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Harmony Suites of Secaucus

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  • Harmony Suites
  • 455 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ, 07094 US

 Conference Schedule

(This schedule is subject to change. Updated 9/19/23.)

All Plenary Sessions, Classroom 1, and Track 2 Sessions will be Livestreamed. All other classes (except Roundtable Discussions) will be recorded and available after the conference.

Friday, Sept. 22

9:30-10:00 - Meadowlands 1/2 - Worship/Devotional 

Welcome/Opening remarks.

10:00-10:45 - First Plenary “In My Life” presented by Dr. G. Steve Kinnard (Livestream Available)

10:45-11:00 - Break

11:00-12:00 - Second Plenary “I Will See Justice: A Promise Fulfilled” presented by Suzette Lewis (Livestream Available)

12:00-2:00 - Lunch

2:00-5:00 - Classes and Roundtable Discussions

(These classes were chosen primarily from abstracts submitted by the presenters.)

2:00-2:45  - Class Session 1 (Choose one class or the roundtable)

  • Meadowlands 2 Joey Harris, “Building a Regional Teaching Ministry” (Livestream Available)
  • Meadowlands 1 Sherie Gayle, “Living in Two Worlds: Navigating Theological Studies While Functioning As a Church-Building Teacher”
  • Bergen Tanner Versage, “Effective and Relevant Visual Communication for Teaching Settings” 
  • Hudson  Round table discussion Ed Anton, “Preparing a Congregational Workshop”

2:45-3:00 - Break

3:00-3:45 - Class Session 2 (Choose one class or the roundtable)

  • Meadowlands 2 Dr. Gabriel Santos, “Equipping Disciples to Engage Political and Social Issues in an Edifying and Unifying Manner” (Livestream Available)
  • Meadowlands 1 Matt Fisk, “(Don't Fear) The Deeper: Facilitating Godly ‘Deconstruction’”
  • Bergen  Hannah Desouza, "Learning How to teach Generation Z"
  • Hudson   Round table discussion John Beene, “A Narrative-Centered Teaching Ministry”

3:45-4:00 - Break

4:00-5:00 - Class Session 3 (Choose one class or the roundtable)

  • Meadowlands 2 Dr. Ryan Erbe, “From Knowing to Doing: Moving Beyond Teaching for Knowledge of the Spiritual Disciplines” (Livestream Available)
  • Meadowlands 1  Duchanna Gille, "Emotional Wellness and the Teaching Ministry"
  • Bergen Kene Izuchukwu, " 'Teacher, Leave them Kids Alone': Using the Classroom to Prepare our Next Generation Leaders for Teaching and Evangelism."
  • Hudson   Round table discussion Joel Nagel , “Teaching In a Small Church Setting”

5:00-7:00 - Dinner

6:00 - 7:00 - Reception for the Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology - Will take place in Round Table room

7:00-8:30 - Meadowlands 1/2 - Short Devotional.

Evening Plenary   “‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’: The Spiritual Person’s Journey,” presented by Robert Carrillo (Livestream Available)

Saturday, Sept. 23

9:00-9:30 - Worship/Devotional

Welcome/Opening remarks.

9:30-10:30 - Meadowlands 1/2 - Morning Plenary “Teaching the Church How to Read the Bible” presented by Dr. Courtney Bailey (Livestream Available)

10:30-10:45 - Break

10:45-12:00 - Meadowlands 1/2 - Guided Panel Discussion.

Topic: The Future of the Teaching Ministry

What are Greatest Needs of the Teaching Ministry in North America and How Do We Meet Those Needs?

Facilitator Steve Kinnard


  • Johnny Rivera, Elder/ Evangelist, New Jersey
  • Melina Hutchins, Women's Ministry Leader/ Virginia
  • Arturo Elizarrarás, Evangelist/Teacher, Mexico City
  • Ryan McCullough, non-staff Teacher, New York City

Additional Panelists

  • Courtney Bailey
  • Suzette Lewis

Format: Each panelist is allowed 8 mins. to present on the topic. After the presentations, there will be a Q & A session.

12:00-2:00 - Lunch

2:00-4:00 - Afternoon Classes 

Two Tracks:

  • Track 1 Exploring the gift of teaching, for less experienced teachers and those exploring the gift of teaching.
  • Track 2 Enhancing the gift of teaching, for seasoned teachers who are looking to enhance their ministry.

Meadowlands 1 - Track 1 Exploring the Gift of Teaching

Facilitator—Deb Anton

  • Class 1  Steve Kinnard, “Who? What? How? The Church-building Teaching Ministry Defined”
  • Class 2 Dr. Deb Anton, “The Teacher’s Spiritual Life”
  • Class 3 Michael Burns, “Creating Opportunities To Teach”
  • Class 4 Valdur Koha, “Learning to Play Well with Others: The Ephesians 4 Leadership Model”
  • Q & A Led by facilitator

Meadowlands 2 - Track 2 Enhancing the Gift of Teaching  (Livestream Available)

Facilitator Suzette Lewis

  • Class 1 Valdur Koha, “Learning to Play Well with Others: The Ephesians 4 Leadership Model”
  • Class 2 Steve Hiddleson, “Becoming Selfless, Spirit-Led Teachers”
  • Class 3 Jeanie Shaw—“Continuing to Grow: Educating the Educator”
  • Class 4 Dr. Steve Kinnard, “Training Other Teachers: Paying It Forward”
  • Q & A Led by facilitator

3:45-4:00 - Break

4:00-5:00 - Meadowlands 1/2 - Closeout Plenary Session “Vision for the Future,” presented by Dr. David Pocta (Livestream Available)

Recordings Available

Recordings of all classes (with exception of the Roundtable Discussions) available for purchase. Link and the password to access these recordings will be included in your payment confirmation email.

  • Access to recordings of all classes given at the conference


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