Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM | Friday 8 AM - 4 PM
218.525.6625 | Church Office Ext. 111
Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM | Friday 8 AM - 4 PM
218.525.6625 | Church Office Ext. 111
Pastor Rich Theilen grew up in the Twin Cities and has spent most of his life and ministry in and around Minnesota. As a Covenant pastor, he has served churches in both permanent and interim roles in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and British Columbia, Canada. He has a BA in Economics from St. Olaf College, a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Sioux Falls Seminary. He’s also a graduate of Minnehaha Academy. Before entering ministry, Rich worked in the Oil and Chemical packaging industry in St. Paul. Over the years, Rich has held a variety of other community and professional leadership roles, and has taught Systematic Theology at Solid Rock School of Discipleship. His wife Cheryl is a native of Wooster, Ohio, a graduate of North Park University, and serves as director of administration for the Northwest Conference. Their daughter Kristin is also a North Park alumna and works at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy, a classical charter school in the Twin Cities. In addition to ministry activities, Rich enjoys managing several family-owned farms in Southwest Minnesota, doing light construction projects, playing board games, watching World War II movies, and hanging out with their dog, Katie. As a family, they have enjoyed extensive travel, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Evan joined Lakeview Covenant's staff in 2018, coming from over a decade of youth ministry on the West Coast. He received his undergraduate degree from North Park University and his Masters of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Evan is passionate about creating and facilitating transformative discipleship relationships and experiences for youth in ways that impact the church as a whole. You'll often hear him talk about the necessity of intergernational discipleship, the importance of Scripture, and the adventures of living in mission with God in our neighborhoods, city, and world! He is married to Christina and they have three daughters. Evan loves to be outside on the trails, at the park, drinking third-wave coffee, eating new foods, and spending time with people of all backgrounds.
After 16 years of teaching middle school, Corrina was ready for anything. She first started leading at Lakeview in 2006 as a volunteer in Women’s Ministries and eventually joined staff as the full-time Office Coordinator in 2013. She considers a good day filled with helping people get connected with the people and ministries at Lakeview while efficiently checking off her to do list. You might find her after a good, long day at the office in her backyard, snuggling with her pug around the fire pit with her family, enjoying the views of Lake Superior.
Over 20 years ago, with 3 littles at home, Deb began serving in Lakeview’s nursery. Now, those “littles” are finished with college and she continues to serve our Youth and Children Ministries. She loves to serve people by working in the office, volunteering with Celebrate Recovery or doing behind the scenes prep for our LCC middle and high schoolers. She loves quiet morning devotions, morning coffee and the paper. And with their new “empty nest” status, the Johnsons take advantage of date nights at the movies, trying out a new restaurant in town and spending time with family and friends at their cabin.
Penny loves to listen. She has listened to God for over 22 years at Lakeview, including 10+ years of serving in music ministry. Currently, Penny works as the Coordinator of our Parish Nurse Ministry. She loves to visit people in need, listen to their stories and offer prayers and prayer shawls. If you were to visit her on Saturdays, you would hear the sounds of her husband faithfully cooking breakfast for them to share. Sometimes Penny loves the quiet as she hikes, quilts or reads. Find her sometime and share your story with her! She’ll be glad to listen.
Over 10 years ago, Ann Anderson’s life changed drastically when she began participating in a ministry called Celebrate Recovery (CR). It helped her face challenges in her life and find freedom from personal hurts, habits and hang ups. Now, God uses her experiences to give hope to others at CR as she leads that ministry here at Lakeview. Ann loves time with her husband and sons, hikes in the woods or greeting on a Sunday morning at Lakeview. We are so grateful for her leadership in CR at Lakeview because as Ann would say, “It’s the best place to be on a Thursday night!”
Jill starts every day with a brisk walk before she walks into the doors at Lakeview as she has for over 25 years as our bookkeeper! Jill grew up in Salem Covenant, went to North Park College and then joined the Lakeview family when she married her husband John. Jill loves to spend time with her family and grandchildren here in Duluth and travel the country to visit her two sons, Anders and Bjorn, in beautiful South Carolina to soak up some warm and rejuvenating sunshine!.
You may never see Mysie but she is constantly at work at Lakeview. And although she does not like to brag, she has a fabulous sense of humor. That’s a good thing because she is the coordinator of all our childcare needs at Lakeview. She loves to help new guests relax while leaving their children in the nursery for the first time and loves to watch our kids grow over the years. When she isn’t working at church, Mysie loves to work with fabric, essential oils or play board games with her son Andrew.
Jeff wears lots of hats here at Lakeview! During our cold winters, stocking caps keep him warm as he shovels and maintains the Lakeview campus. Baseball caps keep the sun off his head during the summer as he landscapes our grounds and maintains our facility. Jeff enjoys strapping on his helmet for a motorcycle ride around beautiful Duluth. He might take off his cap so he can take his favorite two girls (his wife, Nancy, and daughter) out to Bridgeman’s Tuesday nights. Jeff's parents met at Lakeview, and he has been part of the Lakeview family his entire life. Jeff loves serving the Lord here at Lakeview. Tip your hat the next time you see him!
Shelly is Our Number One Volunteer! “Volunteer” means to serve willingly and she is always up for helping others! She gladly cleans up and preps the sanctuary, picks up the phone in the office and sets up for Celebrate Recovery and serves with the kids at Celebration Place on Thursday nights. Her cheerful attitude is contagious and has been cheering others up at Lakeview for over 6 years. She loves to look out at the lake from her apartment, snuggling up with her cat Bently as she rests up for another day of service.
Lakeview's Leadership Team is responsible for building, maintaining, and overseeing the spiritual welfare of the congregation and for visioning, directing, and overseeing all ministries and business affairs of Lakeview Covenant Church.
I have been attending Lakeview since 2006 when I came to Duluth for college, and have been a member since 2015 with my wife, Jessica. We've been married for 8 years, and have been blessed with two sweet children- Caleb (2), and Evelyn (8 months). I am just about to finish up my second year as Executive Director of Wilderness Experience, which is a locally focused outdoor ministry. I have been involved in the life of the church through AWANA, community groups, and the worship team. I look forward to what the Lord has planned for me in the future, and I am honored to serve on the Leadership Team.
Fred and Sharon Lund joined Lakeview Covenant Church in the Fall of 2010 after serving for 40 years in pastoral ministry. They served both in Brazil, and churches in Minnesota. Since joining Lakeview Fred has served on the Outreach Committee and Evangelism Committee. Both he and Sharon serve as church greeters. Fred has also filled Lakeview's pulpit when requested by pastoral staff. Fred and Sharon have been married for 52 years. They are blessed with two daughters, a son, and one grandchild.
Jennifer Borkholder and her husband Brian began attending Lakeview Covenant in early 2013 and became members in June 2015. They joined a Community Group right away and quickly began serving as Greeters, as another way to get to know others in the church. Jennifer has helped serve in the kitchen, at the Welcome Center, in the Prayer Ministry, in the Choir, and assisted with the annual financial audit. She is also part of the Usher Team and the Hospitality Team. Jennifer is currently working as the Comptroller for the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, where she is responsible for the Band's Accounting, Payroll, and Benefit offices. In her free time she likes to take their dogs for a walk, relax at the lake, have friends over for a meal, or travel. Jennifer became a Christian as a four year old and grew up in a home with two Christian parents and one brother in central Illinois. She grew up in a small non-denominational Bible church and has attended Baptist churches in the state of Virginia and here in Duluth, prior to coming to Lakeview. She loves being a part of the Covenant Fellowship now and has a conservative approach to church life. She loves the Word of God and strives to continue learning and applying it to her life every day. She is excited to see how the Lord will use her to serve the church staff, the congregation, the fellowship, and our missionaries using her gifts of hospitality and organization. However, at the same time, being open to grow in new directions and serve in new ways. She is trusting the Lord and knows that this opportunity will be such a blessing!
My wife, Elaine, and I have been members of Lakeview Covenant Church for the past 20+ years. Since joining Lakeview, I have been involved in teaching Adult Bible studies, Community Bible Study (CBS), Stephen Ministry and the kitchen team for Celebrate Recovery. I have served on the Leadership Team for several years.
I have been attending Lakeview for over 60 years and I have been a member for about 40 years. I am a retired Chemist as of 4 1/2 years ago. My wife Sue and I were married at Lakeview in February 1983. We have three married daughters and a total of 10 grandchildren. Over the years I have served in a variety of ministries ranging from leading college and adult Sunday School to serving on the former Elder Board, Leadership Team and ministry teams. Now Sue and I jointly head up the Hospitality Ministry Team. This works well with our passion for preparing and serving meals to large groups of people. Also, since the beginning of the CR Ministry at Lakeview almost 11 years ago, Sue and I have provided a weekly meal for 20 to 120 people. My spiritual gifts that strengthen the Leadership Team are a sense of perspective and patience. Hopefully God has blessed me with some measure of wisdom through these years and I know that he's still showing me how to be patient.
In 2009, I moved to Duluth for a faculty position in the department of Civil Engineering at UMD. I have had some small administrative responsibilities, but my main priorities at UMD have been teaching and research. After growing up in the Brainerd Lakes area, I studied at universities in New Jersey and Texas before landing at UMD. My wife, Rebekah, and I joined Lakeview in 2011. We have four children: Kate, Luke, Abby, and Claire. At Lakeview, I have served in children’s ministries as a Sunday school teacher for several years, played periodically with the music team, and served on a pastoral search committee. My family has hosted a community group in our home in Woodland for about 5 years. I believe that my spiritual gifts include discernment, teaching, and mercy and I have a desire to see the church fulfill God’s calls to discipleship and outreach. I think that these passions, combined with organizational leadership and administrative experience, position me to contribute effectively to the Leadership Team at Lakeview.
My wife Jennifer, daughters Anna and Elsa and I have been attending Lakeview for the last 13 years, since we moved to Duluth. My wife and I became members shortly after we started attending. One of my great joys and pleasures has been serving in the youth ministry teaching the junior and senior high Sunday school for many years. That age in my life was such a pivotal time in developing my personal faith in Jesus, and serving there has been a way for me to pass on all that was given to me by so many dedicated adult leaders and mentors. I have also enjoyed leading a community group with my wonderful wife. I was blessed to have served on a search committee that brought a children's pastor to our church family. After college, I spent two years in full time youth ministry, which God used to teach me so many lessons on trust, faith and how the body of Christ works. With great anticipation I look forward to the next chapter in the life of our church, and I am honored to serve as part of the church leadership.
My family and I have attended Lakeview since 2003. I have loved being a 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Sunday school teacher, chaperoning youth retreats, going on youth missions trips, co-leading BOOM girls (a Bible study open to all girls ages 6th grade and up), being on and chairing the Missions Team, and especially being a part of the body of Christ at Lakeview. God has demonstrated His steadfast love in our lives through His amazing people at Lakeview and His faithful, consistent, transforming love. I am grateful to play a part here, whatever He has for me.
Loretta and I began attending Lakeview and became members in 1997. I have served on the Elder Board, Leadership Team, Nominating Committee and several of the Ministry Teams. I have been to Alaska Christian College several times on mission trips. I currently facilitate a Men’s study group on Thursday nights and Loretta and I also attend Community Bible Study here on Monday evenings. Loretta and I have two adult children and a five year old granddaughter. I retired in August of 2015 as the Lake County Assessor and stay busy with home projects, driving a DTA STRIDE bus two days a week, fishing, hunting, reading and volunteer opportunities.