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. Tahiti Anyabwite 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).
Bjorn Larson- Deacon of Finance Team
Bjorn serves as the Deacon of finances as well as a financial counselor to members in the church. He is a Senior Financial Coach at Trustmark Companies and 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 and Evelina. “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
Andrew Lunquist- Deacon of Operations and Logistics
Andrew serves as the Deacon over operations and logistics aiding in the flow of Sunday services through Opening and Closing Teams and preparation of the Ordinances, Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. Andrew is married to Erin and has two daughters, Eliana (3) and Sophia (9 mo).
Charlie Evertz- Deacon of Resources & Jubilee for the Fatherless
Charlie serves as the Deacon of resources and Jubilee for the Fatherless through the resource ministry of Jubilee including the bookstall and library. They are passionate about being a resource for others that may be feeling called to adopt or support orphans in some way. That is the vision behind Jubilee for the Fatherless. Charlie and Alyssa Evertz have a heart for orphans and after seeking the Lord they pursued adoption and were blessed with Matias. They now have three children, Matias , Gracielle, and Tomas.
Jens Paulson- Deacon leading Mercy Team (Communications)
Jens serves as a Deacon who helps to oversee Jubilee’s mercy ministry. Jens and Katie Paulson desire to see the gospel of Christ connect with the realities of life in their family, church and community. He also serves as manager of Hidden Treasures Thrift Store in St. Anthony where he gets the privilege of walking alongside those who are seeking to transition out of criminal and/or addictive backgrounds.
Dana Dexter- Deacon leading Mercy Team (Liaison for Jericho Road)
Dana serves as a Deacon overseeing mercy ministry, and occasionally teaches Sunday School. Dana and his wife, Artena, have been a part of Jubilee since 2010. They currently lead a Missional Life Group together. Dana is half-way through Seminary work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Pastoral Ministry focus.
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, and Cornelius. The Aurands have been a part of Jubilee since 2009. Jonathan is a Mechanical Engineering Instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology.
Jonathan Crappel- Deacon of Media & Design
Jon serves as a deacon overseeing Jubilee’s media and communication efforts. Jon interned at Jubilee through the Jubilee Urban Initiative during 2014/15, after graduating from Bethlehem College & Seminary in 2014 (B.Th.). Jon and his wife Teri have five kids together — Jonas, TJ, Johanna, Jon II, and Kenirose. They are delighted to call Minneapolis home, where they reside on the North Side. Jon owns a web development company, and considers it a privilege to raise his kids together with his wife, run his business, and serve God’s people to his glory.
Contact our Deacons: firstname.lastname@example.org