Pastors Michael and Susan Garner
Senior Pastor and Assistant Pastor

Pastors Michael and Susan became members of Cornerstone Church in 1995 shortly after it’s inception. The name of the church changed in 2012 to Life Connections Ministries.
Michael and Susan met at the church and later married.  Both have been active in ministry from the beginning.  Pastor Michael and Susan became the Youth Leaders in the church in 2004 and were ordained in 2006 as Pastors. In March 2012 they became the Senior Pastors.
Both are still involved with the youth ministry as well as overseeing the church as a whole.
They married in October 1999 and have two children, Autumn and Asher. 
Pastor Michael has a passion to preach and teach The Word of God, in all seasons.  He also has a desire to help people reach not just their spiritual goals but also their personal goals. 
Pastor Susan is not only is Pastor Michael’s “shotgun” driver but is also the assistant Pastor. She leads Praise and Worship as well as teaching Sunday school and loves meeting with the ladies to counsel and encourage.  She has a passion to help lead people into the presence of God during worship in order to strengthen them in their walk with The Lord.
In addition to their calling at the church they are also called to be a light in the community as business owners.  Harbor Lights Coffeehouse has been in business since March 1996, where people from all walks of life come to not only get a good cup of coffee, cheesecake, or lunch but also to “escape” the every day stresses of life. 
99% of the time if you find one them you will find both of them as they do life together!!
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Elder Faye Watts

Elder Faye Watts has been part of Life Connections Ministries for many years. She first became a member while she was serving as active duty Army at Ft. Leavenworth back in the 1990’s.  She has since retired from the U.S. Army and she and her husband Virgil reside in Leavenworth.  Faye is gifted in the areas of Intercession and Teaching. She has been an instrumental part of the stability of Life Connections, and has a heart for children being brought up in the Lord. She has two grown daughters and three grandchildren. 
In September 2011, Faye was ordained as an Elder in the church.
Faye and her husband Virgil are active in the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, teaching Bible Studies and teaching Adult Sunday School.

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Children’s Ministry Director – Leah Pratt

Leah has a true calling with children. She loves to be involved with children’s activities, participating in every aspect of their services with a very hands on approach.  In addition to being children’s ministry coordinator, she also oversees the nursery workers, and plans VBS each summer and our Harvest Party in the fall.  She also delights in finding special ways to celebrate life with the kids during the rest of the year.  Favorites have been a tie-die t-shirt party and special Christmas celebrations.  She and her husband Richard (who is our assistant worship leader) married in January 2012 and they have 2 sons, Daniel and Reuben.  The children love coming to Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, they also have a blast with worship, crafts, as well as the lessons that they learn. 
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Outside Board of Advisors

Pastor Mavis Kurkowski and Jeff

W.I.L.D. (Winning In Life Daily) Ministries was birthed out of a strong desire to see people win in every area of their lives. W.I.L.D. Ministries is active in ministering in the United States as well as to other nations. Their desire is to bring encouragement to believers, and equip them to experience victory in their own lives so that they can impact the world around them. Jeff and Mavis have ministered together in Mexico, India, Guatemala, and Papua New Guinea.  In addition to traveling in ministry, Mavis serves on the Pastoral Team at New Creation World Outreach church in North Mankato, Minnesota where she ministers in various facets in her home church.  Mavis believes that God specializes in turning tragedies into triumphs. W.I.L.D. Ministries believes that God has the ability to take any situation and turn it around for good and He has shown this to be true in their own lives as well.

Mavis has been teaching for 28 years in various church settings, women’s meetings, and on the mission field. She has a heart to see men and women find their true identity and live in the freedom of all God has destined them to be despite their current circumstances. Her passion is to equip believers to experience victory in all areas of their lives and to build strong foundations in their relationships with the Heavenly Father! As she ministers in revelation, revealing the truths of God’s Word about His people, her desire is that others would take these truths and not only grow in their own callings and relationship with God but also then impact the world around them!! Her heart’s desire is to see people rise above their circumstances and win daily in life!

Mavis studied at Oral Roberts University and graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and is pursuing her Doctorate in Theology from Life Christian University. Jeff and Mavis live in the Mankato area with their three children JonPaul, Moriah, and Lauren.

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Pastors Dave & Jeanne Kaufman

Pastors Dave & Jeanne Kaufman have pastored Holy Life Tabernacle, an interdenominational charismatic church in Brookings, South Dakota, since 1981. They have been married for 40 years and they are celebrating 35 years of fruitful Spirit-filled ministry. Pastors Dave & Jeanne have walked through the valley of hardships and they have come out on victory’s side. They have triumphed over tragedy. They are the authors of the new book, “WHITE-KNUCKLE FAITH.” Their daughter, who was the State Poster Child for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, was miraculously healed and restored by the power of God after 12 years of sickness. God even delivered them from financial disaster as they applied the principles of the Word of God. They wear a garment of praise and exhibit the joy of the Lord bringing strength to people everywhere they go. They have a “Barnabus” ministry of encouragement that has brought the refreshing of the Holy Spirit to pastors and congregations around the world. They have made numerous ministry trips to build up the Body of Christ across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Philippine Islands, Brazil, Guatemala, India, and the West African countries of Liberia and Ghana.  

Pastors Dave and Jeanne preach with boldness and clarity from the Bible. They have an anointed healing ministry and they will share a refreshing Word that will bring faith, hope and victory for all people.

Pastors Joel & Rose Lamb
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Joel was born in 1951, in Northern Iowa, in a minister’s home with seven other siblings. Joel was saved at age seven and received a vision at nine years of age calling him to preach. At twelve he began learning the Bible by simply rewriting Biblical passages and the works of other authors. His first writings were a synopsis of the Pentateuch and the feasts of Israel.

From 1968 until 1973 Joel was closely mentored and in full time evangelistic ministry with Rev. James Salvador. During this time, Joel would give lectures on drug abuse and musical presentations at various vocational schools, Jr. and Sr. high schools and colleges. During their weekly television ministry he met and married his wife Rose, in 1973. They continued in Evangelistic ministry until they were expecting their second child and in 1977 they accepted the pastorate of a small Oklahoma church.

In 1985 Joel, Rose and their 3 children moved to St. Louis, Missouri and became the pastors of Faith Fellowship Church. The church out grew their facilities and purchased the Mark Twain Elementary School with 15 acres of property. The name of the church was changed to Church Alive and shortly, The Centre was born, a performing arts and Bible college. Since that time Joel & Rose have been used to raise ministry and plant churches locally and around the world. Joel is a musician, song writer (2 recorded albums) worship leader and author but is most proud of his thirteen grand children.

His new book is entitled, “In His Image”. It deals with the 4 essentials of human life, given in Genesis 1-3, concerning, Identity, Responsibility, Need and Relationship.

Joel’s education has been first of all, by his mentors: the late James Salvador, Iverna Tompkins, R.L. Cornwall, and the late Judson Cornwall. His additional education was with Kingsway Bible College from 1973-1977and Shalom Seminary from 1990-1996 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Joel and Rose currently pastor, Community Chapel in Somerville, Texas. Yet, occasionally, Joel speaks at conferences, men’s retreats, marriage seminars and missions. He is noted for his down to earth approach, humor, passion for the Father and straight forward biblical preaching, with a prophetic edge.