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Main Speakers

 

John Trent - Main Session Speaker

John Trent, PhD, is president of StrongFamilies.com and founder of the Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College. John is a sought-after speaker and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including six books for children. He has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs across the country and leads The Blessing Challenge, a joint partnership with Focus on the Family and StrongFamilies.com. John and his wife, Cindy, have been married for more than thirty years and have two grown daughters, Kari and Laura.

 

Pastor Brian Smith - Main Session Speaker

Pastor Brian Smith is Senior Teaching Pastor at Valleybrook Community Church and an Adjunct Professor at MBI.  Brian earned his MDiv from TEDS after attending NIU to earn his BS in Business Marketing where he met his wife, Elizabeth; they married in 1989 and are blessed with 3 kids, all of young adult age and serving Christ.  Brian loves big golden retrievers, performing card tricks and illusions which amaze his friends and family, and spending time with his wife and kids.  But most of all, Brian loves God's Word and teaching it truthfully, clearly and with everyday relevance.  Brian has a gift for teaching theology in a way which brings the Word to life in tangible and new ways so people walk away knowing their God more deeply, desiring to follow Him more closely.

 

Professor Elizabeth Smith - Main Session Speaker

Elizabeth Smith received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Elizabeth has been teaching at Moody Bible Institute for ten years after working full-time in Children’s and Youth Ministry. She also speaks at corporate events and retreats on various topics related to counseling psychology. In addition, Elizabeth has written a Children’s and Youth curriculum. Elizabeth has been married for 22 years to Brian. She also has three children. Her passion is to take the good news of the gospel to all generations.

 

 

BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

 

Ashley Buchner - The Right Note: Children, Church, and Music

Ashley Bucher has served as the Children's Ministry Director at Valleybrook Community Church for the past 9 years. She has assisted in teaching in the Children and Family Ministry Major at MBI and has an MA in Children,Youth and Family Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University. It is Ashley’s desire to come alongside parents in helping kids follow Jesus and grow in a personal relationship with God. Ashley is thrilled to partner with Adam and Alyssa Zarn in this teaching session as they work closely together to plan and execute the Youth Ministry at Valleybrook Community Church. 

 

Shelley Johnson - Fertilizing the Heart of the Young Child: Nurturing an Environment Where Seeds of Faith Will Grow

Shelley Johnson is an early childhood professional who is passionate about honing and molding the holistic child. Shelley has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in secular, Christian, and home-school academic learning centers. With over 20 years of experience and a deep love of God and His word, she has developed a wide range of teaching concepts, techniques, and explorative opportunities that engage the heart and mind of the young child. She believes education is a lifelong journey and the early education years are crucial to cultivating a foundation for learning to flourish. 

 

Adam and Alyssa Zarn - The Right Note: Children, Church, and Music

Adam and Alyssa met at Wheaton College while leading worship at a chapel service and were married in 2015. They love recording their own original music together at home, even when creative differences might arise, and they have shared much of that music with the world on YouTube. Currently, they are actively involved with the worship team at Valleybrook Community Church in Elburn, IL and were instrumental in the production of the church’s 15th anniversary celebration CD.

 

 

Jeff Bumsu Kim - Utilitizing the Equipment: Gaining New Tools and Revamping Old Tools for Disciple-Making

Jeff Bumsu Kim lives in Uptown Park Ridge with his wife. He has been serving as the Children’s Ministry Director/Pastor at Dasom Community Church in Mount Prospect for three years. He is a senior at Moody Bible Institute and he is graduating in May from the Children’s Ministry program, one of the hardest programs at Moody Bible Institute. Whenever he is not attending class, he works at Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center on North Wells as a Lead Teacher and as a part of the management team. As a result, he has years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education with both children and staff. As a pastor, director, lead teacher, and manager, he wants to offer to you biblical and practical resources that would assist you in discipling preschool to elementary level children within the context of your church, home, and/or bible study class.

 

Ed Jones - Discipling as a Parent

Jeff Bumsu Kim lives in Uptown Park Ridge with his wife. He has been serving as the Children’s Ministry Director/Pastor at Dasom Community Church in Mount Prospect for three years. He is a senior at Moody Bible Institute and he is graduating in May from the Children’s Ministry program, one of the hardest programs at Moody Bible Institute. Whenever he is not attending class, he works at Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center on North Wells as a Lead Teacher and as a part of the management team. As a result, he has years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education with both children and staff. As a pastor, director, lead teacher, and manager, he wants to offer to you biblical and practical resources that would assist you in discipling preschool to elementary level children within the context of your church, home, and/or bible study class.

 

Dr. Diane Jones - Discipling as a Parent

Dr. Diane Jones is a freelance consultant providing services in education and teacher training. She has over 40 years of teaching experience, which includes 30 years with the Chicago Board of Education teaching Spanish language, Reading English and Writing. Dr. Jones specializes in creating innovative and informative curriculum that translates over diverse populations.Dr. Jones has taught all levels of Christian education ranging from Sunday School, to Discipleship and Leadership training. She currently provides Christian instruction to five of her grandchildren, equipping the next generation of Christian leaders.Dr. Jones earned her Ed.D in Cultural Education Policy Studies from Loyola UniversityIChicago, her M.A. in Reading from Oklahoma State University an her BA. in Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University.

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