Pastor Ryan Patenaude
Ryan Patenaude is the pastor of West Prairie Free Lutheran in Kindred, ND. He is a father to five kids, a husband to one wife, and care-taker to 28 chickens. He keeps bees, roasts coffee, and likes to build things. He's excited to speak at FLY because God meets man's greatest needs through his Word, and it is a joy to bring the two together.
Pastor Alex Amiot
Pastor Alex Amiot lives with his wife and kids in sunny Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Pastor Alex likes soccer, disc golf, basketball, and woodworking. He's blessed to serve two congregations: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and Reiner Lutheran Free Church. I'm excited for FLY 2021 because Jesus has restored my hope and drawn me near to Him by the blood of Christ, not because of anything within me. Praise God!
Pastor Micah Hjermstad
Pastor Micah Hjermstad serves as head pastor at St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church, in Fargo, ND. In his free time, he loves to travel, play golf, and trap squirrels and set them free in beautiful parks where they can't invade his house. He loves telling people about Jesus, and can't wait to share with you how Christ restores us and sustains us each and every day. He’s looking forward to a great week with you in Colorado!
Pastor Adam Osier
Pastor Adam Osier lives in Maple Grove, MN with his favorite (and only) wife, Courtney, and two children, Jacobi (10) and Kaia (8). Since 2019, he has served as the dean of the Free Lutheran Bible College in Plymouth, MN. He is passionate about the freedom found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and loves to talk with people about it. He also enjoys hiking, biking, drinking good coffee, binge listening to audiobooks, and eating donuts, though not all at the same time. He also has two different colored eyes, has slept through both an earthquake and a tornado, and once was greeted by name by the children of a high-ranking government official. But mostly he’s glad to know that he is loved by Jesus through whom he has forgiveness and life that can’t end. He’s excited about the opportunity to speak about that truth at FLY.
Pastor Brent Olson
Pastor Brent Olson lives in Robbinsdale, MN. He is the Old Testament Instructor at the AFLC Schools. He enjoys traveling around the country and the world. He and his brother go to the Minnesota Vikings home games and attend a few MN Wild and MN Twins game each season as well. He likes attending live concerts. Brent enjoys TV (or streaming), especially political thrillers and shows that make him laugh out loud. He reads a lot – theology, literature, and biographies (especially of influential Christians).
He believes there is no greater privilege and responsibility in life than being called to preach God’s word to the people He created and died for. He’s honored to present Jesus to the young people whom He loves so much.
Lissy Rienow is 20 years old. With one older brother and five younger siblings she has a passion for helping teens live for Christ at home. Family relationships are hard and we all need biblical encouragement! She is a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Serving with Visionary Family Ministries, she speaks at youth and family ministry events around the country and writes Bible studies for teens. Connect with her on Instagram @liss_rienow.
Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over ten years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.
Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding and has been working with young people and families for over 35 years. As a result of his work with CPYU, Walt has become an internationally-recognized speaker and author on contemporary youth culture. He has written extensively on youth culture and family issues and is the author of 99 books. Walt earned his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell in “Ministry to Postmodern Generations.” Walt has served in ministry with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and as a youth pastor in churches in Johnstown, PA and Philadelphia.
Pastor Eric Rasmussen
Pastor Eric Rasmussen lives in Fergus Falls, MN with his wife Rachel and their 4 children Anna, Samuel, Micah, and Aiden. He is a Pastor at Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN. He enjoys fishing, target shooting, coaching, and spending time at a lake or state park. Eric loves FLY and teaching and he is excited to be the Bible Study Leader for FLY 2021.