Breakout 1A: The Joy of Teaching
Description: The beautiful combination of education and passing on the faith.
Presenter: April Burville
God has given April an absolute love for children and teaching. She has roughly 17 years of professional experience working with children of all ages, but primarily preschool, in childcare and elementary school. When she’s not at school teaching she serves at her local church teaching kindergarten.
Presenter: Jerremy Foss
Jerremy Foss, children and youth pastor for Walla Walla University Church, is married to Ely and has five children. Jerremy has a passion for helping children form a personal relationship with Jesus!
Presenter: Brad Forbes
Brad is a member of the College View Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he has served as an elder responsible for children’s ministries and primary Sabbath School for 15 years.
Presenter: Víctoria M.T. Balabarc
Tiene dos licenciaturas en educación, es magister en psicología educativa y tiene el grado académico de Doctora en Educación con mención en currículo y docencia.
Presenter: Rich Aguilera
Rich Aguilera, also known as the “Mud Guy,” has been writing for Guide magazine for over 12 years. He’s also authored several books including Firewalkers and Passport to Adventure and has produced popular television programs such as Kids Time, Bible Treasures and The Creation Case. Rich lives in Michigan with his wife and two sons.
Presenter: Wendy Witas
Wendy Witas, family and children’s pastor at Sunnyside Adventist Church, is passionate about revealing the loving character of Jesus through relationships fostered by creative children’s programs like children’s church. She loves sharing through music, puppets, archaeological artifacts, videos and more.
Presenter: Gloria Beerman
Gloria Beerman, Oregon Conference children’s ministries assistant director, has enjoyed working with many dedicated leaders in both Adventurer and children’s ministries programs. Sharing the love of Jesus with children and spending time in God’s amazing creation are the things she finds most fulfilling.
Presenter: Francini Reis
With an extensive background in education, Francini Reis enjoys developing curriculum and is active in children’s ministries at her local church, leading programs and activities that enhance the learning of God’s word through hands-on learning experiences. Her passion is to spend time with her family and inspire others to develop a strong faith in Jesus Christ.
Presenter: Carla Ortega de Cancino
Ella es Ecuatoriana de profesión ingeniera civil agroindustrial. Casada hace 18 años con el pastor Chileno Juan Cancino tiene dos hijitos, Juliana de 14 y Juan Martin de 11 años. Ha tenido un ministerio muy dinámico entre Ecuador y Chile, sirviendo como directora del ministerio de damas, ministerio de la familia y ministerio de Niños y adolescentes.
Presenter: Rocio Rojas-McFadin
Rocio Rojas-McFadin currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband, and together they have three adult daughters. Rocio has been a children’s ministries presenter for 18 years and currently 16 happy years with the North American Division. She loves to lesson plan and write material that will engage children in learning.
Presenter: David & Alisa Lopez
Alisa is a registered nurse and contract teaches at Walla Walla Community College. David, executive director of Walla Walla University’s Center for Humanitarian Engagement, is always looking for ways of involving his family in service. As a family they enjoy summer camping and winter skiing in the Blue Mountains.
Presenter: Sherri Uhrig
Sherri’s passion is that all our children have the opportunity to say yes to Jesus! She has worked in various areas of children’s ministries for more than 30 years. Sherri and her husband Bob have two children and eight grandchildren.
Presenter: Ariadne Cuevas
Es de la Cd de México, es maestra de educación primaria, psicóloga educativa y licenciada en lengua y literatura. Actualmente Dios le permite dirigir los departamentos de ministerio infantil y adolescente y también ministerio de la mujer en la Union Mexicana Central. A ella le encanta la lectura y adora trabajar con niños y adolescentes.
Breakout 4A: Supporting Kids and Families Through a Pandemic
Description: A presentation providing an overview of struggles, strengths and creative ways to support children and families throughout a pandemic. Discussion of warning signs, protective measures and creative ways to seek connection in a time of isolation, fear and unknown.
Presenter: Dustin R. Young
Dustin Young is a Tillamook Adventist Church elder with a passion for children’s ministries and has been instrumental in helping the children at her church stay connected during the pandemic.
Presenter: Andrew & Suzette McCrary
Suzette and Andrew have enjoyed team ministry together for nearly 30 years. One of their biggest joys has been engaging young people, and children’s ministry is one of Suzette’s passions. When not planning a kids’ program, you might find them working on a puzzle or trail riding in the woods.
Breakout 4C: Guiding Kids to Jesus in the Digital Age
Description: Jesus is calling you to turn youngsters’ hearts to Him among the incredible opportunities and challenges of families digitally immersed in school, work, social life and even worship! Learn practical guidelines that protect and provide for digitally healthy Kingdom citizens.
Presenter: Chrystal Flerchinger
Chrystal Flerchinger’s heart for families and children is undeniable! As a recipient of a forever friendship with Jesus, introduced by her own childhood mentors, she feels blessed to carry Jesus’ calling into the next generation. Chrystal serves in many forms of children’s ministries for 23 years as a pastoral spouse in Oklahoma and Washington state.
Presenter: David Salzar
David Salazar es el Director de Jóvenes de la Asociación de Washington. Su pasión es el evangelismo en jóvenes y conocer nuevos lugares.