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SATURDAY, August 3

The week begins with...

Sarah Kroger

7:15pm in the Tab

S. Kroger

Sarah Kroger is a Nashville-based, catholic worship leader and songwriter who has released five albums: Your time (2011,) Hallelujah Is Our Song (2013,) Bloom (2019,) Light (2020,) and her latest live album, The London Sessions (2023.) She is part of the multi-cultural trio Village Lights as well as the female collective FAITHFUL, two enterprises that are a testament to her prolific creativity and talent.

With parents involved in worship ministry, Kroger’s love for music was sparked at a young age but the impact of bullying coupled with her struggle with anxiety and shyness hid her musical gift for years. Everything changed when she met Jesus in an intimate encounter through worship at a youth conference; “Worship became my language with God,” she explains. “It allowed me to communicate with the Lord in a way I hadn’t experienced before, there was something about it that opened my heart.” Realizing that music was a gift she desired to give back to the Lord, Kroger began exploring worship leading from then on.

Her courage grew along the way and opened an exciting journey of passionately leading worship for events around the world, drawing people from a variety of cultures and church backgrounds under the banner of Jesus for the past ten years. Kroger’s passion is to create a safe and prayerful space through her music in which people can encounter the heart of God in a profound way.

As a contemporary worship leader in the Catholic Church, Sarah Kroger gives a new language to people’s relationship with Jesus, inspiring her listeners to keep saying yes to vulnerability, intimacy, and honesty.

Sunday, August 4

8:30am  Prayer |  Basement of Chapel
9:00am  Annual Report to Conference Family | Founders Hall
10:30am  Skye Jethani, Worship Team | Tabernacle

7:15pm  Ryan Harmon, Worship Team | Tabernacle
9:00pm  Food and friendship on Terrace

Skye Jethani is a former pastor, a speaker, and the author of eleven books. After spending
more than a decade reporting on issues of faith and culture for
Christianity Today, he now cohosts the Holy Post podcast, a weekly show that blends cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Skye and his wife Amanda, have three children and reside in Wheaton, Illinois.

Skye Jethani

Skye Jethani is a former pastor, a speaker, and the author of eleven books. After spending more than a decade reporting on issues of faith and culture for Christianity Today, he now cohosts the Holy Post podcast, a weekly show that blends cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Skye and his wife Amanda, have three children and reside in Wheaton, Illinois.

Ryan Harmon serves as Lead Pastor at Lincoln Berean Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is passionate about helping others know Jesus and become more like Him. Ryan has attended the Conference his entire life and is one of Conference Founder R.R. Brown’s many great-grandchildren roaming
the Conference grounds. He and his wife, Jenee, have three children.

Ryan Harmon

Ryan Harmon serves as Lead Pastor at Lincoln Berean Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is passionate about helping others know Jesus and become more like Him. Ryan has attended the Conference his entire life and is one of Conference Founder R.R. Brown’s many great-grandchildren roaming the Conference grounds. He and his wife, Jenee, have three children.

Monday, August 5 & Tuesday, August 6

8:30am  Prayer |  Basement of Chapel
9:00am  Morning Bible Hour with Bryan Clark | Tabernacle
10:00am  Children & Youth Communities
10:30am  Adult Christian Life Communities

6:45pm  Evening prayer
7:15pm  Rich Villodas, Worship Team | Tabernacle
9:00pm  Food and friendship on Terrace

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Rich Villodas

Rich Villodas is the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Elmhurst, Queens. Rich graduated with a BA in pastoral ministry and theology from Nyack College. He went on to complete his Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. His award-winning book, The Deeply Formed Life, was released in September 2020. His latest book, Good and Beautiful and Kind, was released in July 2022. He and his wife, Rosie, have two beautiful children and reside in Long Island, NY.

WEDNESDAY, August 7

8:30am  Prayer |  Basement of Chapel
9:00am  Morning Bible Hour with Bryan Clark | Tabernacle
10:00am  Children & Youth Communities
10:30am  Adult Christian Life Communities

1:00pm   Women's Event at Lake Okoboji Resort

6:45pm  Evening prayer
7:15pm  Melissa Spoelstra, Worship Team | Tabernacle
9:00pm  Food and friendship on Terrace

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Melissa Spoelstra

Melissa Spoelstra is a Bible teacher, women’s conference speaker, and published author of several Bible studies, books, articles, and blogs. She has a degree in Bible theology and enjoys teaching God’s Word to the body of Christ. Melissa lives in Midlothian, TX with her pastor husband, Sean, and has four adult children. She is a woman that is madly in love withJesus and passionate about studying God’s Word. She loves helping people of all ages to seek Christ and know Him more intimately through serious Bible study

Thursday, August 8

7:00am  Men's Breakfast with Chad Hayenga | Fellowship Hall

8:30am  Prayer |  Basement of Chapel
9:00am  Morning Bible Hour with Bryan Clark | Tabernacle
10:00am  Children & Youth Communities
10:30am  Adult Christian Life Communities

6:45pm  Evening prayer
7:15pm  Andrew Rutten, Worship Team | Tabernacle
9:00pm  Food and friendship on Terrace

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Andrew Rutten

Andrew is one of the co-pastors and planters of Providence Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He provides vision to the gathered church at Providence and is passionate about shepherding and equipping people for the work of ministry. Andrew received his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and his Bachelors of Science in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Before planting Providence in 2017, Andrew started and led Citylight Midtown’s college ministry for four years. He and his wife, Bailey, enjoy making memories with their two sons and daughter, dreaming up new house projects, and watching Minnesota sports.

Friday, August 9

8:30am  Prayer |  Basement of Chapel
9:00am  Morning Bible Hour with Bryan Clark | Tabernacle
10:00am  Children & Youth Communities
10:30am  Adult Christian Life Communities

6:45pm  Evening prayer
7:15pm  Melissa MacDonald, Worship Team | Tabernacle
9:00pm  Food and friendship on Terrace

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Melissa MacDonald

Melissa J. MacDonald is a seasoned veteran in the realm of ministry, boasting over two decades of dedicated service to the global community. She is a captivating speaker to audiences of all ages, an experienced coach, and a prolific author. She is profoundly committed to supporting ministry leaders and nurturing children's spiritual growth worldwide. Melissa has left her mark on organizations such as The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the International Network of Children’s Ministry, and the Global Children’s Forum. She loves kayaking, golfing, and really good food. Alongside her husband, Luis, they serve as foster and adoptive parents, making their home in Iowa where they are actively involved in their local community. She also boasts having the world’s cutest dog but admits she may be biased.