Our Mission

Invite. Encounter. Respond.

Our mission is to invite others into relationships to encounter the love of Christ and respond by blessing others and transforming the world.  We live into this mission through our worship, small groups, service projects, and missions. 


Our Vision

To be a spiritual home where people encounter the love of Christ through life-giving relationships. As a community, we know we won't always be in agreement, but covenant to: love and forgive, encourage one another to grow in our faith and God-given talents, to create an environment of experimentation and exploration, and to always welcome the stranger and guest, helping others to find a home here, too.

Pastoral Transition

In April 2022, it was announced that our current pastors, Luke & Bethany, would be transitioning to new churches. Their last Sunday with us will be June 5, 2022. The Bishop and our District Superintendent, along with the MN Annual Conference cabinet, are looking for our next pastor. Prayers for all in this discernment process. 

Our Pastors

Pastor Luke and Pastor Bethany were appointed to Park Church in 2019. They have served several congregations, individually and together, around Minnesota – but are delighted to be making their home now in Brainerd. They both attended Hamline University for their undergraduate degrees. Pastor Bethany received her MDiv from Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN; while Pastor Luke received his MDiv from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA.


When not at church, you’re likely to find them with their three young boys at a playground, coffee shop, or gym. They would love to meet you for coffee — reach out to set something up!

Rev. Luke Nelson


Rev. Bethany Nelson


Our Leadership

There’s a lot going on at Park Church and we’re grateful for each member and volunteer who helps us live into our mission. Behind everything we do are teams of great leaders who help us plan, discern, and live out our mission. Our leaders include: 


Park Church Council

Our Church Council comprises elected leaders who oversee our properties, finances, staff, and the general mission of our church.


Family Ministry Council

Our Family Ministry Council is a group of volunteers who plan events for families, outreach, and mission. This is a fun group of event planners and mission coordinators! Our primary focus is on Summer Family Fun Bashes, Parents' Night Out, and other events that support the families of our church and community. 

Contact Us

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