Our Team (see the Family of Churches tab for our larger team of All Nations pastors)

  • Steve Rasmussen - Lead Pastor

    Steve Rasmussen came to Bethel during his college/seminary years.  He first joined the staff as an associate pastor, and then went to the mission field with his family in Tanzania and Kenya in the mid-1990's. He and his wife Janice started a ministry called Training East African Ministers (TEAM).  In 2017 we called him back to the States to become our new St. Paul Lead Pastor.  He has joined our team 3/4 time, and continues his involvement 1/4 time with the work of TEAM in Africa.  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.

  • 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 in the LIFElines available on this website), and is currently working on some educational projects, including a picture book series for children. She has recently contracted to write for one of the Guideposts annual devotionals. Liz lives in St. Paul with Cary, her husband of forty 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.

  • sylvia agboh - Big House Director

    Sylvia is originally from the country of Togo and has been attending Bethel since 2012.  Outside of Bethel she works as the Twin Cities Coordinator for the Togo Association of Help and Solidarity (AES), where she brings Togolese families together in order to build a sense of community in their new home.  She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves mentoring our kids in connecting with God.  We are excited to watch as her direction impacts the younger segment of our church body.  Send her an email.

  • Annette Bittner - Director of Youth ministry

    Annette graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Arts in Children's and Family Ministry in May, 2019, the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative program in 2008, and completed her undergrad degree in Media Communications and minor in Theater from Bethel University in 1997. Her commitments include leading worship, singing with the Heart of the City Band, and joyfully partnering with various prayer, worship, and evangelistic ministries around the Twin Cities. As our new Director of Youth Ministry, Annette brings with her experience, creativity, administration, and commitment to develop students and volunteers. She is passionate about the Church preparing for the return of Jesus, teaching, discipleship, the performing arts, and outreach. Her life quote is, "I belong here, I have Purpose here, and this is where I Thrive!" Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:13. Annette lives in St. Paul with her husband AJ.  Email her HERE.

  • carissa Kjarland - youth ministry assistant

    Carissa is a native of Minnesota and received her degree at University of Northwestern St. Paul in the area of psychology.  In addition to working at Nystrom and Associates, she has been a leader with Radiate Youth for about four years.  Carissa loves our youth well, and we are delighted to have her on the BCF team.  She has a heart for teens, prayer, and fun.  Send her an email.