Our Staff

Pastor

Scott Peterson

Scott grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota attending the local Catholic Church with his family. He began his journey into ministry as a volunteer leader for the local Young Life Clubs. While attending Bethel College, Scott served as the Youth Coordinator at Bloomington Baptist church. It was also at Bethel that Scott met his wife, Julie. After graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary, Scott began serving as the Associate Pastor of Student Ministries at Berean Baptist church in Burnsville; he served in that role for 14 years, which included 3 years of overseeing the local & global missions ministry.

For three years Scott taught Youth Ministry & Bible classes full time at Bethel College as an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. Scott has served as the Lead Pastor of LivingWaters church since March of 2002.

Scott and Julie have been married for 35 years and are blessed with their daughter Kylie & grandson Jaylen, and their sons DJ and Austin.

Connection Ministries

Lead Director Paul Carlberg & family

Paul became a staff member at LivingWaters in May of 2016 after directing our youth ministry on a volunteer basis for 11 years. As the Lead Director of Connection Ministries Paul focuses on our small group connecting ministries here at LivingWaters. Paul has a passion for everyone in the church family to come to full participation in the community life of our church by creating and supporting both community and discipleship for all attenders of the church.

Carlbergs have been involved with LivingWaters since the church started, and it has played an extremely important role in their lives. Paul, his wife Emily and kids, Mannie, Macie and Codyanne consider LivingWaters their 2nd home and family.

Worship Director

Rachel Wood & family

Rachel became the worship director at LivingWaters in May of 2008. She and her husband Steve have attended LivingWaters since its first Sunday 15 years ago. Rachel has served on the worship team since the beginning and has grown in her passion to lead the church body in authentic, joy-filled, heart-felt worship of our Lord. Rachel and Steve have 5 children; 3 boys, Zach, Will and Mason and 2 girls, Kia and Ari, who were brought into their family through adoption. The Wood family regards the LivingWaters body as a second family. “They truly love the Lord and they love us!”

Ministries Leaders

Elders

Russ Bacon

Elder

Russ has had a growing relationship with Jesus Christ for many years. He has been with LivingWaters since it started in 2002 and has served as an Elder for most of that time. His wife Jana serves as the Children’s Ministry Team Leader. Russ and Jana have been married for 29 years. Their family includes: Jessica & John Busch, Isaac and Lauren Bacon, and Seth Bacon. Russ works in psychiatry at the Minneapolis VA and is also a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserve.

Rick Burris

Elder

Beth and I, by the grace of God became members 8 years ago after moving from Owatonna, Minnesota. I am honored to serve the Lord in any circumstance or place He chooses. My beautiful bride and I have been married 12 years and have three children and seven grandchildren between us. I am currently in a Family Medical Practice in St. Louis Park and am a retired Army medical officer.

Peter Highmark

Elder

Cathy and I have been blessed with two wonderful children, Jonathan and Nicole, and also with an extended family through LivingWaters as we’ve watched it grow since it started in 2002. After spending years on set-up teams as we met in schools, it is exciting to see how God has blessed our congregation with our current location. But it has been even more enjoyable to observe the spiritual growth within the LivingWaters family through the years as we hosted a Home Fellowship group at our house and through our continued involvement with the Sunday Adult Bible study class. My desire is to serve God as He leads.

Dale Johnson

Elder

Debbie and I have been married for 38 years. We have two boys, Ben (36) and Daniel (32) who is married to Eliza, and a beautiful 2 ½ year old granddaughter named Annie. We moved to Prior Lake in 2005, due to a job transfer, and we started attending LivingWaters in January of 2006. The first day we attended, we knew this was going to be our church home. The love of the Lord was evident, and the message of the Word was clear. Since that day, we have been involved in a Home Fellowship and a couple of Bible Studies. We are excited about how the Lord is using this body to further His Kingdom and are humbled to be part of this work. We look forward to serving in whatever capacity the Lord puts before us.

Dean Minnie

Elder

Robin and I have been married 37 years. We have four boys, Joshua, Paul (Amy), Adam (Liz), and Caleb (Nicole). We have 5 grandchildren, and one due in August 2016. We have lived in Lakeville over 25 years and have attended LivingWaters since it started in 2002. Prior to that we attended Berean Baptist, which was the church that started LivingWaters. I have been involved with the sound and with church finances from the start. Robin and I are very interested in strengthening relationships, families, and marriages. We have led a Home Fellowship group for many years, and have led Homebuilder Bible studies for married couples, which are studies created by a ministry called Family Life. I look forward to where God is leading LivingWaters, and I want to serve him well wherever he places me.

Jeff Mooers

Elder

Jeff accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in May of 1975 through the calling ministry of a small church plant in Rockford, MN. After graduating from seminary in 1980, he and Brooke with their three children moved to Maui, Hawaii to start a church with a fellow graduate. Returning to Minnesota in 1989 they joined Berean Baptist church in Burnsville. In 2002 Jeff and Brooke became part of a team to plant a new church in Lakeville, MN, where we serve today. In 2012 Jeff also became a Mission Mobilizer with World Venture. Jeff and Brooke have been married for 48 years, have 3 grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.

Stan Schmoe

Elder

Sandy and I have been married 37 years in November. We’ve attended LivingWaters for 12 years. Before this we attended Berean Baptist Church for 20 years. We are part of the Missions Ministry Team and have served on several short term mission teams. Sandy and I have two children Jamie (35) and Jeremy (32). We have lived in Credit River Township for 24 years. I work for Endeavor Air a Delta connection carrier. I am blessed by the opportunity to serve our church in this way.

Gene Dahmes

Elder

Ann and I have known each other most of our lives. While we were dating as seniors in high school we accepted Christ together. We were married 2years later. Ann completed nursing training while Gene went to Bible College & Seminary. We were in pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania and Minnesota for about 20 years. We have now been married for 42 years. The Lord blessed us with 3 children who have brought 8 grandchildren into our lives. We began attending LivingWaters in 2012. Our passion is to serve the Lord as we are able. Through the years we’ve been involved in most areas of church ministry.

Chris Holden

Elder

Julie and I have been married 24 years. We have four sons, Corey, Alec, Ben and Jared. We have lived in Lakeville for 24 years and have attended LivingWaters Church for 9 years. I was on the facilities crew while we were at Kenwood Trail. Julie and I have been active in the home fellowship groups and with outreach ministry such as preparing and serving meals at the Simpson Shelter in Minneapolis. We have enjoyed helping with the construction project of our new church home which has given us opportunities to get to know some of our church members better. I have been encouraged through our journey and growth as church and I am excited to see where God leads us.

Ted Wood

Elder

Sue and I have been married for 49 years. We are thankful to have been raised in Christian families where God’s Word was taught and practiced. Both of us committed our lives to Christ as children through the witness of Godly parents and our extended church family. Over the years we have been blessed to have had faithful friends and churches to help us in our spiritual growth and maturity. God has also blessed us with two sons and their wives, Jim & Phuong, and Steve & Rachel, and seven grandchildren. We take great joy in watching what God is doing in their lives. We have been attending LivingWaters since moving to Minnesota in 2011. We immediately felt welcome and at home and were pleased to be offered opportunities for ministry (finance team, facilities care, small group fellowship). We trust those opportunities will continue in the future.