Evan Fowler - Lead Pastor
Evan was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Rapid City in 2020 to pastor Common Ground. He is a Bible nerd who is passionate about discipleship, spiritual practices, the great outdoors, and sports. Evan is married to Lena and they are currently trying to sustain a long-distance relationship with the Pacific Ocean.
Evan is a teacher and shepherd who earned a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Crown College at the Reach Training Institute in Salem, Oregon, an M.Div. from Crown College and he is ordained with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. He is also a volunteer chaplain with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office. He is passionate about teaching the Bible, spiritual formation, and leadership development.
Matt Kinowski - Worship Leader
Matt is the worship leader here at Common Ground.
Matt began in ministry as a teenager playing on the youth worship band. Over the years he continued to serve on worship teams wherever he went. He joined Common Ground in 2018 and it has been a blessing to everyone! He is also a registered nurse at the hospital here in town. Matt loves serving others as it gives him so much joy. You may see him around town riding his bike or possibly walking his dog Patty. Matt and his wife Kat love the outdoors and they love watching others succeed. "Seeing other believers grow in Spirit and in Truth is what I am truly passionate about."
Nick Rombough - Discipleship Director
Nick is our director of discipleship here at Common Ground. He is excited to work with people of every generation, especially the younger bunch. Being on staff with two millennials has made him sympathetic to J.R.R. Tolkien's character, Gandalf, and his dealings with hobbits, but with Evan and Matt, who is Pippin and who is Merry can change from day to day. The best part is how they can always take you by surprise.
Nick has been a servant of Jesus in the Black Hills area for nearly four decades. Currently, when not directly serving Common Ground, he is the campus chaplain and Bible instructor at Rapid City Christian School. He prefers to spend as much time as he can with Lorri and the family which includes two sons, Robb (and his wife Taylor) and Cameron, one daughter, Alli (and her husband Eric) and most especially his granddaughter, Ebony. Along with them are many "adopted" kids who are always welcome to invade his home.
If seeking a Wild Nick in his habitat, you would do well to explore coffee shops, book stores, pubs, bike paths, any body of water with kayaks upon it, or within a tent or hammock in the more remote areas of the Black Hills. Approach with caution - he's kind of jumpy.
Pastor Evan set a limit of 500 words for each staff bio, which made Nick say, "Challenge accepted!" and aim for 499. However, Nick has chosen to cap it off at 267 words because too much math was involved and he needs that supply of words to go long on sermons.
Lena Fowler - Kids Church Director
Yelena is a multi-lingual, Bible-loving, Spirit-empowered, woman of mercy and integrity. She is also a professional educator who shapes young minds for a living. Lena is the best, plain and simple.