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Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years of experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He’s the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and hosts a 300+ episode youth ministry podcast with Doug Fields. He’s created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids.
Reggie is the founder and CEO of Orange, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to influence those who influence the next generation. Prior to Orange, Reggie co-founded North Point Community Church with Andy Stanley. He has authored several books including Think Orange, Seven Practices of Effective Ministry, and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. He and his wife Debbie have four grown children and a growing number of grandchildren.
For over forty years, Sonia has inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as “Maria” on Sesame Street. Throughout her career, she has contributed to enriching diversity on television, on the stage, in the educational realm, and in her writing as an author. Her latest book, which will be released in September 2020, is called “A World Together.” Sonja is a familiar, engaging voice that brings new light to her roles and to our lives.
Diane is a disability ministry consultant, national speaker, and author of “Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special-Needs Parent.” As the mother of children with multiple disabilities, including autism and ADHD, her passions include encouraging families and equipping local churches into becoming inclusive faith communities. Diane and her husband, Eddie, live in Silicon Valley with their two uniquely-abled sons. You can connect with her at dianedokkokim.com where she blogs on being, “wrecked, redeemed, and repurposed.”
Paula holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State and Emory University, respectively. She is the founder of Purpose Over Rules, a ministry development firm that helps churches create functional and fruitful family ministries. Paula serves at Forest Hill Church as the Family Ministry Director (NoDa campus). Paula is a regular speaker and writer for the reThink Group. Her favorite times are spent watching WWE and Law & Order: SVU while snuggling on the couch with her three daughters.
Carrie has been around Orange for over 10 years. Her first involvement with children’s ministry began 12 years ago with Kidstuf at Buckhead Church. Carrie currently produces Orange’s 252 Movie and is a storyteller for First Look. She is a professional actress in theatre and film/tv. She and her husband, Ryan, have two kiddos. In 2014, Carrie helped launch the first FX at Village Church, where she currently serves as the FX Director.
Brad is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning director. He is the mind behind “Kid President,” an internet sensation, and established “Socktober,” the worldwide, annual drive connecting people with their local homeless shelters. Brad also created “Wondersparks,” free classroom resources designed to cultivate empathy and imagination. He has recently released his new book, “Becoming Better Grown-ups.” Brad and his wife Kristi operate Montague Workshop in Tennessee, where they live with their two children.
After two decades in full-time ministry, Lisette knows there’s nothing else she’d rather do! Starting in Canada and now in California, it’s been an awesome adventure. Whether it has been serving the local church, speaking at camps and conferences, ministry coaching, teaching courses or writing curriculum, Lisette does it with passion and joy. Lisette loves the journey Jesus invites us into and knows it’s only made better because she gets to live it with her husband and kids.
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneurial coach. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo brings a multicultural and international perspective to her leadership training for women. A sought-after speaker, Jo has a diverse calendar addressing universities, churches, national conferences, nonprofits, and corporations, including Q, Catalyst, Evereve, NoonDay Collection, LakeShore Media, and internationally in the U.K. and Australia.
Crystal Chiang is the Director of High School Strategy at Orange. Before that, she spent nearly 10 years as a high school Spanish teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from small groups to speaking to curriculum design. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their embarrassingly ill-tempered Chihuahua, Javier.
Trey is a visionary leader, host, and communicator with an intense passion for life, for people, and for inspiring life change in people. He has worked in student ministry for more than 16 years, including 4 years leading student teams and volunteers within North Point Ministries. He is the COO and Camp Director at Bigstuf Ministries, connecting with and reaching thousands of students and youth leaders across the country. Trey lives in North Atlanta with his lovely wife, Jamie, and their two boys, Mason and Rowen.
Doug is a veteran of over 30 years of church-based youth ministry. He’s the co-founder of Downloadyouthministry.com, an author of 50+ books, a speaker, consultant, and Family/Parenting/Marriage-ministry leader for both HomeWord and Orange.
Ryan is the Young Adults Director at Covenant Church in Dallas, Texas. He also consults with churches in the areas of media and staffing. Ryan made headlines for getting engaged and married on the same day to his now wife, Amanda, in a wedding he secretly planned for two years. The entire day was captured on film and the video quickly went viral. Ryan and his wife speak around the country encouraging healthy relationships.
Virginia is the Director of Leadership and Mentored Ministry Initiatives for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston Campus. She also serves as a pastor at the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband, Lawrence Ward, is the lead pastor. Together they formed a consulting company, Wards of Wisdom, to support urban ministries seeking change. Pastor Virginia and her husband of 32 years reside in Boston, Massachusetts, and have two adult sons.
Gerald is an Atlanta-based communicator with a passion for inspiring students to have an active faith. He’s spoken to students at camps and conferences across the country including North Point Ministries, Bigstuf, and Orange Conference. Gerald is the author of “Before You Go”. Prior to being an itinerate preacher, Gerald was a student pastor at Browns Bridge Church. Gerald is married to Kiley and spends his free time cheering on Lebron James and browsing the SNKRS app.
Stuart serves as the Director of Student Leadership for Orange, provides vision and leadership for INFLUNSR and CAPTNS, and speaks to thousands of students, leaders, coaches and parents each year. He has authored three books and hopes to author one or two more. Stuart laughs incessantly, serves as a volunteer high school varsity girls’ basketball coach, relishes being dad to three young adult children, and loves his wife, Kellee, with every fiber of his being.
Kara is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” she serves as a youth and family strategist for Orange and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including “Faith in an Anxious World” and “The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family.”
Heather is in her twenty-third year as the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church in Minnesota. She loves middle school students and people in general! Outside the walls of Wooddale, Heather spends a great deal of time and energy as a communicator at retreats, conferences, and public schools. Heather lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with her husband, Chad, and their two St. Bernards.