Annual Report

2018 Converge Heartland Annual Report



Networking: 8-9:00 a.m.
Converge Heartland Annual Meeting: 9-11:30 a.m.
District Luncheon: 11:30-12:45 p.m.

Main Session One: 1-2:30 p.m. (Keynote speaker – Brian Croft)
Workshop Session One: 2:45-3:55 p.m.
Main Session Two: 4:10-5:00 p.m. (Keynote speaker – Brian Croft)
Dinner & Ethiopia Initiative: 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Main Session Three: 7-8:30 p.m. (Keynote speaker – Scott Ridout)

Networking: 8-9:00 a.m.
Corporate Worship: 9-9:20 a.m.
Workshop Session Two: 9:30-10:40 a.m.
Main Session Four: 10:50-12:00 p.m. (Keynote speaker – Brian Croft)

Leadership Reports

Converge Heartland District Board of Overseers

  • Nate Holdeman // Northridge Baptist Church // Mitchell, SD
  • Curtis Tschetter // GracePoint Church // Ogallala, NE
  • Jon Hawkins // Arbor Drive Community Church // York, NE
  • Fred Gackle // Kulm Baptist Church // Kulm, ND
  • Dr. Larry Caldwell // Converge & Sioux Falls Seminary // SD
  • Brian Fite // Calvary Baptist Church // Platte, SD
  • Jon Frick // River of Life Community Church // Canton, SD

Report from Our District Board Chairman
Jon Frick

It is my privilege to serve as Chairman of Converge Heartland Board of Overseers. The board is comprised of several pastors and laymen from Converge churches across our region. I truly appreciate the commitment these individuals and their families have made as they have taken on the responsibility of overseeing the many ministries within our district. It is a blessing to serve with such spiritual leaders.

As the Board of Overseers for the Heartland district, we meet quarterly in order to conduct business matters and advise the staff of the district. We also take time to pray for each other, as well as individuals and churches within the district. We often begin each meeting with a devotion led by one of the board members.

The Heartland district is blessed with an amazing staff of individuals that are talented, enthusiastic and committed to serving the Lord. Led by our District Executive Minister Jim Capaldo; our staff works with passion to support our churches and the ministries of Converge Heartland. Jim and his wife Kari are tremendous leaders for our district who have proven their dedication to the Lord and to the growth of His Kingdom through the ministries of Converge Heartland.

Our district is also very fortunate to have Aaron and Angela Myers lead our student ministries. Their efforts led to amazing camp experiences this past year as well as a very successful high school mission trip to Puerto Rico.

Christi Wittrup took on additional responsibilities this past year and she has done a fantastic job as office manager for our district.

We are very excited to bring on Jeff Gauss as director of church planting. Jeff brings a wealth of experience and an exciting vision for church planting in Converge Heartland.

Keith VenHuizen has also done a great job as communications director for our district, helping us to be more relevant in the use of modern technology.

We are very excited about acquiring South Dakota Prison Chaplains Association and bringing Regan and Becky Beuchamp onto our staff, they have successfully led Prison Lighthouse Fellowship for many years. We also welcome Harlan Moss and his vast experience as a prison chaplain.

Dr. Greg Friesner continues to lead our jail ministries team and is doing an outstanding job leading an incredibly dedicated team.

Finally, we are excited to see Wayne Bangs follow God’s direction as Director of East African Outreach, a new position on our staff.

I would also like to thank Jim and Carol Wold and Deb Weitela for their years of service to our district.

Some highlights of our work this year include:

  • The board worked closely with the financial staff in order to maintain a healthy and ever improving financial position.
  • We engaged with churches that showed interest in affiliating with Converge.
  • We continued to research and discuss new revenue sources for our district.
  • We engaged in the process of revising the By Laws of our district.
  • We continued to be engaged with our strategic plan with an emphasis in Church Revitalization.
  • We prayerfully considered and supported new Church Plants and discussed future possibilities.

As Chairman, I want to personally thank those who have served on the Board of Overseers this past year. It has been a blessing to serve on a board with such dedicated individuals. I want to thank Josh Robertson and Rusty Williams for serving this past year. I am amazed at God’s wisdom as I observe the talent and passion He has created and brought together to guide our district. I am grateful and humbled to be part of such a strong board of leaders and I am very optimistic for the future of our district as we move forward under God’s direction.

Report from Our District Executive Minister
Jim Capaldo

Download the 2018 District Executive Minister Report

Report from Our National Board Representative
Ben Payne

Download the 2018 Converge Board Report

Starting New Churches

Report From Our Director of Church Planting
Jeff Gauss

Download the 2018 Heartland Church Planting Report

2018 Exponential // Orlando

2017 Church Planters’ Retreat // Ponca, NE

Frontline Church // Wichita, KS

Church Planter: Stephen Christian
Public Launch: January 2019

Gospel Life Church // Wichita, KS

Church Planter: Chase Hill
Public Launch: Fall 2019

Faith Baptist West Campus // Sioux Falls, SD

Church Planter: Jayson Wittrup
Public Launch: September 8, 2018

A Vision for Expansion
Steve Krier & Jeff Gauss

Funding Church Plants Through Lead Teams
Jim Capaldo

Converge Heartland District Staff

  • Jim Capaldo
    Executive Minister
  • Christi Wittrup
    Office Manager
  • Keith VenHuizen
    Communications Director and Outreach Coordinator
  • Jeff Gauss
    Director of Church Planting
  • Angela Myers
    Student Ministry Coordinator
  • Harlan Moss
    SD Prison Chaplain
  • Dr. Greg Friesner
    Director of Jail Ministries
  • Regan & Becky Beauchamp
    Prison Lighthouse Fellowship
  • Wayne Bangs
    East Africa Missionary

District Treasurer’s Report
Christi Wittrup

Statement of Financial Position

2018 Treasurer Report

FY19 Budget Overview for All Funds

District Ministry Reports

Financial Services Overview

  • Payroll Service Overview
  • Bookkeeping Service Overview
  • Financial Consulting
  • New Position: Financial Assistant

District Communication Overview

  • Sharing our District’s Stories
  • Adding Value through Services
  • Continuing Improvement
  • Understanding You

District Outreach Overview

Student Ministries Report & Overview

  • High School Camp
  • Middle School Camp
  • Puerto Rico Trip
  • Youth Leader Network Gatherings

Prison Ministries Overview

  • Why we have a church in prison?
  • Our greatest ministry challenge

2018 District Events

Download the 2019 Converge Heartland Calendar

Prioritize Monthly LEAD Team Meetings

Converge 2019 // Jan 29-Feb 1 // Orlando, FL

Women’s Retreat // Mar 22-23 // Lied Lodge

Pastors Renewal Retreat // Apr 26-28 // Omaha Old Market

FY 2019 Initiatives & Budget

FY 2019 Strategic Initiatives

Strategies Initiatives
Open the front door Deploy regional consultants
Close the back door Develop LEAD Teams
Tear down the wall Mobilize for mission
Build the house Develop next-gen leaders

FY 2019 Budget

Projected FY 2019 Revenues: $667,592

Projected FY 2019 Expenses: $667592

How Are We Funding Our Mission?

Starting and Strengthening Churches Together Worldwide

Harvest Offering // Sep 23 – Nov 29

Grand City Station // Grand Forks, ND

Planters: Jeff & Heidi Gauss

Public Launch: 2016

Grand City Station Harvest Projects

  • Construction: $19,600
  • Fire Sprinklers: $2,400
  • Paint: $1,500
  • Doors: $1,400
  • Furniture: $1,350
  • Signage: $1,000
  • Stage & Screen: $600
  • Total Expenses: $27,850

The Well // Hastings, NE

Planters: Joe & Christi Marino

Public Launch: 2011

The Well Harvest Projects

  • House Warming Gifts: $6,000
  • Facility Updating Projects: $3,000
  • Easter Eggstraveganza: $2,000
  • Christmas Eve Grand Opening: $1,000
  • Fall Block Party: $1,000
  • Total Expenses: $13,000

Harvest Offering // Sep 23 – Nov 29

District Goal: $40,000

Sending Missionaries

Josh Freeman