2015 Presenters

Pre-Summit Sessions


Mike Rhoades
Marketing Manager, Praying Pelican Missions

A Fresh Take On Sustainable Ministry and Short-term Missions


Daniel White Hodge
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University

Baptized in Dirty Water: Evangelism in Post-Civil Rights Era


Jake Kircher
Next Generation Pastor, Grace Community Church

Helping Teenagers Own Their Faith


Dave Sippel
Vice President of Connections, Ministry Architects

Pre-Summit Session - Sustainable Youth Ministry


Mike King
President, Youthfront

Pre-Summit Session - Theological Imagination and Spiritual Practices Among Elephants and Sacred Cows

Jon Huckins

Jon Huckins
Co-Founding Director, The Global Immersion Project

Elephants as Formation Instigators

Session One

Elephant: Immaturity and Transition in Youth Ministry


Soong-Chan Rah
Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary

Considering our Method and Motivation


Jake Kircher
Next Generation Pastor, Grace Community Church

Helping Teenagers Own Their Faith


Dave Sippel
Vice President of Connections, Ministry Architects

Pre-Summit Session - Sustainable Youth Ministry


Jen DeJong
Vice President of Innovation, Ministry Architects

Transitioning Well


Danny Kwon
Pastor of Youth and Families, Yuong Sang Church

The Surprising Benefits of Staying a Long Time


April Diaz
Director of Coaching, The Youth Cartel

Immaturity & Transition in Youth Ministry

Session Two

Elephant: Evangelism and Apologetics


Cheryl Crawford
Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, Azusa Pacific University

The Bait and Switch of Evangelism


Daniel White Hodge
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University

Baptized in Dirty Water: Evangelism in Post-Civil Rights Era

Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball
Pastor, Vintage Faith Church

Evangelism and Apologetics


Brock Morgan
Executive Director, Generation514

Bringing the Good News Back to Evangelism

Session Three

Elephant: Ministry to LBGT Teenagers


Tom Shefchunas
Multi-Campus Director of Middle School, North Point Ministries

What I've Been Learning & What We've Changed


Gemma Dunning
Founder, Streetspace Bournemouth

Love The Saint - how to pastorally support, love and encourage LGBT teens


Justin Lee
Executive Director, The Gay Christian Network

Defusing the Tension in LGBT Conversations


Mark Oestreicher
Partner, The Youth Cartel

Helping Parents of LGBT Teenagers


Daniel Merk-Benitez
Vice President of Event Environment and Slide Advancement, The Youth Cartel

Helping Your Church Be Proactive with LGBT Issues

Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson
Director of Youth Ministry, Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church

Ministry to LBGT Teenagers

Session Four

Focus: Elephants as Formation Instigators


Aaron Tomberlin
Songwriter, Aaron Tomberlin

Worship Leader

Jon Huckins

Jon Huckins
Co-Founding Director, The Global Immersion Project

Elephants as Formation Instigators