Staff Bio Information

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Pete Parker
Senior Pastor

Pete has been part of the Woodcrest staff since 2003 serving as Executive Pastor and most recently, as Senior Pastor.  With more than 37 years of ministry experience, Pete is passionate about preaching and giving overall directional leadership to the ministry staff and to the church. Pete and his wife Dawn have 3 adult children and one extra-special granddaughter. When not spending time in ministry or with family you will most likely find Pete somewhere in the great outdoors enjoying his passion for hunting. He is a graduate of Northwestern College and received his Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in 1991.

Favorite Bible Verse: 

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this...."

Psalm 37:4


Jason Maloney
Connections Pastor

Jason serves as the Connections Pastor at Woodcrest Church. Jason is passionate about connecting people with Christ and others. Jason and his beautiful wife, Kari, love to be outside (camping, biking, hammocking), watch football together (Go Bills!) and hang out with friends and family. Jason also loves to read and enjoys a strong cup of black coffee. He is a graduate of Crown College and has his Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39


Will Kelly
Student Ministry Pastor

Will is the Student Ministries Pastor at Woodcrest. He grew up in Montana and ended up in Minnesota via Crown College, where he graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry. It was also at Crown that he met his wife Kayla, who has loved him unconditionally for over a decade. She truly is one of God’s greatest examples of grace. They have three kids, who keep them on their toes and ensure that they’re always trucking along in life. Will enjoys all things sports, all things trivia, and has a knack for pop culture. He also enjoys a good meme. One of Will’s favorite things, though, is spending time with students and making sure that they’re known, appreciated, and loved—by him, by the leaders, and by Jesus.

Favorite Bible Verse:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:37-39


Laura Neubauer
Children's Director

Laura has a great passion for teaching children about Jesus Christ. With a degree in special education from MSUM, Laura uses her skills to create exciting ways to reach children. She is an avid LA Clippers fan, loves to cook, and enjoys all the family time she can get! Laura and her husband Davey have two daughters.

Favorite Bible Verse:

"For I know the plans I have for you, " says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me."

Jeremiah 29:11-13


Heather Cowles
Children's Ministry Associate


Sam Joson
Worship Director

Sam serves as the worship director of Woodcrest Church. He is very passionate about creating a worship environment where everybody can connect with the Lord. Sam grew up experiencing many different worship cultures; gaining a respect for hymns, gospel, and contemporary worship. In his free time, Sam loves to write and play music, hang out with family and friends, and play basketball. Sam is a graduate of North Central University.

Favorite Bible Verse: 

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."

Matthew 18:20


Larry Anderson
Worship Tech Specialist

I work as an Executive Chef at a senior living community. I am happily married to my wife Rena and we have two sons and two dogs, Peanut and Chewy. I play guitar, and I built a recording studio in my home that I like to spend my free time working in. 

Favorite Bible Verse:

"Give to everyone who begs from you, and of him who takes your goods, do not ask him again. And as you wish men would do to you, do so to them."

Luke 6:30


Lucy Huppert
Office Manager

Lucy joined the Woodcrest staff in October 2018. She has gained a wealth of administrative office experience throughout her career, especially working for several churches as an office administrator.  Lucy grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and now enjoys living in the south metro area with her tabby cat, Lilly. In her spare time, she enjoys watching NFL football and Twins baseball (yes, she’s an avid Packers fan), sewing, crocheting, playing the piano, baking, and playing bingo.  Working for the church is a ministry for Lucy – she is richly blessed by serving God’s people in this special way.

Favorite Bible Verse: 

"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." 

Lamentations 3:21-23


Karen Meyer
Bookkeeper/Human Resources Specialist

Karen has a passion to work behind the scenes and have all financials wrap up into neat little packages! She came to Woodcrest Church in February 2014 after serving at Prince of Peace Church in Burnsville as the Payroll/Benefits Coordinator for almost 10 years. She has a BA in Business/Economics from the University of Minnesota and has over 20 years experience in working with business administration and financials. Karen has sought out part-time work in order to spend more time raising her three daughters. Karen is married to Basil.

Favorite Bible Verse:

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Jon Burt
Computer & Database Specialist/Facilities Maintenance Technician

Jon is passionate about keeping the technology, facility, and database running smoothly and up to date. John is married to his wonderful wife, Andrea, and they have three boys. He and his family enjoy getting outside to enjoy God's creation as well as playing many different kinds of board games. Jon enjoys spending time with the family, fixing things, and working with technology.

Favorite Bible Verse:

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers."

Romans 8:28-29


John Long

I came from Flint, Michigan where most of my family still lives. I have two daughters and four granddaughters that live close to me. I also have a step-grandson who lives out of state with his mother. Lately, I've been teaching my two youngest granddaughters how to fish - more accurately, how to wash their hooks in a lake! I've also been teaching my teenage granddaughters how to shoot targets. All of my daughters seem to enjoy teasing me!