Chris and Lindsay Fetters met during their high school years in Oklahoma City. Their relationship grew during their years at Oklahoma Baptist University, and they got married before their senior year. Chris graduated from OBU in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Youth Ministry while working as the Student Pastor at his father’s church named Church of the Journey. Chris went on to work as Sports Minister and Director of Council Road Baptist Church’s Cube, which is a 42,000 sq/ft sports facility that reaches out to the Oklahoma City community. During these years, Chris also finished his Masters in Education and Sports Administration, and graduated from East Central in 2009.
Chris is passionate about teaching students the Word of God, building teamwork through missions trips, and creating a fun and exciting atmosphere that gets students excited about worshiping God. He enjoys golfing, snowboarding, water skiing, traveling and keeping up with Kansas Jayhawks, shopping with his wife, and hanging out with their son, Emerson. Chris loves being a part of the Mountain Springs team investing his life in the next generation.
My name is Daniel Tedder and I have been working at MSC for the last several years in the Worship Life ministry and recently came on staff with the student life team. Here’s a little bit of my story. I spent most of my life overseas before moving to America in middle school, where I actually met my wife Kayla. I went to high school here in Colorado and then moved to China in 2006. While in China, I worked with the youth group, helped start and lead a college ministry, and led worship on a regular basis for the international church I attended. What brought me back to the states was love. My wife and I started dating long distance my final year in China and we were married in March of 2010. This year we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary. This past July we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, London Grace. She has brought so much joy to our lives with her toothless grin and nonstop “talking”. In my spare time, I love to be with my family, play every instrument I can get my hands on, attempt to keep up the Chinese that I picked up in China and enjoy following my skis down the mountain. So, if you’re ever in need of a Chinese translator or someone to ski with, let me know!
Luke was born on April 18, 1986 in Derby, Kansas. After graduating High School he went to Dallas Baptist University where he graduated with a Music Business Degree. He now works at Mountain Springs Church as the Student Life Worship Coordinator. His favorite aspects of his job at Mountain Springs are hanging out with students, helping them see worship from different perspectives and learning with them what worship means in their lives as a community of believers. When Luke isn’t working he loves playing music, hiking, watching movies, hanging out with family and friends, doing random things, drinking coffee and reading.
Sam moved from Southern California to Colorado Springs with her family in 2002. She graduated from UCCS in 2009 and began working at Mountain Springs Church in January 2010 as the Student Life Admin Assistant. Sam loves worshiping with the students, travelling, going on missions trips, getting coffee with girls from Elevate, spending time in the mountains and eating peanut butter fudge.
John and Dixie met in high school and were married after college graduation. They have four sons and four (soon to be five) grandchildren, all of which live in the Springs. Dixie majored in music education at Kansas State University and has been extremely involved in youth and music ministries through the years. She has a heart for young people to become grounded in their faith and to assist them in building genuine relationships with their family, friends and adult leaders. She enjoys encouraging students in developing their areas of gifting and service.
Dixie enjoys hiking, working out, listening to and making music, going to concerts, reading, hanging out with her grandkids and spending time with her family and friends.
Russell is a good ole boy from Snellville, GA, who moved to Colorado in early 2012. Russell graduated from the University of Georgia, where he received a B.S. in Child and Family Development in 2008. He is now a student at Fuller Theological Seminary working towards his Master’s in Theology. Russell began working at Mountain Springs Church in April of 2012. He helped pilot the student ministry at Mountain Springs’ new campus at University Center. Russell loves working with students as they seek to find God’s plan and call for their lives. Russell enjoys ultimate frisbee, cycling, climbing mountains and anything exciting and adventurous. Russell believes this generation can, and will, shake this world with the Kingdom of God, starting here and now!
Andrew Balch recently graduated from Pine Creek High School and is studying liberal arts at PPCC. Andrew’s involvement with Elevate as a student includes mission’s trips all over the world from Mexico to Uganda, enjoying the community at events like Avalanche or through volunteer work. Now Andrew does the bulk of the video work for Elevate, including Senior Serrioso short films. Andrew will be leaving for Germany in September this year for school.