Keynote Speakers


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Pastor Don and Mary Patterson, A Reason for Hope ministry

Establishing a Christian Home in Today’s Society


Establishing a Christian home in our society may be more challenging than it was generations ago, but it’s not an impossible task. Pastor Don and Mary Patterson use God’s Word and their thirty-three years of married life to frame a discussion of this important topic. A Christian home of one, God-pleasing marriage, raising God-fearing children, and dealing with challenges are some of the topics they will address. All attendees should find some valuable takeaways from this keynote. Don and Mary will share anecdotes and laughs that all will appreciate.


Don and Mary Patterson have been married 33 years.  They live in Texas where Don serves as pastor of Holy Word Lutheran Church and District President of the South Central District of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  They have reared four sons, one foster son and have three grandsons. 

Over the years they have spoken about Christian marriage in Sweden, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Washington, and Colorado.  Both grew up in Garland,Texas about a mile apart from one another. They met in Middle school and started dating two years after high school.  Having already passed through the newlywed era, early marriage, rearing young ones, chasing after four active boys in sports, dealing with teen issues and now empty nesting, they offer a wide variety of experiences and insights. 

All through these years the word of God with its grace and truth have guided the way for them.  They will share something for everyone who finds themselves in marriage or hopes to. These two are young at heart, very much in love and still laugh together.

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Don Zietlow, Kwik Trip President and CEO

My Plan May Not Be God's Plan for Me


Don Zietlow, one of the founders and the current CEO of Kwik Trip, Inc., will take us on the journey which is his life. While he did his best to diligently plan that journey, he acknowledges that God, ultimately, has a plan for the lives of all of us. From his childhood on a farm in rural Wisconsin to the leadership of a company which has over six hundred locations and serves over eight million customers per week, the evidence of God’s guiding hand is prominent in his life. Attendees will get a glimpse of the amazing up’s and down’s of a member of the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame and one of the most respected leaders in the convenience store industry.


Donald P. Zietlow was born on December 4, 1934, in Chaseburg, Wisconsin.  He attended Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin, graduating in 1952. 

After high school he farmed until 1956, and then began working for Robinson Transfer as a truck driver.  In 1963 he joined Gateway Foods, Inc., a wholesale food distributor.  Mr. Zietlow held various positions at Gateway Foods until the company was sold in 1989.

At the present time, Mr. Zietlow is the President and CEO of Kwik Trip, Inc., which is currently owned by his family. Kwik Trip operates more than 600 convenience stores and employs 20,000 co-workers. The company is consistently rated as a top workplace in all three states in which it operates.

Mr. Zietlow resides in Onalaska, Wisconsin, with his wife LaVonne.  He and his wife have three children, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

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Kent Stock, motivational speaker

How Do you Want to be Remembered?


People who witnessed this true story still can't believe what happened. It was so inspiring that Hollywood came calling and retold the story of a small school's baseball team in the motion picture "The Final Season." It's about faith being tested and affirmed; it rings with the truth that if you never give up, incredible things can happen. Kent's story is much more than baseball. It's about how you live your life on a daily basis and making a huge impact on the life of others.


Teacher, coach, principal, husband, banker, parent and powerful speaker, Kent Stock is also the man who coached the 1991 Norway High School baseball team during their now-famous final season. As depicted in the 2007 film, The Final Season, the nationally recognized Norway baseball team came together under inauspicious circumstances. They defied the odds under the leadership of then, first-year head baseball coach, Kent Stock, and proceeded to win Norway’s 20th state title.

Growing up in central Iowa, Kent excelled at baseball with the support of his close-knit family. To begin his college career, Kent selected Waldorf College, whose baseball program was then ranked 13th nationally. He played second base for Waldorf and then transferred to Luther College his junior year. There he continued to pursue his love of the sport while earning his undergraduate degree in business management with a minor in education. 

 Today, Kent is a vice-president at Community Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids.   Kent currently lives in Marion, IA with his wife and two daughters. In 2006, that memorable summer of 1991 was brought to life again by film-maker David Mickey Evans and the star-studded cast of the 2007-realeased film, The Final Season.

While a long-time inspirational force for the many students he has taught and coached over the years, their families and countless educational providers, Kent launched his professional speaking career in 2007. His messages of motivation and relationship building have a powerful impact on young and old alike. His stories transcend the baseball field, class and office.

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