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Sarah GuldalianSarah Guldalian
MISSION U Director

Sarah Guldalian is the manager of Evangelism Training for Lutheran Hour Ministries. She produces and manages MISSION U School of Witnessing-the witnessing-training program that launched in September 2010. The program is used throughout the United States, in the Concordia university system and seminaries and also internationally.

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Rich CohrsRichard P. Cohrs
MISSION U Curriculum Advisor

Manager, District and Congregational Relations

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Beatriz Hoppe Beatriz Hoppe

Beatriz Hoppe has been serving God through Lutheran Hour Ministries for nine years. As Manager of Multicultural Ministries, she is responsible for the programs that target mainly Spanish-speaking audiences within the United States.

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Bruce SutherlandBruce Sutherland

Bruce Sutherland is a LHM staff member and congregational lay leader. He has trained hundreds of lay people in witnessing to their faith and regularly leads evangelism teams into public places to tell others about Jesus.

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Faith SpelbringFaith Spelbring, DCE

Faith Spelbring serves as deployed staff member of Lutheran Hour Ministries and is responsible for managing the Regional Outreach Conferences (ROC) with the goal of providing effective outreach training that will help attendees engage their culture with the Gospel. Currently, she is working on eight conferences for the year 2013.

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Heidi BreitbarthHeidi Breitbarth

Heidi has served in Lutheran church-work related roles since 1999 as a foreign missionary, teacher, Director of Christian Outreach, urban ministry coordinator, and coach. Since 2006, she has served as an Equipping to Share (Mission U) presenter with Lutheran Hour Ministries.

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Dr. Jeffrey E. BurkartDr. Jeffrey E. Burkart

Dr. Jeffrey E. Burkart, former Associate Dean of the College of Vocation and Ministry and now Professor of Educational Media/Communications, Emeritus, Director of Drama Ministry and Artist in Residence at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, is a nationally known teacher, author, speaker, dramatist, poet and musician who has given hundreds of presentations at education conferences, youth gatherings, and other profession meetings. He has over 150 publications to his credit including 12 books, numerous journal and magazine articles, chancel dramas, Christian musicals, hymns, poems, CD recordings, films and videos.

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Michael Creutz Michael Creutz

Michael has served in a variety of roles throughout his years of ministry. Ranging from DCE to Pastoral Counselor, he has served in a number of different districts of the LCMS.

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Wendy & Richard EckartWendy & Rich Eckart

Prior to retirement, Wendy worked as an LHM employee for ten years. She helped edit booklets and devotions and to produce the Project Connect booklet ministry. She also traveled the United States training congregational members in the art and love of evangelism through LHM's Living for Tomorrow. Wendy has been trained in the Crossways Bible study and through courses at Concordia Seminary.

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Deb ErdmannDeb Erdmann

Deb has taught in public settings for more than fifteen years. She is an Elementary Principal for the Marshall School District. Previously, she has taught in a Wisconsin correctional facility, been an administrator for Special Education, served as an instructional coach, and taught soft skills training for corporations.

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Greg FinkePastor Greg Fairow

Greg Fairow is the executive director of Transforming Campus Ministries, a nonprofit organization he formed to help others share Christ's love on college and university campuses.

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Greg FinkeGreg Finke

Rev. Greg Finke is the founder and Executive Director of Dwelling 1:14, a non-profit ministry which seeks to help Jesus-followers connect in their neighborhoods, workplaces and schools for discipling and missional living.

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Greg FinkeMark Frith

Mark is a sojourner in the great state of Kansas, seeing the harvest fields plum-full of opportunities for extending the Kingdom of Christ's grace and mercy. He served as parish pastor in two congregations, and currently serves in the Mission's Department of the Kansas District. Mark draws on his experience of being involved in parish leadership and outside of parish leadership to be a Gospel Light, today, to those outside the Church.

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Jim Gau Jim Gau

Pastor Jim Gau graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1990. From there he went to western Kansas and served Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hoxie and Grace Lutheran Church in Hill City. Following this he went on to campus ministry at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

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Amy GerdtsAmy Gerdts

Amy has served as the Project Coordinator for the LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM) since 2009. She has spoken at the LCMS National Rural and Small Town Mission National Conference and at Engaging Rural Communities Events. Amy also serves as the editor and main writer for the RSTM newsletter.

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Rev. David HabererRev. David Haberer

Rev. David Haberer is the pastor of Church for All Nations, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in mid-town Manhattan, New York City. The mission of the church is to reach the arts community in New York City with the message of the Gospel.

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Lee HaganLee Hagan

Lee Hagan currently serves as senior pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri and as First Vice-President of the Missouri District. He is a 1992 graduate of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. He continued his studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning the Master of Divinity degree in 1996 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2011.

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Jim HerbolsheimerJim Herbolsheimer

Jim Herbolsheimer has been a pastor for 33 years. He has served churches in Stratford, Ontario, Canada; Waupun, Wisconsin and two in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently at St. John Lutheran Church in Elyria, Ohio.

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Tina JasionTina Jasion

Tina came to faith in Christ in her twenties and pursued a growing desire to know and serve God. She worked as an accountant and business owner for fifteen years and felt an increasing calling to ministry. Tina completed the Training Leaders for Ministry program through the Mission Training Center in Bronxville New York.

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Dr. Louis C. Jander Dr. Louis C. Jander

Dr. Jander was born and raised near Houston , Texas . He attended Lutheran Elementary School in Houston (St. Mark), Concordia High School in Austin , Texas , Concordia Junior College in Austin, Concordia Teachers College in Seward , Nebraska , graduating in 1966 with a B.S. in Education. He completed his Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision in 1972 and his Doctorate in Adult Education in the summer of 2001.

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Martha Streufert JanderMartha Streufert Jander

Martha Streufert Jander is an author and retired first-grade teacher living in Bastrop, Texas. She has also served the church as the director of both an early childhood center and a preschool.

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Steve KippSteve Kipp

'Baby boomer' Steve is a husband of over 25 years to a 'Generation Xer' wife; he's also a father -- and "student" -- of eight who are teens and young-adult millennials.

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Traci KohlsTraci Kohls

Traci Kohls has served in congregations as a Director of Christian Education in Garland, Texas; Barcelona, Venezuela; Glencoe, Minnesota; and Chaska, Minnesota. She has traveled to Germany, Taiwan, and Canada for missions. She has also served as Urban & Latino Outreach Coordinator at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota; and as Program Director of U4C (Urban Cross-Cultural College Consortium). Currently, she serves as the Director of Discipleship Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church & School in Waconia, Minnesota.

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Erwin KranawetterErwin & Carolyn Kranawetter

Retired from his former position as Financial Advisor, Erwin is a certified LCMS Lay Minister from Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin. He serves as lay minister for vacancies and vacationing pastors. He is also involved with the Kairos prison ministry, serving on a team of table clergy and ministers in the Branchville Indiana Prison

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Sarah Legband Sarah Legband

Sarah Legband is a 2002 graduate of Concordia St. Paul with an Outreach Major. For her internship, she spent two years in Thailand before returning to the United States.

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Jeff MoellerJeff Moeller

Jeff Moeller is a veteran director of Christian education and teacher, with more than 21 years of service. He specializes in outreach, discipleship, youth and administrative ministries of the congregation. He has experience in a variety of settings. These include urban, suburban, rural and small city environments, where he has served congregations and schools in Washington, Missouri and Ohio.

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Jamie NoydJamie Noyd

Jamie Noyd is the campus ministry coordinator for LCMS congregations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Keith PetersonKeith Peterson

Keith Peterson has served The Lutheran Hour as Midwest Regional Manager since February 2012. In this position, he communicates the resources and programs LHM has available for church leaders, congregations and lay members.

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Keith PiotterKeith Piotter

Rev. Keith Piotter graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1991. Following four years at a church in Odessa, Texas, he has been pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Bettendorf, Iowa, since January 1995. He is blessed to serve alongside his wife, Lisa, who is the director of the church's 300-student preschool.

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Joe RegnierJoe Regnier

Joe Regnier is a resident of Ocala, Florida. He attends St. John's Lutheran Church and is active in the Kairos Prison Ministry. He also serves his community as a volunteer in his community in Boy Scouts of America as a troop chaplain and as minister at a local prison.

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Ron Rollins Ron Rollins

Ron is a Licensed Deacon with the Ohio District and serves in numerous ministry roles within his home congregation of St. Peter Lutheran Church in the Greater Cleveland Area.

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Stacey StenderStacey Stender

Stacey Sender is a full-time executive assistant for a manufacturer in Ohio. She also currently serves as the outreach leader at her home congregation, the Plant Church in Brunswick, Ohio, a mission congregation of Royal Redeemer. Over the years she has been a youth leader, communion server and helped with tech ministry.

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Jeffrey StephensJeffrey Stephens

Jeffrey Stephens came to faith as an adult through the invitation of a neighbor. Since that time he has become a Lutheran pastor and completed his doctorate. He graduated with his master of divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in 1983. His vicarage was at Christ Lutheran Church under Rev. Dr. Charles Reimnitz in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1995 he completed a doctor of ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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Linda StewartLinda F. Stewart

Linda Stewart has been adjunct English faculty at St. Louis Community College since 1994. She teaches developmental writing courses and freshman composition. She also served as Interim Manager of Continuing Education at the Forest Park campus of STLCC, responsible for responsible for developing educational opportunities and partnerships with organizations in the college community and the day-to-day operations of the office.

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Mitch and Teri VogeliMitch and Teri Vogeli

Mitch and Teri Vogeli live in central Michigan, where Mitch pastors a rural church. They have 30-plus years of experience in teaching, mentoring, youth ministry and church planting in small to large-size congregations. Their passion is helping connect communities to the church in fun and meaningful ways, discipling these congregations to understand how to include the work of the Great Commission in their vocations.


Dave WaltersDave Walters
Dave Walters has been an Ohio-based entrepreneur for most of his working career. He currently is employed in the renewable energy industry selling and installing wind turbines and solar systems.

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Jim Weist Jim Weist
Jim Weist is the pastor at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His focus is missions and evangelism. As such he mentors and teaches new disciples to know and love God and to share His Son Jesus with the world around them.

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Kaye Dumas WolffKaye Dumas Wolff
Kaye has been presenting Lutheran Hour Ministries Equipping to Share workshops since 2001. She also authored the 2006 Lutheran Hour Advent Devotions in partnership with her husband Reverend Paul Wolff.

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