Evening Speakers

Pastor Scott Stroud
I have three roles here at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church in Salinas California (about 10 miles inland from the ocean near Monterey). I am the Associate Pastor which includes preaching every other week. I am the Family Pastor which entails overseeing the family ministry and I am the Youth Pastor. I have been married to my amazing wife, Mary, for 17 years. I have four children: Peter (16) is attending Trinity Christian High School and will be a sophomore next year. Elijah (14) will be a freshman at Trinity next year. Cassie (12) will be in 7th grade at Monterey Bay Christian School and Seth (10) will be in 4th grade.

A non-googleable fact about me is that I love to cook. In fact, my Mom gave me an Easy Bake Oven when I was 6 years old. She worked in restaurants so she taught me a lot about baking and cooking.

Pastor Tim Johnson
I am Sr. Pastor and Youth & Family Minister of Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone, MN which is my home church and home town. My wife Cindy and I have been married since 1987 and we have 3 boys (Jordan-19, Jesse-17, Aaron-12).

A non-googleable fact about me is that I have a marionette that was made in my exact image. It’s creepy!

Pastor Mark Molstre
I am the Sr. Pastor at Elim Lutheran Church in Lake Stevens, WA. My wife Lori and I have five children, Jessica, Joshua, Isaac, Sandra, and Abigail.

A non-googleable fact about me is because of having the hobby of creating decorative concrete projects, I have become known as the 'Concrete Pastor'.

Jen Erickson
I live in Bloomington, MN and have the pleasure of being a stay-at-home mom and full-time student (finishing my undergraduate degree). When time allows, I write. I am the mother to three young sons—Aedan, Eli & Jo Isaac—the most challenging and fulfilling role I've ever had. My late husband (Jeremy) died from complications of a bone marrow transplant in the summer of 2012—by far the greatest grief I've ever experienced. My life has been filled with more than I ever thought it would be—both blessings and sorrows—and I would not care to walk forward apart from the grace of God.

A non-googleable fact about me is that I don’t enjoy sweets—for real. Not chocolate; not dessert. Nor do I like the taste of coffee—sad but true.

Pastor Matthew Ballmann
I am the Pastor of Discipleship at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. My wife Natalie and I have been married for five joyful years and are blessed to have two children. 

A non-googleable fact about me is that while camping in my home state of Texas, I inadvertently stepped barefoot on a rattlesnake in the dark! While my heart ended up in my throat, I fortunately was not bitten. Lesson: Never walk in the dark without a flashlight.​

Pastor Nathan Hoff
I have have served Trinity Lutheran Church since 2005. My wife Joy and I have been married since 1996. We have 4 kids and live in San Pedro, CA (where the 1980's hit show, Love Boat, used to dock). 

Instead of non-googleable fact, here are 3 googleable non-facts: 1. I wasn't involved in a court case against my spouse. 2. I wasn't a 285lb. football player in Ohio. 3. I am not any one of the eight people in Wisconsin named "Nathan Hoff".

Bible Study Leaders

Pastor Paul Kneeland
Sr. High Bible Study Leader

I have been recently called as the new pastor at Solid Rock Free Lutheran Church in Anoka, MN. My wife, Ruth, and I have three children: Andrew (recently married to Esther Long); Alisha (a senior at AFLBS); and Carter (7th grade.)

A non-googleable fact about me would relate to my love of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. By the time I get to FLY this Summer, Lord willing, I will have completed my 8th trip into the depths of the canyon... (13th visit overall)... and my first going the entire distance from the north rim to the south rim in one day, with my daughter, Alisha!

Pastor Nathan Olson
Jr. High Bible Study Leader

My wife Emily and I have been married for 3 years and are enjoying the blessing of parenthood with our one year old son Josiah. I have been involved in youth ministry for 9 years and am currently pursuing a PhD in Doctrinal Theology. I enjoy adventures and some of my favorite experiences have been swimming across the Amazon River, mountain biking down the side of a volcano, and surfing off the coast of Chile.

A non-googleable fact about me is that that FLY 2015 is my tenth FLY Convention that I have attended.


The Skit Guys
Tommy Woodard and Eddie James are The Skit Guys. They have been best friends since high school. Think of them as the wise guys in class who had everyone laughing and managed to make a career out of it. They've been teaching God's word using comedy, drama and whatever category talking action figures fit into for over twenty years.

Eric Samuel Timm
He’s part artist, part speaker, and all passion – this is what gives Rev. Eric Samuel Timm of No One Underground relevance in today’s landscape. Speaking, painting, and performing to thousands each year, he is sought after for his ability to present God's truth in ways that are attractive both to the church and to people who aren't in a current relationship with Christ. Eric resides in MN with his family creating with purpose.
Visit Eric Samuel Timm online at www.nooneunderground.com and find him on Facebook and Twitter. "Eric Samuel Timm"