Recording: Home Missions question and answer session

Watch the recording from the Home Missions Q&A webinar that occurred Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. CT.

Moderated by Rev. Keith Free, WELS Home Missions Administrator


Keith Free, WELS Home Missions administrator

Keith Free has been serving a WELS Home Missions administrator since 2010. Since becoming a pastor in 1982, he has served as a Tutor at Northwestern College and at two congregations in New Carlisle, Ohio, and Plover, Wisconsin. Experience in Home Missions came from the time serving in Ohio at a home mission church as well as serving on the Western Wisconsin District Mission Board for 14 years, 12 of those years as chairman.

His wife is Rachel, and they are blessed with five children: Josh (wife Joey, two daughters, Eloise & Olive and a son Henry), Caleb (wife Kristin and two sons, Clay and Aaron and a daughter Judith Joy), Micah, Sarah, and Lydia.


Rev. Dave Koelpin, home missionary at Foundation Lutheran Church in Folsom, Calif.

Dave Koelpin has been a WELS pastor since 2003. Originally from Arizona, he has served congregations in Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. In September of 2019 he began working with a core group of believers to plant a church and build a ministry in Folsom, California.

He loves spending time outside biking or tinkering in the garage on household projects. Love for Jesus and love for people are what drive his ministry. Dave and his wife Toni live in Folsom with their three children: Thomas, McCall, and Libby.

Rev. Paul Seager, home missionary at Christ Alone Lutheran Church in Keller/Fort Worth, Tex.

Paul Seager has been the missionary at Christ Alone in Keller since it was planted on January 10, 2010. The Christ Alone mission has grown from its three original families to 160 members today. He also served as a home missionary in Atlanta, Georgia, as pastor in Spring Hill, Florida, and as tutor at Martin Luther College.

He has been married to Lara Beth for 18 years, and has one daughter, Eliana. Pastor Seager’s hobbies are his family, socializing with good friends, good food, exercising, landscaping, and all things sports – football, basketball, baseball, and especially golf.

Rev. Doug Van Sice, home missionary at Huntersville Lutheran Church in Huntersville, N.C.

Doug Van Sice was born and raised in Michigan. He became a pastor in 2017 after spending his vicar year serving at Faith Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg, Georgia. Pastor Van Sice was assigned to be a home missionary in Huntersville, North Carolina. In fall of 2018, after a year of hard work, Huntersville Lutheran Church was launched and has been worshipping ever since. God has blessed the work in Huntersville, growing from a core group of about 15 people in 2018 to a group of over 60 as of June 2021.

In 2015, Pastor Van Sice was married to his wife Andrea. Just recently, God blessed them with their first son, Asher. They enjoy spending time outdoors, training their two Australian Cattle Dogs, and working with God’s people in Huntersville.