The Rev. Dr. Douglas Dent was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) in 1991. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ) with a Master of Divinity degree (1999) and a Master of Theology degree (2001). Doug served as a seminary intern at Avendale Old Parish Church and Drumclog Memorial Kirk (Strathaven Scotland, 1997). Pastor Doug first served as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care & Mission at the First Presbyterian Church (Cranbury, NJ). He joined the Federated Church in 2003. Doug received his Doctor of Ministry degree in the area of Congregational Mission & Leadership from Luther Seminary in May 2019. Doug is married to the Rev. Karen Anderson and they are the parents of Madalyn and Jonathan.
Ada Erlandson is a 2017 graduated from MSU- Moorhead. After receiving her B.S. in Advertising, she began working at the Federated Church in Fergus Falls, MN.
Her passions include writing, nature and composing music in her spare time. Throughout her life, Ada’s favorite verse has been Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” It has been a constant reminder of God’s plan for her life and for those around her.
REV. KAREN ANDERSON- DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Karen is a Grand Forks, ND native. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with bachelor’s degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology, and a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology. She earned her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. Karen served as the chaplain at a women’s domestic violence shelter (Trenton, NJ), as the Associate Pastor for Family Ministries at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church (Dutch Neck, NJ), as Parish associate at Federated Church (Fergus Falls, MN), and currently serves as Director of Christian Education at Federated Church.
Rebekah is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sociology and minors in Extension Education and Gerontology. Rebekah’s has extensive work experience in many different areas: healthcare, public schools, marketing, and as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Augustana Lutheran Church (Fergus Falls, MN), a role that introduced her to pastoral care. Rebekah is also a member of the Underwood Public School Board and a 4-H leader. Rebekah grew up at Federated Church. She is the daughter of Steve and Carri Thompson, and the granddaughter of Doris Enderson. Rebekah is married to Marcus Meder and they are the parents of Keira, Graham and Lydia.
Brian directs our choir and handbell choir, and leads our praise team. He is a lifelong church musician as a choir singer, band leader, vocal soloist, and bass guitarist. His church leadership roles include congregational vice president, Worship and Music Coordinator, and Property Manager. He has performed with choirs, orchestras, and spent many years with the Green Lake Bluegrass Band. His professional career also includes experience in marketing and real estate. He is the proud father of Aaron, Emily, and Adam. If you would like more information about the choir, handbell choir, or praise team, please contact Brian at the church.
ADAM BAKER – BOOKKEEPER
PETE CONRAD – CUSTODIAN
MOLLY KING – PRAISE BAND ACCOMPANIST