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Fuel Student Ministry

Feeding teens' faith since 2016


Spring 2017 Schedule

This spring, Fuel Student Ministry will be hosting a series simply titled "Work" in which we will be exploring the biblical doctrine of vocation. In addition to the devotions that will help students better understand their role as workers in our world, we will be having WELS guest speakers from various vocations come in and talk about what it means to be a Christian in their specific field of work.Each week will feature singing, a devotion, two awesome presentations and a time for Q & A with our presenters. Come early to get settled in with some food and a drink. We hope to see all of you there.

The four Sunday nights for the spring series of Fuel are April 23-May 14th. The events run from 5:00-7:00 pm each Sunday night at Urban Fuel Coffeehouse north of Fond du Lac. The following is the schedule we have in place.

Week 1—April 23

Devotion: The Role in Life to Which God Has Called Me
Talk 1: The Christian in Media (Aaron Biebert)
Talk 2: The Christian in Management (Bethany Rusch)

Week 2—April 30

Devotion: Through My Vocation, I Love and Serve My Neighbor
Talk 1: The Christian in Christian College (Gregory Lyon)
Talk 2: The Christian in Public College (Don Thompson)

Week 3—May 7 (6:00 pm start time)

Devotion: God Calls Different Christians to Different Vocations
The Christian in Medicine/Music (Joey Schumann)
The Christian in the Military (Mary Simonis)

Week 4—May 14

Devotion: Through My Vocation, God Is Glorified
The Christian in Corporate America (John Calkins)
The Christian in Politics (Jeremy Thiesfeldt)



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Mary Simonis

Mary Simonis is an energetic, intuitive leader who is committed to helping others view their life as an opportunity of faith. She is currently a Senior Project Leader in the Defense Department at Oshkosh Corporation and impressive background in serving our community. Mary has spent the past seven years as an integral part of non-profit organizations throughout the Fox Valley and served the previous six years as an ejection seat mechanic in the United States Air Force. She has a Masters Degree in Multidisciplinary Human Services and is the Founder of the speaking and leadership company, Resilient Redhead. With the positive difference she has made in the lives of people throughout the world, it is no wonder Mary was named one of the Fox Valley’s Future 15 Young Professionals of 2015. Mary's story of faith through adversity is sure to inspire you to surrender to God's plan as He guides you forward.

Greg Lyon

Hi everyone! My name is Greg Lyon and I serve as a campus pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I've been a campus pastor since August of 2015. Prior to that I served at Peace Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie, WI. Peace is a growing church of about 750 members with a school of about 100. While at Peace I served on the Board of Regents at Lakeside Lutheran High School and had a brief role as the chairman of Adult Discipleship for the Western Wisconsin District of the Wisconsin Synod. Now in my role at WLC, I focus primarily in the areas of worship, Bible study, and pastoral counseling. I am currently pursuing an advanced degree in the area of pastoral counseling. Besides those main areas of focus, I have had the privilege to led mission trips to Grenada, Texas and Louisiana. I have also taught a few theology courses on campus. I have a great passion for working with college age students and helping them navigate the challenges that come with entering this new and confusing phase of life.

When not at school, I enjoy time with my family: my wife Amy and three kids, Samuel, Elliana, and Addison. My house is a "Cubs House." I've been a diehard Cub fan my entire life so you can imagine that 2016 was a big year! My family is actively involved members at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls where Amy and I serve as Sunday School Superintendents. I look forward to sharing the blessings and challenges of serving God's people on a Christian campus!

Bethany Rusch

Bethany Rusch is an alumna of UW-Fond du Lac and earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Marian University. She has a Master of Social Work degree with an Administration/Management concentration from UW-Oshkosh.  Bethany is currently the Regional Associate Dean of Administration and Finance for three UW Colleges campuses in the Northeast Region: UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley, and UW-Manitowoc. She has been with the UW since 2010.  Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Family Resource Center of Fond du Lac County, Inc. and the Director of Development for the National Speech and Debate Association.  Bethany is the President of the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund and a member of Fond du Lac Morning Rotary, as well as being actively involved in ministry to individuals with developmental disabilities and other committee work at Faith Lutheran Church.  She has been married to her husband, Barry, since 1998 and is Mom to Ava (12) and Miles (10).

Don Thompson

I have had the privilege of serving the Lord in various capacities.  I’ve ministered to congregations in Indiana, Wisconsin and Florida, as well as teaching at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI.  I’ve served as a Circuit Pastor (a pastor to other pastors) and as a District Evangelism Chairman.  I’ve served in home mission settings as well as doing prison ministry.  I’ve coached grade school girls basketball as well as teaching at a Seminary in Nigeria.  I pray that all these experiences will help me better serve the college students of today with the timeless truth and comfort of God’s holy Word.

That’s the challenge of today, whether in college or out of it – connecting people to Jesus through the Word of God.  Nothing is as important as being connected to Christ and His forgiving love and His awesome power.  My goal is to help students connect with Christ so that they can experience the reality of His love, as well as His power to change their lives and the lives of others in this world.

Jeremy Thiesfeldt

Representative Thiesfeldt was born in Fond du Lac County in 1966 to a family of eleven children.  He has been happily married to his wife Cindy for 26 years and they have been blessed with four children.

Following his graduation from Martin Luther College in 1989 with a BS in Elementary Education, Jeremy began 21½ years of teaching and involvement in administration in two Lutheran elementary schools and a Lutheran high school.  He has extensive experience in coaching varying athletics and was honored to coordinate Veterans Day events at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac.

In 2005 he was elected to the Fond du Lac City Council, and was subsequently reelected in 2007 and 2009.  He served three years as the Vice President of the City Council.  Having been elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in November 2010, Jeremy resigned his duties on the city council as well as his teaching position to devote his energies to his current service.

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Joey Schumann

Hello, I’m Joseph Schumann, a board-certified family physician with Affinity Medical Group. I provide compassionate care to patients of all ages. I have a special interest in pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health, preventive medicine, acute care, chronic disease management, dermatology, and mood disorders. I chose to do my residency in the Fox Valley because this is where I grew up. My commitment to my patients and their families is this: when it comes to medical decision-making, I will treat you as I would my own family. That’s what we do in family medicine!

Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with wife and children, playing the bagpipes, tin whistle and piano, and being outdoors.

Aaron Biebert

Originally from Milwaukee, Aaron grew up the eldest of eight kids, and played football at Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Art. A lifetime non-smoker, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids when he’s not traversing the globe filming and speaking. Aaron’s production company, Attention Era Media, is one of the most successful video production and digital social media companies in the Midwest. Producing commercials and short films for clients such as Applebee’s, IndyCar, the NCAA, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and inner-city education initiatives, Attention Era balances the firm’s client load between for-profit and passion projects. Heavily influenced by documentaries like Fed Up and Food, Inc. and bolstered by Attention Era Media’s successes, Aaron made the move last year to create his own feature film documentary – a move that, while risky, has paid off.

But Aaron has never shied away from risk. Since college, he has been responsible for the founding of a series of businesses, first co-founding a mortgage brokerage firm, then transitioning into creating a medical services company. Distressed by government overregulation and an economic downturn, Aaron closed the medical services business, and began to see how the “little guy” in business is continually squeezed – and that no one is telling that story. That end was, in part, the beginning of Attention Era Media.

John Calkins

Mr. John Calkins is a nationally renowned construction trainer, author, inventor and entrepreneur.  He is the founder of JC Edison & Associates, a marketing and branding company as well as Edison University which is committed to educating and training architect, engineers, specifiers and contractors on “High Performance Energy Building.”

Mr. Calkins studied business at Wisconsin Lutheran College and UW-Madison and is a graduate of Winnebago Lutheran Academy. He began his career as a Sales Manager for Wisconsin’s largest electronic based company and later moved into construction product manufacturing and consulting.  

Over 35 years, he has started, bought or sold over 15+ companies and currently owns and operates five business. Passionate about business,  he advices other entrepreneur upstarting companies, which is a natural fit for him. Additionally, he helps companies develop new construction products and guides them with branding and technical marketing.

Mr. Calkins seems to be on a crusade to help the construction industry build more energy efficient buildings and homes. He has been credited for assisting with 3 of the top 5 most energy efficient homes in midwest. The State of Wisconsin has made him the only certified accredited instructor on advanced energy efficient structural building. In fact, in 2016, he trained all the state inspectors on high performance advanced framing.

In his free time, John broadcasts sporting events for WLA’s “Jim and John Show”  and assists with running WLA  Jr. Vikes Youth Basketball Program and still has time to be a Disney historian. For 33 years, John has been married to his wife, Diane and they have three adult sons.

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

Photos by Urban Fuel


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