Tari Kari

Children's Ministry Assistant

Tari grew up in Crookston, MN and graduated from Northwestern College in Roseville, MN with an Elementary Education Degree.  She was a substitute teacher for Forest Lake and Chisago Lakes School Districts for 10 years.  She joined the Lakes Free staff part-time in June 2012 as Middle School Director.  In 2021, she moved to Children’s Ministry as the Children’s Ministry Assistant.     

Tari and her husband Mark are parents of 5 children:  Zachary (Liz), Tyler (Brittany), Caleb (Marissa), Marissa (Derek Gruening) and Adaira (Austin Hagemeister).  They have 7 grandchildren. Besides babysitting grandkids, Tari enjoys riding with Mark on the motorcycle and enjoying God’s creation all around the US.