Jake Olson is most well-known for being a blind college football player for the USC Trojans. Find out more about Jake!
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Rev. Karim Baidaoui
Rev. Karim Baidaoui is an LCMS missionary to Muslims in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. God has blessed the life of Karim Baidaoui as Pastor, Teacher, and Missionary-at-Large first through his baptism, followed by his ordination (Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2005).
Pastor Karim began to wonder how the work of spreading the Gospel with ever expanding Muslims around us was going to happen. How? By making disciple makers (2 Timothy 2:2) and Planting churches of all nations (Rev. 7:9-11).
Dr. Grant Carey
Dr. Grant Carey served as a DCE (Director of Christian Education) for 11 years in Alaska, Arizona, and Nebraska before going to teach at Concordia University Texas in Austin. For the past 6 years, he has served Concordia University as the Associate DCE Program Director and enjoys teaching on faith, family, culture, and sexuality.
When he’s not teaching, Grant enjoys hanging out with his family, watching his daughters play softball & cheer, and watching America’s Team…. The Dallas Cowboys!
Rev. Dr. Chap Clark
Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver) is chair of Christian Discipleship department and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and interim preaching pastor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA.
Formerly the senior editor of YouthWorker Journal, a senior pastor, a Sojourner contributing writer and “Red Letter Communicator,” and currently president of ParenTeen™, he’s also a speaker, trainer, consultant, as well as the author or co-author of 24 books, including the award-winning Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, Sticky Faith, Deep Justice in a Broken World, and the 2016 ECPA’s Book of the Year finalist for “Ministry Resources,” Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith.
Before teaching, Chap was on Young Life staff for 15 years as an area and regional director; and for the last 25 years while a seminary professor, Chap has served as a youth director, executive pastor, senior pastor, as well as a consulting producer for a reality television production company. Chap and Dee have three grown children, one grandchild (and another on the way) and mostly live in Gig Harbor, WA.
Tom Couser has over forty-five years of experience working with teenagers and their parents. He has served as a DCE, school counselor and basketball coach. In retirement he likes to write and enjoys hanging out at Starbucks chatting with Millennials.
He is the author of two books on Millennials: Passing the Torch, and Relevant: The Church as it Relates to Millennials. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Dallas and are members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. They are parents of two sons and a daughter and have four grandsons.
Rev. Greg Finke
He is also the Executive Director of Dwelling 1:14, a non-profit ministry which trains congregational leaders to disciple their people to join Jesus on His mission in the places they already live, work and go to school. The name Dwelling 1:14 references John 1:14 and the incarnational, missional nature both of Jesus and those who would follow him into the world. Greg offers consulting, training experiences and various resources for congregations and their leaders who want to be more intentional and consistent about discipling, living missionally, and multiplying missional communities. As the leader of Dwelling 1:14, Greg brings extensive experience and a practitioner’s insight to all he does. His clear, simple – and often humorous – insights help ordinary Jesus-followers get off the bench and onto their adventure with Jesus. He has worked with pastors and leaders from across the U.S. and Canada.
Before founding Dwelling 1:14 in 2011, Greg had been the senior pastor of Messiah Lutheran in Midland, Michigan for 18 years and Gloria Dei Lutheran in Houston, Texas for three years. Greg is a graduate of Concordia University Chicago (1985) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1989). Greg and his wife, Susan, have three daughters and enjoy life as neighborhood missionaries in League City, Texas.
Rev. B. Keith Haney
Mission Facilitator, Northern Illinois District LCMS since 2007. An ordained pastor for over 20 years. Serving multi-ethnic urban congregations Berea, Detroit, MI, Director of Outreach and Evangelism, St. Louis for four congregations in the L.U.T.H.E.R. Plan and as Senior Pastor at Gospel Lutheran in Milwaukee.
In January 2016, he started to write a blog to encourage believers in their faith journey and non-believers to explore difficult faith issues. The blog has over 2,000 faithful followers, over 500 of those are Millennials. In addition to helping over 40 congregations find pastors in the last four years. Pastor Haney also assists congregations with strategic planning and visioning.
I am married to a remarkable Christian companion, Miriam, a pastor’s kid, and we have six amazing children and one grandson, Matheo. (Our children are Mitchell, Sharon, Jonathan, SaraGrace, and Zane.)
Chris “Shoof” Scheufele
Chris “Shoof” Scheufele is an educator, youth minister, bully prevention expert, leadership enthusiast, author and speaker specializing in social emotional learning and leadership. He is a teacher with over a decade of experience in the classroom; but he is not your average, every day teacher. He has made huge strides in raising awareness about bullying, helping students deal with the haters they face every day, and giving parents and teachers the strategies to empower young people to solve their own social problems by educating them on the powers of words and actions.
Chris is the author of the book P.S. I Bully U which has been praised as a “must read for all students, teachers and parents.” He is also the author of the School House Heroes children’s book series. Chris also hosts the Chris In The Classroom podcast which is available on iTunes. Most of all, he enjoys sleeping, rocking people’s faces off with his awesome guitar skills and gluten-free pizza-eating contests.
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Jordan Feliz (Friday Night Concert)
Some years from now, the name Jordan Feliz might be the obvious answer to a trivia question that goes something like this: What artist launched his career as a hard-touring heavy metal singer, then switched gears to become a church worship leader, before finally signing a Nashville record deal and making his mark as a songwriter and soulful R&B-groove-pop artist?
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