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.


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 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!


Sarah Huffman

Connections & Outreach

Sarah Huffman grew up in the small town of Fergus Falls, MN where she attended 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 a strong Christian community that has 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, serving with Emerge Youth, reading, watching movies, and drinking coffee!


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.