Elders, as "overseers," make directional decisions guided by our vision, while deacons, as "servants," facilitate congregational involvement so that this vision becomes a reality. This role of leading the church in service cannot be overestimated. Thabiti Anyabwile states, "The Lord has not established the office of deacon as an extra to the church. The office does not exist as some obsolete appendage. Rather, deacons serve the table of the Lord in order to facilitate the advance of the gospel, the health of the body, and the rejoicing of the saints. Deacons are indispensable in the Christian church."
A deacon is to be a spiritually qualified servant-leader of the church who provides compassionate, Christ-like care for people with practical, material needs and gives oversight to the logistical, physical concerns of the church so the elders can focus on the Word of God and prayer. The weightiness of this office is seen in the character qualities needed to faithfully fulfill this role.
“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.” (1 Timothy 3:8–12).
Jonathan Aurand – Deacon of Missionary Care
Jonathan serves as the Deacon of missionary care and has a passion to send disciple-makers to areas where people have not had an opportunity to hear the good news. He also has a desire to equip the church to engage those who are coming here as refugees. Jonathan is husband to Margret and father to Simeon, Edith, Cornelius, and Josephina. The Aurands have been a part of Jubilee since 2009. Jonathan is a Mechanical Engineering Instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology.
Bjorn Larson – Deacon of Finances
Bjorn serves as the Deacon of finances as well as a financial counselor to members in the church. He holds an undergraduate degree from Bethel University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Bjorn is a husband to Emily and a father to Annalise, Evelina, Lucia, and Maja. “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
Andrew Lunquist – Mercy Ministry Lead Deacon
Andrew serves as the lead Mercy Ministry Deacon, overseeing the Helping Hands fund. Andrew is married to Erin, and they have four children, Eliana, Sophia, Henrik, and Samuel.
Katie O'Neal – Deaconess of Foster Care
Katie serves as Deaconess over Jubilee's foster care ministry. Katie grew up in South Minneapolis, where she still resides. She works as a physical therapist.
Andrew St. John – Deacon of Sound and Media
Andrew serves as Deacon off sound and media. He oversees Jubilee's tech team and is involved with keeping the website running and up to date. He, his wife Sarah, and their three children live in St. Paul.
Jess Wills – Deaconess of Hospitality
Jess serves as the Deaconess of Hospitality while also being on staff with the church as the Ministry and Member Care Coordinator. She loves making others feel welcome, and she enjoys helping newcomers get plugged into the life of the church. Jess also enjoys her other roles at Jubilee in supporting small groups, women's ministry, and member care
Lynsey Worthington – Deaconess of Mercy Ministry
Lynsey serves as Deaconess of Mercy Ministry at Jubilee. She and her husband, Jonathan, with their two daughters live in Columbia Heights, where they regularly can be seen walking around with a small dog and a big red ball. Lynsey works in the Arrowsmith program at Rivertree School.
Contact our Deacons: firstname.lastname@example.org