Brad is a husband, father, pastor, visionary and natural born communicator. He loves the local church and the role it plays in impacting families, schools, and communities. Born and raised in the Owatonna area, he’s a graduate of Moorhead State University and Bethel Seminary. Brad and his wife, Terri, are co-founders of Willowbrook Church which opened its doors in 2000. They were high school sweethearts and have been married for over 30 years and have two daughters, McKenna (husband Daniel) & Madison. Brad is into golf, fishing, running, and great date nights with his wife. He’s passionate about helping people get in on a full life with Jesus and inspiring people to fulfill their God-given potential.
Katie loves serving as the Executive Pastor at Willowbrook. She uses her strengths of connectedness and energy to champion our Staff Values and to keep a finger on the pulse of staff morale and engagement. She works closely with our Board of Directors and Leadership Team to lead the ministry staff as they carry out the day-to-day ministries of the church. Katie grew up in Apple Valley and graduated from Bethel University. Katie has been with Willowbrook Church since it's very beginning in 2000. Outside of Willowbrook Katie loves spending time with her cute husband Pete and their three children--Maja, Carter, and Ruby. Their time together usually always consists of skis (whether it be snow or water) sunshine, yummy food, friends and the best family.
Student Ministries Director
As the Student Ministries Director, David oversees and leads weekly ministries that engage the teen community through Wednesday night programming, Bible studies, mentorship, and super cool events. David has a passion for teens, student ministry, and advocating for the next generation. He grew up in the Forest Lake area and went to Bethel University in St.Paul to major in Biblical and Theological studies. In his free time you will probably find him helping coach the Forest Lake High School Football and Basketball teams, making some super cool balloon animals, eating his favorite bacon-wrapped scallops, and if you happen to see a drone flying over-head...that is probably him! And, of course, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family.
Children's Ministry Director
Alicen is our Children's Ministry Director here at Willowbrook. She works hard to lead the vision of our kids ministry, on a weekly basis. She provides leadership and direction to her growing volunteer staff. Alicen has a passion to provide a safe, love filled environment for elementary kids of all ages to experience the love of Jesus through purpose, community and a TON of fun! Her and her husband Chris were married in 2016 and have a great love and passion for dogs, especially their Corgi Nike.
Early Childhood Director
Chad is the Worship Director at Willowbrook Church. He leads the Worship team in dreaming, creating and executing our weekend worship experiences. It is his desire to help create environments where people can take next steps in their journey with Christ. Chad's favorite thing to do is enjoy and create delicious cuisine, scream...I mean cheer his favorite UFC fighter on, golf, coach basketball as well as discover and create new music. His wife, Heidi, and their 4 children (Ayda, Judah, RaeAnn and Levi) can often be found rocking out at a concert or on lacrosse field.
Luke is the Lead Sound Technician at Willowbrook. He has a passion for the organization, structure, and upkeep of the technical systems that pertain to audio, video and lighting systems. Listeners beware, earplugs may be needed when Luke is on the soundboard as he likes it loud...maybe that is because he is a dad to 5 awesome kiddos (Zach, Jaina, Gabe, Aaron, and Ben), so noise and fun seem to follow him around! Luke is from a small town in Oregon and landed at the University of Northwestern in St.Paul, where he graduated with a degree in Broadcasting. He is married to Sara, and in his free time, you will find him rocking out to his favorite tunes or cheering on the Green Bay Packers...which we refuse to discuss!
Lynn is the Financial Administrator at Willowbrook. At Willowbrook she loves seeing individuals grab a hold of all God has for them. She is always encouraged seeing God shows up through Willowbrook's generosity in their giving. She doesn’t hold back when it comes to the kingdom and carries her passion and excitement for prayer, faith and generosity into every day. She and her husband Denny cherish their time with family, caring for their various farm animals and cultivating their garden. Their grown children Becky, Jason and Chad bring them great happiness; however her bunches of grandchildren fill her heart with the most joy.
Board of Directors
Willowbrook Community Church is staff directed and board protected. Our staff is responsible for running the day to day operations of the ministries, whereas the Board of Directors protects the vision, values, and vitality of our church.
Jim Sherman (Chair)
Brad Reis (Pastor)
Lynn Brune (Treasurer)