Our Purpose

The FLY Convention® is the biennial national youth gathering of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. The purpose of the FLY Convention® is to provide congregations with a tool for winning the lost, building the believer, and encouraging student disciplemaking in the local congregation. It seems good to us as we join together for common work and fellowship to state our beliefs in regard to the following matters.






Student disciplemaking

2023 FLY Committee

Pastor Gideon Johnson
FLY President

Church: Hope Free Lutheran Church, Killdeer ND
Favorite Vacation Spot: Black Hills, SD
Favorite Meal: Tacos or Pizza

Sharon Rykhus
First Vice President

Church: Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls SD
Favorite Vacation Spot: Switzerland
Favorite Meal: Any meal surrounded by family

Caleb Holt
Second Vice President

Church: St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church, Fargo ND
Favorite Vacation Spot: Fort Myers Beach, FL
Favorite Meal: Burritos/Tacos

Bryce Timmerman
Devotional Life Secretary

Church: Stillwater Free Lutheran Church, Kalispell MT
Favorite Vacation Spot: Boston
Favorite Meal: Anything wrapped in bacon

Ruth Gunderson

Church: Living Hope Church, Rogers ND
Favorite Vacation Spot: Ronda, Spain
Favorite Meal: Lasagna Bolognese

Emily Goff

Church: Hope Lutheran Church, Minneapolis MN
Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida
Favorite Meal: Tater Tot Hotdish

Daniel Keinanen
FLY Convention Coordinator

Church: Christ is Lord Free Lutheran Church, Onalaska WI
Favorite Vacation Spot: North Dakota
Favorite Meal: The next one

Chris Rasmussen
Youth Ministries Administrative Coordinator

Church: Grace Free Lutheran Church, Maple Grove MN
Favorite Vacation Spot: Haleiwa, Hawaii
Favorite Meal: Steak and Baked Potatoes

Adam McCarlson
Youth Board Representative

Church: Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls SD
Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida
Favorite Meal: Popcorn