Meet Our Staff

Jon Tolly, Lead Pastor    jon.tolly@oakwoodcommunity.church   Pastor Jon Tolly joined Oakwood as the Lead Pastor in October 2016. Jon received his Master of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary and has served churches in Minnesota and his home state of South Dakota.  Jon loves serving in the local church and is excited to see Oakwood fulfill it’s calling to develop a passion for Jesus and compassion for people. Jon is married to Janell and they have four daughters.

Jon Tolly, Lead Pastor

jon.tolly@oakwoodcommunity.church

Pastor Jon Tolly joined Oakwood as the Lead Pastor in October 2016. Jon received his Master of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary and has served churches in Minnesota and his home state of South Dakota.

Jon loves serving in the local church and is excited to see Oakwood fulfill it’s calling to develop a passion for Jesus and compassion for people. Jon is married to Janell and they have four daughters.

Andreas Custer, Associate Pastor    andi.custer@oakwoodcommunity.church   Andreas Custer came to Oakwood in March 2008. Pastor Andi was born and raised in Austria, where his parents were missionaries. He and his wife Jennifer have one daughter and one son.  Andi’s favorite verse is John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.” Andi says he wants to spend his life making great the name of Jesus!

Andreas Custer, Associate Pastor

andi.custer@oakwoodcommunity.church

Andreas Custer came to Oakwood in March 2008. Pastor Andi was born and raised in Austria, where his parents were missionaries. He and his wife Jennifer have one daughter and one son.

Andi’s favorite verse is John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.” Andi says he wants to spend his life making great the name of Jesus!


Luke Vettel     Director of Worship   Luke’s been leading worship and developing teams wherever he has been. More recently, he has been been involved here in the Minneapolis area. He’s led worship at all sorts of gatherings, from conferences to campuses to multi-ethnic churches. Luke has been a part of recording projects, both live and in the studio. He has a musical background in gospel, jazz fusion, and latin. However, his great fulfillment is in developing people and organizations.

Luke Vettel

Director of Worship

Luke’s been leading worship and developing teams wherever he has been. More recently, he has been been involved here in the Minneapolis area. He’s led worship at all sorts of gatherings, from conferences to campuses to multi-ethnic churches. Luke has been a part of recording projects, both live and in the studio. He has a musical background in gospel, jazz fusion, and latin. However, his great fulfillment is in developing people and organizations.

Rob Rees     Interim Director of Student Ministries   Rob has been doing youth ministry for 18 years. Back then Myspace and AOL was the main internet hub. Rob loves creating spaces where students can bump into Jesus and watch Him change lives. He has been married to his best friend Cathy for 20 years and God has blessed them with 3 girls Annafaye, Lily and Claire. They look forward to being apart of the oakwood family and serving other’s toward the love of Christ.

Rob Rees

Interim Director of Student Ministries

Rob has been doing youth ministry for 18 years. Back then Myspace and AOL was the main internet hub. Rob loves creating spaces where students can bump into Jesus and watch Him change lives. He has been married to his best friend Cathy for 20 years and God has blessed them with 3 girls Annafaye, Lily and Claire. They look forward to being apart of the oakwood family and serving other’s toward the love of Christ.


Kathy Price     Director of Elementary Ministry   Kathy Price joined the Oakwood team in July of 2018. She graduated from The University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a B.S. in Elementary Education and later earned a M.A. in Education from Bethel University. After teaching for many years in the public schools, Kathy is excited to be in a position where she is able to share the love of Christ with kids and help them develop a strong relationship with Him. Kathy and her husband Mike live in Waconia with their three children.

Kathy Price

Director of Elementary Ministry

Kathy Price joined the Oakwood team in July of 2018. She graduated from The University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a B.S. in Elementary Education and later earned a M.A. in Education from Bethel University. After teaching for many years in the public schools, Kathy is excited to be in a position where she is able to share the love of Christ with kids and help them develop a strong relationship with Him. Kathy and her husband Mike live in Waconia with their three children.

Ashley Olson     Director of Early Childhood Ministry   Ashley and her family have been attending Oakwood for three years now. Her faith and love for Jesus has always been number one and she has always enjoyed working with younger children so serving as Director of the Early Childhood Ministry seemed like a good fit. She keeps herself busy with her two young girls and the decisions that go along with building their new home in Watertown.

Ashley Olson

Director of Early Childhood Ministry

Ashley and her family have been attending Oakwood for three years now. Her faith and love for Jesus has always been number one and she has always enjoyed working with younger children so serving as Director of the Early Childhood Ministry seemed like a good fit. She keeps herself busy with her two young girls and the decisions that go along with building their new home in Watertown.


Denise Klaphake     Director of Office Administration & Communications   Denise and her family moved back to Minnesota after a couple of years in the state of Washington. Denise has a degree in Communication Arts and has chosen to focus her giftedness in service within the church.

Denise Klaphake

Director of Office Administration & Communications

Denise and her family moved back to Minnesota after a couple of years in the state of Washington. Denise has a degree in Communication Arts and has chosen to focus her giftedness in service within the church.

Melissa Dobmeier     Director of Outreach   Melissa has had a heart for missions since deciding to follow Jesus. Having spent 20+ years in the travel industry, Melissa had the pleasure of booking missions travel for eight of those years. This opened her eyes to the ways in which God blesses us in order that we might bring His message of salvation to all people. Melissa knows personally how mission trips deepen our faith and that gives her passion to encourage both missions goers and senders. Together Melissa and her husband, Korey, have three lovely children and one handsome Golden Retriever.

Melissa Dobmeier

Director of Outreach

Melissa has had a heart for missions since deciding to follow Jesus. Having spent 20+ years in the travel industry, Melissa had the pleasure of booking missions travel for eight of those years. This opened her eyes to the ways in which God blesses us in order that we might bring His message of salvation to all people. Melissa knows personally how mission trips deepen our faith and that gives her passion to encourage both missions goers and senders. Together Melissa and her husband, Korey, have three lovely children and one handsome Golden Retriever.

Traci Shiffer     Director of Serving

Traci Shiffer

Director of Serving


Grant Gorres, Elder

Grant Gorres, Elder

Tim Meehan, Elder

Tim Meehan, Elder

Rick Selvey, Elder

Rick Selvey, Elder

Dan Cone, Elder

Dan Cone, Elder


Kathy Ristow     Deacon of Finance

Kathy Ristow

Deacon of Finance

Glynis Caton    Deacon of Personnel

Glynis Caton

Deacon of Personnel

Walker Techau     Deacon of Properties

Walker Techau

Deacon of Properties