Mark has been married for 35 years and is the father of four children, all whom are married . He is the proud grandfather of 7 grandchildren! He lives in the city of Eagan, Minnesota with his wife, Kathy. He has been pastoring the last 27 years, here in the twin cities. Mark is currently a pastor at The Rock Church in Minneapolis, MN.
In January of 1999 two earth shattering events took place: the Vikings cost themselves a trip to the Super Bowl on their first and only missed field goal of the season and The Rock opened up its doors in Uptown, Minneapolis. As a freshman at the U of M that year, Karl was invited to what would become a Rock small group and never checked out another Christian group. God got a hold of his life and he began growing in his relationship with God, reading the Bible everyday, developing a passion to share Christ with lost people, serving in ministries, going on mission trips, and leading small groups.
Planning to become a biology teacher, God had a different experiment in store for Karl and in 2002 he raised support to go on staff at The Rock in order to reestablish the campus ministry at the U of M that first got him involved at The Rock. Karl was ordained as a pastor in October 2009.
Two weeks before the Rock opened its doors, a young, attractive woman named Maren got saved and immediately joined the small group Karl was a member of. Despite a mutual appreciation and friendship throughout college, neither Karl nor Maren held any romantic interest in the other until five years later and they were married on May 1st, 2005. They now have two daughters, one son, and no dogs.
Ryan graduated from South Dakota State University in December of 1997 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He moved to the Twin Cities on New Year's Eve 1997 to start his career at 3M. Ryan came to Evergreen Bloomington for the first time in April 1998. He really enjoyed the service, but didn't get involved until October when he joined his first Small Group. He was overwhelmed by the people in the group by their love and grace that he accepted Christ that night. He was so excited about the change in his life that he went home and called his girlfriend Laura to tell her about it. She joined the small group the very next week. This small group was then part of The Rock Church plant in January 1999.
Ryan began serving right away and over the years has had many different roles and responsibilities. He has co-led several small groups and ministries. He is currently a House Church leader, location budget leader and oversees all the ministries at The Rock. Since being ordained as a pastor in October 2009, Ryan's roles haven't changed much except the increased teaching opportunities at The Rock. Ryan still works full time at 3M, so his time is a little more constrained. He is passionate about his family and being able to serve with them at The Rock. He really strives to be an example to those around him, especially his family. He is passionate about his parenting and passing the baton to the next generation.
Ryan married Laura in 2002 after dating for 3.5 years. They have five children, Josh, Jakin, Jude, Grace, and Rebekah.