FIRST Third Faculty and Staff

Andrew Root

Andy teaches classes on youth ministry, young adults, family, church, and culture (all with a deep theological bent). He is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry and has lately been thinking and writing on issues of pastoral and practical theology.  Andy has written a number of books and have given lectures and presentations across the country and globe both to church groups, youth workers, and academic communities. He lives in Saint Paul, his wife Kara is a Presbyterian minister and they have two kids (Owen and Maisy) and two dogs. When Andy's not teaching and writing, he watches a ton of TV and movies and he is a huge Twins and Gopher hockey fan. Connect with Andy on his blog or Twitter.

Tim Coltvet

Rev. Tim Coltvet is the Contextual Learning Associate and adjunct instructor in the CYF program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He is a pastor who loves his call to walk alongside seminary students as they are learning in context. He has served at two vibrant ELCA parishes in the Twin Cities and enjoys helping congregations shape Children, Youth, and Family Ministries.



Nancy Lee Gauche

Nancy Lee is a pastor, leader and teacher/learner who gets a kick out of developing leaders for public ministry. She gets energized by all things faith-driven. The Children, Youth and Family team at Luther brings together leaders and students who make a difference and bring great adventure to her life! Nancy Lee is married to the amazing Pastor Paul Gauche, and they're the parents of two adult children: Sarah, who is married to Travis; and son, Soren. Their dog Shelbui keeps the Gauches' in good company!