Rick Loewen was a police officer for 20 years prior to serving in public ministry. As a police officer he served as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, vice detective, and homicide detective. He taught police officers in the areas of interviews and interrogation, undercover operations, and crime scene investigation. While serving as a police officer and enrolled in the staff ministry program at DMLC, he received a divine call to start the first youth and family ministry program on the White Mountain Apache Reservation AZ. He was then called by WLCFS to develop and implement family ministry programs Synod wide. He served as the director of ministries at WLCFS and oversaw their ministry support services program, family life education program, and counseling division. Rick is currently called by Crosswalk Lutheran Church. At Crosswalk, he serves for a subsidiary ministry called CrossTrain Ministries. CrossTrain Ministries is a self-supporting ministry in partnership with Grace in Action Ministries.
Daron Lindemann serves the kingdom with a passion for developing people. He has built up the saints into a healthy ownership of ministry, equipping and empowering leaders in both a mission setting at Hope Lutheran Church in Irmo, SC for 6 years and a large, downtown setting at Grace Lutheran church in Milwaukee, WI for 13 years. This and a desire to help pastors has led to his involvement as a WELS preaching consultant and editor of Preach the Word newsletter, speaking engagements, and directing Pastor Partners, a pastor development initiative of Grow in Grace at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Daron’s own development has included being coached by Rick Loewen, then advancing to a life coaching certificate and coaching other pastors. He currently serves as mission pastor at Holy Word Lutheran Church in Pflugerville, TX. When he’s not touring Texas on the Harley with his wife, Cara, you’ll find Daron relaxing near the grill or keeping track of his two college-aged sons.
Tim Glende has served as a WELS pastor since 1998 when he was assigned to serve a mission start-up in Urbana/Savoy, IL. In 2006, he was called to as the associate pastor at St. Peter Lutheran in Appleton, WI. He is passionate about preaching and sharing Jesus and God’s Word in our ever changing world in both innovative and traditional ways that meet people where they are at.
Tim’s journey to joining the CrossTrain staff began with him being coached by Rick Loewen as a participant. In 2014, he advanced to a life coaching certificate and is currently coaching pastors. He currently serves as the lead pastor of a multi-site church in Appleton, WI, St. Peter Lutheran Church & The CORE. In his free time he enjoys attending his son’s high school sporting events, keeping in touch with his daughter who is now at college, working out, and spending time with his wife, Holly.
Ben Blumer has been a pastor since 2003 when he was assigned to a mission congregation in Lakeville, MN called Bethlehem. He still serves at Bethlehem in the role of lead pastor. Ben’s ministry passions are preaching, leadership, and creating churches that have a strong desire to share the timeless truth of Jesus in a way that is timely.
Ben connected with CrossTrain ministries in 2011 as a participant. In 2017, he joined the CrossTrain staff and is currently coaching other pastors. In his free time Ben enjoys coaching basketball, working out, and spending time with his family. Ben and his wife Carrie have four children.
Jay Zahn has served has served in the public ministry for the past 17 years. For the first 16 years of ministry, Jay served at Hope in Irmo, SC. He helped the congregation transition from worshiping in a dance studio to their own permanent facility. He also had opportunity in Irmo to serve as a supervising pastor in the vicar program for three years. Since July of 2016, Jay has been serving at Christ the King congregation in Palm Coast, FL. Jay is passionate about reaching the lost and wandering with the saving Gospel and encouraging and nurturing believers to keep on growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ.
Jay began in CrossTrain ministries in 2011. He is excited to be able to share the blessings he is receiving through CrossTrain as a coach to fellow pastors. Jay and his wife, Jessie, have been blessed with two children, a son and a daughter. In his free time, Jay enjoys family time, fishing, golfing, and working out.
Peggy Myers grew up in California, attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary and Dr. Martin Luther College, and upon graduation married seminary student Daniel Myers. While he finished his last two years of Seminary, she taught third through fifth grades. Daniel was assigned to an exploratory mission in Vermont where they had four children before taking a call to begin an exploratory mission in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. While in Canada, Peggy homeschooled the children for ten years. After twenty years in home missions, Daniel accepted the call to be administrator and dean of students at Great Plains Lutheran High School in Watertown, SD and Peggy taught at the high school, helped begin a Jesus Cares Ministry, developed a Hispanic Outreach program, and taught adult evening classes. Adding to the adventure, Daniel then accepted the call to Cameroon, West Africa. They spent four years acclimating to a new culture and helping the church to become stronger in their understanding of Scripture and how to apply God’s Word better to their own culture. Peggy was able to write Sunday school materials, Bible studies and develop a women’s ministry.
Peggy then returned to America and lived in Wisconsin where her husband underwent cancer treatment. “While my husband struggled with the cancer, we learned more lessons of what it meant to live from day to day relying on the Lord and his future plans for us. My husband entered heaven in August of 2013.” Peggy has since relocated to St. Paul, MN, closer to some of her children and their families. Peggy is excited to serve in a new role supporting and encouraging called workers’ wives in the CrossTrain network.