Pastor Don Odens
Don Odens has served as Senior Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church since January, 2001. He received the B.A. degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Central Baptist Seminary. Before coming to Liberty, Pastor Odens served on the faculty of Central Baptist Seminary and as the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He served as a Bible College trustee for twenty years as well as an adjunct seminary professor.
Pastor Odens has been involved personally in world missions since 1990, assisting church-planting missionaries in numerous countries in western and eastern Europe, South America, Australia, the Caribbean, and North America.
Don and Gloria (Stevens) Odens met while attending college and were married in 1965. They have four adult children and four grandchildren. They have come to enjoy living in Eden Prairie and the larger southwest suburban area. Their lives revolve around family and the ministries of Liberty Baptist Church. In addition, both enjoy good music, reading, participation in athletics, and people.
Assistant Pastor Jared Matthew
Jared Matthew serves as an Assistant Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church. He and his wife Emily desire to encourage the body of Christ toward dedicated love and faithful service to Jesus Christ. His main ministries involve youth and special outreach opportunities.
Jared, a Pennsylvania native, graduated with a Bachelors degree in Missions from Northland International University. While working in Pennsylvania, he met Emily, who attended Ambassador Baptist College. After their marriage in July, 2010, Jared and Emily moved to Minnesota to pursue seminary training. Jared enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. During the first months in Minnesota he and Emily began attending Liberty Baptist Church. Jared began serving as Assistant Pastor in June, 2014.
Jared and Emily currently reside in Mound, where Emily teaches piano from their home. They both enjoy the west metro area and are drawn to outdoor activities such as running, biking, swimming, and rollerblading. They also enjoy a relaxing afternoon picnic in the park and the sweet smell of a campfire.
Assistant Pastor Seth Grotzke
Seth Grotzke served as an Assistant Pastor on our church campus for six years seeking "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:12,13).
He and Crystal graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and served as short term missionaries in Lima, Peru. More recently, they both graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, to better prepare themselves for service of the King. The Grotzkes celebrated God's blessing with the birth of their daughter Tanzen in March, 2013.
The Grotzkes have been appointed to serve as church-planting missionaries in northern Spain. They are engaged in pre-field ministry, seeking God's provision for serving in western Europe. Pastor Seth continues to serve as a member of the pastoral staff of Liberty Baptist Church with assignment for church-panting in Spain.
Please visit Seth and Crystal's blog – www.scquest.org – a chronicle of their travels, learning and adventures.