Mike Whipple

Worship & Grow Pastor


Areas of ministry I oversee: Worship and discipleship

Where I am from: Michigan

Family: I have been married to my very best friend, Jess, for the past 9 years. Together we have a 2 year old daughter, Annabel. Rounding out our house is 2 Australian Shepards, Harvey & Piper, and 1 cat, Patches.

Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: I love to spend time with my family. Jess and I love being outside, going camping, grilling out, going for walks, and exploring Downtown Sioux Falls. I also enjoy going to the movies and concerts, drinking coffee, and watching Michigan Football.

Why ARISE Church: The steps leading up to finding out about Arise Church were such a clear display of God’s sovereignty in all things. Through much prayer and discussion my wife and I knew without a doubt that Arise was the place for us. We fell in love with the amazing city of Sioux Falls, and immediately felt welcomed into this church family. Exciting times ahead! 


Jackie Bailey

Family Ministry Director


Areas of ministry I oversee: Family Ministry

Where I am from: Canova, SD

Family: I have a wonderful husband, Jacob, who I was blessed to marry January of 2018. We have a very spoiled fur baby, Sadie Mae, our little golden retriever! We are also expecting our first child this February and we couldn't be more excited!

Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: I love being active and exploring, reading, crafting, and decorating. If I could make a job out of interior decorating, I'd do it in a heartbeat! Some of my favorite activities are swimming, hiking, softball, and volleyball. My husband and I all around love being outdoors, love food, movies, game nights, and spending time with friends and family!

Why ARISE Church: I moved to Sioux Falls in September 2016 after accepting a job and to be closer to my now husband, Jacob. After finishing my masters in ministry leadership in November 2017, God led me to follow His prompting to accept the position at Arise! We love being apart of Arise's community where it feels easy to build relationships and see God's hands and feet at work!

Brenda Van Beek

Office Administrator


Areas of ministry I oversee: Office Administration

Where I am from: Sioux Center, Iowa

Family: Husband Doug & two sons, Rob (10) and Matthew (7)

Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: I love to read, spend time with my family, and spend time outdoors…so the ideal day is spent camping with a good book!

Why ARISE Church: Our spiritual growth has happened within the context of small groups, first at our church in Ames, Iowa. So when we moved to Sioux Falls in 2008, we were looking for a new church home that shared that value, and were introduced to this congregation by friends who had also moved here from our church in Iowa. We’ve never looked back!