2017 Annual Gathering Speakers

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Rev. Enrique D. Estrada

The Rev. Enrique Estrada has served as Director and Founder of Mission Mexico International for the last 26 years. His objective has been to bring to a completion a dream given to him many years ago: to establish a Lutheran church with a fresher approach that will attract people to Jesus. Under his leadership, four congregations were started, two in Monterrey, one in Rio Bravo and one Inn guadalajara. Pastor Enrique, besides being the founder of MMI, has been a member of LCMC since 2003 and a member of the Board of Trustees for the las four years.

Pr. Steve Turnbull

Steve Turnbull serves as the senior pastor at Community of Grace Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and as an adjunct faculty member in New Testament and Biblical Theology at a variety of seminaries. He and his wife Amy have two children, Evangeline and William. After Jesus and his family, Steve loves deep dish pizza, dark coffee, and Duke basketball.

Rev. Tom B. LoVan

Tom LoVan, has been at Morningside Lutheran since 1997 and the Director of Lutheran Asian Ministries..  Pastor Tom has received the War Eagle Human Rights Award in 2008, Iowa Man of the Year, and Human Rights person of year by United Nations High Commission for Refugee in 2009. He brought his translation of the Tai Dam Bible to Dein Bein Phu this past year.

Tom has recently been given permission to build a Lutheran Church in Northern Vietnam. He has started Lutheran Church's in Laos and Myanmar. His mission is to bring Christianity in areas to people who are unreachable in this part of the world.

Pastor Tom is married to Carla Grey of Mason, IA.  They have been married for 29 years.  They have two daughter Erica (23) and Audrey (21). Erica is a Nurse in Iowa City and Audrey is in college. Tom and Carla are home in Sioux City, IA. Tom enjoys eating bizarre foods, traveling around the world, and cooking in his spare time.

Pr. Ingrid L. Aderhold

Ingrid Aderhold and her husband of 43 years, Keith, have a son, a daughter and three granddaughters. She has served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Pierce, ID since 2010.  Before that, Ingrid spent twenty years coordinating religious education programs in Spain, Germany, and Spokane, WA. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Beyond the River Academy.Currently in a bi-vocational setting, she also is employed as an Advocate/Case Manager for the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy.

Pr. John Kline

John Kline is lead pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa.  Seven years ago, God led this 157 year old congregation to make radical changes for the sake of the Gospel and engage it's surrounding neighborhoods.  This mission shift  has made Zion a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church known in our city for self sacrifice, the love of Christ and doing hard things for Jesus.  Zion seeks partnerships with other churches, businesses, individuals, city, county, state and federal government agencies and non-profits to make Des Moines a greater city and model the even Greater City which is to come.  Prior to coming to Zion, he and his wife, Grace, were missionary teachers at the Latvian Christian Academy, a small Christian college in Jurmala, Latvia.  Previously, he served as Teaching Pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa.  John is from Houston, TX.   To read about God’s miraculous work transforming Zion, please go to ziondsm.org/our-story.

Rev Dr. Pêri Rasolondraibe

Pêri Rasolondraibe is Honorary President of the Antananarivo Regional Synod, Madagascar, Honorary President of the Malagasy Protestant Church in France (FPMA) and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Ecumenical Institute in Madagascar, representing the Malagasy Lutheran Church. 

Prior to this, he served as President of Lutheran Theological Seminary in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar from 1984 – 87; Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Northwestern Seminary in St Paul, MN from 1987 – 1991; Parish Pastor of Ambatovinaky Lutheran Church in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 1991 – 1995; General Secretary of Transitional Government in Madagascar from 1991 – 1993; Director of the Department for Mission and Development of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Geneva, Switzerland from 1995 – 2005; Parish Pastor if Hope Lutheran Church- 67ha in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 2005 – 2012; Vice President of the Antananarivo Regional Synod from 2008 – 12; President of NGO “Efforts in Favor of Apostolic Actions” (EFAA) in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 2008 – 20015; General Secretary of the civil Society “Raiamandreny Mijoro” in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 2010 – 2015, and President of the Committee for the Supervision and Control of the application of the Road Map (CSC) for the Second Transitional Government of Madagascar from 2012 – 2014.  He has received the state honors of Commandeur de l’Ordre National (2009), Grand Officier de l’Ordre National (2011), and Grand Croix de 2me Classe de l’Ordre National (2014).

Pr. Siimon Haamer

Pr. Siimon Haamer is a native of Estonia, an Eastern European country. He is a pastor in the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELC) where his two older brothers and father also serve as pastors and his grandfather before them. His family story represents a vivid example of life for Christians under oppression by Soviet authorities during 50 years of occupation. Siimon graduated Tartu Academy of Theology (TAT, a Christian college in Estonia) in 1998. Today he is the Dean of TAT. TAT recently merged with the EELC Seminary. These two schools together educate clergy, chaplains, pastoral care givers and counselors, deaconates and other workers for the Church in Estonia – today regarded as one of the most secular countries in the world. Pr. Haamer received his Master of Theology degree from the EELC Seminary in 2016. His thesis involved a study focusing on mentoring and spiritual direction needs for the clergy of the EELC. This thesis has been very useful for Siimon in developing a mentoring program for the Church. Siimon is a member of the Church's General Synod. Pr. Haamer's task also includes vital and necessary communication with governmental institutions in getting support for the formation of Health Care Chaplaincy in Estonia.

Rev. Dr. Ken Sundet Jones

Ken Sundet Jones is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Grand View University, a Lutheran college in Des Moines, Iowa. He holds a PhD in church history, specializing in Luther studies and the Reformation. He’s memorized the Small Catechism at least three times in his life and may finally have it down now.

As a parish pastor he served congregations at Pierre and Hayes, South Dakota, and at Calmar and Decorah in northeast Iowa. Ken’s teaching at Grand View regularly includes courses in Christianity, ethics, ancient and medieval philosophers, Old and New Testaments, and the life and thought of Luther. He received Grand View’s inaugural award for excellence and innovation in teaching.

Ken is a contributor to By Heart (the new interpretation of the Catechism), "Colaborate" confirmation curriculum, and the various versions of The Lutheran Handbook. For countless sins he confesses “Mea culpa” and yearns for absolution every time he sits in a pew.

Mrs. Jennifer Lynn DesArmo

Jennifer DesArmo is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the founder of Harlie’s Angels, a non-profit that helps people in need.  Harlie's Angels was founded after she and her husband lost their 15 year old daughter, Harlie.  Harlie's Angels became a nonprofit this past February with the love and support of friends and family.  They focus on helping all people in need. Currently, they are helping foster children with a comfort bag, teens with sports programs, homeless with hygiene and warm winter bags and helping a neighboring elderly community.  They look forward to what God lies on their hearts in the upcoming year.

"If God is for us, who can be against us"  - Romans 8:31

Rev. Pich Chim

Pastor Chim Pich was born in Cambodia in 1976 and became Christian in 1987.  He was baptized in 1992, then called to serve as Pastor of two churches from 1993-1996.  He received his Bachelor of Theology from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong in 2000.  He was a student at Luther Seminary from 2001-2005. He received his Bachelor of Management 2011 at CUS Cambodia and his Master of Management and Business Administration from Cambodian University for Specialties in 2016.  He has served as Coordinator for LCMC Cambodia since 2011.

Rev. Julie A. Smith

Julie Smith, a lifelong Minnesotan, serves as Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Dean of Students at St. Paul Lutheran Seminary.  She is a graduate of Luther Seminary and Gustavus Adolphus College.  Julie is an aunt to seven nieces and nephews.

Dr. Kyle T. Fever

Kyle is the Director of the Nexus Institute at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  He is a native of Des Moines and holds a PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Origins from Loyola University in Chicago.  He writes and teaches widely on topics related to New Testament and the early church, hermeneutics and Biblical interpretation, discipleship, church leadership, and engaging with Millennials. He currently also teaches for The Master's Institute and Luther Seminary.  He and Laura, his wife of 19 years, have four children and currently live in the Des Moines area.

Pr. Julie M. Samuelson - Opening Worship

Julie Samuelson is a second career seminary graduate from The Master’s Institute in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Ordained to serve Lutheran Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center, Julie spent 5 years as their Youth and Young Adults pastor. Julie, and her husband Brad were then launched by Lutheran Church of the Master to plant a church in their home town of Pine City, Minnesota three years ago. Hands for Pine City Outreach Church’s vision is existing to be the hands of Jesus to the city as they serve this 3600 person community. It’s an adventure of active involvement in the life of the city and finding ways to bless them in Jesus’ name. Every person, in every city needs to know how much Jesus loves them and how the church can transform their cities with His love. Brad & Julie have been married for 34 years both living in Pine City since childhood. They have 2 grown children and 3 and ½ grandchildren.

Rev. Dave Wollan

Dave met his wife, Andrea, at the Lutheran Bible (or Bridal!) Institute of Seattle, and they have been blessed with four children.  After serving as a youth director for over 15 years- and after receiving his M-Div from the Institute of Theology- Dave was ordained and now serves Faith Lutheran as pastor.  Go Vikings!

Rev. Dr. Jo Kinnard

Raised Hindu in Chennai, India, I was retrieved by Christ from a personal crisis and brought to faith in my forties, here in the USA. At the same time, by calling him to be my baptismal sponsor, God reclaimed my husband Mike who had been raised Lutheran but had turned away from God in his twenties. I was baptized at Hosanna! Lutheran Church (LCMC) in St. Charles, IL. Right away I knew I could not continue to live the “same old life.” I felt called to introduce everyone to Jesus.

I earned my M.Div. at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA. My testimony has been published in my book Out of the Fog, Into the Sun: My Journey from Hinduism to Christ. (Wipf and Stock, 2010).  

God continually amazes me in putting to work all my education, work (higher education and software development), and personal history, including a doctorate in Hindu philosophical systems from the University of Madras, India, to help people encounter Christ in their lives.  

I serve as the pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (LCMC), Inwood, IA, and as an adjunct professor teaching Theology and World Religions in the M.Div. program at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, Brookings, SD.
I love dancing for the Lord, and harnessing God’s gift of laughter. Mike and I enjoy worship, music, sci-fi, hiking, and coffee. We live in Inwood, with our dog-children Java and Hershey.

Mr. Eric McIntyre - Worship Leader

Eric has been on staff with Redeemer Lutheran in Fridley MN since 1999, steering both modern and traditional worship experiences.  After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead MN with degrees in Music and Religion, he served as worship director at Hope Lutheran in Fargo ND.  Currently, he is a student at The Master’s Institute Seminary in St Paul.   His regional worship leadership includes events with the Alliance of Renewal Churches, Lutheran Renewal, The Master’s Institute and Twin Cities Alpha.  Eric and his wife Kris have two sons in political careers and a daughter attending college.

Rev. Roland J. Wells - Mission Shift

Almost 30 years in the 'hood!  Pastor Wells' ministry has been focused on rebuilding an historic urban congregation in the midst of drug dealers, poverty, gunshots and the rebirth of a neighborhood.  St. Paul's story has been featured by Leadership Journal and other publications.  They currently share their building with four immigrant congregations and several non-profit organizations; they have 'mothered' eight congregations of other cultures.

Wells is the founder of MissionShift Institute and U4C, the Urban Cross-Cultural College Consortium.  (The Urban Studies/Urban Entrepreneurship program of University of Northwestern and Concordia University-St. Paul.)  He served as Executive Producer of the MissionShift DVD Series, introducing cross-cultural ministry to congregations, non-profits and educational institutions.

Wells has been featured on CitySites Urban Media, Asbury Seminary's annual Kingdom Conference, as a workshop leader for the 2010 LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. He has served as a regular workshop leader for most of the Ethnic America Network's Ethnic Workers' Summits since 2003.  He has spoken at many congregations, denominational events, conferences, faculty retreats and tours, as well as media outlets.   In 2010, he was chosen to be one of the 500 North American delegates to the Lausanne III world mission event in Cape Town, South Africa.

Rev. Johan L. Hinderlie

Pastor Johan and Sonja Hinderlie have portrayed the roles of 16th century reformer Martin Luther and his wife Katarina since 1979.

They present the testimony of these amazing people in full costume with the flavor of the Reformation time in Germany. Their stories reveal the theological focus of Luther’s teaching; sola scriptura, sola gratia, and sola fide. (word alone, grace alone, and faith alone). Katy also tells of her escape from the Nimbschen convent, life with Luther and coping with suffering and death in her family.

The Hinderlies proclaim the gospel of the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ through these presenta¬tions while presenting interesting anecdotes on the life and times of this unusual couple.  

They are available for groups of all ages: colleges, seminaries, confirmation students and adult forums. Their specialty is in leading worship using the Luther story as the focus. They can also offer separate presentations in worship services.

Johan is a retired Lutheran pastor.  Together they led Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria from 1984 to 2012.  They enjoy bringing the Luther’s to life with drama and humor.

Contact Sonja at noniehinderlie@gmail.com.