NAM Director: Nick Mundis

Rev. Nick Mundis is the Director of North American Mission for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. In that position he serves the congregations of the CLB by developing strategic plans for disciple-making, partnering with CLB congregations to advance congregational health and vitality, administering resources and training opportunities, and facilitating shared resources between pastors and congregations. Before accepting his call to the Director position, Nick served as Pastor of Oak Hill Church in Bloomington, Minnesota (2003-2019). He has been married to Barb for twenty-two years and has two grown children.
NAM Director: 
  • Developing a strategic plan for disciple-making in the CLB
  • Partnering with CLB churches to advance congregational health and vitality
  • Administering resources and training opportunities in disciple-making models
  • Facilitating shared resources between pastors and congregations
“The Church has always been God’s way to create and grow His disciples. It is because of that truth I am so excited about my calling to this new position. Please join me in praying for God to ignite a fresh and consuming passion in our CLB congregations of North America. May God’s Spirit and His Word drive our vision, plans and actions to more effectively become Disciple-making Disciples.”
– Rev. Nick Mundis

NAM Associate Director: Ryan Nilsen

Dr. Ryan Nilsen is the Associate Director of North American Mission for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. He grew up in Hartland, Connecticut. He has a B.A. in history and English from UConn and a Masters of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He graduated from Denver Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2017. He has served churches in Minnesota, Iowa, Connecticut, and as Executive Director of Fifth Act Church Planting. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology at Lutheran Brethren Seminary. Ryan and his wife Kjirsti have five children and live in Torrington.
Associate Director of NAM: 
  • Energizing disciple-making congregations, clusters, and regions for church planting
  • Identifying, recruiting, and equipping CLB church planters
  • Develop church planting systems and infrastructure to support increased church planting
  • Coaching churches pursuing revitalization and assisting churches with strategic planning 
“North America is the third largest mission field in the world, and I am excited to see what can happen when we harness our CLB passion for global mission and apply it at home. I firmly believe that the CLB is greatly needed in the North American mission field. I’m excited to be a part of sending missionaries to plant new churches in the towns and cities of the US and Canada, and to help our established congregations become missionary outposts to their own communities. I’m passionate about supporting the success of our pastors and other ministry leaders.”
– Dr. Ryan Nilsen

OOP Associate for Ministry Support: Phil Heiser

Rev. Phil Heiser was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. He was baptized at his grandparent’s and mother’s church, Immanuel LBC in Pasadena. He was raised in a Christian home and returned to the Lutheran Brethren through the “Alpha Way” Bible College program. He graduated from Washington State University in 1994 and began a career in information technology. After graduating from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 2006, he served churches in Alexandria, Minnesota and Maple Park, Washington. He served as the Pacific Regional Pastor  for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren from August 1, 2015 until July 1, 2019 when he transferred to the position of Associate for Ministry Support. He and his wife Wendy live in Queen Creek, Arizona. They have two children.
Associate for Ministry Support: 
  • Engaging Ministers of the Gospel with support for ministry health and effectiveness
  • Assisting Congregations and Pastors during transitional periods 
  • Shaping and overseeing a tiered model of care and self-accountability
  • Training and guiding pastors and congregations in reconciliation ministry
“I’m excited to continue developing the decade-long investment from our Regional Pastors in providing quality care and support to our pastors and congregations! Healthy pastors and churches today, lead to revitalized and reproducing churches tomorrow. I look forward to seeing all the ways God is going to provide for our pastors and bless our congregations as we seek to grow as a disciple-making movement.”
– Rev. Phil Heiser