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.
Opal has experienced life on both coasts - growing up in Massachusetts, living out in California as an adult, and then moving to Minnesota in 2000. She and her husband and their two teenage children are active in the Rochester Seventh-Day Adventist Church where they sing in the church choir, conduct song services, present talks and give testimony. Opal joined the Board of NCM in 2017 and serves on the Fundraising Committee. She remains active in the community and is a dedicated and compassionate Christian family lawyer who is particularly passionate about advocating for the most vulnerable members of our society – women and children.
Originally a native of Durango, CO I have enjoyed living in various parts of the country including Scottsdale, AZ and Seattle, WA. I chose Rochester as the place I wanted to settle down in and be closer to my family. I have been selling real estate here in Rochester for the past 18 years and love helping people buy and sell homes. A little over 7 years ago I was asked to help with the kid’s meal program at Next Chapter Ministries. I fell in love with the kids in this program and have enjoyed learning about and helping in different areas at NCM. Three years ago I was asked to join the Board of Directors and currently work 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. John has been serving on the NCM Board of Directors since 2016.
Janet has been happily married to Mark for over 25 years. They have 3 daughters, Hillary, Rachel and Elise all who volunteered at Next Chapter. They became involved with NCM through the children's program at Hunter's Ridge. We spent the first year of marriage serving with SIM at ELWA Hospital and Academy in Liberia and have since spent time at several mission hospitals overseas. Janet is also involved on the local missions committee at Autumn Ridge Church.
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 joined the NCM board in 2017.
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.