Who better to promote Concordia at the LCMS Youth Gathering than our own students? That's why we've selected four current Concordians to serve as ambassadors while in Houston in order to connect with Gathering-goers, dole out giveaways, and share all the reasons the thousands of youth in attendance should give CUAA a look.

“In all things” Gathering, they’re hyped and ready to go! It’s time to meet the CUWAA Youth Gathering Ambassadors.

You won’t want to miss the chance to connect with these four CUWAA students while you’re at the Youth Gathering. In addition to having the honor of introducing the Concordia-sponsored For King & Country Mass Event musical act, they’ll pop up at Sessions, hype the masses as stage hosts, and roam the conference center looking for opportunities to connect with participants and share all about Concordia. They’ll also be offering the chance each night to win a Midnight Snack-tacular for you and your youth group.

Snacks on us!

If you’ve ever been to a Youth Gathering before, you know that food can sometimes be a challenge as thousands of youth vie for the same meal stops within walking distance of the convention center. For a few random winners, however, Concordia has you and your group’s snack needs covered! As you spot our Student Ambassadors at the Gathering, be sure to ask to scan their QR code to be entered to win a midnight snack bundle for your church’s youth group. Concordia will hand-deliver a snack bundle to the hotel of a different winner each night.

In order to enter, be on the look out for any of these individuals:

Grace Hedtke

Campus: CUAA
Major: Nursing
Expected Graduation Year: 2025
Home town: Fort Wayne, Indiana
What is your hometown known for? Indiana is known to be the basketball state and the state bird is the Cardinal! Also, Fort Wayne Seminary!
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 41:10—”Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
What are you most excited for at the LCMS YG? I am most excited to connect with others from all different areas and grow in Christ together!
Why do you love CUW/CUAA? I love the close-knit feel of CUAA! And most importantly I love that we get to share the gospel with each other each day through daily chapel services and other various opportunities.
Favorite pizza topping(s)? I love sausage on pizza 🙂

Cody Wallis

Campus: CUAA
Major: Sport and Entertainment Business
Expected Graduation Year: 2023
Home town: Topsail, North Carolina
What is your hometown known for? My hometown is known for football, surfing, and fishing!  I am blessed to live near the beach and enjoy all its fun activities.
Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 11:1—”Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
What are you most excited for at the LCMS YG? I am most excited to form relationships with everyone in attendance and help others grow in their Faith with Jesus Christ!
Why do you love CUW/CUAA? I love CUAA because of its family atmosphere.  Everyone on campus is very welcoming and friendly towards one another!  We are also located right on the Huron River which provides amazing views.
Favorite pizza topping(s)? I like to go full carnivore!  I like hamburger, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, chicken, tons of cheese, mushrooms, and garlic!

Lily Adam

Campus: CUW
Major: Music Education with a minor in Theatre
Expected Graduation Year: 2025
Home town: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
What is your hometown known for? Lots and lots of cheese.
Favorite Bible Verse: Luke 12:25-27—”And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
What are you most excited for at the LCMS YG? Fellowship with lots of people who love the Lord!
Why do you love CUW? The student body and the faculty have shown me nothing but kindness from the moment I stepped on campus. They made me feel welcome, and made it feel like home.
Favorite pizza topping(s)? Chicken and balsamic

Adam Urban

Campus: CUW
Major: Philosophy and Political Science with a Minor in Legal Studies
Expected Graduation Year: May 2023
Home town: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
What is your hometown known for? Its papermaking history
Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20—”I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
What are you most excited for at the LCMS YG? Seeing thousands of believers coming together in one place to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Why do you love CUW/CUAA? The community of believers and how close-knit everyone is.
Favorite pizza topping(s)? Banana peppers, green olives, pepperoni, sausage, bacon

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Ann Arbor and Wisconsin. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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