youthESource Authors

YouthESource is the resourcing website of LCMS Youth Ministry. Our articles are written by pastors, DCEs, commissioned workers, professional and lay youth leaders from the field. We are grateful for their work in resourcing ministries across the country. Find out more about them below.

Blake Brockman

Blake Brockman

DCE

Blake Brockman is the Director of Youth & Family Ministries at Peace Lutheran in Antigo, WI. He loves his wife Hannah, sports, and being creative with writing and his YouTube channel. Blake loves to learn and teach practical ways to walk with God.

Brianna Dehn

Brianna Dehn

Brianna is a St. Louis native who has been writing plays for middle school, high school, and college age youth since 2014. She loves writing scripts that are relevant to youth on current topics. In 2019, Brianna’s play, “Disorder in the Court,” was published by Pioneer Drama Services. This play has been performed in over 40 schools and community theaters across the United States and Canada. She has also written Vacation Bible School scripts for Concordia Publishing House. Brianna loves using her Christian values to create resources that can be used in children and youth ministries.

Sarah Dibbern

Sarah Dibbern

Director of Christian Education

Sarah is a DCE at Woodbury Lutheran Church in Woodbury, MN. When she’s not teaching kids/teens about Jesus and coming up with hashtags for church-wide events, she enjoys taking pictures around the Twin Cities and spending time at her cabin in Northwestern Minnesota. Sarah’s known for her love of coffee, hatred of mornings, and creating games that involve hiding Rubber Chickens at the various campuses of WLC and then forgetting where she hid them.

Eric Dunn

Eric Dunn

Director of Christian Education

Eric Dunn is a DCE who serves at Trinity Lutheran in Edwardsville, IL.

Paige Edgington

Paige Edgington

Director of Christian Education

Paige Edgington graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2012 as a DCE with a degree in Theology. Paige went into ministry because she was passionate about creating a safe place for youth to grow in faith and be in community. She currently serves as Director of Outreach and Coffeehouse Manager at Fairmount Ministries & Coffee Co. in Wichita, Kansas. This is her 6th year with the campus ministry at Wichita State University through Fairmount. Paige and her husband, Cooper, have a 10-year-old Cocker Spaniel named Lego. In her free time, she loves to read, go on walks and hikes, spend time with family, and enjoy coffee and conversation with friends!

Heidi Goehmann

Heidi Goehmann

Dcs and LCSW

Heidi is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health provider and also a deaconess, which is a fancy way of saying she loves Jesus and figuring out how our brains and emotions work. She provides therapy and writes and creates resources about those things at heidigoehmann.com. She loves her giant dog, Star Wars, hockey, adventures, and new ideas. She lives in Norfolk, Nebraska with her husband, four kids, and 1.5 dogs in her not-quite tiny house.

Amy Gray

Amy Gray

Amy Bird is a child of God and wife of Aaron. She holds a Masters in Systematic Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and is continually amazed at how powerfully God’s Word speaks into life today.

Amy Gray

Amy Gray

Heather Hardecopf lives in Elk River Minnesota with her Husband, the Principal at St. John Lutheran School, and her two daughters. She loves baking and ballet. Heather serves MN South District on the Ministerial Health Committee. Heather began her service to Lutheran students volunteering as a teenager, and has continued to serve Lutheran Youth wherever God has placed her, including as Director of Youth Ministry.

Casey Kegley

Casey Kegley

Pastor

Casey is the associate pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Beth, and they have three kids: Boaz, Adah, and Eliana. He loves to eat good food, make new friends, and cheer for all his beloved Wisconsin sports teams.

Brandon Metcalf

Brandon Metcalf

Seminarian/DCE

Brandon has been involved in youth ministry since 2013 and loves any chance to work with God’s people to help them hold onto the promises of God. He is a contributing author to “Connected for Life: Essential Guide to Youth Ministry” and “Word of Strength and Promise: Devotions for Youth” and has spoken at district and national youth gatherings. He enjoy Frisbee, volleyball, and board games but his greatest joys come from being a husband and father.

Ben Meyer

Ben Meyer

Pastor

Ben Meyer is a husband, father, pastor and child of God. He has served as a pastor in Missouri, Illinois, and now at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunbury, Ohio and has presented at the Rural and Small Towns Missions national conference. He enjoys sports, fishing, hiking, reading, and spending time with his family.

Cassie Moore

Cassie Moore

Director of Christian Education

Cassie Moore is an author, speaker, and Director of Next Gen Ministries at St. Mark Lutheran Church & School in Houston, Texas. She’s author of “Authentic Youth Ministry: Straight Talk about Working with Kids, Teens & In-Betweens”, contributor for “Connected for Life: Essential Guide to Youth Ministry”, and an upcoming historical fiction series. She grew up in Illinois & Minnesota, has a degree from Concordia University in Irvine, California, has worked on national & district youth gatherings, and enjoys speaking nationally. She loves observing culture, travel, & talking to strangers. She and her husband, Pastor Tyler, have two dogs. Connect with her at cassieahmoore.com.

Emily Phoenix

Emily Phoenix

Emily is an avid writer and blogger, who is passionate about sharing stories and experiences that provide opportunities for interaction, growth and deepening faith in Jesus. Emily serves as New Programming Coordinator for KINDLE (www.kindleservantleaders.org). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Dir. of Christian Education certificate from Concordia University Nebraska in 2008. Emily resides in Baltimore, MD, with her husband, Jack. You can connect with her at www.emilyphoenix.com.

Christa Prill

Christa Prill

Christa Prill is just your average girl who grew up Lutheran in the Midwest. She fell in love with a man who decided to be a pastor, and now finds herself living on mission with her husband and their church in Brentwood, California. She stays busy raising three boys and following Jesus on the many adventures he seems to have planned for her.

Dave Rueter

Dave Rueter

Director of Christian Education

Dr. Dave Rueter has been in DCE Ministry for more than 20 years. He currently serves on staff at Our Savior, Livermore, CA. He is husband to Andrea and father to James and Wesley. Dave is the author of Teaching the Faith at Home and  Called to Serve both from CPH.

Kristin Schmidt

Kristin Schmidt

Director of Christian Education

Kristin is a servant of Christ who is blessed to currently be serving as DCE at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. Originally a California native, Kristin has a masters in teaching from Biola University, as well as a masters in theology and DCE certificate from Concordia Irvine. She spent several years in Georgia, where part of her heart still lives with her two adorable nephews. Kristin held a variety of jobs including Disneyland cast member, public school teacher, and waitress, before recognizing God’s call to full-time ministry. In addition to enjoying this dream vocation, she also loves running, baking, music, history, and strong coffee.

Julianna Shults

Julianna Shults

Director of Christian Education/Managing Editor

Julianna Shults is a DCE serving a Program Manager for LCMS Youth Ministry. With a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Community Development, Julianna served congregations in Florida and Chicago. She writes for the Youth E-Source, co-authored Relationships Count from CPH and co-hosts the podcast End Goals. Julianna is a self-proclaimed nerd, coffee snob and obsessive aunt.

Thomas Wiemer

Thomas Wiemer

Lutheran Teacher

Tom Wiemer is a Called Middle School teacher in Luxemburg, WI. His wife, Rebecca, is a gifted DCE who serves the same parish. They have one son, Miles. While his job and Miles take up most of his time, but he loves going for walks, playing basketball, exercising, and attending sporting events as much as he can.