Unveiled – Zoom Help

Depending on what type of computer, tablet or phone you have? Or how old your device is – Zoom may appear differently for different people. We have a support ticket in with Zoom to see if these things can be altered at an administrative level, but for now – here is how they can be altered at an individual level according to personal preference. Following up on a few questions from yesterday’s sessions:

  • Would you like to disable the chat notifications you see if they’re distracting for you? Here’s how to do so on a computer or smart phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCeUoGa5MdE
  • If you have a newer version of Zoom and are annoyed at seeing the logo for the event during the conference?
    • Turn off “side by side” mode by: Turn off “Side by Side”
    • Alternatively, click on the main tool bar and click “hide video pannel”

Unveiled – Rev. Dean Rostad

The Rev. Dean Rostad serves as the president of the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute.

He is a west coast boy from Chilliwack BC. He was raised in a loving Christian home by parents who have a heart for Jesus. His parents modeled their faith through dedicated service at their church (Christ Lutheran). God used Camp Luther in Mission BC to vitalize his faith and form his heart for ministry. It was there where he started to recognize a call to ministry and was introduced to CLBI.

After attending CLBI (1990-92), Pastor Dean was privileged to serve as Youth Director at Messiah Lutheran Camrose (1992-95), Program Director at Camp Luther (1996-2002), Director of Communications and Leadership Program at CLBI (2002-2006), and Pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Camrose (2006-2017).

Pastor Den trained at CLBI (BTS), ACTS Seminary (MA), and at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary through which he received his Ordination.

Pastor Dean has been married for 22 years. His family includes his wife, Kim (also a CLBI alumnus), two sons (Luke and James), two daughters (Sonja and Julia), and two dogs (Duke and Daisy).

Pastor Dean’s history with CLBI is lengthy and has included his son Luke, graduating from CLBI this past April and includes his wife’s grandmother attending CLBI in 1932 (its first year).

Pastor Dean loves outdoor activities such as canoeing, all types of skiing, and cycling. He sold his car a while back and bikes year-round. There is nothing that makes him feel more alive than biking with studded tires and ski goggles in a -25 snowstorm.

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Unveiled – Rev. David Lerseth

The Rev. David Lerseth – a Lutheran pastor who has served parishes in Rosholt, SD; Peoria (Bartonville), IL; as an assistant to Bishop L. David Brown of the Iowa District/ALC; Aberdeen, SD; and as Director of Global Mission Support for the ELCA, Chicago. Upon retirement, he served as interim pastor at  Ingleside, IL. and also at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors with Friends of Madagascar Mission. A graduate of Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD; and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. Pastor David currently serves with the Great Commission Society Vetting Team (NALC).

Pastor David and his wife, Diane, reside in Victoria, MN. He enjoys landscape gardening, driving his restored 1929 Model A Ford, and doing charitable auctions as a professionally trained auctioneer.

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Unveiled – Rev. Tom Hilpert

The Rev. Tom Hilpert, a seasoned church planter, received his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, and his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the American Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He makes his home in the woods of Tennessee near Nashville, with his wife, Kari Hilpert, and children, but he spent his formative years in Papua New Guinea, the son of missionary parents.

Currently, Pastor Tom serves New Joy Fellowship in Tennessee and as the director of Life Together Churches.  A ministry partner of the NALC, Life Together Churches, is a network that supports people hosting worship and congregational life in small group environments, such as: house churches, missional communities, and mission fellowships.

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Unveiled – The Rev. Paul Krueger

The Rev. Dr. Paul Krueger serves as the senior development officer for the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, a recognized ministry of The North American Lutheran Church. With a passion for making the Good News of Jesus Christ known and equipping the people of God, Pastor Krueger has extensive experience as a trainer with Tent Makers, disaster response, and congregational ministry. Prior to his call to serve with the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Pastor Krueger served two different congregations – most recently, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota, where he celebrated serving 30 years in ministry. Pastor Krueger received a Master’s of Divinity in Systematic Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary and, in recent years, completed a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Missional Leadership.

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Unveiled – Rev. Brad Hales

Pastor Brad Hales is the Director of Renewal Ministries for the NALC and senior pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church in Culpeper, West Virginia. Previously, Pastor Hales served as the chair of the Renewal Team, New Starts Team and Dean of the Virginia Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church. Through the power of Jesus, Pastor Hales has helped to renew several older congregations in discipleship, outreach, and mission. In 2009, his present congregation was given the “Best Practices Award in Senior Adult Ministry” by the National Council on Aging. Pastor Hales has also authored multiple Bible studies and resources, including, A Covenant of Aging, published by Sola Publishing.

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Unveiled – Rev. Phil Gagnon

Pastor Phil Gagnon serves as the Assistant to the Bishop for Domestic Missions and Life-to-Life Discipleship in the North American Lutheran Church. He resides in St. Albert and was pastor of the St. Albert Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, for seventeen and a half years. His first parish was in Golden Valley Lutheran in Viking, Alberta. He is happily married to his most beautiful, patient, and mostly correct about everything wife, Patricia and has three children Elise, Elias, and Sophie, each in their twenties.

He has taught (2013) at the Onesimus Nesib Seminary on the topic of exorcism and the occult in Aira, Ethiopia, and has been involved in a number of situations concerning cults in the past and present. He also taught World Religions and New Religious Groups at Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute in Camrose, Alberta for nine years.

Pastor Phil was chair of the counter-cult group, Christian Challenge Ministries for three years while he attended The Kings College in Edmonton, Alberta. Since 1989 he has taught seminars on various new religious groups (cults) in Western Canada, California, and Seoul, South Korea. He has also written a book that was well received on evil and exorcism, from a Lutheran perspective, entitled “Deliver Us From Evil.” Pastor Phil participated in an intensive course on the subject in Rome at the Regina Apostolorum April 2015, written other works on new religious groups, including “A Family’s Guide to the Cults: Insights from the Confessions” and a novel entitled, “Where Evil Grows” based upon a true story from his experiences and conversations with a woman involved in a cult group in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Pastor Phil’s hobbies are art and reading, and once upon a time he earned two black belts in Judo and Yoshin Ryu-Jujutsu. He has always been involved in art from an early age from pencil drawings to pen and ink (pointillism) and has in the last few years especially enjoyed watercolour and acrylics. Self taught, he always seeks out opportunities and people to learn from and last year participated in a master watercolour class with Alvaro Castagnet. He paints for the enjoyment and finds rest and peace, found in creating amidst the at times frantic pace of ministry. You’ll find him when he’s able, in his art room at home listening to 80’s music, a sip of Irish whisky at hand and in the rhythm of brush strokes – his “happy place.”

Most recently in the life of the Church, he was Dean of the Canada Mission District for four years, involved in the creation of the constitution of the NALC – Canada Section, and served on the Board of Regents from its inception six years ago.

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Unveiled – Bishop Dan Selbo

Bishop Dan Selbo graduated from San Jose State University in 1982 with a B.A. in Religious Studies, received my Masters of Divinity in 1986 from Luther Seminary, and earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Preaching in 2013, also from Luther Seminary. After serving St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in San Jose for twenty-five years, the Rev. Dr. Dan Selbo was elected at the 2019 NALC Convocation to serve as its next bishop.  Bishop Selbo also enjoys golfing, fishing, working in the yard, and spending time with family and friends. Married for 33 years, he and his wife, Mary, have been blessed with four children and recently, with two grandchildren.

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