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PCA Children’s Ministry Conferences

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God…” — Psalm 78:5-7

COVENANT PCA • Naples, FL • March 16-17, 2018

At each of these conferences, you will have the opportunity to attend interactive workshops on:

  • Recruiting, Training And Retaining Your Children’s Ministry Labor Force
  • Choosing The Right Curriculum For Every Age Group
  • Developing A Ministry Team To Work With Families And Church Leadership
  • Child Safety Policy Development
  • Special Needs Training To Fit Your Church’s Needs
  • Nursery Planning And Enhancement
  • Reaching Out To Your Community’s Children
  • Spiritual Growth Amid Ministry Mayhem
    …and much more

Who should attend an ESTABLISHED conference?

  • Children’s Bible Teachers, Sunday School Teachers, and Classroom helpers
  • Children’s Ministry Directors and Staff
  • Church Leadership
  • Parents
  • Youth Helpers
  • Nursery Coordinators
  • …and anyone willing to be more involved in “telling the next generation!”

Special Training from:

  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • Sue Jakes, CDM Children’s Ministry Coordinator
  • Steve Collins, Director of Adults Protecting Children
  • Kristen Harnly, Associate Director, Congregational Ministry for Engaging Disability
  • B.A. Snider, Marketing Director/Great Commission Publications
  • CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team

Individual Appointments on Friday Afternoon:

You will have the opportunity to register for a one-hour appointment with one of the following team members. These will be on a first-registered basis and we will let you know the time of your appointment between 2-6 pm.

  • Kristen Harnly, Associate Director, Congregational Ministry for Engaging Disability
  • Steve Collins, Director of Adults Protecting Children
  • Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator
  • B.A. Snider, Great Commission Publications

Each church represented will receive a free copy of Children’s Ministry 101, the newly published book giving a covenantal approach to next-generation ministry.

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Conference Details


  • Early Registration (deadline is February 16, 2018):  $315  $45 each (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • Registration (deadline is March 5, 2018): $330  $60 (reduced by the generosity of donors) includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
  • If there are 5 or more attending from the same church, the 6th person is free. Please contact Kathy Wargo for a code to register the 6th person.

When registering, you will indicate:

  • Your 3 workshop choices to attend on Saturday
  • If you will be attending the Pre-Conference training on Friday afternoon, ESTABLISHED, Children’s Ministry 101 with Sherry Kendrick and Sue Jakes (no additional cost, but we do need a count)
  • If you would like to schedule a 1-hour individual appointment with Kristen Harnly, Steve Collins, Stephen Estock, or B.A. Snider. [Register early for one of these appointments to be held between 2-6 pm on Friday. We will let you know the time of your appointment.]

If you have registration questions, please contact Kathy at or 678-825-1132.


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.

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 Jakes 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.

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.

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.

Sherry Kendrick has served as the Children’s Director of Covenant Church of Naples in Naples, FL for six years.  She has a degree in elementary education from East Tennessee State University and 30 years of experience in children’s ministry as well as homeschooling, private school education and public school education. She loves children’s curriculums and tends to collect them. She is married to Mike and they have three grown children and one grandchild.

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.

Kristen Harnly is received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Regents University). After moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania she worked as an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in early intervention. Kristen’s interest in disability ministry began as she served families with young children in the nursery of Tenth Presbyterian. In 2007, she began Tenth’s special needs ministry and served there for nine years. In 2012, Kristen joined Engaging Disability’s team of volunteer Ministry Facilitators. Drawing on her experience there and at the congregational level, Kristen joined the staff of Engaging Disability in 2016 as Associate Director, Congregational Ministry. Kristen and her husband, Keith, have two children and live in Havertown, a suburb of Philadelphia. They worship at nearby Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr. Kristen’s family enjoys music, playing games and beach trips together. Their lives are affected by several hidden disabilities.

Blythe Sizemore joined the staff of Covenant Life Church in Sarasota, FL in August of 2014 as the Director of Children’s Ministry.  She grew up in Conyers, Georgia, attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia and then served with Mission to the World in Sofia, Bulgaria for 3 years before moving to St. Louis to attend seminary.  Blythe and her family moved to Sarasota from St. Louis, Missouri, where she served in various ministry capacities after graduation from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2009.  Blythe met her husband, Jared, at Covenant Seminary.  Jared and Blythe have two daughters, Annie (6) and Eden (2). Blythe is passionate about discipling the next generation and loves dreaming about what God can do in and through His people.

Kristy Mitchell serves as Family Ministry Director of Harbor Community Church in Bradenton, FL. She graduated from Covenant College and Covenant Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Educational Ministries. Kristy has worked in private and public education and has held various roles in ministry since 2003.

Trent Casto became the Senior Pastor of Covenant Church in January 2017. Prior to that, he served Covenant Church as Associate Pastor (2010-2016) in the areas of worship, family ministry, men’s ministry, Christian education and small groups. Trent and his wife, Emily, have three children: Hudson, Anna Kate and William. Trent has a B.S. in finance from West Virginia University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Trent enjoys running, reading, spending time at the beach with his family, supporting the West Virginia Mountaineers and playing sports of any kind.

Dena Hatt is a born-and-raised Floridan and has spent the majority of her life in southwest Florida. After years working in the banking industry, Dena felt God’s call into children’s ministries. She has been obedient to that call in several ways: from 2002-2016, she has served as the founding director for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Collier county, which God used her to open after-school Bible clubs in 22 different public elementary schools. She has also spent this time with youth, sending them to Christian Youth in Action and preparing them to lead Bible clubs of their own! Dena currently holds certification with CEF, such as Teaching Children Effectively. Over the past 20 years, Dena has served as a children’s ministry director, and her passion continues to be loving and mentoring kids. The verses she always returns to are Proverbs 3:5-6 and Jeremiah 29:11. She is married to her loving husband, John Hatt, and has two boys, Glenn and Jonathan. Glenn is following one his greatest passion, working as a software engineer; Jonathan is preparing for God’s call in his own life by attending Westminster Theological Seminary this September.



  • Stephen Estock – Gospel Centered Parenting – Training the Parents in our churches to raise up their children in the Lord may take a different turn if we truly understand the Gospel and its power in our lives.
  • Bethany Belue – Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Ministry Volunteers
  • Steve Collins – Child Sexual Abuse in the Church: its prevalence and prevention – This seminar will look at the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what steps can be taken to protect children. Participants will receive valuable resources that will help in writing and implementing child protection policies and procedures.
  • B.A. Snider – Curriculum with a scope and sequence – From diapers to diplomas.
  • Kristen Harnly – Helping Families Grow: Partnering With Families Touched by Disability – Families touched by disability experience many unique challenges and opportunities. We will discuss these with the goal of fostering spiritual, emotional and relational growth for the child and full participation in church life for the family.
  • Blythe Sizemore – Ministry To and Through our “Big Kids” – Building servant leaders with true ownership of the ministry.
  • Kristy Mitchell – All God’s People – Every age group should be involved in ministry to Children in the church. How does each generation differ in communication styles, strengths and weaknesses as we work together to teach our children?


  • Blythe Sizemore – Choosing Curriculum – Asking the right questions to lead you to the curriculum that works best in each of your ministry’s programs.
  • Sue Jakes – Our Theology Makes a Difference – Compare typical children’s ministry to one that is purposefully Reformed and Covenantal.
  • Steve Collins – Child Sexual Abuse in the Church: its prevalence and prevention – This seminar will look at the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what steps can be taken to protect children. Participants will receive valuable resources that will help in writing and implementing child protection policies and procedures.
  • Sherry Kendrick – Planning Effective Events for Children’s Ministry – What are the important components of successful ministry events?
  • Dena Hatt – Gospel-centered Lesson Planning – Preparing to teach with a focus on how children come to faith.
  • B.A. Snider – Nursery from A to Z.


  • Stephen Estock – Church Leadership – What can you do to establish and nurture a positive relationship with both teaching and ruling elders?
  • Sue Jakes – Teenagers – Properly trained and motivated – The youth group in your church should be one of your greatest ministry resources.
  • Bethany Belue – Personal Growth – What resources will encourage your spiritual strength and preparedness as you lead your Children’s Ministry team?
  • Kristen Harnly – Special Needs Ministry in Your Church – We will discuss the whys and hows of special needs ministry, renewing our commitment to reach all with the gospel and thinking through practical steps to fit your church context.
  • Sherry Kendrick – Coming Alongside Parents – A primary purpose for your ministry team. What resources are a must in aiding parents in the task of discipling their children.
  • Kristy Mitchell – Starting from Scratch – Building your church’s ministry from the ground up, what are the first steps and the most important parts to be considered?

Location: Naples, Florida

Covenant Church of Naples
6926 Trail Boulevard, Naples, FL 34108

Conference Schedule: Naples

Friday, March 16, 2018

2:00-5:00 pm – ESTABLISHED: Children’s Ministry 101

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. – Sherry Kendrick and Sue Jakes

2:00-6:00 pm – Individual Appointments Register for a one-hour appointment with:

  • Kristen Harnly – Associate Director, Congregational Ministry at Engaging Disability
  • 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”

Dr. Trent Casto, Senior Pastor of Covenant PCA, Naples

8:30-9:30 pm              Visit Exhibits and Bookstore

Saturday, March 17, 2018

8:00-8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:30 am – Introductions, Instructions and A Charge for the Day

“Psalm 78: Established – THE Covenant Promise”

Dr. Stephen Estock, PCA/CDM’s Coordinator of Discipleship Ministries

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:  The Great Hope that is Ours”

Sue Jakes, PCA/CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Pre-Conference Optional Training and Appointment Opportunities:

Friday, March 16, 2018

ESTABLISHED, Children’s Ministry 101 – Sherry Kendrick and 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.

Opportunity for individual meeting with one of our Team Members


We have received a special rate at Hampton Inn Naples Central – $189/night. When making a reservation, ask for Group Code CDM.

Below are some other hotels in the area:

Staybridge Suites – Naples, Gulf Coast

Hilton Naples

Residence Inn by Marriott Naples

Courtyard by Marriott

Hampton Inn Naples Central

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