Staff

Pastor Jason Wahlstrom

Senior Pastor
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Pastor Jason Wahlstrom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and his Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Upon graduation he served as pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, MN (2001-2004). In 2004 he accepted a call to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Blaine, MN where he served until the church’s closing in December 2007. He served as Associate Pastor at Holy Nativity from January 2008 to April 2014 when he was called and voted Senior Pastor.

Pastor Ashley Updegraff-Balow

Associate Pastor
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Pastor Ashley is thrilled to be Holy Nativity’s Associate Pastor! She arrived in March of 2015, after serving a congregation in Urbana, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a degree in religion and sociology (Go Hawkeyes!), and she completed her Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in 2013. As a pastor, Ashley loves preaching, creating memorable and meaningful worship opportunities, connecting with people of all ages, and helping individuals and families live out their faith in daily life. She believes we can all learn from each other as we try to follow Jesus and do God’s work in the world. When not at church, Pastor Ashley loves to read, go to the movies, travel/explore, watch football (Go, Pack, Go!), and spend time with her family and friends—especially husband Tim and cats Sasha and Minnie. She welcomes you to Holy Nativity, and hopes you find nourishment for a faith that comforts you, challenges you, and roots you in God’s unfailing love and Christ’s promise of new, abundant life.

Iver Hubert

Director of Music Ministry
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Holy Nativity’s Director of Music, Iver Hubert, graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a Bachelor’s degree emphasizing in choral conducting and composition. While there, he studied conducting and composition with Dr. René Clausen and Dr. Daniel Moe, and voice with David Hamilton.

As an accomplished chorister, Iver has sung under the direction of Michael Smith in the Brainerd High School A Cappella Choir, Dr. Rene Clausen in the Concordia Choir, Phillip Brunelle in The Plymouth Music Series (now currently Vocal Essence), and recorded and toured nationally with all three groups.

As Holy Nativity’s Director of Music, Iver’s duties include directing the Nativity Choir, Nativity Bells, planning worship services (including hymn selection), and arranging for special music/musicians and music events throughout the year.

Lisa Baker

Organist & Coordinator of Parish Communication
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Lisa received her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and her Bachelor of Music degree (emphasis in Organ Performance) from the University of Wisconsin – Superior. Her organ teachers were Dr. Justin Rubin (UMD) and Dr. Norma Stevlingson (UWS). She also completed a Web Design Certificate at Century College (White Bear Lake, MN) in 2008. Lisa has served Holy Nativity as Organist/Accompanist since 2004, and Administrative Assistant (part-time) since 2006. Her roles at Holy Nativity include accompanying worship on piano, synthesizer and organ, accompanying the Nativity Choir, maintaining/updating the church website, social media and digital sign.

Linda Lien

Coordinator of Parish Life
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Linda has been Coordinator of Parish Life since November 2009. Linda is the mother to 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Kari Johnson

Director of Christian Education
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Kari received her BA in Theatre Arts from Southwest State University and her MA in Theatrical Stage Management from Purdue University. She began teaching and assisting with the Sunday School program in 2000, and in 2004 she became Holy Nativity’s Sunday School/VBS Coordinator. In 2007, Kari became the Christian Education Coordinator, assisting with the development and coordination of all Education at Holy Nativity, including Sunday Forum, Youth Forum, Confirmation, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School, as well as special workshops and youth events.

Kara Holt

Financial Coordinator

Tom Wiblishauser

Custodial Care & Activity Set-up

Caroline Haase

Kitchen Coordinator

Tawn Hanson

Wedding Coordinator

Amy Laite

Sunday Nursery Coordinator