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Staff & Leaders

Joel Osterlund

Pastor Joel comes to Salem Road Covenant Church with 22 years of ministry experience and a master’s degree in Christian formation degree from North Park Seminary. He has lived in MN his whole life, mostly in central or northern MN. Joel and his family enjoy the southern climate in Rochester. (There really was not a…

Les Pearson

Pastor Les and his wife, Rozella, served at Salem Road Covenant Church from 1990 to 1995, after which he retired from full-time ministry. In 2012, he was given the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus and now serves as our part-time visitation pastor.  He has earned degrees from Wheaton College (BA), North Park Theological Seminary (M.…

Jenny Naatz-Smith

Jenny has attended Salem Road since 1990 and has been serving as Worship Leader since 1998. She praises God for making it possible for her to serve Him in this exciting and fun way! Jenny is a graduate of Winona State University with degrees in Marketing and Business Administration. She has been employed at Mayo…

Shannon Richardson

Shannon is a Rochester native, a member of Rochester Covenant Church, and the newest person on the Salem Road staff! She graduated from Samford University (Alabama) in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in music and went on to earn two master’s degrees (in archaeology and in teaching).  She teaches in her own piano studio and is…