The Youth for Christ Lincoln area staff consists of paid and unpaid, full, part, or quarter time staff serving youth across the city.  Our current ministry leadership team consists of:
 
  • Matt Schulte, Executive Director
  • Tyler Carter, Ministry Director
  • Dr. Tiffany Leonida, Parent Life Director
  • Seth Roepke, Leadership Academy Director

 

Leadership Academy Interns with their fearless leader (left to right): Alei'a Beard, Josh Trexel, Grace Bomschlegl, Jordan Ndam, Coletin Fox, Tyler Pramberg, Collier Buttgen, Seth Roepke, and Rueben Therrien.

(Not pictured: Maddie Pressler, Ashlynn Engelhard, Zachary Elder)

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our Staff Team

  • Emily Allen is joining our team in the front office. She comes with 14 years experience as a Digital Pre-Press Specialist at UNL Printing and Copy Services. She's excited to begin this part-time adventure with a faith-based organization. Emily's married to Steve, and they have two daughters. She has a plethora of hobbies like knitting, quilting, hunting, fishing, camping, reading, crafts, and extreme ironing. It's a thing. 

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  • Hannah Roepke (formerly Boe) is the Campus Life leader at Lux Middle School and co-staff at Lincoln High School with her husband Seth. Hannah and Seth met through YFC and greatly enjoy working in ministry together. Hannah graduated from UNL with a degree in Spanish and Global Studies. Originally from Hickman, NE, Hannah plays tennis, loves puzzles, and quotes the entire grenade scene from Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail. 

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  • Tyler Carter joined our high school Campus Life staff after hearing about YFC's ministry at his son's birthday party. He's now serving as Ministry Director. Tyler's background is in Business/Management. Tyler is eager to help people overcome the lies and false paradigms that keep them from the Freedom of Christ. Tyler, his wife, Karen, and their three children love writing, reading, and hand jiving. 

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  • Eldon Dietrich joined our Youth for Christ staff in January 2012 as the chaplain for our Juvenile Justice Ministry. Eldon had been volunteering at the detention center for many years. He has a heart to see young people facing incarceration find hope and transformation in the message of Jesus Christ. Eldon is married to Mary; they have four children and three grandchildren. In his spare time Eldon enjoys golfing and go-kart racing. 

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    Give to Eldon's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/juvenile-justice

  • Adam Forrester is the Campus Life leader at Mickle Middle School and Lefler Middle School. He is also the youth pastor at Northeast Missionary Church. He originally hails from Canada but graduated from Bethel College in Indiana. He and his wife, Andrea, enjoy taking drives into the country, and Adam plays lullabies on his guitar every night to help his dog fall asleep. 

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  • Anthony Godtel was born in Norfolk and has done a lot of moving, both as a child and as an adult. He came to us from pastoring in Clay Center. He is running Campus Life at Norris Intermediate School and Moore Middle School. He also helps with the Norris high school group. He was part of a youth-led youth group in high school and is eager to continuing studying and sharing the Bible with kids, including his own three, Gabe, Josh, and Audrey. The first two years of Anthony and his wife, Jamie's, marriage, they only ate sushi with eel sauce for breakfast. 

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    Give to Anthony's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/staff-anthony-and-jamie-godtel

  • Jamie Godtel is the YFC accounts manager and part of the Campus Life team at Norris Intermediate. She loves working in both side of the ministry, the behind-the-scenes office work and the direct student ministry. She also loves working with her husband, Anthony. Jamie has served in some capacity of youth ministry for over 20 years. Jamie's into anything music, reading, and play-acting. She's working on memorizing the entire Singin' in the Rain production, script, vocals, and instrumental.

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  • Jarvis Green has volunteered at Campus Life at Culler for several years. He is now the staff for Culler Middle School and he works as a paraeducator at Culler. Jarvis also works at the Copple Family YMCA as wellness specialist, coach, and cycling instructor. He and his wife, Ale, are the youth pastors at Crossroads Church. They have one son, Thaddeus Elijah, and three cats. Jarvis' favorite breakfast is sausage with ostrich eggs.

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  • Olivia Kerns hails from Lincoln, NE and grew up knowing about YFC from family members. Much of her life, she's felt an interest in missions work. She did an internship with Camp Sonshine and is now a member of our Campus Life team. She will be a leader at Lux Middle School. Olivia's currently taking online classes in Theology and Cultural Engagement from Moody Bible Institute. Olivia plays the banjo [Lily Belle], ukulele [Kalani], and piano, and she loves to sing and cook and sing while she cooks. Don't be surprised if you hear Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" while smelling Italian goodness wafting out Olivia's window.

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  • Nathan Kroll has been with YFC since the beginning of time and has worked in every position possible. Nathan is part of the Juvenile Justice Ministry team. Nathan started his ministry career at Norris High School, and he still talks to students he had then. He is the campus pastor at Christ's Place West Point Campus Church. Nathan and his wife, Sandi, serve in ministry toggether and they have climbed Mt. Everest every year for their anniversary. 
     
     
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  • Dr. Tiffany Leonida is our new Parent Life Director. Bringing her education in chiropractic with specializations in pediatrics, pregnancy, and childbirth, Tiffany has a deep desire to honor and aid those teens who have chosen life. Tiffany works alongside her husband, Alex,  at Healthy Start Family Chiropractic and Wellness. They have two daughters and live on a homestead with chickens and their great pyrenees dog. Tiffany loves volleyball, hiking, and the mountains. She has mastered the art of getting up from a snow angel without blemishing it just like on TV. 

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  • Kyle Lindgren volunteered for Parent Life for years. He came on staff with Parent Life in 2015, and helped with JJM work in the detention center. He recently transitioned to full-time with JJM as the chaplain at a youth facility in Omaha. Kyle is also the youth pastor at Zion Church. He enjoys serving alongside his wife, Chelsea, who also volunteers for Parent Life. They have four children of their own. In the summers, they like to visit the Kansas City Zoo and their favorite hippo they've named Beatrice.
     
     
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  • Tim Maas is restarting Campus Life in Ashland! He's currently fundraising and will begin Campus Life club January 2019. We're thrilled to have this site open again. Tim has been working with students at the ROC Youth Center since January 2018.  

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  • Nate O’Keefe was a Campus Life junkie all through his middle and high school years. Then, Nate volunteered and served on high school staff for years.  Now he's doing design and media work for us in addition to working full-time at an engineering firm. He and his wife, Jackie, celebrated five years of marriage this spring with a potoo bird adventure through the jungles of Central and South America.

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    Give to Nate's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/yfc-lincoln

  • Laura Ottley is working remotely from Wyoming as communications specialist.  Laura graduated from UNL with a secondary education Language Arts degree. She's married to Trey and loves being at home with their two children, Aspen and Owen. She's also glad to spur on the ministry, which was instrumental in many of her friends' salvation, from afar. Laura has memorized the entire “V” book of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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    Give to Laura's mininistry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/yfc-lincoln

  • Andrew Owens was born and raised in Lincoln. He has been involved in Campus Life throughout his school days and is maintaining the tradition as part of our high school Campus Life team. Andrew married his wife, Erin, in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Andrew loves all things active and adventurous including all sports. Paul Bunyan is his role model.

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    Give to Andrew's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/andrew-owens

  • Ella Peterson has been a stellar volunteer with Campus Life at Lincoln High for the past three years. After interning at Pound Middle School and Northeast High School, Ella's now part-time staff on our high school Campus Life team. Ella loves sharing God's love with lost and hurting teenagers. She also loves to decorate, go to coffee shops, and spend time with the wonderful people God has placed in her life! She works at the Harbor Coffeehouse and wears a chicken costume every Wednesday. 

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  • Kristen Reiter is an administrative assistant. If you stop by the Campus Life House or call us, you'll most likely speak to her first! Kristen's excited to work for YFC because she loves Jesus and wants to help spread His word! She is married to Paul; they have two teenagers, Meredith and Will. She loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys taxidermy.

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  • Seth Roepke is a Campus Life staple. After having his life changed in high school through his Campus Life leader at Lincoln High, Seth is committed to sharing Jesus with kids in the same way. Seth is the Campus Life leader at LHS and the Leadership Academy Coordinator. Seth graduated from UNL with degree in pyschology and communications. This year Seth married Hannah so he has given up his sideline career of professional WWE wrestling, but they are considering starting a zoo at their home.

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    Give to Seth's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/staff-seth-roepke

  • Annie Rohde joined our Parent Life team this spring! She has her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal & Child Health. While getting this degree, Annie volunteered in the parenting classes at Lincoln High, which our Parent Life staff co-teach. Annie's passion for women who are in the early stages of their parenting journey and her passion for Jesus found the perfect combo gig in Parent Life. Annie is married to Philip, and they have two young sons: Brooks and Jude. Annie enjoys playing outdoors, including but not limited to, mutton bustin', buggy racing, and tombstoning.

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  • Matt Schulte and his wife, Kristin, moved to Lincoln from Chicago in 2011 to serve as the Executive Director of Youth for Christ Lincoln area.  He has grown up knowing and believing in the mission of Youth for Christ. He has a passion for pointing teenagers to Christ and desires to see ministry flourish in every high school, middle school, and detention center in the Lincoln area. Matt loves spending time with his wife and four children, reading, and studying parakeets. 

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    Give to Matt's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/yfc-lincoln

  • Beth TeKolste is our Campus Life at Norris High School leader. She was involved in Children's Ministry at First Free Church in Lincoln for years and is now going on the adventure of ministry to teenagers. She and her husband Brian have four children; she loves attending their activities as well as doing water sports, working in the yard, exercising, and going to movies. She dreams of playing Anne of Green Gables on the big screen.

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    Give to Beth's ministry:

    https://yfclincoln.givingfuel.com/staff-beth-tekolste

  • Alexis Tex-Willis is part-time staff at Norris Intermediate School this year. She's been involved with Campus Life since she was a 6th grader at Irving. 

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