Speakers & Teachers


TUESDAY, January 7, 2020

Brave Marriage: Loving From the Strength of Jesus

This workshop will be for any person, or couple, who wants to gather healthy, practical tools to: practice love from a place of bravery, show up in conflict or misunderstandings, and create an atmosphere of love and belonging.

WORKSHOP: Tuesday, 9-12:00 PM
Rick & Beverly Ross

Volunteer Panel

Finding great Youth Ministry volunteers, using them effectively, and keeping them are sometimes difficult tasks.  Come learn from a panel of Youth Ministry volunteers on how to do that and more.   

CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Stanley Cup
Jacob Baker
Jacob has been ministering at the Decatur Church of Christ in Decatur, TX since 2002.  He is married to Heather who works alongside of him in ministry to Youth and Families. They have three children, Mia, Addi and Jayce.

Character Coaching 101


CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: World Series 1
Ryan Young
Ryan Young is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. As a football athlete, he played at Kansas State University and enjoyed a five year NFL career with the New York Jets, Houston Texans, and signed his final NFL contract with the Dallas Cowboys. While working on his Masters of Practical Theology at The King’s University, Ryan was called to serve as a character coach with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

You Don’t Always Have To Be “On”

In ministry positions all over the US, we are hearing about numerous people experiencing burn-out at rapid rates. What is causing this? There are many factors, and one of those might be that full-time ministers feel the pressure to always be “on” and perform in their positions. What if there is another way? Come & let’s find out together!

CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
ROOM: Super Bowl 1
Nikki Fox
Nikki is a lover of the Lord, being outdoors, drinking coffee, singing, & laughing. She is always up for a good conversation with family, friends, & soon-to-be-friends. Nikki has been in youth ministry for 7 years & looks forward to many more!

Best Practices for being in partnership with schools

Schools are overwhelmed and understaffed, and teenagers are facing more than ever before. Learn how you can best parter with your local school to make a difference. Through this class, you will find out how to give school staff the support they need and equip students to better face life’s challenges.

CLASS: Tuesday, 2-3:00 PM
Karlie Duke
Karlie Duke is the Marketing & Development Director of Teen Life where she started working after graduating from Abilene Christian University. Through her work with Teen Life, Karlie has direct contact with facilitators, schools, churches, donors, and students. Karlie has a heart for teenagers and the vulnerable life stage they are in, and she is passionate about helping students get the support they need to live life better.

Creative Ideas for Soul-Care in Ministry

This session will equip those working with youth and young adults to better understand topics of sexual orientation and gender identity and to respond with compassion. We will discuss the challenges that youth face with their families and in their faith communities.

CLASS: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: World Series 1
Houston Heflin
Houston and his wife Karen spent the first 12 years of their marriage in church ministry. He’s now a professor of ministry at Abilene Christian University and they are volunteer small group huddle leaders at their church. They also have four children who are 17, 15, 12, and 9.

Challenges of Sexual Identity for LGBTQ Youth

This session will equip those working with youth and young adults to better understand topics of sexual orientation and gender identity and to respond with compassion. We will discuss the challenges that youth face with their families and in their faith communities.

CLASS: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Super Bowl 1
Sally Gary
Sally Gary is the Executive Director of CenterPeace, Inc., a non-profit that helps churches and families learn a more Christ-like response to LGBTQ+ individuals. She is also an educator with 20 years of experience teaching middle school through college. Sally’s work with CenterPeace grew out of her own personal experience as a gay woman growing up in the Church of Christ.

Creativity, Story, and Other Stuff You Assume You Know All About (but might not)

Is your teaching stale? Do you need a jump start on planning a retreat or camp theme? This class will offer both theological and practical ways to get creative in with your teaching and presentations. If you think you know creativity or if you think you’re boring (either way, ask your students and they can tell you) let’s share the joy of imagination together.

CLASS: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: Super Bowl 2
Pat Bills
Pat has been in ministry for over 20 years as both a student and preaching minister. He loves Jesus, his wife, and his 4 sons (in that order). He also love Sun-Drop and homemade pie.



CLASS: Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 PM
ROOM: World Series 2
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!
WEDNESDAY, January 8, 2020

Critical Condition

Criticism can rock your world and damage our joy in ministry. Let’s explore ways to sift through criticism and find truth. May it never become louder than the voice of Jesus within us.

CLASS: Wednesday, 11-12:00 PM
ROOM: World Series 2
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.

The Biggies: Teaching Teens the Essentials of the Faith

This is a crash course in the historic christian faith. It covers “what to teach” and “how to teach it.” Game-changer!

CLASS: Wednesday, 11-12:00 PM
ROOM: Super Bowl 1
Scott Adair
Scott Adair and his wife, Amy, have been married for 30 years. They have three grown children and one grandchild. Scott teaches at Harding University where his current slate of courses includes Christology and Living Christian Traditions.

How Do I Help My Students Understand the Big Story of Scripture?

This seminar rehearses the Grand Story that is at the root of all stories (no, it’s not Goonies). It’s the Grand Story of Scripture: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration, told in a way that makes vivid both the chapters of darkness and the chapters of wonder.  If your students don’t know this story, they don’t really know their story.

SUPER SESSION: Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 PM
ROOM: World Series 2
Duffy Robbins
Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania, is a respected youth ministry veteran with over forty years of experience in the field. He speaks
around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers. Duffy also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Faithbridge Church, Spring, Texas, and a faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he co-leads the doctoral cohorts for Ministry to Emerging Generations.



SUPER SESSION: Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 PM
ROOM: Super Bowl 1
Mark Matlock
Mark Matlock has been working with youth pastors and students for two decades. He speaks to thousands of students around the world each year at PlanetWisdom Conferences, and presents biblical truths in ways that motivate people to change.
In addition to being an advisor to Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention, Mark’s the founder of WisdomWorks Ministries, an organization exploring the accelerated acquisition of wisdom in teens. He’s the author of several books, including What Does God Want From Me?, Living a Life That Matters, Don’t Buy the Lie, and Freshman.
Mark lives in Texas with his wife, Jade, and their children.



SUPER SESSION: Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 PM
ROOM: World Series 1
Amanda Drury
Amanda Drury (PhD Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Indiana Wesleyan University where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the author of Saying is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Formation, and Trauma and Testimony (forthcoming). Amanda was recently awarded a 1.5 million dollar grant to start the Imaginiarium–a center to explore new forms of ministering with young people through missional innovation. She also serves as the founding director of The Brain Kitchen, a non-profit organization in Marion, Indiana serving at-risk children with after-school mentoring and cooking classes in a trauma-informed environment.

“Find. Defend. Love.” The ministry of foster care and adoption

Our family grew rapidly in 2006 through foster care and adoption when we went from a couple with zero kids to a couple with five kids in just four short months. The journey has been full of joys and heartaches. It has contained countless blessings and numerous challenges. Overall, we have seen God take us on a grand adventure because we were willing to say “yes” to foster care and adoption. If you have ever considered the ministry of foster care and adoption; let us tell you our story, share insights we have learned along the way, and give you some resources that will help you begin the process!

CLASS: Wednesday, 4-5:00 PM
ROOM: Super Bowl 1
Lance & Ashley Hall
Lance has served as the youth minister at the Springtown Church of Christ since 2009. Ashley teaches Algebra at Poolville High School and helps Lance with youth ministry. They have six kids and their family enjoys board games, hiking, sports, and the great outdoors.

Helping students lead worship

So you have a few students that need to be developed to become worship leaders. We will take a look at key things that are needed to helping students grow to people who lead others to God through music.

CLASS: Wednesday, 4-5:00 PM
ROOM: Super Bowl 2
Tquan Moore
Tquan Moore has been in ministry for 20+ years, lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area, and currently is the Student Worship Minister at The Hills Church (NRH campus). When he is not working with students in the Worship ministry, he writing/ performing his own music or spending time with his family.

What Youth Ministries can learn from Children’s Ministry: Bringing Children to the Table

What does it look like to cultivate a church culture that recognizes children and youth as the Kingdom of God NOW. How do you move from programming to providing opportunities for kids to be active participants rather than passive recipients. What does it look like to become spiritual advocate rather than merely providing childcare.

CLASS: Wednesday, 4-5:00 PM
ROOM: Stanley Cup
Summer Morris
Summer is the Children’s Family Minister at North Davis Church in Arlington, TX. where she has served the last six years with her husband, Bret, who is the Worship Minister. Summer has three children: one daughter in ninth, one in eleventh, and a son who just entered his Freshman year at Lipscomb University. Summer recently completed her M.Div from Lipscomb University.
THURSDAY, January 9, 2020

Learning to Love: the perspective of a parent & pastor of a same-sex attracted son.

How do you stay grounded in truth while showing love? Everyday, people close to us make decisions that create tension and an uncomfortableness. But because Jesus beautifully interferes with our understanding of how we live, you and I can make a better choice.

CLASS: Thursday, 11-12:00PM
Super Bowl 1
Tim Hall
Tim works as the lead minister at Crosspoint Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. He worked with families and adolescents in a church context between 1993-2013 as a youth and family minister. He served on the board of directors for National Conference on Youth Ministries for 7 years. He is the author of Beautiful Interference. He married his best friend, Robin, in 1991 and has two terrific adult sons, Tanner and Garrett.

Longevity: Growing Up without Giving Up!

Being called by God is questioned when things get difficult or, when you are criticized, hide your deficiencies or exhaust yourself trying to please others. Managing yourself from the inside out is the key to longevity.

CLASS: Thursday, 11-12:00PM
Super Bowl 2
Grady King
Grady serves as V. P. and Co-Leader of HOPE Network doing work in mentoring leaders, guiding churches and interim ministry. He serves as part time Director of Church Resources at Oklahoma Christian.

We are Ministers who also happen to be Women

This class will host a panel of women ministers. The goal of this class is not to debate what Women Ministers can or can not do, but it is an opportunity for these ministers to share how they operate in their churches, ways they have been successful, and best practices for supporting a women minister in your life.

CLASS: Thursday, 11-12:00PM
Super Bowl 2
Holly Racca
Holly is the Middle School Student Minister at Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, TX. She has worked in Abilene since 2013 and has been married to her husband, Wes since 2014. They have a son named Henry and two dog-children named Brooks and Scout.