Meet Our Staff

Remy Diederich  Teaching Pastor

Remy grew up Catholic, then left the church for a number of years. He came to follow Jesus in college followed by time at Lutheran, Baptist and Pentecostal churches. He became disillusioned with church and left it again for a season and then moved to the Menomonie area in 1990 to experiment with an intentional Christian community before rejoining a traditional church in 1997. Eventually he joined a small group of like minded dreamers in 2003 to start Cedarbrook Church. He has been married to his wife Lisa since 1978 and has three grown children. Remy graduated from both the University of Minnesota (’78) and Bethel Seminary (’01). He likes reading, coffee, jogging, relaxing with Lisa, and seeing lives changed by Jesus!

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Kyle Gunderson  Executive Pastor

Kyle was born and raised in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He was introduced at a young age to Christ and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior around the age of 8 at Covenant Pines Bible Camp. He attended Bethel University, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. While attending Bethel and after graduating, Kyle served as youth pastor at Maple Grove Covenant Church for 5 years. From 2006 until joining the Cedarbrook staff in 2011, he served as youth pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church in International Falls, Minnesota. Kyle married his wife Anna in January 2002. They have four young boys, Andrew, Micah, Caleb and Jacob.

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Mitch Haaby Associate Pastor

Mitch Haaby is the new Associate Pastor at Cedarbrook Church!
He graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago in May of 2017. He and his family are incredibly excited to be a part of such a dynamic and energetic church!

He married his wife Jena, in August of 2016. They have two beautiful little girls, Nadia and Emmi, who are enjoying Colfax Elementary School. Mitch and Jena hail from the true north country. Mitch is from Roseau, MN and Jena is from 20 miles down the road in Warroad, MN. Mitch is an avid outdoorsman and believes God hand-picked this area for him. He loves to bow hunt (deer, bear, and probably turkey soon), fish for walleye (in the boat or through the ice), and just simply connect with our Creator through nature – especially here in Dunn County! Mitch works with the youth at Cedarbrook primarily, but is excited to explore other areas of ministry and serve the needs of the greater congregation and community here! Mitch is outgoing and invites you to come and say hi, so you can swap hunting stories.

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Emilie Menz Worship Director

Cedarbrook is excited to have Emilie Menz as our worship director. Emilie has been involved in the music industry for more than twenty years. Having grown up in church into a family of musicians, her submersion into all kinds of music st

yles has helped evolve and inspire a new love for all kinds of music leading. Her bold, outspoken personality has made her fearless in her music writing; putting into words deep cries of the heart, which are expressions of her life as well as from the world around her. Although trusting God is the foundation of her thoughts and perspectives, all of her music comes from truth and ends with hope.

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Kris Ann Erickson  Family Ministry Associate

Kris Ann, the oldest of five children, grew up in a small West Central Minnesota farming community where her family faithfully attended the local United Methodist Church.  Though she earned perfect Sunday School attendance year after year, she left home with a lot of head knowledge and an unstable faith.  After years of trying to fill the God-sized hole in her heart with everything but God, Kris Ann felt led  to participate in an outreach group for mothers during a season of postpartum depression.  Through this women’s ministry, she developed a voracious appetite for the Word of God and found herself inviting God to use everything in her life for His glory.  Since that time, God has used Kris Ann in several ministry roles including 14 years serving in women’s ministry, and 6 years serving as Director of Children’s and Family ministry at Menomonie United Methodist Church. Kris Ann joined the Cedarbrook team in 2016.  She lives in Menomonie with her husband Dale, his son Jake, her sons Tobey and Xander, and their son, Levi.  She has a huge heart for ALL people, and loves the opportunity to share her faith, her struggles and her joys in any way that might highlight her great big merciful God.  She also likes reading, writing, coffee, landscaping, hiking, sunshine and beaches!

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Jodi Kadinger, Office Manager

Jodi is the Office Manager here at Cedarbrook. She grew up in the southeastern corner of Minnesota, but has lived in the Glenwood City area for over 20 years. Jodi met her husband Mike at Viterbo University in LaCrosse while receiving her BA in Business Admin & Marketing. Jodi has two grown children, Marcus and Morgan. Jodi enjoys spending time with family, weeding her flowers, reading, cooking, walking, and Caribou turtle mochas. Jodi and Mike were going through a period of exile when they attended a service at Cedarbrook. The sermon spoke to them that day. They have been coming to Cedarbrook ever since to grow their faith and serve.

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Lisa Diederich  Adult Ministries Coordinator

Lisa volunteers her time in this position and helps in a variety of ways to encourage people in their faith. She oversees Cedarbrook Circles and the Prayer Ministry, and meets one on one with people for mentoring and Transformation Prayer Ministry – an inner healing ministry. Lisa met Pastor Remy in college. They have been married since 1978 and love spending time with their three grown children and two grandchildren. She likes to read, cook, travel, and enjoy a good cup of coffee with a friend.

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David Nielsen  Facilities Director

Dave was raised on a farm near Knapp, Wi. He has 3 grown and married children and 6 Grandchildren, one sadly deceased. Dave recently retired from 38 years as an over the road truck driver. He is enjoying retirement working as a school bus driver for Menomonie Transportation and the Menomonie school district.  Dave also enjoys volunteering with Kids Ministry and Ignite Youth Ministry.

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Michelle Niven  Connecting Coordinator

Michelle grew up in South Saint Paul, MN where she attended a Catholic church and grade school. After high school she attended the University of Wisconsin Stout where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and minor in Human Development and Family Studies. While at Stout, she met Corey Niven and after graduation they got married and started a family. They have three very active boys, Brody, Keston, and Treydon. Michelle came to really know and grow her relationship with the Lord after attending several mom’s ministry groups while staying home with the boys and also attending Cedarbrook. She enjoys growing in her faith at Cedarbrook, sharing her faith in Cedarbrook circles, and loves connecting people to the Church. She is beyond excited to serve God in her role as Connecting Coordinator!

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