Our Staff

  • Rich Theilen

    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Rich Theilen grew up in the Twin Cities, graduated from Minnehaha Academy, earned a degree in economics from St. Olaf College, and spent several years in the oil industry.  After sensing God’s call to ministry, he went on to graduate from Bethel Seminary and has served churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and British Columbia, Canada.  He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Sioux Falls Seminary, has served in many professional and community leadership roles, and taught theology at Solid Rock School of Discipleship.

    His wife, Cheryl, is a native of Wooster, Ohio, a graduate of North Park University, and serves as director of administration for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church.  They have one daughter who is an elementary school teacher.

    In their “free time” they enjoy spending time at their farms in Southwest Minnesota, attending theater and other events, visiting family and friends, playing with their dog Katie, and traveling in North America and Europe.

  • Kay Wiens

    Interim Children's Director

    Kay had the joy of growing up in a pastor's family in the small town of Howard Lake, Minnesota.  This gave Kay wonderful opportunities to serve in many areas at a young age such as kids' choirs, youth groups, VBS, mission trips and more!  She went on and earned her Elementary Education degree at Wheaton College in Illinois. Over the years she has had the privilege of inspiring and teaching children music, art, and core subjects in the public schools, instructing piano and flute students in her home piano studio, volunteering in women's and children's ministries at church, speaking at Covenant Pines Bible Camp, and leading the Children's Ministries in recent years at Maple Grove Covenant Church.


    Kay’s desire is for all children to embrace that God loves them no matter what and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior in their lives. She loves providing the opportunities and tools for children and families to learn to share this Good News with others.


    In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband Scott and their three boys, Jared (college), Tyler (college), and Blake (freshmen in high school), along with their puppy dog Rocky and two kitties Leo and Ollie.  Other favorite hobbies include speed-walking around the beautiful lakes in Maple Grove, canoeing at their family's White Birch Cottage in Nisswa, shopping with her twin sister, cheering on their boys in sport activities, traveling with her family, and baking award-winning cookies and gingerbread creations.  

  • Sam Goebel

    Worship Leader

    From Minnesota to Tennessee and back, Sam joined the team at MGCC in April 2019 and is hoping to further the musical excellence that marks the music ministry. His hope is that the ministry will continue to cultivate that special external expression of internal joy that is created through musical worship. When not playing or writing music, you would probably be able to find Sam rock climbing, going for a run, or making obscure pop culture references with the people in his life.


    Administrative Assistant

    Quinn is from small-town Fulda, located in southwestern Minnesota and grew up on a farm acreage showing chickens at the county fair during the summer. While she studied at the University of Northwestern, she worked at Portage Lake Bible Camp and Hume Christian Camps. She married Pete in 2019 and now lives in Delano.


    In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, growing flowers, and is always up for getting coffee with friends. Quinn is so thankful to be a part of Maple Grove Covenant’s family and excited to serve alongside the community! 

Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team in collaboration with the Lead Pastor prayerfully discern God’s will for the church, evaluate the execution of the mission and direction of the church, provide spiritual leadership, oversee the business affairs of the church, facilitate resolution of disagreements and conflicts, or spiritual recovery, and cultivate a community marked by love.