Meet Our Staff

Remy Diederich  Lead 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! pastor(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

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Kyle Gunderson  Associate 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 was married to his wife Anna in January 2002. They have four young boys, Andrew, Micah, Caleb and Jacob. kyle(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

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KA picKris 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! children(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Stephanie Demers is the Business Administrator at Cedarbrook Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin.Stephanie Demers  Business Administrator

Stephanie grew up in rural Wisconsin with her mom and 2 older brothers. She graduated from UW-Stout with a bachelor degree in Industrial Psychology and a minor in Human Resource Management. She loves to spend time around the campfire with her family, read, and educate herself and others on health and nutrition. Stephanie married Scott in 2005 and they have 2 children, Evelyn and Gavin. In 2009 they started their own electrical contracting business, Riverside Electric & Systems. Stephanie joined Cedarbrook and our staff in 2012 and is so excited to be a part of Cedarbrook’s mission! administrator(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Lisa Diederich is the Spiritual Development Coordinator at Cedarbrook Church in Menomonie, Wisconsin.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. lisa.diederich(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Christine Thomsen  Ministry Assistant

Christine is one of our Ministry Assistants. She comes from a varied church background and began attending Cedarbrook in October 2007 and has been a children’s ministry volunteer since 2008. Christine was born in Racine, WI but her family moved to Wheeler when she was 12. Following her graduation from Menomonie High School in 1985, she moved to southern California where she lived for twenty years before returning to Wisconsin in April 2005. Christine is the mother of twins, Madison and Ivan. Her hobbies are cooking, camping and spending time with the twins, friends and family. She loves interacting with people and feels right at home at Cedarbrook. assistant(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)


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.

michelle-picMichelle 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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