3900 Winnetka Avenue N., New Hope, MN 55427

Staff

Pastor Jason Wahlstrom

serves as Senior Pastor of Holy Nativity. He has previously served congregations in Lake Benton and Blaine, both in Minnesota. Prior to ordination, Pastor Jason attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the University of Chicago. He currently lives in Crystal with his wife Ann, two children, and a dog. Pastor Jason takes…

Pastor Ashley Updegraff

Pastor Ashley Updegraff serves as the Associate Pastor of Holy Nativity. Previously, she has served congregations in central Illinois and in Rogers, MN. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa (Go, Hawkeyes!) and her seminary studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Pastor Ashley loves teaching, preaching, and modeling a faith that…

Iver Hubert

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…

Lisa Baker

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…

Linda Lien

Since leaving her 27 year career as an Executive Secretary with Prudential, Linda took on her dream job and became Coordinator of Parish Life at Holy Nativity in 2009. The job title has since been switched to Congregational Care Coordinator which sums up exactly how she feels about her position. “I really care about the…

Kristen Chamberlain

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…

Wendy Grimes

Wendy graduated from Augsburg University in 2006 with a degree in Elementary Education. Rather than teaching, she decided to be home full time with her family. She feels fortunate to have been home with both her daughter and son and also provided daycare for her niece and nephew when they were small. Wendy grew up…

Kara Holt

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.…

Tom Wiblishauser

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…