Jon Tolly

LEAD Pastor

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 its calling to develop a passion for Jesus and compassion for people.  Jon is married to Janell and they have four daughters.


Andi Custer

Associate Pastor

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!


Scott Miller

Worship Director

Scott Miller, who came on staff in September 2010, plays all types of guitars and drums. Contemporary jazz and blues are the music styles that seem to run through his blood, and he enjoys listening to pop, rock and country music. Scott and his wife Michelle have three children.

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Zach Schmitt

Director of
Student Ministry

Zach Schmitt is a follower of Christ who is often stumbling and falling in the pursuit of his Lord. He is studying for his masters at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul and serves as the President of the Alumni Association at Crown College. He takes a keen interest in theology, philosophy, and the Seahawks—all of which have a tendency to meet disaster when they lack the proper guiding force. Zach enjoys all kinds of literature, particularly the great Russian authors Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn. He takes after their view that beauty is often found in simplicity and has tailored his biography accordingly.

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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


Denise Klaphake

OFFICE AdministratOR



Nathan Vilmain

Director of Communications

Volunteer Staff


Sarah vilmain

Director of Outreach

Volunteer Staff



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Traci Shiffer

Director of SERVING

Volunteer Staff


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Rick Selvey





Carolyn Melby

Deacon of Care


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Kathy Kauffmann

Deacon of care

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Renee heimdal

deacon of care


Kathy Ristow

Deacon of Finance

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Glynis Caton

Deacon of Personnel

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Walker Techau

Deacon of Properties