We are planning toward all children and youth ministry for Conference 2021!

We are excited to provide engaging, Bible-based programming for our children and youth again this year! From infant childcare to high school students, we want each one to know and experience the love of Christ at Okoboji Bible Conference.

Pre-registration of children and youth for Conference will open in July. Check back for the link to pre-register. Registration will also be available at Conference.

NURSERY

Leisl Lidiak & Olivia Van Kley
* Infants - 3 years old (still in diapers)
*Begins Saturday, July 31, 7:15 PM, available all morning and evening sessions with exception of Sunday evening outdoor concert in Arnold's Park.
*New Location: Ella's House, south of the Tabernacle (check-in 30 mins prior to session)

Leisl is from Sheldon, Iowa, and has been teaching preschool for 18 years. She returns for her fourth year leading the nursery team.

Olivia is returning to the conference for her sixth year. Olivia works as an RN and resides in Sheldon, Iowa.

 

Early Childhood

Sarah Kerns
*Children 3 years old (out of diapers) - children entering Kindergarten
*Begins Sunday, August 1, 10:30 AM (check-in 10 AM and 7 PM). There is no early childhood programming during the Sunday evening outdoor concert in Arnolds Park.

*Location: the school across the street from the Tabernacle - enter through the main doors and follow the signs for Early Childhood

Sarah is the director of children and family ministries at Hope Church in Spencer, Iowa where she resides with her husband Cody and their three children.

 

Elementary Children's Ministry

Lori Rogers, Melissa MacDonald & Aaron Petersen
*Children entering first grade - entering fifth grade
*Begins Monday, August 2, 10:00 AM
*10 AM weekdays and dismissed from the Tabernacle during the 7:15 service
*Location: the school across the street from the Tabernacle

Lori teaches third graders during the school year in Marion, Iowa.

Melissa is an author, coach, speaker, and master storyteller. She's been speaking at camps for 10 years and has the unique ability to connect with any age audience.

Aaron is a familiar face on the Conference worship team but in his day-to-day life, he's a K-12 music educator in rural Minnesota.

 

Youth Ministry

Brad Mock, Clayton Taylor & Kent Van Kley
*Youth entering sixth grade - entering eighth grade (Junior High)
Youth entering ninth grade - entering twelfth grade (Senior High)
*10:00 AM - Noon, Monday - Friday
*Location: the school across the street from the Tabernacle
*Evening activities are also planned - schedule distributed at Conference

Brad is a student pastor at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska where he has been involved in student ministry for over 19 years.

Clayton has been serving in student ministry for over 10 years at Riverside Church in Big Lake, Minnesota.

Kent is the worship pastor of Grace Church in Tracy, California.

 

Young Adults (18-29)
Special events for young adults happen throughout the week.

Saturday, July 31  10:00 PM > Initial gathering. Connection. Devotional. Nutty bars will be served.
Location: Founders Hall

Monday, August 2  10:15 PM > Boji game night. High energy games. Music and message.
Location: Tabernacle

Wednesday, August 4  10:15 PM > Open forum questions and answers with selected Conference leaders and guests.
Location: Founders Hall

Thursday, August 5  10:00 Pm > Worship and bonfire. Close the week with worship, sharing, and snacks.
Location: Lutheran Lakeside Camp (2491 170th St, Spirit Lake) on East Lake Okoboji (10 min drive from campus)

Bobby Jones will lead our young adult ministry. Bobby "Bugatti" Jones is a faith-based hip-hop artist and motivational speaker. Bobby fell into the world of alcohol addiction after falling short of his NFL dream. He is now using his battle with alcoholism to teach about character and making the right choices. He shares the hope of Jesus and his story of God's redemptive love.

Leisl Lidiak
Leisl Lidiak
Olivia Van Kley
Olivia Van Kley
Sarah Kerns
Sarah Kerns
Lori Rogers
Lori Rogers
Melissa MacDonald
Melissa MacDonald
Aaron Petersen
Aaron Petersen
Brad Mock
Brad Mock
ClaytonTaylor
ClaytonTaylor
Kent Van Kley
Kent Van Kley
Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones