Our Team


Lead Pastor:  Sam Snyder


I am passionate about knowing God and making him known. I grew up in Mexico and I have spent the last 16 years living, learning, and ministering here in the United States. I have been shaped by many ministry experiences from Mexico to the USA, from Bible school to Grad school, from small towns to big cities, from failed ventures to successful ventures, from youth pastor to church planter…but the experiences I love the most are being a husband to Sarah and a father to five kids. Send me an email or catch me on a Sunday.

Community Life Pastor: Mishawn Gudipati
I love working with the children, individuals and families at our church! My greatest passion is to see the generations loving God and knowing Him personally as they walk in the calling God has over their lives. I attended the University of Northwestern SP where I majored in Ministry and Psychology and I love being able to put what I’ve learned into practice. My husband Jessy and I have three children.


Elder: Agnesgrace Auko-Kambeke

I am originally from Kenya, East Africa. I have 4 adult children, three boys, and one daughter. I went to school at the University of Minnesota, where I earned my MSW in Mental Health Social Work and MPh in Nutrition. Currently, I am attending United Theological Seminary and I hope to earn a Master of Arts in Leadership. This is preparing me to be a chaplain – sometime next year – God willing. Ministry: I am doing discipleship with a member of our congregation; I also do pastoral ministry where I go to nursing homes to visit the sick. I participate in Life Streams (St. Paul Church) once a month. I am passionate about our church because of: the teaching of the word of God; Worship; and relationships with members of the church.


Elder: Felix Amenumey

I am originally from Ghana, West Africa. I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, with Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Policy and Development. I have been a member of BCF since 2006 and I am passionate about empowering people in prayer and intercession. Me and my wife, Sheila, reside in Saint Paul with our three children.


Elder: Gene Van Veldhuizen

Two years after high school, Alvina and I were married. In 1967 I received Christ as my Savior and a year later was privileged to attend North Central College in Mpls. After graduating in 1972, God opened the door for me to be employed at BCF St Paul under the leadership of Pastor Lloyd Jacobsen. My main responsibility was director of the busing ministry and at the high point, we transported 150 riders to Sunday School. I also led a small home fellowship group which gave people the opportunity to verbalize their faith and trust in God. In 1982, my profession changed to printing. For the last 26 years of my printing career, I was employed at Northwestern College as the print shop manager and retired in 2012. Since retirement, I have been privileged to conduct a church service at the Rose of Sharon Nursing Home for the residents there. I also enjoy leading a small home fellowship group in connection with BCF St Paul. Alvina and I began attending what was then BCF Mpls, at its inception and is now Cross Culture. We especially enjoy Cross Culture for the Pentecostal emphasis and the vibrant worship expression. We were made to worship God with a free expression and we’ve been able to do that at Cross Culture.


Elder: Sara Howard 

I was born in Wrangel, Alaska, raised in northern Minnesota, graduated Cromwell Highschool in 96, and graduated Lake Superior College in 2000 as an OTA. Nothing impressive, nothing to draw attention, but maybe that is as it should be. I don’t want my life to be a culmination of achievements, but rather a journal of moments. This church is my home, my family, I love it. If you must know who I am, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife of 14 yrs, a mother of 3, an artist, a gardener, a coffee drinker, a loud laughing, opinionated woman who only wants to serve in whatever way is needed and to walk the Jesus way.


Elder: Jessy Gudipati
I grew up in southern India where I learned about and decided to follow Jesus. My passion to make disciples started at a young age. My heart is to see people receive the truth about who Jesus really is and make the life changing commitment to follow him each and every day. I reside with my wife, Mishawn, and our three children in St. Paul.

Ministry Coordinators

Compassion: Carissa Kjarland

More info to come.


Connecting: Lorraine Wotorson

I love interacting with people and enjoy seeing people make connections. Hearing peoples stories and creating spaces for lives to intersect and experience God’s love, mercy and grace matters to me.  We are all unique and each bring something beautiful to the table.  That is the beauty of the Lord’s mosaic.  Being used by God to serve His mosaic and see that “His Kingdom comes” is what prompts me to serve as the Connecting MC.

The Twin Cities became been my home when I immigrated from Liberia, West Africa about 23 years ago.  And since then I have been a part of this church where I found acceptance, grace, and friendships.  A place where folks who just came along side me as I walked through life – divorce, single parenting, care-giving, and now empty-nesting.  I am blessed!  And because I have been blessed, I must use what I have to bless others.


Children: Noele Orellana

I’m passionate about equipping and empowering kids to experience the love of God and to walk in the power of the Spirit. I work with Minneapolis Public Schools in Early Childhood Education as my career choice and I love learning alongside kids coming from all backgrounds. My husband and I reside in St. Paul.

Finance: Andrew Howard


I’ve been attending our church since 2009, and it has been a great church home. I love it for the intimate times of praise and worship, the interactive kids ministry, and the creative fellowship opportunities of connecting with others during church services and during the week in people’s homes. I naturally gravitate toward math based ways of helping others, which is why I enjoy overseeing the finances for our church.


Hospitality: Sarah Snyder

Originally from the east coast, Minnesota has now been home for over 14 years. After graduating from Bible school, I married my best friend Sam in 2004. I moved to the frozen tundra and survived my first winter! In 2012 we went from a family of 4 to a family of 7, when we adopted our three oldest children, locally from foster care. Now, as a mom of five, I long to cultivate our home to be a place of joy, beauty and rest; not just for our family but for others too. I love hospitality and creating welcoming spaces for all to enjoy. I believe that people are this world’s greatest treasure and that life is better when shared with others.


Missions: Matt Carlquist
More info to come.
Missions: Tyler Holman
More info to come.