• Pastor Joe Anderson

    Lead Pastor

    Joe has been the Lead Pastor at Summit Church since 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Pastoral Theology from North Central University. Joe was also ordained in 2006 with the Assemblies of God. Joe has been married to his wife Jen since 1997 and they have 4 children together: Joey, JoJo, Jada, and Johnny, along with a beloved Standard Poodle named Judy.

    Joe has served in the Air Force for 10 years as a Master Sergeant. Joe has also had a variety of ministry experiences that has shaped him as a pastor, which included being a campus pastor at River Valley Church, being a traveling evangelist speaking at conferences and seminars, as well as starting “Surrender Ministries.” In this ministry, Joe shares his testimony of deliverance and redemption. 


    Joe wants Summit Church to be a warm and inviting place that encourages the building of relationships and having diversity in the Body of Christ. He is passionate about teaching people to follow Jesus and grow in their faith.

    To contact Pastor Joe, you can e-mail him at office@summitchurchmn.org, or call the church at (651) 228-0811.

  • Pastor Howard Googins

    Pastoral Care and Prayer

    Howard has been serving as the Executive and Senior Ministries Pastor since 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in General Studies from Granite State College in New Hampshire. He earned a Master’s in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology in Georgia. In addition, he earned a Master’s in Hospital Health Care from the University of Minnesota. Howard was also ordained in 2014 with the Assemblies of God. Howard has been married to his wife Myrna since 1975 and they have two children, Crystal and Shawn. Crystal and her husband Ben have also given Pastor Howard and Myrna two precious grandsons, Caleb and Christian.

    Howard retired as a Colonel in 2006 after more than 34 years of service. He then became the Adminstrator of the Eastern Nebraska Veteran Home in Bellevue, NE before the Lord called him to Summit in 2010.

    He has been involved with ministry in the church his whole life and loves putting his gift of administration to good use overseeing the business related aspects of church operations. He also loves caring for people and helping build the Kingdom of God.

    To contact Pastor Howard, you can e-mail him at howard@summitchurchmn.org, or call the church at (651) 228-0811.

  • Pastor Ben Freitag

    Executive Pastor of Operations

    Ben has been the Youth Pastor at Summit since 2012. He also leads the Young Adult Ministry and the Creative Arts Ministry at Summit Church. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Youth Ministries with a Minor in Bible and Music from North Central University. He also graduated in 2017 with his Masters in Strategic Leadership from North Central University. Pastor Ben was credentialed in 2014, and was ordained in 2017 with the Assemblies of God. Ben has been married to his wife Kelsie since 2013 and they have a dog named Max Jeter. 

    Ben has a strong passion and desire to see students using the gifts and talents that God has given them to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Teaching students the "why" behind their "what" ,empowers them to go after their passions with a ministry-focused heart. 

    To contact Pastor Ben, you can e-mail him at ben@summitchurchmn.org, or call the church at (651) 228-0811.

  • Pastor Tony Vietti

    Executive Pastor of Ministries and Communication

    Tony has been on staff at Summit since 2014. He has been involved with pastoral care, teaching Alpha classes and working on the technical ministry teams. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Corporate Communications from Metro State University and also with a Bible Certificate in Pastoral Studies from the Minnesota School of Ministry. Tony also was credentialed as a pastor  in April of 2015 with the Assemblies of God. Tony has been married to his wife Brenda since 1989 and they have 4 children together: Derian, Emma, Claire and Vinny.

    Tony worked at Best Buy for 17 years. Tony has also worked in the television business for several years, producing, editing and creating visual communications. His goal in ministry is to be the hands and feet of Jesus for our world around us. He wants to find a need and fill it, however God leads.

    To contact Pastor Tony, you can e-mail him at tony@summitchurchmn.org, or you can call the church at (651) 228-0811.

  • Pastor Richie Lopez

    Worship Director

    Richie has been leading worship at Summit since January of 2014. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Business with a focus on Human Resources. Richie was licensed in April of 2015 with Summit Church. Richie has been married to his wife Emma since 2015 and they have a dog named Zoe Snow.

    Richie’s heart is to be able to help create an atmosphere of belonging, of love and of beautiful music for a congregation to draw nearer to God and to each other.

    To contact Pastor Richie, you can e-mail him at richie@summitchurchmn.org, or call the church at (651) 228-0811.

  • Pastor Janice Erickson

    Children's Pastor

    Janice has been apart of the team since January 2017.  She has served in children's ministry since she was 14 years old and has been serving in full time ministry for the last ten years in Red Wing and Zumbrota, Minnesota. Pastor Janice completed her ministry education through Minnesota School of Ministry.

    Her goal for Summit Kids is to see children give their lives to Jesus, and see revival in kids church so the children will be empowered to live for Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit. 

    To contact Pastor Janice, you can email her at janice@summitchurchmn.org or call the church at (651) 228-0811.

  • Pastor Bill Bauske

    Discipleship Pastor

    Bill comes to Summit church after ministering for 29 years in an inner city recovery ministry called Metro Hope Ministries. He graduated from North Central University in 1990 with a BS in Pastoral Studies. He was licensed as a minister with the Assemblies of God in 1990 and was ordained with the Assemblies in 1995. He has been happily married to Diane since 1985. They have three grown children Rachel, Caleb and Emily. Bill and Diane have been attending Summit Church since 1989 and feel Summit is home to them. Bill has exercised his teaching gifts over the years at Summit teaching in the Adult Bible class on Sunday mornings.


    Bill grew up in an alcoholic home and understands addiction first hand through his own struggles as a young man. He understands that God is the One who is big enough to take our pain, failures, and problems and turn them into opportunities to help others. He is the author of two separate teaching manuals focused on Recovery from a Biblical perspective.


    As Discipleship Pastor, he desires to see individuals grow in their relationship with Jesus so that they can be used by Him to be a blessing in this world. He believes very believer is called to know God’s love for them,  called to be a lover of God, and called to be a lover of people.

    To contact Pastor Bill, you can email him at billb@summitchurchmn.org or call the church at (651) 228-0811.

  • Pastor Heidi Anderson

    Youth and Young Adults Pastor

    Heidi joined the staff at Summit in August 2017. She has been serving students for 7+ years. Pastor Heidi is a North Central University graduate and received her credentials from the Assemblies of God in April 2016. Heidi is passionate about students discovering a thriving relationship with Jesus through relational discipleship and partnership with parents. Heidi desires to see students in the St. Paul area find hope and abundant life is Jesus Christ. She is especially enjoys working with goofy and awkward middle schoolers, because they remind her of that relatable time when she started to discover God for herself.

    To contact Pastor Heidi, you can email her at heidi@summitchurchmn.org or call the church at (651) 228-0811.