Converge

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 jim@convergeheartland.org.


Christi Wittrup | Office 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 the newly opened west campus. 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 Office Manager.  You can contact me at christi@convergeheartland.org.


Jeff Gauss | Director of Church Planting

Jeff GaussI met my astoundingly beautiful bride, Heidi, when we were both freshmen in Getsch dorm at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. When she finally realized that she couldn’t get rid of me, she decided to marry me in June of 1995. It’s been quite a ride! We’ve both earned master’s degrees (me, an MDiv from Bethel), birthed three sons, adopted three girls, and planted three churches. Wee! I have been involved in church planting for over 25 years – on launch teams, staff, and as the lead planter in urban, suburban, rural, small town, and small city contexts. I currently lead Grand City Station, a church I planted in Grand Forks, ND in 2016. I believe my array of experiences gives me a unique perspective that enables me to recruit, coach, and mentor church planters of all types in virtually any context. If you’re thinking about church planting or would like to know how you can support one, I would love to talk to you! You can contact me at churchplanting@convergeheartland.org.


Keith VenHuizen | Communications Director

Keith VenHuizenI have been married to my wife, Hilary, for 8 years, and we have one child. We are, however, in the process of adopting, and are excited to see how God will expand our family in the future. I graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Biblical Studies, and have since been employed in a number of different ways, including 5 years of management, and 3 years of ministry. I also have experience with digital communications and website development. I am excited to combine my passion for ministry with my enjoyment of programming and writing to strengthen churches throughout the Heartland District! Perhaps the most important fact about me, however, is that my last name is pronounced vin-how-zin (now you know). You can contact me at keith@convergeheartland.org.


Angela Myers | Student Event Coordinator

Aaron and Angela MyersI love my job at Faith Baptist Fellowship as the Interim Director of Family Ministry. My husband, Aaron, works at DocuTAP, an electronic medical software company in Sioux Falls. Together we are very active in the life of our church. Aaron and I met at Camp Judson as high schoolers, however we didn’t start dating until we graduated. We served as counselors at junior camp, middle school camp and high school camp, and then started directing the camps in 2008. We are honored to continue to serve in this capacity and watch the great impact camp has in the lives of students. When we aren’t working at our jobs or with camping ministry you can usually find us at the baseball field. We enjoy going to our boy’s baseball games and watching the Sioux Falls Canaries. You can contact me at camps@convergeheartland.org.


Harlan Moss | South Dakota Prison Chaplain

debI was born and raised on a dairy farm near Sioux Center, IA. I married my high school sweetheart, Pat, and we have four children and nine grandchildren. After graduating from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2001, we moved to North Carolina where I was employed as a prison chaplain. Beginning in September 2007, the Lord opened the door for me to be a self-supported missionary chaplain at the South Dakota State Penitentiary where I minister to maximum security inmates. God has called me to give hope to the hopeless. That hope is found only in Jesus Christ. I lead two weekly Bible studies, and minister to inmates by offering counsel, cell-to-cell visits, and hospital visits, among other services. You can contact me at harlan@convergeheartland.org.

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Dr. Greg Friesner | Director of Jail Ministries

Dr. Greg FriesnerGrowing up in Estherville, Iowa I was active in sports and spent my summers working at the local swimming pool. Upon graduation from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1985 I began caring for patients and continue to do so. My beautiful wife of thirty-two years has been an inspiration and has brought balance to my life. We have three children whom I have had the great privilege of watching grow into kind and caring adults. God got a hold of my life in 2007 with a sense of calling to “take care of God’s people.” Ministry at the Minnehaha County Jail as a Bible Study Leader began for me in 2012. I graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2016 and took over leadership of our jail ministry team in that same year from Chaplain Bruce Anderson. Joining Converge Heartland in September 2016 as Director of Jail Ministry I transitioned into part-time Chiropractic while doing Christian ministry full-time. God has blessed me with an outstanding team that I work alongside to fulfill our mission of “helping friends discover true freedom and changed lives through Jesus Christ.” You can contact me at drfriesner@yahoo.com.

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Wayne Bangs | Director of East African Outreach

Wayne BangsI have been married to my bride, Karen, for nearly 35 years. We have two married children and four beautiful grandchildren. I have been involved in ministry since 1981, including evangelism and church strengthening in Colombia and five countries in East Africa. I have earned two Master’s degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary, one of which is in Cross-Cultural Missions. God has gifted, trained and molded me over the years for strengthening churches in East Africa, to share the good news of Christ, and to train church leaders to be contagiously effective in their own cultures. You can contact me at wayne@convergeheartland.org.

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