Leadership

Jody Van Kley – As a member of the Conference Leadership Team, Jody carries all operational responsibility for conference planning, communication, travel and management. Jody and husband Dave relocated to Sheldon, Iowa from New Lenox, Illinois in 2014. They are parents of two boys: Kent (wife Marissa) and Ross.        

Dave Van Kley – Dave is the conference pastor. In that role he provides warm continuity to the “up front” leadership of the event. Dave also takes a hands-on role in Pastors Day, worship leadership, prayer prompting, and pastoral care. Dave is an ordained pastor of the Reformed Church in America serving as pastor at Bethel Reformed Church, Sheldon, Iowa.

Steve Yost – Steve builds a team of worship leaders and joins the Van Kleys and conference guests to craft rich, memorable worship gatherings throughout the 9 days of the event. Steve guides the various components of the plenary gatherings in preparation for God’s Spirit to have freedom with God’s people. Steve serves full-time as an associate pastor for worship at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve and his wife, Timaree have four grown sons and four grandchildren.

Scottie May – Scottie serves as a consultant to the leadership team. She holds a doctorate in education and is a member of the faculty of Wheaton College, Illinois in the area of Christian formation with special emphasis in children’s spirituality. She has participated in the conference for much of its history and now celebrates the attendance of her children and grandchildren each year. Her academic credentials, publications, conference experience, and wide-ranging speaking opportunities open networks of relationship which will inevitably enrich the conference for years to come.

Rick Porter – Rick Porter is executive director of all Conference Association ministries, including the Bible conference. He served as executive director previously from 1994-2001 while residing in western Canada. In 2005, Rick and his wife Dianne moved to the Lakes Area of Iowa to give full-time support to the conference in funding and promotion in the role of development director. He launched an enlarged year-round ministry and worked with the board toward a strong future. In 2009, the board of directors asked him to take the executive director role giving leadership to all aspects of conference, funding, and campus care and development. Rick and Dianne have seven grandchildren.

Jordan Newhouse – Jordan is a graduate of Wheaton College (’10 and ’12).  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Masters degree in Christian Formation and Ministry.  He grew up in Omaha and again resides there following several years of worship leadership in Chicago-area churches.