Introducing the Youth and Family Discipleship Call Committee
(From left to right: Pastor Matt Hein, Maddie Fancett, Joel Iverson, Liz Fancett, Mike Hasey, Karen Baker, Corey Forbes, and Joel Pingel)
Seeking everyone’s story… sharing in His story. We’ve been living with this articulation of our mission for a while now. As we’ve done so, Jesus has been shaping our stories and bringing us into the stories of others. Something significant is happening in the life of St. Luke!
Not long ago a call committee was created to fill the position of Youth and Family Discipleship. This full time position will help us, especially our youth and families, to be even more intentional about our journey of following Jesus as we seek people’s stories. Please watch for more information coming soon about this call process and for opportunities to participate in it.
The Board of Elders approved eight individuals to serve on the call committee. They have begun working to identify an individual to recommend to the congregation for the youth and family discipleship position. As you read what they have shared about themselves below, please pray for them and their families as they serve faithfully. And pray for the call process, that Jesus would use it to shape us and send us another full-time partner in ministry.
Corey Forbes has been a part of the St. Luke community for over 16 years. She has been married to Ade for the past 17 years. They have two children, Sophia Margaux (7) and Andrew Henri (3).
Corey loves seeking everyone’s story and has been doing so in the Ann Arbor area for the past 17 years in the many spheres that her family has been involved in. Seeing what Jesus has been up to in the variety of lives around them as they connect with others has been such a blessing and amazing to witness.
Mike Hasey and his wife Rebecca are blessed with 5 children (Will, Nate, Emma, Arya and Henry). He has been a part of St. Luke for 25+ years. Currently he serves St. Luke as one of the Elders and is also part of the Vision Pathway Team for the vision process. He enjoys connecting with other people and hearing their stories.
Joel Iverson and his wife Kim have been members of St. Luke for 25 years. He is the father to three daughters: Hannah (18), Lia (16) and Elise (11). Active in the worship life of St. Luke, Joel serves on the worship team and regularly designs various visual elements for worship.
He has always had a heart for youth ministry, working as a bible camp counselor and a youth assistant at a large Lutheran congregation while in college in Minnesota. After college, Joel volunteered with Lutheran Youth Encounter on an international music ministry team to Papua New Guinea and Australia. That is how he and Kim met.
He believes it is vital for the church to come alongside their youth as they write their faith story and equip families to grow together in Christ.
Joel Pingel will be a Junior at Pioneer High School this fall and has been a member of St. Luke since birth (2001). His parents are Ken and Sue Pingel and they have been members since 1990 and approximately 1985 respectively. He has been on one call committee previously and is especially excited to be on this committee.
Karen Baker and her husband, Ted, have been members of St. Luke for over 20 years. They have two adult children, TD and Todd. Over the years, Karen has served in a number of different areas, including youth ministry. Currently, she is a Stephen Ministry Leader and MOPS Mentor. Professionally, Karen was a School Counselor and Social Worker specializing in adolescence. Karen values our youth and sees the importance of nurturing them to grow in their faith development as Christians.
Liz Fancett is a long time member of St. Luke. She has served in a number of leadership roles over the years, including Sheepfold, MOPS, Sunshine Crew and VBS. Liz and her husband Matt have three children—Connor, Maddie and Nina—all of whom have been involved in the St. Luke Youth program. She enjoys spending time with her family and working part time as a Graphic Designer. She values the relationships she has made with her church family.
Maddie Fancett is a junior at Lincoln High School and a life-long member of St. Luke, where she has grown up in the Children’s and Youth ministry programs and is still active today. She is thankful that St. Luke’s youth group has allowed her to make lifelong friends while growing in her relationship with God. In her free time, Maddie enjoys playing volleyball, spending time with her friends and family, singing and reading.
Pastor Matt Hein and his family (Jennifer, Gideon, Miriam, Eden, and Silas) have been at St. Luke for 3 years. He serves St. Luke as the Minister of Discipleship and is part of the Vision Pathway Team for the vision process. He and his family love hosting people on their property, spending time together outdoors, and connecting people (including St. Luke youth!) in authentic relationships.