TLC - Staff Members
TROY NELSON, SENIOR PASTOR
Troy became a disciple of Jesus in 1978 when he was growing up in Windom Minnesota. He attended Liberty University and then Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg Virginia. Upon graduation he moved back to Minnesota and lived in the Twin Cities until accepting the call to be the Executive Pastor in January of 2020. While working in the cities he met and married Barb. They have 3 grown children, Alyssa, Ryan and Joshua. They enjoy camping, playing games together and taking family vacations. Troy’s hobbies include reading science fiction and running…running a lot. He competes in ultra-running which means running races longer than a marathon. His favorite distance is 100 miles because he says who wouldn’t like spending the day in the woods…and all night…and part of the next day. His favorite books are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and The Martian by Andy Weir. Troy’s passion in ministry is to see people transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. He believes small groups and personal discipleship is the best way to see this happen. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-692-4141.
MIKE NEUMANN, PASTOR OF YOUTH & DISCIPLESHIP
Mike was born in Calcutta India and adopted as an infant. He grew up in northern Wisconsin in an area much like the Brainerd Lakes area. His parents were teachers and he grew up going to church every time the doors were open.
It wasn’t until Mike was 14 that he made the decision to follow Jesus Himself. This came on the heels of being at a youth conference where he saw thousands of other students admit to struggling with depression and suicide. After coming home and processing all this, he made the decision to follow Jesus, knowing there was more than this temporal life and a hope that goes beyond. Over his years, he has found a passion and drive regarding biblical counseling and apologetics.
He got his double major in youth ministry and Bible from the University of Northwestern-Saint Paul and his masters in pastoral care at Bethel Seminary. He is married to Kathryn and they have three kids. Mike has been in youth ministry since his internship in 2006. He and his family moved to the Brainerd Lakes area in 2021 upon accepting the call to be The Log Church’s youth and young adult pastor.
Mike loves listening to music, watching movies, and playing video games. Other hobbies include ultimate Frisbee, baseball, kayaking, and archery. Waterparks are among his favorite places to be yet he enjoys the seclusion of the woods and water.
JOHN LINDAHL, CUSTODIAN/MAINTENANCE
NAOMI NELSON, LPCC, MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTOR
Naomi lives in Breezy Point with her husband and 2 daughters Rivers and Selah. Gods calling as a wife and mother are her greatest treasure. Naomi is a licensed professional clinical counselor, and values the opportunity to walk through muddy waters with people and lead them to healing and restoration in Jesus. She is passionate about pursuing social justice in this world, and has been engaged with the anti-human trafficking movement for 10+ years. Gods creation is a gift! Naomi enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking and chasing pow, find her in a tent, yurt or around a campfire. She considers it Joy to be a part of TLC family. EMAIL: email@example.com
KATHRYN NEUMANN, WORSHIP DIRECTOR
Kathryn is a Worship Director at The Log Church, and is thrilled to be a part of the worship team. She has been told she prayed to “accept Jesus into her heart” at age 3, but really doesn’t remember a time when God wasn’t an integral part of her life. Music has been a lifelong passion, as well as the pursuit of true worship in spirit and truth. Kathryn plays several instruments but dreams of learning more.
Kathryn is married to Mike, the Pastor of Youth and Discipleship at The Log Church, and they have three young children. They have been doing youth ministry together since 2007! Much of her worship experience comes from leading for youth group over the years. Reading is an absolute favorite pastime, especially fantasy novels or British Literature. Kathryn also enjoys gardening, aggressive workouts, and coffee dates with Mike and with friends. Most of her time is spent hanging out with her children while one child in particular beats her at chess games. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
ALYSSA READEL, WORSHIP DIRECTOR
Alyssa came to know Jesus in 2010 and her life was radically changed and transformed. She met her husband, Nathan, in 2011 and it was love at first sight. Little did they know that the Lord told both of them separately that night they had met their future spouse. 11 months later and they were married!
Alyssa is a homeschooling, sourdough baking, outdoor loving mama who passionately believes that life should be lived in worship to the Lord through everything we do- through marriage and parenthood, through cultivating an inviting and warm home, and through song and other creatives. Her heart burns to see people walk in the freedom of the Lord and to have that flow out of their hearts in praise and honor to Him.
Nathan and Alyssa and their two daughters, Alayah (8) and Lucy (5), moved up to Brainerd in 2020 and started attending The Log Church in 2021 and are so honored to be part of the Worship team at TLC and look forward to worshipping with you soon! EMAIL: email@example.com
NATHAN READEL, WORSHIP DIRECTOR
Nathan Readel has been leading and singing for Jesus since a little boy Nathan surrendered himself to Jesus at the age of 10 years old and was baptized in The Holy Spirit. Nathan has grown up in the church and spent many years at church camps, camp counselor, mission trips and youth leadership.
Nathan’s heart is to see people engaged and challenged in their faith, to submit to The Lord and worship Him in spirit and truth.
Nathan is blessed with a wonderful family and flourishing in a house full of girls. Yes, even his cat is a girl. Alyssa is his wife and has 2 daughters. Nathan’s full time career is a MN state electrical inspector, you may just run into him, for Crosslake/Pequot lakes is his area.
Nathan enjoys boating, camping, cars and snowmobiling. Nathan spends most of his time with his girls creating memories he couldn’t as a child. God has blessed Nathan and he is thankful everyday for what God has done in his life. Nathan is filled with Joy to serve TLC and lead spirit filled worship to serve our most worthy KING and to see hearts fired up for God.
SARAH DAWDY, OFFICE MANAGER
Sarah became a member of The Log Church in February of 2017. Prior to moving to Minnesota, she owned and operated her own business for 20 years. Her husband of 56 years, worked 37 for Caterpillar in Peoria, IL. She and Ron moved into their family home on Lake Ossawinnamakee. But after 15 years of retirement, Sarah realized she was needing a purpose. We’ve been blessed by her joining our team. She realized when she worked as an office manager for a chiropractic office that “the healing process began when the patients walked through the door.” When answering phones and greeting people in the ministry center, Sarah’s passion is to serve. When you meet Sarah, you’ll see she has a glass-half-full attitude on life. Sarah wears many hats here at The Log Church with Prayer Request oversight, CARE staff leader, wedding & funeral coordinator, facilitator for the Celebration of Life Ministry, and office support for the different ministries. Sarah had lived all of her life in the small town of Morton, Illinois, graduating from High Fashion Beauty College and working exclusively in funeral homes. She and Ron have 3 children; Kirk, Anne, and Matthew who have gifted them with ten amazing grandkids. Contact Sarah at the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-692-4141.
KARLYN ANDERSON, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Karlyn has worked in various areas of nursing in her career including, having been a Certified Childbirth Educator, and currently a certified CPR/AED Instructor and certified as a Faith Community Nurse. Her passion is to encourage and uplift everyone walking through a health crisis or having a newborn by making available resources and information and/or visits or calls.
LORENE ASHFORD, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Lorene is a staff volunteer at The Log Church. The role allows her to meet and get connected with the church family. Listening to people, baking and cooking are some of the things she enjoys. She appreciates the friendships at The Log Church.
MARY AMIOT, FINANCE/MARKETING MANAGER
Mary is our Communications Manager. She has two adult sons, Tony and Brian and grandson Michael. In 2009, she and her husband left their careers in the cities and retired to their lake home in Crosslake to enjoy the peacefulness of the lake and the lifestyle that “Up North” living brings. In 2015, retirement was cut short after Dewey’s death. After revisiting priorities in life, she honed her graphic design skills through CLC and re-entered the workforce and brought purpose back into her life. In 2019, Mary began working at The Log Church using her graphics background to design Friday newsletters, posters, booklets and website management. “It amazes me how God works miracles in such subtle ways … I’m thrilled to be part of this caring community and the new family I’ve acquired.” EMAIL: email@example.com