MEET THE SPEAKERS

FALL 2021 BOLD GATHERING

sean forde Sean Forde

You Give What None of Us Can! 

Sean will share about the give and take in servant leadership. Leaders give and serve, but they also receive great gifts from those they lead and serve. LMM’s Young Men’s Ministry Team was a special time with servant leaders who served and blessed the Lord in ways we did not imagine.

Rev. Dr. Sean L. Forde is a pastor, teacher, and author who likes to engage the living Word of God and relate it to everyday life. He has served alongside Lutheran Men in Mission on the local, regional, and national levels helping men of all ages become bold, daring followers of Jesus Christ. He is a proud husband and father of three with two sons involved in leadership in men’s ministry. He serves joyfully at Christ Church and Preschool in Coral Springs, FL.

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The Adventure of the Relational Church
Nathan has always had a hunch that church could be different: more about relationships than religion, more adventurous than boring, and more about meeting men where they are, instead of expecting them to come to us.  Lutheran Men in Mission helped me realize I wasn’t crazy, and it’s led to an epic journey of seeing God transform the lives of men—including my own.  In this talk, I’ll share three simple ways you can start your adventure. 

Nathan is married to Lisa, and they have two boys (Luke and Levi) who keep them moving and laughing. Nathan has served Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, Iowa, since 2012 as Sr. Pastor. He enjoys golfing and going on adventures with his family. Nathan was privileged to serve as an intern for LMM in 2004-2005 and continued work with the Young Men’s Ministry Council after that.  Nathan loves seeing Jesus transform lives and is passionate about training leaders to be catalysts for the Church living into God’s mission in the 21st Century. 

 

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How Young Men’s Ministry Can Change the Church

As a product of Lutheran Campus Ministry at his University and the outpouring of support through Lutheran Men in Mission, Tim found his calling to be a minister of the ELCA. It was individual men who invested in his life that made a lasting impact on the decades to come! 

Tim is an ELCA Pastor serving a congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He grew up as the youngest of nine children in rural northern Wisconsin.  Tim first found Lutheran Men in Mission at the 2008 Omaha LMM Gathering while he was still in college.  He then served a number of years on the LMM National Young Men’s Ministry Council as well as served on the planning teams for Wisconsin and Minnesota One Year to Live Retreats. 

rocky Rocky Vest

Breaking the Cycle of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is happening in your community even if you don’t see it. Join Rocky Vest as he shares how God has given him a passion for breaking the cycle of human trafficking locally and globally. Rocky will share with us what human trafficking looks like, how to make a difference in our communities. 

Rocky is a cycling enthusiast and moved to Iowa from Mississippi in 2002. His love for cycling was fostered after starting his first endurance bike ride on a 1983 steel-framed Raleigh. Several bikes later, Rocky still loves the joy only found on pedals and two wheels.

Rocky Vest co-founded Break The Cycle 200 with Andy McCoy in 2011 and has been on every BTC 200 campaign. He and Andy thought of this crazy idea for a 200 mile ride while talking about life on his back porch, probably late at night.

Rocky and his wife Kortney have four children, Porter, Anna, Barrett, and Mabel (all cyclists, just some with shorter legs).

With a career that has ranged from non-profit youth ministry, sub-contracting, to medical device sales, Rocky has developed a wide range of skills and interests. However, his truest passion for loving God and others has been most fully realized in using an act of physical sacrifice to care for others.

Rocky says, “This 200 mile [in one day] bike ride has shown me what God can do through a simple faith and has broken my heart for sex trafficking survivors and current victims.” This passion has driven Rocky to bring others into the BTC 200 family so that they can experience the same thing.

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Jeff Jones & Travis Faile

Water Walkers and Frozen Flowers 

Join Jeff and Travis to learn more about the background and mission of The Scooter Scott Project, as well as its key ministry objectives and programs (physical presence, relationship based).

Jeff has a BS degree in Criminal Justice from University of South Carolina.  He is a business owner and Executive Director of the faith based nonprofit organization, The Scooter Scott Project.

Butch Butch Douglas

When God Shows Up

Butch will bring high challenge to you about letting God change your life, regardless of your past! Through a combination of personal testimony and sharing simple next steps that anyone can take, Butch will share about addiction and redemption, and walking through the doors that God opens in our lives every day! 

Butch Douglas is a husband, father, and grandfather in Des Moines, IA. Butch serves on the men’s leadership team at Hope-Elim, the growing urban campus of Lutheran Church of Hope. 

 

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