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.


Chantelle Zika, Worship Pastor

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. 



Ann Hagerott, Surprise Board member; Director of Missional Communities

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.  In addition to overseeing our Guest Liaison team and leading a Missional Community that reaches married couples, Ann oversees and directs all Surprise Missional Community Leaders at Surprise.

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

Scott joined the Surprise staff team in 2018. He brings decades of business experience to bear in his work of bringing order and stability to the Surprise community. Scott and his wife Sandy are excited about being the surprise of God to a world in need and we’re so thankful that God led them to our team. 


Janel Schmitz, Communications Director

An original member of the Surprise church launch team, Janel has leveraged her communications expertise in numerous corporate and non-profit settings. Janel and her husband Mike are passionate members of our Evolving Marriage Missional Community, which aims to help families win through transformed marriages.

Surprise Leadership Team 

Joseph Leach, Youth Director
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, Interim Kids Director
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 Director
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!
Mark, Prayer Team
Jesus: EVERY team’s leader!
Greg, Media Team
Gwen, Announcements Team
Lisa, Guest Liaisons
Rhonda, Setup Team
Lannette Bellerud, Food Team
JR (left?!), 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.   

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 >>
Dan Clites, “Head Coach,” Surprise Twin Cities
Not only is Dan the Coordinator for Church Planting in LCMC and a leader in the Minnesota FCA team, he also is a pastor with a heart for planting churches.  Having launched a vibrant church in Northfield, MN, Dan will now be helping Surprise to develop a network of home-based discipleship groups called “Missional Communities” in the Twin Cities metropolitan area starting in 2020.