My name is John I am one of the Elders at Sojourn. I am incredibly blessed to be married to my wife Abby since 2006, and we have three awesome kiddos. I am originally from Tennessee and transplanted here to Fargo-Moorhead in 2008.
I was a rebellious kid and lived apart from God until I was in high school when He rocked my world.
I went to college at Western Kentucky University where the Lord called me out to pastor His people.
I then attended seminary at Southern Seminary where he made it so apparent that missions and starting Churches was the plan He had for me.
My name is Nate, and I recently became an Elder at Sojourn in 2019. My wife, Jess, and I were married in 2006 after we meet in Fargo during college. We went where the military sent us while on active duty (North Carolina, Missouri, and Colorado) and blessed with two high-spirited boys Elijah and Noah, along the way. In 2016, we moved back to the Fargo-Moorhead area and shortly after joined the Sojourn Family.
- My Journey-
Growing up in the church with my parents, who were followers of Christ. I came to know the Lord during Vacation Bible School. Growing in my faith, serving in various churches (from large to small), and with multiple missions (from youth VBS mission trips to building and home improvement ministries). God continues to work in my life, calling me to membership in the church, calling me to serve the church, calling me to be an Elder.
My name is James, I serve as one of the Elders here at Sojourn. My beautiful wife, Evete, and I have one super energetic kid, Jayvette, that we love and have the privilege of parenting. I was born in Liberia but have lived in the U.S. since I was 7 years old. My wife is from Burundi, and she has been in the U.S. since she was 6 years old. Evete and I have enjoyed being a part of the Sojourn family and the wonderful people we get to fellowship with.
My dad has been a pastor for over 35 years and God has used him to not only be a great example of a father, but also a noteworthy follower of Jesus. One thing my dad use to say and taught me and my siblings growing up is “God doesn’t have grandkids,” so each of us had to believe in Jesus and follow Him for ourselves, not through our parent’s faith. I came to accept the gospel truth personally, repent of my sins, and commit to following Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was a teenager. Since then I have experienced the joy of knowing Jesus through challenging times and wonderful seasons in life. I can confidently say, my hope is secured in knowing that I belong to Jesus, and He cares for me; I hope you also share that hope, but if you don’t, I invite you to pursue Jesus in whom that hope is found.
I am Shane. I am one of the Deacons at Sojourn. I have been married to my wife Tana since 2010 , and we have three awesome boys.
My story begins like many you, you've heard before; growing up going to church every Sunday, attending youth group and going on mission trips and finally confirmation. Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful to my parents for bringing my brothers and I to church. It's where my understanding of God began, but unfortunately, quickly became stagnant. In college, I connected with Campus Crusade for Christ, a student ministry, thanks to some guys I had met. It was a great way to meet people and reignite my faith. I still had not given my life to Christ, but God was certainly using this to chip away at my heart. Now, it wasn't unusual for my parents to come up to visit, especially since they weren't used to me being gone this much. So I didn't think much of it when they called and wanted to see me. Little did I know, the following conversation would change my life. I could tell something was up, but wasn't sure what it was until my mom said this word: CANCER. My heart sank, it's a feeling I'd never experienced before. I tried to hold back tears and be strong for my mom, but it wasn't easy. After they left, I hardly remember the walk back to my dorm. All I remember is burying my face in my pillow, and crying out to God to heal my mom. It was at this moment that God had completely turned my life upside down. He used a terrible sickness and, ultimately, healing (my mom has been cancer free for many years) to bring me to my knees and helped me realize I needed him more than ever. I gave my life to Jesus soon after and the journey he has me on is one that constantly refines me to be more like his son, Jesus Christ.
Each day is a battle, but I serve a mighty God and have victory through him, and can say with absolute confidence that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
Hello my name is Bennie. I am one of the Deacons at Sojourn Church. I am married to my lovely wife Gayla Kaeding for 22 years.
We have two daughters and one granddaughter and 5 grandsons.
I was born in Fargo ND. Did some moving around till God called me back to this area 16 years ago. I am a USN vet. A graduate of Golden Gate seminary in ministry.
God has called me to His service 22 years ago to share His love for His creation. To encourage His children. To serve those around me.