Change or Die 2014
The 2014 Change or Die Conference was held on October 9, 2014 at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. The conference theme was Dynamics of Leadership While Managing Change. The speakers' presentations were filmed; you are welcome to watch the presentations by clicking on the speakers' names below.
Click on a speaker's name below to watch the video of his or her presentation:
- Pastor Mark Jeske, from Time of Grace Ministry and St. Marcus Lutheran Church, facilitated the conference.
- Rev. Yehiel Curry, Shekinah Chapel, Riverdale, IL. Pastor Curry was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. His background is in social work and counseling focused on the issues of drugs, violence and poverty. Ten years of lay involvement at Shekinah Chapel led to his role as Pastor and Lay Mission Developer with that congregation; he received his M.Div. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in May 2013. He also serves as a board member and Camp Director for Rescue Release Restore, Inc. - a mentoring organization that runs the SIMBA/SIMSA camps for African American youth.
- Rev. Paul Kelm, recently retired WLC Campus Pastor, Parish Pastor, Missionary, and Parish Counselor. Paul Kelm has served the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod through his long ministry career: as a church planter in New England, a campus pastor in Madison, Wisconsin, the church body’s administrator for evangelism and adult discipleship, and as a church consultant. He has been a dean of students, campus pastor, and professor of history and theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, and discipleship pastor at St. Mark in De Pere, Wisconsin.
- Ms. Beth Lewis, President & CEO, Augsburg Fortress. After a highly successful career in publishing for Fortune 500 companies, Time Warner, McGraw-Hill and Times Mirror, in 2002 Beth Lewis accepted the call to become the President & CEO of Augsburg Fortress, the ministry of publishing for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Lewis is a popular keynote speaker and workshop leader on a wide variety of topics to assist congregational leaders, from strategic planning, to effective use of technology, to congregational hospitality. She also serves as President of the PCPA (Protestant Church-Owned Publishers Association).
- Rev. John Parlow, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, De Pere, WI. Dr. John Parlow’s philosophy of ministry may be best summed up by the following: “When sharing the Gospel you always need to think outside the box, because one day everybody is going to be in one.” Parlow currently serves as lead pastor at St. Mark Church in De Pere and Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has served congregations in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Asian Lutheran Seminary in Hong Kong.
- Rev. Mark Schulz, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, IL. Mark Schulz is presently the lead pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, Illinois. Trinity is a community of faith that focuses on making an impact on the local community, reaching those far from God, and helping people look, live, and love more like Jesus every day. Trinity’s plan to accomplish this includes relevant worship, mission-focused small groups, and serving both inside the church and in the community. In addition to serving at Trinity, Mark presently serves the Northern Illinois District of the LC-MS as South Region Vice President.
- Rev. Steve Wagner, Associate Pastor, Concordia Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX. Steve Wagner recently retired from the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI), a learning organization offering pastors and their wives leadership training and missional formation located in Downers Grove, Illinois. He has now accepted the call as associate pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas, with focus in areas of discipleship, leadership development, and generosity. Wagner also serves as a board member of Upward360, and is a member of the resource team for Pastor360 (www.Pastor360.com), a ministry of mentoring and coaching for pastors.