The Things Gang

The Things Gang – Mitch, Jenny and Pastor John – welcomes you to Things That Matter Land, where we can talk about our faith and our dreams and our lives. It’s a land of stuffed cows, Insanitzer, outhouses and more, all things you will learn about if you listen to the show regularly.

Meet the Things Gang:

mitchMitch McCartney (the host, producer and team geek) – Mitch McCartney is the Director of Communication for the Nebraska Synod ELCA, a position he has held since 2008. He is also the Editor of All Things New magazine. Mitch has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Prior to his work in the Synod, he worked for 20 years at the Nebraska Legislature in various roles.


John BackusPastor John Backus (our house theologian and storyteller) – John Backus is co-pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in north Omaha, Nebraska, along with his wife, Pastor Liz Backus. John was born in Chicago, but raised in Nebraska. He currently serves as the chairperson of the Nebraska Synod’s World Hunger Committee.




Jenny SharrickJenny Sharrick (our co-host and young idealist) – Jenny Sharrick is a former leader in Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry and a graduate of Hastings College. She interned for ELCA World Hunger and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.