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

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 her daughter Emery 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 & Communications Coordinator
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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 Communications Coordinator since 2006. Her roles at Holy Nativity include accompanying worship on piano, synthesizer and organ, accompanying the Nativity Choir, managing the church website, social media and digital sign.

She loves composing music, reading, creating content for her popular local family blog, and of course, spending time with family and friends.

Linda Lien

Congregational Care Coordinator & Funeral Coordinator
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Linda was the Coordinator of Parish Life from November 2009 through December 2017, when her title was changed to Congregational Care Coordinator. She also became the Funeral Coordinator in 2018. Linda is the mother to 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Kristen Chamberlain

Sunday School Director
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Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and Speech Communication in 2001 and her PhD in Communication Studies in 2007; both from North Dakota State University. After graduating from NDSU, Kristen and her husband, Mark, moved from Fargo to the big city! She is currently an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Augsburg University in Minneapolis. At Augsburg, Kristen teaches classes in Intercultural Communication, Media and Popular Culture, Environmental Communication, and Public Communication. Teaching is her absolute favorite thing, which is why she also loves teaching Sunday School. She has been a Sunday School teacher since 2014 and has been the Director of Sunday School since 2019. Kristen’s predominant area of research is on the intersections of science and environment, but she is also endlessly fascinated by tv and movies. She loves to read, especially if she has a cup of coffee and a cat on her lap. You can find her on Instagram at @kristenchamberlain and on Twitter @chamberlainka.

Kara Holt

Financial Coordinator

Kara graduated from Luther College in 1986 with a double major in Accounting and Computer Science. She worked for Thrivent Financial in various accounting areas from 1986-1998, briefly moved to Dallas to work for a start-up mortgage loan servicing company, and now does accounting consulting work for several clients. She also has real estate and contractor’s licenses, manages a rental property in St. Paul, and plans to buy and fix up houses in the future. Kara, her husband Bruce and their three boys joined Holy Nativity in 2010 and she became the Financial Coordinator in 2014.

Tom Wiblishauser

Custodial Care & Activity Set-up

Tom Wiblishauser earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting Program from the University of Minnesota and 5 years later with industry experience earned a C.M.A. (Certificate of Management Accounting). He completed the Vocational Teaching Sequence at the U. of M. and has taught Math at Hennepin Technical College for 35 years to the present where he is an adjunct Customized Math Instructor and part-time TRIO math, chemistry, and physics tutor stationed at Cooper High School and Robbinsdale Middle School.

Tom currently authors and judges the SKILLS USA State Technical and Trade Math Competitions for both college and high school students. Since 2013, Tom serves as the part-time custodian for the church and Accountant for the Holy Nativity Christian Child Care Center. Tom and his wife Karen support senior fitness and members with mobility challenges at Holy Nativity. They enjoy biking and dancing.

Tawn Hanson

Wedding Coordinator

Amy Laite

Sunday Nursery Coordinator