SPEAKERS

Reggie Joiner

Reggie Joiner

Founder and CEO
of Orange

Kara Powell

Kara Powell

Executive Director,
Fuller Youth Institute;
Author, “Growing Young”

Kenny Connley

Kenny Connley

NextGen Pastor at MISSION Community Church & NextGen Specialist for Orange

Kristen Ivy

Kristen Ivy

Executive Director
of Messaging
at Orange

Tom Shefchunas

Tom Shefchunas

Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange

DISCUSSION LEADERS

EJ Swanson

Woodside Bible | Troy, MI

Email ejswanson@woodsidebible.org | Twitter: @ejswanson

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 5 Years

(BIO) Christ Follower | Husband | Dad | Pastor Woodsidebible.org | Next Gen | Multi Site-14 | Speaker | Digital Strategist | Writer | Podcaster | Connector | Detroit

Nick Blevins

Community Christian Church | Nottingham, MD

Email nick@nickblevins.com | Twitter: @nickblevins

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 1 Year

(BIO) Nick and his wife Jennifer have 3 kids: Isaac, Mackenzie, and Paige. Nick serves on the leadership team at Community Christian Church and leads the NextGen Ministry staff team. He loves to help ministries leaders through his writing, free resources, interviewing church leaders on the Family Ministry Podcast, and most recently through Ministry Boost, an organization he co-founded with Kenny Conley & Kevin Monahan.

Christine Kreisher

Glad Tidings Assembly of God | Berks County, PA

Email ChristineKreisher@gtaog.org | Twitter: @Christinekreish

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 12 Years

(BIO) Christine Kreisher serves as the Executive Director of Ministries at GT, a thriving multi-site church in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In her role, she provides strategic direction and visionary leadership for the church. She loves people and is passionate about developing leaders to influence the next generation! She’s the published author of several titles including her newest book release, The Volunteer Project: Stop Recruiting. Start Retaining. Christine is a dynamic, authentic communicator who has been the featured speaker for numerous local, regional, and national conferences. Her diverse life and business experiences have allowed her to coach and connect with audiences around the world, ranging from church leaders and volunteer teams to corporate executives. Christine enjoys traveling and fishing with her best friend and business partner, Jim. They were flippin’ houses before it was cool and have owned a coffee shop for the past 24 years, all while raising three pretty awesome guys!

Cindy Fiala

Resound Church | Denver, CO

Email cindy.fiala@resoundchurch.com | Instagram: @cindyfiala

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 17 Years

(BIO) My husband John and I have three grown kids +2 and six grand-littles that have us wrapped around their fingers. I serve at Resound Church in Denver, CO as Executive Pastor locally and on our Global Team. I’m passionate about the local church and pouring into leaders to make a greater impact for 1000 generations. I have the privilege of coaching and helping churches around the world reach more families in strategic ways for Christ.

Allyson Evans

LifeChurch.tv | Oklahoma City, OK

Email Allyson@lifechurch.tv | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allyson.l.evans

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 11 Years

(BIO) I have been on staff at Life.Church for 17 years. We are a multisite church with 32 locations in 10 states. We believe in the power of small groups and the relationship between the church and the home. We create curriculum for preschool through high schoolers and give it all away for free to any church who wants it on open.life.church. We believe that the capital “C” Church can accomplish infinitely more together than we can apart. I have been married for 26 years this April. My daughter, Matyson, is adulting in Austin, TX after graduating from the University of Oklahoma. Abby, is at OSU in the nursing program.

Kevin Monahan

12Stone Church| Atlanta, GA

Email : kevin.monahan@12stone.com | Twitter: @kevinmonahan

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 9 Years

(BIO) Dr. Kevin Monahan is the NextGen Ministry Lead at 12Stone Church in Metro Atlanta, GA.  With over 23 years of ministry experience, he oversees ministry from newborns to college students at 8 engaging campuses. Kevin has been married to his wife, Meghan, for 17 years and has three children:  Jacob (13), Aidan (12) and Olivia (9). Kevin has a Master of Divinity in Counseling, as well as a Doctorate in Adolescent Development. He enjoys playing guitar, remodeling homes, playing soccer and equipping this generation to impact the world for Christ.

John Huber

Westside Family Church | Lenexa , KS

Email : jhuber@westsidefamilychurch.com | Twitter: @jhuber107

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 18 Years

(BIO) John serves as the Executive Pastor over Westside’s Family Ministry, bringing strong leadership and passion to see the church partner with families. His passion is for homes to be a safe and healthy place where kids can grow in their faith and parents taking on the responsibility of leading their kids to know, love and become like Jesus. John has experience in the social service sector and church ministry. He has spent the last 21 years serving in Children’s, Student, and Family Ministries. John received his BA in Psychology from LaRoche College, a Master’s Degree in Education (Elementary Certification), and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Family Ministry from Geneva College. He and Jenny have been married since 2002 and have two amazing boys. Elijah and Matthew. John loves to hang out with his family & friends, golf, coach baseball and build things.

Shawna Lester

Connexus Church | Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Email : slester@connexuschurch.com | Instagram: @shawnalester

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 5 Years

(BIO) Shawna is the NextGen Pastor at Connexus Church, a multisite church north of Toronto, Ontario. Shawna leads a fantastic team of volunteers who take on high levels of leadership in the absence of a large staff team. Shawna is always up for challenges to make ministry to kids more fun and unexpected experiences to a primarily unchurched demographic. Shawna’s newest opportunity is filing in as campus pastor for the newest site to Connexus. With a passion for seeing families WIN, this new site will definitely be experiencing some unexpected surprises. Shawna loves helping other leaders reach more people and will always make space in her calendar for a visit to your church especially if it’s in a warm climate…from Jan- March specifically 🙂

Nina Schmidgall

National Community Church | Washington, DC

Email : nina.schmidgall@theaterchurch.com | Twitter: @ninaschmidgall

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 19 Years

(BIO) Nina serves as Director of Family Ministry at National Community Church (NCC) in Washington DC. She and her husband Joel are the authors of “Praying Circles Around Your Marriage”. Nina first moved to the nation’s capital to work for the United States Congress which she did for just under a decade. Writing and advising on education and family policy, Nina realized her deep passion for strengthening the family and the home. She oversees the family ministry department across all seven of NCC’s marketplace locations. Nina and Joel live on Capitol Hill with their three kids: Eloise, Ezekiel, and Lorenza.

Gina McClain

Cross Point Church | Nashville, TN

Email : gmcclain@crosspoint.tv | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gina.mcclain

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 1 Year

(BIO) Gina McClain is the NextGen leader at Cross Point church in Nashville, TN. The majority of her ministry experience for the past 18 years concentrated in Children’s ministry at large, multi site churches in Oklahoma and Tennessee. She loves leading leader and inspiring parents. Gina is the co-author of the book, Don’t Quit, with Jessica Bealer. A project designed to equip ministry leaders to gain success sooner, so they stay longer. Because the best things in ministry come over time.

Paula Forte

Forest Hill Church | Charlotte, NC

Email : pforte@purposeoverrules.org  | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gina.mcclain

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 7 Years

(BIO) Paula is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. 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. She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and serves at Forest Hill Church as the Family Ministry Director (NoDa campus). Paula is also a regular speaker and writer for the reThink Group. Paula’s favorite times are spent watching WWE and Law & Order: SVU while snuggling on the couch with her three gorgeous daughters: Chayil Destiny, Charity Joy, and Cherish Faith.

Alison Leamon
Preston Trail Community Church | Frisco, TX

 

Email : aleamon@prestontrail.org  | Instagram: @alisonleamon

Years as Next Gen Pastor: 3 Years

(BIO) Alison has served on staff in various roles of NextGen ministry for the last 10 years, spending significant time in preschool ministry, where she developed a passion for partnering with parents in this unique phase where parents are hungry, eager, and at the beginning of the parenting journey! She is currently co-leading the role of NextGen Pastor in Frisco, Texas at Preston Trail Community Church. Alison loves to empower parents, mobilize volunteers, and drink copious amounts of coffee with her husband, Nick, while raising their 1 year old son.