Who We Are

Ministry Team

Nancy Blanski

Nancy’s passion is to experience God’s goodness by being near to Him and encouraging others to find the goodness and joy of God’s presence in all of life. She is the founder and Director of Venite Ministries. She has been an active spiritual director for 17 years. She is a graduate of Bethel Seminary (MATS) and received training for spiritual direction through Christos Center and New Way Ministries of Colorado Springs. She and her husband Bill have been married for 36 years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.


Debbi Jo Dieter

Debbi Jo has taught pre-schoolers through adults and is certified as a 7-12 teacher of English and German, thanks to St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN and as a Spiritual Director, thanks to Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, Lino Lakes, MN. God has been using silent prayer and spiritual direction in her life since college to challenge her to uncover God in the ordinary places of life. Her husband and her three grown daughters keep her grounded and grateful. She likes to bake, ride bikes and she plays a mean game of canasta.


Amy McGrew

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God's invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.


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Brenda Schibilla

Brenda is a retired bookkeeper who finally has unlimited time for silence and solitude.  For over fifteen years she has been committed to the practice of retreating with the purpose of intentionally spending time with God.  This has birthed a deep life of prayer and a desire to companion others on their spiritual journey. Brenda is a recent graduate of Christos’ Tending the Holy program. While she enjoys the quiet life, she and her husband of 34 years attend a very loud, large and amazing mega church in the Twin Cities. They enjoy camping in the Midwest and frequent trips to the California coast, but mostly just ending each day together marveling in God's goodness.  They have two grown and happily married kids and a sweet little rescue pup named Sophie. They absolutely love their quiet life in Blaine.      


 

Our Board

Tom Stuart

Tom has a passion for prayer and raising up a praying, prevailing church that will answer Jesus’ call to be a house of prayer for all nations. Having served for many years as pastor and church planter, Tom is currently a leader at the Twin Cities Justice House of Prayer. He is also a speaker, church prayer consultant, and author of a book on prayer entitled “Igniting an Impassioned Prayer Life.” He and his wife Susan have five children, eleven grandchildren and live in a northern suburb of the Twin Cities.


Bonnie Johnson

Bonnie is enjoying her sense of call in Spiritual Direction ministries. She received her training & certification through Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. She has attended national Spiritual Formation conferences and is presently enrolled in a 2 year Spiritual Formation Program through The Transforming Center in Wheaton Illinois.   She is a member at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, MN since 1980 and is involved in their Spiritual Direction Groups ministry. Bonnie and her husband Dave have been married 40+ years. They have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren whom they love spending time with.


Ronn Kreps

Ronn has been dreaming and praying and planning with us at Venite for many years.  He looks for Christ’s presence and the Father’s Kingdom to grow in the city, in the suburbs, and in the countryside–in part through the ministries of Venite. Ronn has been active in churches and ministries since his undergraduate days at Bethel College.  He continues to be involved in a local church in Minneapolis and with several international ministry organizations. He is an attorney and Partner at the firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Minneapolis.  He has lived in Minneapolis for 30 years with his wife, Sara and their children.


Kathy King

Kathy's career spanned from corporate to non profit to privately held small companies with various responsibilities. Her strengths are financial accounting. In addition to being the treasurer for Venite, she serves as treasurer on the self-managed town-home association where she and her husband live. They attend Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony, MN. Other volunteer activities include the elementary school where her twin grandsons attend.