Woodcrest Leadership Board Bios
John Anderson – Lead Pastor
I am excited to be Woodcrest Church’s next Lead Pastor. My wife, Cheri, and I recently came from Hope Community Church in Shawano, WI, and have 3 adult children; we are both originally from the Twin Cities.
Over the years, God continues to grow my passion and love for His church. Specifically, I love weekend worship where we can all get together to experience God in fresh ways. I love taking the timeless truth of God's Word and applying it in life-relevant ways. I love moving a church to greater effectiveness in their community. I seriously love watching Jesus change lives. I love making things better! I love it when people discover their gifts, and they step out to serve. I love it when the Holy Spirit moves in ministry moments - worship, counseling, or prayer times!
All in all, I love being in a place that longs to experience more of God's presence in weekend worship and in their daily lives. I love being in a fun, creative place where leaders can laugh at themselves. I love being a part of a team where we are all working toward the same mission, where our goals are aligned for what God has called us to do. I love to be in a place where we don't just talk about God's grace, we display it to each other. Bottom line, by God’s grace, I love Jesus and long to see more of His Kingdom come and His will be done through His church.
Tim DeWaard – Chair
My name is Tim DeWaard. My wife, Angie, and I have been attending Woodcrest for approximately 16 years. Our children, Tyler (20) and Alyssa (16), have been very active in the youth programs and they volunteer with us most weeks to help with the live stream. Tyler has just finished his second year at college but still loves to visit Woodcrest as often as possible. We live in Lakeville, MN and I work as a Director of Sales Engineering for a cyber security company and Angie currently works at Meadowview Elementary School as an EBD Education Assistant.
Over the years, we have grown in this church, and we have enjoyed being a part of different small groups but also serving as volunteers in student ministry as small group leaders for high school students. Each Wednesday evening, you will find us downstairs with the middle and high school students helping will with programming. Most Sundays, you will find us doing livestreaming for first service and leading small groups for high school students during second service. Our family has also enjoyed regularly attending various camps/retreats at Trout and Shamineau, participated in the student mission trips, and other programs/activities with the student ministry program.
I have been serving on the Leadership Board at Woodcrest for the past 3 years. Serving on the board over the past 3 years has really been a blessing. While it has not always been easy, I have been blessed by my fellow board members and by the support of the congregation. I currently serve as the chair of the board.
Laurie Hansen – Vice-Chair
I’m Laurie Hansen, and I’ve been blessed to serve on the Woodcrest Leadership Board these past two terms. My husband, Todd, and I have been married for over 30 years and have 2 adult children: Soren 29 and Berit 26. We’ve been Woodcrester’s for over 20 years and all four of us chose to profess our faith through believer’s baptism at Schulze Lake Beach.
At Woodcrest, I’ve led student small groups, chaperoned youth events, served on 7 mission trips, worked on the HBWAM program, serve food at Union gospel mission, volunteer with Every Meal, and attended many Bible studies. Todd and I are greeters and have led small groups for more than 18 years – and our current one is a source of great joy and support.
Jon Burt, Secretary
My name is Jon Burt. I’ve had the honor and privilege of serving on the Leadership Board since 2016, currently serving as Secretary. Joining me at Woodcrest are my wife, Andrea, and three children.
Joe Seidel, Treasurer
I have loved being married to Pam for 40+ years and I have two married children and 6 fantastic granddaughters. Our family has lived in Eagan since 2005 and we began attending Woodcrest around 2008. Throughout my time at Woodcrest, I have served as a counter, been active in the music ministry, and have served on the Men’s Ministry Dude’s Steering committee. Pam and I most enjoy spending time with our kids and grandkids with camera in hand. In the summers you can find me on the golf course or detailing my cars.
Favorite Verse: Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God, I am exulted among nations, I am exulted in the earth!”
Roxie Kidder – member at large
My name is Roxie Kidder, and I am currently serving on the Woodcrest Leadership Board. My husband, Bob, and I have been attending Woodcrest for 6 years.
I grew up in a Christian home and came to faith at a young age. Serving has been a calling for me, and I have been blessed to be a part of church ministry in many ways. Over the years I served in many capacities including: Sunday School, Confirmation and VBS teacher; Women’s Bible study and small group leader; Stephen’s Minister; Every Meal and Hope Begins with a Meal volunteer, and the Prayer Ministry team. In addition, I have served on staff at two churches. I am grateful to be a part of our Woodcrest family.
Ann Latendresse – member at large
Woodcrest has been my church home for over 20 years. During that time, I have been active in the Children’s ministry, and served as a Stephen Minister, and a Stephen Ministry Leader. Since my retirement I have been able to be involved in the women’s bible studies as well. I have four adult children and 13 grandchildren. Some of them also attend Woodcrest. I care deeply about this church and it’s needs, and am blessed to serve at Woodcrest.
Barry Taylor – member at large
My name is Barry Taylor. My wife Cathy and I have been married for a little over 53 years and we have two adult children (Taylor and Jon), a daughter-in-law (Sue), and a grandson (Kylan). We moved to Eagan and began attending Woodcrest in 2010, and in 2016, I became a member. Since then, I have been blessed to serve in several capacities with a variety of ministries at Woodcrest, including the Sunday worship team, the men’s ministry group (formerly the Dudes), HBWAM (Hope Begins With A Meal), the Sunday Serve ministry at Union Gospel Mission, the Bags of Hope initiative with UGM, the Every Meal food distribution ministry at Red Pine Elementary School, and the Woodcrest Nominating Committee. I am humbled and honored to be a member of the Woodcrest Leadership Board. I am anxious to continue my faith journey and to serve wherever and however He leads me.
To communicate with the Leadership Board, e-mail them at Leadership@woodcrestchurch.org