Youth Pastor Kent Hannestad

Kent Hannestad

Youth Pastor

Pastor Kent grew up in Fargo and committed his life to Christ when he was five years old at Cooperstown Bible Camp. He has a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education & Bible from University of Northwestern, St. Paul and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University, St. Paul. Kent began his second stint as Salem’s youth pastor in June 2018. He also served as youth pastor at Salem from 2001-2009. His newest interest and passion is the development and launch of 60 @ Salem – 60 minutes of non-typical, inspirational, truth encounters.

Kent is married to Kari and they have three children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and one grandchild. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his family. Nothing brings him greater joy than hearing his family members laugh. In his free time Kent enjoys golfing, listening to a variety of Christian music, cheering on the NDSU Bison football team, and speaking at camps, conferences, and retreats. He also enjoys mowing grass, shoveling snow (unless there’s a lot of it), and vacuuming. He is not a fan of dusting.

During his senior season of basketball in college Kent broke his nose, thumb, and a bone in his leg and didn’t miss a game. In November 2018, he slipped on the ice at church, got a ride in an ambulance, and was out of commission for a couple of weeks.