Darrell Nelson

Lead Pastor


Pastor Darrell and his wife, Cindy, have been married since 1982. They have three daughters and one son.

Pastor Nelson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a Bachelor of Science in Education. His graduate studies were done at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. Before coming to Mission Covenant Church he served a six-month internship at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Sparta, Wisconsin. Prior to his seminary studies, Pastor Nelson taught and coached in the LaCrosse public school system, as well as having worked one year as an Assistant Administrator in Tomah, Wisconsin. Pastor Darrell was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in June of 2003.

In his free time, Pastor Nelson loves being with his family and enjoying the outdoors. His favorite hobbies are bow hunting, archery, and fishing. He was an assistant track coach for 20 years and is a volunteer wrestling coach and a weight-training instructor.

715.364.2738 ext #22


James Walsh

Position: Associate Pastor


Pastor James lives in Wentworth with his wife, Heather, and two sons.

James earned his B.S. degree from PBBC in Owatonna, MN and interned at Faribault Baptist Church in Faribault, MN and at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Cable, WI.

James enjoys spending time with his family- flying, hiking, or climbing pretty much anywhere.

715.364.2738 ext #24

Carey Vik

Carey Vik

Position: Associate Pastor of Worship

Carey’s father, Hans Vik, was also a pastor of this church for 17 years. But it wasn’t until he got away from his home area, serving in the U.S. Air Force, that he surrendered his life to Christ and the ministry of the Gospel.

During those seven years in New Mexico he began to volunteer, working with a youth group in the church he was attending. This eventually led to a staffed position for a couple of years before being called back to his hometown and home church as youth pastor in 1992.

After 10 years of serving as the youth pastor for Mission Covenant, Pastor Carey transitioned into music ministry, missions, and other ministries. Although he had never completed his college education before entering the ministry, he did complete his B.A. in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in May of 2005.

Pastor Carey’s hobbies and interests include building, camping and golf. He loves spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two children.


Nathan Nelson

Associate Pastor of Youth


Pete Peters

Position: Executive Pastor


Pete and his wife, Cheri have been married since 1979. They have three adult sons and one granddaughter. They have both been active in the life of our church serving in lay leadership positions and different ministries since 2000 when they first started attending Mission Covenant.

Pastor Pete joined the staff part time at Mission Covenant in early 2012. As Executive Pastor his primary responsibilities are Church Administration and the Senior Adult Ministry of our church. He is a graduate of Concordia University St. Paul Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management & Communication, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to joining the staff at our church Pete served as a full time law enforcement officer for thirty-three years and as chief of police in Superior, WI for the last ten years of his career prior to his retirement from public service in 2011.

In his free time, Pastor Pete loves traveling and being with his family, he also enjoys the outdoors and all different kinds of hunting and fishing.

715.364.2738 #32


Shelaine Puttonen

Postion: Administrative Assistant



Michelle Thompson

Administrative Assistant

Kevin Orme

Position: Finance

715.364.2738 #33


Bryan Gill

Position: Building Maintenance


Karen Cristilly

Position: Church Janitor

Cindy Nelson

Cindy Nelson

Mission Kidz!

Julie Lindsey

Julie Lindsey

Mission Kidz!

Michelle Kephart

Michelle Kephart

Mission Kidz!