Chris Reed is CTI's Executive Director. He grew up in South Pasadena, CA, but left a more recent home in Raleigh, NC to join CTI's office staff after spending two years as part of our fulltime program. Chris worked previously in broadcast engineering, live event production, and sound system design/installation. He enjoys spending time with his wife, drinking coffee, playing and recording music, and watching CTI team members grow in leadership and character.
Paul Vasilko is CTI's Program Director. He transplanted to the Willmar area from his hometown of Jacksonville, IL. Paul traveled with CTI as a fulltime team leader from 2005-2007. He graduated from Illinois College with a B.A. in Political Science (which seems fitting for working in ministry, right?). He loves to drink coffee, read, spend time with his family, travel and play the drums. His wife, Brooke, is also on staff with CTI in the Business/Finance department.
Melody Williams is CTI's Recruiting Manager. She and her husband Tim live on a hobby farm and apple orchard. They have four wonderful children. Melody enjoys activities with her family, sports, gardening, reading and quilting.
Christian McArthur is CTI’s Booking Manager. He was born in Meridian, MS but recently transplanted to Willmar from his home in Pensacola, FL. Christian spent 2 years on our fulltime program and 1 year interning in the early 2000s. In ’07 he married his better half, Jolene. Christian has a work history in event production, sales management, and as a professional drummer. He enjoys spending time with his wife, playing music, listening to NPR, and cooking.
Brooke Vasilko is CTI's Financial and Development Assistant. She has been a part of CTI since 2004 traveling with many teams around the world as a vocalist. She graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD with a vocal music education degree. She enjoys traveling, music, and spending time with friends/family.
Benjamin (Max) Hering is CTI's IT and Logistics Manager. He graduated Grinnell College with a B.A. in Math and Economics in 2009 and has been working in this capacity for CTI since. He's enjoys wilderness backpacking, quality loose leaf teas, traveling light to interesting places, and excessive numbers of redundant backups for mission-critical infrastruture.
Laura Schuh is CTI’s Recruiting Assistant, and has been involved with CTI through both the fulltime and summer programs. Some of the things that bring her great joy are any type of outdoor activity (biking, hiking, camping, swimming, etc), baking, traveling, ceramics, sprinkles, learning new things and getting herself in to all sorts of mischief. The list is much longer than that (she’s easy to please), but Laura looks forward to seeing what kinds of adventures the Lord has in store for her here, and can’t wait to see what He will do in and through the ministry she is so grateful to be a part of.
Gretchen Otness is CTI’s Recruiting Intern. Born and raised not far from Willmar in Buffalo, MN she has been involved with CTI since 2010 as a part of two fulltime and summer programs. She graduated from the University of Evansville, Indiana in 2009 with degrees in K-12 Vocal Music Education and Vocal Performance. Gretchen never saw herself in fulltime ministry, but God works in amazing ways and now three years later she is still enjoying the blessings of this ministry and community within CTI, as well as her position as Youth Director at Willmar United Methodist Church. She loves keeping busy in any way, especially working out, learning to cook healthy vegan meals, volunteering, playing with anyone else’s dog (until she gets her own!) and feeding her traveling addiction as often as she can.
Jenn Reinhardt is CTI's Program Assistant and a recent transplant from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Her experience with CTI includes three overseas tours, one year-long stateside tour, two kitchen teams, a Booking Intership and summer training logistics support. Her experiences outside of CTI include (to name a few) earning a Music Composition degree, teaching in various capacities, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and working as an HR representative for Target. She enjoys adventure, coffee, whitewater kayaking, proper grammar and general mischief. She recently settled in Willmar with her new husband and she's extremely excited to begin this new adventure!