Speakers and Topics

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Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and best-selling author of more than twenty books. His classic, The Case for Christ, is a perennial favorite which details his conversion to Christianity. His recent release, The Case for Grace, just won the 2016 Nonfiction Book of the Year from the EPCA. For the last twenty-five years, his life’s work has been to share the evidence that supports the truth and claims of Christianity and to equip believers to share their faith with the people they know and love.

Lee earned his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri and his Master of Studies in Law at Yale Law School. He was a journalist for fourteen years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois’ highest honor for public service journalism from United Press International. He also led a team that won UPI’s top award for investigative reporting in Illinois.

Lee has been a featured guest on national networks including ABC, Fox, Discovery, PBS, and CNN. He was the host of Faith Under Fire, a provocative program that brought together some of the brightest Christians and skeptics to debate issues central to the Christian faith. He also appeared in the feature film, God’s Not Dead 2, as an expert witness for the defense. In 2017 Pure Flix Entertainment will release a major motion picture depicting Lee’s journey from atheism to faith. You can learn more about the film, watch the trailer, and subscribe for updates at thecaseforchristmovie.com.

As part of his speaking ministry, Lee travels across the country (and sometimes the world) sharing his testimony, encouraging believers, and challenging skeptics. He regularly speaks at conferences, commencements, fundraisers, and other major events.

Lee is currently a teaching pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas where he speaks multiple times each year. He recently joined the faculty at Houston Baptist University as a Professor of Christian Thought.

Lee and his wife, Leslie, have been married for over 40 years and live in Texas. Their daughter, Alison, is the author of six inspirational women’s fiction novels and co-author (with her husband, Daniel) of two books for children. After teaching for six years, she now homeschools her daughters. Their son, Kyle, having earned a PhD in Theology from the University of Aberdeen and two Master’s degrees, is an accomplished author, Jonathan Edwards scholar, and Professor of Spiritual Theology at Talbot School of Theology at BIOLA University in Southern California where he lives with his wife and two children.

Learn more about Lee Strobel at https://leestrobel.com

Breakout Sessions

Cheap Childhood

Description
Parents often get bombarded with the lie that children can only grow up happy if they go on expensive vacations, have mountains of toys, and are entertained by fancy gadgets. Come to debunk that myth and learn how to give kids a meaningful childhood that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

Background
Kendra Broekhuis is an author, speaker, and intentional neighbor living in the city of Milwaukee. For her day job, Kendra stays home with three of their children. Her first book is called Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and http://www.kendrabroekhuis.com.

“When Teens Rebel and Walk Away From Their Faith”

Brief description of the session: What do you do when your teen begins to question their faith or abandon it altogether? Why is it that statistics show that 85% of “Christian Evangelical” teens graduate from their faith when they graduate from high school? Some helpful ideas and resources to help answer your teen’s doubts and a wake-up call for us as parents and churches as to how we present a “Modernized Christianity” that is not found in scripture. (Maybe they never had a faith to walk away from?)

Speakers background: Michael T. Powers, the youth pastor at Faith Community Church in Janesville, is celebrating his 30th year of marriage to his high school sweetheart Kristi (this is their 34th year of doing youth ministry together) and they have three boys: Caleb (23), Connor (20) and Chase (14). He recently retired from coaching high school sports after 29 years and is an award winning author and international speaker to teens. His writing has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world and in 32 inspirational books.

My kids are asking for YouTube Channels – Discipling elementary aged students.

In a world that is shifting from consumers to producers, discipling younger students can be frustrating and often feel unproductive. In order to effectively parent elementary aged children, we must learn to adapt and provide kids with opportunities to communicate their understanding of a vast and ever-changing world.

My name is Dayton Bennett, I am currently a First Grade Teaching Aide at RCCS, and have been involved in children’s ministry for over 10 years. I am a firm believer that children are the future, but can also be incredible influencers in the present. One of my greatest passions is developing “student leaders” by helping them use their gifts and abilities to lead others around them.

Traveling through Trauma: What do I do?

Description:  Everyone has experienced trauma of some sort to one degree or another. Everyone processes their experience differently. How do you get through it? How do you help others, especially when you can’t relate to their situation?

Mary Miller has been a Pastoral Counselor and Director for 6 Years at Redeemed Christian Counseling and Education, Inc. Prior to that she was a Medical Social Worker serving Rock County and the surrounding area in Hospice and Home Care for 23 Years.
She and her husband, John, have been blessed with 2 children who are married. Their 7 grandchildren bring welcomed excitement and unpredictability to their lives. They enjoy country living in Janesville.

The Meaningful Marriage

Description: What is the purpose of marriage? This session explores how the Gospel transforms both our goals and definition of success in marriage.

Bio: Joshua Dostal is a pastor of a church plant in Janesville, WI. Married for 12 years to a wonderful wife, Angie, with a 8 year old daughter, Elliana, who loves ballet. Joshua grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness, found salvation at 23, and has been involved in ministry for the last 14 years. God called him and his family to Janesville in 2013 to start a new location for Mercy Hill church.

Finances

David Sorensen serves as a personal wealth strategist for individuals and families who desire to accumulate, protect and preserve their wealth, as well as business owners who desire to create and execute effective succession and exit plans. Many of Dave’s clients are or have been owners of closely held businesses, professionals and executives.

In addition, Dave’s firm Legacy Advisor Network supports a growing network of independent financial advisors. Legacy Advisor Network, in which he serves as President and CEO, serves financial advisors and registered representatives mainly focused in Wisconsin and Illinois. Under Dave’s leadership, Legacy provides cutting edge knowledge, resources and solutions backed by over 35 years of front line experience that enable Legacy’s advisors to serve their clients with confidence and capability.

Dave holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations, is a Registered Principal and an Investment Advisor Representative and Producer Group Leader with Securities America. He holds the following FINRA registrations: Series 6, Series 7, Series 22, Series 24, Series 51, and Series 63. Dave previously served as President of the Southern Wisconsin Society of Financial Services Professionals, chaired the Wisconsin Business Ethics Award, as well as served as Chair of the Taylor University Alumni and served for a number of years on the Elder Board of his church .

Dave is a member of the Wisconsin Financial Planning Association. He and his wife Joan enjoy spending time with their five children and their spouses as well as their four grandchildren. When Dave is not working in his business, he may be found spending quality time “Up North” with Joan and friends and family.

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