Staff & Interns

Gabe Kasper

Gabe Kasper

Lead Pastor 

Gabe grew up in Macomb, MI. After spending five years starting new churches in Austin, TX, he is excited to be back in Michigan as the Pastor of ULC. He serves the mission of ULC through preaching, leadership development, and pastoral care. Gabe studied at Concordia University Wisconsin before going on to get his M.Div at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. In his spare time, Gabe enjoys playing soccer, reading books, listening to punk rock, and cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers. He and his wonderful wife Melissa have three great kids.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Pastor Gabe to give you his starting 11 for the 2022 World Cup!

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Marcus Lane

Campus Pastor 

Marcus grew up west of the Twin Cities in Waconia, MN. Before joining the staff at ULC in the fall of 2019, he spent four years serving as a pastor in Seattle, WA. In addition to preaching, teaching, and pastoral care duties, Marcus serves the mission of ULC by leading our campus outreach efforts to the University of Michigan. Outside of his work, Marcus enjoys watching the NBA, all things hip hop, and is happy to share his love of sneakers with anyone willing to listen. Marcus and his wife Vanessa live here in Ann Arbor with their two kids Della and Jude.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Pastor Marcus about anything related to the NBA.

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Marcus Lane

Campus Pastor 

Marcus grew up west of the Twin Cities in Waconia, MN. Before joining the staff at ULC in the fall of 2019, he spent four years serving as a pastor in Seattle, WA. In addition to preaching, teaching, and pastoral care duties, Marcus serves the mission of ULC by leading our campus outreach efforts to the University of Michigan. Outside of his work, Marcus enjoys watching the NBA, all things hip hop, and is happy to share his love of sneakers with anyone willing to listen. Marcus and his wife Vanessa live here in Ann Arbor with their two kids Della and Jude.

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Chris Troxel

Church Plant Pastor 

Chris grew up in Quincy, IL. To prep him for pastoring at ULC, God gave Chris and his family many great and diverse experiences in many different places. He’s on ULC staff as a church planter, working with the team here in partnership with another church to plant a new church downtown Ann Arbor. Chris attended Concordia University Nebraska, and later went to Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Chris enjoys reading, gaming, movies, and most things outdoors. Chris and his wife Lisa have three amazing kids.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Chris about the first superhero, or any lore related to Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.

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Hannah Maxey

Director of Operations

Hannah grew up learning about God’s grace and love at a nearby Lutheran Church. She has been coming to ULC since her college days at Eastern Michigan University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology with a minor in business. After working for four years as a Child Life Specialist at CS Mott Children’s hospital, she transitioned to work at ULC.  When not working, she enjoys adventuring with her husband, daughter, and their bear-like dog. 

Hannah is the Director of Operations and oversees ULC facilities/rentals, business aspects, and everything else in between.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Hannah to talk about her crafting addiction!

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Hannah Maxey
Hannah Maxey

Hannah Maxey

Director of Operations

Hannah grew up learning about God’s grace and love at a nearby Lutheran Church. She has been coming to ULC since her college days at Eastern Michigan University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology with a minor in business. After working for four years as a Child Life Specialist at CS Mott Children’s hospital, she transitioned to work at ULC.  When not working, she enjoys adventuring with her husband, daughter, and their bear-like dog. 

Hannah is the Director of Operations and oversees ULC facilities/rentals, business aspects, and everything else in between.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Hannah to talk about her crafting addiction!

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Rachel Thoms

Rachel Thoms

Director of Communication & Production

Rachel is passionate about bringing people together through the art of communicating. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI, earned her B.A. in Communication from Concordia University Texas, and moved to Michigan in 2013, joining the strategic communications team at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Rachel joined ULC’s staff in February 2022 and serves the mission through overseeing worship gathering livestreaming, social media, ULC’s website, print and digial communications, and other general communications needs.

Outside of ULC, she enjoys interior decorating, reading, gardening, cheering on Concordia University Ann Arbor sports teams, visiting her parents and siblings, and hanging out with her husband, Kyle.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Rachel about thrift-shopping and decorating your home secondhand!

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Hannah Tschetter

Manager of The Common Cup

Hannah was born in Evansville, Indiana but grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. She went to a local college before moving to Haiti when she was 21. She lived in Haiti for two and a half years where she worked as an English teacher at a ministry called God’s Littlest Angels. After leaving Haiti, Hannah moved to Budpaest, Hungary where she worked for a year as a first-grade assistant teacher at The International Christian School of Budapest. Hannah became involved in The Common Cup ministry as a barista in the fall of 2021 and became manager at the beginning of 2022. She is focused on the daily operations as well as exploring ways to grow the ministry of The Common Cup.

Hannah loves to travel, read novels (her favorite is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah), and spend time with her family and dog, Fonzie. She loves chatting with people at The Common Cup—introduce yourself when you see her! 

  Need a conversation starter? Share with Hannah a new drink idea for The Common Cup!

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Hannah Tschetter
Hannah Tschetter

Hannah Tschetter

Manager of The Common Cup

Hannah was born in Evansville, Indiana but grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. She went to a local college before moving to Haiti when she was 21. She lived in Haiti for two and a half years where she worked as an English teacher at a ministry called God’s Littlest Angels. After leaving Haiti, Hannah moved to Budpaest, Hungary where she worked for a year as a first-grade assistant teacher at The International Christian School of Budapest. Hannah became involved in The Common Cup ministry as a barista in the fall of 2021 and became manager at the beginning of 2022. She is focused on the daily operations as well as exploring ways to grow the ministry of The Common Cup.

Hannah loves to travel, read novels (her favorite is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah), and spend time with her family and dog, Fonzie. She loves chatting with people at The Common Cup—introduce yourself when you see her! 

  Need a conversation starter? Share with Hannah a new drink idea for The Common Cup!

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Charissa Hasper

Charissa Hasper

Director of Worship Arts

Charissa is a senior at the University of Michigan studying Music Education. She wants to eventually teach middle/high school choir. Charissa loves sweaters, hot beverages, and laughter. In her free time, you can probably find her working out, watching movies/tv shows, or talking very loudly somewhere.

Charissa primarily works with ULC’s music—she leads weekly worship on Sunday and at All Student Gathering. She also plans and coordinates student events, retreats, and small activities.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Charissa what shows she’s watching or books she’s reading!

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Nate Zuellig

Worship Assistant & Artist in Residence

Nate is from Ypsilanti and has lived there his whole life. He earned his undegraduate degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University. He regularly practices writing music and poetry, and now gets to do that here, at ULC! His favorite instrument is the drums.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Nate about the best parks around Ann Arbor!

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Nate Zuellig
Nate Zuellig

Nate Zuellig

Worship Assistant & Artist in Residence

Nate is from Ypsilanti and has lived there his whole life. He earned his undegraduate degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University. He regularly practices writing music and poetry, and now gets to do that here, at ULC! His favorite instrument is the drums.

  Need a conversation starter? Ask Nate about the best parks around Ann Arbor!

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Danielle Behnke

Interim Traditional Worship Leader

Interim Director of Operations & Communications

Danielle just completed her bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan, double majoring in German and English. She is organized, dependable, detail-oriented, and always willing to take on an odd job.

Danielle is assisting ULC with operations and communications tasks while Hannah Maxey and Rachel Thoms are on their respective maternity leaves (July-September).

Danielle currently serves as the Interim Traditional Worship Leader, playing organ in the traditional worship gathering, planning the order of worship, and opening opportunities for people to serve musicially.

During the 2021-22 academic year, she served as an intern in ULC’s MLI program. She played the organ on Sunday mornings, led and oversaw youth Confirmation, co-led Middle School Bible Study, and led a campus Community group. In her free time, you can find her reading, knitting, or playing board games with friends.

☕   Need a conversation starter? Ask her about the book she’s reading or her current knitting project. Or if you really want something niche, talk to her about corduroy or fabrics in general!

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Missional Leadership Institute

Missional Leadership Institute

Madison (Madi) Carter

MLI Intern

Madi is a sophomore at UofM majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Mandarin and Crime and Justice. She is detail oriented, flexible/team player, and independent. At ULC, Madi helps lead high school bible study on Sunday mornings with Justin Beemer, helps schedule, train, and check in on Sunday morning volunteers, focuses on increasing campus presence at U of M and help organize ULC events on campus, and helping create ULC’s prison ministry as one of our three sending projects of the year. In her limited free time, you can find her watching TV and movies with her roommate, or trying a new restaurant in Ann Arbor.

Year Goals: Have a developed and thriving prison ministry at ULC, form more connections with ULC residents, bring more younger students to ULC through campus presence, and get to know ULC’s high schoolers better.

☕    Need a conversation starter? Ask Madi about her experience living on a horse farm her whole life. Or ask her why The Godfather is her favorite movie of all time!

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Chloe Robberts

MLI Intern

Chloe is a senior at UofM majoring in Fine Art and minoring in History of Art and Museum Studies. She is creative, outgoing, and hard-working. At ULC, Chloe helps with graphic design and communications alongside Rachel Thoms, creates bulletins, writes the Sermon Study Resources, helps to maintain the website, and is a friendly face during Sunday worship (usually with a sign-up form in hand). In her free time, you can find her working her other job doing custom framing, watching TV and movies, or creating some type of art.

Year Goals: Work to grow in my graphic design and communication skills, help Danielle during Rachel’s maternity leave, enhance my Sermon Study Resource writing abilities, and create a sense of belonging with the other college students that attend ULC.

☕    Need a conversation starter? Ask Chloe what it has been like to be a member at ULC for over 15 years. Or ask her why Italian Baroque is her favorite artistic period!

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Anna Dickhudt

MLI Intern

Anna is in her 2nd year at Washtenaw Community College and attends the Young Adult Program. She is a happy, hard-worker. As an intern at ULC, she prepares communion trays, cleans up after communion, cleans the nursery and it’s toys, helps with breakfast, and attends bible study. In her free time, you can find her in Zumba class, bowling, swimming, or in drama class.

Year Goals: To learn more about kitchen work because she loves to cook, and to make friends through her faith.

☕   Need a conversation starter? Ask her about where she was born, where she’s lived, or foods that she likes to eat!

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David Corey

MLI Intern

David is a senior at UofM majoring in economics. He is dependable, flexible, and genuine. At ULC, David helps with middle school bible study, leads a community group, and assists with Pubology and Alpha. In his free time, you can find him playing IM sports, watching or coaching football, or learning to play guitar.

Year Goals: Be part of a supportive Christian community in Ann Arbor, get to know every ULC student and resident, and be able to state and defend my theological beliefs 

☕   Need a conversation starter? Ask David for fantasy football advice, or about his dog, Phil!

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