Staff and Board


Bob Oehrig, Executive Director

Refugee Arrival Services:

Kisongo Mbeleulu, Resettlement and Outreach Coordinator, Refugee Arrival Services / Refugee Life Ministries

Kristina Shirokova, RCA Eligibility Coordinator & Resettlement Specialist

Immigration Legal Services:

Christine BurtonDirector, Immigration Legal Services and Attorney at Law

Timothy PaulsonImmigration Counselor, Immigration Legal Services

Ashlyn Vosika-Scherzberg, Immigration Counselor, Immigration Legal Services

Tracy Nelson, Immigration Assistant, Immigration Legal Services

Employment Services:

Anya Yastremski, Employment Counselor, Refugee Employment Services

Ashley Burkhardsmeier, Job Developer, Refugee Employment Services


Rebekah Phillips, Volunteer Coordinator

Dennis Murnyak, Coordinator, Church Refugee Gardens

Refugee Life Ministries:

Wendy Meyering, Program Director, Refugee Life Ministries

Akram Matta, Church Team Coordinator, Refugee Life Ministries

Zack Szyman, Church Team Coordinator, Refugee Life Ministries

Jenny Klem, Church Team & New Neighbor Coordinator, Refugee Life Ministries

Samantha Grimsley, St. Cloud Area Director, Refugee Life Ministries

Somali Adult Literacy Training:

Mike Neterer, Director, Somali Adult Literacy Training

David Pestel, Associate Director, Somali Adult Literacy Training

Brad Henkel, Programs Director, Somali Adult Literacy Training

Melissa Hassman, Outreach Program Developer, Somali Adult Literacy Training

Board of Directors

Ms. Debbie Nauman, Board Chair
Church Relations Specialist, Operation Christmas Child

Rev. Mark Bendell
Interim Pastor, Delano Evangelical Free Church

Mr. Gilbert Coleman, Board Treasurer
Missions Coordinator, Maplewood First Evangelical Free Church

Mr. Patrick Flowers, Board Secretary
Manager, Water Quality Xcel Energy

Pastor Jean Pierre Gatera
International Association for Refugees

Ms. Naomi Krueger
Resource Developer, Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Mr. Chuck Martel
Vice President, BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota

Mr. Art Morrow
Executive Director, MADD Minnesota

Mr. Cher Moua
Leadership Development & Strategic Partnership, Cru Inner City

Mr. Carl Nelson
President, Transform Minnesota

Rev. Robert Oehrig
Executive Director, Arrive Ministries

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About Arrive Ministries

Arrive Ministries exists to carry out God’s command to welcome and bring lifelong transformation to refugees and immigrants in Minnesota.

This is accomplished through the provision of Refugee Reception and Placement Services, Refugee Employment Services, Refugee Cash Assistance, Immigration Legal Services, ESL classes and tutoring, community development programs, and other outreach services.

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