Brent Bielenberg

Lead Pastor

Since graduating from St. Olaf College in 1994, Brent and his wife Kiwi have made Northfield their home. Brent has served as a youth pastor for almost 20 years in local churches and community outreach ministries. In November 2014, he took up the lead pastor role in life21 church. Brent is also the head coach of high school girls’ hockey, assistant coach of boys’ soccer, and has served as chaplain for the Minnesota Wild. Brent and Kiwi have three children, Aleisha, Ryan, and Rachel.

Kiwi Bielenberg

Worship Pastor

After meeting Brent at St. Olaf and graduating in 1994, Northfield has become part of Kiwi’s heart. She is blessed to be a wife, mom, worshiper, and teacher. Kiwi has served with Brent in youth ministry in the past, and currently teaches special education in the Northfield schools. Kiwi’s heart as a worship leader is to see the body of Christ experience and recognize themselves as worshipers in Spirit and Truth. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” — as we seek and invite His Presence in worship at Life21, it is Kiwi’s desire that we all have a revelation of God’s passion for us, and the fact that He has good things to pour over our lives!


Fred Herzog

Senior Advisor to the Pastor

Fred has been involved in developing congregations, leadership, and ministry opportunities including a successful ministry of helping individuals gain personal freedom through understanding the ways of God. Fred, along with his team, has started and trained up leadership for over 20 different ministries. Consistent qualities of Fred’s ministries have included contemporary worship, spiritual counseling, informal services, and team-focused leadership. His aim continues in presenting cutting-edge worship, profound teaching, and discipleship for the advancement of the Kingdom of God in our present generation. Fred and his wife Char live in Northfield and have 3 adult children.


Danny Lewis

Associate Pastor

Danny Lewis, a 2013 grad from St. Olaf College, spent his first post-graduate years serving with Prepare, a local college ministry. He and his wife Kelly have a passion for seeing the body of Christ walk in unity as each part discovers and fulfills their calling unto reaching the lost. Danny joined Life21 Church in 2012, later served for 6 months as an interim pastor, and now currently serves as Associate Pastor.

Kelly Lewis

Children's Pastor

Kelly is a 2013 grad of Gustavus Adolphus College, where she attended and later served with Prepare Ministries, a local college ministry. Along with her husband Danny, Kelly’s passion for education and children guide her in blessing the youth of Life21 as Kids Church Pastor.