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Fuel Student Ministry

Feeding teens' faith since 2016


Fall 2018 Series

The Christian in Science

What is the Christian’s role in the scientific enterprise? How do we as Christians live in and engage with a culture that has been so significantly shaped and influenced by the impact of scientific accomplishments?

Lest we allow ourselves to always slip into cavalier and critical attitudes toward science, we must remember that endeavors and explorations in science began with a mandate God gave at the very time of creation. God commanded Adam and Eve to have dominion over the earth and to subdue it. There is a sense in which man was created to conquer the universe in which he lives and the scientific enterprise is a unique and remarkable part of that task.

For centuries, there were broad areas of cooperation between Christianity and the scientific community. They worked hand in hand. The vocation of the scientist was seen as a calling from God himself. There was a kind of unity between the spiritual quest of man and the natural quest of science. Although that time of cooperation is in the distant past and humanistic centered scientific studies often prevail, do the Christian and scientific worlds need to stand opposed to one another? Does the Christian need to call into question and criticize everything happening in the world of science?

Indeed we live in a time, where the worlds of science and Christianity often appear to be at odds with one another, there are still bible believing Christians accomplishing incredible things in vast areas and arenas of science, to the glory of God and the good of their fellowman. In our fall series The Christian and His Work in Science, we will be featuring gifted presenters from various fields of science who will share with us experiences and expertise in their given branches of scientific study.

It is our hope and prayer that these speakers and their presentations will help us further marvel at the works and creation of our God, while at the same time exploring possible future vocations or areas of interest for the many young people present. We will examine why Christians might spend their lives in science, and what resources there are for believers who make science their chosen career. Our hope is that you will see, not only the value of science but, if you are a Christian young person who already loves science, you will see that this is a vocation to which God may be calling you. You will learn that science is a part of the world in which God placed us and we need Christian scientists just as much as we need Christian teachers, or carpenters, or missionaries.

Additional these presentations will provide students with a better knowledge and understanding of several branches of science giving them an ability to converse intelligently rather than from ignorance with those who seek to use science to damage their faith and beliefs. Join us at Fuel Student Ministry hosted at Urban Fuel Coffeehouse each Sunday night September 16-October 14, 2o18. Each evening begins with food and drinks being served up at 5:30 pm. The formal part of the evenings begins at 6:00 and run until 8:00 pm. All Fond du Lac area high school students are invited to attend. For more information contact Pastor Mark Parsons at 920.922.3530.

September 16        Dr. Darold A. Treffert with music by the Fuel Band

A Christian as Scientific Explorer: The Extraordinary Savant Syndrome and Our Wondrous Brain

September 23        Meteorologist and Musician Mike Westendorf and Mrs. Nicole Hill

Christian with Their Head in the Clouds: Meteorology, Music, and More & Rocket Mom

September 30       Dr. Joseph Woldt with music by the Fuel Band

A Christian as Healer: The Head, Heart, and Hands of Physical Therapy

October 7               Dr. Kerry K. Kuehn with music by the Fuel Band

"Scientific Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Technological Society.".

October 14             Pastor and Prof. Robert Fleischmann with music by the Fuel Band

A Christian Engages with Bioethics: Understanding the Gift of Life




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Darold A. Treffert

Dr. Darold A. Treffert is a retired psychiatrist and current research director who specializes in the study of autism spectrum disorders and savant syndrome. After graduating from St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Treffert first attended Bethany Lutheran College where he focused on pre-medical courses and earned an associate in arts degree in 1953. He received his medical doctorate in 1958 from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Although retired from active psychiatric practice Dr. Treffert continues as research director at the Treffert Center which focuses on assessment, intervention and treatment of persons with autism, and research on savant syndrome, along with a strength-based school for all children. You can learn more about Dr. Treffert at www.treffertcenter.com or more about savant syndrome at www.savantsyndrome.com.


Mike Westendorf

Life to the full!" That is the heartbeat of this Christian recording artist, meteorologist, husband and father of three. With a passion for sharing the life-changing power of grace in music and speaking events, Mike loves the "aha" moments when God's word connects to real life. He has been sharing this story while leading worship in the WELS since 2007. His full-time work is with UW Milwaukee in the meteorologist intern program. He is also the contemporary worship coordinator for St. Paul's Lutheran in Muskego. In addition, Mike is the director of Awake and Alive, an event for the 18-25 generation and has served for over 7 years as music director for The Point of Grace Campus Ministry in Milwaukee. 


Nicole Hill

Nicole is a Propulsion Analysis Engineer at Sierra Nevada Corporation in Madison, WI.  Her current work is focused on structural analysis of the Reaction Control System thrusters for the Dream Chaser Cargo Vehicle.  Nicole has been doing propulsion analysis for almost 2 years.  Prior to that, she enjoyed her work as Aerodynamics and Loads Engineer for the Cirrus Aircraft SF50 Vision Jet in Duluth, MN, and preceding that work, as an Orbital Debris Engineer in Houston, TX.  Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota in 2007, and her Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics through the University of Alabama in 2014.  Nicole appreciates the clear signs of grace that have guided her throughout her life and is looking forward to discussing the blessings of being a Christian in engineering.


Joseph Woldt

Joe Woldt a Board-Certified Sports Physical Therapist works at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine in Green Bay, WI. Joe graduated from Martin Luther College in 2008 with a degree in Education with concentration in life science. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Concordia University Wisconsin in 2013 and completed a sports medicine residency program at Aurora BayCare in 2014. Joe currently works with athletes of all types and am involved in specialty clinics including concussion, performance running, and performance throwing programs. Joe is also an adjunct instructor for the Orthopedic Residency program at Concordia University Wisconsin.


Kerry K. Kuehn

Dr. Kerry Kuehn is a professor in the Department of Physics at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. His laboratory work is devoted primarily to the physics of fluids. In recent years, he has published work on acoustic imaging of Rayleigh-Benard convection, the dynamics of vortex rings, and computational analysis of tidal instabilities on multi-moon planets. He is currently working toward developing an apparatus to study the fluid dynamics of thin soap films. Other ongoing projects include astrophotography and text-processing using the Google N-gram databases. Dr. Kuehn will presenting on the topic "Scientific Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Technological Society."


Robert Fleischmann

Pastor Robert Fleischmann was born in Pleasanton, CA and raised in Lake Geneva, WI. He is a 1979 graduate of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN and a 1983 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. From 1983 to 1988 Pastor Fleischmann served as a Home Missionary Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plymouth, WI. In 1988 he accepted the call to serve as the first (and only) full-time National Director of Christian Life Resources, a pro-life and pro-family agency theologically affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Synod. He writes extensively on life and family issues and preaches and presents extensively throughout North America. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Philosophy in the Bioethics Department at Concordia University in Mequon.  He continues to hold these positions as he now serves St. Paul as Administrative Pastor.

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Located in Peebles, Urban Fuel is a favorite local gathering spot with a fun and stylish atmosphere.

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Urban Fuel opened in March of 2015 and is located in the quiet village of Peebles.



(920) 933-5590



N7645 N Peebles Ln,

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin





7:00 am - 3:00 pm


7:00 am - 3:00 pm

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


7:00 am - 3:00 pm



Each week at Fuel students begin and end the night with a time of song and musical meditation. The play list for each week of Fuel can be found here. Please listen through the songs so that you can sing along. (Note the versions of the songs we will sing at Fuel won't sound exactly like the recordings.)



Pastor Mark Parsons

Faith Lutheran Church