Our Staff

Dwight Netzer


  • Head of Staff, Dwight Netzer, has been at First Presbyterian Church since 1993. His goal as a pastor and follower of Jesus Christ is to share the love and message of the Gospel with as many people as possible. Dwight is married to his soulmate, Darcy. They have two married adult children Jordan (Donna) and Logan (Therese). Add in two grandchildren and two cats and it keeps them pretty busy! Dwight can be seen riding his bike on bike trails around Freeborn County and is an avid follower of all sports Minnesota and North Dakota.

Steve Piper


  • Our Youth Director is a veteran of Youth Ministry with over 28 years of youth ministry experience. Steve is in charge of our Highlife and Frontline youth programs as well as doing many “techy” things around the church. Steve is married to the love of his life, Susan. Together, they have three adult children Stephen, Joshua, and Laura. In his free time, he enjoys coaching football for Albert Lea High School and for the Albert Lea Grizzlies. Steve has been at First Presbyterian Church since 2001.

Dean Christianson


  •  Our Director of Children and Family Ministries is Dean Christianson. Dean is the stereotypical "kid who never grew up." As such, he is a perfect leader for KidZone - the cornerstone of our Children's Ministries. Dean’s wife, Kay, is a perfect match for Dean. Together they have two adult children. Dean’s faith can be summed up in this statement; “I believe that LIVING for GOD is dangerous, miraculous, thrilling, powerful, on-the-edge, amazing!” Dean loves gardening and has one of the “showcase” yards in town.