Higher Things, Inc. changes organizational structure and leadership.


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Higher Things is excited to announce many new leadership and structural changes which will bring the Gospel more clearly and loudly to our church’s youth and young adults.

Erica Jacoby has been appointed as the Executive Director of Higher Things. In this newly created position, she will oversee the daily operations and development of the organization. Erica first attended Higher Things’ Conferences as a youth leader before volunteering in 2015 as a conference entertainment coordinator.  Erica has served as the Development Executive of Higher Things since 2016. She has been the most successful Development Executive in Higher Things history.

Rev. Aaron Fenker has been appointed to the newly created position of Dean of Theology. As Dean of Theology, Rev. Fenker will oversee all doctrinal matters, catechesis, and worship of Higher Things. Rev. Fenker began his time with the organization in 2008 as the editor for the daily devotional, Higher Things Reflections. He has since served as the inaugural summer vicar, catechesis coordinator, and beginning in 2016 the Media Executive.

Sandra Madden will move from Conference Executive to Media Executive. Sandra will oversee all of Higher Things’ publications and materials. She has served in many areas of the organization. She was the Secretary of the Organization during her time on the Board of Directors, the Internet Services Executive, Conference Coordinator, and, since 2012, the Conference Executive. Through her contributions and leadership, conferences have expanded from one annual conference event to five and she has overseen retreats and non-conference events. 

Crysten Sanchez has been promoted to Conference Executive. Crysten will oversee the operation of the Conference department and continue to coordinate the annual Higher Things conferences. Crysten was a Higher Things CCV (college conference volunteer) during the summer of 2007. She worked in conferences as the Conference Registrar, Conference Assistant, and advanced to the Conference Coordinator position where she has served since 2015.

All of Higher Things is excited about these changes as we look for a future of daring our church’s youth and young adults to be Lutheran.

In Christ,

Rev. George Borghardt III

Rev. George Borghardt
President, Higher Things, Inc.

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