Since you probably don’t know much about him, let’s fill you in. Pastor Glenn (or PG to others, Glenn to his wife, Dadadadada to Micah, Ah-Boom to his nephews, and Jake Gyllenhaal to many strangers), has been serving Peace Lutheran Church since March of 2012. Before then he was serving as pastor in Grand Rapids, MI. He is originally from Detroit, MI and graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI in 2004 then went on to receive his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2008. He served his Vicarage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lethbridge, AB. He is very active in youth ministry, and National Youth Gatherings have always held a special place in his heart, from when he attended them as a youth (1998 Atlanta), to where he would meet his future wife (2007 Ottawa), to serving on his first committee (2013 Winnipeg), leading all the way here.
He thinks he’s pretty funny, but his wife has other opinions (some might call it dad humor). He is never short on words when speaking about his passions, but understands you may have already stopped reading at this point, so he’ll wrap it up by saying this: He is praying for you, for each and every single person that is considering attending the 2019 NYG. And he asks that you would pray for him and the words he is going to bring to you, the message or your worth and value, and ultimately the message of what God says you’re worth. He looks forward to seeing you in BC, if not sooner.
Tracey Dyck – Lead vocal, keyboard
Keith Galick – Electric guitar, mandolin, acoustic guitar
Brenda Haid – Bass guitar, upright bass, vocals
Julie Kim – Piano, keyboard, vocals
Cliff Thai – Drums, percussion
Ryan Vanderpol – Acoustic guitar, vocals
At 18 years old her childhood dreams came true when she signed a record deal with Sony Music Canada, but after a few years of recording and touring she realized that God’s plans are always the best plans, even if they aren’t quite what you had in mind (and even if they don’t include being a recording artist).
God’s plan for Tara has included a lot of exciting twists, including teaching voice and drama, writing music, fostering and adopting, moving to Australia for almost 4 years, and the blessing of a child with Down syndrome!
If you would have told Tara 21 years ago that she would be married to a Pastor and have 5 kids she would have laughed really hard, but she thinks it’s pretty amazing how God has blessed her with exactly what she needed in her life, even if it wasn’t what she had planned.
Music is still a big part of Tara’s life, and she is so excited to share her love of music at the 2019 NYG!!
From 1979 to 1982, Oberdeck served the dual parish of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Stewardson, IL, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sigel, IL. From 1982 to 1989, he was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School in Litchfield, IL. From 1989 to 2002 Oberdeck served on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, first as Director of Resident Field Education (1989-1995), and later as Director of the Doctor of Ministry Degree (1995-1997) and Director of Continuing Education (1995-2002). In July of 2002 Oberdeck accepted the call to Concordia University Wisconsin.
His particular interests are in youth ministry, family ministry, and adult education. Articles by Dr. Oberdeck have appeared in Lutheran Education, Teacher Interaction, The Lutheran Witness, Concordia Journal, and theSource (LCMS Youth Ministry on-line magazine). He is the author of the 2010 book Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry published by Concordia Publishing House. Dr. Oberdeck has presented at numerous district and circuit conferences.
He and his wife Ginny live in Brown Deer, Wisconsin and have been blessed with three children and seven grandchildren.