Meet some of the speakers from previous events!


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Pastor Ron Waters

Pastor Ron will share about outreach ministry in his talk called “Are You Reached Out?”
Join him as he discusses the lack of true outreach and the need for believers to do just this!

Pastor Ron Waters is Senior Pastor of Freedom of The Met (Non-Denominational Church). Freedom of The Met is a ministry founded on the love and outreach of Christ. He is a proud husband to Co-Pastor Tam Waters and a father of five wonderful children. His mission through Christ is to reach the lost and looked over.

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Will Altman

Will is speaking on Kingdom Builders. Join him as he asks what does the kingdom of heaven look like? Is God’s kingdom just for me or the whole world? God is constantly building the kingdom of heaven here. Do you want to join the work God is doing?

Will Altman is from Galivants Ferry, SC, but lives and pastors two United Methodist Churches in Blythewood, SC. Will just finished his MDiv with Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. His favorite past times are riding horses and hanging out with his dog, Huck. His favorite scripture verse is 1 Peter 5:7.


Pastor Jackie Utley

Join Jackie to hear her message on a journey through inclusivity! Serving as an African American female clergy in the ELCA, Jackie will share details of her experiences of inclusivity in a predominantly Caucasian Lutheran denomination. These details will speak of how instrumental the men of the SC LMM have been in her advancing forward successfully in ministry within the state. Her talk is app

The Reverend Jacqueline Utley (fondly called Jackie) is a native of Lake View, S.C. Jackie graduated with honors from Coker College (Hartsville, S.C.), earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She attained a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) in Columbia, S.C., as a non-Lutheran. Jackie is a product of the Church of God In Christ (COGIC) and Methodist (AME) traditions.  In 2013 Jackie made history as the first African American to be ordained as a rostered leader of the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA. At that time, she became the first African American and female pastor of the Ascension Lutheran Church, in Columbia, S.C.; where she currently serves. Jackie is energetic, passionate, and has a heart for God and for God’s people.

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Bishop Herman R. Yoos III

Title: Reaching Across the Racial Divide Towards Reconciliation                       

Description: Bishop Yoos and guest Rev. Leroy Cannon will address how individuals and congregations can take significant first steps towards reconciliation.

Bishop Yoos is a native of Concord, North Carolina. He was ordained in 1979 and served as pastor in churches in North Carolina and South Carolina prior to being elected as the South Carolina Synod Bishop in 2008. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC, (M.Div)., and Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, (D.Min.). He has a passion for prayer and the sharing of God’s Word, an ability to listen and connect deeply with people who are struggling and an openness to creative new possibilities for ministry and mission. Bishop Yoos and his wife, Cindy, have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Pastor Leroy Cannon is with Christ Mission Lutheran Church in South Carolina.

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Bishop Tim Smith 

Title: Unity, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness: The Essence to Cultural and Church Vitality

Description: Jesus prays his last earthly prayer before his crucifixion in John’s Gospel that all of his followers might be one. He prays for unity. Unity requires reconciliation in a world of sin that separates us from God and from one another. Reconciliation depends on forgiveness. We’ll focus on how we might begin both as Church and Culture to move the needle away from the rugged and absolute individualism that stands in the way of the joy of abundant living through unity, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Bishop Tim Smith of the North Carolina Synod was elected five years ago. Prior to that, he served congregations in Startown (Newton), NC, Boone, NC, and Atlanta, GA. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University. He is married to Wendy, a retired school teacher. They have three grown children and four under-four grandchildren, three of whom were born the same week!

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Coz Costner

In my story I would like to share how I walked alone for many years. After my daughter unexpectedly passed, God used men around me to bring me through this tragedy and began my journey to find my mission!

My name is Dwayne but everyone calls me Coz. I’m 47 years old and am from West Columbia, SC. I am on a journey to become a better husband, father, grandfather, and disciple. I feel called to bring men to Christ by meeting them where they are at and being an example of the power of God through my story.


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“The Freedom of Being Claimed” – Through the gift of faith God claims us as his children and sets us free. This freedom is not our doing but is given so that we might give ourselves for the life of the world. This talk will explore how as men we are called in many and unique ways to live into this freedom by serving our families and our neighbors.

Bishop Erik K. J. Gronberg, PhD serves the North Texas – North Louisiana Synod. Prior to his election, he had served as Pastor  in Fort Worth, TX and  Oconomowoc, WI.  He is also serving on the Lutheran Men in Mission Board.

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Bold Faith – to be who we are even when others don’t understand…being accepted and welcomed into a Faithful Community.



In 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit with a pair of hurricanes that devastated the islands.  Unfortunately, FEMA was unable to offer direct assistance to many families who suffered losses due to the hurricanes.  The USVI Lutheran Disaster Response has partnered with LMM to bridge the assistance gap. David will be presenting his experiences while he served on a ten member recovery team of varied skills in St. Thomas.  He will also share how you can be part of the effort in 202 in St. Croix and St. Thomas.

David Umlang is a retired Chief Master Sergeant with U.S. Air Force.  He now works as a cyber security professional, enjoys woodworking, and is an active member of the Zion Lutheran Men in Mission in San Antonio, Texas.

Tim Wright


Raising Boys of Bold, Resilient Faith – 70-90% of all boys will leave the church in their teens and 20’s and most won’t come back. But we can change that storyline by calling our boys to follow Jesus into resilient faith.

Tim Wright is the Sr. and Founding  Pastor of Community of Grace Lutheran  Church in Peoria (Phoenix), AZ.   He is also the co-host, of the weekly international podcast The Wonder of Parenting: A Brain Science Approach to Parenting.



A panel discussion on the One Year to Live Kick Off retreat led by a retreat platform leader who has led over 30 one year retreat in all leadership roles for the retreat, Jim Monkman. The panel will begin with the MC of the panel doing: An introduction to the retreat and its follow up work. A description of the work done at the retreat. An overview of the structure of the retreat. The panel will continue with stories of how the retreat has affected attendees. The conclusion will be an opportunity for questions from the audience on the retreat that does not violate attendees confidentiality and our promise to the author, Lyman Coleman that we will honor his ownership of the retreat.

John Sundqust


What is Family? What can Abraham’s story teach us today about family, faith and being a bold, daring follower of Jesus Christ.

John Sundquist serves as the Lutheran Men in Mission Executive Director


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OVERVIEW OF TALK: The Love of Money: Finding the Path to Financial Success: Ever felt guilty for wanting financial success in your business or career? Ever felt like the pursuit of success is somehow in conflict with your values or Christian faith? This talk will serve as your guide to building MASSIVE success, all while maintaining your integrity, your values, and respecting the traditions of your Christian faith.

Justin Wise teaches businesses how to keep their faith while growing their profit. As a former pastor with an MDiv, and the founder of the digital marketing consultancy, Think Digital, Justin believes you can build massive success, all while maintaining your values in the process. He lives in Des Moines, IA with his wife and three children. Learn more:

Perry Ross        PERRY ROSS

OVERVIEW OF TALK: Making REGRET a thing of the past.

Perry is a husband to Carrie, father to Ace and CJ, one of the worship leaders at Lutheran Church of Hope’s West Des Moines Campus, coffee roaster and enthusiast, movie quoter and Fortnite dad. He has 2 dogs, Rocket and Drax.

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OVERVIEW OF TALK – The Difference Between Breaking Down and Breaking Through. (John Chapter 5)

Dr. Noble is the medical director of the Anna Blank Developmental Center in Des Moines, Iowa,  specializing in the care of children with special healthcare needs.  Dr. Noble completed pediatric residency training at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, and went on to complete fellowship training in both Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics at the University of Iowa.  He has conducted research on various genetic disorders, focusing on genotype-phenotype correlations and care coordination.  Dr. Noble lives in Clive, Iowa with his wife Heather and their four children.

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OVERVIEW OF TALK: 2 Truths and 1 Lie. How the image in your head of how things are supposed to be might just be your greatest barrier to freedom.

Day to day, Jim leads business development in the financial services sector for a global consulting firm. Hour to hour, he’s in pursuit of being an authentic example Jesus’ love and grace to those placed in his midst, and has an intense passion for missions. He resides in Johnston, IA with his wife Michele, 3-6 children (long story) and 2 dogs Hawk and Jax.


OVERVIEW OF TALK: Making Your Marriage A Priority – This talk will be diving into the value of investing in your marriage and the learned value system this will have on your kids.

Chad Borgestad, Consultant with The FOCUS Group, Campus Minister at Hope Waukee, and Executive Leadership Coach has over 25 years of experience developing leaders and teams, and training individuals to reach their full potential. He has overseen the startup of four non-profits, raising millions of dollars using the Taking Donors Seriously® framework. Chad has also served as a campus minister at Lutheran Church of Hope, the largest ELCA church in the US. Prior to that, he spent 4 years coaching executives to become principled leaders through individual and team coaching, and spent 20 years with Young Life, serving as an Area Director and Associate Regional Director.

Chad earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota before pursuing studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He is also a certified Co-Active Leadership Coach. He lives here in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife of 25 years. They have 3 sons and a new daughter-in-law as of July 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, running, biking, or reading a good book. You may also find him on the lake fishing with his sons, hiking 14’ers in Colorado, or spending quality time with his wife Misti.

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OVERVIEW OF TALK: The Greatest Enemy of Bold Living, and How to Combat It. As we think, talk, and pray about walking out our faith in boldness, we often get tripped up before we even start by an adversary that is so close to home we are completely blind to its existence, much less to its looming menace. Unaware, this is a battle we can never win, but empowered and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, there is no way that we can lose!

Ben was called as a pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope in 2015, and has been focusing on marriage and parenting ever since. This is a great fit because he and his wife get to work together, and they have always considered his call to the ministry their call to the ministry; needless to say, missional marriage is a passion area. Ben and Steph have been married since 2003, and have two kids, Lydia, who is 5, and Sam who is two. He has an MDiv from Luther Seminary, and a BS in Organizational Management in Christian Leadership from Colorado Christian University.

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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 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.