Pastor Ralph and Candy have been a part of the North Branch community for 20 years and see incredible potential for the local church to be a transformative influence in the community.
Pastor Ralph had his own call to ministry affirmed at Main Street Church and began the long road to ministry by attending Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He graduated with a Master of Divinity with a focus in Missional Leadership. Pastor Ralph brings a deep passion to reach people for Christ along with a vision of hope for Main Street Church, the North Branch community and beyond!
Rebecca is originally from North Branch. Through the years she has lived in several different states and has come to know that she is a Minnesotan through and through. Minnesota is the place to be!
Her ministry journey began in 1994 right here at MSC when it was called North Branch United Methodist Church. Since then she has served as a worship director for three different churches before arriving back at Main Street Church.
At the end of 2008, Rebecca resigned as a worship director and traveled throughout the United States leading worship in uncommon places such as parks, coffee shops, living rooms, bonfires, prisons and garages. Along with the common places such as retreats, camps, youth groups and churches. During this time she began facilitating retreats, conferences and seminars which are designed to encourage the church body into wholeness. Through this process the ministry Shalom Life was birthed. Rebecca serves as it’s ministry director. [www.ShalomLife.us]
One of Rebecca's life verses is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27).
In 2014, Rebecca DeZurik became Rebecca Rakow as she married the most amazing guy in the world, Gary Rakow. They do not have kids but instead have three very spoiled cats.