Meet Our Pastoral Staff

Jeremy & Christina Cox

Lead Pastor

Pastor Cox and his family have lived in the greater Mankato area for over 20 years. Pastor Cox was born and raised in Northern Illinois just south of Chicago. His father (Rev. Terry Cox) was the Pastor of the church that he grew up in which was located in the city of Harvey. After high school he attended Indiana Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he met his now wife, Christina. They were married in 1999, and moved to Mankato to be the Youth Pastors of the Mankato United Pentecostal Church. After five years they became the Associate Pastors and a short time later became the Lead Pastor of Connect Point United Pentecostal Church. 

They have four children Zachary, Sariah, Kaylann and Garrett. They have served in various roles within the United Pentecostal Church of Minnesota. They served the Minnesota Youth Department as the Youth President for 4 years. Pastor Cox has been serving on the district board, and as of March 2022 was elected as the District Superintendent of the Minnesota District. His wife, Christina has a passion for children and leads the Sunday School Department of Connect Point. They feel highly honored to serve as the Lead Pastor of Connect Point, and to serve in Kingdom Work.

We look forward to meeting you!

John & Crystal Braam

Associate Pastor

Bro. Braam was born and raised in Mankato, and has attended Connect Point UPC his entire life! Bro. Braam felt the call of God on his life, during a Youth Camp when he was just a teenager. Ever since then, he has been pursuing after the call of God! 

Pursuing after the calling of God, Bro. Braam went to Indiana Bible College for one year (studied Theology), and came back home to step straight into Youth Pastoring at Connect Point. It was in the time of serving as a Youth Pastor that Bro. Braam met the love of his life, Crystal. They were married in 2011, and continued to serve together in local Youth Ministry after their wedding. Bro. & Sis. Braam served as Youth Pastors for 5 years, before they felt God transitioning their family. The burden Bro. Braam has felt for student ministry has been evident since his time as a Youth Pastor, and now currently serves as the Youth President of the Minnesota District. 

Bro. & Sis. Braam have 4 children, Olivia, Ariana, Noah, and Adilyn. Sis. Crystal loves doing ministry as she is currently leading our Altar Recovery program, raising their children, and of course drinking coffee. 

It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Associate Pastor of Connect Point, and to do ministry for the kingdom of God.