With over 29 years of experience, Dale’s passion and calling is to equip, encourage and empower churches to reach and disciple kids and families. He is a wealth of knowledge in children and family ministry in the local church. Churches and ministries both nationally and internationally look to him for children and family ministry ideas, insight and strategies. He invests in thousands of ministry leaders each year.
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Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church. He’s the author of several best-selling books, including his latest book Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences.
Carey speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. He writes one of today’s most widely read Christian leadership blogs at www.CareyNieuwhof.com and hosts the top-rated Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast where he interviews some of today’s best leaders. His podcasts and blogs are accessed by millions of leaders each year.
Twitter - @cnieuwhof
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Tim Day is the Executive Director of City Movement. City Movement is a ministry helping business leaders, ministries and churches work together to advance Jesus’ message and mission in their city. Tim works closely with FaithTech, a ministry focused on mobilizing Christians working in technology. Tim combines a passion for leadership, strategy and innovation with a rich understanding of the Biblical narrative and its principles of transformation and growth. Previously, Tim served for fourteen years as the senior pastor at The Meeting House, a multi-site church that grew from a few hundred people to over 5,000 people in cities across Ontario. He is also the author of God Enters Stage Left, a creative retelling of God’s story. Tim is married to Liz and has three children, Nathan, Rachel and Josh. He enjoys basketball, distance running and writing.
Dwayne has faithfully pastored in Eastern and Western Ontario over the past 23 years. Over this time, he has expressed his passions for music, missions, youth, and young adults. His desire is to see others discipled, equipped, and empowered to serve in all areas of life. Dwayne serves to motivate the next generation of worshippers to extend their worship beyond the platform and into their everyday experiences.
Dwayne is grateful for his wife of 23 years, Jodey, and his two teenaged sons, Justin and Nathan. Currently, he is the Associate Pastor for CONNECT & Worship Arts at PORTICO Community Church in Mississauga, Ontario.
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Natalie grew up in London and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Theological Studies. She is the Kids Ministry Pastor at Calvary Church, Woodstock. Natalie’s passion is to reach and teach as many children as possible with the Good News of God’s Love and in the process to enlist, equip, and encourage others to do the same. When Natalie is not in Woodstock she can be found sitting around the campfire with friends and family at her second home, Braeside Camp.
Gianpaolo Galessiere is a husband and father first. Actually its where he gets all of his creative ideas from. He is a passionate communicator who loves to add an element of humour into everything he does. He also has the unique perspective of being a Youth pastor first, then Children's pastor and now oversees Family Ministries.
Jeff Harmon is an engaging communicator with a dynamic ministry to children and families. He and his wife Lori presently serve as senior pastors in Edmonton, Alberta previously serving as associate pastors for over 25 years, heading up a vibrant and influential children's ministry. He was voted by Group Magazine as one of the Top 20 Influencers of the Last 20 Years in Children’s Ministry and has trained leaders in this capacity all over the world. With a passionate desire to see believers of all ages pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus, he speaks at conferences, colleges and churches, bringing a seasoned word that stirs the heart. Jeff and Lori have been married for 34 years and have two married sons and one daughter and thoroughly enjoying their three grandchildren.
Brady Shearer is the CEO of Pro Church Tools and the creator of Nucleus and Storytape. Brady’s work centers upon helping churches seize the 167 hours beyond their Sunday services and navigating their ministries through the single biggest communication shift we’ve seen in the last 500 years.
Kendra has a Master’s in Education and is the Children and Youth Pastor at Generations Church in Brantford. She has been teaching in the public school system for 10 years and has served in ministry since she was a youth. Kendra is married to her husband Dan and together they have three beautiful children – Luke, Aliyah and Titus. She has a passion for discipleship and seeing others grow in their relationship with Jesus. She also enjoys quality time with family, lounging in the pool and Mom’s nights out.