John Laeger - Lead Pastor
John is the founding and lead pastor at Meadow Spring. He has been in ministry for over 30 years and has been involved in children, youth, and now teaching ministries. He enjoys spending time with his wife Sandy and fishing in the summer. He is also a 20-year veteran of the Shakopee Fire Department. He has been married to Sandy since 1981 and has two grown children: Pat (wife Brittany) and Jessica (husband Brandon) and a granddaughter Macy.
John Pennucci - Associate Pastor
John Pennucci is the worship pastor of Meadow Spring. His role is to lead the Meadow Spring Church body in intimate and reflective worship of Jesus Christ. John also occasionally preaches. He has been a worship pastor in Minnesota for over 10 years. He is married to his wife, Michele, and has 4 children: Aravis, Giovanni, Vincenzo and Etzio.
Pat Laeger - Associate Pastor
Pat started volunteering with the tech team as a teenager and has used his love of technology and media to shape the worship experiences at Meadow Spring. He has been on staff since 2011. He loves to tell stories — whether it is with vocal effects in a song, light cues on stage, video transitions on a computer or words on a screen. He has a passion for visual worship and teaching people how worship. He has been married to his wife, Brittany, since 2012. His love for Mountain Dew borders on addiction, and he has two puppies named #OakleyRembrandt and #GemmaWatson (check out their hashtags on Instagram!).
Emily Bemis - Director of Children's Ministry
Emily is the Director of Children's Ministry. Her role is to organize volunteers, choose curriculums and run the operations of the Kids Center during services. Her previous 15 years as an office manager and dance teacher are the perfect foundation for her role at Meadow Spring. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 10 years. They have two boys: Zeke (5) and Griffin (1.5), and a dog, Jaxon Bear.
Teresa Kallio - Pastor of Care Ministries
Teresa is our Pastor of Care Ministries at Meadow Spring. This ministry seeks to provide care for the people of Meadow through a prayer team as well as meals provided for those who have been sick or hospitalized. She is also excited to pursue new ways this ministry team can express care for the people of this growing church. Teresa also enjoys the opportunity to sing with the worship team on Sunday mornings once a month. She and her husband, Curt, have 3 teenagers named Jakson, Avery, and Jordan.
What is the role of the leadership team? +
The Leadership Team oversees Meadow Spring and our ministries. They are in charge of the finances and overall vision for the church. The staff and Leadership Team work together to carry out the vision, but the Leadership team provides general direction and planning for Meadow Spring as a whole.
Who is on the Leadership team? +
• John Laeger, Lead Pastor
• John Pennucci, Pastor of Worship, Small Groups + Youth
• Pat Laeger, Pastor of Tech + Media
• Jody Hessen
• Jeremy Pickus
• Darek Schwarz