Jordan Langness is from Ishpeming Michigan. He currently serves as Youth and Family Ministry Director at Hope Free Lutheran Church. He has also lived in Beulah ND serving as their youth pastor for 9.5 years, and Minneapolis area going to AFLBS and the University of Northwestern St. Paul while working with Hope Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis and Solid Rock in Anoka during that time. He married Sarah in 2009 and have four children ages 7 (Ezekiel), 5(Micaiah), 3(Reaiah), and 1(Jireh) by the time of FLY.
In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, shooting, camping, tennis, and board games. Jordan loves being able to witness the Lord moving in the lives of students through the teaching of His Word and the presence of His Spirit. He finds it humbling to be able to participate in an aspect of the Lord’s work that has resulted in genuinely changed lives in this world and eternal life in the world to come.Bio
Pastor Andy Coyle
Pastor Andrew Coyle serves as pastor of Shiloh Free Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD, a new church plant in the AFLC. Before coming to plant Shiloh in 2015, he previously served as a full-time missionary in Ukraine from 2011-2015 where he helped start and teach at a Bible school. Before his time in Ukraine, he served in pastoral ministry from 2008-2011. As well as being an AFLBS graduate, he holds a B.S. in Intercultural Studies from Northwestern University, St. Paul, MN and an M.Div. from the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN.
Pastor Andy and his wife, Monica, enjoy life with their five children, Moriah, Isaiah, Josiah, Levi and Daniel. Pastor Andy is so thankful for FLY as it was foundational in his own spiritual formation. He is praying that students lives will be forever changed by the power of the Gospel.
Tim Herset is from Kalispell MT. He currently serves as a Young Life Area Director. Most of his life has been in Kalispell but he spent a little time in British Columbia with Skiers/Snowboarders for Christ and then with Young Life in the Twin Cities from '08-'12. He’s married to Emily and is a new father of Mara (born August 25!). He enjoys riding bicycles, canoeing, smoking meat and eating with friends, skiing, sleeping outside and being a dad! He’s excited about the FLY Convention because God has used this gathering to help him know God more throughout his journey of faith.
Pastor Steve Jensen
Pastor Steve Jensen serves as pastor of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Congregation at Schwer in Milford IL. Steven and his wife Brandi met at AFLBS in 1998. 19 years of marriage and 9 kids later he has found that God's grace is something which should be held with two hands. He enjoys Ultimate Frisbee and video games. A good movie where all the family is gathered together is one of his favorite things. He misses CO, the Estes Park, and Loveland area, where he grew up. If you want tips on the good fishing holes just ask him! He is excited to be speaking this year at the FLY convention. He finds it to be one of the highest honors in the AFLC.
Pastor Jason Holt
Jason Holt from Saint Michael, MN. He currently is serving as the AFLC Director of Youth Ministries. He previously served as Associate Pastor in Fergus Falls, MN for 8 years. Jason has been married to Jennifer for 24 years and is the parent of five kids that span in age from teen to college-age adult. His hobbies include family walks in his neighborhood and following the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Jason is excited to see what the Lord does at FLY this year, because Jesus is always faithful
Bible Study Leaders
Dave & Rennie Garda
Dave and Rennie serve as disciplemaking missionaries called to help churches and families understand and live disciplemaking friendships. As a couple they minister to and implement disciplemaking learning communities with leaders, disciplemakers and families. Dave and Rennie are directly involved with developing training tools and those who multiply disciplemaking as they model, teach, train, coach and mentor leaders and teams globally.
As a couple Dave and Rennie assist churches in modeling disciplemaking learning communities, leading training experiences, coming alongside leadership in seasons of interim and transitional ministry, developing disciplemaking youth and family ministries, mentoring volunteer and vocational leadership, church-wide disciplemaking development, staff-mission-vision alignment, leadership crisis moments and disciplemaking friendship.
Workshop Speakers & Topics
Dr. Walt Mueller
Dr. Walt Mueller will lead a workshop addressing the topic of pornography, walking students into an understanding of God's big "YES!" for their sexuality (it is good!), while helping them understand how fallen and broken expressions of sexuality can harm both them and others in the present and future. He offers guidelines and practical strategies for dealing with pornography in one's life.
Mr. Ben Monseth will lead a workshop addressing the topic of suicide; specifically helping our students to think biblically about suicide. Speaking to students who might have suicidal thoughts, those who have lost someone by suicide, and what to do if you think someone is suicidal.
Pastor Wade Mobley
Rev. Wade Mobley will lead a workshop addressing the topic of gender identity; specifically helping our students think biblically about the current cultural confession over gender identity; discovering the false claims made by the culture, the biblical teaching regarding gender, and how to interact with ones who do not hold to a biblical position.
Pastor Jonathan Unverzagt
Rev. Jonathan Unverzagt will lead a workshop addressing the topic of Law and Gospel living. He will help our student's know what it means to think and to live in the biblical freedom of the Gospel, not the burden of the law.
The Chalk Guy
Ben has been speaking professionally since 1995. With over
two decades of experience, his charisma and energy have
allowed him to gain the confidence and understanding that
is essential to connecting with an audience.
Ben struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
throughout his formative years, ultimately finding it impossible
to stay interested in school and leaving following his junior year in
college. Although his ADD caused him to struggle academically, it
proved to be a perfect companion in his career as a performer, creator,
Jared uses illusions and comedy to present the gospel
of Jesus Christ in relevant, engaging ways. Traveling
extensively across the nation, Jared performs his illusions
for many conferences, festivals, outreach events, youth
camps, and Upward award nights. He has shared the
stage with many artists including Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, David
Crowder, Third Day, Switchfoot, Newsboys, Jon Acuff, Jamie Grace,
Toby Mac, Lecrae, and many more.
God called Jared to ministry while he was a student in high school in
Baytown, Texas. While in school, he began using illusions, comedy, and
even mind-blowing stunts to capture the attention of students and
share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.
Jared’s opportunities to share his faith through his illusions increased
while he attended college; and presently, he is traveling full-time
performing over 120 shows a year. The illusions that Jared performs
don’t just entertain and capture the attention of audiences, but are
great tools to illustrate the message of the Gospel as well. With his
ability to captivate the attention of the audience quickly through
humor and exciting illusions, Jared appeals to all ages, denominations,
and types of people that attend his shows.
It’s hard to imagine how many times Micah Tyler spent
his days wondering ‘what’s next,’ while driving a sausage
delivery truck across southeast Texas. Surely, questioning
his own discernment to quit his youth pastor gig, sell half
of what he owned to move his family into a single-wide
trailer and start traveling the region, performing songs he’d written.
Not an easy move for a guy in his late 20s living in somewhatreclusive
Buna, Texas with a wife, three kids, and no strong connection
to the music industry, at the time. “I just knew I had to be obedient
and step out into music full time,” Tyler recalls. “I told the Lord, ‘I
don’t know how to be a professional musician, but you’ve taught me
to be faithful.’ It was a daily decision to wake up every morning and
stop worrying about tomorrow.”
Fast-forward down that long road, and the same guy behind the
delivery truck wheel over a half-decade prior, is now the latest pop
artist to sign a national record deal, garner a nod for “New Artist
of the Year” at the GMA Dove Awards and release his debut album,
Different, through Fair Trade Services, home to MercyMe, Newsboys
and many other key industry names. The lead single from that
project, “Never Been a Moment” is not only one of the biggest radio
chart-toppers from a breakout act in 2016, it turned out to be more
autobiographical in context than he even planned.
With that said, hundreds of nights on the road have certainly honed
Tyler’s purpose for ministry through a growing list of self-penned tunes
borne from a place that’s as real as the person he’s trying to be. “These
songs are battle-tested,” says Micah. “I want to live the music I’m writing.
There are some songs I can’t write because I haven’t lived there yet. When
someone comes up to me after a concert and tells me how my songs
affected them, I want to make sure they know I can relate.”