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 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 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 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.
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 Avera Addiction Care 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!
Janie Borkowski grew up in Wolsey, SD. She attended Wolsey-Wessington High School, but spent most of her time in Huron, SD where she attended church and worked. Janie got her Bachelor’s Degree from Black Hills State University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Sioux Falls. Having grown up in a Christian home, she has an amazing older sister and parents that helped her become the person she is now! Janie’s journey to Arise Church came with it’s highs and lows, but as she has become more connected, she has found God is doing some refining in her life. When not working at the church or Northern State University, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her puppy Sophie (who happens to love Sarah more than Janie). Janie is the Rise Up Kids Pastor here at Arise Church, and loves seeing the kids get excited each week.
Sarah Huffman grew up in the small town of Fergus Falls, MN where she attended the local high school and soon after graduation also 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 in Connections and Outreach. Sarah is blessed to be surrounded with strong Christian friends and family that have helped shape her into the person she is today. Alongside her role at the church she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry through Trevecca Nazarene University. In her spare time, Sarah loves spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, and drinking coffee!
Michaela Jones grew up in Mitchell, SD where she graduated from Mitchell Senior High. She attended college at South Dakota State University where she earned a Bachelors of Science with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. While in college Michaela had twin girls Portlyn and Braelyn. Michaela moved back to Mitchell in December of 2011 and married Adam Jones the following June. She was blessed to gain another daughter Jaydn, who was born to Adam previously. It was only weeks after moving back to Mitchell that Michaela was invited to church and everything about her life began to change. She gave her life to Jesus in March of 2012. She was called into ministry in 2013 and served Harvest Community Church in Mitchell for 6 years as Youth Pastor. Now God has shifted her focus to equipping people of all ages how to feel confident in sharing the love and hope of Jesus as well as how to go and make disciples. Michaela teaches middle school and high school science at Mitchell Christian School. She loves traveling, being outdoors and exploring the world God created, laughing with friends and family, scuba diving with her husband, hiking, quiet prayer time, and not to mention adrenaline inducing activities like skydiving.