Our team

Pastors & Staff

Brendon Fairley

Lead Pastor

Brendon and his wife Shanna have served at BCC since 2011 by way of San Diego, CA. Originally one of the Associate Pastors, Brendon was installed as the Lead Pastor of BCC in 2014. Pastor Brendon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical studies from Eastern University in St. David, PA, and his Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Institute in St. Paul. Brendon and his wife Shanna have three children. He enjoys painting, paddle boarding, skateboarding, cooking, and enveloping himself in cinemas.

Mark Spencer

Associate Pastor

Mark is our Community Life pastor. He loves to see people connect with God and each other! That passion has driven his 40 years of ministry. Mark has master’s degrees in marriage and family and theological studies from Bethel Seminary.
He is married to Betsy and they have five children and four granddaughters. He loves to read and learn, and plays guitar, mandolin and ukulele. He loves the outdoors, birding and chocolate!
Check out Mark's blog here...

Sharon Franta

Associate Pastor

Sharon joined the BCC staff in March, 2014. Her leadership experience in ministry and discipleship training is an amazing asset to the church. In 2010, Pastor Sharon completed her seminary studies and received her Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Institute. She is also trained in Immanuel Prayer; helping people connect with Jesus in places of healing and life. Prior to joining the Bridgewood team, she worked with The Master’s Institute for eleven years serving as the Director of School of Ministry. One of Sharon's passions is to see the church empowered and following Jesus strong and unhindered. Her favorite trendy food is avocado toast with Trader Joe's everything bagel sprinkles, spinach and diced cherry tomatoes! Much of her down time is spent with her family and friends, watching documentaries, searching out the next adventure or curled up with a good book.
Sharon has walked the Camino de Santiago - a 500 mile pilgrimage from France to the western edge of Spain.  Check out her blog!  

Heidi McClure

Missions Pastor

Heidi joined the BCC staff in March, 2016. She is passionate about engaging the church in the Lord's heart for the poor and destitute. She loves to have fun while following Jesus, and bring as many people with her as she can! Heidi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical studies and public communications from the University of Northwestern. As well as serving at BCC, she also works as the Director of Development for the Alliance of Renewal Churches where she serves on their National Leadership Team. Prior to joining the BCC staff, she worked at Hope 4 Kids International as the Partnership Development Manager. She and her children Elliana and Luke live in St. Paul, MN. She loves to spend time in the outdoors hiking, camping, and traveling any chance she gets.

Matthew Schurr

Worship Pastor

Matt has a heart for worship in all we do. Beyond music, how do you give your heart and life to Jesus? His hope is for each person at BCC to pursue Jesus day in and day out, asking Jesus for each step we take. He has three amazing boys and loves hiking, the North Shore, photography, writing music, and anything creative!

Rachel Thoren

Family Life Pastor

Rachel joined the BCC staff in July, 2019. Her passion is for people, especially kids and families, to know the deep intimacy of being with Jesus and how it transforms every moment. She continues to grow in her love for Jesus as she attends The Master's Institute, studying to get her Master of Divinity degree. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education and has held roles as a teacher, site director and children’s ministry director. Rachel and her husband Dan have two children. Rachel enjoys being outside and spending time with family and friends. 

Kristy Gehrke

Accounting & Wedding/Funeral Coordinator

Kristy joined the BCC staff in May, 2011. Her ability to see detail and love people makes her a great addition to the team. While her position started as bookkeeper, the Lord quickly expanded her territory to include overseeing our hospitality and pastoring ministries of weddings and funerals. She and her husband Jason live in Cedar, MN and have three children spanning the teens and young adulthood. Kristy's love for her family extends to the Bridgewood family. She is passionate to see people the way Jesus does - with kindness, compassion and love. Camping and being on the water with family and friends are two of her favorite places. Her passion for Uganda was ignited when she made her first trip there in 2019. She has a dream to see Bridgewood be a part of building a village there someday!