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Pat Keady Ignite Youth

Pat Keady Ignite Youth

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Pat Keady is Director of Ignite Youth, and is passionate about Jesus, young people, current culture, the Church and getting them all ‘in the same room’ in 2016. He has been a leader and songwriter with emmanuelworship for 15 years, and is the author of two books ‘Walk With You’ and ‘Worship: the Activity of Disciples’. The vision of Ignite Youth to ‘spearhead a new evangelisation’ is Pat’s heartbeat. Pat is dressed by his amazing wife Kym and three awesome teenagers.
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Kym Keady Ignite Youth

Kym Keady Ignite Youth

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Kym Keady is one of the Coordinators of Ignite Conference and the Pastoral Coordinator for Ignite Youth, with over 20 years experience in youth ministry. As a counsellor, author, youth worker, inspirational speaker, wife and mum to 3 teenagers, she continues to draw on her passion to help young people realise their potential and worth. Kym is a founding Director of 'Real Talk' - a sexuality program designed to help young people understand the value of sex and relationships.
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Sean McGrath emmanuelworship

Sean McGrath emmanuelworship

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Sean McGrath is Director of emmanuelworship, the house-band of the Ignite Conference. Hailing from the UK, he served with NET Ministries for 6 years on teams and as a staff member. As a guitarist and worship leader, he brings a wealth of experience in music and faith to the incredible worship experience of Ignite Conference.

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Tash Mierendorf Ignite Youth

Tash Mierendorf Ignite Youth

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Tash is the Ignite Conference Groups Coordinator and serves on the Ignite Youth Leadership team. She coordinates ministry to Young Adults and development of the Ignite Grow resources. She has over 5 years of youth ministry experience, including volunteering and working for NET Ministries Australia. Married to Stephen and mother of baby Lucy, Tash is passionate about young adults being supported and nurtured in their Catholic faith.
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Luke Plant Ignite Youth

Luke Plant Ignite Youth

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Luke is one of the Coordinators of the Ignite Conference, Administrator of Emmanuel Community and a member of Ignite Youth's leadership team. He served as Youth Ministry Coordinator for Emmanuel Community for 10 years (2003-2013). During this time he was instrumental in developing and overseeing Emmanuel's youth ministry, founding Ignite Youth's Summer Camp and other events. Luke has been involved in ministry for 20 years since he was a teenager, is married to Emma and together are raising two fantastic kids.

Greg Shakhovskoy Emmanuel Community

Greg Shakhovskoy Emmanuel Community

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Greg Shakhovskoy is the Moderator of Emmanuel Community in Brisbane. He has a strong history of building community and ministry to young people, men and families for over more than 40 years. Greg is an empowering pastoral leader who brings years of experience and leadership principles from the business world to his ministry in the Church. His work background includes Human Resource Management, leadership development, and project management. He is also a small business owner and is married to Margherita and has 4 amazing adult children. He and a team recently attended the Divine Renovation Conference in Halifax Canada to learn more about forming a community of missionary disciples.
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Roby Curtis Blind Eye Ministries

Roby Curtis Blind Eye Ministries

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Roby Curtis is the founder of Blind Eye Ministries where he works on the frontline in ministry to the homeless and indigenous. His work involves sharing his Catholic faith with those in homeless hostels and in remote Indigenous Communities. He is passionate about young Catholics embracing the poor in their locals communities and seeking to provide opportunities of Church and Christian Community for them. He is also a worship leader and songwriter with emmanuelworship. He is a husband and father of 6 children and his family play a fundamental role in his ministry involvements.
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Ronan McGinniss Ignite Youth Perth

Ronan McGinniss Ignite Youth Perth

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Ronan is the Coordinator of Ignite Youth Perth. He has been involved in youth ministry and leadership development for twelve years. Over this time he has been involved in three organisations, Youth Impact, The Catholic Guy and GRIP Leadership. Ronan has played a key role in helping all of them grow significantly and increase in influence. Ronan is both passionate and experienced in evangelism, leadership development, and making faith and life enjoyable! He speaks to approximately 20,000 teenagers each year and lives with his wife and daughter in Perth, Western Australia.
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Karl Brown Ignite Youth Perth

Karl Brown Ignite Youth Perth

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Karl has been investing in youth formation and development for the last 15 years. Having worked in youth and young adult ministry and university campus ministry, he has also been part of the academic staff in the Theology and Philosophy faculty at the University of Notre Dame Australia, as well as the Catholic Institute of Western Australia at Edith Cowan University. A passionate communicator and storyteller, Karl is currently completing a Master of Theology by Research in the area of discipleship and spiritual formation. He lives with his wife and two cats in Perth, Western Australia.
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