Our Staff

jimJim Capaldo
District Executive Minister

I’ve been married to Kari, my high school sweet-heart, for over 20 years and God has blessed us with three growing kids; Caiden, Cole and Kinsey.  God has graced our family with a global array of local church ministry experiences ranging from planting churches among the Tuvan tribe of Siberia to pastoral roles in Texas, South Dakota and Alaska.  Our life and ministry, together, have been anything but dull!  Having come out of a small, farming town in west-central Iowa, I experienced life in a community without a gospel-advancing local church. Having felt God’s clear ministry leading on my life from a young age, this reality galvanized my passionate aim to see gospel-advancing local churches started and strengthened, on a global scale.  As the Converge Heartland District Executive Minister, I am honored to have the privilege of following this calling, within my home culture!  Besides serving local churches, I enjoy college football, hiking, foreign languages, exploring, writing and introducing our kids to classics from the 80’s and 90’s. Contact me at

debDebra Weitala
Ministry Events Director

I have had the sincere joy of being in ministry for half of my life and serving part time as the Director of Women’s Ministries for Converge Heartland for the past 13 years.  My new position is Ministry Events Director. I have been on staff at Northridge Baptist Church for 18 years.  It was through my music/speaking ministry that I got to know the women throughout the Heartland District. Other passions have included coordinating large food packs, leadership training, Bible study and a prison ministry that helped women upon their release. I bought my family home and my wonderful parents live with me.  I have nieces, nephews, great nieces and a great nephew who along with my parents fill my life with love and joy.  Contact me at or call me at 605-999-8994.

Christi Wittrup
Finance Manager

I’m a busy mom of four and a pastor’s wife. My handsome husband Jayson and I started out as engineers for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota. In 2009, our family transitioned to full-time ministry life. This took us to Grand Forks, ND and now to Sioux Falls, SD which is near to where I grew up. We love our church, Faith Baptist Fellowship, where Jayson serves as the Pastor of Worship and First Steps. I enjoy helping and serving in his ministries. Our kids range from preschool to middle school, and our home is rarely quiet! I’ve spent most of my time since our children were born as a stay-at-home mom, and I’ve enjoyed this calling very much. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve part-time as the Converge Heartland Finance Manager.  Contact me at

Director of Immigrant and Refugee Outreach
Our director in this area works with a group that can be hostile towards the gospel. Therefore as a precaution, they are not posted here. If you would like to get into contact with them, contact our Executive Minister, Jim Capaldo. 

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jim-woldJim Wold
Director of Pastoral Care

Carol has been my precious Bride for over 30 years! We have three adult children and a spoiled cat. I grew up on a farm in northeast SD and Carol grew up in Chicago. We have been privileged to serve together in providing care for ministry leaders since 2000. Next to our heavenly Father, Carol has been my most valuable friend and partner in my various ministry endeavors through our married life. Whether my working as a counselor, instructor at a college, or interim pastor, she has always been at my side. We enjoy outdoor activities, watching and participating in sporting events (more so with Jim), reading (more so with Carol), and especially being with our kids! Most of all, we love being with people. We relish participating in fun activities with others (eating together, playing table games, etc.), but we also love the privilege of coming alongside to help and encourage people facing difficult realities. We are excited to be serving the Converge Heartland district through caring for churches, pastors, and families of our pastors. Contact us at or call us at 605-271-5241.

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Dr. Greg Friesner
Director of Jail Ministries – Sioux Falls
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Aaron and Angela Myers
Student Event Coordinators