Called 2 Follow 2018 Speakers

Andrea Paulson

Pastor Andrea Paulson a follower of Jesus, saved by grace through faith, overwhelmed by the relentless love and abounding hope found in Christ alone. Her desire in life is to point to Jesus. Nothing else matters. 

Andrea serves as Associate Pastor at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings, NE. Prior to serving First St. Paul's, Andrea served as Director of Youth Ministry in Fargo, ND. For a decade, Andrea has been committed to advocating for and raising up the next generation of church leaders and challenging church comfort zones in the face of rapidly changing world. Her passion is to equip youth, young adults and families to live their mission so that they can point to Jesus. 

Andrea graduated in 2002 with Bachelor's degrees in History and Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and taught high school before her call to youth ministry. She attained her Master's of Divinity in 2016. With her background in education, Andrea teaches the Bible in ways that are engaging, creative, interactive and sometimes a little off the wall. But if it points us to Jesus, that's really all that matters. 

Andrea has been married to Jeff for 19 years. They have four children, Lucas, Alex, Lisa and Amelia, and a spirited German Shepherd, Dakota. Besides Jesus and her family, Andrea is thankful for coffee, Diet Coke, hockey and missions to Catadupa, Jamaica. 

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Kyle Fever

Kyle Fever is the Director of the Nexus Institute at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA. The Nexus Institute is a high school theology institute for developing future church leaders. He has a PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Origins, and he has a great passion for helping God’s people read Scripture in ways that take its words seriously and meaningfully for shaping life today. He can speak widely on how the New Testament and early church can give new life to how we live as Christians today (invite him to your church!). He has been married for 19 years, and he and his wife Laura have four kids. He and his family enjoy cooking at home, music, running, slowing down the crazy of life, and food. Did I mention food? If ministry doesn’t work out, he’ll open a café/coffeeshop, where he can cook whatever he wants and maybe make money doing it.

Noah Ruppert

Noah serves as Worship Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, Iowa. He is passionate about focusing hearts on Christ and energizing the church through worship. Noah has invested in worship ministry for 15 years, leading praise teams of all ages from middle school through adult. He and his wife, Emily, have a three-year-old boy, and are expecting a little girl in April 2018. Noah enjoys spending time with his family and rooting for the Minnesota Vikings!

Chip Reynolds

Chip Reynolds is Pastor of Faith Formation at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, Texas.  He has served churches in both Texas (SPLC New Braunfels, Our Saviour’s LC in Victoria) and Utah (Our Savior’s LC in Roy.)  Prior to following God’s calling into fulltime ministry, Chip was a High School Teacher and Coach for 11 years.  He has worked with students his entire adult life and gets as much from them (if not more) than he gives.  He is excited about this summer’s gathering and looks forward to worshiping with everyone from across the association that attends.  He also serves as Chaplain for the the 4th/133rd Field Artillery in the Texas Army National Guard.

Dan Clites

The Rev. Dan Clites serves in the LCMC as its national Coordinator for Church Planting Development.  For over 5-years, Dan has been coaching, training, equipping and deploying over 70 church planters and launch teams in starting new, disciple-making congregations around the nation.  Before stepping into his current call, Dan planted and led Rejoice! Church in Northfield, MN for over a decade.  Way before that, Dan worked as a television sports anchor and reporter for WDAY-WDAZ-TV in Fargo-Grand Forks, ND.  Now-a-days, Dan lives in Prior Lake, MN with his wife, Joanne. They have two adult daughters, a son-in-law and two small grandchildren.