This year we are using a “Ted Talk” format at Men’s Retreat. Specifically, we will have 12 speakers on 12 topics for 12 minutes each. This year’s theme is “Man Talk – Life in ‘4D’” and will focus on growing a balanced life in a lopsided world. The key Scripture text is found in Luke 2:52: “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with man.” (Luke 2:52) Physical. Mental. Spiritual. Relational. As Luke 2:52 shows, our Master is the model.
Meet this year’s Men’s Retreat Speakers!
Senior Dean of Student Life, University of Northwestern – Saint Paul
Paul Bradley serves as Senior Dean of Student Life at University of Northwestern, where he has worked since 1994. Born in Maine, he grew up as a pastor’s kid in Massachusetts and then became a missionary kid for 9 years when his parents moved to Guam (Micronesia) to work with the people of Palau. Paul received a Biblical Studies degree from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, and a Masters degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He enjoys music, camping, hiking, house projects, computer technology and hanging out with friends at coffee shops.
Roger Negaard is 77 years old, the middle child of nine siblings who grew up poor and slept 3 in a single bed. He was a very shy person growing up and would not do any shopping for fear someone would ask him, “may I help you?” Roger was told he was not very smart but was a very hard worker. So he worked hard and got lots of strokes for it. This motivated him to accomplish many successful business ventures. As a young teenager, while home alone, Roger accepted Jesus as his Savior, bowing in front of the TV watching a Billy Graham crusade. Later in life he came to realize what that all meant and began to grow in his faith. Roger and Gail have been married for 54 years. As a married man with a family he felt strongly about being an influence to his 4 married children and 13 grandchildren (and now one GREAT!). He has a very special relationship with each of them and is amazed at the opportunities to help them see how God has made them unique. When God talks and puts something on his mind, he has learned to respond.
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Minneapolis
Matt’s passion for the church, the community, and life transformation is evident in every aspect of his leadership and teaching at First. In his years at First, he has encouraged each person in the congregation to draw closer in their walk with Jesus. Before joining the staff at First in 1999, Matt worked in campus ministry at the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He received his BA in History from Yale University, and MDiv and DMin from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul. When not at church, Matt and his wife Erika spend much of their time following their kids, Madelyn and Isaiah, from one high school event to another: soccer, gymnastics, swimming, orchestra, choir, or track and field.
Lead Pastor, Corner Church
Scott Woller, born & raised just a few miles from Camp Lebanon, is the pastor of Corner Church in downtown Minneapolis. Scott and his wife Amber have two daughters, Kaiya and Abrea. Scott and Amber planted Corner Church in 2005. Life is busy, but Scott still enjoys speaking at youth camps, conventions and retreats.
VP of Healthcare Solutions, DecisionOne
Mark Sandquist lives in Maplewood, MN with his wife Robyn. They are active members of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Oakdale, MN., where Mark serves in many capacities including teaching Adult Learning Communities, mentoring men, working in the nursery, and occasional preaching opportunities. Mark has been affiliated with Camp Lebanon for many years, and currently has the privilege of serving on the Camp’s Board. Mark and Robyn have two adult sons, Ben and Jake, and a daughter-in-law, Lydia. Mark works in management for an IT services company called DecisionOne. He enjoys Saturday morning coffee dates with Robyn, classic (70’s/80’s) Christian music, weeknight walks, and weekend bike rides.
Church Planter in Residence, Hope Community Church
Brian Silver, and wife Angela, are currently serving and in training at Hope Community Church in downtown Minneapolis. They are preparing to be the next church planters from Hope and look forward to taking the next step in ministry. In the meantime, Brian is very involved with the Leadership Development program at Hope and fills the pulpit on occasion as well. He enjoys sports of all kind, is passionate about the Gospel, and also plans a mean bass guitar.
Youth Pastor, Hope Community Church
Drew loves youth ministry and visual communications. He and his wife, Kelly, have been working in youth ministry for about 10 years and continue to enjoy partnering with families to make disciples. Drew has a degree from UW- Milwaukee in Comparative Study of Religion and has completed the Leadership Development program at Hope Community Church. He enjoys watching movies, screen printing, listening and making music, and hanging out on his porch.
Associate Pastor, Oak Grove Church
Grant is the Associate Pastor of Oak Grove Church. He has been serving in this position for two years now, but originally served as the youth pastor when he first attended Oak Grove from 1983 – 1991. Grant oversees the family ministries and very much enjoys investing in relationships with adults, youth, and children alike! Grant is an “all in” person and his excitement for Christ and life is evident in all he does. He enjoys playing sports, which includes the FCA hockey league, and fishing. He is very thankful for his wife, Jill, who he says, “has always been up for whatever the Lord calls us to do”.
Associate Pastor, Grace Fellowship
Adam is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Brooklyn Park, MN. He’s been married to Sarah for 12 years, and has two beautiful children. Prior to his current role, Adam has served as the Worship Pastor at several churches in the Midwest. After a lifetime of bad health choices, Adam decided to begin the process of turning all that around 3 years ago. Since then, he has developed knowledge, skills, and disciplines that have enabled him to not only lose nearly 100 pounds, but most importantly, embrace the responsibilities of good choices that honor God.
Lead Pastor, Oak Grove Church
Brad has been the Lead Pastor of Oak Grove Church for seven years. In addition to preaching and teaching, Brad also facilitates the church vision casting, leadership training, and strategic planning. His spiritual gifts include teaching, leadership, counseling, helps, and mentoring. Brad has a passion for empowering others to embrace relationship with Christ, therefore helping them fulfill their responsibility of pursuing Christ’s mission in the world. Brad, along with his wife Barb, has two kids (Ryan and Colleen). He enjoys playing golf in his free time.
Executive Director, Miracle Bible Camp
Doug Payne is the director of Miracle Bible Camp and has served in that position for over 23 years. Doug has a BA degree in Psychology from Bethel University and worked as an addictions counselor prior to serving in Christian camping. Doug believes the Christian camp experience, in partnership with parents and the local church is one of the most effective tools used to evangelize and equip people today. Doug enjoys God’s great outdoors and the opportunities to grow relationships while canoeing in the BWCA, fishing, sailing, 4wheeling in the jeep or most any outdoor activity that ends in a relaxing campfire. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Merilee, for 36 years and they have been blessed with two adult daughters.
Executive Director, Camp Lebanon
Best known to guests as “Bobber Bill,” Bill has served as Camp Lebanon’s Executive Director since 1986. He loves fishing, organizing people’s fun, and teaching Bible to children, senior adults, and everyone in between. Bill lives a half mile from Camp Lebanon’s driveway on a quiet, wooded lot, where he and wife, Lisa, raised their now three grown children. After graduating from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Bill earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield IL).