Gil McConnell

Lead Pastor and Vocational Elder

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God saved me at age 16. Since then, he has mercifully guided me through

the twists and turns of life. Along the way, God gave grace to earn degrees

from Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and Southern Seminary

in Louisville, KY. I served for 14 years as the Pastor for Children & Family Discipleship at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mounds View. Then, the Lord called us to serve his church at Meadow Creek in 2019. My precious bride, JoAnna, and I have five children and love to help people find their joy in

Jesus. I also enjoy God's gifts of music, laughter, and time with my family. 

Joshua Chambers

Non-Vocational Elder

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I grew up in a Christian home and professed faith in Christ early on but I wasn't truly born again until after college. God graciously used my younger brother to reveal that I was actually living in darkness, though I was known as a Christian. After that I had genuine desires for God, his Word, and his people and I was bearing fruit.  For 20 years now, he has been faithful to keep and grow me in him. After a few years in ministry and a season at Southern

Baptist Theological Seminary, God called us to work with Training Leaders International in Minneapolis. I also serve with Strengthening the Church.  

In 2020 he called us to join Meadow Creek to pursue his glory in the joy of

his people in him. For 9 years, I have been married to my wonderful wife, Katherine, and we have 3 young children.  

Craig Howse

Non-Vocational Elder

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I grew up being taught the truth of God, and had strong influences in my life who developed a love for God's word, strong teaching of His word, and a desire for developing this in others.  As an adult, my desire grew into a passion for seeing churches strengthened in their teaching and discipleship processes, producing maturity in its relational functions and as individuals.  My greatest desire is to see Christ honored, where we enjoy him more together as a body, and our faith and hope in God are increased. God has kindly blessed me with 32 years of marriage to Lisa, and with 7 adult children (and 2 in-laws) and 5 grandchildren. My day job is practicing law and serving small business owners and families.

Jared Mulvihill

Non-Vocational Elder

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I am a lover of Jesus, husband to Amy, and a father to Levi, Henry, Mackenzie, and Wesley. I serve as a curriculum developer for Training Leaders International, hold graduate degrees from Bethlehem College & Seminary, and am a doctoral student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I grew up at Meadow Creek Church, and I am blessed to now help pastor those at Meadow Creek towards further knowing and treasuring Jesus Christ.

Eric Ness

Non-Vocational Elder

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I grew up enjoying attending a Minnesota rural Baptist church that my family's life seemed to revolve around.  However it was at Bible camp in 5th grade that God convicted me of the seriousness of my sin and the joy of knowing Christ as Savior and Lord. My wife Julie and I began attending Meadow Creek Church in 1991 and have enjoyed the many ways God has grown us and our 2 now adult children through ministries and people here. I'm also grateful for God's provision in my vocation as a dentist and local business owner.