Leading a church that helps people come to know and ultimately fall more deeply in love with God and other people is Henry’s greatest passion. Henry is a graduate of Northwestern University (St. Paul, MN), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Boston University (Doctor of Ministry). He and his wife, Lois, have two married sons, two granddaughters, and one grandson. Henry enjoys watching NFL football with Lois on lazy Sunday afternoons (go Vikes!), eating interesting food with friends, fly fishing (a new passion), playing Settlers of Catan, drinking Cuban coffee (Henry is half Cuban), reading, and watching movies. Henry has an aversion to churchiness, bland food, chores around the house, high humidity (even though he grew up in Miami), and working on Friday nights.
Executive Director of Connections
Jennifer Clemens hails from the land of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but she has embraced her Minnesota home in the past ten years. She lives in Woodbury with her husband, two kids, hamster and Puggle. Her background is in Psychology and Communications, which causes her to offer advice on any subject under the sun (solicited and unsolicited).
If you feel a nudge to start serving at Five Oaks, Jennifer is your go-to person to get started. As our Executive Director of Connections, she will help you find the best serving match to lift your spirits and lift others at Five Oaks.
Family & Discipleship Pastor
Journeying with families to discover the story of God at every age and stage is one of John’s greatest passions. John is a Chipotle fanatic and can often be found squirreled away in a corner somewhere eating a burrito. John and his wife Jill have three kids, Logan, Bennett, and Eden.
John has a Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Seminary. John spent 10 years in full time ministry with Young Life here in the Twin Cities as well as in the Eau Claire area, and most recently served as High School Pastor at Jacob’s Well Church in Eau Claire.
In his spare time, when he’s not eating a burrito, John enjoys cycling, running, manicuring his yard, DIY projects with Jill and most importantly, “scootering” with his daughter and playing backyard home run derby with his sons.