There is a big change coming to EYC as we have decided to change our main speaker format. We will now have a different main speaker for each of the main sessions. Our hope is that a different voice for each session will give us an opportunity to reach different students. We have picked pastors from across the country and we are thrilled with our lineup. We look forward to hearing from Roger Viksnes, Erick Sorensen, Brandon Pangman, Daniel Emery Price, Daniel Stenberg, Kristian Anderson, Ron Erickson and President Paul Larson as they preach God’s Word to our students. Check each of them out.
My name is Ron Erickson and I am the pastor at The LB Church in Williston, ND. My wife Barb and I have 4 kids, plus a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law. I enjoy spending time with family and friends hunting pheasants on the prairies of North Dakota.
When I was 25 years old, I was asked by our Church leaders to take 8 teenagers from our youth group in Clearbrook, Minnesota to the LB Youth Convention in Southern California. It was there that the Lord used the pastors and speakers to minister to me. That week marked a change of direction in my life. I went from trying to live with one foot in the world and one foot in the Church, to following the Lord Jesus Christ with my whole life.
Youth conventions are great! I am honored to share God’s Word with you. I pray that the week we spend together at Elevate will be a week that marks a change of direction in all of our lives, all to His praise and glory!
My name is Pastor Kristian Anderson. I’m a Pastor at Triumph LBC in Moorhead, MN. My wife Mary and I have been married 12 years and have lived in 3 different places during that time. We have a cat named Patches O’ Houlihan who loves sitting on laptops and warm places. I love to win swag and eat pizza on Trivia nights at our local pizzeria, watch sports, and sit in my hot tub on winter nights. I love talking about Jesus and sharing the good news of the Gospel wherever I am. I’m psyched to share that with you all next year!
My name is Paul Larson, and this is my wife, Bee. I have been a pastor for 25 years in 3 different states, and President of the CLB for the last 7. But, I got my start in student ministry as a 19 year old youth director, and preached my first sermon then. Bee and I have 5 adult children (Gabe, Gracia, Nick, Karina, Nate) who are amazing and trust Jesus and are great friends to us and each other. Bee & I also serve at the pleasure of the best dog / cat combo in the universe (Holly & Gus). I love travel, adventure, hunting, historical fiction, and quick-wit humor. I am an avid mediocre golfer who likes to wear loud golf shirts and talk smack with my golf-mates. Maybe my greatest passion and joy is seeing people young in Christ 'get it', find freedom in the Gospel and their identity and calling in Christ, and 'go on' as His disciples.
Daniel Emery Price is the Director of Christ Hold Fast for 1517. He is a church and conference speaker, co-host of the podcasts 40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament and the co-author of the book Scandalous Stories: A Sort-of Commentary on Parables. He has served as a church planter, pastor and worship leader and currently lives in Bentonville, Arkansas, with his wife and daughter.
My name is Pastor Roger. I live in Connecticut with my wife Jenny our 5 kids, a wonderful dog, and a cat that we unfortunately forget is there at times. I love being in the woods running, hiking, cutting trails, cross country skiing, and any other excuse I can make to get into the woods. I love learning but I don't really like reading, which is a drawback. This is my third time being at youth convention and the second time at Estes Park and I am very excited both to be sharing about our Awesome God as well as hiking the trails with anyone who is interested.
Brandon Pangman is the Director of Elevate Youth Convention, a position he has held for 11 years. This is his 9th Youth Convention that he has attended! He is the Lead Pastor of Emmaus Road Church in Dewitt IA. He lives there with his wife Jenny and his 3 children. It is with great joy and excitement that he gets to share with you at EYC21.
My name is Pastor Dan. I’m the pastor at Calvary Church in Bergenfield, NJ. My wife Karen and I have been blessed with 6 children…and yes, they are all boys. Pray for us. Thank you. I love messing around with technology, playing video games, cheering for my Seattle Seahawks and reading books to my boys. I grew up attending YC (now Elevate), and have been blessed to be a part of the leadership team on quite a few of them over the years. I am excited to hang out with you guys in Estes and proclaim to you just how in Awe of the good news of Jesus Christ I am. See you in 2021!
Erick Sorensen is a pastor currently serving as church planter of Epiphany Church in New York City as well as part-time associate pastor at Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church in New Jersey. He is married to Missy and they have three boys, Jude, John, and Lincoln. He has co-authored two books: The Sinner/Saint Devotional and Scandalous Stories: A sort of commentary on the parables" and a co-host of the weekly podcast 30 Minutes in the New Testament.