Living Word Pastors

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Mac & Lynne Hammond

Senior Pastors 


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Pastors Mac and Lynne Hammond

Mac and Lynne Hammond are senior pastors of Living Word, a large and growing body of Christian believers in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Mac is the author of several internationally distributed books. He is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.

While helping her husband pastor Living Word, Lynne Hammond travels internationally as a teacher and author on the subject of prayer. The desire of Lynne’s heart is to impart principles of corporate and Spirit-led prayer to the Church throughout the world. Under her leadership, the prayer ministry at Living Word has become an internationally recognized model for developing effective pray-ers in the local church.

After nearly 40 years, Living Word’s church attendance has grown from twelve people in 1980 to an active church body of more than 10,000 members. Today Living Word sends the hope of the Gospel across the country and around the world through numerous outreaches and brings practical help and the message of God’s grace and love to an ever-growing number of people!

Jim Hammond

Executive Pastor


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Jim Hammond

Jim, along with his family, moved from Mississippi north to Minnesota in his early teens. Prior to traveling to Singapore where Pastor Jim and his wife, Kristin, studied at Rhema Bible Training Center under the leadership of Pastors Toni and Patsy Cameneti, Jim worked in various areas at Living Word including Facility Maintenance, Accounting, Living Free Recovery Services, Maranatha Christian Academy as Athletic Director, and as Pastor Mac Hammond’s Executive Assistant for two years. Pastor Jim was a basketball coach at Maranatha Christian Academy for 17 years. He coached both the boys and girls varsity team and eventually took the Maranatha Girls Varsity to state, where they won two back-to-back Class A State Championships in 2011, 2012.

Pastor Jim has made over 50 trips to the country of Indonesia. His wife, Kristin, has made over 35 trips to Indonesia. It is their lifelong goal to see Living Word have an orphanage in Indonesia. Pastor Jim and his wife, Kristin, have been married over twenty years and have two children, one of which is Jamey Hammond, who is the Pastor of Living Word’s St. Paul Campus. He currently oversees Manhood, Living Word’s additional campuses, the Wednesday Night Services as well as ministering at the Saturday Night services along with his wife, Kristin.


Brandon Lyles


Kristin Hammond


Paul Idusogie


Brian Sullivan


Tim Amstutz


Rick Bruce
Brian Kelly


Layne Johnson
John Hammond

Campus Pastors:

Jamey Hammond

Saint Paul Site Pastor

Brandon Lyles

Northwest Site Pastor

Hugo Bellido

Iglesia Espanol Pastor

Ken Olson

LW Online Pastor

Pastoral Care:

Roger Olsen


Dave Niznik


Renee Klingspon


Baltimore Medina


Kids Ministry Pastors:

Mel Phad

Kids Pastor Grades 1–5

Virginia Shunkwiler

Kids Pastor Birth–Kindergarden

Crystal Benton

Saint Paul Kids Pastor

Youth Ministry Pastors:

Dustin Sherry

Youth Pastor

Sabrina Sherry

Youth Pastor

John Gapp

Jr. High Youth Pastor

Life Group Pastors:

Justin Phad

Brooklyn Park & Northwest Life Group Pastor

Thomas Williams

Saint Paul Life Group Pastor & Brooklyn Park Young Adult Pastor

Volunteer, Evangelism, & Missions:

DuWayne Petersen

Volunteer Development Pastor

Folu Gisanri

Volunteer Development Pastor

Nick Kinn

Evangelism Pastor

Kent Otey

Missions Pastor

Living Word Pastors:

Ryan Watkins

Saint Paul Associate Pastor

Angela Watkins

Saint Paul Associate Pastor

Ray Kelly

Prayer Pastor

Nicole Rasmussen

Worship Pastor

Charlie Houle

Mens & Womens Ministries Pastor

Treena Haase

Living Free Recovery Services Pastor

Monica Amstutz

Worship Pastor

Jean Christenson

Outreach Pastor

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