Brian Allred serves as Associate Pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, IN. He holds degrees in education and health science from Ball State University, where he served on faculty for 9 years, and a Master of Divinity degree from Mid-America Reformed Seminary, where he was an adjunct professor. He has taught a variety of theology classes through his involvement with LAMP Seminary and currently oversees adult education at New Life. He is married with 2 children.
Stacey Allred graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also has a master’s degree in Learning Disabilities and Education Administration. Her areas of expertise include classroom management, instructional strategies, and family engagement. Her work has been featured in the 4th edition of The First Days of Schoolas well as in SAGE Publications’ Encyclopedia of Classroom Management. Currently, Stacey is an instructor in the Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University and celebrating her 22nd year in education. She attends New Life Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, IN with her husband and two children.
Charles and Erin Anderson have four children ranging from age six to twelve. Charles is the lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. After working in public accounting, Erin now spends most of her time at home with their kiddos. The Anderson family loves a good game, whether cards, a board game, or KC Royals baseball.
Ashley Belknap serves as the Director of Engaging Disability (the Special Needs Ministry of the PCA). A gifted communicator with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, Ashley has the ability to tackle challenging issues with creative and practical ministry applications. She served for four years as Director of Women’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson MS, where she led a wide variety of ministry initiatives. As the mother of a son with autism, Ashley has a personal passion to see families touched by disability reached with the good news of the gospel. Ashley and her husband, John, have three children and reside in Brandon, MS.
Bethany Belue graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in early childhood education. She has served on staff with 2 large PCA churches as the Children’s Director, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City and Oak Mountain Presbyterian in Birmingham. She currently works at CDM as the Executive Assistant to Stephen Estock and Certification Administrator. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Dustin.
Jimmy Brock has been involved in children’s ministry since he was a child himself, serving churches in Virginia, California, Missouri, and Georgia as a Sunday school teacher, camp counselor, camp director, nursery coordinator, and most recently Pastor of Family Ministry. He is now the Church Planting Pastor for the Princess Anne Mission in Virginia Beach, VA. Jimmy and his wife Suzanne have 5 sons.
Steve Collins is the Founder and Executive Director of Adults Protecting Children, which trains adults in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Steve has comprehensive experience training adults and working with organizations in how to prevent the sexual abuse of children. His experience includes developing and implementing child protection policies. I have expertise in how communities can create child protection initiatives that can train enough adults in that community that the culture of the community is changed and becomes a safer place to raise children.
Todd Dawkins is the Pastor of Next Generation Ministries at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, IN. He has been involved with youth ministry for the past 19 years in various capacities including that of a pastor, high school teacher, ministry director, and Young Life staff. Also, he has enjoyed his part-time role as a masters swimming coach. Todd received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary with an emphasis in educational leadership in 2007. He and his wife, Stacy, have two children, Evah (7) and Levi (5).
Stephen Estock is Coordinator for the PCA Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM). A former USAF officer, he has been in pastoral ministry for 20 years, serving churches in Montgomery, AL and St. Louis, MO. Stephen has also been an adjunct professor at Birmingham Theological and Covenant Theological Seminaries. His Ph.D. is in education, with an emphasis on competency-based learning and leadership training. He and his wife, Susan, have three children and live in Atlanta, GA.
Hidi Gardner is passionate about sharing the love of God with kids. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in children and family ministries while working with kids in a variety of school and church contexts. Hidi is the elementary coordinator at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. She and her husband Aaron have two spunky, creative children and enjoy crafting, reading, and time outside together.
Sue Jakes is mother of four, grandmother of eight, and lives in Atlanta, GA where she serves as Children’s Ministry Coordinator for the Presbyterian Church in America’s Committee on Discipleship Ministries. She is also a teacher trainer and consultant for Great Commission Publications and the PCA’s Special Needs Ministry. She has served as director of children’s ministry at Covenant PCA in Fayetteville, GA and is now serving as children’s director at Westminster PCA in Atlanta. Sue received a Masters Degree in Education from West Georgia College, taught in the public schools for seven years and home-schooled for twenty-two years. She has been teaching children, youth, and women’s groups in the church for over thirty-five years. Sue is co‑author of “Heart of the Home”, a Bible Study ministry for moms and Teach Me To Worship, CDM’s children’s church online curriculum.
Sara Nist has served on the staff of Christ Community Church in Carmel, Indiana for the past five years. Leading Children’s Ministry for children birth through 5th grade, Sara is involved with recruiting, training and leading teams; researching and implementing curriculum; pairing parents with resources and most recently launching Kids Choir and Backyard Kids Club. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Education. Sara and her husband Andy are blessed with three teenagers – Hannah, Micah, and Eva. Sara enjoys beingwith her familyand friends, reading, gardening, and finding new tunes on Spotify.
Hayley Ready is the Kids’ Director at Midtown Church Indianapolis. Prior to serving as Kids’ Director, she was a 5th and 6th grade teacher and worked for a healthcare based non-profit. She enjoys teaching, reading, traveling, hiking, spending time with her husband and two dogs, and sharing the Good News of the Gospel with kids of all ages.
B.A. Snider has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in PCA churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. Show the children Jesus. B.A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Director.
Lisa Updike, who is the Director of Children’s Ministries at Covenant Harrisonburg, VA, has loved Jesus since she was a girl. Knowing that children can have a vibrant relationship with the Lord, she is passionate to share the gospel with the next generation. With training in both music and special education, she works with children in a variety of educational settings. Lisa and her husband, Kevin have been married for 30 years and have four children, three of whom joined their family through adoption.
Conference Schedule: Indianapolis
Friday, October 26, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm – ESTABLISHED: Children’s Ministry 101 (Jimmy Brock, Lisa Updike, Sue Jakes)
Spend the afternoon reviewing the new book by this title, unpacking all the basics of beginning, developing and sustaining ministry to children in your local congregation.
2:00-6:00 pm – Individual Appointments Register for a one-hour appointment with:
- Ashley Belknap – Director, Engaging Disability with the Gospel
- Steve Collins – Child Safety Policy consultant – He will evaluate your church’s present policy and advise on suggested improvements.
- Stephen Estock – CDM Coordinator
- B.A. Snider – Great Commission Publications
Browse Bookstore and Exhibits
6:30-8:30 pm – Dinner and Opening Session
“Psalm 78 – The Great Value of Ministry to Children”
8:30-9:30 pm – Visit Exhibits and Bookstore
Saturday, October 27, 2018
8:00-8:30 am – Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:30 am – Introductions, Instructions and A Charge for the Day
“Psalm 78: The Great Hope that is Ours”
9:40-10:40 am – Workshop Session #1
10:40-11:00 am – Break
11:00-Noon – Workshop Session #2
Noon – Lunch
12:45-1:45 pm – Workshop Session #3
2:00-2:30 pm – Closing Session
“Psalm 78: Established – THE Covenant Promise”