Our Staff

Jim Capaldo | District Executive Minister

jimI’ve been married to Kari, my high school sweet-heart, for over 20 years and God has blessed us with three growing kids.  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 has 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. You can contact me at

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.  You can contact me at

Jeff Gauss | Director of Church Planting

Jeff GaussWe can’t wait to read Jeff’s bio! You can contact him at

Keith VenHuizen | Communications Director

Keith VenHuizenMaybe Keith’s bio will teach us how to pronounce his last name! You can contact him at

Jim Wold | Director of Pastoral Care

jim-woldCarol 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 South Dakota, and Carol grew up in Chicago, Illinois. We have been privileged to serve together in providing care for ministry leaders since 2000. Carol has been my most valuable friend and partner in my various ministry endeavors through our married life. Whether while I was 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, reading, and especially being with our kids! Most of all, we love being with people. We relish participating in fun activities with others, 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 pastoral families. You can contact us at

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Aaron and Angela Myers | Student Event Coordinators

Aaron and Angela MyersWe can’t wait to read the bio of Aaron and Angela! You can contact them at

Debra Weitala | Ministry Events Director

debI have had the sincere joy of being in ministry for half of my life and serving part time as the Ministry Events Director for Converge Heartland for the past 13 years. I have been on staff at a Converge Heartland church for 18 years.  It was through my music and 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 childhood 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.  You can contact me at

Dr. Greg Friesner | Director of Jail Ministries

Dr. Greg FriesnerWe can’t wait to read Greg’s bio, until then you can contact him at

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