Our Board plays a vital role in helping fulfill the mission of Next Chapter Ministries to restore people to God, family, and the community with the Gospel of God.
I first became involved with Next Chapter Ministries when I was asked to mentor a young high school student active in the Next Chapter teens program. I could not have asked for a more enriching experience than to be a part of this young man’s life and eventually with his entire family. This relationship allowed me to spend time with the other teens in the program; an area of ministry that God has given me a passion for. This then led to joining the board almost 5 years ago now. My marriage to Allison of 32 years has blessed with two adult boys, Colin and Connor, who love Jesus and are now married. When I’m not substitute teaching in the Rochester Public Schools or volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House or delivering Meals on Wheels - then we are traveling and participating in several medical outreach opportunities around the world through great organizations through Mayo, Samaritan’s Purse - Children’s Heart Project & For Hearts and Souls. When we are in Rochester, we enjoy cycling the streets and biking trails of southeastern Minnesota.
Originally a native of Durango, CO Christi has enjoyed living in various parts of the country including Scottsdale, AZ, and Seattle, WA. She chose Rochester as the place to settle down in and be closer to her family. She has been selling real estate here in Rochester for the past 18 years and loves helping people buy and sell homes. A little over 7 years ago Christi was asked to help with the kid’s meal program at Next Chapter Ministries. She fell in love with the kids in the program and has enjoyed learning about and helping in different areas at NCM. Three years ago she was asked to join the Board of Directors and currently serves on the Fundraising Committee.
Joe and his wife, Desiree, moved to Rochester in 2014 with their three young children, Declan, Jens, and June. They are members of Zumbro Lutheran Church and spend much of their free time enjoying the many family activities Rochester has to offer. Joe is currently employed as the Director of Finance for the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and also serves as the Board Treasurer at NCM.
John has been married to his wife Mary Eleanor Scales for 45 years. They have lived in Rochester for 23 years, where they have been members of First Baptist Church and Autumn Ridge Church, and participated in various ministries and served on various boards and committees. They have two adult sons. John has retired from a career in computer technology development and management.
Dirk has lived in Pine Island with his wife Heidi since 2005. They have been married for 30 short years and have three adult children. Dirk is a consultant in the medical device industry, with a background in engineering, business, and technical leadership. Dirk and his wife and have been involved in several youth and Bible study ministries as well as coaching and youth mentoring. Dirk serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
Ivahn 'Doc' is married to Carolyn and this year celebrated their 44th anniversary. Doc gained management and administrative skills while working for IBM in Rochester, MN for 37 years. They have 2 children Jon and Jill. Jon is married to Cindy and they have 3 daughters, Calie, Ashley, and Addision. Jill is married to Nick and they have 2 children, Ethan and Isabella. Doc and Carolyn enjoy spending time with their 5 grandchildren, biking, travelling and golfing for Doc. Doc is on the Compassion Evangelical Hospital (CEH) board and volunteers his time managing work groups from Autumn Ridge church that volunteer their time at CEH. Ivahn serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
Lloyd Johnson and his wife, Bonnie, have lived in Rochester for over 35 years and raised their family here. Lloyd is a former USAF pilot and is currently in private practice as an architect with experience in design and development of projects ranging from single family homes to commercial and institutional buildings and renovations. Both Lloyd and Bonnie are actively involved in their local church as well as in support of regional and worldwide Christian work. They have traveled throughout much of the United States and several other countries, and when not at home in Rochester, enjoy time at their home in Wisconson, as well as visits with grandchildren and extended family.
Daniel moved to Rochester 20 years ago to join Mayo Clinic from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; where he worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Allegheny General Hospital (AGH). He and his wife are blessed with 5 lovely children. They attend Church at the Chosen Generation Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Daniel is keenly interested in serving the community, and has been involved in several community boards. He is a founding board member of the Southern Minnesota Chapter of BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) – training middle and high school aged youngster on computer coding and programming skills, and served on the board for several years; he is a current board member of the IMAA (Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association) – a group focused on helping refugees and immigrants integrate into American society; member of the Advisory Council of the Community Education; board member of the History Center of Olmsted County; serves on the board of the African Partner Medical (APM) - a group focused on reducing needless deaths in Africa by sending Physicians and Allied Health Professionals on mission trips to teach and enhance skills of care givers in those countries; he is a member of his church’s board of trustees and the Lifegate Services community outreach arm of Chosen Generation. He recently retired from the Board of Bear Creek Services (BCS) – a group dedicated to serving people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. He is blessed to be invited to serve on the Next Chapter Board, and is looking forward to collaborate in moving the organization forward.
Sadie, is a native of Wisconsin (yes, she’s a Packer fan), has lived in Rochester for 17 years with her husband, Adam. They have 2 young children, and a Yorkiepoo, who they devote most of their time and energy to. They also find time to do woodworking projects and crafts and hang out with their friends and families. They are thankful to call Christ Community Church their church home for the past 11 years. Sadie is a nurse, and has worked the last 15 years of her career to prevent child maltreatment, and promote infant brain development and parent child relationships at Olmsted County’s Public Health Department as a home visitor and supervisor. She has a passion for helping others understand the impact of trauma and how to enhance resiliency for individuals and the community.
Bill and his wife, of 30 years, moved to Rochester in 2013 to be closer to her parents and their three children who were all attending college in Minnesota at that time. They came from Iowa City, IA where Bill had been a high school administrator for about 15 years and spent two years in active duty military with a year-long tour in Afghanistan. Bill and his wife are members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rochester where they got involved with NCM by helping out with renovations and repairs. This involvement rekindled a love for this type of ministry. Bill and his wife had started and operated a residential facility for court ordered high school boys in the ‘90’s.
Paul Robinson is currently a Senior Program Consultant in Wilder Center for Communities and more recently, the former Director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute nurtures the creativity and vitality of proven leaders of philanthropic, civic, and community organizations. Over the course of a year, participants meet regularly with a facilitator and a diverse group of 60 leaders divided into three separate cohort groups. The program is offered in two formats: the quarterly and the bi-monthly. Paul assists in recruitment and fundraising efforts, designs curricula, facilitates program sessions, facilitates a Quarterly group, and is himself a 2005 alumnus of the Institute. He is most comfortable at the intersection of ideas, difference, passion and effective action, and enjoys using his skills in meeting design, facilitation, and convening to catalyze meaningful connections and collective action. Prior to joining the Wilder staff in 2007, Robinson served as the Spiritual Care Director for Catholic Charities for six years tending to the spiritual needs of the poor in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Reverend Robinson is also the Lead Church Planter for Grace Outreach Covenant Church in Coon Rapids which is 5 years old. Pastor Paul has served congregations in Chicago, Sioux Falls and the Twin cities. His combined experience in ministry, business, administration, nonprofit management and leadership development spans over 20 years. Robinson holds a B.S. degree in finance from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.
Originally from Superior, WI, Deb moved to Rochester in 1999, after finishing law school in St. Paul, MN. Deb is a Team Lead Attorney with the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, where she handles child protection cases. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Deb was the Executive Director for Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, a non-profit agency that provides free legal services to low-income people. Deb and her husband Paul have three children. Deb and Paul are members of Autumn Ridge Church, where they serve in the children’s ministry. In her work, and through stories heard at church, Deb has seen how Next Chapter Ministry has transformed the lives of people who have been impacted by crime. Deb is excited to be part of the Board of Directors at NCM.