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“It is an honour to get to tell the stories of life change that we see across all of our ministries. To share these stories with others, and help them to support or engage in the ministry themselves is a true privilege” — Bethany Miller, Director of Communications & Fundraising.
B.S. Psychology | St. Mary’s College of CA
“I’m passionate about equipping, training, and coaching leaders and churches to fulfill their Kingdom calling” — Kadi Cole, Executive Director of Leadership Development
MS in Human Resource Development | Palm Beach Atlantic University
BS Nursing | Pacific Lutheran University
Dianne is a worship leader, vocal trainer, recording artist, and songwriter from Phoenix, AZ. Her joy is writing songs, serving the Church, and spending time with her family! She lives with her husband Cory and their three amazing children: Selah, age 3, Shiloh, age 2, and Shepherd, age 6 months.
Tuesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20
Thursday, July 21
Friday, July 22
Satruday, July 23
Corbin Hogue has a passion to see the gospel lived out in the city of Greenville, South Carolina where he pastors One Community Church. The church’s goal is to see bridges being built, walls torn down, and unity displayed as they make Jesus make sense to people in the community. Corbin has served in ministry for over 10 years in South Carolina, Georgia, and Ohio.
Anne Beiler began twisting pretzel in 1987 and grew a single farmer’s market stand into Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise. Her professional success, however, was forged after years of darkness, depression, and despair brought on by the death of her nineteen-month-old daughter. Anne’s personal story and entrepreneurial insights have been featured on many television shows including Secret Millionaire, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Good Morning America. She has been highlighted in numerous publications such as Fortune Magazine, and Inc Magazine. In 2005, Anne sold Auntie Anne’s® and authored the business memoir, Twist of Faith. Today, Anne speaks to audiences around the world inspiring people with her authentic stories and life experiences. Her mission is to help women overcome the pain, blame, and shame of their past by sharing their stories.
The Momentum Planning Team continues to have ongoing contact with Indiana Wesleyan University and the local Health Department to stay current with any ongoing Covid-19 guidelines and practices to provide a safe and healthy environment for Momentum Youth Conference. As of this posting, (January 2022) both Momentum and IWU anticipate a near-normal pre-Covid-19 experience – with the following understanding:
1. If anyone has Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19 seven (7) days prior to traveling to Momentum Youth Conference, they should stay home. (see cancellation policy for refund requirements).
2. During Momentum Youth Conference, should anyone incur Covid-19 symptoms, the Momentum First Aid Team should be contacted for further advisement, which could include being tested for Covid-19. Should someone test positive for Covid-19, Momentum and IWU are prepared to have quarantine lodging available until the next steps are confirmed with the Lead Contact of the youth group as well as the emergency contact person for the attendee. This could include making arrangements to return back home early from Momentum.
Updates to any of the above will be posted here.
“I love serving and working with the Next Generation in connection with the local church. Being able to have a role in impacting the local church by equipping the next group of leaders is a dream. What a blast taking the unchanging story of Jesus to the ever-changing world of youth ministry.” — Brad Deetscreek, Momentum EDU Coordinator
B.S. in Biology | Cedarville University
M.Div. in Pastoral Studies | Grace Theological Seminary
Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.
Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Cru, Youth Specialties, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean is the co-host for the Think Biblically podcast, which is one of the most popular podcasts on faith and cultural engagement. Sean’s YouTube channel (Dr. Sean McDowell) is one of the top apologetics channels.
Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books including Chasing Love, The Fate of the Apostles, So The Next Generation Will Know (with J. Warner Wallace), Evidence that Demands a Verdict (with Josh McDowell), Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (with John Stonestreet), Is God Just a Human Invention?(with Jonathan Morrow) and Understanding Intelligent Design (with William A. Dembski). Sean is the General Editor for A New Kind of Apologist, Apologetics for a New Generation, Sharing the Good News with Mormons, and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. Sean has one of the leading apologetics blogs, which can be read at seanmcdowell.org.
“I like working for Momentum because I enjoy the staff culture and getting to work together to advance the kingdom.”
— Caleb McKee, Momentum Intern
Tony Livigni has been serving as campus pastor at the Medina East Campus of Grace Church since it began in December 2012. Prior to that, he served in college ministry at the Grace Church Bath Campus in Akron, OH for seven years.
Jordan Howerton is a worship leader and songwriter from Phoenix, AZ. He’s been leading worship for churches, events, and conferences around the world for over 17 years and is the lead worship pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ.
Momentum continues to ask Jordan to lead worship at Momentum Youth Conference because of his unique abilities to connect with students, his knowledge of God’s Word, and how he incorporates his pastoral gifts into leading. He desires to empower the local church and the next generation and to train up worship leaders for the church.
Keith Minier has served as Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship since he left a career as a chemist in 2004. In that time, he’s led the church through a tremendous move of God. Grace has grown from a church of 70 to a movement of 5,000+ during that time.
He is a passionate and skilled communicator and leader who loves seeing the power of the local church unleashed. Keith has a strong desire to see the next generation of Christ-followers live up to their potential in the local church.
Keith is married to Kelly, and they have four children, Kaden, Kaiya, and twins Kamille and Kooper.
Afshin Ziafat is the lead pastor and an elder of Providence Church.
Born in Houston, Afshin moved with his family to their native country of Iran when he was two years old. In the midst of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Afshin’s family moved back to Houston at age six. In the second grade, he was given a Bible by a tutor who was teaching him the English language. He read that Bible 10 years later as a senior in high school and came to faith in Christ.
Ultimately, his family would disown him because of his faith in Christ, and he began to understand the call of Christ on each of our lives—to follow Jesus regardless of the cost. In so doing, Afshin found that the reward was greater than the cost, demonstrating the truth of Matthew 16:25 – “that whoever loses his life for the sake of Christ will find it.”
Afshin received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 2008, he married the love of his life, Meredith. Afshin and Meredith have three young children.
Before coming to Providence, Afshin traveled around the world proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in churches, conferences, and missions. He also traveled to the Middle East to train Iranian pastors. Afshin serves on the Board of Directors for Vertical Ministries at Baylor University in Waco, Texas and East-West Ministries in Plano, Texas.
One of 15 siblings, growing up Shep endured challenges that most would only encounter through the fictional medium of television. As a result, his transparent, and impactful story has captivated thousands, subsequently leading people to transformed lives.
As a former student-athlete, Shep was blessed to participate in every level of competition. He experienced massive success on the football field but maintains that his proudest accomplishment was earned in the classroom by being the first in his family to graduate from college. Upon graduation, he was then blessed to train in the National Football League. It was after completing his football career that Shep was propelled into his life’s work of delivering hope through his speaking to audiences around the world.
Today as an Author, Keynote Speaker, and Transformation Coach… his passion, dedication, and commitment to growth have led him to achieve remarkable heights. His devotion to seeing lives changed is undeniable as he connects deeply with people from all walks of life.
Dr. Jeff Bogue is the senior pastor of Grace Church of Greater Akron, where he has served with his wife, Heidi, since 1993. He also serves as the President of Momentum Ministry Partners
Jeff is the author of the books, Living Naked: How an Ordinary Person Can Live an Extraordinary Life, ReSet: Why Discipleship Isn’t About Trying Harder, the OneStep Discipleship Journals, and Five Assumptions About God and Why They are Wrong. He travels nationally and abroad speaking and training ministry leaders. Jeff has a deep passion for his community and for the local church to be involved in making the hope of God tangible to every person.
David Bowden is a spoken word poet, author, and speaker from Oklahoma City. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spoken Gospel, a non-profit dedicated to creating gospel-centered content (www.spokengospel.com). David writes and performs poems, writes devotionals, and co-hosts the Spoken Gospel Podcast. He has a BA in Bible and Biblical Languages and an MA in Theology (Winter 2020). David is the author of “When God Isn’t There” and “Rewire Your Heart.”
“I love being able to help create content that engages students and allows them to know all about the exciting things that are happening here at Momentum. Working alongside a team that has a passion for Jesus and making Him make sense to students is amazing.” — Delaney Ferguson, Communications Intern
“I love working with the wonderful leaders of Momentum Ministry Partners. I enjoy getting to partner and offer support so we can collectively further the Gospel to the next generation.” — Joy Mullet, Administrative Assistant
Access the registration system
1. Select REGISTER
2. Log in or create a new user account. (Since everyone is new this year to this registration system, all will need to create a new account.
3. Select “NEW USER”
4. Create primary account **NOTE: This must be made by a parent/guardian over 18**
5. Select the account type as “INDIVIDUAL/FAMILY”
6. Fill in parent/guardian information. Enter in an email and create a password
7. If the account is for a student, the parent/guardian will select “ADD PERSON” and enter in student’s information
8. It will then ask, “Are you a member of a group that has reserved space?”
9. Select “YES” and enter in the group code created by the lead contact
10. Select the event you wish to register for
11. Select the church you will be attending with on the dropdown menu
12. Select the class the individual is registering for: Student or Adult Youth Worker
13. An optional meal plan can be added for $18
14. Complete custom MOTR questions
15. Electronically sign Liability Waiver- MUST BE PARENT/GUARDIAN if the registrant is a student
16. Once at the cart, simply complete the application
17. If the meal plan or online store items are added, the account will only be charged that amount. The $99 registration cost that was pre-paid will automatically come off the account total.
***Note: the $99 does not come off automatically, the registrant has failed to indicate they were a part of a group with reserved space. They will need to go back and select that option. The group code isn’t entered at checkout unless the lead contact made additional purchases for their group (like the meal plan).
“I enjoy being a part of creating an atmosphere for students to encounter God and be challenged to follow Jesus at Momentum Youth Conference. I appreciate that every day I have new and diverse projects to work on in every area of the youth conference and in design for Momentum Ministry Partners. It’s fun to see all the plans come to fruition and for lives to be impacted.” — Erin Fowler, Momentum Youth Conference Coordinator & Graphic Designer
B.A. in Journalism & Communications | Grace College
“I’m passionate about partnering with local churches to provide ministry experiences that will help reach, challenge, equip, encourage and ultimately resource students to take next steps in their faith.” — Eric Miller, Director of Ministry Operations
B.S. in Religious Studies & Youth Ministry | Grace College
M.A. of Christian Leadership | Moody Bible Institute
“I enjoy leading people and raising up leaders.” — Dr. Jeff Bogue, President
B.S. in Sociology & Counseling & M.A. in Religion | Grace College and Seminary
PhD in Biblical Studies & Pastoral Ministry | Master’s International School of Divinity
“I love connecting with youth pastors and youth leaders. Seeing them at Momentum Youth Conference is like being reunited at a family reunion every summer. It is also a joy to watch students’ lives changed through the ministries of Momentum Ministry Partners.” — Carly Nicodemus, Registrar
B.A. in Youth Ministry & Communications | Grace College
“I love working for an organization that helps people live for Jesus in their everyday life.” — Judy Fisher, Administrative Assistant
B.S. in Business Administration | Grace College
“I enjoy helping followers of Jesus catch what it means to be an Ambassador of Jesus! I enjoy walking others through the evangelism process so they can help others around them take that next step towards loving Jesus.” — Tim Lansing, Urban Centers Director Los Angeles
B.A. in Computer Information Systems | Azusa Pacific University
“I am able to reach my community around the Philadelphia Urban Center for Christ daily. In the community I was once down and out; I can now reach people with my testimony and speak about how Jesus transforms lives. I also get to do facilities; I enjoy working with my hands. It’s good to know I can put a dent in expanding God’s Kingdom and reverse the crisis that threatens our local churches today.” — Roberto Rojas, Facilities/Community Liaison
Studying Pastoral Ministry | Grace College
“I enjoy aiding pastors and ministry leaders to see their ministries become highly effective through the consulting and coaching process!” — Ed Short, Ministry Coach & Consultant
B.S. in Pastoral Studies & M.Div. | Grace Theological Seminary
“I love to invite others to explore what it truly means to follow Jesus with their entire lives and to walk them through what to do with that, where ever they are!” — Andy Michael, Urban Center Philadelphia Director
B.S. in Biblical Studies | Moody Bible Institute & Grace Akron Regional Program
“While I enjoy various administrative details in preparing for ‘the best week of summer’, what I enjoy most is seeing young people move toward God during the week and then going back home to impact their world for Christ.” — Dave Rank, Momentum Youth Conference Senior Coordinator
B.A. in Music Education | Grace College
“I enjoy being able to work with students, helping to equip them for a potentially life-changing summer, is very rewarding. And then being able to see those students 5, 10 years and beyond living for Jesus and active in their faith is a real joy!” — Sherilyn Rank, Travel Team Coordinator
B.A. in Communications Education | Grace College
“I love working with an organization that exists to help local churches. I enjoy that we focus on impacting youth and helping local churches develop future leaders.” — Jesse DeBoest, Director of Administration
B.S. in Accounting & Business Administration | Grace College