Pastors and Staff


Contact Bob

Office Schedule:

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Alexi Abel
Administrative Assistant to Dr. Bakke


Dr. Bob Bakke - Teaching Pastor

Bob has been the teaching pastor of Hillside Church since 2007. He and his wife Sally live in Burnsville and have three sons, a daughter, a son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, seven grandkids and a black Lab. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Bob spent 14 years serving Connecticut and New Jersey churches. For 12 years he served as an Executive Director of the Evangelical Free Church of America, promoting prayer and spiritual awakening. He is an author, and has produced television and radio simulcasts since 1994. Bob produces occasional national broadcast events that afford millions of people the opportunity to pray simultaneously. As one who honors the local pastorate as the highest calling, Bob uses his gifts as a preacher, teacher, net-worker, and tactician for promoting, and cultivating prayer-based movements - domestically and internationally - that have led to the transformation of people and places. His designs are to ensure that local churches - and Hillside Church in particular - become the principle agency for the revival of the "Church" and the advancement of Christ's Kingdom today.


Contact Brian
Office Schedule:
Mon. - Thurs.

Brian Gingerich - Pastor of Small Groups and Discipleship

Brian comes to Hillside church after pastoring Young Adults in Chicago and managing the missional side of Mugshots Coffee Company in Bloomington. He graduated from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon in 2012 with a BA in New Testament Greek and Theology. Afterwards, he pursued pastoral studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and received a MA in Theological Studies. Brian is passionate about Jesus and people. He loves seeing people go deeper and wider in the gospel. Brian enjoys reading, basketball, soccer, movies, a good cup of coffee and most importantly his family. He and his wife, Heather, have three kids: Isaac, Emelia, and Elias.



Contact Josiah

Office Schedule:
Tues. - Fri.

Josiah Wilson – Youth Pastor

Josiah has been with Hillside church since June of 2012.  He studied at The University of Northwestern, St. Paul and graduated with a BA in Pastoral Ministry in 2011 and a MA in Theological Studies in 2015. In 2007 he completed classes at YWAM's Discipleship Training School in Colorado. He enjoys the outdoors year-round by hiking, biking, camping, boating during the summer, and snowboarding during the winter. He and his wife Heidi have two young children --- Charlie & Ariana.  Josiah's three greatest passions are youth, discipleship, and missions. He desires to "Know Jesus and make Him known." 


Contact Deb
Office Schedule:
Mon. - Fri.


Deb Nutting - Director of Children's Ministries 

Deb came to Hillside in August of 2008 as our Children’s Ministries Director. She grew up in the Twin Cities, earned her degree in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College and her Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. She taught deaf and hard-of-hearing children for ten years, ending up in Eau Claire, WI, where she met her husband Bob. Deb worked at Salem Baptist Church in Eau Claire for nine years as Director of Children’s Ministries and Director of Salem Sunshine Preschool. In 2006, God led Deb and her family to the Twin Cities where she worked as a Children's Ministries Associate for two years at Woodcrest Church in Eagan before coming to Hillside. Deb and Bob have two adult sons who serve the Lord with their musical gifts. Deb loves organizing and creating programs that get children excited about God's Word and about getting to know our Savior, Jesus. Deb loves to travel with her family and especially seeks out opportunities to visit lakes, waterfalls, and hot-air balloon festivals.


Contact Carol

Office Schedule:

Tues. & Thurs.

Carol Madison - Prayer Ministries Director

Carol has a degree in Communications from Bethel University. Her career as a journalist has included serving as editor of a denominational magazine, as well as creating a magazine for the unchurched called Pursuit. She currently serves as the founding editor of Prayer Connect magazine, which is distributed nationally and across denominational lines. Her life has always intersected with the prayer movement. Carol was the Associate Director of Prayer Transformation Ministries, Communications Director for Prayer First (of Converge Worldwide), and currently gives prayer leadership to PULSE and RESET, ministries reaching the next generation. She is also a member of America's National Prayer Committee. Her business card says: I write. I edit. I drink coffee. And I pray.


Support Staff


Andrew Abel
Technical Director


Jen Hale - Ministry Assistant



Kara Skogg - Business Manager



Joni Pearson - Ministry Assistant



Nikki Wallace - Graphic Designer


Front row/left to right: Paul Chua, Lee Nelson, Lane Lackas, Mike Richard
Back row/left to right: Ryan Hammett,  Andy McGuire, Lee Nelson, Dave Schmidt (Chairman), Randy Peterson