Get to know the team dedicated to empowering our young people to love their neighbors and neighborhoods in the name of Jesus:

Kate Harrell - Kate.Harrell@youthworks.com

Kate Harrell - Kate.Harrell@youthworks.com

Kate has has been a member of the community of Northeast Minneapolis for over seven years. She has worked for YouthWorks!, an organization that facilitates week-long mission trips for junior and senior high students for 10 years, and 13 summers. In her current role she oversees 37 mission sites throughout the country. She is a gifted coach and communicator to all ages and to diverse people groups.                                                                    
Kate has a passion for Native American culture and loves bringing teenagers to reservations across the country. Kate has experience helping people engage with those who are different than them and helping communities and churches experience reciprocal relationships. Kate is expectant that God is up to something by bringing together the churches of Northeast to form Northeast Students and is excited to be a part of it!  Kate lives with her husband Jason and their dog Parker. She loves working on house projects with Jason and playing with Parker and her niece and two nephews! 

Conner Simms - Conner@elimchurch.com

Conner Simms - Conner@elimchurch.com

For over 14 years Conner has been involved in leading ministries all over the United States and the world.  He has spoken to gatherings of thousands of students at events with Willow Creek Community Church and Youth For Christ.  He has participated in or led missions trips to four continents while working for various churches and non-profit organizations. 

Currently Conner is the Pastor of Student Ministries at Elim Church in Northeast Minneapolis as well as a chaplain at Regions Hospital/Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul.  He has formerly been a Site Director for YouthWorks! and a church planter in Los Angeles & Chicagoland.  Also a substitute teacher in Minneapolis Public Schools, he is beyond excited to see how Northeast Students can equip and empower young people in Minneapolis to advance the transformative power of Jesus in this city, and beyond! Conner currently lives in North Minneapolis with his beautiful wife, Mayme and his relentlessly cute puppy, Ygritte.