Obituary for Kristin

Kristin Delores Bradley

February 03, 1968 - September 13, 2020


Kristin D. Bradley, age 52 of Coon Rapids, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Kristin was born in Tyler, Minnesota where she grew up and graduated high school from Pipestone, MN. Kris enlisted into the Air Force where she served in Communications during Desert Storm. While serving, she was blessed with her daughter, Sarah McCoy. She moved to Mankato, MN following where she worked and was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Kris met her husband Matt while living in Mankato, MN and married in 1996. In addition to her daughter Sarah, Kristin and Matt were blessed with two boys, Luke and Nicolas. Kris and Matt made the move to Coon Rapids in 1998 and in 1999 she began her missionary journey at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Anoka, MN. Kristin found enjoyment in music and song (singing for many events), traveling, golfing, board and card games of all kinds, puzzles, baking and helping others. She loved her MN Twins and those darn Vikes! Kristin’s passion for singing became a part of her service at both Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN and Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Anoka, MN. She used this gift readily as a member of church choirs and worship praise teams, along with teaching and leading children in music time at pre-school and as part of children’s choir. Kristin felt the calling to pursue mission work, and at Mount Olive Lutheran Church she answered God’s call by serving as Director of Worship and Outreach.  Beginning with a mission trip in Alaska, she continued to answer God’s call by going to Russia, and coordinating and leading mission trips and efforts in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Sudan, sharing her love for Jesus, and the reason for the hope that she had in Him. Through her willingness to serve, and God’s leading, she was foundational in the work to establish the Mount Olive Mission Hospital and National Muscular Dystrophy Center in Zimbabwe. Following her cancer diagnosis, she remained faithful to God’s calling, returning to Zimbabwe 2 more times. Even with these challenges, her faith filled joy in the Lord and the vision for His mission always came first. Her heart for outreach was not limited to just those abroad, but also those locally, as she worked at Mount Olive to establish programs of outreach in the surrounding community. These included Weekly Midweek Meals, Monthly Manna Market Food Distribution, as well as annual events like National Night Out and the Mount Olive Golf Scramble fundraiser for Human Needs. Throughout Kristin’s service to the Lord, her focus was reaching out with Jesus’ love to as many people as possible by engaging as many people as possible in ministry.  Kristin’s inspirational leadership and unique ability to match the right people for the right opportunity was a blessing to all who served with her. In addition to her parents, Alvin and Delores (Heyl) Nissen, Kris was preceded in death by brother Mark, sister Susan and step-mother Joyce (Miller) Nissen. She is survived by her husband Matthew Bradley, daughter Sarah McCoy (Chris Ballard), sons Luke and Nicolas; grandchildren, Kaidynce and Cohen Ballard; sister Kathy (Steve) Goodrich, brother Daniel (Linda) Nissen, brother Douglas (Colleen) Nissen, sister Nancy (Brent) Stauffer, step siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends. Per State of Minnesota and CDC restrictions, Social Spacing, Numbers Restrictions and Use of Masks are in place.

The service will be available for viewing online through Sunday, October 4.

In lieu of flowers, memorials please to the Muscular Dystrophy Centre in Zimbabwe. Please make checks payable to Mount Olive.

Please continue to pray for Matt, Sarah, Luke, Nick and the rest of the family, asking God to provide His strength, comfort and peace in the days to come. Thank you.