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Matt Anderson, Lead Pastor
A former college athlete, Matt is an author, speaker, pastor, leadership coach, and all around nice guy. He is a lover of good steak and an enemy of mosquitoes. Matt’s lovely wife Lacee carries the lion’s share of both the wisdom and good looks in their marriage, and their three amazing children are already looking for ways to give their dad gray hair.

Ernie Hockett, Equipping Pastor

Ernie specializes in showing people how to love Jesus and lead others.  After decades of experience as a pastor, Ernie launched City Life Church in Bismarck, which joined together with Surprise in 2016.  Ernie has an unceasing heart for people, an infectious love of life, and a deep faith in Jesus.  And believe it or not, his wife Kris is even cooler than he is.


Naomi Vetter, Worship Pastor

Naomi joined our staff in the summer of 2017 with a passion to enable people to worship God as a lifestyle. She’s building a community of artists who love serving God with their gifts and developing as human beings.  She’s also a hair-stylist, so her job will be to try to make the rest of the staff look presentable!   She’s pictured here with her husband Jamie. 




Annie Hansen & Brooke Nicholson, Kids Pastors

Annie (left) became the Director Surprise Kids in the fall of 2017 after serving at Surprise for the prior year. She’s a brilliant and caring leader with a bright future.  She’s thankful for her Assistant Director Brooke, a fellow University of Mary student who focuses on teaching kids about the love of God.  Together, they aim to empower parents to pastor their homes and help other staff members embrace new technologies. 


Ann Hagerott, Missional Communities Director

Ann is simply the best. She’s passionate about building communities of people who love one another like family, grow in their love of Jesus, and change the world.  She brings a wealth of wisdom and a heart to help people thrive.  She leads a Missional Community that aims to reach married couples, and she also coaches and equips all Surprise Missional Community Leaders. 


Sargianna Wutzke, Executive Assistant

She does it all, folks. “Sarg is in charge” as Pastor Matt’s Executive Assistant, including leadership of our Front Porch, Mercy Box, and volunteer ministries. She’s smart, funny, kind, caring, and deeply committed to the Surprise Vision. She’s also an avid polka dancer.  Ok not so much that last part. 






Mark Landis, Church Administrator

Mark and his amazing wife Liz were original members of the Surprise Launch Team. With great wisdom, infectious commitment, and a dry sense of humor, Mark oversees the Surprise budget, database, and security procedures. This guy is sharp, folks.  He’s instrumental in the operations of Surprise and adds so much value to everything we do.  





Dawn Fode, Treasurer

The devil is NOT in the details–Dawn is!  Dawn manages Surprise Church’s bookkeeping with skill and ease, and in general does about everything she can to build a great church.  She also serves in many other areas in order to be the Surprise of God to a world in need. We are so thankful for the Fode family! 

Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Surprise Mandan
Tim’s done it all.  To name a few things, he’s served as a member of the National Guard, been trained as a chef, and worked as a plumber. And now, Tim is leading our amazing team at Surprise Church in Mandan as they build a remarkable community and change lives. Tim shows up early, believes in people, and is a man of absolute integrity.  He’s also a Cubs fan, but we don’t hold that against him. Learn about Surprise Mandan >>

Surprise Team Leaders

The above staff are so honored to empower our gifted team leaders as they equip the Surprise community. Remember to thank and pray for them often as they serve God among us!  


Kelly, Safety Team
Liz, Food Team
Trevor, Media Team
Gwen, Announcements Team
Sarah, Communications
Rhonda, Setup Team
Jesus, every team’s leader
Mary, Greeters
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