Pastors & Staff

Jerry Drebelbis

Interim Pastor

I am a retired pastor since 2011 where I had been ministering to a church in central North Dakota for 11 years.  During my ministry time I did short term ministry teaching in several countries (Russia, China and India) as well as functioned as the hospice chaplain for Mercer County, ND.  Prior to attending seminary and pastoral ministry I was employed in a managerial position with a medical manufacturing company in Madison, Wisconsin.

Upon retiring to Bemidji in 2011, I spend much of my time working with Habitat for Humanity and teaching at Oak Hills Christian College and occasionally serving in interim pastoral positions through Interim Pastoral Ministries.  

My wife, Susie, and I have been married for 50 years this spring and will be looking forward to a family celebration with our 5 children and 9 1/2 (coming in mid-August) grand children.

Thank you for allowing us to minister to you and share God's word.

Tyler Stynsberg

Associate Pastor

I grew up in Roseau, Minnesota.  Through a loving local church family (First Baptist Church of Roseau) I experienced much discipleship from intentional, caring adults who desired to see young people passionately pursuing Christ and maturing in relationship with Him.  I knew I wanted to provide that kind of intentional mentorship in the life of students one day myself.   Feeling called into ministry, I pursued a B.A. degree in Youth Leadership with a minor in Biblical and Theological studies from Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba.  Currently, I am seeking a MDiv from Bethel Seminary.
God provided many opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in various youth ministry environments—small town, urban, camp, college, church, and parachurch—before bringing me to New Journey Church in the Fall of 2010.
In 2015, Em became my beautiful wife and partner in ministry.  Our First child, Juniper came into the world in May, 2020.

Steph Laposky

Pastoral Assistant

Ryan and I are both from Pine River, MN and are high school sweethearts. We have two boys, Levi(4 & 1/2) and Koby (almost 2) and a dog named Diggs (Vizsla).  Currently, we are also in the adoption process and hope to be chosen by a birth mom soon!
Ryan works as an inpatient Pharmacist at the hospital in Fosston and I have been a stay-at-home mom since Levi was born in 2015.

We moved to Fosston in August of 2019 for Ryan's new position at the hospital. We attended New Journey our first Sunday and felt so welcomed that we continued to come back and made New Journey Church our home church! We have been blessed by the people and friendships that we have made thus far and we look forward to getting to know all of you better!

Shepherds and Servants

Our Shepherds

If you are unable to reach our Lead or Associate Pastor with an urgent pastoral care need please contact one of our shepherds:
  • Jeff Matson
  • Luke Lundell
  • Tyler Stynsberg
  • Larry Roed
  • Tim Hanson
  • Neal Anderson
  • Nathan Fultz
  • Ron Warren

Our Servant Leaders

If you have a concern or need in a specific area please contact those as designated below:
  • Moderator - Nathan Fultz
  • Clerk - Karen Matson
  • Treasurer - Larry Roed
  • Financial Secretary - Luke & Terri Lundell
  • Beacon - Larry Roed
  • Worship Music - VACANT
  • Worship Tech/Sound - Ryan Laposky, Larry Roed
  • Children/Children's Church - Stefanie Roed
  • Youth - Tim Hanson
  • Care - VACANT
  • Business Affairs - VACANT
  • Prayer Chain - Stefanie Roed
  • Camp Board - Pete & Bev Anderson
  • Hospitality - Bev Anderson
  • AWANA - Betty Syverson
  • Head Usher - Kris Brown
  • Missions - DeAnna Haagenson
  • Church Maintenance - Doug Rhoades
  • Church Website - Tyler Stynsberg, Ryan Laposky
  • Décor Team -JoAnn Flutz & Kristi Noel