Pastoral team

  • Eric Sparrman

    Senior Pastor

    Eric has served as pastor of Covenant churches in Western Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Kansas City (church planting), before coming to Excelsior Covenant in 2009. He has degrees from North Park College (Swedish Language), North Park Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). Eric is passionate about helping people grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ and he loves the Church, where we share the messiness of life in a community that's honest, hopeful, reconciling, and committed to serving God's purposes in the world. Some of his favorite things are outings with his sweet wife, Bonnie and gathering with their three (grown) children, extended family and friends around the dinner table.

    John 3:16-17

  • Kris CAuston

    Creative Resource Pastor

    Kris has been with the ECC family since 1993 as a youth pastor, lay person, and Creative Resource Pastor (since 2009). She holds degrees from University of MN (Sociology) and Bethel Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and is passionate about helping people move closer to Jesus. Along with her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters Petra and Ammi, some of her favorite things include ice cream, changes in seasons, and family.

    Deuteronomy 31:8

  • peter frost

    Senior High Pastor

    Prior to becoming the youth pastor at ECC, Peter worked doing clinical research for a medical device company and medical center, and in California as a youth and worship pastor. He has a degree from Colorado State University (Biochemistry) and is currently pursuing an MBA and Masters of Divinity from North Park University. Peter loves to run, play ultimate frisbee, talk about life and God with anyone, and coffee. Peter and his wife Tierney are adjusting to their new normal with baby Eli who arrived in 2019. He is passionate about people knowing the love that God has for them, and allowing God to transform their lives in response to that love. Someday he hopes to complete a full IronMan race. 

    Jeremiah 6:16

  • Ed Jenkins

    Children's Ministry Director

    Ed is super thrilled to be the Children's Ministry Director at ECC. He has a passion to share the truths of scripture and love of Christ to kids and families. Ed has a BFA in Theater and ME in Recreational Management. For close to 20 years, he has used creative storytelling and presentations to teach and inspire kids. Ed has been married to his wife Jennifer for ten years. He love taking walks with Jen, watching live theater and cartoons, and playing with his cat Sweet Pea.

    Proverbs 3:5-6

  • Lindsay Johnson

    Junior High Ministry Director

    Before joining ECC in a permanent role, Lindsay spent time as Program Director at Covenant Pines Bible Camp, Target Executive Team Lead, and intern at ECC. She has a degree from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (Business & Marketing), and is currently working toward a Masters in Christian Studies with emphasis in Executive Leadership at Crown College. Lindsay and her husband Jerod have two daughters, Cali and Piper and enjoy making memories as a family. Lindsay is passionate about people coming to know Jesus as Savior and Lord! Shinning God's truth, love, and light in our world! Lindsay's vivacious energy is a compliment to the junior high students she leads. 

    2 Timothy 1:7

ministry & support staff

  • Cheryl arnold

    Administrative Assistant

  • Sara Bevis

    Worship Coordinator

  • Jessica Brandt

    Communications Associate

  • Lynette Johnson

    Choral Music Director

  • terry meland

    Facilities Manager

  • Brittany Olson

    Nursery Coordinator

  • Leah Oye

    Church Administrator

  • Amy timm

    Preschool Director


  • Janet Ulvin


  • connie volling r.n.

    Parish Nurse


leadership team

Danielle Bley

Dan Boyum

Karen Dirks

Sam Fredrickson

Mary Lauerman

Simon Lewis

Mike Mrosko

Chris Pitkin

Matt Richardson

Eric Sparrman

Karen Tamte