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.

Rebekah Freed

Rebekah Freed

Director of Christian Education

Rebekah Freed is a Kansas-grown girl who went to college in the cornfields of Nebraska before being sent to Tonawanda, New York, in 2010 on her DCE internship at First Trinity Lutheran Church. She joyfully served as the Director of High School and Young Adult Ministries until 2019. Now she is now the Director for Student Development at Concordia Nebraska. Bekah enjoys spending time outside hiking, reading, writing, playing her guitar and wishing it was warm out.

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.

Brandon Metcalf

Brandon Metcalf

Seminarian/DCE

Brandon lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wonderful wife Dana and their two-year-old son Benjamin. In high school he was convinced he was not going to be a church worker, but he is so thankful that God had different plans. He was blessed to serve as a Director of Christian Education from 2013-18 and is currently at Concordia Seminary studying to become a pastor.

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

Director of Christian Education

Emily (Norman) Phoenix graduated from Concordia University, Seward and received her DCE certification in 2008. She is currently serving at Galilee Lutheran Church in Pasadena, MD. She pursued DCE ministry to fulfill her desire to serve God in many and various ways. “I really enjoy the opportunity to work with all ages and help them understand and apply their faith in Jesus Christ in their lives.”

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.