Summer 2018

House Track

Eligibility Requirements:

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  • Highschool students 13-19 years of age
  • Entering 9th grade or have just completed 12th grade
  • First-time Students

In the House Track, first-time students are sworn-in as members of the House of Representatives. Designed to challenge students to understand and apply biblical principles to current issues, the House Track gives students the chance to wrestle through current issues in a safe environment. Students learn the responsibilities of citizenship and engage in activities that build the skills of critical thinking, teamwork, and public speaking.

Senate Track

Eligibility Requirements:

  • SSI Alumni who are entering 10th grade or have just completed 12th grade

This advanced track takes the challenge a step farther by allowing students to amend their bills, both in committee and during the mock legislative session. The amendment process is challenging and involves plenty of strategy. Teamwork, critical thinking and debate skills are developed even more as students learn to work from all sides of an issue. 

Media Track


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Third Year Alumni or Alumni Upper Classmen
  • Submit the Media Application after completing initial registration (online or mail-in). This application will be emailed to students who select the Media Track in their registration.

In the Media Track, students role-play as journalists and TV reporters, covering all the highlights of SSI-MN. Media students learn to conduct interviews with VIP’s, such as MN Representatives and MN Senators. Their work is printed in a daily newspaper and aired in 2-3 broadcasts during the week.

Speakers & Instructors

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Anthony Weber - Worldview Instructor

In addition to being a pastor for the past 15 years, Anthony Weber was an English, Logic, and Comparative Worldviews teacher at Traverse City Christian school from 1997 until 2017. He currently teaches a Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas class at Northwestern Michigan College and a Biblical Perspectives class for Spring Arbor University in addition to his pastoral work.

Much of Anthony’s life revolves around seeking to engage a wide variety of people in conversation that is bold, honest and true when it comes to issues of life: God, morality, politics, the church, etc. Anthony blogs on entertainment and worldview issues at; he podcasts with Beth Milligan, a journalist and friend, at (on Soundcloud, it’s Etcetera Podcast).

Anthony's hobbies are trying to lift too much at the gym, drinking coffee, writing, reading, and ineffectively trying to avoid arguments on Facebook. Anthony and his wife, Sheila, have been married 28 years and have three boys: AJ (22), Braden (18), and Vincent (13).



John Tuma - Legislative Instructor

John Tuma is a former MN state legislator and litigation attorney. Elected as a Republican in 1994, John was known for his independent thinking and ability to work across party lines. He carried the marquee legislation for several state agencies and organizations representing a wide variety of interests. John earned his JD from the University of Minnesota and BA, in political science, from the Mankato State University. In January 2015, John was appointed by the Governor to serve as a Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner. John and his wife Wendy have two adult children.



Dale Witherington

Rev. Dale Witherington is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ driven to partner with fellow believers for one purpose – to restore righteousness in the State of Minnesota through spiritual and civil transformation based on
the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dale currently serves as a pastor to our state legislators. He is the State Director of the Minnesota Prayer Caucus, the Chief Steward of Restore Minnesota and Director of Community Engagement for
Minnesota Family Council/Institute. Dale and his wife, Sue, reside in St. Michael, MN and enjoy the families of their 3 sons and one daughter, which now include 6 grandchildren.



Kent Kaiser

Dr. Kent Kaiser is the faculty chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul.  Before moving into academia seven years ago, Kaiser worked with the Minnesota Secretary of State and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton College, Master of Arts teaching degree in history from Smith College, Master’s in Liberal Studies from University of Minnesota Duluth, and Ph.D. in the major field of mass communication and minor field of kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. He is advisor to the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Minnesota, a member of the Macalester College bagpipe band, and a missionary with the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots.



Matt Steele

Matt currently works at the Minnesota Senate with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. In his role, Matt helps the Majority Leader advance his legislative priorities in and outside of the capitol. Prior to working in government he worked in data analysis in the private sector and with nonprofits to combat human trafficking. Matt holds a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Minnesota in political science and public policy respectfully. In his free time, Matt leads worship at his church, travels to Brazil, and spends time up on Minnesota's beautiful north shore.



Stephani Liesmaki

Stephani Liesmaki is the Communications Director for Minnesota Family Council where she loves strategizing to advance God’s very good designs in Minnesota, especially those pertaining to life, family, sexuality and religious freedom. She formerly worked as Program Administrator for MN Student Statesmanship Institute, a project of Minnesota Family Institute, taught at Truth Academy, and worked with Summit Ministries. She lives in Minneapolis and enjoys continuing studies in classical literature at Bethlehem College and Seminary.



SSI-MN would not be possible without volunteers who generously donate their time and energy. If you would like to help us invest in the next generation by volunteering as a Chaperone or ADC, please download the SSI Volunteer Application and mail it to our office:

Attn: SSI-MN
Minnesota Family Institute
2855 Anthony Lane S – Suite 150
Minneapolis, MN 55418