Our Leadership


A central governing Leadership Board provides structure, direction, and support for the ministry of each local congregation. Local congregations are UNITED in mission and collaborative, but each has its own Lead Pastor and is free to do ministry in a way that fits its community and culture. As much as possible, we look to empower decision-making at the local level.

  • eric & kelly dykstra

    senior pastors

    Eric & Kelly Dykstra are Senior Pastors of Free Grace United, and they preach at our Elk RiverSt Paul, and Online locations. They have been married more than 20 years and have three awesome kiddos and one amazing daughter-in-law. They are passionate about seeing broken people far from God come to know the amazing grace of Jesus. God has gifted them both with dynamic preaching and leadership styles, empowering them to share the truth of Christ with a wide demographic of people. Click here to see a list of books Pastor Eric has written. Find books written by Pastor Kelly here.

    Office: 763-633-9706 | Email: office@freegrace.tv

  • silas & becky austin

    Associate pastors

    Silas and Becky Austin assist the pastoral team in an associate role. Pastor Silas is also the Dean of Students for Free Grace Bible College. Becky serves on staff as Finance Assistant. They have two amazing kiddos - Ryatt and Sydney - and they are on a mission to make Minnesota the hardest place to go to hell from! Pastor Silas' book Who Am I? is available in the FGU Shop and on Amazon.

    Office: 320-297-6200 | Email: silas.austin@freegrace.tv

  • Trent & patty bergeron

    milaca Location pastors

    Trent and Patty Bergeron launched a Free Grace Recovery meeting in Milaca that turned into a Free Grace United church location. He has been leading our Free Grace Recovery ministry for several years, and his heart is for helping broken and lost people find their way to Jesus. As a very talented keys player and vocalist, Pastor Trent also leads people in worship at our Zimmerman and Milaca locations. 

    Office: 763-633-9706 | Email: office@freegrace.tv

  • mike & michelle curtis

    brooklyn park lead pastors

    Mike Curtis has spent many years teaching kids about Jesus at Free Grace United. He is an evangelist at heart, and loves to pray for people. He & Michelle have two teenage boys and their whole family is excited about an opportunity to reach people in the Brooklyn Park area!

    Office: 763-633-9706 | Email: mike.curtis@freegrace.tv

  • reuben & susie deisch

    elk river location pastors

    Reuben & Susie Deisch are parents to Ayden, Makayla, and one adorable Boxer named Rocky. One of Pastor Reuben's favorite things in the world is helping people go public with their faith through baptism. 

    Office: 763-633-9706 | Email: office@freegrace.tv

  • michael & jacqi glenn

    st cloud bilingual leaders

    Jacqi and Mike Glenn are raising their three great kids in a bilingual American Sign Language/English speaking home. They have a deep desire to provide a church home where ASL and English are equally valued, where people can worship, serve, and do life together in both languages, and where those who may not fit elsewhere are loved and have the opportunity to know Jesus. 

  • seth hinrichs

    st paul location pastor

    Seth Hinrichs has been in ministry for several years and has been in leadership at our St Paul location since its inception. He is a pastor, a teacher, a photographer, and a father of three. 


    zimmerman & milaca lead pastors

    Jason and Tracy Keech have been married since 1997. Tracy is also the Communications Director/Graphic Designer for Free Grace United. They've got two amazing kids - one in college (Connor) and one in high school (Maddy) and one very spoiled black lab named Molly. These two truly enjoy the opportunity to share God's grace, love, and hope with everyone they meet. They wrote a 30-Day He Said/She Said Devotional for Couples called Happy Marriage lol in February 2018, available on Amazon and Kindle.

    Office: 763-260-8841 | Email: jason.keech@freegrace.tv


    Albertville & minneapolis lead pastors

    Ben and Ana Saffrin have been a part of Free Grace United since the early days. Both have a talent for music as well as sharing the gospel. They met while serving at church and were later married, and they now have two adorable kiddos (Macey and Jack).

    Office: 763-634-8273 | Email: ben.saffrin@freegrace.tv



    Brian Sparks is the Pastor of Kids & Students at Free Grace United. He and Kayli have two kiddos (Abby & Carson). They love their dogs, the Minnesota Wild, and watching God transform lives with His grace. They're excited to help their neighbors in Princeton find the love of Jesus! 


    St Cloud & Becker lead pastors

    Kevin and Annie Wilson have three awesome kids - Ethan, Kaden, and Jayci (who is currently dancing in Heaven with Jesus). Pastor Kevin's preaching style is passionate, truthful, hilarious, and dynamic, and his life experiences allow him to bring the hope of the gospel in a unique and powerful way. 

    Office: 763-633-9706 | Email: kevin.wilson@freegrace.tv