J2e3 Plenary Speakers

Rev. Ben Haupt & Rev. Zach McIntosh
Mission, Culture, and How the Two Fit Together

In a society that seems increasingly hostile to the message of Christ and to the mission of the Church, it can be tempting for Christians to seek a safe refuge away from the dangers of our cultural cross-currents. Professor Haupt and Pastor McIntosh will explore how tensions between culture and mission are nothing new and why engaging our culture—even though it can be difficult and even frightening—is still vital and fulfilling. A number of practical case studies and suggestions will be given to illustrate our approach to culture and mission. 

Ben Haupt is an assistant professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis where he is preparing to teach a brand new required course in the curriculum on interpreting culture and engaging in mission. He specializes in early Christianity and is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. 

Zach McIntosh is Executive Pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio. He teaches a weekly Bible class and is deeply interested in the intersection of Christ and culture. You can check out his writing at zachmcintosh.com.


Rev. Tim Klinkenberg
Let’s Go!

In this session Pastor Tim will speak of the forward movement of gospel ministry. He will speak to what defensive ministry looks like and the dangers there of and then bring forth great passion for missional church, deep relationships and the love of Jesus.

Pastor Tim currently serves as Senior Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange, CA. He has been married for 29 years to his wife Barbara and has two children a son Justin who is 26 and recently married to his wife Jessie. He has a daughter, Sarah, who has just completed her Bachelor's work at Azusa Pacific University. Pastor Tim is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Lifelong Leadership and also loves hiking and mountain biking. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1991.


Rev. Dr. Jeff Schrank
The Reformation: A Wall or A Bridge?

Our place in history and history's view of us. Encouragement to live as a bridge, not a wall.

Pastor Jeff has been the Executive Pastor at Christ Church-Lutheran in Phoenix since 2000. For the past six years he has been involved in hosting the Best Practices for Ministry Conference in Phoenix. He is married to Joyce and has three grown children together: Ben (Pam), Aaron, and Jessica. They also have two grandchildren: Madelyn and Samantha.

Rev. Jeremy Jacoby

As a lifelong Lutheran it seemed that I always had a love for God’s Word, yet somehow without a true appreciation of what God can do with his Word. It took God “breaking” me to begin to learn the true power of His Word and to see the amazing things that Jesus does with it for everyone, everywhere, everyday…

Pastor Jeremy Jacoby, a Colorado native, is a graduate of Denver Lutheran High School (’89), Concordia University Irvine (’93) and St. Louis Seminary (’97). He has served as pastor at Summit of Peace Lutheran Church in Thornton, Colo., since 2009 and was called to serve as senior pastor in 2011. Prior to Summit of Peace, he worked as a church planter for the Rocky Mountain District and served churches in Colorado and Nebraska. He is husband to Julie and father to Jessica (13) and Johanna (12), and a Standard Poodle Gustavus Adolphus (Gus). Jeremy is also a zealous Denver Bronco fan, sometimes runner and hiker, occasional XBOX gamer, voracious reader, fantastic story teller, recovering Facebook addict and an extreme practitioner of the sarcastic arts.

Rev. Bill Tucker & Rev. Tim Runtsch
The Place in Which Jesus Dwells: Learning Mission from Lutherans in Ethiopia

The largest Lutheran church body in the world is the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. "Mekane Yesus" means "the place where Jesus dwells." Pastor Bill and Pastor Tim will share powerful insights into the Mekane Yesus phenonmon of growth and outreach. How is it that a small group of about 50,000 Christians in the late ‘50s has grown to over 8,000,000 Christians today? What are the dynamics that caused this growth? What can we, in the western church, learn? We will explore these questions and pray that God would move us to a greater commitment to reaching lost people in Jesus' name.

Bill Tucker is the Senior Pastor for Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio (since 2001) and his passion for reaching the lost and discipling the found comes through in everything he does, especially in his preaching and leadership of Concordia. Pastor Tucker’s congregation served as host for the first J2e3 Missions Summit in 2015. His previous ministry service includes pastoral positions in congregations throughout Illinois, Marine Corps chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve and police/fire chaplain for Mount Prospect, Ill. Pastor Tucker earned a Bachelor of Arts in theological languages from Concordia University in River Forest, Il., and a Master of Divinity in exegetics and pastor care from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. A native of Frankenmuth, MI., he is married with four children.

Tim Runtsch has served as Senior Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Fort Collins, Colo., since July of 1990 when the church numbered 26 people and met in a nursing home chapel. Today, Redeemer offers weekend services in South Fort Collins and Greeley, Colo., with over 1,200 people in attendance. Runtsch served as a mentor pastor with the Pastoral Leadership Institute [PLI], as well as Ethiopia team leader for Pastoral Leadership Institute-International and still travels there annually to offer training for leaders and clergy of the Ethiopia Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus [EECMY]. He served as chairman of the LCMS Mega-Church Conference and currently is a member on the board of directors of Lutheran World Relief. He is a native of Austin, Minn., and is married with two children.