Chidren's Ministry Leadership Connection: Schedule

Friday, January 24

4-7:30pmRegistration open
4:30-5:30pmWelcome Reception
5:30pmDinner on your own
7:30–9:00pmWorship and Speaker: Michelle Anthony

Michelle Anthony is the executive pastor of families at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the dean of Youthmin Academy. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, A Theology of Family Ministry, and 7 Family Ministry Essentials. She has more than 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children’s and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian education, Bible, and theology from Talbot School of Theology, as well as a doctorate of education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and drinking a strong cup of coffee on the beach.

Saturday, January 25

9 - 11amWorship and Speaker
11am – 12:30pmWorkshops
12:30 – 3pmConference Lunches
3:30 - 5pmConversation Groups
5:30pmDinner on your own
7:30 – 9pmWorship and Speaker: Arlene Pellicane

Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of several books including Parents Rising and Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life. She is also the co-author with Gary Chapman of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World. She has been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, The 700 Club, and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah. She writes regularly for Proverbs 31 Ministries, Girlfriends in God, and MomLife Today. Arlene earned her BA from Biola University and her master’s in journalism from Regent University. She is now a stay-at-home mom in San Diego where she lives with her husband, James, and their three children. To learn more, visit

Sunday, January 26

9am - 11amCombined YWC and CMLC Worship and Speaker: Jean Cheng Gorman

Jean Cheng Gorman
After graduating from Brown University, Jean Cheng Gorman began her career in elementary education but quickly moved into the field of psychology in which she earned her doctorate from New York University. As a California-state licensed psychologist, Jean developed a specialization in working with children with special needs as reflected in her publications (several professional journal articles and two books for educators), clinical practice, and as a lecturer. She completed her master’s of divinity at Fuller Seminary and is ordained to Word and Sacrament in the ECC. As director of ministerial health for the Pacific Southwest Conference, Jean develops resources to invest in leaders and strengthen church systems, oversees care for clergy and ministry spouses, and supports churches in conflict resolution and transition. She has been married to Michael for 25 years. They have three children and a really big Great Dane.

11am - 1:30pmLunch on your own
3:00pmClosing Session

Monday, January 27

9am - noonBonus Session: Mark Oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and founding partner in the Youth Cartel, providing resources, training, and coaching for church youth workers. The author of more than 70 books, including What’s Right About Youth Ministry, Marko is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Jeannie, and two young adult kids. Twitter: @markosbeard