Fusion Church Staff


  • Steve Trefz - Teaching Pastor

    Steve serves as one of the pastors at Fusion Church.  Steve also teaches at Dakota Wesleyan University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), and Sioux Falls Seminary (Sioux Falls, SD). Steve and his wife Rebecca have two boys - Brady and Henry.  Steve holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Garrett-Evangelical and a Bachelor's degree in applied psychology from South Dakota State University.  Steve's hobbies include being dad, watching/coaching/playing sports, and talking about God while eating food with people (hint, hint)! 


  • Taryn Ragels- Director of Ministries

    Taryn serves as the Director of Ministries at Fusion Church, helping to connect people to Fusion and ultimately helping them to encounter God in their faith. Taryn and her husband Adam both grew up in Mitchell and graduated from South Dakota State University.  Taryn has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and is currently working on her Master of Divinity through Wesley Seminary. She has previously served as ministry assistant for small groups, local outreach, events, and college ministry at GracePoint Wesleyan Church in Brookings, SD. Taryn also loves to run, play piano, cultivate her green thumb, and ice cream as much as possible. 

  • Jodi Asbenson- Treasurer

    Jodi serves as the treasurer at Fusion.  Jodi is originally from Wisconsin and her husband Shawn is from the Mitchell area.  They lived in Oregon for six years where Jodi was a Corporate Senior Accountant for Holiday Retirement.  They moved back in 2013 and now Jodi stays at home with her four boys: Brady, Max, Archie, and Ty.  Jodi graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in Business Administration. 

  • Rebecca Zabel-Finance Officer

    Rebecca is the Finance Officer for Fusion. She grew up in southwest Minnesota and attended college in Iowa and graduate school in Pennsylvania. She moved to Mitchell and has called it home for the last 9 years. She enjoys spending time with friends, golfing, reading, and traveling. She now works at Prairie Family Business Associate as their Business Development Manager, helping family owned businesses and farms connect with advisors and develop succession plans that will enable the business to survive and thrive into future generations. 

  • Mateya Berg- Communications Director

    Mateya is the Communications Director for Fusion. She is originally from Wagner, SD. Mateya and her husband Robbie live and farm on an acreage east of Parkston. They have two boys: Hayden and Brooks. Mateya graduated from  Augustana College (now Augustana University :) ) with a B.A. in Business/Communication.  Along with her role at Fusion, Mateya works as a Student Success Coach at Mitchell Technical Institute. Mateya also enjoys running, camping, and spending time with her family. 

  • Matt Nielsen - Co-Youth Ministry Director

    Matt serves as the Youth Ministry Director at Fusion.  He grew up in Mitchell and then attended South Dakota State University.  He graduated with an engineering degree and met his wife Kellie.  They were married right after graduation and moved to Mitchell where Matt works as a design engineer for Trail King.  Matt and Kellie are very proud Jackrabbit fans and are looking forward to attending football games in the new stadium! They are  also loving being new parents to their sweet baby girl, Mel, born in January!



  • David Beukelman- Co-Youth Ministry

    Coming soon!

  • Lily Jones - Office Coordinator

    Lily serves as the office coordinator for Fusion Church. She is a current student at Dakota Wesleyan University majoring in Christian Leadership and Theatre. Lily grew up in Omaha Nebraska the oldest, with her two brothers, Simon and Theo and her parents Matt and Brenda. She has been very involved at DWU with Student Ministry Council, Theatre productions, and Wesleyan Bell choir. Lily plans to go on to seminary after finishing her undergrad in 2019. Lily also enjoys being a writer, camping, watching the Huskers lose, and doing homework (at least that is what all her professors think!)

Job Openings

We are currently looking for gifted, passionate people to add to our team in the following ministry areas:


Part time Children's Ministry Director (8-10 hours/week)-  full job description

Part time Worship Leader (8-10 hours/week)- full job description

Part time Nursery Worker (2 hours/week)-  full job description