Steven was born to a single teenage mother in Coon Rapids, MN. The spring of 3rd grade shifted life when Steven was sent to live with his biological father, step mother and their blended family in Hutchinson, MN. This complex family dynamic presented significant challenges including disappointment, anger and hopelessness. Jesus Christ was not a part of their lives and survival was the main goal. In 7th grade, a friend and his parents began bringing Steven to church. The next two years brought stability and exposure to another way of life. By the end of 8th grade Steven was confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church, which started a foundation of knowing Christ that will be transformed later in life.
Steven graduated from high school in 2005 and proceeded to complete his AAS Degree at Ridgewater Community College. From 2009 to 2011 he attended Bemidji State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. The fall of 2011 he was offered his first real job working for North Homes Inc. with young children ages 5-11. Over the next 7 years, Steven would work with level 4 EBD students grades 6-12 and teach anger management at the Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center. In August of 2017 Up North Canvas Company was created out of Steven’s garage with the help of a co-worker, staff at Bemidji Marine his family, a sewing machine and a few materials. Over the past 6 years, Up North Canvas Company has expanded into a full-time operation serving a variety of local businesses and has built a foundation centered around Jesus Christ focusing on serving people of this community and surrounding area by offering genuine advice, producing quality products and building lifelong relationships with customers.
Steven and his wife Ashley have been married for 10 years and have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. They love to garden, hike & explore national parks, hunt, fish, go camping with family & friends and attend school activities for their oldest daughter. Steven and his family are members of the Bemidji Evangelical Covenant Church and are involved in a variety of volunteer and programming opportunities. Steven’s testimony will share about influential people along the way that demonstrated love, life before knowing Christ, the moment he surrendered his life to Christ and how life has changed since accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Wendi and Steve Fogelson were married in 1976 and have never moved from Bemidji. They have four adult children (three living in Bemidji) and twelve grandchildren. Steve enjoys fishing and hunting with his kids and especially his grandchildren. Wendi and Steve started golfing about seven years ago and spend a lot of time on the course with friends, adult children and grandchildren during the summer. Steve asked Jesus to be his savior at a kitchen table with his wife and Jerry and Rose Dent in the late seventies. Steve will tell you about the time of getting to know Christ, then an event that caused him to lose faith in fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, but eventually rededicating his life to Christ about 20 years ago. He has served as a Deacon for five years and an Elder for twelve years.
Dave Herding will be speaking on Saturday January 6th, 2024 at Beltrami Electric (8:00 am). Light breakfast will be served.
Note: This presentation will not be recorded. Please be sure to attend in person if interested.
Dave Herding is currently a defense contractor for Denise Acquisition University (DAU) creating online courses in areas such as cyber security, systems engineering, and finances. As an Instructional Designer for over 20 years, he has developed hundreds of online courses in theology, philosophy, psychology, business, nursing, law, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. He has also taught and facilitated face-to-face classes in computer aided design, architectural drafting, business writing, course authoring, adult Sunday school, and small group Bible studies. He has degrees from Thief River Falls Technical College, Moody Bible College, Bethel University, and Reformed Theological Seminary in the areas of architectural design, biblical studies, organizational leadership, adult education, and theological studies.
Dave and his high school sweetheart Shirley have been married for over 36 years and relocated from the Twin Cities to Bemidji over three years ago. They have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Dave also enjoys reading, trivia, music, power napping, spending time in his mancave, and singing 1970's/80s karaoke songs. Dave's testimony will describe his upbringing in small-town northern Minnesota, how he came to faith in Christ at age 25, incorporate Biblical examples of transformation, and point to some spiritual heroes that have influenced and discipled him along the way.
Norm Berg was born in Bemidji (Nymore) Minnesota
Norm joined the service in 1973 was 17 years old. Spent three years in the Army and six years National Guard. Graduated High School in 1975 from St. Marys High School in Fort Carson, Colorado.
Norm then went to autobody school in 1977. Worked in that for a couple years. Got married to my first wife and had a son. November 14, 1978. Got divorced. Then married current wife 4/10/1982. We will be married 42 years in April. We have two daughters and one son.
Also have 12 grandchildren.
Started N+ B Painting & Drywall the fall of 1994. Became Incorporated in 2008. Sold business to my son Josh in May of 2023.
Norm has had many struggles with drugs and alcohol before accepting Christ into my life in the Fall of 1989.
Colonel Kelly Johnson is currently the future operations planner for the 76th ORC and will be a 2024 graduate of the United States Army War College. He received his commission as an Armor Officer from the State of Minnesota Officer Candidate School in 1998. He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic, the Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Mission Command 101 and 201, Simulations Operations (57 A) Course, Senior Officer's Legal Orientation Course, Command and General Staff College, Advanced Operations Course, and the United States Army War College. Colonel Johnson holds a Master of Arts degree from Park University in communication and Leadership and will have a Master of Strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in July 2024. On the civilian side, Kelly Johnson is a Sergeant in the MN State Patrol in the office of the Office of Pupil Training and Safety. He has been in law enforcement since 2001 and has seen many changes since beginning his career over 22 years ago. In his presentation, Kelly will give his testimony and talk about many changes, highlights, and struggles throughout his military and law enforcement careers. Kelly lives in Bemidji, MN with his wife of 20 years, Aricka, and their children Nicholas (17) and Naomi (14). They enjoy watching both their children play hockey, baseball, softball, and tennis. As a family enjoy traveling and seeing and learning new things together.
When possible, we record speaker presentations to make them available online for those who are unable to attend.