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Christina Venn

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I work in health insurance sales. I am so glad that God has brought me to High Point and into the youth ministry.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: San Diego

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: Middle School is NEVER a dull moment. :) I like helping the students work through the questions they have about their faith and how it fits into the person they are trying to be.

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Andrew McDonald

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I'm a former middle school teacher who ended up in Wisconsin as a trainer for Epic and my wife is a marketing writer for Great Lakes. I'm a huge sports nut and love to talk sports, history, politics, education, and just about anything else. Like running? Come run a 5 or 10k with me.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: Colorado--specifically Colorado Springs or Lake Dillion (ski resorts are for tourists).

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: High School.  I think that high school is an incredibly important time in life. This is the point where students really begin to decide what they believe independent of parents or teachers. Anything I can do to help students navigate this time makes it worth it to me.

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Kyle Hanson

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I'm a business and intellectual property attorney. I enjoy intellectual discussion, sarcasm, games of many varieties (video/computer, board games, card games, even pen and paper role-playing games). I play a lot of ultimate frisbee.
 
FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: TBD 
 
MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: I teach both middle and high school, but mostly high school. I enjoy variety in the ages and to see how they react to similar material.

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Kelsey Veldkamp

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I am a graduate student at UW Madison studying microbiology and all of the ways that the bacteria in our guts affect our daily lives.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH:  Anywhere without cell phone reception, and the more stars in the sky the better.

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?:  Middle school because I love their natural curiosity and honesty. They also have an amazing amount of energy, so there's never a dull moment!

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David Fox

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I currently work with middle school students but has also worked with high school students. In the past, I have had 4 children come up through both programs at High Point.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: For maximum relaxation, I like standing on the banks of the Wisconsin River while fishing.

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: Middle School. I like working with students because simply put they are the future. I always liked to tell the high school students that they will be helping to run the world very soon. In addition, if a student develops a strong faith in Jesus at a young age, it can make much of the rest of their life a lot less complicated.

 

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Kristen Klingbiel

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Born and raised in Madison, I fell in love with Jesus in and around High Point Church. I enjoy mornings with coffee, afternoons on the water, and evenings under the stars. Outside of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I know of no other hope for mankind.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: Lake Wisconsin

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: High School

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Airth Burtman

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Air + th = Airth. If you don't overthink it, it's quite simple to pronounce. I'm a big fan of Canada, Calvin and Hobbes, and sanctification. Definitely not in that order.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: Beneath the stars, on the lake, by the campfire, with good company (specifically Owen Sound, Ontario on Georgian Bay, close to where I grew up)

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: Middle School. They are more likely to think I am still cool. Also, I like the games that middle schoolers play better. I also enjoy their silliness in general.

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Katey Sawyer

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I have been attending Highpoint for about 4 years now. I'm a Wisconsin native but have enjoyed living in Madison and getting to experience the city and all it has to offer!

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: Being outside in the country! I love the peace and quite!

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?:I work with middle school on Wednesday nights.I have worked with both middle school and high school in youth groups. I enjoy working with both! It's been awesome getting to know the middle schoolers these past few months and I look forward to being there as they move on to the next grade!

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Nellie Cejpek

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I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Madison/ HPC 2 1/2 years ago. I work at Wisconsin Kenworth as a sales administrator. When I am not working you can find me playing volleyball, reading, and spending time with friends chatting or playing/singing songs! I've been working with HPC youth for 2 years now and love it!

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH:  Switzerland!

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?:  High School

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Holly Latimer

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I grew up in rural southwest Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a degree in systems engineering and economics. In July 2015, a job at Epic brought me to Madison, where I quickly found a home at High Point. When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, binge-watching late 90s TV shows on Netflix, exploring the outdoors, and most importantly, spending time with friends. I'm also a flute player and a runner. I absolutely love working with the youth group because I'm passionate about leading the students to truth in areas of life that are so easy to believe lies. My prayer for them is that they learn now who they are in Christ and become firmly rooted and established in His love.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH:  Blue Ridge Parkway or anywhere with a clear view of the Appalachian Mountains.

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?:  Middle School! (Eighth grade)

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Benjamin Hill

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I grew up in Arizona and moved out here to work at Epic. I love board games, watching movies with friends, hikes, and pretty much anything involving super heroes, robots, or aliens. In general I much prefer the hot to the cold, but am open to being convinced that winter in Madison is ok.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: That I have been to so far - Alaska (in the summer).

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Scott McKinley

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Grew up in CO/ NM so go Broncos! Through different job opportunities I have moved around often. One of the consistent things in my life no matter where I was, was a love and desire to volunteer in youth group at my local church. Things I live for are spending a day on my bike, hiking a local trail and keeping warm in the winter.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: Generally, standing among pine trees overlooking a valley somewhere in the Rockies. More specifically, anywhere my family is enjoying the contagious sound of my daughter’s laughter.

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: Middle School

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Nancy Fonzen

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I have been going to High Point longer than most of you have been alive-32 years.  Originally from Chicago, When Craig (my husband) and I were married in 1977, we moved to Black River Falls,WI, and then to Madison in 1984.  We have 6 wonderful children and 3 grandchildren.  My current job is a nature guide at Aldo Leopold Nature Center and the Madison School Forest. After many years of teaching elementary age Sunday School, I felt the Lord leading me to work with middle schoolers four years ago and here I am still working with the lovely now 8th grade girls.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH:  Sequoia National Park in California.  Since I was very young I had also wanted to see the big trees and have been there twice.  If it wasn't for the 300 inches of snow in winter and family in the Midwest I would move there. The huge trees are incredible.  I feel at home there and God's presence in this special place.  Otherwise my favorite place is wherever my family get together.

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?:  Middle school is sometimes the hardest of all school years emotionally and spiritually.  With God's help I want to help the students go through those years growing in their relationship with Jesus.  It's very interesting and exhilarating being with those 8th grade girls. I am always learning. Keeps me young! 

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Walter Bredl

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I grew up in a small town in Austria.  I have been a believer since age 6, but made a conscious decision to follow Christ at age 12, when I got baptized in a lake in the Alps. I met my wonderful wife on a mission trip in England with Youth With A Mission. We've been married for 12 years and have 3 kids. I graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Youth Ministry (BA) and then went on to get a BSN in Nursing.  I have worked as a nurse for 6 years.  I love students and being part of their journey by helping them grow and develop into Christ-centered teens.

FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH: The beach with my family, no matter where, but the ocean is always great.

MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?: Middle School Coordinator