Alex Bauman grew up in the home of a GARBC pastor. Before coming to RBP in 2004, Alex served as a youth and education pastor for six years. As director of Regular Baptist Press, he oversees the production of Sunday School curriculum, VBS materials, books, and Bible studies and works directly with the adult curriculum as the department’s primary editor. Alex also conducts Impact Teaching Seminars to help teachers learn how to teach effectively. Alex is coauthor of the Bible study Serving God, which he wrote with his wife, Dawn, and author of Impact Teaching Leader’s Guide. Dawn is the author of several children’s and youth curriculum resources for RBP. The Baumans are the parents of two sons and a daughter.
Allison Bollegar is the founder and executive director of Grace and Gift Ministries, www.graceandgift.org. She is currently working on a double master's degree at the Iliff School of Theology and at the University of Denver. Her healing ministry and educational pursuits in psychology, social work, and divinity provide hands-on ministry experience as well as vision development.
Amy Dolan is founder, leader and blogger for Lemon Lime Kids, a children’s ministry consulting company that seeks to encourage churches to consider a fresh approach to leading and teaching children. Amy started the company in 2005, as a way to empower and encourage fellow children’s ministry leaders, and since that first day has had the opportunity to work with leaders & organizations committed to the spiritual growth of children. Amy believes that the church fully empowered, combined with the commitment of the family, and the compassion of the community has the power to inspire children’s faith for a lifetime. In addition to her consulting work with Lemon Lime Kids, Amy leads the strategic curriculum development for Phil Vischer’s new curriculum What’s in the Bible? (whatsinthebible.com), and serves as Director of LOCAL, a Chicago-area children’s ministry collaborative (kidmin.com). Amy is the former Executive Director for Children’s Ministry at the Willow Creek Association, a former Children’s Ministry Director at The Chapel in Libertyville, IL and a Curriculum Writer for Promiseland at Willow Creek in South Barrington. Amy is proud to be married to her husband Kelly, and loves living in Chicago. Amy blogs at lemonlimekids.com and tweets at @adolan.
"Andrew has invested his life into full-time Kids Ministry for over 14 years. He is passionate about ministering to kids and their families, as well as equipping other parents and ministry leaders to do the same. He is also the founder of KidzBlast Ministries, which provides effective and proven resources for VBS, Children’s Church and the Bus Ministry at KidzBlast.com."
Andrew is the Family Life Pastor at Community Church in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. He has served in children’s and family ministry since 2002. His passion is team building, organization and productivity. Visit Andrews Blog at www.organizedkidmin.com and follow him on Facebook: facebook.com/organizedkidmin, and on Twitter: @vandylinden.
B. A. has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. Show the children Jesus. Teach the kids all of the Bible so they see that the stories from the Old Testament point to Jesus and that the New Testament shows how Jesus fulfilled God’s promises—yesterday, today, and forever. B. A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications (www.gcp.org) in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Coordinator.
Bob Singleton is a Grammy® nominated, and 4-time Dove nominated producer of music for kids. He's created award-winning CD's and videos for the Christian market with Word Music, Tommy Nelson, Everland Entertainment, and others. He's one of the most widely heard creators of music for kids in the world as music director for Barney® and Friends for 10 years. He's produced 2 platinum albums, and created songs and produced music for the top entertainment companies in the business, including Barney®, Marvel Animation, Sony Wonder Entertainment, New World Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Motion Pictures and many others. Bob has also created music and worked with Christian curriculum developers like Group Publishing, Concordia Publishing, Tabor Publishing, and others. You may have seen some of his work if you have "Great Songs for God's Kids," "Kid City Tunes," "Bible Action Songs," "All Time Favorites," "Sunday School Favorites," and many other Christian market videos and recordings.
Brandon is a husband and a dad first. He's passionate about adding value to families and setting parents up to win, so that kids can be effectively discipled to become spiritually mature adults. He loves innovating within the church. Believing that every church should be remarkable in what they do, continually make things better, and never settle for the status quo. Brandon is the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.
Brannon Marshall is Director of Global Church Engagement for Awana and serves on staff at Christ Community Church. He has served as a church planter and youth pastor, and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to church health. Brannon and his wife, Mandie, live in Elgin, IL, with their children: Joseph, Carston, and Hannah.
Brian began in Kids Ministry in 1992. He has served at two churches, The Oaks Fellowship (Dallas, TX 1992-1999) and First NLR (North Little Rock, AR 1999 – Present). He loves kids, Kidmin Leaders, and everything that involves leading children in their spiritual journey! Brian founded High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources in 1998, which creates and provides Kids Church Curriculum, Music, Games, Videos, and more to churches around the world.
Bryan Osborne is passionate about reaching the lost with the gospel! As an expert in the use of exciting, apologetics-based evangelism and chronological Bible teaching, this former athlete connects with audiences through real-life stories and facts that confirm the truth of the Bible. After graduating from Bryan College with a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and minors in Greek and Christian education, Bryan earned his master’s degree in education from Lee University. For 13 years he boldly and enthusiastically taught Bible history in a public school system in Tennessee, and for 20 years he has helped youth and young adults in the local church to know and defend their faith. Bryan’s giftedness as a communicator and his passion for revealing the truth of God’s Word are obvious and contagious! He now speaks at conferences and in churches for Answers in Genesis and is developing a blog designed to help parents and ministry leaders solve the growing epidemic of biblical illiteracy through the use of specially designed resources such as AiG’s Answers Bible Curriculum. You will love his practical, cutting-edge talks that reveal the importance of apologetics in evangelizing the lost and in equipping today’s youth and families in the body of Christ! Bryan reports that he and his wife Marla have been blissfully married since 1998 and are enjoying the early years of child-rearing!
Carey Nieuwhof is lead pastor of Connexus Community Church and author of the best selling books, Leading Change Without Losing It and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. Carey speaks to North American and global church leaders about change, leadership, and parenting. Follow Carey on Twitter: http://twitter.com/cnieuwhof
Carla Foote's dark brown hair is now streaked with gray. She loves connecting with and learning from women of all generations. She is the FullFill blog manager and also writes and edits through www.FinePrintEdit.com.
Caryn Rivadeneira is a writer and speaker, along with being co-host and producer for Midday Connection, a production of Moody Radio. She's the author of five books, including the newly released Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed About God's Abundance (IVP, 2014). Connect with her at carynrivadeneira.com.
Christa Parodi is passionate about inviting others into a creative space to discover more about the extraordinary love of God. As founder of The Worship Barn she gives artists permission to let their worship and art collide. Christa lives in Ocala, FL with her husband and three children ranging from ages 12-19.
With nearly 20 years of ministry experience, Cindy Bultema is a popular women's speaker, author, and Bible teacher. But don't let her cheerful smile fool you-Cindy has endured single parenting, overcome bondage to addiction, and survived tragic loss. Cindy's Bible study, Red Hot Faith: Lessons from a Lukewarm Church, was released in July 2014. Cindy lives in Michigan with her husband and their four kids. Visit Cindy at www.cindybultema.com.
Colleen Derr serves as Professor of Christian Ministry and Congregational Formation at Wesley Seminary. She provides oversight to the M.Div. spiritual formation courses and the MA in Child, Youth and Family Ministry program. Prior to joining Wesley Seminary Dr. Derr has served as Director of Children’s Ministry for The Wesleyan Church and as Assistant Pastor of Fall Creek Wesleyan Church in Fishers, Indiana. She has been involved in local church Christian education for over 30 years. Colleen developed a children’s catechism program for The Wesleyan Church, Building Faith Kids, and a preteen discipleship tool, Explore. In addition, she developed a host of training materials for local church ministry leaders and has provided training and consultation for local churches across the country.
Collie Coburn is the pastor of children's ministries at First Christian Church in Santa Maria, CA. He loves doing, strategizing, and writing about children's ministry. He loves spending time with his wife and son even more. Collie blogs at innovatekids.com, and is also on twitter.
Hi, I’m Corinne! I’m a Children’s Pastor excited to impact the world through teaching kids to know Christ- that’s my passion and what drives me every day. I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO by a hard-working single mom who brought me to church every time the doors were open. I was called to be a Children’s Pastor when I was ten years old and have been involved in children’s ministry since I was in middle school. I met my husband, Sean, at the University of Valley Forge in 2008. We graduated together and got married in May 2012. We enjoy geocaching, riding roller coasters, and spending time together. My personal hobbies include cooking, baking, and juggling (no chainsaws… yet). I am the Children’s Pastor at Genesis Church in McKinney, TX and am blessed to teach over 100 kids each week. I originally started blogging to serve as my own personal reference for some of the events and sets I’ve done, so if I want to go back and build on something, I don’t have to rely on my memory. Realistically though, I’ve had others ask me for ideas on events and my blog has become a centralized place where I can post these ideas for others to use.
Craig is a passionate and nationally known communicator, author, and blogger. He is the president of Empowered Living with a mission to “Empower leaders and their families for life!” His passion is to encourage, equip and empower others to enjoy their journey through life. In his most recent book, “Faith and The Modern Family,” Craig’s humorous stories and relevant application encourages parents to make a difference in their modern family. You can follow Craig on Twitter: @craigjutila, and on Facebook: facebook.com/craigjutila
Dale Hudson is the Director of Children's Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida. He has been in children's ministry for over 25 years. He was named one of the top 20 most influential people in children's ministry. He is the co-author of 5 books. He writes daily about his children's ministry journey at www.relevantchildrensministry.com.
Dale Skram is a speaker, writer and life coach who focuses on real faith, real life and real relationships. Dale loves sweating in hot yoga, watching Downton Abbey, and walking her high-needs dog, Stella. She is the mom of four girls. Connect with her at www.DaleSkram.com.
Dan Lovaglia | Awana® Director of New Ministries & Parent Engagement As Director of New Ministries and Parent Engagement at Awana, Dan Lovaglia and the team he leads are finding fresh ways to equip kids, families and ministry leaders to know, love and serve Christ. He brings 15 years of discipleship ministry experience to the table and a passion for life-changing teaching, training and team-building. Dan and his wife Kate live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with their two fantastic middle-school-age sons and dog Wrigley. Follow Dan’s adventures on Twitter and Instagram @DanLovaglia.
Dienna Goscha is Innovations Pastor at Prairie Oak Community Church in Andover, Minnesota where she gets to daily dream and implement creative ideas. She is also the owner and author of River’s Edge Curriculum, a kid’s ministry resource provider. Dienna can be contacted at Dienna.firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website at riversec.com.
Donna, a pastor’s daughter at heart, left the world of big-budget fashion and world travel to serve Children’s Ministry leaders as Gospel Light’s Publishing Director. Her passion for Jesus and the next generation are foundational to all she does. Her perspectives stem from a unique mix of business knowledge and a deep study Jesus’ leadership example. She’s a wife, a sports mom and the volunteer Children’s Ministry Coordinator at her church in Newbury Park, CA. She loves kids and is passionate about helping you be successful in drawing kids to Jesus and leading them in a growing, life-long relationship with Him. Donna can be reached at: email@example.com
Dorothy Littell Greco photographs beautiful things, writes about relationships and following Jesus in a sometimes confusing world. You can find more of her words and images on her site (www.dorothygreco.com) or by following her on FB (https://www.facebook.com/DorothyGrecoPhotography) and Twitter (@dorothygreco).
Elisa Morgan is one of today's most sought-after authors, speakers and leaders. For twenty years, Elisa Morgan served as CEO of MOPS International and now serves as President Emerita. Elisa is the President of Mission: Momentum (www.missmo.org) and the Publisher of FullFill™, a FREE digital magazine for women of all ages, stages and callings. Contact Elisa at www.elisamorgan.com.
Elisabeth is a single mom to Sara (17) and Jack (15-1/2). She loves spending time with her kids, her friends, reading and writing. She is the author of Moving on as a Single Christian Mom, Living Through Divorce as a Christian Woman: Questions & Suggestions, Surviving in a Difficult Christian Marriage: Questions & Suggestions, Unraveling: Hanging onto Faith through the End of a Christian Marriage, At the Corner of Broken & Love; One Girl, Third World; He Is Just That Into You;In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart; and Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul. Visit her website at http://www.elisabethklein.com/. If you are in a difficult marriage or find yourself going through a divorce, she has created two private groups on Facebook that she would like to invite you to. Simply email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, blogger, commissioned artist and columnist, as well as the author of five books including the memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look (Baker Books). She lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two sons. For more info, please visit www.emilywierenga.com. Find her at @emily_wierenga on Twitter or at facebook.com/emilytwierenga
Greg is a children’s ministry veteran of over 25 years who blogs at ChildrensMinistryLeader.com. He now serves Senior Director of Leadership Development at David C Cook, developing and delivering ministry training around the world. He’s a sports nut who married way over his head to Michele, and is kept on his toes by two teenage boys, Taylor and Garret. Website: http://ChildrensMinistryLeader.com; http://Twitter.com/ChildMinLeader; http://Facebook/com/ChildrensMinistryLeader
Heather McMillan and her husband Elton have four delightful children ages 15-21, yes, they were all teen-agers at once! They are family pastors at their home church in Oregon and enjoy traveling internationally to train children’s pastors. Heather also owns We Choose Virtues, developing tools to help parents and teachers Simply Inspire Character that Lasts. After a life threatening battle, she was miraculously healed of cancer this past year and loves to speak about having a deep, vulnerable trust in God through the journey of life.
Heather (Vessey) Shore has several years of marketing experience in the digital and publishing worlds. Having worked for and with some of the biggest companies (WebMD, Amazon.com, Hobby Lobby, etc.) she decided to go part-time in order to become a mom. This big life transition has been full of surprises and gave her time to work on writing a book on how to journey through domestic violence with the help of Jesus. It's Not All Rainbows and Unicorns will be published later this fall. You can follow Heather @heathervshore on Twitter or @heathervshore on Facebook.
Jacky Gatliff is the Associate Pastor of Stanwich Community Church in Greenwich, CT. Her email signature includes this quote from St. Ignatius: "There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands,and let themselves be formed by his grace." - May I be one of them......
For the past 26 years, Jeff Slaughter has been laughing singing, dancing and worshiping with kids! His heart’s desire is to equip them with God’s word through music and to help them discover what a passionate relationship with Jesus is all about. Having grown up in Greenwood, Mississippi, he first attended Mississippi State University, then transferred to Nashville to attend Belmont University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music/Composition and Arranging Emphasis. Upon graduating, he signed with StarSong Publishing and his first radio single, “One More Broken Heart” became a #1 hit for the group Point of Grace. Slaughter, who has most recently signed with Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, has written scores of songs for Lifeway Christian Stores VBS curriculum, including the music for Outrigger Island, Boomerang Express, Saddle Ridge Ranch, Big Apple Adventure and Amazing Wonders Aviation. One of Slaughter’s best-loved VBS songs includes “We Believe” from 2005′s Ramblin’ Road Trip VBS curriculum. The song also became a top-selling choral anthem for adult choirs that same year. More than 46 million children have sung Slaughter’s songs over the years, according to Jerry Wooley, VBS Ministry Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources. Slaughter has written a new musical titled The Christmas Shoe Tree, the No.1-selling kid’s Christmas musical to-date in 2012 for Brentwood-Benson. Brentwood-Benson has also just released his 2013 VBS curriculum titled Jeff Slaughter VBS World Tour. During his career, Slaughter has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, Central America, Canada, Asia and Africa. He has also had the opportunity to be involved in the country music arena as well. He has toured with artists such as Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Suzy Boggus. “I love to help kids understand what a miracle it is that God made our voices to sing! The Bible doesn’t say sing if you’re a great singer, or if you like the song…it just says SING,” says Slaughter. “We tend to take things like that for granted, but when the children of Israel went into battle, they put the worshippers on the front line because they knew that if they entered into the battle with praise, they were going to win! What a powerful truth the Lord shows us through that example! When we choose to sing praise in the middle our own battles, we win! I have learned that lesson throughout my life and I want to do all I can to pass that on to this generation!” You can check out Jeff’s new project “Under God,” a 14 song collection produced by brothers, Preston and Spencer Dalton. it is available for download here and on iTunes.
Jennifer Dukes Lee is a grace dweller and a story teller at www.JenniferDukesLee.com. She is author of Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval and Seeing Yourself Through God's Eyes. She and her husband live on the Lee family farm in northwest Iowa with their two daughters, Lydia and Anna.
A born and raised Midwesterner, Jennifer Nahrstadt now lives in Georgia while her only son attends college "back home." After eight years in the South, her friends say she still can't say "y'all" convincingly.
I am a blessed children’s minister in Bradenton, Florida who is loving life trying to do what God wants me to do with all of the families at West Bradenton. More importantly I’m trying to love my husband and raise my two crazy girls (and one on the way) to love Jesus with all that they’ve got. I also really like ice cream.
Jesse and his wife, Teri, will celebrate 20 years of marriage in May of 2012 and are raising two growing sons, Kevin and Alex. After moving from the DC metro area in 2008 they adopted a mastiff named Book and slobber became a way of life. In his spare time, you may find Jesse enjoying photography, biking, or simply watching a movie or reading. Jesse is a graduate of Cohort K from Bethel Seminary’s CFM program and serves as the Children and Family Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda.
Jim Wideman is considered as an innovator, pioneer and one of the fathers of the modern children ministry movement. He is a speaker, teacher, author, leadership coach and ministry consultant with over 35 years of hands on experience in the local church, Jim has trained hundreds of thousands of children’s and student ministry leaders from all denominations and sizes of congregations around the world. In the 80’s The INCM awarded him with their “Ministry of Excellence Award”, in the 90’s Children’s Ministry Magazine name him one of the 10 Pioneers of the Decade, In 2010 “Children’s Ministry Magazine once again named him one of the “20 Top Influencers in Children’s Ministry, and in 2012 the INCM presented him with their first ever “Legacy Award” for his lifetime achievement in Children’s Ministry. Jim currently oversees all the Next Generation & Family Ministries-Birth through College at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN Jim and his amazing wife Julie, have two successful daughters, two handsome son-in-laws and the cutest grandson ever born!
Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created www.joemcalpine.com, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!
An education and curriculum consultant, John enjoys visiting with Kidmin leaders every day as he serves as National Director of eChurchDepot. He loves to teach, train, network, encourage and support those who work with Children whether that is one on one or while speaking at national conferences. He is always looking for new, unique and effective tools to share with others in childrens ministry, especially those tools that motivate and inspire kids to get into God’s Word becase they want to. John teaches Walk Thru the Bible Seminars for kids, parents and adults and recently has served on the Board of INCM, hosts of the Children Pastors Conferences.
Jonathan Cliff is the Director of Family Ministries at Athens Church, a North Point Strategic partner, in Athens, Georgia. Jonathan has served in the local church for over 10 years in just about every Family Ministry capacity, and he currently leads a great team of leaders ministering to preschoolers, children, and students. His wife Starr and him have 3 children and have been actively involved in foster care with many other children over the years.
Josh Dryer serves as Kids’ Pastor at First Assembly in Fairbanks, Alaska. He and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child into the world on Thanksgiving Day 2014. He is passionate about bringing hope to the city of Fairbanks and the state of Alaska! He desires to create kids’ ministry experiences where kids taste and see how good God is, awakening them to run after Him for a lifetime.
Judy Douglass is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in journalism. She has been on the staff of Cru since 1964, serving with various publications. Judy currently assists her husband, Steve, in giving leadership to Cru. Her primary focus is Women’s Resources. She is the author of four books, Single and Complete, He Loves Me,What Can a Mother Do? and Letters to My Children: Secrets of Success. Judy has written for numerous magazines and blogs regularly at www.JudyDouglass.com.
Karen Booker Schelhaas lives in Highlands Ranch, CO with her husband and five children ranging from ages 8 to 16. When she's not teaching, cooking, jogging, cleaning, gardening, entertaining, chauffeuring, volunteering or counseling, she can be found at her kitchen table with coffee in her veins, slowly putting her stories into words.
Karl got his mission to reach and teach kids for Jesus and enlist, encourage and equip others to do the same when he was only ten. This passion has led to several ministries and websites. Discover them all on Kidology.org. Follow Karl on Twitter @Kidologist or his blog is kidologist.com.
Kathie Phillips is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Married to Lance and mom to Daniel and Kennedy, Kathie shares practical tips and inspiration for kidmin leaders, volunteers and families each week on her blog, KidMinspiration.com.
Katie Wetherbee completed her undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, where she majored in Special Education and Human & Organizational Development. Katie began her teaching career in the Washington, DC area at a public school. Since then, she has taught in a variety of settings, including a community college, a psychiatric hospital day school and a learning center. Katie holds a master’s degree in education from Hood College, where she served on the adjunct faculty for the Reading Specialist program. Currently, Katie works as an educational consultant in private practice. Her own experience as a mother to a child with special needs, along with her teaching background, gives Katie a unique perspective on advocacy. She has been invited to speak at local parent groups and also for the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Association, the Cancer Survivor Center at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and the OCALI national conference. Additionally, Katie is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in publications such as Nashville Magazine, Northeast Ohio Family, and HeartShapers. She served as the education columnist for Currents News in Northeast Ohio for two years. She recently completed a year-long series on special needs ministry for K! Magazine and also writes a column for Children’s Ministry Magazine. A lifelong Christian, Katie has enjoyed a variety of volunteer positions in churches. She has taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School as well as volunteering in high school and middle school youth groups. She and her husband led a Young Couples group in two churches. In addition, Katie has served on Christian Education Committees and as a Sunday School Superintendent. Katie is thrilled to combine her passion for families affected by disabilities with her faith in Christ. Katie has presented at the Joni and Friends International Bioethics Conference, the Accessibility Summit at McLean Bible Church, The Tough Ministries Conference in Houston, and the Group Publishing KidMin Conference. She is currently working on a book designed for Sunday School volunteers, and also serves on the special needs curriculum team for Standard Publishing. Katie’s most important credential is her “MBA:” She is MOM to Bill and Annie. Katie and her husband, Tom, live with their two teenagers and a quirky mutt named Mitzie, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Why “Diving for Pearls?” Click here for the story.
Kate McCombs is writer of nonfiction and fiction. She lives in the Colorado mountains with her two daughters and her pastor husband. She can be found at katemccombswriter.com, a daily encouragement blog about pursuing the happiness of God.
Keith Ferrin is an author, speaker, blogger, and storyteller who is passionate about helping people read, study, engage, and enjoy the Bible. He was a youth pastor for six years before writing and speaking fulltime. He is the author of three books, including Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word. He and his wife, Kari, have three kids who are the source of both his big smile and gray hair. They live just outside of Seattle. Keith also holds to the belief that coffee and ice cream are proof of a benevolent God.
Larry Fowler serves as executive director of global networking for Awana and KidzMatter. Both organizations are committed to helping churches and parents raise children and youth to know, love and serve Jesus Christ. For nearly 30 years, Larry has pursued this mission in a range of capacities, including local-church Awana volunteer, missionary, speaker, author, teacher and executive director of international ministries, program development and training. Larry is an author of four books – Rock-Solid Children’s Ministry, Rock-Solid Volunteers, Raising a Modern-Day Joseph and Rock-Solid Kids – and a speaker to audiences worldwide both inside and outside of Awana. He is also a recognized expert in issues facing families and churches in the 21st century. Larry and his wife, Diane, have two grown children and five grandchildren. The Fowlers reside in Riverside, California. awana.org
Linda has been a children’s ministry director, developed DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids, dc4k.org), operated a therapeutic child care, and has extensive experience at successfully accommodating challenging behaviors. She currently serves as the DC4K Ambassador and Professional blogger at http://blog.dc4k.org.
Life is about my love for the Lord and teaching kids about His Word; about serving at Awana (20 years); about collecting counties (every county we visit is marked on a giant map) and grandkids (6) --- and writing about it all. My latest book is How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph (David C. Cook).
Lindsey Whitney is a home day care provider, Children's Ministry director and blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry. She lives with her husband, Mike, and their two children in Erie, PA.
Lynda Freeman has 40+ years of experience working in Children's Ministry. She has served a children's director for churches of 1600 people - as well as in churches of 100 people. Lynda has been a consultant for Gospel Light, Group and ZonderKidz/Big Idea, ZonderKidz/Promiseland. Currently she is known for her reviews of curriculum and church resources, she writes kidz Connection curriculum and her other blog, grandma's cookie jar!
Margot, a graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Seminary, is passionate about communicating to individuals, in print and in speech, the promise that because God, in Jesus Christ, is with us and for us, we're made to be with and for others. (#neighborlove) Her first book, The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching For a Father Who Does Not Fail, was awarded the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association’s best nonfiction book of the year for 2011. She’s also the author of four other books about giving/receiving God's love. Margot is represented by WordServe Literary and is a member of Redbud Writer’s Guild. Margot is a regular contributor to Today's Christian Woman and an editorial advisor for Gifted for Leadership. She is the confessions editor for Geez Magazine's Sinner's Corner and hosts an interview series, The Red Carpet, at Red Letter Christians. Margot enjoys connecting with audiences on campuses and at conferences, retreats and festivals. Some clients include Messiah College, Wheaton College Center for the Application of Christian Ethics, Friends University, MOPs International, Young Life Women’s Weekend, Urban Promise Ministry Summit, Lifest and the Wild Goose Festival. For five years, Margot coached Special Olympics basketball in California. After seminary, she worked in New Jersey as a chaplain among folks living with intellectual and physical disabilities. Now, at home, in Durham, North Carolina, Margot serves as a volunteer among friends with disabilities through www.RealityMinistriesInc.org. She also lives in a beautiful new community being built around friends with disabilities, in Durham. Dreamy, right? As a speaker advocate, Margot’s also pretty tickled about the work which Compassion International is doing in the world. Connect with Margot on facebook at www.facebook.com/MargotStarbuck.
Pastor, filmmaker, coach and comic book collector, Mark Harper has over 30 years of experience in the local church. He is the creator of the Super Church Curriculum series, which is used in over 5,000 churches worldwide. Mark and his wife Debra have two adult children, one grandchild and one Yorkie who thinks he's a german shepherd. www.transformkidmin.com
My name is Matt Norman and I am the Children’s Pastor at The Rock in Winter Haven, FL. I am married to my high school sweet heart Kim and have two kids; Trey, 11 and Jayden, 4. I love being in ministry to children and their parents, as well as to other adults. I love sharing the gospel and other Biblical truths. I love worshiping and leading worship. I love seeing kids grow spiritually. I love equipping God’s people for works of good service. Basically, I love ministry. In addition to ministry I have spent 17 years working in a local hospital, 16 of them in the emergency room. Trust me this experience comes in handy in children’s ministry. God is working in my life. I don’t yet know what he has planned, but I know that it is going to be cool. I’m watching and praying and doing what I can to make myself ready for whatever it is that God is working out in my life and my ministry. I love teaching kids and adults alike. If you are looking for a camp speaker, or a special speaker for your training event then use the email link at the top of the page to contact me. I would love to come along side you to have a greater impact on kids and their families for The Kingdom.
Passionate about children's ministries Melissa J. MacDonald is a published author, in demand speaker, and a children's ministry innovator. Melissa is also the national Children's Disciplemaking Ministries Specialist for the C&MA (Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination). She spends her time training, coaching, speaking, equipping, and consulting with churches and groups both in the US and abroad. Melissa loves everything about children's ministry except for stale cheerios and cranky volunteers. Find out more at www.melissajmacdonald.com.
Melodi Leih is a MOPS Mentor at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Hermitage, TN and Regional Developer for MOPS International. She is married to Mike and has 3 beautiful children and an amazing son-in-law. She enjoys music, reading and time with her family.
I am a follower of Christ, a husband, a dad, and a pastor. I serve at Grace Community Church as Executive Pastor. Before this position at GCC I served in multiple family ministry roles as kids, student, and family pastor for 15 years. I’m passionate about communicating, creating environments, and leading leaders, volunteers, and teams (it’s the inner coach in me, I love empowering people to do great things). Thankfully I have a job that allows me to do all three of these things.
Michelle Pullins is a Kids Ministry Specialist and Author. She inspires kids ministry leaders and families to dream big as they share their faith. Over the last 20+ years, Michelle has served in kids ministry as a kids evangelist, preschool ministry director, and kids pastor. Writing, coaching, and speaking at kids and family ministry events, conferences, and camps are her favorite things! You can connect with her at www.michellepullins.com
Michelle Watson is a passionate God-follower whose mess has been turned into her message. As founder of The Abba Project she helps dads decode their daughters. Her recently released book is Dad, Here's What I Really Need From You: A Guide for Connecting with Your Daughter's Heart (Harvest House, 2014). Connect at drmichellewatson.com.
Mike Jeffries is director of publishing for Orange. He is also a minister at First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, a flagship church at the center of South Florida's fastest-growing entertainment, business and residential district.
Mike Johnson has been the Global Children’s Pastor of Fellowship Church since 1993. In that time, he has seen FC Kids grow from 150 to over 4,000 children at 9 Fellowship Church campuses in Florida, Texas, and South Carolina. Mike has a passion to reach children with the love of Christ and to teach them how to apply the principles of the Bible to become the leaders that God designed them to be. In addition to his responsibilities as a Children’s Pastor, Mike Johnson is the Executive Producer of Elevate resources on ElevateAtChurch.com and LeadershipForKids.tv. Mike has a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as a Masters degree in Christian Education with a Children’s emphasis. In his spare time, Mike enjoys sculpting, carpentry, movies and most of all, spending time with his family.
Kidmin Resources was created by a Kidmin Pastor, Mitch Royer. With over 10 years of experience in Kidmin, he is currently serving at Austin Ridge Bible Church, and loves everything Kidmin. He is Married to, Stacy, he has one daughter, Fiona, and a baby boy, McNeely (He knows it weird, it’s a family name). His passion is to create and grow Children’s Ministries in the United States and Around the World.
Nicki's passion and energy are contagious as she brings over 20 years of kids ministry experience to the table. From humble beginnings working with travelling clown and drama teams as a young teen, Nicki has worked with kids and youth in nearly every context. She has been instrumental in the introduction of KidLead to Canada, and regularly runs clubs, trains leaders and trains trainers to develop young leaders nationwide. Nicki believes that kids in ministry become adults in ministry and believes her destiny lies in helping kids young and old understand and walk in the revelation of who they are in Christ. She is a curriculum writer and program developer with a heart to teach kids how to think and live their lives with Kingdom perspective and Holy Spirit anointing. She is currently the children's pastor at Freedom House in Brantford, Ontario where she hosts her own kids club the L.A.F.F Academy. She is a regular contributing writer for www.kidology.org and a Lead Trainer for KidLead. She lives with her husband and two beautiful children in Brantford, City of God!
In 1990, Phil Vischer created VeggieTales(R), an animated video series crafted to teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully different way. These days, Phil continues to pursue innovative new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his creative company, Jellyfish Labs. Learn more about the Buck Denver Asks®… What’s in the Bible? VBS at whatsinthebiblevbs.com
I am a dad to the best little girl you could imagine. Married to the best woman you could imagine (and probably the only one who could put up with me). She is definitely the better half. I am a children’s pastor at a church about 30 minutes outside of Detroit. I was a teacher for over 5 years. I can speak Spanish and I’ve been out of the country 9 different times to 5 different countries doing mission work with kids. I wrote a family devotion book. You can see it at http://ikidsonline.org/familytalk-devotion-book
Ron Hunter co-founded the D6 Conference out of a passion to share principles and methods of generational discipleship. After pastoring for 11 years, Randall House hired Ron as the Executive Director and CEO in 2002. He led in the launch of D6 Family Curriculum 2004. As the D6 Conference Director, Ron most enjoys interacting with and learning from all the thought leaders that the D6 movement has attracted through the years. His undergrad work from Welch College was in pastoral and Christian education, later he earned his MPA degree, and is now a PhD candidate working on his dissertation in the Gary Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. Ron has written over 50 articles for various magazines, co-authored Toy Box Leadership from Thomas Nelson, was a contributing author to Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views, coming this summer from Baker Academic, and is the author of The DNA of D6 coming this fall from Randall House. The two titles Ron is most proud of are husband and father. He married his college sweetheart, Pam, and they have two college-age kids serving Christ.
Ryan Frank serves as the CEO of KidzMatter and Vice President at Awana. Ryan and his wife, Beth, are also the publishers of KidzMatter Magazine. Get free training and videos at www.RyanFrank.com.
My name is Sam Luce and I have been the children’s pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica NY for the past 14 years. Currently I am serving as the Utica Campus Pastor and the Global family pastor. This is my personal blog it is focused on leadership, children’s ministry and creativity. I write about things I am passionate about, the power of the gospel, becoming a better leader, ministering to kids, technology, humorous anything, and being the best dad and husband I can be.
The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ. As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?” The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV). Mission Statement Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Steven Knight has 10+ years of experience leading in children’s ministry. He loves to train and equip children’s and family ministry leaders through his ministry as an author and speaker. His passion is reaching families for Christ. Coffee is his friend. Keep current and equipped for children’s ministry at KidminTools.com.
Suanne Camfield is a freelance writer and speaker who lives in Chicago with her family. She works for Caris (www.caris.org), a nonprofit that defines itself as Pro-Grace®, supporting women facing unplanned pregnancy and transforming the way Christians think about unplanned pregnancy and abortion. Check out their Mother's Day Campaign at HopeHelpHonor.com. Follow Suanne @suannecamfield or Caris at @iamprograce.
With a passion for teaching and preaching on themes of brokenness and the power of redemption, Suzanne Burden holds an MA in Theological Studies from Grace Theological Seminary. A storyteller at heart, Suzanne weaves personal narrative and questioning with the grand story of God’s Kingdom purposes as revealed in his Word. Her background includes marketing for Revell/Baker Publishing Group and she continues to provide freelance editorial and content development for a variety of publishers and ministries. Suzanne’s writing has been featured in a variety of devotional products, including the Zondervan True Images Bible, New Women’s Devotional Bible, The Hope in the Mourning Bible and the Heaven Calling gift book. Her stories have also appeared on Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership blog and todayschristianwoman.com and in the Fullfill Weekly Refill. She is currently coauthoring the book Reclaiming Eve: the Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God (Beacon Hill Press, March 2014). Suzanne resides with her husband David in Indiana, where she enjoys serving as a part-time chaplain and mostly enjoys learning to play guitar.
After serving the as a children’s pastor for over 20 years, Tamera Kraft founded Revival Fire 4 Kids Ministry in 2007 in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. She has taught in national workshops and has conducted kid’s crusades, church camps, and children’s camp meeting services. She has also done inner city ministry outreaches, directed mission’s trips for children, and was on staff at two different churches where she built thriving children’s ministries.
Tina Houser is the Editor of K! Magazine and creates This iKnow church curriculum. She absolutely loves speaking at churches and events to equip those who work in children’s ministry and spends most of her weekends doing just that. Visit www.tinahouser.net or tinapoint.blogspot.com.
Todd is a husband, father, and the founder of Timbuktoons, LLC. He has worked for clients such as: Phil Vischer (Creator of Veggie Tales and What’s In The Bible?), Saddleback Church, Willow Creek Association, LifeChurch.tv, Orange, BigStuf Camps, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and has pitched shows to Cartoon Network, Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon, The Hub, and PBS Kids. Todd is a Metro DC transplant living in Augusta, GA and has served on creative, KidMin, missions, and leadership teams in the local church for over 15 years. Find Todd: Twitter: @thampson Blog: ToddHampson.com Company: Timbuktoons.com
I have the privilege of being the children’s pastor at Sheffield Family Life Center, an incredible church in Kansas City, Missouri. ?? I oversee a growing children’s ministry, SFLCKids. Every weekend you can always see hundreds of kids coming in to have a real experience with the life changing Savior – Jesus.?? I am married to Rachel, the best wife that God could have picked for me. We have been given three incredible gifts from God by the names of Jenelle, Camille, and Zachary. ?? Lastly I enjoy fishing with family, reading about leadership, task management, all things Macintosh and gadgets.
I’m a husband and father of 4 wonderful kids. I have been in full time ministry since 1987. I love serving the Lord in the Church. Children/Youth/Families are my specialties. I love doing what I do and could not imagine doing anything else.
Tracey Bianchi is the Worship and Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook, a congregation of 3000+ in the Chicago area. She (along with Adele Calhoun) is a co-author of the forthcoming book True You: Moving Beyond Self-Doubt and Using Your Voice (InterVarsity Press, January 2015). traceybianchi.com
Tracey is married to her high school sweetheart, Kyle. They have 3 sons. Tracey serves on the Board of Directors at MOPS International and has a background in pastoral counseling. She loves to knit and is passionate about reaching, connecting with and learning from that "other woman," the one who's different from her. She writes about it on her blog, A Mile in Her Shoes, at www.traceysolomon.com.
Trevor Lee currently serves as the Family Life Pastor at Life Community Church, a restarted church located east of Seattle. In total Trevor has spent nearly a decade serving children, students and families in a variety of church environments around the Pacific Northwest.
Vanessa Myers has been in the ministry for 13 years serving in Youth Ministry & Children’s Ministry and currently serving as the Children’s Director at Dahlonega UMC. She has found that children’s ministry is her passion. She enjoys sharing the love of Jesus with all children, teaching the kids the Bible stories in fun and exciting ways, and planting seeds in the spiritual lives of these children. Vanessa has found another calling to be one of encouraging other Children’s Ministers and loves to write and share her experiences on her blog. Vanessa and her husband, Andrew, have 2 daughters and live in Dahlonega, GA. You can follow Vanessa on Twitter at: vtmyers0921.
Victor Oliva has been in full time children's ministry for over 5 years. He is the Children's Pastor at Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, Florida. He is married to his beautiful wife, Amber and has gorgeous 3 year old daughter named Lexi. Victor's blog is full of different ideas, games, illustrations and more. Basically a "Concoction" of stuff for KIDMIN. His passion is to help other KIDMIN succeed in their ministries too.
Vivian Mabuni has served on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) on the UC Berkeley and UCLA campuses and on the Epic National Executive Team (Epic is the Asian American ministry of Cru.) She is part of the Speaker Bureau for Susan G. Komen, Orange County. Her first book, "Warrior In Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community and the God Who Comforts" (Discovery House Publishers) released in April. Married 23 years to her husband, Darrin, and mom to three wonderful kids, Jonathan (21), Michael (17), and Julia (12). They live in Mission Viejo, California along with their German Shepherd, Koa. Connect with her at vivianmabuni.com