Our Staff

The Asbury staff's role is to "equip the saints for the work of the ministry" (Ephesians 4:12) so that others might encounter the love of Christ through the work of the Church. We understand that all believers in Jesus Christ are empowered for ministry through the Holy Spirit. It is our goal to help connect the people of Asbury with meaningful ministry that allows them to use their gifts and to experience the blessing that comes through serving others.

  • Kip Roozen- Lead Pastor

    Pastor Kip has over 35 years of ministry experience in South Dakota and has served Asbury since 2007. Kip's responsibilities include overall leadership and vision, preaching, evangelism, stewardship and generosity, and sharing in pastoral care, weddings, and funerals.

    In addition to Kip's work at Asbury, he has served on the Dakotas Conference Board of Global Ministries and Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries. He has traveled to areas of need such as Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Mission, SD on short-term mission teams and has worked in partnership with Solar Oven Partners on a number of mission trips.  Prior to Asbury, Kip served churches in Presho/Kennebec/Reliance, Doland/Fronkfort, Clear Lake/Gary, and Spearfish, South Dakota.

    Kip is a husband, father, and grandfather. He and his wife Barb enjoy spending time with their five children and nine grandchildren.

    Kip enjoys movies, traveling, and sports. He grew up a Minnesota Vikings fan, so he understands disappointment - and hope. He is now a Cleveland Browns fan (it's a long story) so has a deeper understanding of disappointment - and hope.

    Kip's education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Dakota Wesleyan University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. He is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

    Office Hours:

    Monday-Thursday: Times vary, but most often 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Contact Kip at 605-332-8861 (office),  605-645-9530 (cell), 271-1441 (home). or email kip@sfasbury.org.

  • Matt Morrison- Pastor of Discipleship and Care

    Pastor Matt's ministry journey began in 1997 and he has experience in areas of worship, discipleship, and care ministries and has been serving Asbury since 2017. Matt’s responsibilities include coordinating discipleship ministries, care ministries, leading Asbury's Digital Ministries Team, leading worship for the Non-Traditional Worship Service, and assisting with preaching, weddings, and funerals.

    Matt is father to Xander and Maia, owner of the Effervescent Voice Academy (founded by his late wife Amy), cyclist, bike mechanic, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and lifelong nerd (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Batman…). Favorite musical artists include MuteMath, The Blue Stones, John Mark McMillan, Miles Davis and countless others. Matt is also a member of The Good Night Theatre Collective and The Midtown Coffee Radio Hour.

    Matt’s prior education includes a Master's Degree in Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary, a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance at the University of Northern Colorado, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at the University of South Dakota, and a graduate certification in Practical Church Leadership through Dakota Wesleyan University. He is also an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

    Office Hours:

    Monday-Thursday: Times vary, but most often 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Contact Matt at 332-8861 or email matt@sfasbury.org

  • Michelle Baird- Director of Children's Ministries

    Michelle was an active part of Asbury's Children's Ministry as a volunteer before stepping into her role as Children's Ministry Director in  2010. Michelle is responsible for coordinating and resourcing all ministry to children from ministry to 5th grade including nursery, Sunday School, SpArK! mid-week activities, Vacation Bible School, and more. 

    Michelle is wife to Doug and mother to Jaimee, Olivia, and Aidon and they can often be found at show choir and band events during the school year. Michelle is also a huge baseball fan rooting for whatever team Aidon is playing for, the Sioux Falls, Canaries, and the Minnesota Twins. She also has a soft spot for animals and currently have two cats and a dog (all rescue animals) who they love very much.

    Michelle graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and worked in a daycare during college and served for eight years teaching in a head start program prior to joining the Asbury staff.

    Office Hours:

    Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Tuesday: 8:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Wednesday: 8:45-2:00 p.m. and 5:15-8:15 p.m.

    Thursday: 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Contact Michelle at 605-332-8861 or email michelle@sfasbury.org.

  • Emily Lawrence- Director of Youth Ministries

    Emily grew up at Asbury as a youth and returned as an adult with her family. Since then, Emily has volunteered in Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, and as a part of our Creative Planning Team. 

    Emily's family includes her husband Ralph, daughter Josephine and twin sons Oliver and Julian and their pets, a small, loud dog named Daphne and a very old cat named Ophelia. Emily loves camping, hiking, swimming, playing outdoors, reading, cooking, and cannot live without her morning coffee.

    Emily graduated with degrees in psychology and sociology from The University of South Dakota and spent time working in childcare and various after school programs. She also worked at the Community Outreach as a Crisis Care Coordinator prior to taking time off as a stay-at-home parent before coming to Asbury.

    Contact Emily at (605) 659-0081 or youth@sfasbury.org

  • Roxie Pogany- Office Manager

    Roxie has been on staff at Asbury for over 17 years and is responsible for a variety of areas including the production of communication pieces, updating digital information, and coordinating all administrative support for Asbury ministries among other duties. 

    Roxie enjoys hanging out with friends and family, travel, scrapbooking and other crafts. She is a fan of the Chicago Bears and has a baby alligator snapping turtle named Rex. Roxie graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Minor in Psychology.

    Office Hours:

    Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Contact Roxie at 605-332-8861 or email rpogany@sfasbury.org.

  • Sarah Wagenaar- Financial Secretary

    Sarah has been attending Asbury since 1999 and has served as the Financial Secretary since 2011. Sarah helps Asbury to be good stewards of our ministry resources by paying the bills, making sure ministries are updated through regular financial reports, and assisting in establishing our annual ministry budget.

    Sarah is a wife to Hans and mother to Matthew, Michael, and Maddilyn. She enjoys crafting, volunteering at the Sertoma Butterfly House, and photography. Sarah also works in the kitchen at Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls. 

    Sarah grew up in Sheldon, IA and attended Sheldon High School. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Northwestern College.

    Contact Sarah at 605-332-8861 or by emailing accounting@sfasbury.org.

  • Julie LeVan- Choir Director

    Julie has attended Asbury since 1980 and has served as the Choir Director from 1992-1994, 2001-2002, and 2003-present. Julie's responsibilities include music selection, leading the choir in rehearsals and services, and new member recruitment.

    Julie is mother to Michael (wife, Julia and cat, Penny), Natalie (cat, Bean), and Dana. She also has a dog named Romeo and enjoys biking, quilting, playing instruments, singing, and fitness.

    Julie's education includes a Bachelor's Degree from Augustana College in Music Education, a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of South Dakota, and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Administration, also from USD. 

    Office Hours:

    Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

    Contact Julie at 605-359-3948 or email at ejlevanmnd@aol.com.

  • Julie Ostroot- Organist/Pianist

    Julie has been serving at Asbury since 2001 and plays for the Traditional Services while also serving as the accompanist for choir and special music and provides music for weddings and funerals. Julie has previously served as a volunteer with Lutheran Youth Encounter (1993-1994) and was on the Outreach Team during her studies at Augustana College.

    Julie enjoys jewelry making, old episodes of Barney Miller, and Danish food and culture. She also enjoys listening to jazz, Over the Rhine, and the local music scene in Sioux Falls.

    Julie attended school in Viborg, SD before receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Music - Liberal Arts from Augustana. In addition to her work at Asbury, Julie works as a piano instructor is also currently serving as an EA at Washington.

    Contact Julie by emailing ostrootj@gmail.com.

  • Julie Ashworth- Children's Choir Director

    Julie has been directing the Asbury Children's Choirs since 1980. Julie also taught elementary and special education in the Sioux Falls School district for 25 years before becoming an Assistant Education Professor at Augusanta University. 

    Julie is the wife of Tom and mother to Betsy and Chris, who happens to have autism.  She is the grandmother of Cole, Elizabeth and Lilly who are all involved in children and youth ministry at Asbury.

    Julie received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education and Deaf Education from Augustana College, her master's degree in Education with an emphasis in science and technology from Augustana College, and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Adult Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. Her research and passion involves preparing future teachers to be prepared to teach all students, especially students from diverse backgrounds, students living in poverty and students with disabilities. She created and directs Augustana FRIENDSLink, which is a United Way Partner Agency that establishes authentic friendships between college students and their peers with disabilities.

  • Jolayne Hanson- Handbell Choir Director

    Jolayne has a great deal of ministry experience including 35 years directing a traveling ministry of teen choirs and instrumental groups as well as 12 years of directing adult church choirs.

    Jolayne is wife to Paul and has two daughters, one son, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren.

    Jolayne grew up in Windom, MN and begin directing children's choirs in church and pep bands at the high school while she was still a student. She attended Augustana College and moved back to Sioux Falls after she and Paul taught for 35 years in Minnesota.