College degrees in Ministry and Agriculture (essential for shepherding flocks)
Wife – Kim
Sons – Liam, Jude and Asher
Exotic Pets – the three listed under “Sons”
I still can’t look at the words “Senior Pastor” next to my name without laughing. This could only be God’s doing! To my surprise and delight, God brought me to Chapel Hill Church to be their pastor and I couldn’t be happier with what He’s done. From Vancouver, Canada (where I grew up) to Haiti (where I served as an agricultural missionary and met my wife) to Minnesota (college), to Senegal, West Africa (where we served for five years), and now back to Minnesota. What a journey! And God used all that to prepare me to serve this church.
I love God, my perfect Father. I love my wife Kim. I love my boys Liam, Jude and Asher. I love this church and what God is doing here. It’s a community where we’re growing in our relationships with Him. He’s teaching us how to truly love each other and be His family. And He’s showing us what He has created us to do. We actually get to be a part of God’s mission in this world, from our neighborhoods to places around the world!
Come and see what God is doing here. We’ll do everything we can to show you who God is, to demonstrate His love for you, and to discover with you the mission He’s created us for.
University of Northwestern, degrees in Youth Ministry and Christian Education
Wife – Pam
Children: Wyatt and Paisley
I grew up in a small town in Maine. Yes, I like lobster and Moxie. In high school, I was privileged to have a pastor who poured time into me and encouraged me to pursue youth ministry – a job I didn’t know existed since churches where I lived were so small they only had one pastor. God brought me to Minnesota to study at UNW where I met my wife, Pam. We have two amazing kids. I have had the privilege to serve as a Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor, Associate Church Planter, and Associate Pastor in several different churches, both rural and urban. I am passionate about encouraging students, their parents, and youth leaders to pursue God and authenticity in their relationships, and I love developing leaders!
Husband - Ron
Children – Tristan and his wife Charlotte
Mackenzie and her husband Beto
Early life for me was all about family. In my home three generations lived under one roof and worked together toward a common goal. But soon the time came for me to leave our small dairy farm in rural Wisconsin to experience life in the big city and so I arrived in St. Paul to begin the journey of higher education at Bethel College (now university). In four short years I obtained a degree and a husband and headed out on international short term missions. After returning from that whirlwind first year of marriage my husband Ron and I settled into jobs and figuring out what God had for us. My husband became an elementary school teacher and I eventually became a homeschooling mom to our three wonderful kids.
Family has always been very important to me and through the years of raising my own children God has given me a passion to equip the families of Chapel Hill as they learn and grow together. I love learning and I love kids. Nothing is better than sitting in a room full of kids and teaching them in ways that honors each of them as individuals.
Here at Chapel Hill your kids will learn how they fit into God’s big story and parents will be equipped and encouraged to disciple their children along the way.
My passion for children and my passion for Christ make my job fun and rewarding. I couldn't imagine working anywhere else than here at CHC. I'm a trained professional in the are of kissing injuries, making dinner and helping with homework at the same time, turning frowns to smiles and of course all projects requiring glue. In other words I am know as mom, wife and child of God.
I enjoy dates with my husband Clay, and laughing uncontrollably with our kids, Haley, Thane, Noah, Ava and Elle. In the rare moments I have to myself I love to read, shop and knock things off my 'bucket list'.
Husband – Mark
Children – Megan and husband Brian
Rachel and husband Jacob
Chapel Hill has been my church home since 1997! Wow - That is a long time! I love that this is a church that seeks the truth of who God is and strives to live according to the truths of the Bible.
I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters who both love the Lord. Mark and I are now embracing and enjoying the empty nest as our daughters have married and moved on; one living in Idaho and one is a missionary in France. We are now enjoying travel, eating out, gardening and leading the Home Groups ministry at CHC.
Family: Son - Remi Isaiah
My name is Jake Swalve, and yes I do indeed know what all those buttons do. I started attending Chapel Hill Church in 2003 as a 6th grader. Peter Herzog was my Student Ministries Pastor, and he nurtured my bond with technology from that young age. As a high school student my technology leadership was developed further by Paul McVety. We incorporated and expanded with new technology for our youth department during his first years as Student Ministries Pastor. I have continued to pursue my passion for audio and lighting throughout my young adult years and was reunited with the Chapel Hill community in 2016. I am proud to be part of the staff at Chapel Hill and utilize our worship technology to enhance the Sunday morning experience with God. This community of believers has been a support for my family over many years and its an honor to serve with such a talented group of people.