• Pastor jeff whillock, lead pastor

    Jeff grew up in Rapid City where his family enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and skiing, as well as patchy participation in the Roman Catholic church. Jeff and his wife, Nancy (an RN), have two grown children. Jeff’s greatest joys come in enjoying times outdoors and at home with family, as well as helping people connect with God in the midst of everyday-life struggles. He began serving Bethlehem in January of 2005, and was called to serve as Lead Pastor in May of 2008. He is a graduate of Augustana College, with Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from
    Luther Seminary. 

    jwhillock@bethlehemaberdeen.org / facebook.com/jeff.whillock

  • Pastor heidi youngquist, associate pastor

    Heidi grew up in Lincoln, NE and is a proud Cornhusker! She and her daughter Violet, a student at Central High School, love to travel and enjoy the thrill of going new places and trying new things. Heidi is in her happy place whenever she is outdoors, but especially when she is in the mountains. Heidi savors time to read, cook, share in deep conversations, and the blessing of a shared laugh or a good cry. She received a BA in music from Saint Olaf College and an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. Heidi graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in May of 2021 with her Master of Divinity with a concentration in Mission Development and Redevelopment. One of her greatest joys in ministry is helping people connect with God’s presence in life’s joys and sorrows and celebrating the gift and promises of baptism in daily life. It is her firm belief that everyone has a story to share, a gift to offer, and a difference to make. 

    hyoungquist@bethlehemaberdeen.org / facebook.com/heidi.youngquistwidner

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