Our Team


  • Steve Rasmussen - Lead Pastor

    Steve Rasmussen has been on the mission field with his family in Tanzania and Kenya since the mid-1990's, when he and his wife Janice started a ministry called Training East African Ministers (TEAM).  In March we called him to become our new St. Paul Lead Pastor.  After a short sabbatical, which will end in June, he will join our team 3/4 time.  He will continue his involvement 1/4 time with the work of TEAM in Africa.  Send him an email.

  • Ben Clark - Youth Pastor

    Ben is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY, with a major in Biblical Studies and a minor in Youth Ministry. He grew up in St. Paul, MN, but has traveled to over 20 nations as part of a ministry team doing evangelistic and relief work. His passion and desire is to see young people fully reach their potential in Christ and make a lasting impact on the world. Ben and his wife Hannah have four young children and reside in St. Paul. Send him an email.

  • Andrew Gross - ASSOCIATE Pastor

    Andrew is originally from Portland, Oregon. He started attending BCF way back in 1991 because he needed a church he could walk to from Macalester College. Since then he's been a part of almost every kind of ministry imaginable at BCF, including service on the elder board (beginning in 2004 through the present) and interim youth minister (2008-2011). Andrew earned a Masters of Divinity at Bethel Seminary in 2012. Since the fall of 2014, he has served as the church's Director of Discipleship, receiving full ordination as Pastor of Discipleship in January of 2016. Beginning in March of 2017 he was recognized as Associate Pastor and co-leads our pastoral team.  Andrew's other job is as a free-lance editor and writer. Send him an email.

  • Mishawn Gudipati - Big House Director

    Mishawn attended the University of Northwestern SP where she received a double major in Ministry and Psychology. She loves working with the children and families of BCF. Her greatest passion is to see the next generation loving God and knowing Him personally as they walk in the calling God has over their lives. Mishawn resides with her husband and two children in St. Paul. Send her an email.

  • Cherie Monge - Administrative Director

    Cherie attended Bethel College where she received a Masters in Psycological Counseling. She has been working closely with the All Nations Family of Churches for several years. She has a passion for connecting individuals to ministry opportunities that are life-giving and challenging. She lives in St. Paul with her husband Chris and two boys. Send her an email.

  • Liz Kimmel - Communications Coordinator

    Liz is a native of St. Paul, MN, and a graduate of Bethel College. She has served as Pastoral Assistant at BCF since 2002. In her spare time Liz enjoys writing Christian poetry and prose (check out her poetry page on the LIFElines available on this website), and is currently working on some educational projects for children. Liz lives in St. Paul with Cary, her husband of thirty-seven years. They have one son and one daughter, who, along with their spouses, have added four grandchildren to the family tree (two boys and two girls). Send her an email.

  • Bob Ess - Finance

    Bob attended Bethel University, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a focus on International Business and Cross-cultural Communication.  He started attending BCF in the spring of 2015, and joined our office team in March of 2016.  He is an avid photographer, loves to sing, play piano, and helps lead worship Sunday mornings.  Bob lives in Shoreview and is married to Jessica; together they share a passion for helping refugees and other cultures. Send him an email.