Jonathan Parnell

Jonathan is the lead pastor of Cities Church and Community Group leader in Falcon Heights. The Parnell family moved from Raleigh-Durham to the Twin Cities for grad school back in 2008. It wasn’t long before great friends and enchanted summers made them fall in love with Minnesota. He and his wife, Melissa, live by the fairgrounds with their five children.

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David Mathis

David is a pastor at Cities Church and Community Group leader in the Nokomis neighborhood. David first moved to Minneapolis with a campus ministry at the University of Minnesota. He now works as the executive editor at desiringGod.org. He and his wife, Megan, live near Minnehaha Falls with their three children.

 
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Joe Rigney

Joe is a pastor at Cities Church and leads the Community Group in the Howe neighborhood. He is a professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary where he teaches Bible, theology, philosophy, and history to undergraduate students. Both graduates of Texas A&M, Joe and his wife Jenny moved to the Cities for grad school and now live with their two boys in Minneapolis.

Michael Thiel

Michael is a pastor at Cities Church and Community Group Leader in the Hiawatha neighborhood. Michael has worked as a Chemical Engineer in the pneumatic conveying industry for over ten years. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Emily. They have three children: two daughters, Lily and Frannie, and a son, Henryk, who passed away in 2013.

 

Nick Aufenkamp

Nick is the pastor for worship at Cities Church and is leader of the Community Group in Roseville. Originally from Washington, he and his wife, Hilly, originally moved to Minneapolis for school. They live in St. Paul with their two children.

Kevin Kleiman

Kevin is a pastor at Cities Church and leader of the Riverview Community Group. He and his wife, Brook, are both from the Twin Cities and graduates of the University of Minnesota. They live in Minneapolis with their two boys. Kevin has worked for the Target Corporation for several years. 

 

David Easterwood

David is a pastor at Cities Church and leader of the Cooper Community Group. He and his wife, Angela, both grew up in the Twin Cities but spent the first eight years of their marriage in various parts of the U.S. — because David works for the federal government.  He and Angela now live in Minneapolis with their three kids.

Aaron Horn

Aaron is a deacon at Cities Church and serves as the Highland Park Community Group Leader. He grew up in the Twin Cities, and attended the University of Minnesota, where he was involved with the ministry of Campus Outreach. Aaron currently works as an Engineer at the St. Paul Park oil refinery. He lives in the St. Paul with his wife, Erin, and their two children.

 

Sam Choi

Sam is a deacon at Cities Church and serves as the leader of the Como Community Group in St. Paul. Sam is married to Joanna, and they have two children, Elijah and Eden. He is currently completing his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary.

David Wierzba

David is a deacon at Cities Church and serves in all things hospitality. He is passionate people gatherer. Originally from Wisconsin, he attended the University of Minnesota, and never left Minneapolis. David works as a product manager for Optum in Eden Prairie. He and his wife, Melissa, reside in South Minneapolis and have one child. 

 

Joshua Jacobs

Joshua is a deacon at Cities Church and serves as the Nokomis Community Group leader. He was born and raised in a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities and currently works as a mechanical engineer as well as a real estate consultant, owning his own real estate brokerage. He and his wife Jennifer currently live near lake Nokomis with their three children. 

David Olson

David is a deacon at Cities and serves in the areas of finance and stewardship. He grew up in northern Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth. He works as a CPA in downtown Minneapolis. David and his wife, Jenn, have two boys, Jack and Toby.