We are happy to welcome the following speakers at this year's Jr. High DYG:
Pastor Jim Henkell has served in congregations in Agoura Hills and San Diego, CA. He has served at St. Paul's, San Diego since 2003.
Pastor Jim has preached and spoken at more than 200 events across the country with a special emphasis on outreach and witnessing. He has served in numerous leadership positions, including as National Chairman of Lutheran Youth Fellowship, and as a member of the Board of Regents for Concordia University Irvine.
Pastor Jim is the proud dad of Noah and Reagan.
Shelli Haynes has been a DCE in Southern CA for 21 years. Currently she is serving children and high school students at Red Hill Lutheran in Tustin. She is a graduate from Concordia Irvine and has a MA from Concordia Seward, NE.
Shelli is a huge SF Giants baseball fan (yep, even this season), and loves to go to the beach and play badminton in her backyard with friends and family. Shelli is married to Travis and they have two high school aged daughters. She loves God's word and sharing it with students and adults!
Pastor Kyle Blake serves as the pastor at The gathering Lutheran Church in Long Beach. He has been in the ministry for 17 years. Once at a youth event, Pastor Kyle chewed a wad of gum that was comprised of ABC (already been chewed) gum from about 50 kids.
When he is not ministering to the people of Long Beach, Kyle is spending time with his wife, Kendell, and two boys, Asher and Zebulun. Kyle is also an Orange Belt in Krav Maga.