ABOUT US


Our Mission

To lead Minot into a growing relationship with Jesus.

Our Vision

To create a place in Minot where everyone is welcome, no matter where they are on their faith journey. We live out our vision through our actions. Here at The Pursuit, we’ve narrowed it down to six core values that we focus all of our time and energy on. If we want to do something that does not correspond with our vision, we will not do it!

Core Values

People Matter

LAY DOWN EVERYTHING. Your personal comforts, styles, and preferences, so that we can reach people far from God. INVEST your life into someone else’s because their life depends on it.

Bring The Mess. Jesus Can Handle It.

It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay that way. We’re up for the journey.

Do Whatever It Takes

Creatively make Jesus known. Even though culture changes, the message of Jesus stays the same.

Take Ownership

We have ownership, not membership. Everyone has something to contribute, so be the church.

Take Next Steps

Teach someone everything you know. Equip them with the tools to be successfull. Pray together.

Radical Generosity

We will put our money where our mouth is!

Our Beliefs

AT THE PURSUIT, WE BELIEVE…

The Bible is God’s story, divinely inspired, and without error. It is the primary authority on faith and living. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

The Trinity is God existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three persons exist in eternal relationship with one another. (Genesis 1; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; John 14:6-27; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-6)

Jesus is the God-man, both fully God and fully man. He was born of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless life on earth. He became humanity’s ultimate sacrifice by being crucified on the cross and paying our penalty for sin. Three days later he was resurrected from the dead and conquered death, opening the door for those who put their faith in Him to experience salvation. (Matthew 1:20-25; 16:15-16; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 8:3; 32-34; Galatians 4:4-5; Philipians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:12-22; Hebrews 1:1-5; 7:22-28; 9:24-28; 1 John 4:15)

The Holy Spirit is the ever-present and active presence of God in the world. It is the spirit that regenerates those who repent and believe. It is the spirit that empowers followers of Jesus. It is the spirit that guides people into truth, and it is the spirit that convicts us of our sin. (John 14:15-18; 16:7-15; Acts 15:8-9; Romans 8:1-27; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 John 3:24)

Salvation is a gift from God through Jesus’ work on the cross. It gives freedom from sin and restores our broken lives. It is for all who choose to put their faith in Christ. It is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (John 3:16-17; 14:6; Romans 3:21-26; 5; 6:14; Galatians 2:20-21; Ephesians 2:1-9; 1 John 1:9)

The Church has the mission of continuing the redemptive work of Christ in all places, at all times, and in all cultures. It is not a building. It has no walls and knows no boundaries. It is men, women, and children who follow Jesus and share in His mission. It is a community committed to the cause of Christ. (Jeremiah 29:4-7; Matthew 22:34-40; Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 4:12-14; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

GCCC Partnership

GOLD CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH | MILL CREEK, WA

The Pursuit Minot is a church plant of Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek, WA. When Tom was in high school, he made a commitment to follow Jesus while involved in the youth ministry of Gold Creek. Since then, Gold Creek has played an integral role in encouraging and shaping Tom’s passion and philosophy of ministry.

The Pursuit Minot and Gold Creek share similar DNA. Both churches have an unwavering passion to see people come to know Jesus and believe that this remains the central role of the church. Although Minot, ND is a very different setting and culture than Mill Creek, WA, we believe the accountability and encouragement of Gold Creek will be vital to our success.

If you want to learn more about Gold Creek Community Church, check out their website at www.goldcreek.org

Staff

TOM FOISY | LEAD PASTOR

Tom is originally from Snohomish, WA just north of Seattle. In high school his life was transformed by Jesus while attending Gold Creek Community Church (now our parent church). He went off to school in Idaho and got a BA in Christian Ministries and a MA in Missional Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University. There he met his beautiful wife Shannon. Together, they have 2 adorable little girls named Peri and Paisley. In his free time he enjoys hunting, traveling, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks!

NICHOLAS BAWDEN | EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Nicholas was born and raised in Sidney, MT. After High School, he moved out to California to go to school while he played football and threw the javelin in Track and Field. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Oceanography and then spent the next 2.5 years as a fisheries scientist down in Alabama. He eventually moved back to Montana to be closer to family. Through planting The Pursuit he met his beautiful wife Annie. They enjoy cheering for the Green Bay Packers and spending time with their dog Sophi.

GRACE DEAL | FAMILY MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Grace Deal grew up in Winchester, Kentucky and graduated from homeschool there in 2008. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. While at college, she met her husband Isaiah. Since being married they have lived in Illinois, Colorado and now North Dakota. They are now enjoying Minot with their new daughter, Jael. In her free time, Grace likes taking road trips, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

JILL ROBERTS | FIRST IMPRESSIONS DIRECTOR

Jill grew up in a small town in the NE corner of MS. She ventured across the state line to attend the University of North Alabama, where she rushed Zeta Tau Alpha, danced as a Lionette, and met the love of her life, Josh, who started as a long snapper for the Lions. After college, Josh joined the USAF and Jill went to Auburn, where she graduated from the Master of Technical and Professional Communication program in May of 2016 and moved straight to Minot to reunite with Josh. Jill then completed The Pursuit’s summer internship and joined the team in August. Josh and Jill are learning how to be married and enjoy DIY-ing, working out, watching SEC football, and hosting friends for dinner.

WARD LAMON | CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Ward grew up in Minot, North Dakota where he acquiesced the stereotypical middle child role. He graduated from Minot State University in 2015, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting: Public Relations. Fresh out of his collegiate career, he joined the Pursuit as the new Creative Director! He has a passion to share the never-changing Gospel message in an ever-changing, spasmodic culture and to share with others how Jesus has changed his life!

MO WILEY | WORSHIP DIRECTOR

Mo grew up in the small community of Hays in northwestern KS. After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Secondary Education, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1998. He has had the opportunity to serve on Worship Teams all over the country and world in various capacities for the last 20 years. This is the second time his family has lived in Minot, and they plan to make this their permanent home. He and his wife, Tara, have been married for 20 years and have two crazy kids, Ethan and Kate. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing games, drinking copious amounts of coffee, hunting anything with fur or feathers, and going golfing.

JESSE BARLOW | NEXT STEP PASTOR

Jesse was born and raised in Jackson, MN. After high school, he moved to Fargo, ND where he attended NDSU and graduated with a degrees in Agricultural Education and Elementary Education. In his free tim he enjoys watching sports from Minnesota, camping, and hanging out with friends on the weekends.

DAVID DICKEN | SOUND DIRECTOR

As a young Padawan, David grew up in a close family and church community in England. He graduated with a diploma in Media Studies. He also trained for many years within the church and on the job in live sound and video production. Having become a Jedi, he moved to the U.S. to marry his amazing wife, Mindy. They have one daughter, Allana, and another child on the way in May 2016! David now brings his years of experience to The Pursuit as the Sound Director. (Oh, and he is a huge Star Wars and science fiction fan.)

MIKE SLOTTEN | MOMENTUM PASTOR

Mike is an explorer who hails from the valley of the Red River. He grew up singing to the ducks and frolicking through the plains.  After his time of traversing the country side he was called to sail the seas to France in order to further his study of God’s creation.  Kids who are part of student ministries (Momentum) refer to him as  ‘Big Mike’. He resides with his fearless travel partner and wife Elisabeth near the rivière Souris in Minot.  Mike and Elisabeth often discuss the finer points of bird watching and dream about future expeditions in their free time.

ALYSHA RUFFATTO | KIDS PURSUIT COORDINATOR

Alysha hails from the great state of Michigan, and enjoyed growing up on a dairy farm and showing various animals at the county fair. Montana called her name at the age of 20, and there she met her husband Kevin. Together, life is an adventure and home is where they make it. Having lived in Minot between 2008 and 2012, Minot was a familiar town to return to in 2016. Alysha’s two children, Kyla and Cooper, are true Minotians having been born here, and they enjoy playing in the backyard with their family’s two crazy dogs: Rufus and Jackson. Alysha likes going on dates with her husband, playing the piano, pretending to be a gardener, and entertaining friends and family.