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Rev. Roland J. Wells, Jr. Executive Director
Pastor Wells has served over twenty years in the 'hood, rebuilding an historic urban congregation in the midst of drug dealers, poverty, gunshots, and rebirth of a neighborhood. Roland is an entertaining and riveting conference speaker, as he has spent a lifetime re-visioning and rebuilding ministries.  St. Paul's Church's inspiring story has been featured by Leadership Journal.  Wells has been featured on CitySites Urban Media, Asbury Seminary's annual Kingdom Conference, Peoria's Southside Mission Annual Dinner, and has served as a regular workshop leader at the Ethnic America Network's Ethnic Workers' Summit for several years and many other media outlets.

Andrea Scharmer—Program Director

Cheryl Rich—Concordia University Contact

Mike Gmetro—U4C Representative,
Mike is the head Men's Baseball and Golf Coach at Crown College and was also instrumental in the formation of the Crown women's golf program.
Gmetro had a successful playing career that included accolades at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, and New Mexico State University, where he earned a four year scholarship to play catcher.  Gmetro represented New Mexico State at the NCAA Division 1 Student Athlete Leadership Conference, and was awarded the Student Athlete Award three times for his academic and athletic achievements.  Gmetro's professional playing aspirations were cut short when he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1999.
Following his playing career, Mike and his wife moved to Michigan to begin ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Mike served as the Associate Pastor in the inner city of Detroit at Acts 29 Fellowship for the past six years. He is currently credentialed as an ordained reverend with the C&MA.
“The Lord has given me a tremendous burden for raising up the next generation to be fully devoted followers of Christ on the field, in the classroom, and in their daily lives. ”
Mike and his wife Liza have a daughter (Lila) and son (Dax).