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Tim Oberdieck

Tim-Oberdieck-1Tim is a recent Concordia University Nebraska grad. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education Leadership and Psychology in 2021 and then completed his Director of Christian Education internship at 1C The Sanctuary Church in Columbus, Nebraska.

He is joining the Theology Department and is excited to help students take a critical look at real-life questions as they dive into Scripture. In learning about what God has to say, he hopes to point students to why the life of Jesus impacts how we live today. His goal for the upcoming school year is to grow as a follower of Christ. Tim enjoys biking, lifting weights, reading, and playing an occasional board game in his free time.

Hannah Pankow


Hannah is another CUNE grad! In 2022, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education. You may have already seen her around campus when she student taught with the Art Department last semester. Her husband, Ethan, is joining the LuHi staff as part of the math department. She shares that she’s “looking forward to cultivating deeper relationships with the students I have already met in the past year from my student teaching experience and growing new relationships with unfamiliar students as well.”

One of her goals is to help students build confidence in their art skills and encourage them to try new things. “I am coming into a job that I have never done before, so I am hopeful that I can relate to my students when they are nervous to try something that is a little outside their comfort zone.” She enjoys painting, drawing, and creating functional ceramics in her free time. She also loves going on walks with her husband and their new puppy, Winston.

Nathan Hynum


Nathan is joining the LuHi Foreign Language Department and will be teaching French and Spanish. His love of languages runs deep. “One of my favorite Scripture passages is Revelation 7:9, when "every tongue and tribe and nation" join in the worship of the Lamb. This scene captures my love of the diversity in the kingdom of heaven – every culture, every language, and every nation will join in worship! This year, I will have the pleasure of bringing my love of language to LuHi as a French and Spanish teacher. I teach because I am called to teach – I am driven by the thrill of igniting a lifelong passion for learning in my students. I love sharing my joy of knowing Jesus and my passion for foreign languages (with an end of sharing Jesus in the heart language of other cultures).”

Nathan grew up as a missionary kid in a village in Papua New Guinea and spent time as a missionary teacher in Costa Rica as an adult. He graduated from Multnomah Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies. He shares that he has had the privilege of traveling to several countries as a missionary - in full and part-time capacities. One of his goals this year is to acquire greater proficiency in French and ASL.

When he isn’t studying languages, he also enjoys memorizing Scripture, playing guitar, snowboarding, and paddleboarding. He loves spending time with his wife Jamie and their two children, Kendyl and Caedon.

Ingrid Barlow

ingrid-barlowIngrid is joining the LuHi Science Department as a Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology teacher. She shares that she loves chemistry, “It's how I see the world.” She’s looking forward to teaching in a traditional, everyday setting and reworking how she does things. She’s also looking forward to meeting the LuHi student body.

After spending two years at CU Boulder taking classes as a Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Major, she transferred to CSU. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Human Nutrition there. She is also a Registered Dietitian and has her teaching certificate from DU. Ingrid has 5 children, including two sets of twins! She enjoys learning new things, hiking, and spending time with friends and family in her spare time.

Nate Smock

Nate Smock attended Hasting College, where he played football before finishing his degree at Metro State University in Denver. His degree is in Exercise Science, and he’s currently working toward his master's. Nate joins our team as our new Director of Strength and Conditioning. He shares, “I am looking forward to educating all students on how strength and conditioning can help them achieve their athletic and general fitness goals so they can live a healthy lifestyle and succeed in whatever they desire to do in their future. My goal next year is to show my passion to the Lutheran community and show the students I can be a great mentor to help them all succeed.”

Nate shares that he comes from a large, religious family and they have influenced him to impact the community positively. He enjoys coaching football and spending time with his wife and family in his spare time.

Thanks for helping us welcome all our new LuHi Staffers to the LuHi family!