The Highlands STAFF & OVERSEERS

AARON SORENSON

lead pastor

I'm Aaron Sorenson, the Lead Pastor of The Highlands Church. My wife Kristin and I have two kids, Jonas and Lany. We live in Delano with our black lab, Bella. I love music, food, good coffee, running, fishing, golfing, birding and being outdoors. Come check out The Highlands! My wife and I would love the chance to meet you!


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Brody Egeberg

student ministries pastor

My name is Brody, and I have been a part of the The Highlands staff since 2016. I graduated from Crown College with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry and a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies. My hearts desire for our students is to grow in, and experience a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. I am a die hard Minnesota sports fan and my hobbies include hunting and fishing.


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Bryan Royle

worship pastor

Hey - I'm Bryan. I get the great privilege to walk with Jesus everyday, to worship Him with my life and to rest in the promise that He is in me and I am in Him. My hope is that you would know Jesus and that The Highlands would be a place of rest, community and genuine corporate worship. I just recently bought a house in Montrose. Other than worship on Sunday mornings, I enjoy creative metal work, creating music and discipling people to follow Jesus and learn creativity/skills.  I’m the founder of JustCause - a non profit that seeks to empower people in developing nations to develop skills while creating sustainable water and sanitation. I look forward to meeting you!


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amy treptau

director of operations

My name is Amy and I’m the Director of Operations at The Highlands. I absolutely love my job and am grateful to be able to work alongside such an amazing staff and church family. I am blessed to serve The Highlands in the day to day and weekly operations of our church. My prayer is that as people interact with me, they see a faint reflection of the One who loves them with an everlasting love. Most Sundays you can find me in the lobby chatting away - I find great joy in meeting new people and helping them get connected to our church so I would love to meet you! I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet being married to my husband, Kevin and we have three kids that we adore - Logan, Emma & Jack. Other things I adore: good friends, laughter and anything that combines peanut butter and chocolate. 


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Alex Lindstrom

family ministries director

Hello - my name is Alex! For the past seven years our family has attended The Highlands and we LOVE the community we've found here! I have a heart for families and making connections. My desire is for all people to have a sense of belonging and purpose in life. I have a passion for connecting individuals and families to resources, relationships, and opportunities for spiritual growth that will help encourage them to feel a sense of belonging and purpose. As a licensed school counselor, I enjoy helping families thrive. I'm a mother of four young kids and married to one amazing man, Chris. I love being outdoors, gardening, coffee, baking/cooking healthy foods, park play dates, and taking long stroller rides with my family. I look forward to meeting you and your family! 


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melissa noreen

elementary director

Hi! I’m Melissa, otherwise known as “Mel”. I have the privilege of being the Elementary Director here at The Highlands.  I am a teacher at heart with a degree in Elementary Education and Bible from Northwestern University.  I have a wide variety of experience working with children, but my favorite part has always been teaching them about God’s great love for them.  Three of my favorite things are my husband Adam (who I’ve been married to for 11 years) and my two boys Jackson (6) and Jace (3).  Some of my other favorite things are music, dancing, being outdoors, playing games, and laughing as much as possible.  I look forward to being able to connect with you and your family!


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Joy Olberding

early childhood director

Hi! My name is Joy & I am the Early Childhood Director at The Highlands. My husband Lyle and I have been married for 16 years. We are the parents to four sweet kids: Evelyn (13), Stella (11), Ruthie (9) and Walter (6) and have lived in Delano since 2018.  I have been a stay at home mom for the last 13 years but have since moved into a role at The Highlands that I'm so excited about! I have always loved working with little children. My desire is for you to be able to enjoy the church service knowing your babies are safe, loved and growing closer to God. I enjoy camping with my family, going for long walks and holding babies.  I look forward to meeting you and your children!


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lynn Hanson

children's ministry admin

My name is Lynn and my job as Children's Ministry Admin is a gift! For a few hours a week I am privileged to work alongside the The Highlands staff, supporting the Children's Ministry Directors by completing tasks that may take them away from time with children and their families. I enjoy being the hands and feet, helping prepare for programs and lessons that assist parents in training up their children in the way of the Lord. My husband Steve and I enjoy spending time with our two sons, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. We fell in love with this church community when our oldest son's family introduced us to The Highlands. Appreciating the four seasons in Minnesota, my hobbies include the outdoors: kayaking, biking, hiking, and cross country skiing are some of my favorites. Colossians 3:23 is one of my best-loved verses!


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Rich Rizzardi

Overseer

My name is Rich Rizzardi and I have the pleasure of serving The Highlands Church and the Aspen Grove Network as an Overseer. I am grateful for our staff and volunteers that serve our church and community. It gives me much joy to see how the Lord has blessed our ministry as we seek to live out our mission - "Live by Faith, Known by Love". My wife Jenny and I have two adult children, Tyler and Lauren. We are a recovering hockey family and miss visiting the many rinks around the state. We have been a part of the Delano community for close to three decades and love the small town feel. You'll also find us enjoying time at our cabin in Wisconsin. I have a passion for men's ministry and connecting men to a life inspired by Christ. I'd love to meet you and answer any questions you have about The Highlands Church or the Aspen Grove Network . 

BRENT BILLS

Overseer

I'm Brent, and since my family moved here in the late 70s, I've been connected to this wonderful area. I'm thankful to have been raised in a home where the Lord was loved and honored. It's a blessing to be a part of the great work God is doing in this community through The Highlands Church! My wife, Becky, and I have two children, Katherine and David, as well as our mini schnauzer Winston. I enjoy equipping God's people for ministry, particularly in the areas of prayer, discipleship, and apologetics. It's been a joy to serve God and people at The Highlands Church and Aspen Grove Network as an Overseer, and it would be great to meet you and talk over a cup of strong coffee.