Surprise Core Team 

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.

Ann Hagerott, Executive 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.  Ann oversees and directs all Surprise ministry staff and programming.

Sargianna Wutzke, Director of Leadership Development

She does it all, folks. “Sarg is in charge” as the Director of Leadership Development including leadership of our Front Porch, Mercy Box, and volunteer ministries. So, yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. Not only is she 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.


Scott Ressler, Church Administrator

More info soon!

Cyndi Smith, Worship Arts Director

Cyndi has a knack for cheering people on. A member of one of our thriving Community Groups for married couples, she oversees all team leaders related to worship at Surprise, including media, worship music, prayer, and decor. Cyndi has a passion for developing Christ-followers and unleashing their potential, and we’re grateful that she is on our team! 


Surprise Team Leaders 



Chantelle Zika, Music Team Leader

Chantelle joined our team in the summer of 2018 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 teacher aid in the Bismarck schools, so she brings a passion for kids along with her faith.   She’s pictured here with her husband Matt. 


Joseph Leach, Youth Pastor
Joseph and his wife Megan bring a wealth of experience to Surprise, along with a passion to develop student leaders and help families win. Joseph is spearheading our efforts to mobilize an army of people who share our vision for transforming the lives students in the Bismarck area. 
Debbie Carr, Kids Pastor
Debbie brings a rare combination of experience and passion as she develops a team of leaders who love kids and bless families.  She is eager to help your family win, no only on Sunday mornings but throughout your week as you learn how to serve Jesus in “all of life.” 
Amanda Cavett, Assistant Kids Pastor
Amanda has experience leading Kids ministry and a strong commitment to the Surprise mission. She and Debbie team up to enable parents to pastor their homes and partner with families in order to raise up the next generation of leaders and world changers!
John, Media & Prayer Team
Jesus: EVERY team’s leader!
Caity, Safety Team
Lisa, Guest Liaisons
Grace, Snacks Team

Additional Surprise Leaders

Mary McCullough, Treasurer

The devil is NOT in the details–Mary is!  Mary manages Surprise Church’s bookkeeping with skill and ease.  She and her husband are passionate about BEING the church of Jesus in the world, and we’re grateful that she has joined our team.