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Steve Adams



Steve is the Executive Pastor of Children's Ministry at Saddleback Church, providing leadership to staff and volunteers at all Saddleback church sites. Steve is a graduate of Evangel University where he earned a B.A. in biblical studies. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Orange County, California with their two sons.

Presenting: Children’s Ministry on Purpose
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Dr. Melissa J. Alfaro



Melissa is a pastor, writer, and educator with over a decade of experience serving as a coach and staff developer to teachers. She is passionate about biblical literacy, pedagogy, and mentoring the next generation to walk in their purpose.

Presenting: Outreach: From Crowd to Core! // La evangelización: ¡Desde la multitud al centro!
Track: Spanish

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Abby Anderson



Abby has been serving in kids' ministry for sixteen years. She graduated from Central Bible College with a B.A. in children's ministry. Abby has served in multiple contexts, but has a predominant focus on multicultural and relational kids' ministry.

Presenting: Cultural Competency in Children's Ministry
Track: Community & Culture

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Lulu Armenta



Lulu Armenta copastors a church in the West Texas and Plains District where she has been the Christian Education Director for four years. She has a degree in biology as well as a Bible degree from Southwestern Assembles of God University. She and her husband of sixteen years are raising a son.

Presenting: Avoiding the Six Dysfunctional Parenting Styles // Como evitar los seis estilos disfuncionales de crianza
Track: Spanish

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Robert (Bob) Aston



Bob was the first nationally appointed children’s ministry missionary to the United States. He is the national director of King's Castle USA, and also serves as the children's ministries liaison for the Assemblies of God US Missions (AGUSM). Bob is a certified ministry coach and serves on the AGUSM coaching team.

Presenting: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Churches
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Sharon Baldwin



Sharon is the Director of Discipleship and Children for the New York Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God as well as a volunteer children’s pastor at Connect Church in Buffalo, NY. She directs the district kids' camp for the New York Ministry Network. Sharon is also a music teacher of children with developmental disabilities, a chaplain’s wife, and the mother of two. She is passionate about empowering leaders and kids to be effective in ministry. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Studies and an Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Presenting: Preschool Ministry: Practical Classroom Tools for Enhancing the Story
Track: Nursery / Preschool

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Anne Bates



Anne is an ordained minister who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. From 2005 until 2015 she served Crossroads Worship Center in Weymouth, MA as the church's Associate, Children's, and Youth Pastor.

Presenting: Avoiding Burnout While Increasing Engagement
Track: Serve / Ministry / Relationships

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Mary Boyd



Mary has over thirty years of children's ministries experience. She is currently the National BGMC Coordinator for the Assemblies of God. Prior to serving in the national office, she and her husband were full-time children's pastors for seventeen years.

Presenting: Compassionate Kids
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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David Boyd



David Boyd is the National BGMC Director for the Assemblies of God and the former National Children's Ministries Agency Director for the Assemblies of God. He has been involved in full-time children's ministries for over thirty-five years and is a national and international speaker on children's ministries issues.

Presenting: Quadrupling Your BGMC Giving
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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Jenn Braham



Jenn is a children's pastor who has served in children's ministry for over twenty years. She is the Northwest Regional Coordinator for JBQ and serves on the JBQ Executive Committee as well. Jenn is passionate about helping kids live godly lives.

Presenting: Kids' Ministry IS Family Ministry
Track: Family Ministry

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Ryan Burbank



Ryan Burbank serves as the children’s pastor at Victory Worship Center in Tucson, AZ. He enjoys spending time with family and friends while watch the Chicago Cubs! Ryan is passionate about raising up a generation of kids who love Jesus.

Presenting: Giftology: Improving Your Gift Giving
Track: Volunteers

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Billy Burns



After serving as a children's evangelist for ten years, Billy served a single church as their children's pastor for the next twenty-five years. Currently, Billy travels full time leading "Ignite the Supernatural Conferences" to train and equip those in children's ministry to actively seek the work of the Holy Spirit in their ministry.

Presenting: Don't Hide the Holy Spirit
Track: Worship / Spirit-Empowered

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JP Cannon



JP serves as the children’s pastor at The Assembly, in West Monroe, LA. He has been a children’s pastor, a youth pastor, and a K-4 preschool teacher over the last eleven years. He also travels and speaks at camps, conferences, and numerous other children’s events.

Presenting: Go Big or Go Home
Track: Leadership

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Leah Carreon



Leah is a Texas girl through and through. She has been on staff at Faith Assembly Church in Houston, TX for nine years. In her time there she has served as the communications director and is currently the children's pastor. Beyond the platform, Leah is a self-proclaimed Dr. Pepper lover, a mediocre Crossfitter, coffee drinker, and queso eater. She loves Jesus and has known the majority of her life that she wanted to serve His people through full-time ministry. Leah is constantly in awe of the story God is writing in and through her life.

Presenting: Connecting with Your Community
Track: Connect / Fellowship / Outreach

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Esther Castro



Esther is currently the director of kids' ministries and director of BGMC for the Florida Multicultural District of the Assemblies of God. She has served in a multitude of children's ministry roles in a variety of local churches. Esther holds a B.A. in Bible from Central Bible College. She serves in ministry with her husband, Ralph, and has two children.

Presenting: The Mission Field among Us: How to Minister to Multicultural Children
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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Irene Cavazos



Irene is the children's director for the Midwest Latin District of the Assemblies of God. She pastors alongside her husband at Promesa Spanish Assembly in Monett, MO. She has two amazing kids.

Presenting: Using Science for Impactful Lessons/ Usando Ciencia para un leccion impactante
Track: Spanish

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Maritza Ceballos



Maritza Ceballos has served over thirty years in children’s ministry. She currently serves with her husband as children’s pastors at Sheffield Family Life Center in Kansas City, MO. She is also the Hispanic customer relations liaison for BGMC. She has a passion to assist, equip and empower the next generation.

Presenting: Make BGMC Thrive
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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Charllie Chivers



Charlie and Debbie Chivers founded Special Touch, an Assemblies of God compassion ministry that has served the concerns of people with disabilities for thirty-five years. In 1990, Charlie was appointed as Assemblies of God National Representative for Disability Ministry.

Presenting: Understanding, Developing, and Implementing Meaningful Ministry to People with Intellectual Disabilities
Track: Special Needs

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Ben Christensen



Ben Christensen is a children's pastor at Connnection Church in Canton, MI. After graduating from Northcentral University he was on the road full time for six years. He specializes in the creative and circus arts and incorporates these into his ministry.

Presenting: Drama Characters, Clowns, and Personalities
Track: Creative Communication

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Danielle Christy



Danielle is a pastor, pastor's wife, writer, mom of three, and NASCAR enthusiast. Danielle has been working in children's ministry for the last twelve years as a children's pastor, author, and an early childhood assistant director.

Presenting: Sustaining Your Family in Ministry Together
Track: Serve / Ministry / Relationships

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Chris Corbett



Chris teaches and leads the Children, Youth and Family Ministry Program at Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida. She is a writer for the My Healthy Church Kids’ Blog and serves on the board of directors for the International Network of Children’s Ministries.

Presenting: Differences in Boys' and Girls' Brains
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Edwin Corbin



Ed Corbin is a 40 year veteran of children's ministries...children's pastor, camp speaker, professional storyteller, children's television celebrity, missionary to South Africa, founder of the Jackson's Ridge Children's Ministry Training Centre.

Presenting: Leading Children into the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Track: Worship / Spirit-Empowered

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Benjamin DeCastro



A Marketing Consultant & Social Media Marketing Coach with over 15 years experience in building & executing strategic plans to effectively communicate and engage whoever your audience is on the various Social Media platforms.

Presenting: Social Media Strategy for Churches
Track: Creative Communication

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Josh Denhart



Josh Denhart is a children's pastor, a former chemistry teacher and creator of “The Amazing Chemistry Show”, a traveling gospel-centered stage show. Josh created and published of three different “Science VBS” curricula. Josh is a consultant and contributing author to children’s ministry magazines and books.

Presenting: Simple Science Illustrations!
Track: Creative Communication

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Parker Dickerson



Parker serves next generation ministry leaders in West Texas, equipping them to reach this generation with hope found in Jesus. He lives in Lubbock with his wife, Amy, & their kids Jaxon &a Sadie.

Presenting: How to Develop Effective Volunteer Teams // Desarrollando equipos efectivos de voluntarios
Track: Spanish

Presenting: The Art of Asking Questions // El arte de hacer preguntas
Track: Spanish

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Frank Dinie



Served in children's ministry in the Metro-Phoenix area and the greater Atlanta area. Currently, the Associate/Children's Pastor at the Tabernacle, an international church in Atlanta.

Presenting: MISSION 55:5— Raising Up an Effective International Children's Ministry
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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Brian Dollar



Brian has served in Kidmin for 25 years. He is a Kids Pastor, author, speaker, blogger, and founder of High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.

Presenting: Kidminovation: Becoming an Innovator in Kids' Ministry
Track: Grow / Discipleship

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Don and Jauneen Dore'



Don and Jauneen have served in Kids Min for over 15 years. Combining their love for video, gadgets, technology, music, and puppets, their ministry is fun for kids of all ages! They are both graduates of Northeastern Bible College.

Presenting: KIDMINOVATION—Using Technology and Media to Reach Children
Track: Creative Communication

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Jamie Doyle



Jamie has been impacting audiences of children since he, himself was a child: As a children’s pastor, he has served both the small and large church alike… As a lecturer, he has trained thousands of children’s ministry leaders… as a guest speaker he has been all over the USA as well as overseas… Jamie currently resides with his family in West Lafayette, IN and is on staff as the Pastor of Children’s Ministries at First Assembly Community Ministries.

Presenting: Effective Altar Times in KidMin
Track: Grow / Discipleship

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Matthew Espina



I've been in special needs ministry with Special Touch for over 9 years, 4 years as a special needs US Missionary. I'm an currently the special needs pastor at my home church and work with other churches to develop SN ministry. I have worked as a special needs life skills coach and have taught classes on special needs ministry over the past 3 years.

Presenting: A Special Place for Me
Track: Special Needs

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Nicole Fairchild



Nicole Fairchild received her BS in Bible from the University of Valley Forge and her MA in counseling from AGTS. Nicole has worked in outpatient counseling, school-based services and more recently as the children's pastor at her church in Arkansas.

Presenting: Quick and Effective Rapport-Building Skills
Track: Serve / Ministry / Relationships

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Greg Ferguson



Greg Ferguson has been serving in Kids Ministries for over 11 years. His passion is to connect with people, build teams and connect kids to their God Story.

Presenting: No Money, No Problem
Track: Creative Communication

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Becky Fischer



Becky teaches children how to hear God's voice, heal the sick, and walk in signs and wonders. She believes this is the Joel 2:28 generation and trains leaders to do what she does. Her vision is to redefine children's ministry.

Presenting: Bringing Kids into the Presence of God: Altar Services As an Art Form
Track: Grow / Discipleship

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Karl Fleig



Karl Fleig has served as the national director of Royal Rangers since July 2014 and has been involved in Rangers since 1985. Karl has served in multiple positions in the local outpost and on district staff for Royal Rangers.

Presenting: Building Blocks of an Effective Ministry to Boys
Track: Girls Ministries / Royal Rangers

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Dr. Lon Flippo



Dr. Lon Flippo hails from the plains of Kansas. He and his wife, Chris, have been married for over 30 years and have two children and two grandchildren. Lon has pastored for over 30 years in a variety of roles. He has a passion for inspiring parents to pass their faith on to their children and for providing information and insight to help them do it. Dr. Flippo is currently a professor at North Central University. You might like his first book, “Soul Survivor,” which takes a look at Lon’s life as an abandoned child, or his second book, “iParent” (Parenting Prodigals and Children in the 21st Century). His third book, “Sepulcher,” is his first fictional novel.

Presenting: God's Unique Ministry Team
Track: Serve / Ministry / Relationships

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Deborah Fruchey



I have served Girls Ministries for 25 years as teacher and Coordinator. In 2008 I became a sectional rep for the NW Ohio Area. I have been married to Gary for 45 years. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Presenting: Girls Ministries—Getting Clubs Started
Track: Girls Ministries / Royal Rangers

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Michelle Garland



Michelle is the Kids Director for the North Texas District. She previously was on staff at Radiant Church, in Arizona, for 12 years - 10 of those as Family Ministry Pastor. The Children’s Ministry at Radiant Church was one of the largest in the Arizona District and also helped Radiant Church to be recognized on Outreach Magazine’s “Largest Church” list in 2011 and “one of the 25 most innovative churches in America.” Michelle was also an integral part of the District Children’s Ministry team serving in many roles including speaking at District Kids Camps. She is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God; has her Bachelor’s Degree from SAGU in Church Ministry; and M.A. in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. She also continues to serve as an adjunct instructor at Rio Salado College in Tempe in Counseling and Personal Development.

Presenting: Equipping Leaders
Track: Leadership

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Rebecca (Becky) Garrett



Becky Garrett, a graduate of Central Bible College, served 8 years as a children’s pastor and 14 years as the Ohio Children’s Director. Some of her experience includes pastoring, training, speaking at camps, missions trips,and organizing events for kids.

Presenting: Kids and Missions
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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Robin Garvin



Robin and her husband Glenn live in the center of the OC in SoCal. She has brought God’s story to thousands of children, stretching across two generations. She serves as KidMin Director for the SoCal Network, Assemblies of God where she champions the church’s call to bring children to Jesus.

Presenting: Puppets Can Work
Track: Creative Communication

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Michael Grove



Michael has been a children's pastor for over 15 years. Studying art prior to doing children's ministry has given Michael a unique look at creativity in ministry. He is passionate about parenting and discipleship!

Presenting: Bridging the G.A.P. to Raise Up Specialists
Track: Volunteers

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Dick Gruber



Dick Gruber, D.Min. is a professor of Children and Family Ministries at the University of Valley Forge. Gruber has written numerous articles and books and is a recognized leader in children's ministries.

Presenting: Recruiting and Caring for Volunteers
Track: Volunteers

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Dean Guthrie



Dean Guthrie is the Children's Ministry Director for the Oklahoma District Assemblies of God. He and his wife, Joy, oversee ministry opportunities for kids from birth to 12 yrs old. Those opportunities include Royal Rangers, Girl's Ministries, BGMC, Junior Bible Quiz, and serving as directors for our district Kids Camp. They also travel to churches across the state holding Kids Crusades and Family Themed services. They have two children, D.J. and Tori, that are a big part of their ministry as well.

Presenting: Building Your Kidmin Team from Within
Track: Volunteers

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John Hailes



John Hailes was born and raised in Manchester, England. He attended Mattersey Hall Bible College. He currently works as a children’s Pastor at Stone Creek Church in Urbana, IL and regularly blogs at jhailes.com.

Presenting: Modernizing Your Altar Call
Track: Grow / Discipleship

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Benjamin Harper



Ben and his family have been in full time Kids' Ministry for over 12 years, in Tennessee and Texas. He currently serves at Crossroads Church in Belton, Texas.

Presenting: Target: Gen Z
Track: Pre-Teen & Young Leaders

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Craig Hicks



Craig is the StuMin Director of the West FL District. He is passionate about encouraging, resourcing and equipping student ministry leaders to fulfill their calling. Married to Dana and father to Steven, Emily & Kenzie!

Presenting: How to Be an MVP on Staff!
Track: Serve / Ministry / Relationships

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John Hicks



John Hicks serves as the National Programs Coordinator for Royal Rangers and as Children’s Pastor at Life360 Church in Republic, MO. John has served in various capacities in Royal Rangers and children’s ministry for over 30 years.

Presenting: Healthy Outposts in the Smaller Church Setting
Track: Girls Ministries / Royal Rangers

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Pam Hodges



Pam is the Children's Ministry Director for the Alaska Ministry Network and has served as a children's pastor for 22 years. Currently she is also a US Missionary Associate reaching rural areas of the state of Alaska to train and mentor leaders.

Presenting: Utilizing Teens in Children's Ministry So Everyone Benefits
Track: Pre-Teen & Young Leaders

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Steve Hogue



Steve is a US Missionary to the local orphan-the child in foster care. He and his wife have adopted 10 kids. They have been in Kids Ministry for over 15 years. Their passion is to see the Orphan Spirit broken and the family redeemed.

Presenting: Reaching Kids from Hard Places
Track: Community & Culture

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Patricia Holland



Enthusiastic. Passionate. Anointed. Pat is a minister, teacher, writer and conference speaker. Her single focus is to make the Bible come alive so people can live out its principles through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Presenting: Spiritual Retreats
Track: Worship / Spirit-Empowered

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Dan Jenkins



Dan has served over 12 years as a Children's Pastor serving as both the vice-president and president of the Church of God's Children's Leaders Association. Dan currently serves at Community Family Church in Independence KY with Pastor Tommy Bates.

Presenting: When the Unchurched Come to Church
Track: Connect / Fellowship / Outreach

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Barry Jorris



Barry Jorris has served in Children's Ministries over 34 years. He loves sharing God's word in many different creative ways. His passion is to see Kids grow into adults that are fully devoted followers of God.

Presenting: Discipline in Kids' Services
Track: Kidmin Basics

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David Laflin



David, his wife Teesha, and their four children share the message of Jesus through the art of illusion. They have performed on television, the NCAA Final Four, and on 6 continents.

Presenting: Illusions and Object Lessons You Can Make!
Track: Creative Communication

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Jose Lopez



– Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering – Currently pursuing AG License – Served children at theLighthouse since 2004 – North Texas AG Central Regional Children’s Leader – Camp speaker for AG Kids Camps – Strong passion for reaching lost through outreach – Married to Maribella with 3 children, Alexia, Fabian, and Ezekiel

Presenting: Teaching Kids to Evangelize Their Friends
Track: Connect / Fellowship / Outreach

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Heather Marble



God called me into Children's Ministry when I was in 3rd grade. I LOVE going to Disney and traveling. I love to take pictures and won a photo contest taking a picture with my IPhone. I have two pet fish... Flynn and Hook.

Presenting: Building Your Team to Go Beyond the Minimum
Track: Volunteers

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Jared Massey



Jared is an associate pastor in a small rural church. He works mostly with youth and children, but wears many other hats. He also works part-time building mobile apps. He is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have two sons and a daughter. Jared loves spicy foods, ’80s music, and all things Disney.

Presenting: Under-Resourced, Fully-Equipped.
Track: Kidmin Basics

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M Pat Mata



Children's Ministries is the platform that God has allowed me to learn and develop skills that have opened many doors. Through Teaching and Preaching, locally as well as in various countries, to both children and leaders is a dream come true.

Presenting: Training New “Crews” // Entrenando nuevo «personal»
Track: Spanish

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Mel McGowan



Mel McGowan is Co-Founder of PlainJoe Studios. After a decade at Disney, Mel and PlainJoe has been responsible for the creation of some of the most dynamic ministry and themed entertainment environments in the world, including environments for George Lucas, Max Lucado, Rick Warren, Gene Appel, Ray Johnston, Steven Furtick, Justyn Smith and Dr. George Wood.

Presenting: From the Magic Kingdom to God’s Kingdom: Lessons Learned from a Decade at Disney
Track: Community & Culture

Presenting: Design Intervention: From Branding to Building
Track: Community & Culture

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Manny Melendez



Manny was born in Puerto Rico and has lived all across the United States. He was saved at the age of 19, received an undeniable calling into ministry and now serves as the Family Pastor at Radiant Church in Colorado Springs.

Presenting: Setting Up your KidMin for Success
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Sheree Moon, Diane Laws, Mark Flattery



Presenting: Meet the Missionaries Workshop 2
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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Monica Morgan



Championing kid's ministry in the local church for over 16 years, Monica has a heart to empower kids, students, and families. A Cowboys-loving girl from Dallas, she lives in Minneapolis serving as Central Family Ministries Director at River Valley Church.

Presenting: Leveraging Energy: Effective Student Leadership in Kids' Ministry
Track: Pre-Teen & Young Leaders

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David Morrison



David Morrison is the National Training Coordinator, and enjoys leading young men and commanders alike, especially those who desire to make a difference in society’s rapidly changing definition of biblical manhood. After nearly 23 years, David remains passionate about what the ministry advocates and how it is such a vital part to the post-modern church.

Presenting: Ministry Philosophy Evangelism vs Discipleship?
Track: Girls Ministries / Royal Rangers

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Robbie Morrow



Father of 5 happily married to my wife Sydney. Studied at southeastern university church leadership. Have been a children's pastor youth pastor and currently serve as an associate pastor at harvest church in lakeland fl

Presenting: Staying Heathy
Track: Leadership

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Trent & Tina Morrow, Don & Terri Triplet, Dindy Hilsinger



Presenting: Meet the Missionaries Workshop 1
Track: Go / Evangelism / Missions

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Scott Norquest



Scott Norquest and his wife, Angie, serve as Children's Pastors at Louisville First Assembly. Scott also serves as the Ohio Bible Quiz Coordinator, overseeing both Junior Bible Quiz and Teen Bible Quiz.

Presenting: JBQ and Family Ministry
Track: Family Ministry

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Ken Owen Jr



I am Ken Owen Jr and I am an AG kid’s pastor in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been a Kidmin leader for over thirty years. I am a SEU graduate-1983 and I just completed the Executive Master’s Cohort in Leadership at SEU. I like to hunt whatever is in season and spend time with my family (granddaughter especially). Psalms 37:25, ESV - I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread

Presenting: The Heart of a Kids' Pastor
Track: Leadership

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Todd Papendick



Todd Papendick has been involved in JBQ for 35 years. Currently, he serves in leadership at the District, Regional, and National levels. His passion is to see children and families experience the love of God in their lives.

Presenting: JBQ: Ministry That Encourages Righteousness
Track: AG Core Experience

Presenting: JBQ: Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
Track: AG Core Experience

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Trisha Peach



Meet Trisha Peach! -an ordained minister with a BA in Children's Pastoral Studies, 16 years full-time staff experience, and author of "Your Children's Ministry From Scratch" , and "Beyond Basics" now textbooks at NCU and Valley Forge

Presenting: Graduation Day from KidMin: Are Kids Ready?
Track: Pre-Teen & Young Leaders

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Maria Perez



Maria loves leading and pastoring alongside her husband of 30 years. They are currently pastors at Emmanuel Assembly of God Church in Poth, Texas. She is a school counselor, an ordained minister and Assistant Disciple Ministry director for Texas Louisiana Hispanic District. Maria is a graduate of Latin American Bible institute and Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Masters in school counseling and a bachelor in Christian Education. Maria has a heart for missions. This past summer she took a group of educators to the mission field of Managua, Nicaragua where she initiated a teacher training program called “T-TIME” (Teacher Training International Missionary Educators).

Presenting: Keeping Every Child Safe // Mantenga a todos los niños a salvo
Track: Spanish

Presenting: Strategies to Energize Your Students to Participate // Estrategias para estimular la participación de sus alumnos
Track: Spanish

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Rev Freddie Pettet



Ordained minister, ventriloquist/puppeteer and Gospel illusionist 53 years in ministry conducted schools assemblies, crusades, camp meetings, and seminars throughout US & 9 countries. George Wood's Children's Pastor New Port Mesa Christian Center, CA 1973 B.S. Degree Elementary ED. Worked with Special Needs Kids as School and home TSS/wraparound Produced and starred in christian children's tv --TBN & CBN networks Presently on staff as Children's Pastor - New Castle First Assembly of God, PA

Presenting: From Chaos to Creativity
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Julie Pratt



Julie serves as the Lead Pastor of Hope Church, a new church plant in Northwest Columbus, Ohio. She has been involved in Family Ministry in the local church, Christian Higher Education, and as a consultant for 20 years. Julie has authored articles on ministry life and parenting; been a featured speaker at seminars and events; and has appeared on radio, speaking on raising children intentionally. She is passionate about the church and the family partnering together to help lead children and students to follow Jesus. Julie and her husband Shelby live in Columbus with their 3 kids and 2 dogs.

Presenting: Reaching Today's Families
Track: Family Ministry

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Kelly Presson



Kelly Presson is the children's pastor at Christian Celebration Center in Midland, MI. He has more than 20 years of experience, and is highly regarded as a camp evangelist, school assembly performer and builder of incredible ministry teams. Kelly uses comedy, characters, and illusions to keep kids lazer focused.

Presenting: Investing in Young Leaders
Track: Pre-Teen & Young Leaders

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Chris Pruett



Chris enjoys chasing his kids around the house with a lightsaber. For the past 13 years as a Children's Pastor, his passion remains seeing kids and leaders know and grow with Jesus while maintaining an adventurous spirit!

Presenting: Grief: How to Deal with Disease, Divorce, or Death
Track: Community & Culture

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Julia Quinn



Julia is passionate about children's ministry and developing leaders. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, Ordained AG minister, children's pastor, certifed life coach, and trainer.Her enthusiasm and high energy is contagious. Her mantra: Smile a lot!

Presenting: Developing Kids to Lead
Track: Pre-Teen & Young Leaders

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Melissa Quinones



Melissa Quinones has been serving in Children's Ministry at New Life Covenant Church in Chicago for over 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and later realized that her favorite subject to teach is JESUS!

Presenting: When the Music Stops
Track: Worship / Spirit-Empowered

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Brendon Ramseier



I'm married to Lora and have two beautiful daughters, Mackenzie and Morgan. I've served as a kids pastor for over 20 years and am currently serving as the Family Life Pastor at New Life Church in Yorkville, IL

Presenting: One Direction (Not the Band)
Track: Family Ministry

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Troy Renter



Been working with youth, children and families for more than twenty seven years as a volunteer and also professionally. By combining my educational, professional and ministry background and experience to not only reach the next generation, but help those students that have special behavior mental health needs

Presenting: Beyond the Behavior
Track: Special Needs

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Rick Ricciardelli



Kidmin specialist for over 20 years’. Their passion to reach children and help other share the gospel is evident. A background in variety arts and event planning provide some unique ways of reaching kids. Rick now serves as Kidmin Director for South Carolina

Presenting: Outrageous Outreaches
Track: Connect / Fellowship / Outreach

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Thomas Richardson



Tom Richardson has been in ministry for over 20 years, with international experience in equipping leaders and in effective ministry to kids. Tom desires to see kids experience a life-giving relationship with God in a relevant, safe and fun way.

Presenting: Parent Partnerships
Track: Family Ministry

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Yancy Richmond



Yancy is a worship leader and songwriter for kids that travels doing family concerts. Yancy is passionate about making music that makes Jesus loud and creating worship resources for the church. She lives with her husband and two sons in Nashville, TN.

Presenting: The ABCs of Leading Worship for Preschoolers
Track: Nursery / Preschool

Presenting: Leading Kids to Be Worshippers
Track: Worship / Spirit-Empowered

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Dwayne Riner



Dwayne Riner currently serves as the Head Curriculum Writer for The Ark Church and Equip Curriculum. During his 15 years in children’s ministry he has written kids camps, spoken at conferences, and is the author of a children’s book series.

Presenting: Utilizing Technology in Your Children's Ministry
Track: Creative Communication

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Brian Rossignol



Husband. Father. Pastor. Christ-Follower. I have been blessed to live in Wyoming these past seven years. I have learned that there is no place too small for God to do big things.

Presenting: Small Place, Big Opportunities
Track: Community & Culture

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Adam Schmidgall



Adam Schmidgall has entertained and educated audiences around the world since 1992 presenting a message that challenges children and adults to seek first God's Kingdom and to discover who they truly are in Christ. Adam lives in Utah with His wife and 3 children.

Presenting: Helping Children Hear and Respond to the Voice of God
Track: Grow / Discipleship

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John Schwider



John Schwider brings 40 years of experience working with children, the past 20 with children with a background of trauma. He had been a Children’s Pastor for 15 years in two churches, and currently mobilizes churches to hose summer camps for foster children.

Presenting: What's Wrong with This Kid?
Track: Special Needs

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Jerry Sparks



Jerry, President of AG Financial Insurance Solutions, is a Certified Risk Manager and Certified Insurance Counselor with 35+ years in the industry. His area of expertise is in religious and non-profit insurance. Before joining AG Financial Insurance Solutions in 2007, Jerry was president of the Springfield, MO branch of Arthur J. Gallagher, the third largest insurance broker in the United States. His heart for ministry combined with his years of experience have set him apart as a leading expert in the field of insurance and risk management.

Presenting: Risk Management for Kids' Camps
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Wayne Stocks



I am the founder of Divorce Ministry 4 Kids and Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Our mission is to serve children suffering from family disruption and other traumas & train others to better minister to them. I live outside Columbus, Ohio with my wife & 4 kids.

Presenting: Dealing with Difficult Emotions: Sadness, Depression, and Grief
Track: Special Needs

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Aaron Strawn



Aaron has been serving in children's ministry for over 10 years. He is married to Amy and their number one ministry is their daughter Violet. He is currently on the Go Kids team at River Valley Church and is the self-professed KidminGeek.

Presenting: Safety First
Track: Kidmin Basics

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John Tasch



John is a former Children’s Pastor of over 1,200 children and over 40 years of ministry experience. John mentors Children’s Pastors and leaders across the United States. His exciting, high impact teaching techniques and time-tested methods will keep you on the edge of your seats.

Presenting: Creative Games
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Jean Thomason



Jean Thomason has been saying “Yes to the Dress” for 20+ years! “Miss PattyCake” speaks now to adults with a new book, P.E.P. TALKS, offering help & encouragement in the all day, everyday work of spiritual formation.

Presenting: Pep Talks
Track: Nursery / Preschool

Presenting: Pulling Preschoolers into PRAISE!
Track: Nursery / Preschool

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Allison Tinajero



Allison Tinajero is the Children’s Pastor at Covina Assembly in California. She’s been in ministry 13 years and has spoken at churches, camps, conferences and schools across the country. She has a Masters in Leadership, and an above-average instagram.

Presenting: The Parent Problem
Track: Family Ministry

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Frank Trezoglou



Frank Trezoglou, Married, 62 years old Ministry experience 20 years senior pastor, 21 years kids pastor Currently serving 175 children, 5 assistant staff and 40 volunteers

Presenting: Kids' Church 101: What Are You Called to Do?
Track: Kidmin Basics

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Gay Wall



Karina Gay Wall is the District Children's and Girls Ministries Director for Georgia Assemblies of God. She has served as the Georgia GM Director for 20 years and as the Children's Director for 12 years.

Presenting: Motivating Your Team
Track: Girls Ministries / Royal Rangers

Presenting: Leading When You Are Not a Leader
Track: Leadership

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Michelle Wellborn



Missionary to the children of Argentina working with King's Castle ministries in the area of Club Castillo a children's discipleship program. I have three children Lexi, Bella and Joshua. We have been in missions for 16 years.

Presenting: Children and the Supernatural // Los niños y lo sobrenatural
Track: Spanish

Presenting: Discovering Lost Jewels for Jesus’ Crown // Descubriendo joyas perdidas para la corona de Jesús
Track: Spanish

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Sammy Whaley



Almost 40 years of Pastoral and Children's Ministry have given Sammy & his wife, Jan some wonderful insight into the "Why and How" as well as the "Do's and Don't" of Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge.

Presenting: Leadership
Track: Leadership

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Nancy Zayas



Born of Puerto Rican parents, Nancy grew up in Upstate NY. Relocating to Atlanta, GA in 1997 with her husband where she became a Children’s Pastor. In 2006 she and husband David church planted, Iglesia Fuente de Vida in Woodstock, GA. She is the mother of 3 beautiful adult children, just received her first grandchild, Judah Mateo in August 2016. Nancy is the District Children’s Ministry Director for Southern Latin and an Ordained Minister of the Assemblies of God.

Presenting: Teaching Kids in a Two-Language Classroom // Enseñando a los niños en un aula bilingüe
Track: Spanish