Paul Cunningham of rural Pipestone is serving as our President. Paul has served 4 years. Paul leads our worship and prayer time at Noon on Tuesday and Thursday. He is also the one that comes around and checks on the maintenance of the building. Paul is our “jack of all trades” and helps us with anything we need. His full time job is Cunningham Telephone, setting up phone systems for businesses and individuals. Paul and Toni live on an acreage and have 3 married daughters and 6 grandchildren.
Karen Larson of Pipestone serves as our secretary, she has served 10 years for ATLAS. Karen is willing to help wherever she can. She is part of the “Comfort Care” program, leads Bible Studies and is the “Queen” of organizing rummages and other fundraisers for ATLAS. She is a delight to work with and always makes us laugh! Her gift of being a prayer warrior is her biggest gift to all of us at ATLAS. Karen and Bill have 3 married children and 10 grandchildren.
Ivan Vogel of rural Chandler is our Vice-President and has served on the Board for over 12 years. He has a willing heart to serve and comes with a variety of gifts that benefits the board. Ivan is part owner of VIP Floral and Garden Center in Slayton. He is committed to meeting and helping with any construction we have here at ATLAS or emergency needs of a client. Ivan is married to Amy and have 2 children. We are so thankful for all Ivan and his family have done for ATLAS for so many years.
Lisa Hubers of rural Pipestone has served as Board Member for 3 years. Lisa has an RN degree in nursing and is part time pastor in Jasper. Lisa leads many Bible Studies and mentors many women. She is a gift to our staff as she prays for us regularly. Lisa is very gifted in sharing God’s Word and praying with people. We appreciate her so much and her leadership. Bruce and Lisa have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Recently Pat Haag retired from our Board and we miss him greatly! We pray God’s richest blessings on him and his children.
Roxie Mulder- Director
It has been a delight to be a part of the ATLAS ministry. It is a joy to see God work in people’s lives. Each step of the way, we have seen hard things, God things and God’s amazing provision. Often I am reminded of the verse in Malachi 3 that says “ Test me in this”, says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” He truly provides for our daily needs and brings provision just when we need it. It is humbling to see Him work in so many different ways! A true blessing for all of us working in the office.
My Husband, Arv and I live in Edgerton. He has his own shop called “Arv’s Repair”. We have 2 married children in Sioux Falls and 3 awesome grandkids. We love the opportunity to babysit now and then. I also continue “Roxie’s Tour and Travel” with a few tours every year. The Lord has blessed me with great variety in my jobs and I am thankful every day for His faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Christy Thomson- Mentor
Hi! My name is Christy Thomson. I have been involved with the ATLAS Ministry for 4 years. I love being a part of this team and have a passion to help others. I am married to Scott and we are blessed with 3 beautiful children. Cole is 19, Corrie is 9, and Tanner is 7. I love to spend time with my family, read and learn as much as I can, and doing anything involved with music! I currently work as a mentor here at the office. It is my hope to share the joy of the Lord and encourage others on their journey through life.
Jesus Christ can make all things new! My life verse is: 2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come
Laurie Westerbur- Mentor
Laurie is a resident of Ihlen, MN, recently retired from 35 years at Pipestone Area Schools as a kindergarten teacher. She taught at Heartland Colony for 8 years and spent some time as a High Potential teacher and a math and reading tutor. She and her husband, John, are the parents of 3 and grandparents of 6. They enjoy hiking, camping, and fishing. Laurie has been a Sunday School Teacher for over 20 years and is teaching an overview of the Bible to Confirmation students. Laurie is excited to involve herself in the lives of those who would benefit from a listening ear and caring heart. She looks forward to sharing God’s love to women hurting from emotional or spiritual difficulties. The verse that speaks to her ministry at ATLAS is: Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in theirdistress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:27
Leon Hendriks- Mentor
Leon Hendriks grew up in Edgerton, Mn and lived there for 10 years before his family moved to southern California. There, he met and married his wife Connie and they moved back to Edgerton. They had 5 children who are all now married. All together, they have 11 grandchildren. All live relatively close by, except one family who lives in South Korea. Connie works as a dietary technician at an assisted living home in Edgerton. Until becoming disabled, Leon was in production and a machinist in a paper plant. He has worked with Cadets at his church and is presently the Vice President of our local chapter of Gideons, who look for avenues to distribute the Bible locally and worldwide. He also heads our Mobile Men’s Ministry here at ATLAS, which is in place to walk alongside men who labor against life’s struggles. Leon’s life verse is Proverbs 10:17, “Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Leon says, “I work to always point myself to doing God’s kingdom work.”
Deb Spronk-Mentor Boutique Designer
I have been involved in the Atlas ministry since it’s inception wearing several different hats. Each one has been gratifying in it’s own way, and it has been amazing to see God at work in this ministry. I am currently spending my time painting and repurposing furniture, etc for the Atlas Boutique which started solely as income for Atlas. It has awakened a creative side in me that I did not know existed, so that has been fun. I can set my own hours which is perfect to be available for trips to the cities with my husband to see my kids there and being available for babysitting when needed. I turn 60 this year, so I am thankful for good health to be able to do physical things like painting yet.
We have lived in Pipestone for 35 years. My husband Gordon is a veterinarian with the Pipestone System and currently traveling to China monthly as they expand the Pipestone System there. My children are all grown and live in the twin Cities. My oldest daughter Courtney is married to Tyler Schelhaas and they have my 3 precious grandchildren. My son Jordon just moved back to the states from China and is working in St Paul. My youngest daughter Morgan married Jordyn Vogt a year and a half ago and live in St Paul going to school and working.
Hello! My name is Michele Bruxvoort. I am a part of the ATLAS Boutique as a Volunteer Designer! I am a Wisconsin transplant, having lived here locally for several years with my husband Brad and daughter Gabrielle.
I enjoy being able to use the talents God gave me along with developing new ones. I love the freedom of creativity, the redemption in reconstruction and the thrill of “picking”. The transformation of each item reminds me that God continues to work in us for His good will and eternal purpose. I am so grateful to all our “supporters” for either their generosity in donating items to be repurposed or those who come to our shows to purchase. Thank You!
Lacey Holck-Office Mananger
I was born and raised in Pipestone by an amazing family who loves Jesus.I have one brother and two sisters. I graduated from Pipestone High School and then went on to do some college in Willmar and also DSU. I have also been blessed with wonderful husband, Wade.I am living proof that Jesus heals and owe my life to Him. As of lately He has put it on my heart to find a way to give back to His kingdom. Through family and friends I was led here to Atlas and was welcomed with open arms. I have been very blessed, and love to see God at work in people's lives and in the community. God is good, all the time!
Merle Knobloch Mentor
It is a great joy to be a part of the ATLAS ministry and use what I have been blessed with to help others. Prayer is a part of who I am which is a foundational fit here at ATLAS through intercession, prayer blessing and ministry. I also enjoy mentoring and spiritually fathering which brings many blessings as people are set free and find the healing they so desire. The encouragement of 2nd Corinthians 12:9 is so real where Jesus says onto us, “My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast all the more in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I grew up on a farm in southwest Minnesota near Hills MN and later was blessed to raise a family of two wonderful children while managing the family farm. Then, through a time of transition and transformation of several years, I found myself going from a farmer who cares for animals and crops to praying for and intentionally loving people. This became my life and it is my greatest joy to experience life as I walk alongside of others.
I live in Ihlen, MN and greatly enjoy my family and grandchildren. Along with being a mentor here at ATLAS For Life, I am also an active part of various prayer and evangelism ministries both locally and internationally as well as an active mentor and spiritual father. I’m continually amazed at His bountiful love and mercy in each of the endeavors that He brings to me!
I look forward each day to what new part of the journey God has for me and ATLAS is a big part of that journey!