INSPIRE seeks to make Confirmation a time of training that the whole family can enjoy and grow from, without undue burden on their busy schedules. The Wednesday night IGNITE service is for the whole family but especially built to be part of the Confirmation curriculum. These Wednesday night activities include a family mealtime, a group learning hour for various age groups, and the highly creative and biblical IGNITE worship hour. This allows the family to arrive and leave together.
Other experiences will also make up the INSPIRE Confirmation experience, including local and national mission trip opportunities, as well as an annual summer family mission retreat led by Pastor Randy.
Once students have completed their Wednesday night and mission trip requirements, they become eligible to confirm their faith at any of the INSPIRE worship services where they will give their testimony, receive prayer, and affirm their baptism. It is an awesome celebration! Check out the full requirements below.
"I love hanging out with all the other kids and it is so high Energy! I love it!"
"I wanted a place where my entire family could worship and learn Biblical, Spiritual Truths. I found that place at Inspire!"
Meet The Team
12th and 11th Grade
Welcome back to Ignite everyone, my name is Laurie Martin! I am looking forward to getting "Back to the Basics” this year. I have been with Inspire from the beginning and it is so exciting to see how everyone has grown in every aspect of the word. I can't decide if my favorite time of the year is summer or fall. During summer I love going sailing, kayaking, and spending time outdoors. In the fall, I love going for bike rides, reading, and trying new recipes as the days get cooler. I have three grown kids that I love to spend time with: Logan, Alainna, and Mason, and I have been with the Department of Transportation for 30 plus years. I think it is going to be a great year of connecting with each other and deepening our relationship with the Lord.
Pastor Ernie Hocket
12th and 11th grade
Hey everyone! My name is Ernie Hockett! I have been involved in ministry for 39 years as a pastor, youth leader, worship leader, and counselor. I wear many hats around Inspire as our Community Care Pastor. As most of you know, I have also been hanging out with our senior high group on Wednesday evenings for the past few years and I have loved every minute of it! When I am not working at Inspire, I am usually with my lovely wife Kris. Together we have three amazing kids, Naomi, Nick, and Nate. I love hanging out with all of my amazing grandkids as well. I love people and can’t wait to get to know you all and grow deeper in our faith together in this coming year!
10th and 9th grade
Hi everyone! My name is Jordan Upgren and I am just one of our amazing leaders here at Inspire Family Fellowship! I am currently a student at Dickinson State University and occasionally work as a substitute teacher. As you can see by the picture, I am a father! That is my adorable son, Lucas, who you will more than likely see running around the church every once and a while. Although, he is much bigger now! I love to hunt, fish, and pretty much do anything outside. I also love the Minnesota Vikings! I can't wait to get to know all of you! See you around!
10th and 9th grade
Hi everyone, my name is Danielle Smith! My husband Travis and I have three children. We have two boys named Brandon and Alec, and a daughter named Harper. We love doing anything outdoors, including going boating and camping! Together my husband and I love to motorcycle. We also have a golden retriever named Oakley that we love to take for walks. I have been a hairdresser for 16 years, an educator for 14 years, a salon owner for 3 years, and I am currently taking classes to become a real estate agent. I look forward to going Back to the Basics with all of you during this upcoming Ignite year!
“Do what you love, love who you do it for”
Meet The Team
Hi everyone, my name is Harrison Hruby! I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Computer Science, and I am currently working at NISC as a Software Developer. Some of the things I enjoy doing in my free time are going curling and playing board games with my friends and family. During the summer I love going camping, boating, and doing various water sports like surfing and tubing on the lake. My favorite color is red, and my favorite food is Chinese. I can’t wait to get to know all of you in this coming year!
Hey everyone, my name is Kate Little! I just graduated this past May of 2021 from Minot State University with a degree in social work. I am currently working here at Inspire Family Fellowship part time with all of you amazing people while studying to take my licensing exam for social work. I love playing yard games, board games, sports, etc. I will play pretty much any and every game put in front of me! I love hanging out with my friends, going exploring outside, and lake days where I enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, surfing, and swimming. I also LOVE going to concerts. I have seen over 100 people in concert! Now that you know a little bit about me, I am excited to get to know you all more too in this coming year!
Aloha everyone, my name is Carole Jacobsen! I have been the Kids and Youth Director at Inspire since we opened. I am originally from Williston, ND, and graduated from UND with a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I have been working with kids and teens for many years in a wide variety of experiences; such as preschools, clinic settings, elementary & high schools, and running a home daycare/preschool. I am a mother of two amazing and busy kids; Joycee and Jettler, and our dog Zuri, a half border collie/husky. I enjoy playing volleyball, reading, journaling, sunshine/heat, kayaking, listening to music and I’m always up for a good conference. I am looking forward to another fantastic year at Inspire with the kids - teens and all the parents!!!
Hi, my name is Joshua Upgren! As you can see, I’m a professional stock car driver. It’s a demanding job, but someone has to do it, right? Anyways, yes, I’m tall. I am 6’5” if you were wondering! I love to fish, hunt, and do most things outdoors. I also like to watch Vikings football, and hang out with my friends and family. The most important thing to me though is my faith in Jesus Christ as my savior. I graduated from NDSU in 2019 with a B.A. in Natural Resource Management, but I am currently attending Dickinson State University pursuing a Teaching Degree, with the goal of being a history teacher. I’m excited to get to know all of you in the coming year, and I am looking forward to getting “Back to the Basics” with all of you!