Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. - Acts 20:28
We believe that the local church should be led by a plurality of qualified elders. Sojourners Church has four elders that provide theological direction and teaching to the body of believers that they will one day give an account for. All elders are equal in authority and have different gifts, experiences, and abilities.
Tyler Mykkanen, Pastor for preaching
Tyler Mykkanen is Pastor for Preaching at Sojourners Church. He and his wife Nicole have been married since 2003 and have three children (Malachi, Ruby, and Ella). Tyler worked as a special education teacher for eight years before attending seminary at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated with his MDiv in the spring of 2018 and joined Sojourners in September 2018.
The Mykkanens love practicing hospitality and camping in Minnesota's great state parks. Tyler is an Apple fanboy, technology geek, and collects modern board games.
Tyler's goal in ministry at Sojourners is to help others trust Jesus, love Jesus, and pursue joy in Jesus together. He proclaims Jesus with the goal of presenting everyone mature in Christ, working with the energy that Jesus works in him by the Spirit (Col 1:28–29).
Jon Dierenfeld, Elder
During High School, Jon served at his church as well as various Bible camps. After High School, he attended Covenant Bible College in Strathmore, Alberta, Canada, a one-year school of discipleship before enrolling at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul where he graduated with a degree in Christian Education and a minor in psychology. After college, Jon has worked at MN Teen Challenge as a Teen Boys Staff and South Central MN Youth for Christ as a Campus Life Director before coming to Sojourners Church in September of 2010. In December of 2013, he earned a Certificate of Theology through Bethlehem College and Seminary.
Jon is currently teaching Sunday school to our middle and high school youth. He works as an assistant manager at HyVee.
Jon is married to Amanda. They have two children, Jacob and Susie. They enjoy being outdoors together and playing with Jacob and Susie.
Charlie Olson, Elder
Charlie graduated from South Dakota State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in pharmacy. He has been a registered pharmacist for the last 34 years and is currently the Director of the Long Term Care Division for Astrup Drug.
He married his wife, Lauri (who serves as the Office Administrator at Sojouners), in 1988 and they have five children: Luke and his wife Lindsey, Emma, Kendra, and Jack. Their family resides in rural Hayward.
Charlie grew up in a Christian home and has been a dedicated student of the Bible all of his adult life. He has been teaching adult and youth Sunday school classes since 1990. He was a member of the Hollandale Christian School Board where all four of his children are attending or have graduated from.
His main focus of study is Systematic Theology and Creation.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. (2 Peter 1:3)
David Schultz, Elder
David and his family have been attending Sojourners since the beginning. God has given him a heart to teach theology and biblical studies to Middle and High School students. David resides in Albert Lea with his wife, Lisa, and three children, Corbin, Cameron, and Turena. He is a local business owner serving multiple locations in southern Minnesota.
David’s desire is to faithfully, obediently, and joyfully serve Jesus and his church.