Sherpa Legend — Heather Flies

Welcome to our new show, SHERPA LEGENDS!

Each month, we will present a conversation with a Youth Ministry Legend. Our conversations center around their story. How did they get into youth ministry, what has kept them in it, and what were some of their favorite adventures along the way? We hope you will tune in each month for the next SHERPA LEGEND!


Our first legend: HEATHER FLIES

Heather is the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN, where she has served for over 22 years. She’s a frequent conference speaker, and was co-host at the National Youth Worker’s Convention in St Louis this year. In 2018, she was named Bethel Seminary Alumna of the Year. (We didn’t know alumna was a word, either, but apparently it is)


Despite never realizing her dream of marrying a Viking’s offensive lineman, Heather has helped many others realize theirs. She has been one of the leading voices for junior high ministry, for women, and for longevity during her amazing career. Anyone who’s ever had the chance to meet her, hang out with her, be hugged by her, or arm wrestle her, will agree that she’s a force of nature and a true legend in youth ministry. Heather has a gift for encouraging people, and she loves junior high kids even more than she loves the Vikings.

We hope you enjoy our conversation with Heather Flies!




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