Oakwood Staff


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 it’s 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!


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.

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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.

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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 graphic design and has chosen to focus her giftedness in service within the church.

Volunteer Staff


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.


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Traci Shiffer

Director of SERVING


Elders and Deacons

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Grant Gorres



Tim Meehan


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Rick Selvey




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Dan Cone



Kathy Ristow

Deacon of Finance


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Glynis Caton

Deacon of Personnel

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Walker Techau

Deacon of Properties