• Doug Hixson

    lead Pastor

    Doug is the founding Pastor of Connection Church. He has been married to Dana for 22 years and together they are raising two kids, Benjamin and Adyson.

    The Hixson's moved to Spearfish in 2010 to begin the work of planting this church. Doug has 25+ years in the ministry serving as Pastor, Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor and Missions Pastor. At his side, Dana has been a great strength to their ministry. Her love for people, missions and discipleship has allowed their ministry to be successful and well-rounded. Her beautiful voice matches her Godly spirit and her desire to serve the Lord.




    Kaleb and Jessica are a newly married couple settling in to the beautiful Black Hills area. When they aren't out in the Hills trying biking, winter sports or star-gazing, you might find them in a home, sharing a meal, and talking about God's amazing faithfulness! Kaleb serves full-time at Connection and has a heart for discipleship while Jessica loves blogging about Christ, trying new recipes and teaching aerial silks.

    After serving 5 years in Louisiana, the Carlins moved to Spearfish by God's faithful timing and perfect plan. Both Kaleb and Jessica are eager to share Christ's scandalous love with others and lead God's children to His heart. 


  • aAron blankenship

    Sturgis Worship pastor

  • Will Malde

    youth minister

  • Kylee Sandgren

    Childrens minister

    Kylee grew up in Bison, South Dakota and has been going to Black Hills State University for the past 4 years. She will graduate in May of 2017 with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education.

    Kylee loves working with children and teaching them about God’s love. She has been working in Kids Connection since October of 2014 and is so excited that God has called her into the Children’s Ministry position at Connection Church.