• Joe Sullivan


    I grew up an only child, latchkey kid. I lived pretty aimlessly for my first couple decades. School wasn't my thing, as my 1.9 GPA attested. Joining the Marine Corps was the best thing I ever did. I learned some discipline and met Jesus Christ. Jesus changed everything. Now I want to learn everything I can to share my new hope with others. Sciences are the fingerprint of God. Humanities reflect God's image. Theology is for proclamation! If it were not for Jesus, I would be living like an amnesiac, never knowing where I came from nor where I was going. Now I live to make My Creator and Redeemer known! Oh, and I like to ride my bike.

  • Lisa Copeland

    Children's Ministry Manager  

    I am honored to serve in children's ministry at New Beginnings Lutheran Church. Throughout my professional experience, I have found one of my greatest passions is to connect with people of all ages. I am especially grateful to have the opportunity to be in a position that allows the love of Christ to be expressed to our youngest ones and partner with parents on a faith journey beginning with all children knowing Jesus loves them. My personal side, I have a wonderful husband of nearly 25 years. I am a mom with a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. I enjoy walking, hiking and relaxing outdoors with friends and family.

  • Bennett Franzen

    Youth Ministry Team Lead  

    Hey everyone! My name is Bennett Franzen. I received my Bachelor of Theology from Concordia University Wisconsin and am currently working on my Director of Christian Education certification. I love the outdoors and am an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan. I am very happily married to my wonderful wife Allison and am a huge sucker for dogs. I am a lifelong Lutheran and love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all of my heart. I have a heart for youth and desire to share God's love with my community, both churched and unchurched. My favorite bible verse is Hebrews 12:1, "Keep running the race set before you with endurance."

  • Trey Sansom

    Worship Arts Director  

    I was almost famous twice! My God-given abilities and personal investment has yielded some amazing riffs and God called me to share those gifts to see more people meet Jesus. I am all about putting the "Why" before the "What". What we want to do is sing or play drums, but I see music as a means. Why do we sing or play an instrument? Because music is the most powerful way to lead people to Christ, second only to the Word of God. Therefore, I am not only the Worship Arts Director at NBLC, but I want to cultivate a "School of Rock" that will help those who have a passion for music to lead others in response to God's call. That is my story: instead of pursuing musical fame, I am responding to God's call to lead others to know Christ... and make Christ known!

  • Norie Thornton


    Hi I'm Norie Thornton. I've been a member of New Beginnings for many, many moons. I've been known to have big shoulders to cry on and that's where it stays. I'm a wife, mother and grandma. I'm lucky to have my family coming to this church. You might see me singing in one of the praise teams on Sunday. I am the bookkeeper for NBLC. Things I like to do are travel the USA, paint and motorcycle. We also have an alpaca farm.

  • Travis Torblaa

    Church Administrator  

    I am passionate about Jesus' commission to go and make disciples of all nations through baptism, teaching, and extending compassion to hurting people, both physical and spiritual. I lived in Japan for seven years, regularly travel outside the United States, facilitate a weekly gathering with International Students and am pursuing a graduate degree in International Relations. I coordinate a community service program "Serve Our Town" to assist low-income and elderly people. I like to travel the globe sampling authentic local cuisine, conversing with new people and gaining an appreciation for different cultures. When I am not participating in international activities or serving the community, you can find me reading, running or following my favorite sports team.