2023 Summer Conferences
Week 1 / Family Conference
Matt Hannan is the former lead pastor of New Heights Church in Vancouver, WA. Under his leadership, New Heights has grown from a church of a few hundred to a multi-site church with eleven services in four different locations.
Additionally, he has served as key leader in a Northwest Church Planting, an organization that provides training, coaching and consulting for leaders and networks committed to starting new churches. Matt maintains a busy schedule as he leads all community and mission connections and is part of the teaching team for New Heights.
Guests appreciate Matt as always Biblical, sometimes unconventional and that his refreshing honest and practical teaching will challenge them about important areas of their lives.
Week 2 / Family Conference
June 25 – July 1
Dr. Ray Pritchard and Mark Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries. He ministers extensively across the IS and in South Korea, Ukraine, Uganda, Kenya, China, and the Philippines. He has written 31 books, including Stealth Attack, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, and An Anchor or the Soul. He is a co-host of Today’s Issues on American Family Radio.
He has been married to Marlene for 48 years. They have three sons (all married) and eleven grandchildren. Dr. Pritchard’s hobbies include biking, surfing the internet, and anything related to the Civil War. He recently hit the 50,000 mile mark on his bicycle riding.
Mark Pritchard serves as senior pastor at Church of the Gates in Missoula, Montana. He grew up as a pastor’s kid in a suburb of Chicago. Through the faithfulness of his parents and the church, he came to faith when he was a young boy. His faith grew over the years and truly became a practice in his own life in Junior High, after attending a youth conference called “Aquire the Fire.”
He attended and graduated from Moody Bible Institute and completed his Master’s Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. He spent two years in where China he met his wife, Vanessa with whom they have four kids, Eli, Penelope, Zoe, & Nicholas.
Week 3 / Family Conference
JP Jones and Donna Jones
JP Jones is the Founding Senior Pastor of Crossline Church, a congregation of over 2,500. A published author and popular speaker, JP’s radio program, Truth that Changes Lives, is listened to in over 160 countries. JP is on the Adjunct Faculty of Biola University teaching Theology and Biblical Studies. With a heart for evangelism and missions, JP makes several trips a year to both Haiti and Israel to preach the gospel and train pastors.
JP is the author of several books including: Transformed, Livin’ Large, Getting to Know the Real Jesus and Facing Goliath. His radio ministry, Truth that Changes Lives, is heard in all 50 states and 162 countries of the world. JP is married to his wife Donna and they have 3 children and three grandchildren.
Donna Jones is a national speaker, author, and pastor’s wife who’s passionate about helping women know, love, and follow God in their real, everyday lives--she wants to know, love and follow God this way, herself! Donna has spoken in 26 states and on four continents. She is the author of three books and four Bible studies. Her next book, More Peace by Friday, is scheduled to be released next year.
Donna hosts the “That’s Just What I Needed” podcast, which, in just six months is in the top 20% of all podcasts. She’s been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including Focus on the Family, At Home, Live! and Good Day Dallas, and she writes regularly on her blog (www.donnajones.org) and for Crosswalk.com.
Donna attended UCLA, where she met her pastor/hubby, JP. Together they planted Crossline Church in in Laguna Hills, CA.
Donna considers coffee an essential food group and she’s a sucker for a really cute pair of shoes. She is mom to three wildly funny young adult kids, who frequently sit on her kitchen counter, just to chat. Best of all, she is a new Gigi to Hallie, Hudson and, due-any-day-now, baby boy Healy.
Week 4 / Family Conference
Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has more than 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Doing Life with Your Adult Children, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Have Serous Fun and Finding Joy in the Empty Nest.
Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; three sons-in-law, Steve, Andy and Matt; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.
Week 5 / Family Conference
Ed Underwood is Executive Officer and Lead Counselor of Recentered Group, and every year helps dozens of churches become healthy and thrive by loving one another in ways that build a high trust leadership culture and by equipping leaders to cultivate a disciple making community.
Ed brings over forty years of experience as a lead pastor in a traditional denominational church in the Midwest, a church plant that grew into the largest church in the county in the Northwest, and his last 21 years as lead pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door in Southern California.
Ed has authored three books: When God Breaks your Heart, Reborn to Be Wild, and The Trail.
Ed’s been blessed to be married to Judy for 52 years. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren. They reside in Southern California.
Week 6 / Family Conference
Dr. Kent DelHousaye and Dr. Darryl DelHousaye
Dr. Kent DelHousaye is the lead pastor of The Pursuit as well as the co-founder and president of the Love and Transformation Institute in Boise, Idaho. In addition to being a pastor and non-profit director, Kent is a college and seminary professor and executive coach.
Kent has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from Arizona State University, a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Communication from Phoenix Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry degree in Philosophical Theology from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine.
Kent and his wife Stephanie have been married for 27 years and reside in Eagle, Idaho. They have three children named Ethan, Christian, and Claire.
Dr. Darryl DelHousaye pastored in California before ministering in Arizona in 1981. He was Senior Pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church for 25 years and was President of Phoenix Seminary for 23 years. He is the author of Today for Eternity and the study notes for Acts in Nelson’s New King James Study Bible.
As Chancellor of Phoenix Seminary, he is active in the spiritual care of students, faculty and staff. He also serves as a resource to the President assisting in the development of the resources of the Seminary. Through his on-going ministry as a gifted Bible expositor, Pastor Darryl additionally serves as a distinguished ambassador of Phoenix Seminary.
Darryl and his wife Holly have three sons.
Week 7 / Family Conference
July 30 – Aug 5
John Mazariegos is currently dedicated to being a preacher and lecturer throughout Central and North America, he has his residence in San Luis Potosí. He is the leader and founder of Mision de Gracia, a space dedicated to reaching the youth of Mexico through various study groups.
From 1991 to 1995 he worked as the dean of students at LIFE Bible College East in Christiansburg, Virginia, and in that same year he became the chief pastor of Living Way Church in Indian Trail, North Carolina, where he remained until 1999 when he obeyed the call to start a church in San Luis Potosí, S.L.P., Mexico.
John was born in Washington, D.C., has been married for over 20 years and is the father 6 children.
Week 8 / Family Conference
René Schlaepfer and Bill Butterworth
René Schlaepfer is senior pastor of Twin Lakes Church near Santa Cruz, California. Weaving in the story of his own journey from legalism into grace, René explains in Grace Immersion how to understand and apply the freeing concept of God’s grace to your own life.
Bill Butterworth is an award-winning communicator sharing hope, laughter, and motivation to love others with audiences throughout North America. He holds Masters’ degrees from both Dallas Theological Seminary and Florida Atlantic University.
As a writer, Bill contributes to major magazines and has written or ghostwritten over 40 books. His most recent release is entitled Everyday Influence. Bill and his wife Kathi have five adult children and 11 grandchildren, and reside in Texas.
Week 9 / Family Conference
Josh White is the founding pastor of Door of Hope Church in Portland, OR and currently serves there as the Vision and Teaching Pastor. Josh is also the founder of Deeper Well Records.
When not making music or leading the church, Josh loves to spend his time reading and hanging out with his wife, Darcy and two children.
Week 10 / Family Conference
Dennis Keating and Ryan Paulson
Dennis Keating is passionate about communicating God’s Word. Dennis earned a Master of Divinity from Talbot Seminary and was the senior pastor of Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, California for more than two decades. He has taught “Church Leadership and Management” at Talbot School of Theology, led pastors conferences in China, and taught at Christ for the City Missionary conferences in Costa Rica. Dennis and his wife, Marsha, have three grown children.
Ryan Paulson serves as the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Faith Community Church, an 82-year-old church in Escondido, CA. He is passionate about teaching the scriptures and helping people live in the way of Jesus, with the heart of Jesus. Ryan has served as a facilitator for the Preaching Initiative at Denver Seminary and has been a featured speaker at a number of other camps. Ryan lives in Escondido, CA with his wife Kelly of 19 years and their three kids.
Week 11 / Family Conference
Aug 27 – Sep 1
Dr. Brad Klassen
Dr. Brad Klassen serves as an associate professor of Bible exposition at The Master’s Seminary.
God saved Dr. Klassen when he was fifteen years old, and just a year later, called him into full-time ministry. After college, Dr. Klassen moved from Canada, where he was raised, to Southern California to attend The Master’s Seminary.
He holds three degrees from TMS: a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Ph.D. Alongside his teaching ministry, Dr. Klassen also gives leadership to Grace Community Church’s men’s ministry, Men of the Word. From 2001 until he joined the seminary faculty in 2013, Brad was involved in theological education in the former Soviet Union.
Brad and his wife, Heather, have four children.
Labor Day Weekend Conference
Gary Gaddini serves as a Lead Pastor of Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA, a position he has held since 2003. Before transitioning into his role, he worked, for twenty-one years in student and family ministries. He earned his master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, in 1997.
Gary’s ability to captivate the listener with incredible stories and illustrations helps brings the truth of Scripture to life.