Fusion Church Team


  • Taryn Ragels - Pastor

    Taryn serves as one of the pastors at Fusion Church.  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. 

  • Jordan Minnich Kjesbo - Pastor

    Jordan serves as one of the pastors at Fusion Church.  In addition to his work at Fusion, Jordan teaches at Sioux Falls Seminary where he works with graduate students from around the globe. Jordan and his wife Faith have two children - Hazel and Henry.  Jordan holds a Master of Arts in Bible and Theology from Sioux Falls Seminary and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree.  Prior to coming to Fusion, Jordan worked in a variety of ministry roles including churches of varying sizes in both urban and suburban contexts along spending time teaching Bible and the first year curriculum at a Christian university in PA. At Fusion Jordan works with the volunteers that pull together our worship gatherings including the teaching, tech, and worship teams and runs point on developing our sermon series and the curriculum for our Fusion Groups.

  • Stephanie Eliason - Children's Director/ Ministry Assistant

    Stephanie is our Children's Director and Ministry Assistant. Originally from Rochester MN, Stephanie has called Mitchell home for 6 years now.  The house is always busy with husband Nicholas, sons Isaac and Aaron, and dogs Switch and Router making every day an adventure.  In addition to her roles at Fusion, Stephanie works in TRIO at DWU, and is part of the pastoral team at Alexandria United Methodist while continuing her studies at Sioux Falls Seminary.If you're interested in helping with Fusion Kids in any way, connect with her!

  • Alyssa Stemper - Treasurer

    Alyssa serves as the Treasurer for Fusion.  She was born and raised in Mitchell, and now she is growing her family in Mitchell as well. Alyssa, her husband Sid, and their son Jace all attend Fusion regularly.  Alyssa  graduated with her Bachelor's  degree  in accounting  and her MBA from Dakota Wesleyan University.  Alyssa and Sid also serve as worship leaders at Fusion.  Along with her roles at Fusion, Alyssa works at Trail King in the accounting department. 

  • Becky Hoffman - Finance Officer

    Becky is the Finance Officer for Fusion.  She is originally from Corsica, SD.  Becky and her husband, Matt, live in Parkston.  They are proud  parents of their daughter, Eliza.  Becky graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Transcription.  She now works with the engineering staff at Vantage Point.  Matt and Becky enjoy attending events their niece and nephews are involved in and camping.  


  • Andrea Hult - Communications Director

    Andrea is Fusion's Communications Director. Andrea is originally from Brookings, SD. She is currently studying Nonprofit Administration at Dakota Wesleyan University. Andrea also serves on Fusion's lead team. 

Lead Team

Fusion's Lead Team is made up of 10 people from the congregation of Fusion.  They meet monthly to help guide and lead Fusion along the path that the staff and Lead Team feel God is calling Fusion to go. Within Lead Team there are three sub committees which include Finance, Trustees, and Staff Parish Relations.  For more information about the sub committees and ways to contact them read below.


Lead Team Co-Chairs- Karen Mickelson & Dave Roy

Finance Sub Committee Chair- Elizabeth Campbell

Staff Parish Relations Sub Committee Chair- Karen Mickelson

Trustees Sub-Committee Chair- Dan Blevins


Dan Blevins, Elizabeth Campbell, Ryan Chase, Shaun Davis, Tracy Dice, Ashton Diede, Stephanie Eliason, Andrea Hult, Karen Mickelson