“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”
Psalm 78:4
SEPTEMBER 1-3, 2017

Speakers

 



Bruce and Jennifer Radl
Adoption Specialist & Foster Parent Trainer as well as Adoptive Parents
Boston International Church of Christ
Bruce and Jennifer Radl​ met as disciples at Bible Talk and have been married for 30 years. Bruce is an engineer and Jen served as a case worker and adoption specialist for HOPE’s Permanent Families Program and foster parent trainer for the state of Massachusetts. They have 5 grown children. The youngest was adopted at age 7 through HOPE’s Permanent Families Program. They have served in many leadership roles in the Boston Church of Christ.



Darren and Sharon Gauthier
Elder/ Evangelist and Elder's Wife
Chicago Church of Christ
Darren and Sharon Gauthier have served in the full-time ministry since 1991; first in Champaign, Illinois,​ then Cincinnati, Ohio. For the past 22 years, they have been a part of the ministry staff in the Chicago Church of Christ, where Darren is an elder and evangelist, and Sharon is a women’s ministry leader. The Gauthiers have been married for 27 years and have two children: a daughter, Camille, who is in the singles’ ministry of the Baton Rouge church, and a son, Carson, who is in the campus ministry of the Chicago church.



Nadine Templer
Missionary and Adoptive Parent
HOPE worldwide
Nadine Templer works for HOPE ​worldwide​ as Director of International Volunteer programs. She is married to Mark. They have five children ranging in age from 28 to 10, including two daughters adopted from India. Mark and Nadine have spent their adult life on the mission field, in India, the UK, and Dubai. Nadine was born and grew up in France, was baptized in London, UK, 34 years ago, but now holds dual French / US nationality. Nadine is passionate about helping the less privileged, in keeping with the scripture found in James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…



Matthew Bridges
Behavior Specialist & International Certified Autism Specialist
Houston Church of Christ
Matthew Bridges received a Behavior Science degree from Jackson State University where he played​ college football. He is a board certified Anger Therapist and has certifications in Behavior intervention and IEP facilitation, Matthew is also an International Certified Autism Specialist. Matthew has a private practice as a Behavior Specialist and In-Home/Parent Trainer for individuals with special needs. He services several school districts in the Houston and surrounding areas. Matthew has worked with individuals on the Autism Spectrum for twenty years.



Dan and Susan Stroebel
Exceptional Children Parents
Orange County, California
Dan and Susan Stroebel​ started dating while serving in the Teen Ministry in Chicago and shortly after getting married, moved to Los Angeles to help start the East Region of the Los Angeles Church of Christ. They have served in the Teen,Campus, Singles and Married’s ministries. They have 3 wonderful adult children, Gabe and his wife Nirvana are part of the married’s ministry in Orange County California. Gabe works in the Emergency room at the hospital where his brother was a frequent patient and he is also a college student, Jacqueline has worked in the healthcare field and is also a college student. Their middle son Brock has significant exceptional needs both medically and developmentally. Dan works for Schindler Elevator and offers his insights as a father as well as his passion to advocate for including those with special needs in their local church congregation. Dan enjoys training church members to be equipped to teach and support those with special needs. Susan has 25 years of experience working with people with special needs across the life span. She is currently the social worker/patient navigator and Coordinator for the Autism/ Neurology clinic at Casa Colina Hospital. She also is currently developing programs for adults with disabilities at Mount San Antonio College.



Bob and Susan Wedin
Elder and Elder's Wife & Children's Ministry Directors
Phoenix Church of Christ
Bob & Susan Wedin met each other in 1980 and were married in 1983. Bob was born and raised in​ Minnesota, while Susan is a native of Arizona. Bob moved to Phoenix in 1978 after getting out of the Navy. Bob graduated from ASU in 1984 with a BA in business management. He has worked for PBE Warehouse, Inc. since 1982. Susan is a co-owner of a Security firm and part-time administrator for the Phoenix Church of Christ, which they have been part of since 1986. Bob was appointed as an Elder in 2004. They have two grown children, Tyler and Sabrina. Tyler is married to Tawna and they have two daughter named Christmas & Honor. Sabrina married Jim Fusco and they have two daughters, Reagan & Charlie. Bob and Susan also serve as Children’s Ministry Directors for the Phoenix Church. They work with the Risk Management and Leadership Team to develop policies and procedures for the safety of the children and teachers.



Arturo and Eugenia Ortega
Exceptional Children Parents
San Diego Church of Christ
Arturo and Eugenia Ortega​ have been married for 26 years. They were married on January 24th, 1991 and became disciples of Jesus on April 4th 1993. 24 years ago. They now have 4 children; Arturo, 25 Isaac, 19, Samantha, 16 and Dante, 15 and live in San Diego, California. Dante their youngest has non-verbal Autism and ADHD. Eugenia prayed and dreamed of growing up, getting married and having children, she dreamed about being in a “normal” family. As the third child of 4 her oldest sibling and only brother was diagnosed with Mental Retardation as an infant. He was 4 when Eugenia was born. Eugenia grew up with a feeling of disparity and loneliness in her family and does not want that for her own children. Even though it feels like an uphill battle, they draw strength from God and his church. A favorite scriptures is “…suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame…”Romans 5:3b-5a  It is the hope we have that keeps them going.



Lee and Kathy Boger
Elder and Elder's Wife & Adopotion Coach
Indianapolis Church of Christ
Lee and Kathy Boger​ have been married for 28 years, and have two daughters and a son, who are all in their twenties. They adopted their son David from Romania when he was 4 years old. Lee works full time as an engineer and is the author of the books ​But What About the Children, and ​But What About Your Anger. Kathy is an adoption coach (​www.embracingchildadoption.com​), an editor for the Forever Families articles on Disciples Today, and a piano teacher on the side. Lee and Kathy serve the Indianapolis Church of Christ, where they met and were married, as elder and elder’s wife.



Chase and Sarah Mackintosh
Youth and Family Ministers
North River Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA
Chase Mackintosh is the Youth and Family Minister at North River Church of Christ in Atlanta, GA. He,​ along with his wife, Sarah, started overseeing the Middle School and High School Ministries at North River Church of Christ earlier this year. They previously led the Youth and Family Ministry at the Cincinnati Church of Christ for five years. Chase grew up in the children’s ministry, and owes much of his spiritual foundation to the lessons learned there. Much of his ministry has involved developing creative ways to present the gospel to the next generation. Through multimedia experiences, the performing arts, and social media, Chase has found new and exciting ways to engage our youth and help them connect with God.



Melissa Tulloch
Children's Ministry Director
North River Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA
Melissa Tulloch was converted in middle school in the Boston Church in 1994 after growing up in the​ children’s ministry. She is passionate about creating classes that are engaging kids and bringing the Bible to life! She has a masters in education focusing on middle and secondary instructional technology, with dual certifications in 4-8th and 6-12th. Melissa taught 8th grade English, and worked as a technology integration specialist for 12 years before being hired by the North River Church of Christ in Atlanta, GA to work on staff with the children’s ministry. She has been responsible for policies and procedures, screening and risk management, the nursery program, and VBS for the last few years; and now resides inGeorgia with her husband Billy of 13 years, and her two children. She dreams about having programs that are a light to the world and other churches, bringing the children’s ministry into the 21st century, and creating opportunities for children to connect with God in deeper more meaningful ways.



Mark and Cindy Wilkinson
Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader & Children's Ministry Leaders
Lubbock, Texas
Mark and Cindy Wilkinson​ have served as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leaders in San Antonio & Dallas, Texas and San Diego, California. Mark is a professor at Lubbock Christian University and Cindy is a Realtor. They met at Lubbock Christian University, where Mark got his Masters in Nursing. Later he finished his masters in Bible from Sunset International Bible Institute. Mark and Cindy have been married for 39 years and have three adult children and six grandchildren. Their passion for the children has lead them to start, strengthen and lead many children’s ministry’s and vacation bible schools. They currently direct the Children’s Ministry in Lubbock, Texas and lead a Vacation Bible School in La Mission, Mexico.



Jake and Nancy Jensen
Elder and Elder's Wife, Mental Health Specialist, Adoptive Parents
Missoula Montana
Jake and Nancy Jensen lead the Five Valleys Church of Christ in Missoula, Montana. Jake and Nancy met​ at Harding University, in 1980, moved back to Nancy’s birthplace of San Diego where Jake received his CPA and Nancy worked with teenagers and families in the fields of mental health and ministry. Since 1986, Jake and Nancy have lead ministries in Boston, London, Denver, and Los Angeles where Jake was appointed an Elder and Nancy, an Elder’s wife and Women’s Ministry leader. Nancy has recently
released her second book, “Resurrected Mind,” chronicling their adopted son’s battle with Tourette syndrome and the miracle that changed his life.



Steve and Vicky Bergem
Children's Ministry Directors
San Diego Church of Christ
Steve and Vicky Bergem were married in 2003, and have two wonderful young children, Tabitha and​ Tobias. Steve was converted 21 years ago in the campus ministry in San Diego and Vicky 22 years ago in Westchester New York as a single. Steve and Vicky both serve the San Diego Church as Children’s Ministry directors. In addition, Steve works as a Human Resource Manager at University of California San Diego and Vicky works for Disciples Today as Editor of the Kingdom Kids Page and together they are
board members and organizers for Disciples Today Kingdom Kids Conferences, which includes Children’s Ministry Leadership, Special Needs and Adoption Track.



Walter and Kim Evans
Elder/Evangelist and Elder's Wife
Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ

Walter and Kim Evans have served with the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ for over 20 years. They have planted churches in the mid-west and the United Kingdom. Walter was appointed to the Eldership in September of 2005. He is also an Evangelist leading the New Jersey Region of the GPCC, and works with the ICOC Eldership Service Committee. Kim serves as a Women’s Ministry Leader and oversees the Hope For Kids Camp. The Evans’, who have been married for 33 years, have three married children, Brandon, Bethany, and Maria as well as three grandchildren.




Sam and Geri Laing
Elder and Elder's Wife
South Florida Church of Christ

Sam and Geri Laing have worked in the ministry for over 40 years. They received their BA degrees from the University of Florida in 1971 and 1972, and Sam has done postgraduate work at Columbia Theological Seminary and at Duke University School of Divinity. Sam and Geri have co-authored five books on marriage and family: Raising Awesome Kids in Troubled Times, Friends and Lovers, The Essential Eight Characteristics of a Growing Marriage, The Essential Eight Characteristics of a Strong Family, and The Wonder Years (with their daughter Elizabeth Thompson). Sam has authored five other books: Be Still My Soul, The Guilty Soul’s Guide to Grace, Hot and Holy, Mighty Man of God, and the recently published book for men, Warrior. They have four married children and nine grandchildren. Sam currently serves as an Elder and Geri as a Women’s Ministry Leader in the Palm Beach Ministry of the South Florida Church of Christ.




Damon and Michelle Curtis
Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader
Greater Houston Church of Christ

Damon and Michelle Curtis serve as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader of the Southwest Region for the Greater Houston Church.

Damon graduated from LA Tech University with a BA in Sociology in 1996 and was baptized in 1998. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Texas Christian University in 1999 and was baptized into Christ in 1995.

They both entered the full time ministry in 1999 and have since lead ministries in Dallas, New Jersey, New York and now back in Houston. The Curtis’s have a passion for building strong marriages, strong families, strong men and women of God – encouraging each and every disciple to go in the strength that they have!

Sixteen years married, the Curtises have been blessed with two lovely daughters – Ava – 12 and Claire – 8. As a family, they enjoy travel, hospitality and teaching God’s Word to All!




Mark and Cindy Wilkinson
Children's Ministry Directors
Lubbock, Texas

Mark and Cindy Wilkinson have served as Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leaders in San Antonio & Dallas, Texas and San Diego, California. Mark is a professor at Lubbock Christian University and Cindy is a Realtor. They met at Lubbock Christian University, where Mark got his Masters in Nursing. Later he finished his masters in Bible from Sunset International Bible Institute. Mark and Cindy have been married for 39 years and have three adult children and six grandchildren. Their passion for the children has lead them to start, strengthen and lead many children’s ministry’s and vacation bible schools. They currently direct the Children’s Ministry in Lubbock, Texas and lead a Vacation Bible School in La Mission, Mexico.




Steve and Vicky Bergem
Children's Ministry Directors
San Diego Church of Christ

Steve and Vicky Bergem were married in 2003, and have two wonderful young children, Tabitha and Tobias. Steve was converted 21 years ago in the campus ministry in San Diego and Vicky 22 years ago in Westchester New York as a single. Steve and Vicky both serve the San Diego Church as Children’s Ministry directors. In addition, Steve works as a Human Resource Manager at University of California San Diego and Vicky works for Disciples Today as Editor of the Kingdom Kids Page and together they are board members and organizers for Disciples Today Kingdom Kids Conferences, which includes Children’s Ministry Leadership, Special Needs and Adoption Tracks.




Guy and Cathy Hammond
Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader/Founders of Strength in Weakness Ministries
Strength in Weakness Ministries

Guy Hammond is an Evangelist; he is also same-sex attracted. Before becoming a Christian, Guy lived the life of a homosexual for 12 years. He has now been a faithful disciple for 3 decades and he and Cathy have been married for 26 years and have four children. The Hammonds have taught over 60,000 people in churches, faith based groups and universities around the world through their Strength in Weakness Ministry, (www.strengthinweakness.org) educating Christians on how they can successfully share the gospel with their gay friends and neighbors and offering support to disciples who live with unwanted, same-sex attractions.




Larry and Marylou Craig
Elder and Elder's Wife
New York Church of Christ

Larry and Mary Lou met in college and have been married forty-seven years. They both planned on being teachers, but after college and a stint in the Army, Larry entered the ministry in 1974. They have lived and served churches in Florida, Colorado, California, South Carolina, Texas, and New York/New Jersey.  

Larry is one of the elders of the New York City Church, and he and Mary Lou currently live in New Jersey and lead the New Jersey Region.  They are very involved in the Youth and Family ministry.

Three grown children have given them nine grandchildren, the oldest age 17 and the youngest age 5.  Their son Brian is an evangelist and worship leader for the Los Angeles church and has written many songs for our fellowship. His oldest son has become a Christian.  Daughter Angie and her family live on Long Island, NY, and the other daughter Holly and her family also live in New Jersey.  They consider their family to be one of their greatest blessings!

They also enjoy reading, movies, walking in nature, garage sales, and, most of all, helping people!




Al and Gloria Baird
Elder and Elder's Wife
Phoenix Church of Christ

Al & Gloria were both born in Texas. They met, fell in love and married while still in college. After Al finished his PhD in Physics from the University of Texas, they moved to Boston for his first job and to be a part of a mainline Church of Christ church planting.

After 15 years in physics research, they decided that Al would give up his physics career and both of them would go into the fulltime ministry as a part of the dynamic Boston church. They not only helped to shepherd and lead the Boston church, but served as leaders for the Middle East and for Media/Law. After 25 years in Boston, they moved to LA in 1992, where Al served as both elder and evangelist, and Gloria as a women’s ministry leader.

God has blessed them with more than 55 years of a great marriage and three wonderful daughters, who are all disciples, three best-friend son-in-laws – who lead their families in a powerful, godly way – and nine grandchildren (seven girls and–finally!– two boys). Five of their grandchildren are now disciples.

Gloria has authored a book called God’s Pitcher and Other Spiritual Thoughts and co-written one entitled Love Your Husband.

Now, with Al and Gloria in their 70s, they are experiencing an exciting chapter in their lives. After 22 years in Los Angeles, they moved to Phoenix to be with one of their daughters, Keri, and her family, as well as to work with the Phoenix church. They are also helping churches outside of the United States to start shepherding programs and raise up elders and elders’ wives, as well as continuing to work with churches in the Middle East.




Phil and Kris Arsenault
Youth and Family Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader
Boston International Church of Christ



Frank and Erica Kim
Elder and Elder's Wife
Denver Church of Christ

Frank and his wife, Erica, have been married for 32 years. They are the proud parents of three amazing daughters, two wonderful sons (in-law), and two of the cutest grandchildren this world has ever seen. Frank became a Christian while a student at Harvard. He served as a full-time minister and missionary in Europe, the US, and Asia. As a former director and chairman of HOPE worldwide, he has extensive experience in serving the poor throughout Southeast Asia. Currently, Frank is a non-full time elder in the Denver church while he stays busy at his day job as the CEO of Pactimo, a global cycling apparel company.