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It was when Laura was 17 that she had an overwhelming encounter with God, that began an exciting journey of "no turning back". Since then she has been doing her best to follow the heart of God and do whatever it takes to build His kingdom. Laura Fess is from Canada, currently living in the United States with her husband Mike, and daughter Ellis; pastoring at Influencers Church. Laura is passionate, bold (loud) and a lover of people. She is so excited to be coming HOME to Momentum and can't wait to spend the weekend with you!

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Mike comes from a background in ministry and has been in youth and worship leadership for over a decade. Mike, his wife Nicole, and son Judah live in London, Ontario where they pastor and serve at Royal View Church. Mike has a heart and passion to see young lives changed through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit and cannot wait to be with you this year at Momentum 2018!


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Carl is the student ministries pastor at Faith Welland in Welland, ON. He has a heart to help people discover God's purpose for their lives, reach their God given potential, and live life with purpose and intentionality. He loves building leaders and preaching Jesus, and ridiculous crazy games.

When he's not thinking Kingdom, he's doing life and having fun with his fam, binge watching Netflix, playing video games, or eating candy. He loves candy!

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Justyn Schwindt is the Junior High Pastor at Glad Tiding Church in Burlington. He married his wife, Krista, in June 2014, and joined the GT team in May 2018. He serves junior high students and leaders by helping them walk further into personal relationship with Jesus, and by leading them to take practical steps of obedience to God in their daily lives. He loves coffee, music, football, anything tech and creative, and of course… crazy games!

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Eric Mainse currently serves as Youth Pastor of New Life Church in Brantford. He and his wife Kara have been pastoring for half a decade there and are loving every moment! They are living the good life with their two small puppies, Milo and Mia. Aside from loving his wife and his ministry, Eric loves chicken wings, his motorcycle, and tossing disc. 

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Nathan serves as the youth pastor at Calvary Pentecostal Church in Dunnville, ON. He loves to hunt and fish, but is willing to do just about anything in the great outdoors. He is a fan of football (NFL only), the Leafs, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, any kind of ice-cream, his wife, and Jesus.

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Kara Mainse is the Children’s Pastor at New Life Church in Brantford, ON where she serves alongside her husband Eric. Kara has a passion to see the next generation encounter their full potential in Christ. She loves her hubby, two adorable puppies, serving her church, and has a love for all things Starbucks!