About Us

Our heart for you

Led by Pastors Gary and Kristi Graner, Dare To Believe Ministries (DTB) is a place where you hear from the heart of God and learn to speak into the hearts of others. You will receive Bible-based teaching and mentoring that empowers and encourages you to recognize God’s voice, discover His purpose for your life and receive keys to spiritual freedom and healing.

Our statement of faith

1. With God’s Word and Presence as our Source and Foundation: we partner with Father, Son and Holy Spirit to bring change and healing where He has stationed us.

We recognize Jesus Christ as our example and perfect demonstration of the nature and character of God. We embrace the supernatural capabilities available to mankind. We give Jesus our complete allegiance and loyalty as Lord and Savior. From Him and because of Him we have available to us Power, Peace and Provision. In Him we live, move and have our being.

2. We place at our core the determination to love God with all our strength, all our minds, all our hearts and all our souls.

3. We endeavor to practice and inspire others to practice loving our neighbors as ourselves, regardless of their nationality, race or creed.

We believe that God created all human beings and thus all human beings deserve love and respect.

4. We understand that God created humankind in His image as one tripartite God.

We are created in God’s image: body, soul and spirit.

5. We recognize that living a reasonable life can be learned as a discipline and practiced as an art, but not until it is experienced in the form of Spiritual Rebirth can its full Power be released upon earth.

We agree that this Rebirth cannot be achieved through creeds, rituals or laws, but only by the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When we are humble in heart, forgiving toward our enemies, with love for our fellow man, the reality of this baptism and faith in God is evident to others.

6. Christ and all He represents is central to all we are and all we do; everything else is marginal.

7. We believe that God’s Kingdom may be projected into the activities and lives of people.

These take form in Sozo ministry, pastoral ministry, ministry school, conferences, Bible studies, intercessory prayer, business intercession network, prayers for healing, classes, outreaches, dream interpretation outreaches and gathering to worship. We believe that these ministries should be prayerfully visioned and carefully planned. In each area of ministry, there will be a point person who carries the fire, devotion and calling regarding that activity.

8. Everything we do will be a means of bringing the Kingdom into demonstration upon this earth.

With this connection of faith to unite us, one in union in Christ and freedom in action, moving with wisdom and grace, we seek to unify and strengthen the Godly spiritual forces of the nations and the world that are working to save mankind in this watershed age.

Our Story

1990 | Starting Out

Kristi served in several pastoral roles at Hosanna! Church in Lakeville, Minnesota for nearly 20 years and the Senior Leadership Team for more than a decade. She started the church’s small group ministry in 1990, oversaw Hosanna!’s leadership development and led the church’s prayer, revelatory and freedom ministries. Through these experiences she discovered a passion for equipping and coaching people to discover their spiritual gifts, leadership skills and life purpose.

2008 | New Beginnings

As ministry opportunities continued to grow in the United States and around the world, Kristi and her husband Gary knew it was time to step out in faith. Together they launched Dare to Believe Ministries. Kristi continues to teach at Hosanna! and other Christian venues throughout the United States and abroad.

Meet our founders

Kristi & Gary Graner


Founder/Director of Dare to Believe Ministries

Kristi’s heart’s desire is to teach others to listen to, discern and follow God’s leading. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and Spiritual Formation from St. Mary’s College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to serving on the Senior Leadership Team at Hosanna! Church, she has mentored under John Paul Jackson and the Sozo team from Bethel Church in Redding, California.



Gary has served in the marketplace as a manager, leader, pastor and consultant for more than 30 years. His heart passion is to combine his business leadership skills with Kingdom growth in the marketplace. He also loves to do outreach in a variety events in the greater Twin Cities area.

Meet the team

Brittani Wegner

Brittani Wegner

Administrative Assistant
Brittani is a third-year graduate student from the Emerge Transformation School, a dream interpreter, a Sozo leader, and is active in the Business Intercession Network. She has a passion for inner healing and for helping others get unstuck from unhealthy cycles and patterns in their lives so they can live fully free.
Liz Kimmel

Liz Kimmel

Liz and her husband Cary have been married for more than forty years. Together they have two children who have, along with their spouses, added four lovely grandchildren to the family mix. Liz has walked in the gifting of servant leadership for as long as she can remember. She supports several local and international ministries in their Kingdom callings to extend God’s love to the nations. Liz helps to keep Dare to Believe Ministries’ financial accounts in accurate and up-to-date order. She is a writer and loves exploring the call she has received from the Lord to be a literary missionary.
Holly McFarland

Holly McFarland

Overseer of Emerge Transformation School
Holly is married to Stuart and together they have 3 children. Before coming to Dare to Believe Ministries, she served as a Women’s Ministry Coordinator for 7 years. She is passionate about connecting people with Jesus on a deeper level. Her heart is to see the Kingdom of God advance and bring unity to the Body of Christ. Her main role at Dare to Believe is Overseer of Emerge Transformation school. She helps develop the students to walk out their destiny in Christ. Her joy is to see the Body of Christ move closer to who God says they are.
Theresa Anderson

Theresa Anderson

Pastoral Counselor

Theresa is a certified prayer minister from Elijah House Ministries, a Lay Chaplain and a graduate of DTB’s Emerge Transformation Ministry School. She provides Biblical counsel to clients while letting the Holy Spirit lead and using applicable prayer tools as needed. She is also trained by Danny Silk at KYLO University and loves to teach healthy communication skills and boundaries to create whole healthy families.
Jess Eischens

Jess Eischens

Jess is a creative entrepreneur and has been a professional marketer, writer, and editor for 16+ years. She also enjoys designing, painting and florals and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. Jess supports Dare to Believe Ministries’ marketing and communication efforts and provides writing, editing, and design expertise for DTB’s overall content strategy.

DTB Board

Cindy Luukkonen

Cindy Luukkonen

Board Treasurer
Cindy is a third-year graduate from Emerge Transformation School. She is recently retired from her career in Accounting where she worked with small businesses to organize their finances. She is excited to bring those skills to Dare to Believe as a board member. She is also involved as an intercessor for Sozo ministry and Pastoral Counseling. Cindy enjoys creative writing, traveling, reading, and hanging out at their cabin in the summer.


Yvette Gray

Yvette Gray

Board Member
Yvette has served as a Dare to Believe Board Member since 2019. Being a part of this ministry has been a transformative experience, allowing Yvette to channel her passion for community and faith into meaningful action. She is honored to be a part of this team. Yvette received an MBA from Augsburg College and cherishes the joys of family life. She is happily married to her husband Kai and they share their home with a delightful little dog named Remi. Yvette serves as Park Director with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, enjoys photography, listening to music and spending time with friends.
Jim Mohr

Jim Mohr

Board Member
Jim has been a DTB board member since 2017 and a leader of DTB’s Hungry Man gatherings since 2016. He has actively participated in DTB’s worship nights, dream interpretation and outreaches, as well as an intercessor for Emerge Transformation School. 
Lisa Reid

Lisa Reid

Board Member
As one of DTB’s newest board members, Lisa looks forward to partnering with God and DTB to increase the Kingdom impact within our communities. She has a love for the Prophetic and believes in the power of discovering, knowing, and living out our unique callings and God-given identities. Lisa is excited to be a part of this dynamic team!

Educator, Coach, Adult Ministry Director at Hosanna Church
Graduate of Masters Institute, Micro Divinity Program, 2023
Graduate of Emerge Transformation School, 2019
Brittani Wegner

Brittani Wegner

Board Secretary
Brittani provides support as secretary to the DTB Board, in addition to her current administrative role. More about Brittani above >

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