Staff

Office HoursMonday thru Friday 9 AM - 4 PM  |  218.525.6625  |  Church Office Ext. 111

  • Rich Theilen

    Interim Lead Pastor     Ext. 114     rich@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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.  

  • Ryan Starr

    pastor of  worship Arts     ext. 113     ryan@lakeviewcovenant.org


  • EVAN KOLDING

    Pastor of Youth Ministries     Ext. 121     evan@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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. 

  • Penny LaBerge

    Parish Nurse Coordinator     ext. 123     parishnurse@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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.

  • Corrina Korthals

    office coordinator     ext. 111     corrina@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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.

  • Deb Johnson

    children & youth ministries OFFICE Admin.    ext. 110     deb@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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.  

  • Ann Anderson

    CELEBRATE RECOVERY MINISTRY VOLUNTEER     ANNCANDERSON@GMAIL.COM

    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 broman

    bookkeeper     ext. 134     jill@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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!.

  • jeff broman

    facilities Manager     ext. 135    JEFF@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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!

  • Ben Erickson

    TECHNICAL Director/Producer


  • Mysie Kuehl

    childcare coordinator     ext. 137     melissa@lakeviewcovenant.org

    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.

  • Shelly Eder

    facilities & office volunteer/CHILDCARE staff

    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.

LCC Leadership Team

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.

  • jack renick, chair

    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. Loretta and I attend Community Bible Study via Zoom on Monday evenings. Loretta and I have two adult children and a seven year old granddaughter. I retired in August of 2015 as the Lake County Assessor and stay busy with home projects, woodworking, fishing, hunting, reading and volunteer opportunities.  I believe my life experiences, years at Lakeview, wisdom and patience make me a good member of the Leadership Team.

  • brian hard, vice-Chair

    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.

  • Jennifer Borkholder, Financial Officer

    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!

  • Loren Janson, Secretary

    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.

  • Nate johnson

    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.

  • mike laberge

    My wife and I have been members of Lakeview Covenant Church for the past 26 years. We have 4 sons, all having grown up attending LCC while participating in SS and youth activities. During our time here I have participated in a variety of functions. These include teaching junior and senior high Sunday school for a number of years, serving on the Leadership Team under Pastor Jeffrey Burton, and serving on the Missions and Local Outreach Team. I have helped organize a number of medical missions trips to Guatemala with members and friends of LCC. Over the years I have teamed up with other adult members to teach several adult Sunday school classes. Probably one of my fondest experiences at LCC has been Small Group (Bible Study) participation spanning over 26 years with members of LCC. These studies have really kept me challenged and desiring the Lord.  I just retired from Essentia Health after 34 years and am looking for new ways to serve and am willing and eager to do so.

  • ann ludolph

    I have been a member at Lakeview for 19 years. Currently, I am the NICU Assistant Head Nurse at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center.  I am married to Steve.  We have 2 grown children. I have served on the Leadership Team multiple years.  I have also been a member of many different search
    committees at Lakeview.  For many years, I have served in Children's and Youth Ministries at Lakeview, as well. I feel my spiritual gift of leadership will definitely contribute to the leadership team by helping me to be a contributing member of the team with decisions that need to be made and plans that need creating.

  • greg mason

    My wife and I have been going to Lakeview for 13 years since we moved here after I finished medical training. I currently am the section Chair of pediatric hospital and ICU medicine at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital - Essentia Health and Chief of pediatrics for St. Mary’s Medical Center here in town.  I currently sit on multiple committees and teach advanced life support for pediatrics. I enjoy cooking and have enjoyed repair work and woodworking as some of my hobbies. My family includes the most popular of us, Rachel Mason, who brings the music wagon into the younger Sunday school classes, and my four children Sarah, Noah, Hannah and Isaiah. In the past I have taught Sunday school, organized the Awana Grand Prix, and made meals for college students.  All of this of course could not be possible without much help from my family and others in the church. In discussing spiritual gifts that I have to offer, I become very practical. I am able to look at things objectively with a high amount of self in situational awareness - trying to predict the outcome and any other points of view. I enjoy the details of operation and communication - placing the answer in context to help people move through difficult or critical
    conversations.  If you ask my children, they will tell you my favorite sayings, “what is right, and what is the goal“. My prayer is always wisdom, discernment, and awareness of His Word.