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The overall purpose of the National Conference on Youth Ministries is to provide professional level training for men and women involved in youth ministry all across the nation. It was established to offer training and education for the growing and maturing efforts of the youth minister and lay youth workers.     More…

2016 Keynote Presenters

nadiaNadia Bolz-Weber – is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.  She is author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Seabury 2008) and the New York Times best selling theological memoir, Pastrix: the Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho, 2013). Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran Magazine and Patheos.com. Nadia has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, More Magazine, The Daily Beast and on CNN.

Nobody really believes she’s an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Maybe it’s the sleeve tattoos or the fact that she swears like a truck driver. Either way… she’s fine with it. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of 4 where she can be found writing bios in the third person, lifting weights and walking her Great Dane, Zacchaeus.

2016 NCYM Keynote Presenters

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Josh Ross – is the Lead Minister at Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis, TN. He is married to his best friend, Kayci, and he has two boys, Truitt and Noah. He is the author of Scarred Faith and co-author of Bringing Heaven to Earth. He loves playing and watching sports, vacationing with his wife, and eating authentic Mexican food. He is a recovering Texan, and his passions include preaching, discipleship, and involvement in ministries of reconciliation.

Josh and Jonathan have just released their new book “Bringing Heaven to Earth.”


IMG_9042_cdJonathan Storment – My family and I love reading, traveling, daddy/daughter dates, playing hide and seek, good music, and long meals with friends. Leslie and I met in 2001, and were married in 2003. We had our first kid, Eden, in 2008, our son Samuel was born in 2010, and Hannah Grace was born on Christmas Day, 2012, and our fourth child Joel was born in 2014. We are passionate about bringing Heaven to Earth and want to follow Jesus while repainting discipleship for those around us. We are followers of Jesus and I preach at the Highland Church of Christ. We participate in something called A Restoration Movement, and we’ve come to realize that might be larger than we thought. Jonathan has been in full time ministry for thirteen years, and is the Preaching Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene Texas.

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2016 NCYM Keynote Presenters

YaconelliMark Yaconelli – is a writer, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director, community activist, youth worker, storyteller, disco dancer, husband, and father. He is the co-founder and program director for the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology, which seeks to heal broken people and communities through contemplation, creativity, and compassion.

Mark spent 20 years working with young people and the people who serve them (parents, youth workers, pastors) in congregational, camp, and conference settings.  His research and ministry with young people has been ground-breaking in its exploration of spiritual direction, contemplation, and ancient spiritual practices as the basis of formation with young people.

Mark lives in Southern Oregon with his wife Jill, and their three children–Noah, Joseph, and Grace.

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