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Reverend Danielle Hample Jones
Co-Lead Minister 

Danielle has 25 years of church ministry experience. She began her ministry work at Colonial Church in Edina, MN where she served as the Director of Middle School Ministry right after college. After 3-1/2 years of ministry she went to Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA where she pursued a Masters of Divinity. At Fuller Danielle’s love for the Church deepened and her ministry heart expanded as she worked at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in College Ministry, trained and led mission leadership teams, and study theology right next door to Hollywood where American culture is born. Danielle served two other church in student ministries right after seminary (Eden Prairie Presbyterian and First Methodist, Newnan, Georgia) before being called back to Colonial to rebuild the student ministry program with her husband Brian. After a successful rebuild, Danielle moved into the role of Minister of Congregational Life and Staff Development at Colonial. After 11 years at Colonial, Danielle was called to Wayzata Community Church as the Minister of Congregational Life. Danielle’s passions include making faith relevant to real life, cultivating mission experiences for all ages, helping people discover and use their gifts in ways that impact their world, and helping people develop in the life of faith. 

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Reverend Steve Wiens

Co-Lead Minister

Steve has 26 years of church ministry experience, most of which has been here in the Twin Cities. He served as Director of Student Ministries at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina for 4 years. From there he moved on to Church of The Open Door in Maple Grove as Associate Senior Pastor for 6-1/2 years. In 2014 founded Genesis Covenant Church in Robbinsdale, where he served as Senior Pastor until April 2022.

Steve has written three books. His first book, Beginnings (2016) explores the seven days of creation as a metaphor and guide for understanding the spiritual journey. His second book, Whole (2017) encourages readers to partner with God in making all things new. His third book, Shining Like the Sun (2020) offers seven mindful practices to help people find God exactly where they already are. Steve loves preaching, writing, collaborating with staff and helping people explore their curiosity and desire as they move along the stages of faith formation. His ecumenical and imaginative approach to spiritual development encourages people to let their deep questions lead the way into new and expansive understandings of God, themselves, and the world in which they live. 

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Reverend Dan Stark
Associate Minister

Dan grew up in rural southeastern Minnesota in the sprawling metropolis of Kellogg — population 400. He attended college at Luther in Iowa and then found his way to the Twin Cities for a couple theology degrees at Luther Seminary. He also holds his M.Div from Emory University in Atlanta. Dan is ordained UCC.

Dan and Sonia fatefully met at Target over a decade ago and have been married for 12 years. They have two children, Charlotte and Elliott, who are the quintessential pastor’s kids. Before he began his tenure at WCC, Dan pastored a UCC church in Milwaukee Wisconsin for over 6 years. Dan has also served the wider Church as a hospital chaplain and he is also a military chaplain in the Air Force Reserves. He is attached to Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota.

Dan’s passion for ministry is teaching and making the Bible relatable for people. As a chaplain he strives to serve God and the airmen by being as accessible and approachable as possible. Dan likes to incorporate personal stories and humor into his preaching and teaching. He also wants people to feel at home with the church and God.

Outside of church you can find Dan running around the parks in Maple Grove, gardening in his backyard, grilling stuff, playing with his kids and his 14-year old doggo, Cooper, and probably drinking copious amounts of caffeine.

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Reverend S. Lindy Purdy
Minister Emerita 

I am married to John Purdy and we have two grown children, Alyssa and Ty. Ty is married to Tracy and they have my two grand children —William and Griffin.

I am passionate about story listening, learning and being with interesting people. I am passionately opposed to unfairness. I attended Minnetonka schools, Gustavus Adolphus College and United Seminary of the Twin Cities.

My enneagram number is two (most likely). My top 5 Strengths are Ideation, Strategic, Input, Learner, and Relator.

My hobbies are tennis, reading, traveling, creating, catching up with friends.

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Contact / Location
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Contact info

Address: 125 Wayzata Boulevard East
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-473-8877
Email: welcome@wayzatacommunitychurch.org

Worship / Calendar

Sunday Worship

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