Troy was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He was baptized in the Christian faith as an infant, but walked away from Christ as a teenager. After graduating high school, he attended Alexandria Technical College and earned a degree in Communication Art and Design.
Years later, Troy began working for a Christian family passionate about sharing their faith in Jesus Christ. In the Spring of 2007 they invited him to attend a Bible study at a Lutheran Brethren church. After attending Troy went home and read the book of Romans. That evening he was struck by the words, “All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:12). Reading those words, he was cut to the heart, and for the first time in his adult life understood his need for a Savior.
Troy is an ordained minister in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Faith International University in Tacoma, Washington and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He married Katie Bolstad in 2001 and they have two children. They reside in Fergus Falls where Troy serves as the Director of Communications and Prayer for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren and as Editor In Chief of Faith & Fellowship magazine.
David was born near Eau Claire, Wisconsin and raised on a dairy farm. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Through the ministry of that congregation God brought him to an understanding of himself as a sinner and to the assurance of God’s forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The congregation nurtured him in this faith and in a subsequent calling to ministry.
He was a math major at Western Washington State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971. After serving in three Lutheran Brethren congregations and after dairy farming for ten years, he returned to school and graduated from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1990. He then served Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN until 2005. During these years he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul. In 2005 he began teaching Practical Theology at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary and began serving as its president in 2006.
In 1971 he married Crystal Overland. They have two grown sons, six grandchildren, and one great-great child. David and Crystal reside in Fergus Falls, MN.