Speaker Bios

  • Phil brookman - keynote speaker

    Phil is the pulpit minister at the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK. Drawing from his deep passion for God's word and his love for creative teaching, Phil delivers heart-felt, deeply Biblical lessons that will make you think. 

    Phil is like other preachers in some ways: he married way over his head (Mary Brookman, 2005), has two beautiful children (Anna, 2009 and Heidi, 2011), got a master's degree in Bible (2009), and has lots of books in his office (to make you think he's smart). And Phil is very different from other preachers in some ways: he'd rather play ping-pong than golf, doesn't know much Greek (despite taking the class in college), and doesn't drink much coffee. He did a fantastic job last yearnad we are excited to have him back!

  • jeff walling - session speaker/youth worker sessions

    For more than 20 years, Jeff Walling has been speaking before thousands each year in inspirational and motivational workshops and seminars around the globe. Having preached for some of the largest churches in the country, he is regularly called upon to keynote for youth conferences. Jeff received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine in speech/communication, a master's degree in religion at Pepperdine University, and an honorary doctorate from Hope University in Fullerton, CA. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Jeff served as the preaching minister of the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, NC beginning in 1997. He also served churches in Orange County, CA for over 20 years. Jeff currently serves as Pepperdine's Director of the Youth Leadership Initiative, working to raise up the next generation of young Christian leaders. Jeff and his wife, Cathyrn, have three sons and two daughters-in-law: Taylor(Courtney), Riley (Megan) and Spencer. 

  • awkward silence improv

    We are a group of guys that went to Ohio Valley University. We all were in OVU Ambassadors, but not all at the same time. We love improv, and we like each other, so we formed a group that does improv together (makes sense, right?). We believe in clean comedy that is totally made up on the spot. God gave us the gift of laughter and it's our goal to make people do just that. Our group consists of Van Wilson, J.T. Spivy, Aaron Ray, Dustin Kean, Keaton Forsythe, and Travis Williams. Our very first performance was at the 2014 Belpre Youth Rally, so we are excited to return and perform again!

  • breakout session leaders

    Cody Balch - Good News Church

    Joel Boggess - Whitehall Church of Christ

    Keaton Forsythe - St. Clairsville Church of Christ

    Josh Haught - Stop Nine Church of Christ

    Brett Hower - LCBC Church

    Ryan Ice - Grand Central Church of Christ

    Dustin Kean - Alliance Church of Christ

    Scott McFarland - Woodsfield Church of Christ

    David Ray - Alliance Church of Christ