The Surprise Elder Team

There are three elder members who were screened, went through a two week “feedback and prayer” and final approval to become official members on the Surprise Church Board of Elders. Jamie Ressler, Janel Schmitz and Renae Kondos are the three members elected to the Board.  Please keep each of them in your prayers as they move forward in this important role at Surprise.
The Surprise Leadership 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 and his wife, Lacee have three children, who look for ways to give their dad gray hair each day.

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, Communications Director

She does it all, folks. “Sarg is in charge” as the Communications Director including leadership of our Mercy Box movement 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.




Steph Honeyman, Director of Finance  

Steph brings a wealth of experience in both banking and finance in order to help to fuel and oversee the Surprise mission from a financial perspective. She oversees the Surprise Finance Team in their work of shepherding our ministry budget, providing support for our team leaders and for our donors. Steph is available to answer questions about giving or budgeting at


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! 

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 paraprofessional in the Bismarck schools, so she brings a passion for kids along with her faith.   She’s pictured here with her husband Matt. 

Michelle Witty, Student Ministries Director
Michelle Witty has accepted the position of Student Ministries Director at Surprise Church!  Michelle brings nearly twenty years of experience working with youth, and she’s become known at Surprise as an inspirational and committed leader. 
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, not 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 Pope, Media Director
John has an amazing story of growth along with some profound gifts for leading and serving people! John leads our media team to help create dynamic worship gatherings on Sundays and online.
Jeannie, Decor Team
JR, Usher 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.