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2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

BOB LENZ

 

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BOB LENZ

Founder & President of Lifest & Life Promotions

Bob’s humorous, yet down-to-earth style and genuine concern captures people’s attention and spans denominational walls. A story teller at heart, Bob combines his personal experience with in-depth biblical knowledge, awakening understanding and inspiring others to embrace faith in Christ and make a difference in their world.

Thursday 8:30pm – Festival Foods Grandstand
Keynote Speaker

Saturday 10:00am – Thrivent Financial Cafe Stage
Seminar with Aaron Kampman – “Faith and Family”

Saturday 11:00am – Oasis
Youth Leader Brunch with Aaron Kampman

Reggie Dabbs

Reggie Dabbs

Born to an unwed teenager who at one time considered abortion as a viable option for solving her “problem,” Reggie Dabbs considered himself fortunate to be alive. With no place to go, the pregnant teenager ended up living in a chicken coop in Louisiana. It was there she remembered a former school teacher, Mrs. Dabbs, who had said to her students, “If you ever need anything, call me,” and gave the students her home phone number. The girl called and they answered. Mr. and Mrs. Dabbs became Reggie’s foster parents until he was in the fourth grade, and then they officially adopted him and gave him the Dabbs name. Reggie speaks to audiences nationwide and drives home the fact that “you can never change your past, but you can change your future!” From an unwed teenager’s “problem” to one of the most in-demand speakers, Reggie helps teenagers meet their problems head-on and overcome them.

Friday 10:00am – Wisconsin Lutheran Edge
Seminar

Friday 8:30pm – Festival Foods Grandstand
Keynote Speaker

Wess Stafford

Wess Stafford

 

Wess Stafford is the President Emeritus of Compassion International and a passionate, global advocate for children in poverty. Wess authored Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute and holds a PhD in education.

Sunday 10:00am – Wisconsin Lutheran Edge
Lifest Worship Service Keynote Speaker

 

BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

Aaron Kampman

Aaron Kampman

Aaron is a former professional American football defensive end and outside linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League, eight of them with Green Bay. He played college football for the University of Iowa.

Saturday 10:00am – Thrivent Financial Cafe Stage
Seminar with Bob Lenz – “Faith and Family”

Saturday 11:00am – Oasis
Youth Leader Brunch with Bob Lenz

Cody Kargus

Cody Kargus

Cody is the Pastor of Maranatha Evangelical Free church in Rice Lake Wisconsin.  He has been active in preaching at various conferences and ministering in many countries including: Bolivia, England, China, Chad, and the Philippines. As a member of the Evangelical Theological Society he enjoys engaging in deep biblical thought leading to knowing God and devotion to Him. He holds a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he met his wife Amber.

Saturday 1:00pm – Oasis
Seminar – “Lifestyle Worship: A Biblical Understanding of Christian Worship”

Dave Wager

Dave Wager

Dave has been actively serving our nations’ youth since 1970 and thoroughly enjoys making the truths of God’s Word simple and applicable. He is a husband (35+ years), father, friend and teacher to the thousands who frequent the grounds of Silver Birch Ranch and you can listen to him via podcast and radio. He claims to not be very smart, but very experienced, and loves to share his experiences with those he is privileged to teach.

Friday 9:00am – Thrivent Financial Cafe Stage
Morning Devotions with Danen Kane

Friday 4:00pm – Oasis
Seminar (For Men) – “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Deborah L. Tackmann

Deborah L. Tackmann

Deborah has over 30 years’ of experience as a health and physical education instructor in Wisconsin. She was recognized by USA Today as one of the top teachers in the nation and has been awarded two National Health Educator of the Year Awards by the American School Health Association and American Association. In 2012, Deb was the first teacher from Wisconsin to be inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame.

Saturday 4:00pm – Oasis
Seminar – “Mental Health: Talking About Tough Topics with Youth”

Finn Laursen

Finn Laursen

Finn is Executive Director of Christian Educators Association International, a professional association for Christian educators in both public and private schools. Over the past 14 years he has traveled around the country as a speaker and trainer about legal freedoms in our public schools.  He speaks with groups such as the National School Board Association Conventions, and also leaders of ministries such as Youth For ChristFirst Priority, Young Life and Sports World.

Friday 10:00am – Quake Garage
Seminar – “Biblical Principles that will Transform the Public School Culture”

Friday 1:00pm – Oasis
Seminar – “Legal Freedoms in Public Schools”

James Weber

James Weber

James is a published author and motivational speaker. He played 4 years of professional soccer in Europe before playing a couple of years for the Milwaukee Wave and Milwaukee Torrent. James is the author of “A Soccer Ball and Some Faith,” written about how his faith in Christ has led him to achieve his many life goals.

Friday 2:00pm – Oasis
Seminar – “Chasing Dreams By Grace, Through Faith”

Jason Maupin

Jason Maupin

Raised in a home where his father was abusive, by the age of nine, Jason had become suicidal. Several years ago, Jason Maupin started Elevate Industries, a motivational assembly program designed to help students make right choices. Having the chance to speak around the world to schools, camps, conventions and churches Jason takes every opportunity to help students realize their full potential.

Thursday 4:00pm – Oasis
Seminar – “Fearless: Overcoming your fears, so you can live the life you were born for”

Jay & Laura Laffoon

Jay & Laura Laffoon

Jay and Laura founded Celebrate Ministries, Inc. in 1995.  Having ministered together in Youth for Christ for 15 years, along with interviewing thousands of couples, Jay and Laura gained tremendous insight into marriage and family issues.  Now they’ve been presenting comedy infused marriage events for more than 20 years!

Saturday 2:00pm – Thrivent Financial Cafe
Seminar – “Making the Most of a Messy Marriage”

Saturday 3:00pm – Oasisi
“Holy Sex: Discovering the Purpose of Marriage”

Dr. Kenneth Casimir MD

Dr. Kenneth Casimir MD

Dr. Casimir has devoted his career to diagnosing and treating psychiatric illness in adolescents.  He is Associate Medical Director of Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh, WI, and has a clinical psychiatric practice at Winnebago County Human Services.  As a psychiatric consultant to Lifest, he strives to integrate the realms of Christian ministry and clinical psychiatry to promote the health and resilience of our most precious resource, our young people. 

Saturday 2:00pm – Oasis
Seminar – “13 Reasons…To Live!” (Suicide Prevention)

Tammy Borden

Tammy Borden

Tammy is a speaker and author of A Perennial Life — Finding Purpose in Every Season. She shares her love for people and their Creator through stories and life lessons found in nature, offering hope, healing, and a bit of humor. Her zeal for gardening borders on obsession, and she loves sharing her horticultural wisdom, but you’ll have a hard time getting her to share her hostas.

Friday 2:00pm – Quake Garage
Seminar – “Seasons of the Soul: Whatever season you’re in, God can bring purpose and hope in the midst of it.”

Terrence Talley

Terrence Talley

Growing up in the Twin Cities, Terrence was taught to never give up and to help others do the same. Whether it was coping with being teased for the way he looked, dealing with the death of a parent or graduating from college Terrence never gave up! Terrence uses his stories about fatherhood and life to inspire all within ear shot to never give up.

Saturday 10:00am – Quake Garage
Seminar – “Stop Being Weird and Share!”

Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany Thompson

When she was in school, Tiffany always got in trouble for talking in class. Now she’s invited all over the world to share her stories and inspire others to embrace this amazing adventure called life! She’s crazy in love with her husband, Tim and the children God gifted to them.

Thursday 2:00pm – Quake Garage
Seminar – “How to Find Your Soul Mate”

Friday 2:00pm – Thrivent Financial Cafe
Seminar – “If Mama Ain’t Happy… Moms are an easy target for the enemy, but take heart, the armies of heaven are cheering you on!”

Tim Eldred

Tim Eldred

Tim has been in youth ministry for nearly 30 years. He is a relentless advocate for training youth IN ministry. His Grow21 discipleship series books have been used by 500K+ teens. Since 2005, he has served as President of Endeavor Ministries, which has trained millions of young leaders globally.

Friday 11:00am – Oasis
Youth Leader Seminar – “The Fine Line Between Mentoring and Meddling”

Friday 12:00pm – Oasis
Youth Leader Panel Discussion – “Temptations of Leadership”

Friday 3:00pm – Oasis
Youth Leader Seminar – “From Youth Ministry to Youth IN Ministry”

Saturday 12:00pm – Oasis
Youth Leader Seminar – “Training Your Replacements”

Tiger McLuen

Tiger McLuen

Tiger is the President of Youth Leadership whose mission is to transform the lives of students through equipped, Christ-centered leaders, parents and churches. He’s the author of a couple of books and some articles, but mostly he’s a leader who loves being in a room full of people who are care about transforming the lives of the next generation.

Thursday 2:00pm – Oasis
Youth Leader & Teen Seminar – “Qualities of an Effective Leader”

Thursday 3:00pm – Oasis
Youth Leader Seminar – “Caring for Hurting Teens”

Friday 10:00am – Oasis
Youth Leader Seminar – “Finding God in the Midst of Storms”

Friday 12:00pm – Oasis
Youth Leader Panel Discussion – “Temptations of Leadership”