Hollis Hollis Graves

Lead Pastor

Our lead pastor, a graduate of North Central University with a BS in Church Ministry, has served in churches in Minneapolis, Fosston and Duluth, Minnesota. He has completed training as an Enrichment Marriage counselor as well as coursework at Rockbridge Seminary. Pastor Hollis has also served in leadership positions in the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies and is a Fellowship Elder in the Upper Midwest region. He is Vice President of Sand Hill Lake Bible Camp.

Pastor Hollis and his wife, Vickie have three adult children—two live in Duluth and one in the Twin Cities. They enjoy many hobbies including hiking and biking, snowshoeing and skiing, fishing and hunting, playing drums, riding motorcycle, traveling and planning and leading mission trips.

 

Fred Goldschmidt

Associate Pastor

Our administrative associate pastor, a graduate of Christian Life College and Olivet Nazarene University with a master’s degree in church management, has served churches in Ohio and Illinois.  Fred oversees various ministry programs and volunteers at Journey Christian Church. His greatest joy is to lead people in their walk with God, preparing them for ministry in our community and abroad. He and his wife, Carla, have three children.

 

 

Fay Haataja

Director of Children’s Ministries

Ever since she accepted Christ and (at the age of 10) started a Bible club for other kids in her neighborhood using old Sunday school materials, Fay has loved introducing others to God’s love.

By profession Fay has been a graphic artist. By passion, creativity, teaching and children remain at the core of who she is. Along the way, she has served in various ministries (youth groups, children’s ministries, women’s groups and homeschool consortiums.

Beyond her role as director of children’s ministries, Fay owns and operates an art and design business, Haataja Designs (partnering with her son, Zach). She and her husband, Jon, have raised and homeschooled three children (Andrea, Zachris, and Jacob). Fay also teaches art and pottery classes to area students.

If you want more information about children’s ministries at Journey Christian Church, you can stop by the office to meet Fay or email her at fay@cloquetchurch.com.

 

Emily Lane

Worship Coordinator

Emily grew up in Cloquet, attending this church with her family until after her high school graduation when she moved to Minneapolis to go to North Central University. She graduated from NCU in 2007 majoring in Youth Development Studies with an emphasis in worship and intercultural studies. Emily then moved to Texas to attend Christ for the Nations Institute (CFNI). She graduated from the CFNI Advanced School of Worship and Technical Arts in 2008 and then worked at CFNI in the school of worship for 2 years.

When Emily moved back to Minnesota she came on staff as our Worship Coordinator. Emily’s heart for worship combined with her education at North Central and the experience she gained at Christ for the Nations Institute has equipped her to be an effective music and worship leader and teacher here at Journey Christian Church.

 

Ben HeadshotBen Salmi

Youth Pastor

Ben has lived in Cloquet nearly his whole life. He has worked vocationally as a carpenter for almost 15 years. His previous youth leading experience includes over two years co-leading the youth group at the Rock Worship Center in Cloquet. In addition, he volunteered with the Children’s and Youth ministries here at Journey Christian Church.

After feeling called to full-time ministry, Ben finished his Bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Wisconsin, Superior and recently completed a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies  degree from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Ben’s heart is to see the youth of our church equipped to better serve each other, the congregation and ultimately those we encounter outside of the church. Ben and his wife, Crystal, have two daughters, Bella and Emmalyn.