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YWC - Schedule

Friday, January 24

4-7:00 pmRegistration open
6:45 pmBus leaves Hyatt Regency to NPU/NPTS
7:15 pmDessert at NPU
7:45 pmWorship in Anderson Chapel: Amanda Kingry
9:30 pmHead back to Hyatt

Amanda Kingry is a former Covenant youth pastor with more than 12 years of experience. She has a deep passion for youth ministry and those who faithfully step into their call as youth pastors. She and her husband, Joe, are currently building an unconventional church to reach and disciple people in new and unique ways. They live in Colorado with their three little girls.

Saturday, January 25

8:00 amBus leaves Hyatt Regency to NPU/NPTS
8:30 amHamming Hall Breakfast and Worship
10am – noonTracks for Youth workers
Noon - 2pmHosted Lunch break
2:00 pmBus returns to the Hyatt
3:00 pmFree time/ Spiritual Direction/ Coaching- Set up appointments
7:30 pmWorship: Steve Argue (Hyatt)

Steve Argue is the associate professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and the applied research strategist at the Fuller Youth Institute. He serves on the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, and he researches, speaks, and writes on topics surrounding adolescence, emerging adulthood, spiritual development, and spiritual struggle. Steve has a PhD from Michigan State University and recently co-authored two books: Growing With: Every Parent’s Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future, and 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adults. You can find Steve training for marathons, tweeting #RunningThoughts, and eating vegetarian food in Southern California.

Sunday, January 26

9am - 11amWorship with Children’s Workers Connection
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 - 1:30 pmLunch on your own
1:30 - 3:30 pmSeminar: Presentations

Seminar: Presentations

One of the great gifts that you can bring to your church, to your community, and even to this family of Covenant Youth Workers, is to leverage your unique passions, gifts and insights in the form of a presentation or seminar.  You have spent your ministry career growing in your competencies by attending them, and now might be the time for you to develop one of your own.

This seminar will walk you through a systematic approach for putting together a world class seminar that will be a blessing to your church and to the Kingdom.  In this workshop you will brainstorm your unique passion and perspective and harness that into a one-hour seminar, complete with working bio, abstract, form, media, and questions.  By the end you will be ready to bless your community with the best that God is doing in and through you!


Jessica Jackson works with her husband, Brandon, as co-youth directors at OnRamps Covenant Church in Fresno, California. Jessica has a passion for downtown Fresno and for reaching the students in her community. She is passionate about following Jesus and wants to follow him wholeheartedly and encourage everyone around her to do the same. She and Brandon have three daughters.


Justin Tomscak works for the Pacific Southwest Conference as a staff member of the Youth Initiative. He has served in youth ministry for more than 10 years as a youth pastor and workshop director. Justin loves working with youth pastors, helping them to live into their calling of serving and loving all students.

3:30 - 6pmFree time/ Spiritual Direction/ Coaching- Set up appointments
6:00 - 9pmFun activity off site

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