• Tom Stertz | President

    Tom is the current president of CSV and has served in a similar capacity at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp and the Hospitality Center for Chinese. Part of Tom's responsibilities prior to his retirement from the University of Minnesota involved developing graduate programs in vocational education to be offered in China. He also served as advisor to several Chinese students at the university. Tom has frequently traveled to China on CSV sponsored tours and as an organizational ambassador. 

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  • Sonja Hinderlie | Vice President

    Sonja Hinderlie served for 28 years as the Program Director of Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria, MN. Throughout these years, international ministry was a focus for the outreach at Mount Carmel.  In 2010, Sonja and her husband Johan visited China on the Missionary Trail trip and felt called to serve with China Service Ventures.  After two years as Executive Coordinator, she now serves voluntarily as the Vice President. She has three sons, three granddaughters and lives in Robbinsdale, MN. 

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  • John Peterson | Mission Coordinator

    John and his wife Valerie have a long history of service to the Chinese, having worked in Hong Kong for over 20 years.  His position with CSV involves coordination and oversight of all programs in China, including our summer camps and scholarship programs.  He resides with his family in western Wisconsin and spends several months a year in China.

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  • Yaning Xu | China Public Relations Coordinator

    Yaning is CSV's Chinese Public Relations Coordinator and serves as the main liaison with Chinese officials in our service efforts. She grew up in Henan Province and now lives in St Paul, MN with her family.  

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  • Jeff and Mim Nellermoe | Education Coordinators

    The Nellermoes live in Xinyang and head up our local educational and training efforts, and they also serve as consultants for MeiWen, our new partner organization. Jeff and Mim have extensive experience in education, discipleship, outdoor ministry, and adventure sports. To receive regular updates on their work, you can follow their blog - Bamboo Pilgrim.  

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  • Paul Martinson | Co-founder

    Paul V. Martinson was born in China.  He graduated from St. Olaf and Luther Seminary.  After serving in Hong Kong he studied at the University of Chicago and taught missions and religions for 29 years before retirement in 2001. He and his wife Ida, along with Paul Ofstedal and Charlotte and Milo Gronseth, founded CSV.  He served as Vice President of CSV for ten years.

  • Ida Martinson | Co-founder

    Ida M Martinson married Paul Martinson in 1962 and studied Chinese at Yale, in Taiwan and NaiKai University in China. Ida is a nurse and has her PhD in Physiology who worked at the University of Minnesota, UCSF and was Head of Nursing at The Hong Kong. Polytechnic University before retirement. She has been active in CSV from the beginning helping to tell others of the exciting work in China.

  • Charlotte Gronseth | Co-founder

    Born in China, much of Charlotte Martinson Gronseth's life has centered on China and her people, ministering with her late husband among university students in Taiwan.  Back in the Twin Cities, they served among visiting scholars and students from China and also with CSV.  She's often returned to China.  She has three children and lives in St. Paul, MN.