The CHIC Council
The CHIC council is a team of passionate leaders who are representative of the great diversity within the Covenant. Though they all come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, they are united in their shared love for students and in their commitment to making CHIC an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends.
Angie Wysocki lives in Roseville, California, and serves as the programming director at Bayside Church. In addition to producing the weekend services and events at Bayside, Angie has produced events for Reach Records, the Evangelical Covenant Church, and Chick-Fil-A. What drives her is creating moments where people get to experience Jesus in a deeper way.
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Ben Kerns is one of three lead pastors at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, California. His ministry focus is to children, students and their families. Ben has been doing vocational student ministry for 20 years and is passionate about creating space in the local church for young people to encounter, explore, wrestle with their faith so that they may understand their value as adopted daughters and sons in the family of God. Ben is married to his incredible wife, Katie, and together they are raising their two children, Noah and MacKenzie. He loves surfing, reading, writing, and eating.
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Brian Zahasky is Minnesota-born and a product of Covenant camping. He was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 2012 and currently serves a church in Racine, Wisconsin, as their pastor of family life. He is married, with four energetic children ranging in age from one to eight years old. He enjoys traveling, hiking, being active outside, and enjoying time together with his family. He has served as a liaison or liaison coordinator for the past three CHICs, and he’s excited to take on this role and prayerfully hopes to help create dynamic space during each day of CHIC where students can play, learn, and discover the amazing God we serve!
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Danielle Kilgore is the student ministry director at Kingdom Builders Covenant Church in Conyers, Georgia. She loves serving and teaching young people and has a passion for youth evangelism. She has been witnessing to this generation for eight years. She is beyond excited to be serving on the CHIC Council. She knows that CHIC 2018 is going to be epic! #dab #chic18 #chiconfleek
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Efrain Alicea (aka Pastor E) is the lead pastor at Elements Church in the Bronx, New York. He loves the urban arts and has a passion for evangelism. He’s worked alongside young people in leadership development, artistic expression, music and community development and renewal. He is excited to be serving Covenant youth as a member of the CHIC council and he looks forward to experiencing the beautiful things God has in store for all of us. #LetsGo!
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Matt Aalseth serves as the director of youth ministry for the Pacific Southwest Conference. This will be his fifth CHIC experience and he believes CHIC is one of the best youth ministry events on the planet! At home he has three great kids who make up his own little youth group. He is constantly learning how to serve God in the everyday moments of life while at the same time looking forward to the big extraordinary moments—like CHIC.
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Michelle Beilby works as a marriage and family therapist in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. She also works as a consultant for churches, individuals, and organizations that want to engage and grow in intercultural competency. Michelle was a Covenant youth pastor for more than 15 years before transitioning into her work as a therapist. She has been married to Jim for 22 years and they have four teenagers. She enjoys playing golf, tennis, downhill skiing, reading, and travel.
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Nate Severson is a youth pastor at Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he has served for 20 years. One of his favorite parts of his job is helping facilitate youth and families to get connected to amazing ministries, organizations, and people both locally and globally. Also, he loves to hang out with his family, watch DirectTV sports packages, and relive his glory days playing sports.
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Ruby Varghese is the associate pastor of student and young adult ministries at Kent Covenant Church in Kent, Washington, where she has served on staff for more than ten years. When she’s not hanging out with her students, she loves traveling, listening to music, working on her master’s degree, exploring the great outdoors, and just hanging out with friends. She is excited to be serving on the CHIC Council and helping make this epic event accessible to everyone. She has been part of several CHICs, and says that God always amazes her in the ways he works through students’ lives during the week. She would love to see every Covenant high school student attend CHIC!
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Originally from California, Steve Wong spent his adolescence in Singapore before returning for college where he was introduced to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. That’s where he fell in love with Jesus—the one who stood up for the oppressed, called him “beloved," and introduced a new world order because the King had arrived. Steve has been married to Emily June for 12 years, and they have two amazing kids who never fail to remind him that they are a gift from God. He is usually near coffee, a frisbee, a board game, a bike, or some combination of these things. He is honored and excited to be at CHIC 2018, to see God equip and mobilize thousands of students and youth workers to bring his good news to their communities.
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Reach out to your CHIC liaison with any questions you have that aren’t answered on the site. Not sure what conference you’re in? Find out here.
CHIC Liaisons Coordinator: Danielle Kilgore
Alaska: Cory Alverts
Canada: Corrine Stoter
Central: Edgar Torres
East Coast: Chris Wall
Great Lakes: Linda Winer
Midsouth: Dale Lusk
Midwest: Jim Eaton
Pacific Northwest: Rebekah Strobel
Pacific Southwest: Melody Johnson