Arise Leadership

The beautiful story of Arise is comprised completely in the unique make-up of the individuals who call Arise their home. Although vastly different in each of our  journeys, there are 3 cords that bind each of us together.

We Are…

We are real people infused with dynamic faith, committed to a common vision, joined together in the covenant love of our Creator. 

We Used to Be…

We used to be completely broken but are now grateful for undeserved redemption, astonished by amazing Grace, healed by forgiveness, and humbled by the divine invitation to be included in the greatest cause on earth.

We Serve… 

We serve a good and perfect God. The nations are His dwelling and our lives are His vessels. We have compassion for the poor and our hearts are open to the rich. 

Joe Hauer

Lead Pastor

Joe grew up in Minnesota and worked on the railroad until he answered his call to ministry. Going back to school he started working as a youth pastor. Excited to do Church in a new way by Loving God, Serving People, and Leading others into a relationship with Jesus, he set off to plant Arise Church.


Sarah Huffman

Executive Pastor

Sarah Huffman grew up in Fergus Falls, MN where she attended high school and later received her Associate’s degree from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. From there, Sarah spent some time traveling to serve on a mission trip in Ireland to work with kids and families. During this time she felt confirmed in her call to ministry and soon after was able to connect with Arise Church where she now serves as the Executive Pastor. Since moving to Aberdeen, she has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry through Trevecca Nazarene University. In her spare time, Sarah loves spending time with friends and family, serving with Emerge Youth, reading, watching movies, and drinking coffee!


Cameron Jarvis

Production Director

Born and raised in Aberdeen, Cameron has always had a connection to the Hub City. He likewise has always had a connection to God, growing up in church and being actively involved in studies and media teams at several through the years. Despite having this background, however, he's been on a wild roller coaster of a faith journey that God's been utilizing to make him into the man he should have been a long time ago. Coming to Arise for the first time near the beginning of 2021 was one of numerous things God has used to accelerate this growth.

In his free time, Cameron enjoys nearly any activity—indoors or out—as long as it includes his family and friends, though he isn't opposed to a day alone here and there, too. He makes music, is an avid Fortnite fan, and gets a literal kick out of longboarding, to name a few things. Having only an idea about what the future may hold, he continues to work on his walk with God, grow relationships, and enjoy hobbies near home. He hasn't spread his wings much as far as travel is concerned, but he's thoroughly enjoying Midwestern life in the meantime and doesn't foresee leaving any time soon.

Brian La Croix

Associate Pastor

A "West River" product, Brian's early life was spent on the Indian Reservations in western SD. Moving to Brookings, SD to attend SD State University (Go Jacks!!), he met his wife, Debra, and was active in his local church. He answered the call to ministry and moved to Aberdeen in 2001 to become the pastor of Aberdeen Wesleyan Church (now Hub City Church), where he served for 12 years. Brian and Debra have 12 kiddos and 3 grandkids. In his "spare" time, he enjoys watching Chuck Norris movies, reading history/biographies, and listening to classic 80's rock (yes, he's a Boomer...).


Hope Smith

Toddler Director

Hope grew up in Aberdeen, SD graduating from Aberdeen Central. She has a beautiful daughter who recently made her a grandma to a perfect little boy! She has battled numerous health conditions throughout her life. The newest one led her to Arise Church where she reconnected with her faith. Having always had a connection with children, the call to teach and love them was an easy decision. In her free time she enjoys volunteering to help others, crafting, gardening, reading, watching movies and making memories with family and friends. 


Alissa Voorhees

Outreach Coordinator

Alissa grew up in Fergus Falls, MN where she worked as a RN for many years in many different areas of nursing. Unfortunately, Alissa has been battling Rheumatoid Arthritis for 5 years which has eventually led her to retire from her career in nursing 3 years ago. Alissa and her family were called by God to move to Aberdeen, SD where she desires to serve within the church and community in any capacity. Alissa is married to Luke (Arise Worship Pastor), and they have 3 beautiful children Simon, Liam, and Eden who are their pride and joy. Alissa is excited and honored to use her organizational and communication skills as the Office Manager at Arise Church. In her spare time she enjoys: reading a good book/Bible, camping, crocheting, needle felting, watching a good movie with her husband, going out for coffee with friends, and traveling.

Luke Voorhees

Worship Pastor

Luke grew up in Fergus Falls, MN where he worked in the mental health field for 17 years. Luke was eventually lead into ministry and served as a Worship Leader in MN for 4 years before going back to school to become a Pastor. Most recently, Luke and his family felt called by God to move to Aberdeen, SD to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community. Luke is currently the part time Worship Pastor at Arise Church. Luke also works full time as an Addictions Counselor at Northeastern Mental Health Center. He is passionate about helping and serving people. Other passions include; spending time with his family, being outdoors, and doing anything that is related to baseball and music!


Caleb Schlekeway

Youth Director

Caleb was born and raised in Gillette, Wyoming. He then moved states to live in Aberdeen while attending Northern State University. At Northern, Caleb pursued a bachelor’s degree in History with minors in Religious Studies and Coaching, while also competing on the track team throughout his college career. Caleb fell in love with ministry and working with youth early into his Christian walk and has been involved with ministry through working at summer camps, leading bible studies, and now working with youth at Arise! In his free time, Caleb enjoys working out and spending time with his cat and his friends.