Pastor and Ministry Leaders

Rev. Chris Teien
Lead Pastor

Before becoming a full time Pastor Chris worked for eight years in the optical industry at a corporation in Minnetonka while serving as a member at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. Chris has been a full-time pastor since 1996 and has served at First Baptist Church in Forest City, Iowa and Chisholm Baptist in Chisholm, Minnesota before moving to Belle Plaine in 2001 to start River Rock Church. Exactly 20 years from the day he left the Iron Range to plant a church he returned to ‘da Range to be the Lead Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Virginia, MN

Chris has been married to Julie since 1987 and they were blessed with three adult children and four grandchildren.  Chris is passionate about helping people find Jesus and live the “Christ Centered Life” and tries to proclaim God’s awesome message of salvation, grace and hope in a real and relevant way.

He received the majority of his formal ministry training and degrees from Crown College and Moody Bible Institute

More details about other leaders coming soon

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