Mass Gathering

Mass Gathering Overview

Each night of the Gathering we will come together in the NRG Stadium for a time of inspiring speakers, uplifting music and more. Be a part of the Mass Gatherings by indicating your group’s interest in Mass Casts when you register.

Our speakers will share how God’s call, God’s love, God’s grace and God’s hope changed everything in their lives. Be watching here in the months to come as we release speaker names and bios.

Our house band leads us in singing each night. You will sing some of your favorite praise songs and hymns and you will learn some new favorites!

Throughout the Gathering, special guest bands will join us to share their love of Christ and neighbor through song. Announcements on our special guest musicians coming soon.

On Sunday, July 1 we will gather one last time in the stadium for closing worship and the eucharist.  Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach and we will celebrate and remember that Jesus Changes Everything! Be a part of closing worship by indicating your group’s interest in being Communion assistants when you register.


Youth Gathering Emcee


My name is Joy, I’m a senior in high school and my family is from Nigeria. After graduation, I hope to become a pediatrician and change lives and make the world around me a better place.

I attended the 2015 gathering in Detroit and was so deeply moved and inspired by the experience overall that I couldn’t help but want to do it all over again. I see genuine value in this kind of gathering that I don’t think you can get anywhere else! Super excited to be part of this Gathering as one of your emcees!!


Youth Gathering Emcee


Hello! My name is Ben Bernstein, and I am 19 years old. I attend St. John’s Lutheran in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I am very excited for this year’s ELCA Youth Gathering. This will be my second Gathering and I am ecstatic to be able to experience it as an emcee! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for all of us Lutheran youth in Houston!


Youth Gathering Emcee


My name is Abby and I am a senior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, but I still call Minnesota home. In my free time I enjoy being a campus ministry leader, eating tacos, laughing at puns, and playing/watching any sport you put in front of me. A weird fact about me is that I am not ticklish.


Mass Gathering Speaker Bios

Nadia Bolz-Weber, ELCA Pastor

Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ELCA pastor and works as the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs: Pastrix; The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (2013) and Accidental Saints; Finding God in All the Wrong People (2015). Nadia travels domestically and internationally as a speaker.

Nadia Bolz-Weber


Tuhina Rasche, ELCA Pastor

Rev. Tuhina Verma Rasche lives a hyphenated life as a second-generation Indian-American raised in a devout Hindu household. She sometimes wonders how she became a pastor in the ELCA and often wrestles with God's call. Yet, through God's persistence, she tries to answer the call to work for the representation of God's full diversity within the church.

Tuhina Rasche


Stephen Bouman, Executive Director for Domestic Mission of the ELCA

Stephen Bouman presently is Executive Director for Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA, in which he directs all the domestic ministry of the church body. He served over twenty years in parish ministry in New York City and New Jersey. He served as Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA from 1996-2008. He has written books on parish ministry, the response of the church to the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, on immigration issues. His current book, The Mission Table is being used in congregations and synods throughout the ELCA. He is the founder of the Diakonia lay training program.

Stephen Bouman


Mass Gathering Artist Bios

Tauren Wells, Artist

Tauren is the former frontman for Royal Tailor, a Provident Label Group/Sony Music act whose two albums over a five-year career garnered two Grammy nominations and another for New Artist of the Year from the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. His message? "I feel called to call greatness out of people," he says. "If people have spoken a low expectation of someone’s life, I want to be the voice that raises the ceiling, makes them feel like they can do something great."

Tauren Wells


Tyra Dennis, House Band Leader

Tyra Dennis is excited to join the National Youth Gathering as the house band leader. Tyra currently dedicates her time to Another Level Ministries as the Minister of Music and Worship Leader. She is also one of the co-directors of ELEVATE, a High School Christian Club that is based out of Los Angeles, CA under the umbrella of Another Level Ministries LA. When she is not in her ministry or worship element, she can be found playing piano with some of the coolest artist and musicians that the west coast has to offer. It is her honor to answer the call of leading the youth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in multi-sensory worship.

Tyra Dennis