our staff

We would love to connect with you on a Sunday morning or send us an email! 

  • Greg Braly – Lead Pastor

    What do you do here at BEFC?


    My role is to be the lead under-shepherd here at BEFC. It is Jesus' Church first and foremost and I am to listen to His leading and be under His direction. This includes teaching, shepherding the church, leadership, vision-casting,  and working through the day to day needs of BEFC.


    How long have you been here at BEFC?


    Donna and I have been here officially since January 1, 2016. However, I have been hanging around BEFC since the end of 2015, even before I started, because this is a great church and I fell in love with the people here.


    Tell us about yourself:


    Donna and I have been married since April 12, 1987. It has been an amazing journey together. We love doing things together, whether it is exploring a ghost town or some piece of history. Donna is a Timberwolves fan, and since I am a fan of Donna, I have grown to endure them. We are dog people and currently have two small dogs, Bubba and Biscuit. We love reading, theater, music, and boating when we get a chance. We have one adult son, Rob, and a precious grandson.


    emailpastorgreg@buffalofree.org

  • Bracston Siemens – Youth & Family Director

    What do you do here at BEFC?


    I have the joy of working with Junior High and High School students. I shepherd, teach, and disciple students. Nothing pumps me up more than seeing students follow Jesus and own their faith. We have incredible students, parents, and youth leaders here at BEFC!


    I also work on equipping families, marriages, and helping parents lead their kids to follow Jesus.


    How long have you been here at BEFC?


    I have been here at BEFC since May 28, 2014. I graduated from college and five days later started working at BEFC. I've encountered nothing but grace and support from the wonderful people here at BEFC.


    Tell us about yourself:


    I am originally from South Dakota (where we have more cows than people). I didn't start following Jesus for myself until I was in college. I graduated in 2014 from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul, MN, with a Youth and Family Studies degree. I fell in love with student ministry in college and felt God leading me into vocational ministry.


    In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, reading, hunting, golfing, playing video games with students, and working out. I am emotionally invested in the Oklahoma Sooners.



    emailbracston@buffalofree.org

  • Heather Thornton – Administrator

    What do you do here at BEFC?


    I am in charge of operations and communications as well as many various other duties. I am the face behind all the emails that you get and the voice on the other end of the phone when you call the church.


    How long have you been here at BEFC?


    I have attended BEFC since 2008 and on staff since 2013. BEFC is definitely our home and our extended family. We have a great staff and it's an absolute joy to work alongside them.


    Tell us about yourself:


    I have been married to Matt for almost 30 years. Together we have three children, ages 24, 18, and 15. I absolutely love being their mom and spending time with my family and friends, reading lots of books, and kayaking.


    emailheather@buffalofree.org 

  • Jaycie Kratky – Connections Director

    What do you do here at BEFC? 


    I help the families and attendees, new and old, in our church find ways to connect in all areas. My job is to help you find a small group, children's ministry, volunteer opportunity, or Sunday school class that makes you feel at home here!



    How long have you been here at BEFC?


    I originally attended in 2005 through 2010 and then returned in 2018 after moving back to Minnesota.


    Tell us about yourself:


    I l live in Monticello with my husband Colton and our dog Venus. I am currently also a Nanny to two happy little kids. I absolutely love to craft and spend a lot of time reading. I enjoy time spent with my family and friends. 


    emailjaycie@buffalofree.org

  • Jay Stellrecht – Facilities: Custodial Director

    What do you do here at BEFC?


    I make sure the church looks great through building maintenance and custodial duties.


    How long have you been here at BEFC?


    I started attending in 2015 and have been on staff since 2019.


    Tell us about yourself:


    My wife Nancy and I have been married since 1997 and have been blessed with 5 kids. I enjoy reading, fishing, photography, and being in nature. 


    emailjay@buffalofree.org

  • Jayden Anderson – Social Media Director

    What do you do here at BEFC? 


    I update the website, manage and create graphics and posts for BEFC's social media platforms, and work with our teams to communicate our vision to the congregation. 


    How long have you been here at BEFC? 


    I started attending the youth group in 2016, then began going to Sunday services in 2018, and I've been here ever since. I absolutely love my church family! I interned here in the summer of 2020, and I'm glad I could join the team again in 2021! 


    Tell us about yourself: 


    I'm a dog person, I love the creative arts—especially writing/editing—and I fully believe that love stories are the best part of a book, movie, or musical. I graduated from the University of Northwestern—St. Paul in May 2021 with a Bachelor's in Communications, and majored in Professional Writing. I tend to say I'm a life hack when it comes to helping people with their writing. 


    emailjayden@buffalofree.org

  • Kristen Ruopsa – Children's Ministry Director

    What do you do here at BEFC? 


    My highest priority is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and to show the children the love of Jesus through my words and actions. I want each child who walks through our doors to be excited to be here, to meet Christ and grow their relationship with Him, make friends of faith, to sing, to dance, and to be creative!

     

    In addition, I coordinate and train all of the children’s ministry volunteers, will coordinate/run summer VBS, foster opportunities for growth, and partner/support the AWANA ministry along with the nursery ministry.


    How long have you been here at BEFC? 


    I have attended BEFC since spring of 2014 after my previous church closed their doors. I have volunteered the entire time I’ve been here within Children’s ministry (Sunday morning and VBS) and Youth ministry serving as a middle school girls leader. I joined the BEFC staff in August 2021.


    Tell us about yourself: 


    I live in Buffalo with my husband, two children, two cats, and a hedgehog (who honestly isn’t the most friendly).  For the 10 years prior to my position at BEFC I was a production manager at a plastics manufacturing plant. That role included implementing processes, organizing and tasking staff, research and development of new products, quality control, and so much more. God called me away from that and though I was terrified, I trusted He was going to use me where I was most needed. Even now, that full story makes me tear up.

     

    I really enjoy volleyball—I play in a sand league from May to October and then indoors over the winter. Getting “away from it all” to camp is another favorite activity. We’ve been to the Boundary Waters quite a few times but our typical set-up is at a local campground for a short weekend. Otherwise, my free time is filled with my family, my friends, and investing time into the youth of this church.


    emailkristen@buffalofree.org

our Elders


  • Dan Rodelius

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  • Brad Harrington

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  • Fred Anderson

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  • Dale 'Hutch' Hutchcraft

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  • Steve Huston

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