her family. Whether it’s riding bike, mowing the lawn, going to flea markets, doing the newest DIY project her daughter just HAS to do, or just hanging out at home watching a movie.
Weekend Services Administrative Assistant
Heather’s role at Prairie Heights is to assist in the preparation of Sunday services. She enjoys working behind the scenes to help create the most positive and encouraging experience for everyone, whether they walk through the front doors or watch the messages online. One of her favorite things about working at Prairie Heights is getting to hear the stories of how God has been at work in people’s lives. Heather is happily married to her husband, Chris. They have an energetic 12-year-old named Brayden and are very excited for another little boy on the way! As a family, they have a sports team to cheer for year-round between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Blackhawks. They love spending time outside, and enjoy watching movies together (even though Heather never stays awake through them).
Beth has the opportunity to journey with adults from first time guests to fully engaged Prairie Heighers. She oversees the First Impressions teams, Grow Groups, and Care Ministry. She believes God has created her to bring life and energy to others! Beth wants every person to feel valued and see God’s light by the way she lives her life and loves others. God has wired her for relationships and she absolutely loves working with people!
Beth is married to a very tall and handsome farmer named Kyle. They have a vibrant and ACTIVE 2 year old son, Ian! They love spending time together as a family, taking walks, or spending time at the lake or the farm. They have found over time that they absolutely love hosting parties and having people come into their home. Beth loves playing games (board games, lawn games, basketball games, card games, any kind of game), and she loves to win.
First Impressions Coordinator
Marni is the First Impressions Coordinator for Prairie Heights. She creates systems and processes in the Connections Department for efficiency and effectiveness. She empowering the First Impressions leaders, trains the volunteers, welcomes new people to serving, and works closely with first-time guests. Marni loves to use her past experiences to help others and connect people with Christ. She has a strong passion for Prairie Heights and wants to share the love and support she has experienced with as many others as she can. She is married to her husband, Chris, and has two children, Ben and Ivy. She loves spending time with her family, being outside, swimming, biking, cooking, and baking anything that has frosting on it!
Children’s Ministry Pastor
Dustin is the Pastor of Children’s Ministry at Prairie Heights. He is responsible for Kidventure, which serves all kids ages 0 through 5th grade. Dustin’s energy and love for kids is contagious. The Kidventure team works hard to ensure that every child is known by name by someone on the Kidventure team. His passion is helping people to find positive purpose (a relationship with Jesus Christ) which he believes best happens through relationships. Dustin has been married to his wife, Amy, for 8 years and they have 2 daughters, Rylee (2) and Aubree (9 months). They enjoy bike rides, movie theaters, sports, and spending time with friends and family.
Chad’s job at PHCC is to oversee all 6th-12th grade ministries. He has been working in youth ministry for more than 12 years and counting. Chad loves to see teenagers find out who God made them to be and go all in for Jesus! Teenagers are at the heart of any great, energetic movement because they are enthusiastic and incredibly talented. Chad has a beautiful wife, Wendy, and an amazing 5-year-old daughter, Claire. You can often find him sipping on a cup of black coffee with some of his wife’s delicious baked goods. He also loves playing basketball, tennis, and the occasional video game. Chad is very adventurous when it comes to food, so if you find something new he’ll gladly try it with you!
Director of External Communication/Marketing
Teri oversees all the communication and marketing at Prairie Heights — website, printed materials, videos, and dreaming about future communication items – a PH App, Online Live Streaming, and a PH Magazine to name a few. She loves to be creative and figure out what will connect with people at Prairie Heights! It is inspiring when people she meets tell her they learned something new about their relationship with Christ and want to come back and invite someone to come with them. Teri is married to Pastor Jon. Their son Nathanael (20) graduated high school spring of 2015 and is now in the Army National Guard. Their daughter Brooke (8) loves to sing, dance, and read. As a family, they love to travel, find new places to swim, play games, and laugh as much as they can!