Welcome To The WHY Church

Welcome to the WHY Church! We are a community of Christ-followers on mission to seek Jesus, connect together, and share His love. Whether you have been following Jesus for years, or you feel new or unsure about your faith, the WHY Church is a place for you. Our home is the Elk River YMCA where we enjoy being a church in the Y. No need for a Y membership – the WHY Church is a Bible-based, mission-minded, life-giving church for the whole community. Stop by on a Sunday morning, connect with one of our WHY Groups during the week, or let us know how you’d like to get involved and serve. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our Mission

Seek Jesus
Connect Together
Share His Love

Our Name

The WHY Church name communicates our connection to the Elk River YMCA (“the Y”), but also that we are place of question-asking and truth-seeking. Once when Jesus’ followers were asking WHY kinds of questions, He answered with, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). In other words, He is the WHY of life! In Him our biggest questions are answered. Our deepest longings are met in relationship with Jesus. He is our WHY.


We - We are a community of Christ-followers.


Him – Jesus Christ is at the center of who we are and what we do.


You – You are loved by God and made for a personal relationship with Him.

Our Values


We worship the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:26Matthew 3:16-17Matthew 28:192 Corinthians 13:14


We hold to the Bible as the true and inspired Word of God.

Deuteronomy 8:3Psalm 119:1052 Timothy 3:16-17Hebrews 4:12


We are each rescued from sin and death by faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord so that we may love and serve God now and forever.

John 3:16-17Romans 3:23-245:1-26:422-238:1-2Ephesians 2:4-10


We are diverse people united together in Christ, enjoying meaningful relationships as a primary environment for faith formation.

Acts 2:42-47Ephesians 2:19-204:1-161 Peter 2:9


We are on the life-long journey of following Jesus and growing in our faith.

Romans 6:11-142 Corinthians 3:18Ephesians 5:2Philippians 2:12-13


We share the good news of forgiveness and life in Christ.

Matthew 28:19-20Acts 20:24Romans 10:14-151 Peter 3:15


We serve others locally and globally, giving of ourselves and our resources.

Micah 6:8Matthew 5:13-16John 20:211 John 3:16-18


Our Staff Team

To learn more about any of our staff members, click on their profile picture.

Bjorn Dixon


Andrew Dvorak

Associate Pastor

Tara Thieke


Michele Kreager

Administrative Assistant

Laura Hoelscher

Administrative Support

Katie Vick

Kids' Ministry Director

Aaron Marsh

Director of Middle School Ministry

Grace Thieke

Digital Communications

Lane Crose

Audio Director

Johnny Vick

Livestream Tech Support

Our Leadership Team

Bjorn Dixon
Aaron Marsh
Laura Hoelscher
J.C. Thieke
Tara Thieke
Ryan Vick
Dave Niemi
Judy Watke