Beliefs

God

We believe that there is one true God that is displayed in three person: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Scripture

We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God.

Humans

Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, and was granted authority to rule over and subdue the whole earth. Despite this relationship and commission, we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. In doing this, we handed authority over the earth to satan, who became god of this world until Jesus restored the created order through His sinless life, death, and resurrection. Sin, sickness, death and judgment entered the world because of our rebellion, and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of the human rebellion. These consequences can only be redeemed through the blood of Jesus on the cross.

The Holy Spirit 

The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers the Christian, enabling each Christ follower to live a holy life and minister supernaturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:4-8; 2:4 and the filling of the Holy Spirit in Acts 4:29-31 and Ephesians 5:18 equip believers to be bold witnesses for Christ in both word and deed. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for all followers of Jesus.

Salvation

We are saved by grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone, and not by any of our own good works or deeds. God wants all people to be restored to fellowship with Him through repenting, believing, and receiving Jesus as their Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us so we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.

What to Expect on Sunday

Worship

Each weekend gathering at life21 church begins with pre-service worship/reflection time at 9:45 am. At 10:00 am, our worship service begins through a contemporary music. You’ll feel free to experience the presence of the Lord, raise your hands to the music and minister to the people around you. And, if you’re new to this style of worship, you’re also free to sit, stand or be as you are!

As part of worship we receive communion together and have a fellowship meal following the service whenever there is a 5th Sunday in a month. There will be a time for receiving tithes and offerings to the Lord. At times you may hear a prophetic word, a vision, word of knowledge, and prophetic song. Our goal is to create an opportunity for all to enter into the presence of the Lord in a casual atmosphere.

Teaching

First and foremost, the teaching at life21 church is based on the living and immovable Word of God. Within that, a broad range of topics are covered, and many find the sermons are revelatory, thought provoking and challenge existing mindsets. At times, there is an invitation to accept Jesus or receive personal ministry at the end of the message.

After service, the prayer team is available to pray for salvation, healing, individual needs and to minister prophetically.

Children

We believe that children have an important role in the body of Christ. Each Sunday, we release our children 10 years and under after the 3rd worship song for KIDS church. This is a time for specific teaching and ministering to our children through biblical lessons, puppet shows, crafts, and videos. KIDS church lasts between 20-30 minutes. After completion, 6-10 year olds return to the service to sit with their parents and children 5 and under will go to the nursery.

Children age newborn to 5 years old can be checked into the nursery 10 minutes before service

Fellowship

We believe that fellowship is an important part of life21 church. There is always coffee and snacks before and after the service. We encourage everyone to stay after and meet new people. We celebrate communion and offer a fellowship meal every month that there is a 5th Sunday.

Staff

Brent Bielenberg
Brent BielenbergLead 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 BielenbergWorship 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
Fred HerzogSenior 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
Danny LewisAssociate 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 LewisKids Church 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.
Max Mayrhofer
Max MayrhoferStaff
Growing up in Germany and later living in multiple regions of the U.S., Max has experienced fellowship in various denominations within the Body of Christ. In 2010 a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit at St. Olaf College changed his life and ignited a fresh hunger for prayer and hearing the voice of God. Since that time, God has streamlined Max’s life for growth in intercession and mission trips around the world. Max began attending life21 in the fall of 2011 and works to see people healed, set free, and equipped for the purposes of God.