Tim Grunditz grew up a pastor's son but wandered from the Lord after tragedy struck his life. When he returned, it was like the prodigal son’s homecoming. Deep in Tim's heart, God began to stir a passion for bringing the gospel to all nations. After 16 years of running his contracting company, the Lord converged Tim’s passion for the gospel with his experience in business and birthed his role as the executive director of HCC in May, 2014. He is joined in serving the Lord by his wife Kathy and young daughters Lucy, Jill, Ruby, and Josie.
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God greatly impacted Jon through his time studying abroad in Xiamen in 2009. After graduating from college, he taught English and served alongside Chinese brothers and sisters in China from 2011–2017. He has returned to Minnesota to get a degree in theology so that he can better love God and serve others. When he isn’t studying or working, he enjoys tickle fights with his son and good food with his wife.
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Katherine provides organizational help to all staff. She graduated from Bethel University with a degree in business with an emphasis in marketing. Her family has enjoyed hosting students for dinner in the past. She has a passion for marketing and branding and is excited about helping the team reach out to students, and volunteers. She loves the mission of HCC and being a welcoming face for our international students! She loves swing dancing and playing hockey any chance she can get!
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Elizabeth has loved connecting with those of many cultures and background since her time at North Central University where she majored in Intercultural Studies. She has served periods of time in India, African nations and the Middle East. In recent years, Elizabeth has worked with students in the University of Minnesota area while employed with a campus church and now oversees the communications for HCC. She is passionate about seeing true community develop among the various people groups present in the Twin Cities.
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Rosa is from Beijing, China. She lived in Australia for four years and worked in a public accounting firm. She moved to New York in 2010 and came to Minnesota in 2013. She loves music, food, animals, and art museums, and she has a big heart for Asian culture. God blessed her with "Mercy" as a gift.
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Shortly after tying the knot in June of 2017, Arianna and Austin became the caretakers of HCC. Arianna graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and is working on completing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Bethel University. Austin graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and soon a Masters in Public Health and Nutrition. He is about to begin medical school at the University of Minnesota. God has given both Arianna and Austin the gift of joy, and together they look to be a light for Him in everything they do continually.
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Josh has been engaging the international community since he was exposed to the world through his parents' missions trips. In the last 12 years, his focus has been specifically on Chinese as he studied in China and worked in Taiwan. He was hired in 2014 as the Program Coordinator at HCC, a dream role that he enjoyed because of exchanging culture. He's now transitioned to Operations Manager, assisting staff in day-to-day operations to achieve high performance. Josh met his wife at HCC and speaks Mandarin.
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Kim sensed a call on her life to full-time Christian ministry during her college years and has loved the assignments the Lord has given her. She had the privilege of serving as a missionary for 20 years in Ecuador, South America. Kim also served as a mission and outreach director; during that time she had the privilege of traveling to Africa, Asia and Latin America. Through this exposure, a love for the peoples and cultures of the world developed in her heart. Kim lives in Maple Grove with her pastor husband, and they have four adult children and many grandchildren.
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Nick was once an international student who didn't have any friends in a country that he didn't know much about. He encountered HCC and found his home, particularly through the influence of Tim Grunditz. Now he has transitioned into the program coordinating role where he can give back to the organization that opened the door to his new life! Nick got married to his love in 2016 and is now a permanent resident of the United States.
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Heidi grew up in a family that enjoyed interacting with people from other countries. As a result, she developed a love for traveling the world, learning about other cultures, and building international friendships. She studied abroad in England, tutored refugees, and taught ESL in Japan. Heidi's bachelor’s degree is in International Relations with graduate work in Business. She spent many years in global sales & marketing until God led her to international student ministry. Heidi is married and enjoys animals, knitting, the beauty of creation, and exploring new places.
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In September 2012 Holmes attended Indiana University, Bloomington, to participate in a PhD program. While there, he was led to a Lutheran church where he heard a law and gospel sermon for the first time in his life. He started to realize how sinful we humans are and how sweet the gospel is. He received a call and began his seminary study on September 2016. He is now doing his internship at HCC and his desire is to build lifelong friendships with the international students while sharing the love of Jesus with them. He loves Chinese food, enjoys fishing a lot, and is a big fan of NBA.
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