Lead Pastor

Mark and Becky Schmechel originally planted Journey Community Church in 2004, and both saw it as a calling to reach out to the unchurched in our community.  He has an ability to teach, not preach, making Scripture understandable and applicable to where we are today. He delights mostly in helping others achieve all that God wants them to be, coaching and challenging us to take a step of faith. He graduated from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul in 2001. Before planting JCC, Mark and Becky lived in Greeley, CO where Mark was a youth pastor. They have three children - Sami, Emily and Luke - all of them active in JCC church life.


Associate Pastor

Chaz's life purpose is to love others and show them Christ, and you can usually find him walking side by side with others in the middle of life's biggest challenges. He does it well because he's had so many himself and he's willing to be open and vulnerable about what God taught him through those crises. When he says he understands, he truly understands!  The one thing he wants you to know is you are welcome here; come with your pain. His desire and goal is that you leave with hope. He and his wife, Kimberly, are in the busy stage of life raising two young children, Eliana and Steven, both of whom can be seen helping other children find their way around Journey.


Mark Schmechel

Lead Pastor/Elder

Chaz Pelky

Associate Pastor


Micah & Lydia Marshall

Worship Director

Amy Deprey

Journey Kids Director


Lisa Vandenberg

Administrative Assistant

Joe Grier


Gregg Plinska


Quinton Fernlund

Director of Student Ministry

Christina Thompson

Women's Ministry Director

Danielle Thyssen

Guest Services Director

Brett Bond

Safety Team Director

Josh Scheer

Broadcast Engineer

Kevin Lehto

Deacon of Facilities

Nate Sunstrom

Deacon of Grounds

Kim Helmila

Deacon of Finances

Courtney Cholji

Director of Missions