PreCon Lab Speakers
“The PreCon Labs are on September 26 beginning at 8:30 AM and are an add-on to the main conference. We hope you will join us for these small-group, learning experiences where frontliners like you will gather together to discover how to effectively build and sustain a thriving spiritual formation model that leverages the influence of both the church and the home. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to network and rub shoulders with some of the most creative and effective pastors and family ministry experts in North. Lunch is included!Register Now
This pre-conference event will sell out due to a limited number of seats. Registrations are on a first come, first serve basis. You do not have to register for your specific workshops, labs, or tracks in advance.
Conference Focus -More about Kurt Bruner…
Kurt Bruner serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Lake Pointe Church and on adjunct faculty with Dallas Theological Seminary. As President of the non-profit ministry, HomePointe, Kurt partners with a network of nearly 150 local churches that are creating a culture of intentional families. Kurt has written more than a dozen books including It Starts At Home, The Purpose of Passion and Fatherless which he co-authored with Dr. James Dobson.
Conference Focus -More about John McGee…
Over the last 9 years, John has directed the Marriage Ministry at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX. There, he and his team have built a comprehensive marriage ministry for those preparing, starting, or struggling in their marriages. He is also passionate about helping other churches build their own marriage ministries. John married his high school sweetheart Pam, and they have 2 sons and 2 daughters. He holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Conference Focus -More about Megan Lacefield…
Megan serves at New River in Weatherford, TX, just west of the DFW metroplex, as minister to NextGen students where she has been serving families for over a decade. She is proud to be the blessed wife to Chad, her high school sweetheart. They have been married for 18 years, and have a daughter, Chandler, who is 17 and a son, Riley, who is 14. In the midst of raising teenagers, her heart beats to create a ministry that meets the needs of the whole family, no matter what the stage. Having raised both kids while serving on ministry staff she also champions a desire to develop ministry kids and encourage pastors and others raising their kids while serving in ministry. Her personal goal in life is to be a “cool mom” that teens want to hang out with, and a voice not only into her own kids lives but the lives of their friends: always providing a safe place where kids and students experience the love of the Father. She believes kids ministry is about partnering with parents to connect kids to Christ and ignite passion for HIS purpose so that when they experience the tough stuff in their teen years they know and believe who they are in Christ and understand how real and applicable the Word is so they are prepared to live their faith out loud. Megan loves to share what she is learning on her journey as a leader and as a parent and blogs at meganlacefield.com and NRgen.tv.
Conference Focus -More about Walt Mueller…
Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (cpyu.org) , a 23-year-old non-profit ministry serving schools, churches, and community organizations across the U.S, Canada, and worldwide in their efforts to understand youth culture and thereby minister to kids and strengthen families.
Walt has been working with young people and families for over 35 years. He is a student of youth culture and family issues, and has appeared on numerous media outlets internationally to discuss teenagers and their world. A regular seminar and conference speaker, he treasures his time training and learning from youth workers, parents, educators, and pastors. Walt serves on the adjunct faculty of several undergrad and graduate institutions, and is currently co-leading a Doctor of Ministry Program in Ministry to Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
He blogs (learningmylines.blogspot.com) and writes extensively on youth culture and family issues and is the author of the following books: 99 Thoughts For Parents of Teenagers; The Space Between, A Parent’s Guide to Teenage Development, Opie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Where Faith, Family, and Culture Collide, Youth Culture 101, I Want to Talk With my Teen About Movies, Music & More, Engaging The Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews To Christian Truth, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Understanding Today’s Youth Culture. He is a regular contributor to a variety of publications (both professional and popular) and writes a regular culture column for Youthworker Journal.
Walt Mueller earned his B.A. in Sociology from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) and his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA), and his doctorate in postmodern generations from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Walt and his wife Lisa live in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and have four children; Caitlin, Joshua, Bethany and Nathaniel.
Conference Focus -More about Bob Davis…
Bob Davis joined the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative team in January 2006 as a Fatherhood Coordinator for Family Expectations. As the “Fatherhood Guy” Davis developed the Team DADD program, a program that focused on fatherhood. Davis is a Master Trainer for several marriage and relationship curricula. In May of 2006 Davis moved to the position of Oklahoma City Community Relations Specialist where he is responsible for coordinating ongoing marriage/relationship education workshops and large-scale events in the Oklahoma City metro and Tulsa areas
In addition to his OMI duties, Davis is Assistant Pastor at CovenantLife Family Worship Center where he and his wife Zina serve as Pastors for Marriage and Family Life. Davis received his Masters degree in Biblical Studies from the University of Central America and Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Langston University.
Conference Focus -More about Brian Haynes…
Brian serves as Lead Pastor at Bay Area First Baptist church in League City, Texas. Brian is a pastor, preacher, and ministry leader. He is the creator of the Legacy Milestones strategy designed to inseparably link church and home to equip the generations. He is the author of the book, Shift: What it Takes to Finally Reach Families Today and the new book, The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting. Brian is married to Angela and they have three daughters, Hailey, Madelyn, and Eden. Brian is a graduate of Baylor University, Southwestern Seminary, and Liberty Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctor of Ministry for his work in discipleship and family ministry.
Conference Focus -More about Garnett Reid…
Dr. Garnett Reid serves as the chairman of the Biblical and Ministry Studies Department at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches Old Testament. He has pastored churches in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky and is a frequent conference and seminar speaker. Garnett’s column “Intersect: Where the Bible Meets Life” appears regularly in ONE Magazine. He is author of Intentional Integrity. He has also published articles in Bibliotheca Sacra, the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Integrity, and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. He and his wife Carol have two married sons, two beautiful red-headed granddaughters, and one grandson. Garnett enjoys golf, baseball, and visiting Civil War battlefields.
Conference Focus -More about Ron Deal…
Ron L. Deal is Founder and President of As For Me And My House Ministries (www.RonDeal.org) and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife®. He is a family ministry consultant and conducts marriage and family seminars around the country; he specializes in marriage education and stepfamily enrichment.
Ron is author of the bestselling book The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), and The Remarriage Checkup: Tools to Help Your Marriage Last a Lifetime (with Dr. David Olson (which is based on the largest survey of remarriage strengths ever conducted). He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.
Conference Focus -More about Eddie Moody…
Dr. Edward Moody has been a counselor educator at North Carolina Central University since 1995. He is an Associate Professor and has chaired the Department since 2001. Moody also serves as pastor at Tippett’s Chapel FWB Church in Clayton, NC. As a minister he has helped people with a variety of difficulties, and as a psychological consultant he has counseled troubled youth. He has a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in counselor education, an M.A. from Middle Tennessee State University in clinical psychology, and a B.A. from Welch College in pastoral training. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in NC as well as a Licensed Health Services Provider—Psychological Associate. Dr. Moody is the author of the the First Aid Series for Emotional Hurts. In addition he has published several articles in scholastic journals and serves as a workshop leader for various events within the Christian community and counseling community.
Conference Focus -More about Tommy Swindol…
Tommy is the Young Adults Pastor at The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN. He has previously served as a Student Ministries Pastor in Detroit for seven years. He is married to his wonderful wife of nine years, Jessica, and they have two beautiful daughters, Anna Claire and Emily. Tommy is a graduate of Welch College (Youth Ministry/Music) and Liberty University (MAR in Discipleship Ministries and M-Div. in Professional Ministries). He is currently working on his D-Min in Evangelism and Church Growth. Tommy gets the opportunity to speak all over the country and is passionate about discipleship and sharing the truths of God’s Word in a relevant and challenging way.
Conference Focus -More about Jim Burns…
Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California.
Conference Focus -More about Randy Stinson…
Randy Stinson is the Dean of the School of Church Ministries and the Vice President for Academic Innovation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He also serves as the Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
A recognized authority on the subject of biblical manhood and womanhood, Stinson is a regular conference speaker on the subjects of parenting, marriage, and men’s leadership. He is the co-author of Field Guide for Biblical Manhood and co-editor of Trained in the Fear of God: Family Ministry in Theological, Historical, and Practical Perspective.
In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and encourages his children in their pursuits of baseball, tennis, and lacrosse.
He and his wife, Danna, have been married for 22 years and have seven children: Gunnar and Georgia (twin 16 year olds), Fisher (14), Eden (13), Payton (11), Spencer (8), and Willa (7).
Conference Focus -More about Mark DeVries…
Since 1986, Mark has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he continues to oversee the youth ministry on a part-time basis.
Mark has trained youth workers across the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Ecuador, Trinidad, Nicaragua, and Northern Ireland, working with a wide variety of denominations. He has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries, including Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ), Vanderbilt Divinity School (Nashville, TN), David Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), Travecca Nazarene College (Nashville, TN), King College (Bristol, TN), Montreat College (Montreat, NC), William Tyndale College (Detroit, MI), Presbyterian College (Montreal, Quebec), Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC), Tyndale Theological Seminary (Toronto, Canada) and Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI).
Mark is the author of a number of books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry (IVP), Family-Based Youth Ministry (IVP, Revised and Expanded, 2004) and 2011 releases , Before You Hire a Youth Pastor and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (Group Publishing), both co-authored with YMA Vice-President, Jeff Dunn-Rankin.
Conference Focus -More about Larry Fowler…
Larry Fowler’s latest role in his storied 30-year ministry career is as executive director of global networking for Awana and KidzMatter. Larry travels the country connecting with churches and helping them build dynamic ministries to children, youth and families.
In 2012, the International Network of Children’s Ministry gave Larry its Legacy Award for 30 years of service in children’s ministry. In his ministry career, Larry has served as a local-church Awana leader, missionary, speaker, author, teacher, pastor and executive director of international ministries, program development and training. He is author of four books – Rock-Solid Children’s Ministry, Rock-Solid Volunteers, Raising a Modern-Day Joseph and Rock-Solid Kids. He’s also a recognized expert on issues facing families and churches.
In creating a conference where over 60 speakers, artists and musicians gather in one location, we apologize for unforeseen changes occurring in planned appearances by speakers, artists and musicians.