Hi, we’re the Mederichs,
We are Justin, Robyn, Sylvia, Soren and Mila. Allow me to introduce my wonderful family to your team because we are a package deal. Four people and a dog for the price of one is pretty good though, huh?
Robyn and I have been married for seven years. Our daughter is two and our son will turn one in May. We currently reside in the frozen tundra of East St. Paul, Minnesota. I am currently pursuing God’s calling of fulltime ministry in a pastoral position. Here is our story.
Robyn and I were both raised in Bible-centered homes. My background is in church planting. My dad has planted three churches, and as I like to joke, I came out of the womb carrying chairs with the set-up team. I accepted Jesus as my King and Savior at the age of 5, was baptized at 9, and felt God’s calling to preach the message of Jesus at 12.
Ministry has been a love of mine from a young age. My parents saw this in me and gave me a leadership role within Sonlight the year my peers entered youth group. This opportunity opened the door to serving in student ministries, worship, and missions throughout high school. Upon graduation I led the youth group at Restoration Church in Colorado Springs as an intern. While in this role I was able to speak over thirty times during my freshman year of college, and I enjoyed the responsibility of preparing small group guides for the weeks I wasn’t speaking.
Following that I moved North with my parents to help plant Osceola Community Church in Wisconsin and simultaneously attend North Central University. Drawing from my internship experience, I began a youth group as well as led worship each Sunday. During this time I met my wife. She joined me in my ministry involvement and helped me start a college-aged small group. I graduated with my Associates in Pastoral Studies from Global University, an accredited Assemblies of God education program, in 2007.
During the next four years I worked fulltime for a military food distributor while serving at several different churches in youth, worship, and small group capacities in Branson, Missouri. No matter how hard I focused on my “tent-making” work, my heart was continually pulled back to the calling of ministry. In 2012 I resolved to finish my degree. One of the highlights of my studies was pioneering a 12-week Saturday night sermon series on the minor prophets at Osceola Community Church. I graduated in December 2014.
Currently I raise my children at home, serve at River Valley Church as a leader of a men’s small group, and volunteer with the local corrections facility to work against recidivism.