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Speakers, Musicians, and MCs

The Extravaganza 2019 Planning Team is putting together an amazing lineup of presenters for Extravaganza 2019 in Jacksonville.

We will continue to update this page as more decisions are finalized.


Dr. Dawn Rundman

Dawn Rundman is a nationally recognized teacher, presenter, author, and resource provider specializing in children's faith development. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon. Since 2002 she's developed faith formation resources at Sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress, two publishing units of 1517 Media.

She is thrilled to release her newest book Little Steps, Big Faith on October 2, 2018.



You know Gretchen (right) from the Extravaganza 2018 and Tyra (left) from the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Now see them together as co-leaders of the Extravaganza 2019 House Band in Jacksonville, FL at the Extravaganza.

Tyra "Tyralucia" Dennis 

Tyra Dennis just left the stage as the House Band leader for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering! She is a member of Another Level Ministries LA and worship leader. Upon graduating UC Davis, she made it her life's work to inspire as many as possible, using music as her vehicle.

Gretchen Mertes

Gretchen is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Seattle with a bluesy-soul feel and a love for hyphenated words. She's also a pastor who enjoys bartending and poking anemones at low tide. She can often be found riding bikes with her two kids - Addi, 9 and Weller, 4.

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