MEET THE FARGO SPEAKERS FROM OCTOBER 2018 – FIND THEIR VIDEOS ON THE VIDEO LINK IN THE MENU
Rollie Johnson has worked with youth of all ages for 35 plus years. He is currently a Lay Pastor at First Lutheran Church where he has worked the past 23 years. His current duties include leading worship, preaching and Men’s ministry. Rollie is also a motivational speaker, and is frequently hired
by organizations, schools, and businesses for his high energy and inspirational messages and team building retreats. His wife Ady, is an Associate Professor at Concordia College where she teaches Spanish. They have been richly blessed with three wonderful children Karina, Marissa and Shane. Rollie has many interests and passions including; bow hunting, bow building, sewing, flintknapping, and canoe building.
Rollie is an accomplished writer and has had dozens of articles published in national outdoor and hunting magazines. His first book, “Paying Attention” has just recently been published. The Johnson’s make their home in Moorhead, MN.
Pastor Dan Carlson retired as Police Chief of the City of Eden Prairie Minnesota in January of 2007. After serving 25 years in the law enforcement profession as a police officer, he has transitioned to a new role serving the profession as a police chaplain. He currently serves as the Chaplain for the Minnesota Chiefs of Police, Hennepin County Chiefs of Police and the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association. Pastor Carlson is also the founder and president of Public Safety Ministries Inc. a nonprofit ministry with the mission: “Serving Those Who Protect – Promoting Spiritual Fitness in the Public SafetyProfessions.”
Dan was ordained as a pastor in the Minneapolis Area Synod of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on August 15, 2010. He has been “called” and “deployed” to be a mission pastor serving Public Safety Ministries, Inc. Dan’s home base and office is located in Excelsior Minnesota, but he serves public safety professionals throughout the entire state of Minnesota.
Pastor Matt Cordes has been in the ministry for 20 plus years, serving as a Youth Minister, Coach, Director of Campus Ministry and as Ordained Pastor. He is a believer that life should be lived on the edge of our seats and has a love for adventure. He loves man stuff, like Fleet Farm, grilling, ESPN, Saturday morning fishing shows, building stuff, and has a passion for the outdoors. Men have a higher calling than just taking the garbage out, changing furnace filters and making sure the lights are turned off. Men and especially fathers have the greatest impact on the passing on of faith to our Children and families. Matt believes the Good News is to be proclaimed in Churches, in fishing boats, in corporate offices, at hunting camps, and in our homes. Matt and his wife Raea have 3 adult daughters, Madeline, Anna and Lilly. They live in Fargo North Dakota where Matt Serves as a Pastor at Hope Lutheran Church.
Chief David Todd has worked with the Fargo Police Department since 1987. David has served in a variety of capacities ranging from downtown resource officer, sergeant, lieutenant, oversight of the K-9 teams, SWAT Commander, Captain of the Field Services Division, Deputy Chief, and most recently Police Chief since 2015. David Todd was appointed by the ND Governor to the Stop Violence Against Women Advisory Committee and was appointed by the ND Attorney General to the ND Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board. He was also appointed by the ND Attorney General to the ND Open Records Advisory Committee.
David Todd is involved in his community – serving in leadership positions with his church and with public service organizations.
TIM “TIMO” OLSON
Tim lives in Fargo North Dakota with his wife and three kids. Tim is a small business owner. Tim’s goal is to help others live a full and peaceful life. Tim is the author of the book “Growing Up Nobody” The book if Tim’s personal story of how he endured being bullied, living with a father who suffered from mental illness. How both of his parents died by the time he was 24 and his own feelings of loneliness and anger. His saving grace was when someone asked “Can we pray for you?” This all lead to a journey of forgiveness, not only of those who hurt Tim but also of himself. Today Tim uses his personal experiences to encourage others to learn how to forgive and to grab hold of your life and rewrite your story. To break the line of dysfunction that plagues so many families. To let Christ be your guiding light and know that He loves you when you feel as if no one else does. Tim is currently the Volunteer Communication Director for Men of Hope at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo. Tim has been featured on many podcasts including “The God Zone Show” “Compassionate Love Radio” and “Breathe Again Radio”. He was also a featured speaker at Purpose Walk 2016
Jayson Brunette is an Inventory Control Analysist at Essentia Health in Fargo. Prior to becoming a Inventory Control Analyst, Jayson spend 16 years in the Operating Room as a First Assistant helping reconstruct patients with head and neck cancers. At home, Jayson loves to spend time with his wife Leslie and 3 children Zayne, Zaylea, and Zandyr. He enjoys hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Jayson has a distinct passion for the Lord that he loves to share with kids of all ages. Jayson has many stories on how the Lord has worked to change his life and his marriage.