About Our Church

We are a gospel-intoxicated Reformed church currently meeting in Excelsior, Minnesota. Governed by a group of men called elders, we are a member of a presbyterian denomination called the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches.

Our Mission

We worship the Triune God, joyfully seeking to obey His Word, and discipling others to new life in Christ.

Our Vision

1) We strive to think, speak, and act biblically
2) We equip and empower the saints to do the work of ministry
3) We invest in Kingdom work
4) We love others in response to the Lord’s love for us worship the Triune God, joyfully seeking to obey His Word, and discipling others to new life in Christ.


Our Leadership

Arnie Abens

Arnie Abens

Ruling Elder

Arnie Abens grew up in a cornfield in Illinois, catechized and trained by Godly parents, pastors, and teachers. Arnie enjoys raising cattle, collecting chicken eggs, and golfing. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his wife of 37 years, Jennifer. They have four children, four children in-law, and eight grandchildren. Most Saturdays you will find them all enjoying a Sabbath feast together!

Dan Collins

Dan Collins

Teaching Elder

Dan has been in pastoral ministry of one sort or another for almost 20 years. In addition to serving as a teaching elder at Christ Church Twin Cities, Dan works to train pastors and church leaders around with the world with Training Leaders International. He has been married to the beautiful Anastasia for 15 years and they have been blessed with 5 beautiful children. When Dan is not preaching or traveling with TLI  you will most likely find him riding his bike in the woods or spending time with his family.
Jeff Evans

Jeff Evans

Pastor of Civic Outreach

Jeff and his wife, Chrissy, have five children from college-aged down to diapers. The Evans family moved to Minnesota in January of 2010, and Jeff served as the lead pastor of Christ Church Twin Cities for nine years. He then transitioned to a new position as Director of the Church Ambassador Network with Minnesota Family Council, which has him ministering to elected officials through local churches and pastors. Jeff studied at Hillsdale College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Greyfriars Hall, and a few other places.

Joost Nixon

Joost Nixon

Pastor of Missions/Outreach

Joost Nixon came to faith in Christ at ten years old through a Christian family that was bold enough to let him play with their kids. Now he helps to equip pastors in Asia, Africa, and Latin America through biblical and theological education, and has also served as a pastor and church planter for many years in Washington State. Joost has been married to his wife, Kristen, for over 25 years. Together they have eight children. Joost likes to grow things, and cook funky ethnic food. Joost and his family are currently serving in Athens, Greece.

Missions We Support

Our church supports and participates with an array of ministries, missionaries, and organizations that are furthering the Kingdom of God and fulfilling the Great Commission.

Christian Education

Christ Church Twin Cities encourages all Christian parents to provide a Christ-centered and biblically-saturated education for their children, thus fulfilling passages like Deuteronomy 6:6-9 and Ephesians 6:4. Therefore, we prayerfully and financially support faithful Christian day schooling, homeschooling, and higher education.

Minnesota Family Council

Political idolatry, as we sadly know, runs rampant in our culture and stands at odds with the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Though the Church is not called to rule the State, She must publicly and unashamedly confess Her faith at all times and all places. Minnesota Family Council’s mission is to nurture and defend families by restoring biblical truth in our culture and serves as a joyful, winsome voice in the public square. Through our partnership with MFC, we seek to use our earthly citizenship in light of our heavenly citizenship, letting our manner of life be worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).

Twin cities chapter of the gospel coalition

Christ Church Twin Cities is a part of the Twin Cities chapter of The Gospel Coalition.
The Gospel Coalition | Twin Cities Regional Chapter exists to promote gospel-centered ministry in our area. The Gospel Coalition's aim is to serve ministry leaders by providing an atmosphere in which diverse, but like-minded individuals can connect with one another, find resources, encourage each other, and be encouraged.

Several missionaries

Whether affiliated with the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches or others with whom we believe the Lord has enabled us to partner for the sake of the gospel.

Training leaders international

Training Leaders International (TLI) is a Reformed missions organization that sends short term teams to provide theological education around the world, acts as a sending agency for theological educators living overseas, and starts schools where formal pastoral education is lacking. We prayerfully and financially support the work of TLI through the labors of our Pastor of Missions/Outreach, Dr. Joost Nixon.

Huguenot Heritage

There are over 300 million French-speaking people in the world who are in desperate need of theological training. Huguenot Heritage is working to bring solid biblical education to church leaders for free, right where they are, through video seminary courses in their own language. Please click here for more information.


JEEP exists to assist, plant, and encourage CREC congregations in Eastern Europe. As a ministry organized by three CREC congregations, JEEP is unique in its CREC flavor and equipped to serve CREC churches around the world. The overseeing board is able to provide accountability to Eastern European churches (in Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine) through annual financial reports and transparency of funding sources, routine church visits, and regular communication about ministries. Please click here for more information.

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