John has a passion for the youth of Sioux Falls and has led the Collision team since 2008. John grew up in Wyoming and graduated from Riverton High School, where his running skills earned him a scholarship to attend and run for the University of Sioux Falls. He graduated with a Business degree and then earned his MBA. Years later, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty Online University.
John has had a front row seat to watching God do some amazing things in and through students in the Sioux Falls area. Collision started because of a student’s passion at Lincoln High School and today, the organization serves students at all Sioux Falls middle and high schools. John’s work with Collision has given him a platform to speak at conferences and work with other leaders from around the country who are looking to impact youth in a growing post-Christian culture. He also travels frequently to the Ukraine to speak and train up leaders in that country to come alongside youth to share and live out their faith.
John is married to Angie, and they have three wonderful children. When he isn’t being a husband, dad, serving students and staff, or sharing vision with supporters (yes, this is one busy guy), you will find him on the Sioux Falls bike trail peddling and praying for his family, Collision, students and the city of Sioux Falls.
This mother of six teenage and young adult children started volunteering with Collision in 2014 after seeing the impact the organization had on her high school students, once they moved from Colorado Springs to Sioux Falls in 2013. With her people and organization skills, we quickly hired her to assist with a variety of projects. She also has been involved in Collision Cafés at various schools and has led a Disciple Making Movement group. At Collision, she handles any project we throw at her, while remaining calm, cool and collected (did we mention, she gave birth and raised quads? Nothing shakes this woman).
Jeri graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering (see, we told you she was organized). She has always had a passion to serve youth. Along with her husband, Mike, they have served in middle and high school youth groups, started and led a youth program at their church in Colorado that served close to 300 kids every week. Jeri also enjoys leading small group Bible studies for women and has a passion to help them see and understand their true identity in Christ.
She loves hanging out with her family, in addition to hiking and bicycling whenever possible.
Britt grew up in a Christian home and came to know Jesus when he was four years old. But, as he says, “I had Jesus, but He didn’t have all of me.” He loved basketball and as a junior at Valley Christian High School in Missoula, Montana, he found himself being recruited by Division I powerhouse programs like Gonzaga University. Britt shares, “I found my identity in basketball and began making a lot of bad decisions.”
He was invited to an elite basketball camp in Columbus, Ohio, where he would go home with a class 5 dislocation of his ankle and hopes of playing Division I dashed. After graduating from high school, he bounced around to four different junior colleges and universities in four years clinging to his basketball identity. In his fourth year of college, he accepted a scholarship to play at Dakota State University in South Dakota. It was there that he would eventually quit school.
Fast forward. Britt married Barbara (and has four great kids) and through her godly grandmother, he recognized his need to make Jesus not only his Savior, but also the Lord of his life. “In her final days on this earth she was so excited to be going home to be with Jesus,” he explains. “I was broken and I finally surrendered all of me.” He jumped into his local church serving in children’s and youth ministry. He attended the Annual Collision Celebration Dinner where Britt believes he was called to be a beacon of light for students who are looking for their identity in all the wrong things. Britt has dedicated his life to helping kids discover a better way to live and encouraging them to be finishers. “I want them to go after their ‘God dream’.” Speaking of finishing, Britt will soon be a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Biblical Studies.
Lue was born in Siberia, Russia, and moved with her family to balmy Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when she was six years old. She and her seven sisters (yes, seven sisters) grew up in a Christ-loving home, but she didn’t make her relationship with Jesus personal until she was 16 years old.
She is an alumni of Terry Redlin Elementary, Whittier Middle School and Washington High School in Sioux Falls. She was involved with Collision as a student all four years at Washington (in an honest moment she shares that what first attracted her was the food). After high school she took a gap year and volunteered for Collision. Lue shares that “God shifted my focus and broke my heart for youth and gave me an opportunity to serve Him full-time through Collision.” She now serves students at two of her alma maters and has a huge heart for our growing and diverse community. Her work with Collision has also taken her to the Ukraine to help train leaders on how to start Disciple Making Movement groups.
Lue is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership from Sioux Falls Seminary. When she isn’t hanging out with students or studying, she loves music (she recently started playing the violin again), movies, outdoor activities, traveling, coffee and food (hmm…seems to be a common theme developing). She also enjoys weightlifting and has a heart for missions.
Nash grew up in South Dakota and enjoys everything the state has to offer, including living the small-town life in Parker, SD. He is also Collision’s resident renaissance man. As a handyman, he can help with everything from fences to sump pumps. He owns Big C Creations, where he creates individual custom wood projects or he can handle your office remodel project (have you seen the renovated Collision office). He currently serves in the South Dakota Air National Guard, where he earned his Technical Certification in Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (thanks for keeping those F-16’s in the air). Oh, and he was also recruited and played one year of football at South Dakota State University. Plus, he loves to cook…not bake…cook. BAM!
He came to know Jesus personally through the loving prayers and relationship with his wife, Laura, and friend Aaron Myers, a Collision board member. His passion and what gets him out of bed in the morning is to share the gospel so that there is no one left in South Dakota that hasn’t had the chance to have an encounter with Jesus.
Nash and his wife are the parents of three beautiful girls that they are training up to love Jesus.
Liza is a farm girl from Spencer, South Dakota. Growing up in rural South Dakota meant that she WOULD play sports and get involved in music (if you are from a small school, you understand). She graduated from the University of South Dakota and earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education. She spent several years consulting with various teams in the Sioux Falls School District that worked with children with autism. She also started a special needs ministry at a local church in Sioux Falls and was eventually on staff there for 5 years.
While in transition, God impressed upon her heart to join Collision after learning about how students in Sioux Falls were being raised up to lead boldly. Her heart today is to mentor, develop and equip strong, Christ-focused leaders and to help them grow into all that God intends for them to be.
She is married to Aaron and is blessed with two, active children. Her time away from Collision is spent enjoying her family, serving and taking ministry classes at her church. She likes to travel and finds her happy spot at the beach.
Can you sing, “Go! You Packers Go!?” Then you would have an immediate connection with Carley. Yes, that’s right, she isn’t from these parts, she hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin, and cheese runs in her bloodline.
Her faith journey took a lot of twist and turns and she readily admits to making poor decisions in middle and high school. Eventually, in her junior year of high school a friend invited her to church where she encountered Jesus personally and made the decision to go all in with Him.
In November 2016, Carley married the love of her life, Jesse. They were invited to join the staff at a church in Sioux Falls to serve youth and moved the month after their wedding. In 2017, she attended the Annual Collision Celebration Dinner, where God eventually would lead her to serve students throughout the city.
Carley (along with fellow Collision study buddy, Lue) is attending Sioux Falls Seminary to pursue a Master’s Degree in Christian Leadership. Outside of serving students, Carley loves playing and watching sports (she has won her share of accolades in high school softball and basketball – don’t even bring that stuff on the court), anything outdoors, iced caramel lattes and reading leadership books. She also knows her way around the kitchen stating that the “Instant Pot has changed her life.”
Cori’s family moved to Sioux Falls when she was five years old and has been here ever since. Her Mom named her after Corrie Ten Boom (even though it’s spelled different – if you’ve never heard of her, Google her – Corrie…not Cori.). As a pastor’s kid, Cori came to know Jesus at an early age. She graduated from Washington High School and then entered the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Discipleship Training School in Montana, which took her to Taiwan and Japan for outreach.
In her early 20’s, Cori says she had enough of “religion” and says she walked away from God. (You can run, but you can’t hide.) God continued to chase after her. Upon her recommitment to Jesus, she says that God reminded her of her mission’s heart and began rekindling a desire to reach out to the nations.
In 2002, Cori also got reacquainted with a boy named Chris that she knew in middle school who had joined the Army. They would later marry in 2004, ten weeks after he returned home from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today, they have four amazing children. The three oldest are siblings adopted from Ethiopia. Operating with the understanding that they couldn’t have children, imagine Cori and Chris’ surprise when they discovered the she was pregnant and 25 weeks along. Their youngest was born five weeks later (talk about a surprise party!).
Cori joined Collision in 2015 after attending a church picnic where she was introduced to the organization’s vision and mission. She immediately was excited to hear about how Collision was raising up the next generation to be bold leaders. She also loved how the organization was actively working with the diverse population within Sioux Falls.
When Cori isn’t serving at Collision, she is a mom in motion, getting kids to school and football, basketball, volleyball and…whew. Cori quiets herself by reading, writing and worship music. She also has begun to take piano lessons.
Gordon left his childhood roots behind in California and Wyoming when he moved to Sioux Falls in 2008 to attend the University of Sioux Falls. After graduating with History and Education degrees, he taught and served on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota (known as the poorest county in the United States). He then made his way back to Sioux Falls and joined the YMCA staff, where he saw the impact of Collision through the Y’s after school program partnership. As Gordon puts it, “Free food and positive fellowship are a powerful combination.”
Today, we are happy to share Gordon. What we mean is that Gordon serves on Collision staff part-time and is employed full-time with Select Painting. He enjoys interacting with middle school students and helping them to understand who they are and what they were created for. He also gets excited to see how one sold out middle school student can reach his/her friends and multiply exponentially.
Gordon and his wife Ellen and have three wonderful children.
PART-TIME SCHOOL TEAM
Angie was born and raised in Sioux Falls. After graduating from Sioux Falls Christian High School, she attended the University of Sioux Falls and graduated with degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. Little known fact: Angie received a soccer scholarship and played on USF’s very first team – having NO previous soccer experience. Now that’s an athlete! She also ended up running cross-country on scholarship as well – not to run (although she did a lot of that) but to chase after a young man that would later become her husband, John (our Executive Director) who was also on scholarship with the team.
Angie joined Collision full-time in 2011 as Office Manager. However, because of her relationship to John, she has been on board since day one. Needless to say, Angie wears a lot of hats and her attention to detail and organizational skills keeps the Collision team on track. Angie shares, “I enjoy using my gifts behind the scenes and hopefully making it easier for the staff to fulfill their calling through their work at Collision.”
As if a growing organization, being a wife and mother to three children doesn’t keep her busy enough, she finds time (those time management skills are shining through) and loves to get involved in serving opportunities impacting her children (ex. Girls on the Run, Summer Church Camp Leader). Along with John, they also have welcomed several international students to live in their home. Angie’s key to keeping her sanity is that she is a morning person and cherishes her daily alone time with God. She also continues to enjoy running and uses the time to worship and pray.
To say Bobby’s life is full of twist and turns would be an understatement. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Bobby’s early life experiences included being in ten different foster homes, three orphanages and two failed adoptions. He could have lost hope, instead Bobby says, “I always felt the pull toward God.” In fact, when he was in a foster home in Minnesota he remembers asking God what to do with his life. At age 12, Bobby would be placed in his final foster home in Sioux Falls; a home where he was accepted and loved and today considers them his mom and dad.
In the 8th grade, he had a desire to go to a smaller school. He received the opportunity to attend Sioux Falls Christian High School. He enjoyed playing football, choir and participating in the chapel band (he plays the bass and drums with lively enthusiasm). His head knowledge transformed into heart knowledge in his junior and senior years at the school. He was plugged into a life-giving youth group at a local church and a teacher at SFC lit his passion for video.
After graduating, Bobby had hoped to attend a Bible college in Oklahoma but found himself on the short side of finances. Instead, he attended South Dakota State University. After his freshman year, he was offered an internship at his church to work with video and tech in the children’s and youth departments. He didn’t return to school and his internship eventually led to a full-time job at the church.
Bobby’s dream of starting his own business came true with the creation of Peacock Entertainment, where he offers videography, video training and DJ services for corporate and private events. He later joined the team at Collision to use his video skills to tell impactful stories. He has a true heart for kids from rough backgrounds and wants to walk with them pointing them to Jesus. (Ask Bobby to see the tattoo on his left arm, which he uses to share the gospel – this guy is all in)!
When he isn’t serving at Collision or working with other clients, Bobby loves hanging out with his wife, Ashleigh, and their four children.