2021 Speakers & Classes


DAILY: TUESDAY-THURSDAY

DAILY: Soul Care

EARLY MORNING DEVO: Tues.-Thur. – 8:00AM
ROOM: COQUINA H

TEXTUAL: Ephesians

TUESDAY: 2PM, 3:30PM
WEDNESDAY: 11AM, 2PM
THURSDAY: 11AM
ROOM: COQUINA F
Patrick Mead
Patrick and Kami have been married over 34 years and have two grown children as well as three grandchildren. Patrick is the son of missionaries and has lived and worked in many countries. Trained as a scientist, he continues teaching special courses at state universities and to law enforcement groups. His passion is seeking for truth and then delivering it in a spirit of joy and good will. He enjoys shooting, reading, and the occasional game of golf. Kami is an interior designer with a special emphasis on residential applications. She is also a figure skater and loves to spend time with her grandsons.

TUESDAY, January 5, 2021

Sexuality, Identity, and Ministry

Ministry to teens with diverse understandings of identity and what the Bible says about who we are is perhaps the greatest challenge of church in our century. We’ll break down the essentials of human identity, Biblical sexuality, and practical ministry for LGBTQ+ students and their families.

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, 9-12:00 PM
ROOM:

Adam Mearse
Dr. Adam Mearse spent over 20 years in youth ministry before moving into formal education as a secondary school theology teacher and principal. He is the author of We Need to Talk – Creating Space for Healthy Conversation About Sexuality . Adam helps churches, schools, and families engage in important and challenging conversations regarding sexuality and Christian witness. He is the proud husband of Christina and father to three children who think he talks about sexuality too much. 

The End of Youth Ministry

After half a century of advice books on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of youth ministry, Root is the first practical theologian to seriously tackle the ‘why’ of youth ministry–why even do youth ministry in the first place? Using a Kierkegaardian fable as his foil, Root explores deficient ways we justify youth ministry, and then dives headlong into joy as the reason it matters. Root has made a career out of challenging the youth ministry industry, but this is his most important youth ministry book to date. The end of youth ministry? Hardly. This is where it starts.

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, 9-12:00 PM
ROOM:

Andrew Root
Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. A former Young Life staff worker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor.
Dr. Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. He writes and researches in areas of theology, ministry, culture and younger generations.  His most recent books are The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need God (Baker, 2019), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018).

Resourceful with a small budget



CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Manatee
George Galindo
George is a ACU grad and current Student Minister at New Beginnings Church in Houston,Tx. He loves working with teenagers and loves beating them in competitions even more. His favorite part of Youth Ministry is seeing God work through his teens. He resides in Houston with his beautiful wife Stephanie, his newborn Caleb, and his two crazy dogs.

Ministering to Teenagers with Special Needs

In this class we will provide practical answers to the following questions: What are special needs? How can I minister to families of teenagers with special needs? How can I equip my ministry to be more inclusive?

CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Ponce deLeon
Hanna Thrasher
I graduated from Harding University with a degree in Special Education (K-12) in 2018. From there, immediately began working at Highland in Memphis, TN as a youth minister. I am passionate about the church embracing and involving those with different abilities so that they will experience the love of Christ.

Helping your spouse love youth ministry



CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Coquina C
Courtney Mankin
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Podcasting



CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Coquina G
Patrick Chappell
Patrick Chappell has served as a minister for Otter Creek’s College and Young Adults since 2011.
Patrick has spent many years ministering – interning at Mayfair Church of Christ in Huntsville, AL, Harpeth Hills Church of Christ and Otter Creek Church, as well as the Connect Team leader at Ethos Church in Downtown Nashville. Among the various ways Patrick creates curiosity and connection, he hosts the “Patrick Podcast.”

Personal finances for ministers



WORKSHOP: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Manatee
Charlie Sells
After spending a decade in youth ministry, Charlie began helping organizations amplify mission and clarify messaging through content strategy and strategic planning. He currently works at Ramsey Solutions as a marketing writer. He still loves student ministry and continues to speak and volunteer. He lives in Nashville with his wife Hayley and two amazing boys.

Loving your neighbor



WORKSHOP: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Ponce deLeon
Josh Hardcastle
Josh is the High School Minister at the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, TX. He also is the Character Coach for the Abilene High Football team. Josh loves to be out in the community and involved with the neighbors around Southern Hills. His passion is to partner with and equip parents and small group leaders in leading the next generation into a deeper relationship with Jesus.

What to do with interns



WORKSHOP: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Coquina C
Justin Bagwell
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Kendra Greenwald
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Website 101 & WordPress

Do you wish you didn’t have to depend on your web developer every time you wanted to make a small update? Or would you like to be able to set up a website for one of your ministries, but don’t want to pay someone to do it? Learn the basics of website creating & editing using wordpress.

CLASS: Wednesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Coquina G
Heather Baker
Heather Baker has been married to Jacob for 19 years and they have 3 kids. Jacob is the Youth & Family Minister at the Decatur Church of Christ in Decatur, TX. Heather has worked alongside Jacob, and has found a flexible job to be able to do that in Web Mastering. She has been designing and developing websites since 2000 and has also specialized in email marketing & photoshop editing.

WEDNESDAY, January 6, 2021

Race, Unity, Privilege



CLASS: Wednesday, 11-12:00 PM
ROOM: Manatee
B. Chris Simpson
B.Chris is passionate about racial healing and multiculturalism. He works and lives in Memphis, Tennessee where he ministers to the Holmes Road Church of Christ, a multicultural congregation. He is also the founder of UnpopularMe a ministry offering speaking services and church consultation on racial unity, youth/young adult outreach and confronting cultural issues.
Travis Harris
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Elders…from Enemy to Ally!

Thesis: Elders. They’re intimidating, they’re old and cranky, they are stuck in their ways and they don’t understand what you do! Sometimes, they seem like your biggest enemy! In this class we will talk about how to win them over and help them to become your greatest ally!

CLASS: Wednesday, 11-12PM
ROOM: Coquina C
Steve Awtrey
Steve Awtrey grew up in St. Louis and spent 25 years as a youth minister in his home town. He is an elder with the McKnight Crossings church of Christ, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and Illinois, and has been the Executive Director of Christian Family Services for the past 13 years.

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Engaging Social Media



CLASS: Wednesday, 11-12PM
ROOM: Coquina G
James & Whitney Lane
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Being a YM to your own children

Youth Minister/parent – can you do both roles at the same time and cultivate a faith that is alive in your own kids and the students you minister too without being a helicopter parent or under involved youth minister? How do you navigate the teen experience your children are going through and not single them out or give them special status? It is possible to be and do both and do them well without pulling out what hair you have left by the time you are 40!

CLASS: Wednesday, 2-3PM
ROOM: Manatee
Jason Retherford
Jason Retherford is the Youth and Family Minister with the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ in Duncan, OK. Being in youth ministry for 17 and half years has been a joy, but his greatest adventure has been getting to be the husband to his incredible wife Jennifer for nearly 18 years and the dad and youth minister to his three teen daughters, Rachel 17, Kenzie 15 and Miley 13.

Life to the Full: The Impact of Holistic Living

What does our ministry and our lifestyle teach our students about the importance of healthy living? The decisions we make as ministers have an impact far beyond our own homes. Between Chick-fil-a runs and lock-ins, it may seem impossible to do this well. Join us as we discuss different ways to better ourselves, our families, and our ministries through healthy choices.

CLASS: Wednesday, 2-3PM
ROOM: Ponce deLeon
Bryan & Lauren Shrader
Bryan and Lauren were both born and raised in the Nashville, Tennessee area. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a business degree, Bryan worked for HCA Healthcare while working on his Masters in Christian Ministry at Lipscomb University. Lauren graduated from Lipscomb with a degree in Youth Ministry and Preaching. Before coming to Campbell, she was the youth minister at 4th Avenue Church of Christ for almost 5 years.

Bryan and Lauren are excited to bring their passion for student ministry and healthy living to NCYM. Each of them has a unique personality and gifting that allows them to work well together in ministry. The Shraders are passionate about creating an environment for teenagers to better grow in their relationship with God and with their sisters and brothers in Christ.

Equipping Volunteers

You will get ideas on how to: Involve parents. Find volunteers. Convince them to serve teens. Train them. Encourage them. Love them. Keep them. Honor them.

CLASS: Wednesday, 2-3PM
ROOM: Manatee
Buster Clemons
Buster has been married to Kim since 1982. Their 3 sons are grown and married. He has been a youth minister at Highland in Memphis since 1987. He serves with Donnie Stover and Hanna Thrasher. He attended Memphis and worked in sales for 5 years before becoming a youth minister. Buster directs Memphis Workcamp.
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Marriage

coming soon.

CLASS: Wednesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Coquina G
Beverly Ross
Beverly is the Founder and Executive Director of Wise County Christian Counseling and Jenny’s Hope (a grief center for children and adults). She is experienced in helping marriages and families experience connection and reconciliation.

Organized Youth Ministers – Mythical Beings?

We’ve all seen the memes shared from social media pages (usually by your preacher) about unorganized & lazy Youth Ministers. The unfortunate news is that those jokes & memes are most times based on some reality, and we have earned those reputations. What we claim as flexibility is sometimes nothing more than procrastination & not knowing what to do next. But if you want to stay at your job (& in Youth Ministry) for a long time, you’ve got to find a way to get organized and be seen as someone that can be trusted to lead a group of students and parents and volunteers.
This class will be the “ying” to the “yang” of the Creativity Class. Being creative is essential to connecting with teens, but being organized will help you find the space & time to be creative. Planning out calendars, curriculum, and even organizing your office can help you find the time to recruit more volunteers, connect with a student one-on-one, and even enjoy the truly rare – a day off! Not to mention what it will do for the way your co-workers, parents, Elders, and your own family will appreciate the job you do and the way you serve the teens & families in your ministry.
Bring your questions about the areas you need to get organized in, the ideas that have worked for you, and we’ll share those with each other to help us all come up with some plans that will work for us & our ministries!

CLASS: Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Manatee
Josh Jones
Josh is married to Shiloh and they have two daughters – Addison is 11 (& will be joining the Youth Group this summer!) and Morgan is 8, and they all live in Denver, CO. He is the Youth & Family Minister at the University Church of Christ and has been there for 16 years. He is reluctantly leaning into the role of being one of the “old guys” in Youth Ministry, and he doesn’t plan to do any other job anytime soon.

QuarenTEENS – Capitalizing on virtual ministry, what we have learned

coming…

CLASS: Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Ponce deLeon

Justin Taylor
Justin served two and half years at the Memorial Road Church of Christ, in Edmond, Oklahoma serving as a Minister in Residency. Shortly after his intensive residency, Justin and Sara placed their membership and began working with the Crosstown church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he served as the youth and family minister for 5 years until joining the staff at Grapevine Church of Christ, In Grapevine Texas on March 22, 2015. Outside of the church service, he enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his family and friends.

I’m Here if you’re Here

Presence–isn’t that something we’re all longing for in life? Ministry can be a lonely and isolating place, but there is hope for finding spiritual community. Are you willing to be present?

CLASS: Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Coquina C
Nikki Fox
Nikki has been working in youth ministry for 6 years & hopes to serve the church for the long haul. She’s never without a good movie quote, a song to sing, or a water bottle. Nikki is known for loving Jesus, coffee, & adventures and currently resides in the great city of Franklin, TN.

Using your logo in a video

So you’ve got a logo but you’re not quite sure how to use it. Bring your marketing and design ideas to this class and we will do our best to make them come alive! Please know that Adobe CC and Final Cut Pro will be used and demonstrated.

CLASS: Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Coquina G
Joseph Mankin
Joseph is the Youth Minister at Hillsboro Church of Christ in Nashville, TN and the Creative Director of NCYM. He has served in Nashville since 2006 and has been married to his wife, Courtney since 2005. They have 2 children (Noland & Corlee) and a labradoodle named Koda.

THURSDAY, January 7, 2021

30/60 (Long-tenured YM)

30+ years of youth ministry, knocking on the door of age 60. How does an old YM operate successfully in a world of 20 & 30 year olds? Where does their drive, creativity and energy come from? What was your experience working with your own kids in your youth group? Come and listen to the good, the bad and the ugly of long tenured youth ministry.

CLASS: Thursday, 11-12
ROOM: Manatee
Rick Odell
Youth minister for 30 years in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arkansas. Heart for students, domestic and international missions and the lost. Currently lives in Fort Smith, AR.

Developing student leaders





CLASS: Thursday, 11-12PM
ROOM: Ponce deLeon
Beau Davis
Beau is the CEO and co-owner of Olive Branch Family Therapy Inc and has served as the Youth and Executive Minister at Singing Oaks Church of Christ in Denton, TX since 2006. He holds a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Bachelor of Science in Youth and Family from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He and His wife Jill have two sons; Tyce and Jace, and one daughter, Skye.

Working with parents






CLASS: Thursday, 11-12PM
ROOM: Coquina C
David Harrelson
37 years full time youth ministry, BA from LCU 1982, MA from ACU 1989. Wonderful and supportive wife of 39 years Beth Campbell, 3 children all married, and 7 grandchildren.

Soul care in isolation

Ever find yourself feeling all alone in the midst of the teens and parents you are serving? Isolation is part of ongoing ministry. We find ourselves serving others and being in a place where we are often isolated from the support we need and crave in ministry. We will discuss ways to cope with isolation and strategies to help you find support when you feel alone in your ministry. Join us for encouragement and practical tips in this class.

CLASS: Thursday, 11-12PM
ROOM: Coquina G
Beth Robinson
Dr. Beth Robinson is a Professor in the Pediatrics Department at TTUHSC. She is a licensed professional counselor, an approved supervisor for licensed professional counselors, and a certified school counselor. She earned a doctorate in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University, a master’s in Education Counseling at West Texas State University and bachelors at Oklahoma Christian College. Dr. Robinson has written several books and developed therapeutic coloring books for foster children. She is Super Smart, Loves God and Super good with Teens!