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Kevin Jenson, M.Ed.

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Ryan Woodring, M.Ed.

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Annie Slocum

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Davis Norment, B.A.

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Charity Manwaring

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Jean Norment

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Robert Evans, M.Div.

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Jeff Ingle, M.A.

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Pete Lackey, M.A.

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Vidar (Lee) was born in Chicago but raised in South America as well as his parents’ native Norway. Lee moved to Minnesota in 1982 after graduating from high school in Norway and attended the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, where he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1987) and Master of Business Administration (1990). Lee was employed by Life-Science Innovations & Affiliated Companies (LSI) since 1996 through 2014 and served in multiple leadership roles with affiliated companies. LSI is a privately held company headquartered in Wilmar, Minnesota, and employs 1,500 people in Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Kansas and Missouri. LSI serves in the industries of agriculture, engineering and bio-science. Lee has a variety of experience managing and leading companies. His experience includes being the Senior Economic Internal Consultant for Phillips Petroleum Company (where he was responsible for the economics of a $300 million water injection project) to being the Vice President of Operations of Life-Science Innovations in Wilmar, MN, to being the President of Epitopix (R&D of vaccines for food safety in field of livestock) and CEO of Syntiron (a human R&D company focused on the development of a vaccine against Staphylococcus and other community-acquired infections). Lee has since 2014 served as CEO of Rivendell Education Company, LLC, a company based in Minnesota focused on developing and licensing curriculum and critical thinking software for customers in the field of education.

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Jack grew up as the oldest of four in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As his parents were often invested in different ministries and initiatives around the Twin Cities, Jack recalls that he'd never have to go far to hear an interesting story or help with someone's exciting project. After spending a summer in Africa, Jack caught the vision for rebuilding impoverished communities through socially-conscious capitalism and entrepreneurship. Coming to see that ideas, not resources, often spark the truest form of economic growth, Jack became interested in uncovering those ideas that lead to healthy and flourishing societies. Over the last few years, Jack has traversed in and out of formal education as he has taken various opportunities to work and travel. Jack completed his first two years of college at Wheaton College and Rivendell Sanctuary (CreatEd’s beta program) before working in Israel for a month and completing a semester-long internship in D.C. Jack returned to CreatEd in the summer of 2015, where he now serves as the CreatEd Network Director, building relationships between CreatEd's students, leadership, local communities, and partnering businesses. In his spare time, a few of Jack’s favorite things include road trips, podcasts, exploring new places, spending time with his family, working on his haka dance, or late night jogs. Looking into the future, Jack looks forward to the dreams that will birth out of CreatEd and the impact they could have on deep, systemic levels. Jack plans to start his own business someday and is excited to build the kingdom of God through enterprise and the marketplace.

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Annie Slocum: Annie was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. In 2012, she graduated summa cum laude with Rivendell Sanctuary’s inaugural cohort (CreatEd Institute’s beta program). She transferred to Belhaven University in Jackson, MS and to earn her BFA in Creative Writing. During the summer of 2013, Annie studied abroad for five weeks at the University of Oxford. When she graduated from Belhaven in 2014, Annie was invited to return to Rivendell Sanctuary for a sixteen-month faculty internship. During that time, she served as resident advisor, building authentic mentoring relationships with students while supervising residence hall life. She also developed and taught advanced composition workshops, provided coaching for academic essay writing, assisted in administration and grading, and aided professors in the facilitation of cohort discussions. On the side, Annie discovered a passion for minimalism and began conducting personal decluttering sessions, coaching individuals through a process of self-examination, elimination of excess, and delight in signature staples—habits that foster internal transformation and empower individuals to live with greater peace and effectiveness within their spheres of influence. In 2016, Annie began her graduate work in strategic leadership at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, which she will complete online. In addition to working for CreatEd Institute, Annie plans to apply her knowledge, skills, and passions to the field of entrepreneurship.

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Davis Norment received his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministries from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He went on to complete additional post-graduate work in Biblical Studies from the University of the Nations where he spent fourteen years as an accomplished teacher and curriculum developer. At the UofN-Kona, Mr. Norment shared leadership and teaching duties in a 36 credit-hour master’s level Biblical Studies course, and a 20 credit-hour Discipleship Training Course. During this time, Mr. Norment began to identify a core set of unanswered questions that is leaving a void in the lives of many young Christians today. Mr. Norment realized that this void is the result of students being taught “what” to believe without the context for “why” to believe it. Burdened to solve this issue, Mr. Norment developed a 12 credit-hour Biblical Worldview curriculum focused on answering life’s most fundamental questions. The course quickly became one of the most popular classes at the UofN-Kona. Mr. Norment partly attributes its success to his own personal frustration and struggles in learning. As a student, the institution’s forms, methods and curriculums left him bored and uninspired. Yet, these early struggles and frustrations with learning were the experiences that made Mr. Norment a successful teacher and curriculum writer. He understands today’s culture and student body and knows how to build curriculums that can inspire this generation to excel. His strength lies in his ability to take the underachiever—young men and women who never excelled academically—and generate within them a passion for God and learning. As a result, Mr. Norment has seen numbers of his students, many of whom gave little thought to continuing their college education, go on to excel in their studies, with a significant number completing their masters or doctorate degrees, including one at Harvard University. This experience profoundly impacted Mr. Norment’s life an

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For over 25 years, Jean Norment has been teaching in churches and schools around the world. Her passion is to see Christians released into the joy of experiencing intimacy with God through a fresh revelation of the power and glory of the cross. Seeing the enormous scope of Christ’s finished work from God’s perspective is one of the main keys to helping people discover their true identity and destiny in Christ. Jean’s call into the ministry came in 1975 when God spoke clearly to her, saying, ‘I will send you to the nations of the world and you will teach My Word.’ She spent many years alone with God in careful preparation for that calling. At that time, she and her husband, Bobby, lived in Montgomery, Alabama where Bobby was President and CEO of Norment Industries. In 1994, God called Jean and Bobby to Kona, Hawaii, where they joined the staff of the University of the Nations-Kona, which is part of the family of ministries of Youth with a Mission. Both Jean and Bobby served on the leadership team of the University of the Nations for 10 years. Jean continues to teach in YWAM Discipleship Training Schools and Counseling Schools around the world. In 2009, Bobby and Jean moved to Bloomington, Minnesota where they are helping to pioneer CreatEd. God has gifted and anointed Jean as a counselor. She enjoys training and equipping other Christians to minister to the broken-hearted through the power of the Holy Spirit, and she loves mentoring young people. Jean and Bobby have two sons and three grandchildren who are the joys of their lives.

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Robert Evans, M.Div., received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in English and Psychology, followed by a master’s degree from Austin Seminary. He was a co-founder and principal for seven years of Learning by Design, a consulting firm (Denver, CO) with Fortune-100 clients in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He has also been on the staff of St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX) anbv d Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO). He joined the University of the Nations (Kailua-Kona, HI) in 1993, where he taught English, history, biblical studies, and the biblical languages, as well as serving as Dean of the College of Humanities and International Studies until 2009. He also served the University of the Nations International, with locations in Kona and over 400 other locations worldwide, as International Committee member for the College of Humanities and International Studies. With nearly 40 years of experience teaching at the collegiate level, Robert is passionate about equipping young adults to impact the world for the Kingdom of God. He brings patience and clarity to the process of exploring how every academic field of study and every sphere of influence in society fits within God’s redemptive plan for the nations.

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Jeff Ingle (M.A.) earned his Bachelor's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN). He did his graduate studies in Systematic Theology at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), and has completed studies from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and the University of Northwestern St. Paul (MN). He and his wife Lauren were married in 2012. Beyond his academic interests in the intersection of theology and the liberal arts, Jeff has a passion for "traveling on a shoestring." He values the opportunities it affords for adventuring and especially for seeking new ways to love and learn from people around the world. In addition to broad travel through North America, he has embarked on several hitch-hiking journeys through the British Isles and Eastern Europe. He has also explored central locales of the Old and New Testaments in parts of the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece.

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Pete Lackey, M.A. M.Div., received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies as well as a master’s degree in Theology and History from Criswell College (Dallas, TX) before receiving a second master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion from Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT). He has also completed a number of additional studies in the areas of language, culture, and religion from the University of Georgia, the University of Minnesota, and Luther Seminary (to name a few), and is currently pursuing two doctoral degrees in Theology, Art, and Culture and the Great Books respectively. With a heart for the community at large, Pete has filled a number of academic, administrative, and ministry posts with various organizations such as the T.A.Patterson World Mission Center (Dallas, TX), the Overseas Ministries Study Center (New Haven, CT), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the MacLaurin Institute (a Christian study center serving the University of Minnesota). and served as Resident Scholar of the Rivendell 5 Pursuits Honors Program. He has also worked with developmentally disabled inner-city children at a St. Paul charter school. His overseas experience includes humanitarian relief efforts with theological instruction in Sri Lanka, Chad, Brazil, and Chile

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