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Rev. Brad Hoganson | President

Hillcrest started as a place for high school students to form their faith. It continues to do that, and much more.

Hillcrest students are trained to develop an understanding of the world. Their training in our classrooms prepares them to engage college and career, their next steps after high school. But I believe time at Hillcrest equips students for something long range. They’re equipped to live lives of eternal significance.

My role at Hillcrest is to steer the overall program. In that I connect with alumni and donors. Our alumni continually share the classes, instructors, or community events that had a significant impact in their maturity. They comment how their faith is alive and robust today because they built habits of faith formation in our halls.

I am looking forward to sharing some of these stories with you as you explore and consider Hillcrest for your family. God has done great things in our halls, and he continues to change hearts, minds, and lives to align with His character at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.


Jeff Isaac | Principal

Today’s high school students find themselves under immense pressure to conform to the thinking of this world.  Many find themselves in desperate need of transformation in what they believe about God, the way they act, and the way they think.  They need a renewing of their mind, to be moved from where they are right now into a deeper and more intimate relationship with the one true God. 

While at Hillcrest, students will receive a holistic education that touches their heart, mind, and soul.  They will be challenged to engage their culture, to be Christian in their thinking and actions, and to use their gifts to honor God and advance His kingdom.  

As you pursue the best educational environment for your high school student, I encourage you to check us out.  Look through the information available at this web site and then give us a call.  We have people ready to provide you with even more information that can help you in this vital decision.  Better yet, set up a visit and experience a day in the life of a Hillcrest student.


Department Leadership

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Brad Martinson | Finance Director

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Craig nersten | Dormitory Director

Board of Directors

Jahn Dyvik | Secretary
Long Lake, MN

Eric Ewan | Chair
Fergus Falls, MN

Katherine Heggland
East Hartland, CT

Vaughn Kavlie
Eden Prairie

Heidi Konynenbelt
Louisville, KY

Jeff Langness
Fargo, ND

Josiah Larson | Vice-Chair
Minneapolis, MN

Rev. Nick Mundis
Bloomington, MN

Paul Quam
Alexandria, MN

Mark Soholt
Cape Coral, FL

Accreditations and Memberships

Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association

Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association

The Association of  Christian Schools International

The Association of
Christian Schools International

The Minnesota State  High School League

The Minnesota State
High School League

Minnesota Independent  School Forum

Minnesota Independent
School Forum

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren

Ministry Safe Training

Ministry Safe Training