Senior Pastor Nick Hardt

Nick’s journey into pastoral ministry started as a Molecular Biology/Biochemistry student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. God used his time as an undergraduate, particularly through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, to reveal a calling to full time pastoral ministry. After graduating from UWEC, Nick enrolled at Bethel seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in New Testament Greek. He has been in church pastoral ministry since 2005 and has served at SEFC since 2007. Nick has a great love of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ to others and laboring to develop and deploy fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Some of Nick’s other passions include cycling, running, bowhunting, and hiking. Nick has been blessed with a wonderful wife Alana and three energetic young sons.


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Youth Pastor Erik Vaage

Erik is passionate about partnering with parents in the discipleship of students towards a Scripture-saturated, gospel-centered and God-glorifying faith in Jesus Christ.He graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA in 2014, where he majored in Biology with intent to pursue medical school, but felt God calling him to ministry while working as a Bible camp counselor for three summers near his hometown of Okoboji, IA. After college, Erik graduated from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 2019 with a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis on biblical languages. He has served in various youth ministry contexts since 2011 and has been serving at SEFC since 2022. 

Erik loves reading about the best ways to diligently teach God’s Word to our children (Deut. 6:7), and he also enjoys leading worship, teaching, and counseling others to know and worship God in every area of their lives. Erik has been married to his lovely wife, Jess, since 2020, and they have an adorable goldendoodle named Penny. His other interests include running, hiking, coffee, playing guitar and following professional soccer.


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Children's Ministry Coordinator 

Teresa Lindahl

Despite the fact that Teresa is from the ‘other side of the river’ (WI), she and her family began attending SEFC in 2013.  The desire to join a church family, experience authentic worship, nurture iron-sharpens-iron relationships, and absorb Bible-centered preaching make the trek across they St. Croix joyful.  Having earned a B.S. degree in Biology, Teresa quickly found that pouring into children’s hearts is more rewarding than pouring chemicals into beakers.  Having survived 24 years of homeschooling, many years of teaching Sunday school, and working as an Awana volunteer, the Lord has prepared Teresa to work alongside Children’s Ministry volunteers at SEFC.  Her vision is to share the Gospel of Jesus with as many children as possible, training and equipping volunteers with the tools, knowledge, wisdom, and prayers they need.

In her spare time, Teresa enjoys teaching weekly lessons to 50+ piano students, playing her favorite Chopin pieces on the piano, reading, walking her Siberian Husky, and spending time with her husband and four children. 


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Church Secretary Jacque Korn

Jacque Korn is our church secretary.

Jacque grew up in Mason City, Iowa. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, she was a founding member of Organic Growers of Michigan and worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Michigan for 30+ years. In 2009 she moved to Stillwater to become reacquainted with family.

Jacque enjoys riding her Terra Trike, observing all the natural wonders of God’s creation, chamber music and orchestra concerts, collecting and cooking new recipes, and Bible study.

Contact her with bulletin submissions and events you need posted.

Contact her email​​​​​​​ or by phone (651) 439-0433.