Leadership Board

Roger Falkenstein – Chair

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I was born and raised in North Dakota, spending much of my early years working on the family farm. I came to know Christ at a very young age and was baptized and confirmed in our rural Lutheran Church, which my entire family was and still is very active with.

I received a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1975 and my career evolved to software sales, where I have been employed by HighJump Software for the past 30 years. My wife, Julie, & I were married in 1978. We raised 3 children, who are all now married and now have 6 wonderful grandchildren.

We moved to the hobby farm we now live on near Carver in 1994 and just love the space and the opportunity to bless others by sharing the space and fruits… including pumpkins for the annual community event.

Why did you join Westbrook?
Julie and I were long standing members of the Lutheran Church and decided we needed a more Bible-based church with a caring and outreach-focused ministry. We attended Westwood Community Church for a while and were excited to learn that Westbrook was starting up with Kevin Sharpe as the pastor… since we knew of him at Westwood. Westbrook has been a great gift to us and we are so blessed to be part of the community and ministry.

What has God been teaching you?
I have been learning to be more attached to Christ with consistent prayer and devotions. After searching our convictions on baptism, as well, we decided to make and renew our profession of faith public through baptism by immersion. So, Julie and I did this together in July of 2016.

Is there an aspect of Westbrook’s future goals that particularly excites you?
More than anything, I am enthused that whatever the path we choose at Westbrook, it is done with careful prayer and listening to what God has in mind first. The attitude of serving God and his creation before ourselves is demonstrated day after day at Westbrook and this is what we want to be a part of.

 

Norma Evans

norma-evansNorma Evans grew up in Zumbrota, MN the daughter of a farming family. She later went to Mankato State to receive a degree in Elementary Education. This was just the beginning with a lifelong love affair with children and a deep desire to help meet their needs. After school she married and spent a year in Cleveland, OH before returning to Minnesota. Since then she has resided in the southwest suburbs now making her home in Chanhassen. She has two children and six grandchildren who are the recipients of her love, energy and faith.

Norma grew up in a Christian community with parents who were strong Christians. This ignited a desire to serve which she has in many capacities. She served as Coordinator of the Children’s Ministry, Sunday school teacher, Nursery School teacher, and Youth Leader. Over the past decade she has been a MOPS Mentor, Bible Study leader, and an integral part of Love INC. In each of these opportunities the Lord has met her in her work, encouraged her and grown her faith.

Norma’s work has always centered on children. She taught school for a short time and later accepted a position working with children with disabilities. As her own children came along she began a career doing family day care for seventeen years. When she retired from day care she continued her work with children and families in need.

Why did you join Westbrook? Most of my life I have been part of a small church community. I attended Westwood for a short time and enjoyed my worship life there but always longed for a smaller more connected community. When the opportunity to be part of Westbrook came along I felt God’s calling to be part of this new ministry.

What has God been teaching you over the past year or so? He has been showing me new ways to reach out to the hurting and the unreached. Through the demonstration of his immense Iove, he has shown me many opportunities to share his blessings. Through the building of a relationship with Him, I have been given the desire to share his love and grace with others and help them build a closer relationship with God. He has blessed me with the gift of encouragement.

Is there an aspect of Westbrook’s future goals that particularly excites you? I am interested in creating a caring community who serves the Lord first. Westbrook is on the verge of creating a place where all are welcome and embraced in their faith walk.

 

 

Russ Castleman

russRuss Castleman and his family have lived in Chaska since 2013. He and his wife Johannah were married in 2005 and have 2 girls, Aundrea and Braelyn. Russ has lived in Minnesota since the age of 2 growing up in Shakopee, MN.

Russ and Johannah both have the privilege of being Pastor’s Kids and have been involved in church all of their lives. They spent 7 years serving as Youth Directors at their previous church and are involved in Youth Ministry at Westbrook as well. They both have a passion for music and have enjoyed serving in a variety of roles on worship teams together for many years.

Working with students has been a passion for Russ, watching them grow and develop into Godly young men and women; he enjoys the part he gets to play in their lives as they cultivate a relationship with God. Russ’ spiritual gifts center on Leadership and Discernment which he uses at Westbrook as he serves in Student Ministries.

Why did you join Westbrook?
My wife Johannah and I were looking for a church home in our area that cared for the needs of the body while focusing on the needs of the community. Westbrook is outwardly focused yet understands that in order for the body to be effective it needs to be healthy.

What has God been teaching you over the past year or so?
Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” God has been teaching me that ‘finding’ Him still involves action on my part. Finding Him requires open eyes intent on seeing Him in my circumstances and in my relationships. When I look for Him, He is always there.

Is there an aspect of Westbrook’s future goals that particularly excites you?
What excites me about Westbrook is that the members of our body understand their unique gifts and talents and are using them for His glory. As we live out 1 Corinthians 12 and allow ourselves to be arranged according to His design, He positions us together to accomplish His purpose for His glory.

 

Bryce Segna

13239002_10153398592341152_3899593619893447387_nBryce Segna is a Minnesota native, born and raised in the small town of Montgomery. He attended college in River Falls, WI where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He returned to Minnesota to begin his corporate career, holding various finance positions at Best Brands Corp, TCF Bank, and Starkey Hearing Technologies. Bryce earned his MBA through Bethel University and is currently working as a Corporate Controller at Imperial Plastics. Bryce, his wife, Stacey, and their two children, Aiden and Olivia, live in Chaska.

Bryce was raised in the Catholic Church, attended an elementary Catholic school but truly found Christ as an adult. That relationship with Christ flourished upon attending Westbrook as Scriptures began to take on a deeper, personal meaning. Bryce has served in a variety of ministries in his time at Westbrook. He has made deliveries through LOVE Inc., attempted to guide new believers in Alpha, helped steer the church’s financial decisions on the Finance Team, and has helped make Westbrook a welcoming community each Sunday by leading the Hospitality Team.

In his spare time, Bryce can be found playing Super Heroes and Star Wars with Aiden or playing Princesses and My Little Pony with Olivia.

Why did you join Westbrook?
The overwhelming welcome we received as first time visitors was a natural draw for us. We felt as though we belonged at our first visit. Everyone was welcoming and inviting. That feeling has carried over each week and as our family has grown we really view Westbrook as the village that is helping to raise our children.

What has God been teaching you over the past year or so?
He has been teaching me to continue to put my trust in Him. The first time I truly did that, the results were unbelievable. As life continues to get more hectic and complicated, He is reminding me of the comfort & peace I feel when I trust in Him. I have to trust Him when He says He has a plan for me and it is good.

Is there an aspect of Westbrook’s future goals that particularly excites you?
I am extremely excited about the prospect of Westbrook’s local outreach influence continuing to grow. Imagining a future when an individual or family is in need and Westbrook is known as a resource for them to go to is very exciting.

 

Greg Kaupp

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Greg Kaupp moved to Chaska Minnesota with his family, Sonya, Sydney, and Zachery 5 years ago.  Like everyone else in Minnesota who was either born here or whose spouse brought them here, Greg was brought here by Sonya so that they could live across the street from her sister and husband, Mary Beth and Aaron Larson.  Given the fact that Sonya’s parents retired to Victoria, Greg, Sonya, Sydney, and Zachery are surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and they are in Chaska for the long haul.

Prior to coming to Minnesota, Greg & Sonya were active in a small church plant in Philadelphia.  Westbrook immediately felt like home since it just would not feel like church if you did not have to set up and tear down each Sunday.  Westbrook has been an incredible community to be a part of and they are especially grateful to be a part of a church that has a mission to be a blessing to our community and reach those that are new to the faith.  Westbrook continues to be a place that celebrates and encourages an authentic faith that encourages everyone to come as they are but not to stay as they are.

Over the last 5 years at Westbrook, Greg has served in various volunteer roles at Westbrook including part-time Announcer, Small Group Leader, IT Support, Children’s Ministry, and working with the Westbrook staff on various organizational initiatives.

What has God been teaching you over the past year or so?
God has really been working in my life by connecting me with other Christian men in our community that are willing to be authentic and pray for and encourage each other to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus.

I have found that usually before God can work in me I have got to admit that I’m powerless to overcome whatever habits or decisions are preventing me from a deeper relationship with Him and my fellow Believers.  At Westbrook I am surrounded by people who have loved and accepted me as I am and continue to encourage me to walk in a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Is there an aspect of Westbrook’s future goals that particularly excites you?
I’m particularly excited about how God is going to continue to use Westbrook to reach Eastern Carver County.  With at least one more temporary move in store before we have a permanent facility, I believe God is going to use Westbrook and our next temporary location to reach even more people in and around the City of Carver.  Given the location of our eventual permanent home, I think this will be a great opportunity for Westbrook given the fact that we will be strategically located near Chaska and Carver.

 

Meg Pint

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Meg was born in Texas and moved frequently, living anywhere from Colorado to Durham, England. She spent most of her childhood and young adult life in Massachusetts and has a love for the ocean and all things New England (except the Patriots). As the second oldest of 5 kids and the daughter of a pastor, Meg grew up watching both of her parents serve in various roles in the church and experienced firsthand the importance of, and need for, true and complete trust in the Lord.

Meg spent a year of undergraduate school at Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, MN where her father is a professor before transferring back out East. She graduated from Gordon College in Massachusetts with a degree in Social Work which she used for many years as a Program Manager with Hammer Residences, Inc. leading a staff team to support adults with developmental disabilities to live independently. As her family grew, Meg knew God was calling her to step down from this role and spend more time at home with her children. After a lot of prayer and an opportunity shared by a friend, Meg is now is able to live her dream as a stay at home mom (and children’s book enthusiast) by working from home and within her community to promote literacy with a company called Usborne Books & More.

Meg and her husband Joe have considered Chaska their home for the past 9 years and together they have three young children: Colton, Garrett and Clara.

Why did you join Westbrook?
Joe and I had previously attended a much larger church where we were beginning to feel disconnected and a bit lost. We were searching for a church where we could feel a sense of belonging and acceptance, but that would grow us both in servanthood and faith. The community of believers at Westbrook was the answer to those prayers!

What has God been teaching you over the past year or so?
One of the most important things that God has been teaching me in the past year is the importance of connecting with God through increased prayer and personal devotions, as well as spending time with God as a family by praying together more and talking about our faith and how we can be a blessing to others.

Is there an aspect of Westbrook’s future goals that particularly excites you?
I am thrilled about Westbrook’s recent purchase of land and plans to build on that land. I am excited for the increased community outreach potential and for the blessing that this gift will be for the congregation of Westbrook itself.