GMAE Elects New Board Members
GMAE is excited to introduce 4 new members to its board of directors, elected at our quarterly meeting on Friday, March 18.
These 4 new members join an outstanding group of leaders who include senior pastors, Christian business leaders and faith-based nonprofit executives, who make up the 21 member board of directors for the Minnesota Association of Evangelicals.
Newly elected to the board are Carolyn Haas, co-lead pastor of Substance Church; Jim Olson, senior pastor of Bethel Christian Fellowship; Matt Brown, Marketing Director of 95.3 PraiseFM; and Sergio Choy, senior pastor of Maranatha Evangelistic World Ministries and President of the MN Latino Pastors Network.
Carolyn Haas, co-lead pastor of Substance Church:
Carolyn and her husband Peter have been in pastoral ministry since 1996, and moved from Believers Church in Marshfield, WI in 2003 to begin Substance Church reaching young adults in the Twin Cities. Today Substance Church is one of the youngest (demographically) multi-site mega churches in the US with multiple weekend services in Fridley, Northwestern College and at their operations center in Roseville. Caroyn and Peter have 3 children, and Caroyln serves as co-lead pastor, supporting the staff and leadership develoment of the church. She says “Peter is such a dreamer, I’m more the facilitator and helper; I love serving him and helping his dreams become a reality.”
Dr. Jim Olson, Senior pastor of Bethel Christian Fellowship:
Jim Olson has served as the Senior Pastor of Bethel Christian Fellowship for 20 years. With locations near Macalester College in St. Paul and in NE Minneapolis, BCF is called to be a House of Prayer for All Nations and currently has participants from over 25 nations. We house an Ethiopian/Eritrean and a Bhutanese fellowship as well as provide covering for the Haitian Christian Fellowship of the Twin Cities. Jim recently completed a Doctorate of Ministry in Global and Contextual Leadership from Bethel University.
Matt Brown, Evangelist (ThinkEternity) and Marketing Director for 95.3 PraiseFM:
Matt Brown and his wife Michelle are evangelists and founders of Think Eternity, an evangelistic nonprofit organization. Matt is the author of Revolutionaries and a widely read blogger at Thinke.org. Their speaking ministry as international evangelists takes them regularly to the ends of the earth with thousands of people who have dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ through their ministry. Formerly, Matt worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and he also currently serves part time as the marketing director for 95.3 Praise FM.
Rev. Sergio Choy, Senior Pastor of Maranatha Evangelistic World Ministries:
Sergio Choy is pastor and founder of Maranatha Evangelistic World Ministries in Bloomington, MN for 12 years. He has been involved in unity of churches and pastors for most of his time in ministry. Originally from Guatemala he was raised in the US, mostly in California, Hawaii and Minnesota. He and his wife Keren work together as partners in pastoral ministry. Sergio is also currently the President of the Minnesota Latino Pastors Associaton, an emerging ministerial network connecting Latino pastors in the Twin Cities metro area.