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Suffering for the Gospel

Noel Heikkinen

Peter 4:1 -11

TJ Auten

Student Ministries

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05.08.22 | Of The Spirit


What do you do here at Riv?

Student Ministry Director.

What does it look like to be a student ministry director at Riv?

I think it looks like 1,000 conversations all trying to inch kids toward knowing God and seeing that God showed he loves their stinking faces off through Jesus.

What are some dreams you have within your role?

I would love to see full leadership teams and a thriving ministry at all three venues. Reo Town is such a cool space and community, I think a student ministry could thrive there with the right resources. I would also love to see more student ownership in what we do. Students discipling other students as we disciple them. Lastly, my hope is to reach kids that otherwise would never step into a church. Thats what it’s all about; I think thats what Jesus is all about.

How do you spend your free time?

Free time? I coach Crossfit, mountain bike with friends, and run laps around our yard with my son Jack! He loves being outside, riding dirt bikes or even just hanging out in the pole barn….which is hilarious and awesome. My wife and I also love to travel.

Top three shows?

As of late Ted Lasso has been our jam. New girl is a classic. It really depends on capacity and availability, we LOVE watching movies in our household.

Listening to any good podcasts?

Jocko Podcast is always good. Chasing Excellence is great. The emotionally healthy leader, power athlete radio, Theology in the raw, I could go on and on and on.

All limitations aside, what job would you love to have in an alternate reality?

Brisket sommelier? Cowboy preacher? Maybe a super car builder and test driver….yeah lets go with that. MMMMM horsepower.

Anything you’re doing that you’re excited about and want to share with the Riv fam?

I’m super excited about our Chaos team right now. This team laughs a lot and has a special unity that I think kids will get invited into and they will see Jesus through them in a unique way.

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