April 25: How to Read the Room


Speaker: Derek Baerenwald


Many of us feel tension and a desire for change to happen, whether in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or communities. Unfortunately, many questions arise that prevent us from knowing our part in navigating that change: How do I know if it’s the right change? How can I tell if others want that change? What’s my part in making change happen? How do I know if the change was worth it? Join us as Derek Baerenwald shares some of his insights from leading through various changes and come away with a plan to navigate change in your world.

Derek Baerenwald is a husband, father of three and campus pastor at our Edina campus. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Before joining the pastoral staff at Wooddale, Derek spent several years at Ecolab helping teams and customers make the world cleaner, safer and healthier across many industries, growing in his faith along the way.

Derek and his wife, Alesha, are passionate about equipping men, women, couples, parents and children to follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus and live on mission with Jesus through 1:1 mentoring and discipleship. They’re excited to encourage each generation to walk confidently in God’s love through Jesus and be a light in the communities where they live and work. Derek loves learning new languages and connecting with cultures, enjoys roasting coffee and is excited to connect and hear your story.

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