Meet the hope Team

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HOPE COVENANT STAFF

  • brian zahasky

    Lead pastor

    Brian started at Hope in the summer of 2019. Before that he served as pastor of family and community life in Racine, Wisconsin. Pastor Brian (Pastor Z as they like to call him) was ordained in the ECC in 2012 and has been a lifelong Covenanter. Originally from Rochester Minnesota (Rochester Covenant and New Day are home churches), Brian grew up going to Lake Beauty Bible Camp and many other northwest conference activities. Brian and Maria have been married for 18 years and they have four kids (Drew-14, Ben-2, Jonah-8, and Selah-6). Pastor Z enjoys sports, coffee, drones, backpacking and traveling!

  • RACHEL LASSEN

    Director of Worship /Director of Youth & Family Ministry

    Rachel started at Hope in the summer of 2016 after graduating from Bethel University with a degree in ministry. Rachel grew up in Slayton, MN and lives in St. Cloud now with her little dog named Minnesota... Mini for short! :) A few favorite things of hers include a warm cup of coffee, laughter, the piano, thunderstorms, and Goodwill. Rachel enjoys working with teenagers (they are THE best!) and loves creating spaces where people can meet God and experience His love!

  • KATHY ARMBRUST

    Associate Director of Children’s Ministry

    (Emphasis on early Elementary and preschool)

    Kathy and her family began coming to Hope Covenant in 1995 and within a year, she was hired as the Christian Education Coordinator (January 1996). She was born in northern Indiana, but has lived the majority of her life in St. Cloud, MN. Kathy is married to her best friend Darrell, and they have 5 grown boys and 7 grandchildren. She prefers reading and can crochet just about anything. Kathy is known to the children of Hope Covenant as the "Jolly Rancher lady"!

  • MAria Zahasky

    Associate Director of Children’s Ministry

     (Emphasis on Elementary and Pre-teen) 

    Maria started at Hope in the fall of 2020. Before that she served as Associate Director of Children's Ministry at Faithbridge Church in Racine, WI. Maria graduated from Trinity International University in 2004 with a degree in Children's Ministry and Biblical studies. She thinks one of the best parts of working in children's ministry is getting to walk side by side with children and parents as they begin a lifelong journey of following Jesus. She enjoys spending time with her family (husband Brian and children Drew, Ben, Jonah, and Selah) as well as reading, baking, playing games and bargain shopping.

  • Cody Pratt

    Director of Technology ministry

    Cody started at Hope in the summer of 2021. He came to St Cloud pursuing both a video production and teaching degree from St Cloud State University. He grew up in Iowa, but has lived in Minnesota for over a decade. He enjoys disc golfing, reading fantasy novels, and learning peoples’ stories. Though his true passions are in technology, working with teenagers, and striving to follow the Lord!

  • Emily sorensen

    administrative coordinator / youth ministry associate

    Emily became the Admin at Hope in the fall of 2021. She started attending Hope and helping in the nursery when she moved to St Cloud in 2017, to attend St Cloud State University. She is originally from St Michael, where she grew up with a younger brother. She enjoys spending time with her cat, Slippers, and curling up in a warm blanket while reading or watching Netflix. She loves thunderstorms and rainy days!

Leadership Team

  • Gary Noble

    Gary and his wife Jenna have attended Hope for 17 years. They’ve raised their 4 kids together at Hope! Gary works in Technology Sales and is the Leadership Team Chair and liaison to properties. 


  • Jan Olson

    Jan has attended Hope Covenant for 40 years, during which time she and her husband Keith raised their 2 kids and even owned a restaurant together! They now have 7 grandkids and Jan works as a lunch lady at Sartell High School. Jan is the liaison for the hospitality team and women’s ministry.

  • Lowell Larson

    Lowell and his wife Cheryl have attended Hope since 1979. Together they have three children and eight grandchildren. He retired from teaching in 2013 and leads the church choir. Lowell serves as the Leadership Team treasurer and stewardship chair.

  • Nicole COOK

    Nicole has attended Hope Cov for 4 years. She’s a campus staff minister for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship discipling college students at SCSU. On a Saturday, you may find her knitting gifts for friends while enjoying a good movie.  Nicole serves as the Leadership Team Secretary and liaison to the Mission Team and People to People ministry.

  • Barb Scheevel

    Barb and her husband Ellis have attended Hope for 37 years! Together they raised their 4 kids at Hope and have 5 grandkids they get to love on now. Barb is the Spiritual Care Team chair and serves as the Leadership Team's liaison to that team.

  • Phil Godding

    Phil Godding wears many hats: husband, father, grandfather, college professor, writer, forensic clinical psychologist and a supporter of Hope Covenant.  Phil and Debbie have attended Hope for over 20 years.  Phil is the liaison between the Leadership Team and Men’s Ministry at Hope. He is also on the board at Lake Beauty Bible Camp.

  • JULIE TOOLE

    Julie and her husband Marty have attended Hope since 1999! They have three children and 6 grandkids they adore! Julie works at Resource Training & Solutions in Sartell and leads the Hope Connect Team while serving as the Leadership Team’s liaison to that team.  

SPIRITUAL CARE TEAM

  • KEITH Olson

    Keith and his wife Jan have attended Hope Covenant for 40 years! Together, they have raised 2 children who blessed them with 7 grandchildren! They both were in the restaurant business and sold their restaurant “Keith’s Kettle” in 2015. Now they are both semi-retired and you can catch Keith at Sam’s Club as a gas station attendant. Keith says that serving on the spiritual care team is the best job in church - maybe except serving coffee! Keith loves to care and pray for people at Hope!

  • BARB SCHEEVEL

    Barb and her husband Ellis have attended Hope for 37 years! Together they raised their 4 kids at Hope and have 5 grandkids they get to love on now. Barb serves on the spiritual care team because she cares about the spiritual lives of our congregation and she loves to encourage and pray for people.

  • suzanne iskason

    Suzanne Isakson is blessed to have walked with the Lord most of her life, and to have a faithful and loving husband (Ed),

    4 children, 5 grandchildren and a grand goldendoodle to make memories with. She enjoys recording these memories in scrapbooks, enjoys "playing" with paper, fabric, dirt in her gardens and the keyboard, and studying God's Word.

  • marty toole

    Marty has been a member of Hope for 22 years serving within many different ministries.. He and his wife, Julie, have 3 adult children and 6 grandkids. Marty enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time with family and friends!

  • SHARON SCUTERI

    Sharon and her husband, Glenn, are the parents of 3 daughters and a son.  They are blessed with 10 grandchildren and have attended Hope  for about 15 years and are so happy that some of our grandchildren attend with them! Sharon came to be a Spiritual Care Team member because she felt that God was calling her to care for our congregation.

  • SCOTT BJORKLUND

    Scott and his wife Maggie have been attending Hope since 1985. They have been blessed with four grown children and 11 grandchildren. Their Hope family have played an important part in the raising of their children. The SCT team has given Scott the privilege of ministering to the needs of our Hope family.