Last year 300 pastors across Minnesota and 3 surrounding states joined together in fellowship and learning the strategic significance of their ministry in rural communities.

Join us March 3rd for the second annual Grow! Conference serving rural and small town church leaders.

God has strategically placed churches in rural areas and small towns in order to impact our culture for the kingdom of God. This conference will provide pastors and board members information on how to minister effectively, encourage them to see their unique role in God’s plan, and help them take steps to impact their world for all of eternity.




Saturday  |  March 3, 2017  |  8am - 4pm


3821 Abbott Dr, Willmar, MN 56201




KEVIN KOMPELIEN  |  Keynote Speaker

Born in 1957 the oldest of three children, Kevin spent his entire growing up years in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Privileged to have parents who love the Lord Jesus, they provided a loving home and modeled lives of commitment to the Lord and serving His church.

Kevin came to faith in Jesus as a young boy through the witness of his parents and grandparents. The influence of his home church was extremely significant in the early formation of his spiritual life. Kevin’s walk of faith took on a deeper dimension in high school and college where he served in leadership in various ministries.

Through a variety of ministry opportunities, Kevin felt the clear inner call of God to ministry which was confirmed through the wise counsel of godly men. Upon completion of university training, Kevin entered Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to prepare for pastoral ministry.

In June 2015, credentialed delegates at the EFCA One national conference elected Kevin as the sixth president of the Evangelical Free Church of America. His presidency began June 18, 2015. Married to wife Becky since 1981, Kevin and Becky have four grown, married children and seven grandchildren.

BENJAMIN WINCHESTER  |  Rewriting the Rural Narrative

Ben has a Masters of Science, Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a B.A. Mathematics, Area of Concentration in Statistics from the U of M, Morris. Ben has been working both in and for small towns across the Midwest for over 20 years. He is trained as a Rural Sociologist and works as a Senior Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality and conducts research on economic, social, and demographic topics surrounding a theme of “rewriting the rural narrative” that are vital to rural America. 

JEFF HUSTON  |  Being an Effective Church Board

Jeff Huston is a Litchfield, MN native. He is retired from the financial services field where he built and sold a successful boutique firm that specialized in private equity. Jeff has won several national achievement awards and has been a sought-after speaker and presenter at numerous conventions. He currently manages a portfolio of real estate and business interests that he owns with his son-in-law. He has the unique ability of integrating sound leadership principles into the context of the local church. Jeff and his wife, Carol, have been married for 37 years. They have two married children and four grandchildren. He enjoys traveling with Carol to their second home in Arizona. 

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JODI DEYOUNG MOORE  |  How to be a Good Local Missionary

Jodi Moore is the Rural Ministry Partner for our mission priority of Start and Strengthen Churches.  She is a resource and advocate for rural pastors and churches in the areas of leadership, governance change and congregational vitality.  Prior to this, she led the Evangelical Covenant Church in Ceresco, Nebraska through a ten year vitality journey.  Jodi lives in Lincoln, NE with her husband and two daughters (ages 4 and 7) where she makes her own caramel macchiato everyday.  In her free time, can be found playing Skip-Bo with her girls and wearing red as she pretends to be a Husker fan.

JEFF GARLAND  |  Ministering to Rural Poverty

Prior to serving at Cornerstone Church in Litchfield, MN, Jeff served for 16 years with his wife Lorie and family as a missionary in Costa Rica, Venezuela and Ecuador, South America. Since 2004 he has served at Cornerstone. His primary roles have been Pastor of Pastoral Care, Hispanic Ministries, and Benevolent Care. He has also served as Chaplain for the Meeker County Sheriff and on the steering committee for the Meeker (County) Area Ministerial, which primarily focuses on the poverty and homelessness in the community. Through these ministries, Cornerstone Church has been able to make significant end roads into people’s lives, but more importantly, through which the Lord has used to transform lives. 

HEATHER JESERITZ  |  Ministering to Rural Poverty

Heather is a Program Coordinator/Outreach Worker at United Community Action Partnership (formerly Heart- land CAA). She has been in this position for 15 years working with families in need and those living in poverty in rural MN. Through assessments, she provides case management service, addresses housing needs, and assists with transportation barriers, supportive employment services, financial support with utility crises and many other needs that are identified as family barriers while living in poverty. She is also the Board Chair for Meeker Area Ministries, a non-profit that focuses on sheltering and working with the homeless population to increase their self-sufficiency and obtain stable housing. She studied Human Services at St. Cloud State, along with Ridgewater College. She is nationally trained for Social Security Disability application assistance along with family advocacy. Heather has resided in Meeker County for over 35 years. She is married to her best friend Michael and lives in Litchfield along with their 6 children and 2 dogs. 



8:00 AM

Check - In | Registration

8:30 AM

Keynote  | Kevin Kompelien

9:15 AM

Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session 2

10:45 AM

60 min Lunch (included in price)

Breakout Session 3

1:15 PM

Keynote | Kevin Kompelien

2:45 PM



Prefer to register by phone? Call 612.746.5642



Rate before January 1 (Early Bird) :  Individual = $29/person  |  Group (2-4 people)  = $19/person

Rate after January 1:  Individual = $49/person  |  Group Rate (2-4 people) = $29/person

Groups of 5 or more:  Flat rate $150 + $10 meal cost per person for each person over the 5th person