NYMC 2017 Speakers
Enuma Okoro is a Nigerian-American writer and speaker. With a professional background in Communications, Psychology and Theology, and her diverse global and cultural experience, Enuma’s work centers on issues of identity and culture, specifically on the power of narrative and the fluid of boundaries of belonging and marginalization. Born in New York City and raised in four countries on three continents, she has written and co-authored four books of nonfiction, and her poetry has been published in two anthologies. In 2014, Enuma relocated to Nigeria where she continues to write on identity and culture, and is currently working on her first novel.
Mark Sayers is the Senior Pastor of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He provides visionary leadership and teaching for Red Church and is gifted in prophetically speaking into the intersection of faith and culture. Mark is married to Trudi, and they have a daughter, Grace, and twin boys Billy and Hudson. Mark has written six books that speak directly into leadership, culture and identity, including Disappearing Church and Strange Days.
Steve Chong is the founding leader and director of the RICE Movement and he loves seeing how God is raising up the next generation of young people to come to know Jesus and be renewed in their faith. Growing up with Chinese-Malaysian family, schooling at James Ruse High School and studying Commerce meant that even though he was born in Australia, Steve has been surrounded by Asian youth all his life which has likely fuelled a passion to see his Australian-Asian demographic be used by God. Having worked as a youth pastor, he completed bible college and then spent 7 years leading a church, but now is part time working for RICE and part time in an itinerant preaching role, living by faith and speaking at different churches and events in Sydney, Australia and abroad. He is married to Naomi and they have two boys and two girls all under the age of 9.
With over 20yrs experience in ministry with youth and young adult communities locally and abroad, Amit currently co-directs the Catalyst Program through Stirling Theological College and the University of Divinity. He is currently completing his MA(Th) through Stirling, works with Youth Vision in WA as their Leadership Developer and with Initiate Australia as their Scholarship Co-ordinator. He has a deep love for his wife and four children as well as basketball, AFL and chicken.
Cameron is a secondary school teacher with 20 years experience and for the last 12 years has been teaching at Scotch College in Melbourne – an independent boys school of the Presbyterian church – where he is the Head of Christian Education. He is married with three kids of his own, a passionate skier and like most Melbournians – a self professed coffee aficionado!
Gavin has over fifteen years of experience leading Generational Ministries in both small and mega-church settings. Passionate about strategic leadership, culturally relevant teaching and vocational discipleship, he has been the keynote speaker at events such as State Youth Games and is currently serving as a Generations Pastor in Alice Springs.
Joel McKerrow (poet, writer, educator) has spent the last ten years working extensively with young people in their spiritual and identity formation both in the Christian context and in a schooling context. As one of Australia’s most successful performance poets he has travelled throughout the world using poetry to teach tens of thousands of young people a narrative framework for self-understanding and personal growth. Joel has also been on faculty at two theological colleges in this time and currently is at Whitley College where he lectures and helps run a spiritual formation for young adults course called NEXT.
Kylie has served as pastor, leader and coach with many organisations and runs her own Bible engagement organisation Milk to Meat. Kylie’s passion is to help people take the next step. Kylie is currently the Managing Director of Christian Coaching Institute. She is credentialed by the International Coach Federation, is a Professional Certified Coach and has logged over 1200+ coaching hours. Kylie is also the Generations and Emerging Leaders Pastor at the Baptist Union of Victoria, overseeing childrens, families, youth and young adult pastors and workers across Victoria. Kylie has studied Business at Monash University, Theology at ACOM, Coaching through the Christian Coaching Institute and recently completed her Masters at Eastern College Australia. Kylie is married to Adam and they have two children, Toby and Lily. They live on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
Margaret Spicer leads the Next Gen team at Crossway Baptist Church. Combining her skills in education, business and church leadership with her love for God she seeks to make a difference in the lives of young people and their families. Margaret is a developer of leaders, her insights and experience are transferrable to multiple ministries in a wide variety of contexts. She speaks as a practitioner, so she gets the joys and challenges of leading week by week. Her passion and enthusiasm is inspirational. “We are in an exciting season of ministry as churches discover the power of strategically combining the influence of home and church together to impact the next generation – an influence too important to ignore.
Mike is the husband to Michelle and father to Ella, Ben and Lucy. Mike has a real passion in seeing people come to know Jesus, coaching and developing leaders, and developing effective discipleship pathways in the local church. He has worked as a teacher, school chaplain, a long term youth Pastor, and has recently become the Senior Pastor at Clovercrest Baptist church in Adelaide. Mike loves all kinds of sports and good coffee!
Mike has recently launched his first book on Youth Ministry and Leadership – called ‘The Glue’. It focusses on the the importance of relationship as key to effective discipleship. You can purchase copies at www.mikebstevens.com or Koorong Bookstore.
Nathan ‘Dubsy’ Want
Nathan ‘Dubsy’ Want is one of Australia’s emerging voices in youth culture. For the past decade, he has been working with young people in primary and secondary schools, speaking into their world and giving them the skills and resources to navigate home, social and school life. Nathan isn’t afraid to tackle the hard conversations and challenges in their world. He currently represents the Halogen Foundation as the ‘Foundational Leadership Speaker’. Nathan’s seminars are marked with high energy, story telling, personal experience, practical steps, and relational connections with his audience. He has a remarkable ability to offer young people inspiring and memorable insights that will have them talking well after the session ends.
With over 20 years of experience in ministry (predominantly with youth), Penny currently directs the Field Education program, teaches ministry studies and is on the teaching team for the Catalyst program at Stirling Theological College. She is passionate about the value of Christian leadership in contemporary culture, is presently undertaking a Doctoral program in the United States, is married to Geoff and has one awesome little boy.
Rowan Lewis has worked for over 15 years in academic and ministry settings with a particular focus on young adults. Rowan is the Team Leader of Whitley College’s next.asn.au Diploma program that offers emerging and young adults a unique experience of personal development and spiritual formation within an accredited setting. He is also engaged in PhD research, exploring the ways in which young people established, lose and renegotiated their identification with faith through their late teens and twenties.
Sarah is the Executive Pastor at Red Church, Melbourne. She is deeply passionate about authentic discipleship in today’s world, and the formation of leaders who can be empowered and equipped to lead in today’s unique cultural climate. She has a background in both marketing and theology and is intrigued by the interplay between the two. Sarah spends her time running a church, training leaders and speaking into culture and discipleship.
Steve Molkentin is the Digital Youth Discipleship Project Officer for the Uniting Church in Australia (Queensland Synod). Steve is a 25 year IT professional and father of 2 specialising in demystifying technology and is passionate about helping young people connect with and express their faith in a fake news-filled, post-truth world.
Trav is a husband to Pixi, and a Dad to four great boys – he likes green curry, a good game of football, and listening to David Bowie. He is passionate about seeing people experience God and become life-long followers of Jesus. After 12 years as a pastor in WA, Qld, and SA, then 5 as a missionary with Youth Ministries Australia, Trav founded the organisation AccessTheStory in 2014 as an initiative to see story-formed discipleship spread throughout Australia and beyond.