Staff & Leadership

We have a passion for people, our town and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

The Chapel Office hours are:  Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 to 3:00

  • Jon Dietrich

    Senior Pastor

    Jon has served at a few different congregations during his time in ministry, ranging from a Covenant Church in urban Minneapolis MN to a large Lutheran congregation in the small town of New London MN. Most recently he served as the Associate Pastor, Youth & Families at a historic Covenant Church located in the small farming town of Princeton IL.


    Jon and his wife Susan both grew up in Minnesota. He learned from an early age to love and cherish the outdoors, and to see God in His creation. It’s no surprise he ended up in the beautiful town of Arnold. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three little boys. Jon also enjoys tennis, kayaking, cycling, all water sports, a good cup of coffee, all Minnesota sports teams, and helping people grow deeper in their relationship with God.


    Jon holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary, and was fully Ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in the summer of 2018. 

  • Jimalene loring

    worship arts ministries director

    Jimalene has been singing all of her life. The first song she remembers singing in front of a congregation was Jesus Loves Me. She couldn't have been more than four years old standing on the stage clinging to her dad's leg. She was terrified to be in front of all those people! From that day forward she has learned to share her gift of music with others through singing with different worship bands, leading worship, and singing in celebration at weddings, retreats, and other special venues.

    She has been married to her fabulous husband since 1990. Jimalene and her husband, Brett, have two adventurous children, Lexie and Drew, who are both away at school.

    On a beautiful, sun-shiny day you can find Jimalene working in her garden. On a cold, wintry day she would like to be found knitting in a warm cozy house.

    She is excited about Worship Arts Ministry at Chapel and the great team with whom she has the privilege to serve.

  • scott kaiser

    office Administrator

    We are very excited to announce that we have hired someone to replace Kristina in the open Administrative Assistant position. We officially welcome Scott Kaiser to the Chapel in the Pines team! Scott we are very excited to have you as part of the staff here at Chapel. Many of you may know Scott as the son of Bill and Cecile Kaiser. Scott will be starting July 16th and will be training for a few weeks alongside Kristina. Scott has so many wonderful gifts that he will bring to the table, I am excited to have Scott as part of the team and know that God will use him to be a blessing to us all.

  • Jaymie Hornel

    Facilities Director

  • Chapel Leadership Team

    • Chair: Jim Wagner
    • Vice-Chair: 
    • Secretary: Joanne Padelford
    • Financial Officer: Cecile Kaiser
    • Members-at-Large: Glen Sewell, Carol Ashlock, Bob Ash & Dan Varty
    • Senior Pastor: Jon Dietrich

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Dick Jefferson
Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Jefferson (PJ) came out of retirement in early '09 to serve for a year as interim minister at the Chapel and has continued part time as an Associate.


He brings to the church over forty years of leadership, the majority of that time in San Francisco as Senior Pastor of an inter generational, multi-ethnic, economically diverse, and culturally varied church community.


Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he received training at Seattle Pacific University (BA Psychology) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA Biblical Studies).


Assisting at the Chapel with preaching and small group development, Pastor Dick is driven by two questions, "Have we really become Christians yet?" and "If individuals were looking to see Jesus today, would they see Him in us?"


Dick and his wife Linda have four children and ten grand kids. For change of pace Dick reads, rakes needles, and kayaks in local lakes.


Ezekiel 34, John 10, and I Peter 5, along with O. Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest", have given vision and purpose to his personal and pastoral life on a daily basis for many years.


He delights in inviting you to be planted in Christ, to grow in relationships, and to be fruitful in serving others.

PJ retired... again... at the end of 2016 after another 8 years of faithful service.