Main Session Speakers
Keynote Speaker | Executive Director | Awana International Canada
Jon has a heart for children and youth ministry and for the church in Canada. Originally from Ontario, Jon moved to British Columbia and married his wife Debbie. They have been married for 19 years. They have four children ages 14, 12, 9, and 3.
He has a ministry background with local church, international development, and Canadian parachurch ministries. Jon is a passionate communicator with a pastoral heart. As the Executive Director for Awana International Canada, Jon is passionate about the vision for this ministry and is excited to see the direction it is going in. In his free time Jon loves playing hockey and video games with his kids.
Associate Director | Awana International Canada
Eric has served for over 10 years in youth ministry and for over 18 years in the local church and in Christian camping. Eric, Kerry and their two kids, Christian and Ava live in Komoka, Ontario.
Regional Director - British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta | Awana International Canada
Leigh joined the Awana International Canada team in 2017 as ministry lead for this large territory which includes 160 partnered churches. Leigh works with our team of Advocates and with the partnered churches in this territory as they strive to reach more kids with the gospel through long-term discipleship.
- Leadership Skills and Your Personality (Youth Track #3)
Andrew is the director for Child Evangelism Fellowship of BC. Andrew started in kid’s ministry at the age of 13 and has continued to teach children and youth ever since. He has been with CEF BC for the last 10 years.
Chris is a bivocational pastor serving Richmond Pacific Grace MB Church and teaching at a secondary school for youth with special needs. He is happily married to Sabrina and have two young children, Aiden (2yo) and Oliver (3m).
- Leading Change (Youth Track #2)
Kelly is the youth pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Richmond. Kelly has her MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She has a desire to help people of all ages in the Church know what they believe and why they believe it. She also loves hanging out, laughing lots, and playing Knights & Cities of Catan. Kelly and Colin are parents of Mixon, Selah & Isaac.
I was the Director of Children’s ministry for 17 years and since February I have changed positions to Admin/Pre-teen Pastor at Lynn Valley Full Gospel. I have a passion for encouraging and equipping volunteers seeing them find their area of service that God has created them for.
Mike Strain is an ordained Pastor with over 13 years experience in Children's Ministry. He was the Children's Pastor at Cedar Grove Church in Surrey, BC until he recently relocated with his family to Penticton, BC. At Cedar Grove Church, Pastor Mike helped launch the Awana Club program to reach children in their community as well as to establish a strong discipleship program for the children of Cedar Grove Church. He also introduced summer sports camps, running Awana Basketball and Soccer Camps each summer from 2014 to 2018. These camps proved to be a great ministry resource for reaching unchurched children in the community.
Veronica is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has worked in a range of settings, including schools and private clinics. She has been involved with Awana since she was in Sparks. In Awana, she has served in a variety of roles, including being a leader, director, and leading games from Cubbies to Trek. Veronica lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria.
Youth Track Leaders
Gabriel is an Awana Advocate in British Columbia. This is a diverse region, both culturally and geographically, providing many opportunities to spread God’s word. Gabriel has served as an event volunteer and more recently as a summer intern. Gabriel’s focus will be on event organization and administration, camp and sports ministry development.
Shirley is the Trek Director at Richmond Grace Alliance Church and a Camp Counsellor at Awana BC Camp.
Tim is a T&T leader at Richmond Chinese Alliance Church and a Camp Counsellor/Games Director at Awana BC Camp.