Staff




 

All ISM staff have significant experience in children, youth and family ministry. We share a common goal, which is to use our gifts of ministry by serving side by side with congregations who are navigating for the future. This may include staff changes, restructuring or just trying to figure out the best way to nurture the faith.  We love these moments and are excited to set sail on this journey with faith communities! 

Our staff continually seeks out opportunities for continuing education in areas of interim ministry, faith formation, systems theory, leadership and more. This creates a unique background of gifts and skills in each ISM staff. We will work with your goals to find the best candidates!

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Kris Bjorke, Director

Kris has been active in youth ministry sine 1989. She has served in congregational youth ministry and has worked for Youth Leadership at Luther Seminary. Her eduction includes a B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry and a Masters from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary. Kris is one of the co-founders of InterServe Ministries. She currently lives in Maple Grove with her husband Scott and daughters Julia and Emily.

 

 

Susan Megrund, Director

Sue has served in youth ministry since 1990. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Social Work and a Masters of Arts in Theology from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Currently she is working on her Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary. Sue lives in Plymouth, MN with her husband Todd,  their dog Tia and two rescue cats, Cloe and Maggie. Along with Kris Bjorke, Sue is one of the co-founders of InterServe Ministries.

 

 

 

Kari Osmek,  Director of Training

Kari has been in ministry since 1984. She has been active in camping ministry, traveled with Youth Encounter and served in congregational ministry. She has BA in Family Life Education from Concordia University in St Paul and a MA in Organizational Leadership and Management. Kari is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations. Kari has been with InterServe Ministries since December 2005, and lives in Nowthen, MN with her husband Darrel and son Drake.

 

 

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Tracie Peterson, Associate

Tracie Peterson has over 17 years of Youth and Family ministry experience. With a BA in Psychology, she has worked with youth in many different arenas, from corrections to camping ministry. A MN native, Tracie has worked at congregations in MN, ND and the Seattle Area. She currently lives in Chaska, Mn with her husband and 2 daughters.

 

 

 

Pete Erickson, ISM Specialist

Pete Erickson has served and consulted in congregations since 1991. Pete has an undergraduate degree in Communication from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and excels in ministry system design, change management and coaching. He lives in Stillwater, MN with his daughter, Ellie.

 

 

 

Kristen Brechler, Associate

Kristen has been ministering to youth for the past 14 years. Kristen has a degree in Communications and Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead MN and a MDIV degree from Luther Seminary with a focus in Youth & Family Ministry. Kristen has served congregations in Minnesota, Nevada and Nebraska, and now lives in Woodbury, MN with husband Gary and boys, Kyle and Micah. Kristen has been with InterServe since August 2007.

 

 

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Martha has been serving in Christian Education and Faith Formation since 1997, specializing in Children’s and Family ministry.  In 2011 she received her certification in Youth and Family Ministry.  She is also a facilitator for Our Whole Lives.  Martha lives in Ramsey with her husband Jerry, son Tom and a myriad of rescued animals.

 

 


imageJosh Johnson, Associate

Joshua has been active in youth ministry since 1998. He has served several congergations in both roles of youth pastor/director as well as intentional youth ministry interim. In addtion to his work at Interserve Joshua also works for the non-profit Youth Frontiers as a retreat director. Joshua is graduate of Crown College in St. Bonifacious, MN and is currently working on finishing his masters in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary, in St. Paul MN. He currently lives in Burnsville with his wife Tammy and their 3 children.