Our 2012-2013 pracitioners
Neil Christians is the Director of the Family Ministry Team at Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC. He has been in paid children,youth and family ministry for 20 years and is passionate about mentoring others in a life of faith. Other passions include Harry Potter, movie clips and his favorite band Switchfoot. So, watch for references to these in his blog posts.
Julie Hagen recently moved back to Minnesota after almost six years working at Advent Lutheran Church in New York City. She's excited to be working with Lower Elementary children and families at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove. Julie enjoys watching sports, making lists, a good bargain, and pinning fun craft projects she'll most likely never around to on Pinterest. And she loves being an aunt to her two adorable nieces. Julie is looking forward to being a part of the First Third team!
Derek Tronsgard is the Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Mound, MN where he lives with his wife and Golden Retriever. He is also a semi-pro nerd who loves fantasy sports and comic books. You can follow him on Twitter (@derektronsgard).
Andy Sahl is the Director of Youth Ministry at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas Texas and has been serving in youth ministry for 15 years. Andy is passionate about developing authentic community and families through the ministries he helps lead. You can often find Andy out for a run with his dog Charles, sharing a cup of coffee with a friend at a local café, or at a favorite restaurant with his family. You can follow him on Twitter (@andysahl).