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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.

Ava Slaybaugh

Ava Slaybaugh

Ava is a DCE at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Edmond, OK. Born and raised in San Antonio, she is a graduate of Concordia Irvine. She recently married Matt Slaybaugh, a fellow DCE, and loves her dog Rosie.
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Barry Pfeiffer

Barry Pfeiffer

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Ben Meyer

Ben Meyer

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.
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Blake Brockman

Blake Brockman

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.
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Brandon Metcalf

Brandon Metcalf

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.
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Casey Kegley

Casey Kegley

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.
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Cassie Moore

Cassie Moore

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.
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Dave Rueter

Dave Rueter

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.
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Eric Dunn

Eric Dunn

Eric Dunn is the Director of Chistian Education at Trinity Lutheran Ministries in Edwardsville, Illinois. He grew up in Missouri. He has a degree in Psychology and his DCE certificate with emphases in youth ministry and family life ministry from Concordia University Nebraska. He has worked on a planning committee for the national youth gathering and serves on the youth advisory board of the Southern Illinois District of the LCMS. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, and their three kids. He also enjoys reading and watching Cardinal baseball.
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Heidi Goehmann

Heidi Goehmann

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.
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Joseph Hope-Hull

Joseph Hope-Hull

Joseph Hope-Hull is the Director of Christian Education at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Originally from San Diego, he made his way to Glen Burnie by way of Concordia University Nebraska (2019). Joseph loves baseball (Go Padres!) and is working to visit all 30 baseball stadiums by his 30th birthday. He also enjoys getting smarter everyday through various podcasts, audiobooks, and YouTube channels.
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Joshua Schmitt

Joshua Schmitt

Josh is the Director of Christian Education at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD. He received his DCE Certification and Master’s Degree in Theology from Concordia-Irvine. He is married to his wonderful wife, Ellen, and they’ve been blessed with amazing children.
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Julianna Shults

Julianna Shults

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.
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Kristin Highley

Kristin Highley

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.
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Paige Edgington

Paige Edgington

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!
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Sarah Dibbern

Sarah Dibbern

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.
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Tawn Bueltmann

Tawn Bueltmann, a Seward graduate, has served the Church in a variety of ways…. as a Lutheran school teacher, Director of Music, camp Ministry Assistant, and volunteer. She and her husband Kevin have four children. Tawn is blessed to be a “Lyme disease survivor.” Whether supporting her husband in his work, being a stay-at-home mom, working as a paid church worker or as a volunteer, Tawn has found great joy over the years in “serving the Lord with gladness.”
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Tina Berg

Tina Berg

Tina is a Christian Life Coach, researcher, and educator who works with Christians and Christian families to integrate their faith into their lives so that it becomes their primary identity. She especially enjoys working with Christian families with children who are confused about their identity and how their Christian faith can be lived out in all areas of their lives. Tina has degrees from Liberty University and Concordia University, Wisconsin. She is a wife and mother of six who currently lives in Nebraska with her husband, Pastor Brent, and her two youngest children.
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