District Summit Speakers

Dr. Nate Ruch

Dr. Nate Ruch

Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Christian Center

Dr. Nate Ruch is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Christian Center, a multi-site church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a heart to pursue those who are far from God and help them find purpose through a relationship with Jesus. He is passionate about training the local church to become a godly influence in their communities and on the job. Nate has traveled around the nation speaking at various camps, conferences, and local churches, and has extensive history of leadership development in the church as well as academic and personal coaching. Much of that came from his ten years as Youth Pastor at Emmanuel followed by ten years as Vice President of North Central University. He became the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel in 2013. Nate recently received his doctorate degree in ministry. He and his wife, Jodi, along with their four boys reside in Minneapolis.

Donald Lichi, PHD

Donald A. Lichi, PHD

Interim President of EMERGE Counseling Services

Donald A. Lichi, PhD. is a licensed psychologist and currently serves as the Interim President of EMERGE Counseling Services. Dr. Lichi is an adjunct professor with Trinity International University (IL), the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), the Asia Theological Center (Singapore), and All Nations Theological Seminary (Malawi, Africa). He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and workshops on pastoral health, Christian Education, parenting, marriage, and family issues. He has published several articles on Christian mental health. He is the co-author of the book, Broken Windows of the Soul (Moody Press). He serves on the Pastoral Teaching Team of the Akron Chinese Christian Church and the board of Emmanuel Christian Academy which ministers to "at risk" children in the inner city of Akron, OH. Dr. Lichi was in private practice for over five years, taught school, and directed a school-based counseling program for six years. He also taught for six years in the graduate school at the University of Akron. While in the United States Air Force he served for three years in Italy and three years in Alaska. Recent ministry has taken him to India, Brazil, Thailand, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Romania, China, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary, Nicaragua, and Singapore. Best of all, he is married to Marcie and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Donald Lichi, PHD

Jessica Maupin, Worship Leader