Pr. Wayne Melaas-Swanson and Dr. Randy Mullin

Pastor Melaas-Swanson serves as pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron and currently serves as Spiritual Director for the Living Water Via de Cristo Secretariat Board.

Dr. Randy Mullin is serving as a Synodically Authorized Interim Minister at Cambridge Lutheran Church, Cambridge, attended a Cursillo and is a past Via de Cristo National Secretariat President as well as having served on the Board of the Living Water Via de Cristo Secretariat.

SP6 – Renewing Your Spirit; Growing in Faith. Via de Cristo and You

Deacon John Weit

Deacon John Weit serves as Program Director for Music in the Office of the Presiding Bishop. Prior to his call to the churchwide organization, John was Cantor to Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Massachusetts where he served as the principal musician and facilitated the worship and music life of this urban congregation. Having previously served congregations in Philadelphia, Lititz, and Reading Pennsylvania, John earned the Master of Arts in Religion degree with concentration in Liturgy and Music from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. At the seminary, he was for one year Interim Seminary Musician, coordinating music for daily chapel liturgies and conducting the seminary choir. As part of his work with the ELCA, John works closely with the board of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.


WO1 – ELCA Worship Planning Resources

WO2 – New Music for Assembly Singing

Keynote Speaker: Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD

Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD is the Lead Consultant for Day 8 Strategies. He works with faith-based organizations and with leaders to connect people to God’s work in the world and support renewal for the sake of God’s mission. He also serves as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL – a role he shares with his wife Marlene who is a rostered Deacon in the ELCA. The connections between the teaching, coaching and consulting that Dave does and the parish experiences that he lives bring grounded insights that make his work unique. He is the popular author of several books and articles about mission, leadership and the practice of ministry. Dave and his wife live in Elgin, IL with their dog. They are the parents of two grown children.


KP1 – Making Disciples: Core Practices That Change Lives

KP2 – The Invitational Christian

Dan Herman

Rev. Dan Herman has been the pastor of the Old Stone Church (First Congregational UCC) in Rockton, IL since 2004.  He’s held his CADC-II certification in Wisconsin while serving churches and has been active in issues of alcohol and drugs.  Along with his parish work he is the Police/Fire Chaplain to Rockton, South Beloit, and on the Rockford Chaplain Division.  He’s on the board of directors for Hope Over Addiction which serves four functions: Raise Awareness/Education to reduce the stigma of opioid addiction; Offer Narcan training in Winnebago County; Offer grief groups opioid addiction/suicide; Speak to faith communities to increase understanding and compassion in this area.  His wife, Carm, is the Executive Director of the Barbara Olson Center of Hope.


SP5 – The Faith Community and The Opioid Crisis