Tyndale Youth Ministry Leadership Conference
Tyndale invites individuals of all ages who work in youth ministry settings, whether in the church or the marketplace, to participate in this first annual one-day leadership conference.
Our heart for this day is to create a space for youth pastors and their leadership teams to refresh through times of corporate and individual worship, to connect with other youth pastors and lay leaders, and to have the opportunity for continued training in topics that youth leadership is faced with as culture continues to shift around them.
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 is an ‘Out of Towners’ reception with snacks and greetings for guests staying overnight in our guest rooms. Conference date is Saturday November 18, 2017.
Chris Chase (@thatchrischase on Twitter and Instagram) is a growing Christian of 21 years, married to Rebecca for 12 years, and co-creator of Eliana (8) and Liam (5). He currently serves at Masters College and Seminary overseeing communications, campus pastoring and connecting with churches. When not working, he enjoys laughing over coffees, a good book, staying fit through working out and learning about the heart and the mind.
Dr. Brad Noel serves as Director of Pentecostal Studies at Tyndale University College, and has long had a passion for Next Gen ministry. Ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2000, he has served in a number of youth-related roles, including Provincial Youth Director. One of the highlights of his ministry has been teaching theology at the morning sessions of both Jr. and Sr. High Youth Camps in Newfoundland. This will mark his 17th year teaching teens on topics as varied as hermeneutics, human sexuality, and Christology. Both of his doctoral theses and subsequent publications focused in some way on the connection between church and culture, suggesting creative ways we can effectively reach Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. Teaching the church to understand and engage our youngest generations remains one of his life goals and greatest passions.
Matt Wilkinson is the Director of Next Generation Ministries for the Canadian Baptists of Ontario & Quebec, Chair of the National Canadian Baptist Youth & Family Ministry Team and Executive Director of Camp Kwasind. He is a strategic and visionary leader with a committed passion for the local church to effective engage the next generation with the person and message of Jesus Christ.
Matt has been contributing to the world of youth ministry at both local and national levels over the last twenty years. He is the co-director of the Today’s Teens Conference, a cross-Canada speaker, youth ministry instructor at Tyndale University College and author of the book, Youth Ministry: Now & Not Yet.
Matt holds a Masters of Arts focused on Leadership & Evangelism from Wheaton College and Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from York University. He has furthered his educational endeavours through studies at Tyndale University College and Seminary as well as through the Arrow Leadership program.
He is married to Charity and they live in Burlington, Ontario with their two children, Grace (6) and Joshua (3). Matt is passionate about the Maple Leafs, Tim Hortons, camp ministry, reaching the next generation and creating random adventures.
Dr. Carston Hennings
Topic: Practical Business Skills for Youth Ministry
Dr. Hennings has taught at Tyndale University College since 2007. He previously worked in the Canadian and United Kingdom non-profit sectors and in the institutional bond sector. His current academic interests include corporate philanthropy, corporate social and environmental responsibility and social entrepreneurship.
Topic: Social Media in a Generation Z World
Adam Hoskins is a worship pastor in Scarborough, currently serving at Global Kingdom Ministries. His heart is to see the next generation find their voice and expression in worship and creativity. Adam is entering his fourth year of marriage with his wife Michelle. When he isn't playing music, you can find him on a basketball court, in his home studio or on social media at @ahoski.
Dr. Anthony Hutchinson
Topic: Community Housing and Children’s Aid Society
Dr. Anthony Hutchinson, BSc (Psychology, UofT), BSW (York), MSW (McMaster), PhD (WLU) is a doctor of psycho-social clinical practice, psycho-social forensic assessor, clinical and social epidemiologist, and registered social worker. Dr. Hutchinson is currently Department Head and Program Chair in Health and Human Services at Tyndale University College.
Dr. Hutchinson is a national child welfare and youth development expert. In 2005, he was principal investigator and lead author of the Determinants of Health Framework for Urban Youth in Canada. From 2010 through 2014, Dr. Hutchinson was a consulting clinical director for Peel Children’s Aid. Dr. Hutchinson provides psycho-social assessment, diagnosis, and/or treatment in areas of: acquired/traumatic brain injury, including concussion and post-concussion syndrome; mental health and mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and stress management.
Topic: Body Image and Nutrition
Christina Hyland is a clinical social worker who earned her Masters of Social Work degree at York University. She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Christina is also a registered holistic nutritionist.
Christina is shaped by her belief in the intrinsic strength of human beings. She draws on her education and training in a range of therapeutic frameworks, including cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based practice, as well as her experience in adolescent and adult mental health. Her areas of specialization include clinical & community social work, mental health and nutrition (including eating disorders), and adolescent mental health.
Topic: High School Outreach
Colin Leaver is the Executive Director of Quinte Youth Unlimited, a faith based not-for-profit charity. He has worked with YU since 2002, starting as a youth worker, and was invited to take the role of Executive Director in 2008.
Colin grew up in South America with missionary parents and returned to Canada for high school, which has a major influence on his worldview. He loves working in community collaboration with endeavours that mix his passion for youth, community, leadership, transformation stories and Jesus. He is an active leader of his church youth group, leads youth programs for Rotary, and coaches soccer and football in his home town. Colin’s favorite time of day is coming home to play with his 4 boys and lovely wife Deseray.
Topic: Leading and Ministering to LGBTQ+ Teens
Dave pastors a vibrant group of young people and leaders at The Peoples Church in Toronto, ON. He is passionate about communicating the Word of God in a way that makes it accessible to all and proves its relevance in today’s culture; and desires to see individuals turn to Jesus. Dave and his wife Sandra live in the Greater Toronto Area with their two sons.
Topic: Youth Ministry Cycles and Transitions
Since 1990, Joey has been consumed with ensuring that adolescents and their families have every opportunity to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, as well as grow in their walk with Him. Joey graduated from Briercrest Bible College in 1994 with a BA in Youth Ministry, and from Briercrest Seminary in 2006 with an MA in Youth and Family Ministry. From 2002-2017, Joey served as Pastor of Student Ministries at the Met Bible Church, where he oversaw hundreds of JH and HS students as well as building and training dozens of volunteer adult leaders.
Joey is married to Sheryl and has three children: Sammy (20), Liam (18), and Eleyana (5). When not talking about the Boston Bruins, Joey loves nothing more than talking about youth ministry.
Topic: Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor
Carl Nash is the Ministry Director for Youth Unlimited (Toronto YFC). He has worked alongside students for over 25 years, and was the founder of LAUNCH, a leadership development program of Youth Unlimited. Carl has enjoyed working as both a physical therapist and youth pastor, and loves to see God’s love and power transform young lives. He lives in Scarborough with his wife Leanne and their 3 teenage daughters.
Topic: How to Pastor a Split Youth Group—“Churched” and “Unchurched” Students
Karra graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, double majoring in adolescent ministries and leadership. She now works at Church on the Rock as the youth director. Having spoken at youth retreats, camps and training seminars across Canada, she has a passion for youth and seeing them find their identity in Christ, training them to be leaders and helping them fall in love with the local church. Traveling with her father, Dave Overholt, from a very young age, immersed her in youth ministry and fuelled her love for this next generation.
Topic: Counselling Youth 101
Elliott comes from an eclectic professional background: antique restorer, overseas ESL instructor, pastoral intern with youth, child and youth specialist for a foster care agency, crisis counsellor with a Victim Services agency, a workshop presenter engaged in speaking to schools throughout Toronto on healthy and abusive relationships, and an entrepreneur.
Since graduating with an M.Div in Counselling from Tyndale, he proudly remains part of the community. Elliott has been a part of Tyndale Counselling Services for over five years - first as an intern and then a professional volunteer. This past June, he joined the Family Life Centre to provide therapeutic care to the wider community. He also maintains a private counselling practice in Scarborough. His greatest pride is being a husband and father, and a gentle friend to those who are hurting.
More breakout sessions and speaker bios to be added soon, so please keep checking back!
Melina is a vibrant, outgoing artist and worship leader, who came from Albania to Canada as a young child. Since the day of accepting Christ into her heart, Melina has made the decision to use her musical abilities and gifting for the glory of God. Melina serves full time as the Worship & Arts Director at Whitby Christian Assembly in Whitby, ON. At the same time she has a great passion for writing and recording original music that points people to God. She recently released a brand new single, titled, MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED, available on iTunes. For more info on Melina and her music, visit her website www.melina-d.ca. Find her on iTunes and follow her on Instagram @mdulluku.
Cost: $59 per person early bird registration through October 1st, 2017; $79 per person beginning October 2nd, 2017.
Group rate: every fifth youth worker from your church or organization will have FREE admission.
Alumni of Tyndale University College and Seminary receive 20% off both early bird and regular rate.
Current Tyndale University College and Seminary students have a flat registration rate of $25.
Coffee breaks, lunch meal and dinner meal are covered in the registration fee. Breakfast will not be provided.
Guest rooms are available at a discounted rate of $27.50 for single guest rooms and $35.00 and $45.00 for guest suites (sleeping two) on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact Admissions Coordinator, Rebecca Grimes, at email@example.com to book a room.
Parking is free for all participants. We will need your license plate numbers at the event registration desk to waive parking fees.
9:00pm - 10:00pm: ‘Out of Towners’ reception.
8:00am - 9:00am: Event registration
9:00am - 12:45pm: Main session and breakout sessions with coffee breaks in between
12:45pm - 2:15pm: Lunch break
2:15pm - 6:15pm: Main session and breakout sessions with coffee breaks in between
6:15pm - 7:00pm: Dinner break
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Closing main session