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Chika AnyanwuLife Teen (USA)

Chika AnyanwuLife Teen (USA)

Meet Chika

Chika Anyanwu is a Catholic speaker from Ontario, California who loves sharing the Gospel through words and actions. She is a two-time alum of the National Evangelization Teams Ministries (NET Ministries) and is an Area Contact for Life Teen in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA. She is pursuing her dream and the Lord’s commission to make disciples of all the nation, through sharing talks with youth and young adults about living out the Catholic faith in today’s secular society, overcoming fear, Mama Mary & the Saints, the Holy Spirit, and Theology of the Body. Chika is part of a big Nigerian family, loves praying the Rosary, enjoys Turkish coffee, and striking out at the batting cages. Life Teen
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Brendan MaloneFocus on the Family NZ

Brendan MaloneFocus on the Family NZ

Meet Brendan

Brendan Malone is the head of education and media for Focus on the Family New Zealand. For the past 13 years he has been working full-time in life, marriage and family ministry, with a special emphasis on pro-life issues. He regularly speaks around New Zealand and Australia, and runs an annual pro-life training internship in New Zealand and Australia. He was previously head of young adult ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. Brendan has a passion for seeing Catholics flourish in their baptismal call to an active participation in evangelism built on Christian-love-in-action and a faithful and clear communication of the truth with excellence. He is married to Katie and together they have 4 beautiful daughters and one rambunctious son.
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Rebecca CrouchNET Ministries Ireland

Rebecca CrouchNET Ministries Ireland

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca Crouch is a passionate preacher and conference speaker whose heart for evangelisation has taken her across Australia and to New Zealand, Uganda, Marshall Islands, and most recently responding to a call to take up the position of Programme Director for NET Ministries Ireland. Prior to that she served for many years with emmanuelworship and NET Ministries Australia. She is most alive when she is leading worship or preaching the Gospel and sharing her passion for Jesus and His Church. Website

 
Archbishop Mark ColeridgeArchdiocese of Brisbane

Archbishop Mark ColeridgeArchdiocese of Brisbane

Meet Archbishop Mark

Archbishop Mark Coleridge is the Archbishop of Brisbane. Previously, he served as Archbishop of Canberra-Goulburn and Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne. Prior to becoming a Bishop in 2002, he served for five years in the Vatican Secretariat of State. He is a theologian and teacher especially qualified in the fields of Sacred Scripture and the Church’s liturgical worship. Website
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Bishop Anthony RandazzoArchdiocese of Sydney

Bishop Anthony RandazzoArchdiocese of Sydney

Meet Bishop Tony

Bishop Tony Randazzo is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney. He was educated at Saint Augustine’s School Coolangatta, Guardian Angels School Southport and Aquinas College Southport. In 1985, Bishop Tony commenced his formation for priesthood at Pius XII Seminary in Brisbane and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane in 1991. In 1998 he was sent to Rome where he was completed his studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. On his return to Brisbane in 2001 he was appointed Pastor of Regina Caeli Parish Coorparoo Heights, Associate Judicial Vicar at the Regional Tribunal and Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Brisbane. In 2004 he was called back to Rome where he worked in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for five years. Bishop Tony returned to Australia and from 2009-2015 he was Rector of the Holy Spirit Seminary of Queensland. In 2016, Pope Francis appointed him auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney. Website
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Fr Dan Serratore mglMissionaries of God's Love

Fr Dan Serratore mglMissionaries of God's Love

Meet Fr Dan

Fr Dan Serratore is a priest with the Missionaries of God's Love. He grew up in Sydney and worked in the hotel industry for eight years before starting a business in finance. Eventually the lure of God's call to be a shepherd of his people became too strong to resist, and he joined the Missionaries of God's Love in 2008. He was ordained a priest in 2016, and has a passion to raise up a young generation of leaders in the Church who move in the power of the Holy Spirit and are committed to making present the Kingdom of God on earth.Website

Paul NinnesReal Talk Australia

Paul NinnesReal Talk Australia

Meet Paul

Paul Ninnes is the Managing Director of Real Talk Australia and has a passion for seeing people fulfill their potential in Christ. He has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, postgraduate qualifications in Sexual Health and is currently completing postgraduate studies in Theology (Marriage and Family) at the John Paul II Institute. He is married to Emma and they have three beautiful kids. In 2014, as part of the Community Leader Awards, Paul was awarded the Professional Leader of the Year. Paul uses his powerful life story and builds on ten years’ youth ministry experience to present a life-changing message on a variety of topics to over 10 000 young people each year. Website
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Ellen HalesDiocese of Lismore

Ellen HalesDiocese of Lismore

Meet Ellen

Ellen Hales has served with a range of ministries, NET Australia, CSYMA, APSE Mission's, Christian Surfers and for the past 4 years has been the Youth Minister in her home Parish, in Port Macquarie. She assists the training and coordination of school based Youth Ministry Offices in the Lismore Diocese and pursues every opportunity to be a vessel of the Holy Spirit in this fast paced secular culture.

Robert HaddadSydney Catholic Schools Office

Robert HaddadSydney Catholic Schools Office

Meet Robert

Robert Haddad is the Head of New Evangelisation for the Sydney Catholic Schools Office, where he has responsibility for staff faith formation, family educators and youth ministry. He has authored ten books, selling over 40,000 copies, his most popular being Defend the Faith! and 1001 Reasons Why It’s Great to be Catholic! He has been presenting public talks on the Catholic Faith in Australia and overseas since 1996. Robert has worked at St Charbel’s College, the Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Sydney, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and the Catholic Adult Education Centre, and lectures part-time in theology at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. He holds eight university qualifications in the areas of law, theology, philosophy and religious education. In 2016 he led the largest group of Australian pilgrims to travel to an overseas World Youth Day, over 650 Catholic students and staff. Robert is married to his wife Suzy and has four children.
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Karen DoyleChoicez Media

Karen DoyleChoicez Media

Meet Karen

Karen Doyle is the co-founder of Choicez Media alongside her husband Jonathan. She is the author of a number of books and speaks nationally and globally on issues relating to relationships, sexuality and the formation of young people. She is a Family Life educator and worked for a number of years as the Director of a large student health clinic. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing and has studies post-graduate studies in Marriage and Family Studies. Karen and Jonathan have been married for 16 years and have three young children. Choicez
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Mark DoyleNET Ministries Australia

Mark DoyleNET Ministries Australia

Meet Mark

Mark Doyle is Executive Director of NET Ministries Australia. He has been involved in youth ministry for over a decade on both sides of the world in Canada and Australia. His passion is for helping others reach their full potential. He has recently completed his MBA. NET Ministries
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Fr Morgan BattVocations Brisbane

Fr Morgan BattVocations Brisbane

Meet Fr Morgan

Fr Morgan is a priest of 25 years in the Brisbane Archdiocese with current appointments as Vocations Director, Director of Canali House for Priesthood Discernment, and Director of Pastoral Theology and Formation at Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland. He also serves as a Chaplain in the Australian Defence Force, with Tours of Duty in the Middle East and Timor. He has been decorated by the US Army and Timor Leste Government and obtained commendations in the Australian Army. Fr Morgan is also a recognised international mountaineer, having climbed on Everest and thousands of mountains round the seven continents. His aim is to summit the highest peak of every country and major territory in the world, and has already completed 184 of the 268 peaks.Website
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Mark LysaghtAustralian Catholic University

Mark LysaghtAustralian Catholic University

Meet Mark

Mark is Associate Director, Campus Ministry at Australian Catholic University. A 21st Century evangelist, Mark is passionate about helping young men and women understand their faith, articulate it and live it in today’s world. He brings experience from the business world coupled with tertiary qualifications in Social science, Counselling and Ministry and over 20 years involvement in Catholic youth and young adult ministry. Mark is married to Nikki and they have three children, Kaiya, Xavier and Bella. Website
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Sr Mel DwyerCanossian Daughters of Charity

Sr Mel DwyerCanossian Daughters of Charity

Meet Sr Mel

Sr Mel Dwyer is a Canossian Daughter of Charity from Brisbane. Prior to entering religious life, she had a dream of representing Australia as an Olympic javelin thrower which she had pursued for 15 years. A volunteer experience of mission with the homeless in Africa helped her to discover that God’s dream for her was to leave the sporting arena and serve Him radically as a consecrated woman. She walked away from her aspirations of Olympic gold to pursue her vocation in serving the poor and making Jesus known and loved. Having finished her degree in Secondary Education, Sr Mel spent 5 years teaching in Brisbane, before pursuing her missionary vocation and returning to Malawi, East Africa. Having completed 7 years as Principal of a Canossian Secondary School in Africa, Sr Mel has recently returned to Brisbane to continue following Christ with radical love. She currently works for Vocations Brisbane promoting vocations to religious life and is the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland State Spiritual Advisor. She loves sport, loves life and loves sharing her love for God with young people.
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Andrew BuchananTV and Theatre Actor

Andrew BuchananTV and Theatre Actor

Meet Andrew

Andrew Buchanan has been a leading actor in Queensland professional theatre for over 20 years. He recently performed on Broadway in Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Chekhov’s The Present, opposite Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh.
His film and television credits include The Family Law, Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, Wanted, Sea Patrol, The Condemned, Monarch Cove, as well as feature films Drive Hard (with John Cusack), and Fatal Honeymoon (with Harvey Keitel). He is in demand as a Voice Over Artist for commercial radio and television. On stage, he has played a diverse range of roles for Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre, Grin & Tonic and Harvest Rain, in classic plays such as Macbeth, The Crucible, No Man's Land, The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as contemporary productions such as Female of the Species, Cosi, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Bouncers and Summer of the Aliens. He has won several prestigious Matilda Awards for Excellence in Theatre for both acting and directing.

Mario Borg24:7 Youth Ministry

Mario Borg24:7 Youth Ministry

Meet Mario

Mario Borg is the Director of 24:7 Youth Ministry which services catholic parishes and schools across the Perth Archdiocese with vibrant teenage youth groups and powerful retreats and reflection days. Senior Lecturer at Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation, Mario has devoted the past decade to equipping young men and women with the skills to minister within the life of the Church. 25 years of ministry experience has seen Mario become a highly sought after presenter and speaker. 24:7 Youth Ministry
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Byron & Francine PirolaSmartLoving

Byron & Francine PirolaSmartLoving

Meet the Pirolas

Francine & Byron Pirola are the coauthors of the SmartLoving Series exploring relationships and marriage with thousands couples through seminars, articles and workshops internationally. They are also the authors of the My School Diary Range which is used by over a hundred thousand primary school students and teachers every year. Byron was also a founder of the Antioch Youth Movement in Australia which has had an estimated quarter of a million youth involved over its 35 year history. They have five children and have been married since 1988. Website
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Fr Richard HealeyDiocese of Wollongong

Fr Richard HealeyDiocese of Wollongong

Meet Fr Richard

Fr Richard Healey is parish priest of St Paul's Parish, Albion Park in the Diocese of Wollongong. He is also vocations director, a web designer, resource creator and bible teacher. He is Chaplain to Catholic Youth Ministry in Wollongong, and was a member of the National World Youth Day Committee from 2009-2013. He has been a regular presenter at the Ignite Conference since 2006, and chaplain to the Ignite Summer Camp since 2011. Since November 2008, Fr Rick has also published a blog and podcast of his weekly homilies, which is available on iTunes. The audio recordings of his homilies have received more than a million downloads. In 2014 he walked a 320km section of el Camino from Leon to Santiago, and plans to complete another 210km section from Pamplona to Burgos in July 2017. Website

Teresa McGrathEvangelisation Brisbane

Teresa McGrathEvangelisation Brisbane

Meet Teresa

Teresa McGrath heads up the Youth Evangelisation Office for the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The Youth Evangelisation Office seeks to support youth leaders through training, formation, resourcing, strategic planning and consultation whilst also promoting greater collaboration and coordination between the various youth initiatives. This has culminated in their latest project called the Catholic Collective, which provides a platform for young people to connect with all youth initiatives across the Archdiocese. Teresa has been involved in youth ministry for over 15 years. Teresa’s background is in Business Management and she is currently completing her Masters in Theology and Leadership. Website
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Pat Keady Ignite Youth

Pat Keady Ignite Youth

Meet Pat

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 2017. 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. Website
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Kym Keady Ignite Youth

Kym Keady Ignite Youth

Meet Kym

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. Website
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Ronan McGinniss Ignite Youth Perth

Ronan McGinniss Ignite Youth Perth

Meet Ronan

Ronan McGinniss 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. Facebook

Tash Mierendorf Ignite Youth

Tash Mierendorf Ignite Youth

Meet Tash

Tash is the Ignite Conference Sponsorship Coordinator and serves on the Ignite Youth Leadership team. She is involved in ministry to Young Adults and development of the Ignite Grow resources. She has over 8 years of youth ministry experience, including volunteering and working for NET Ministries Australia. Married to Stephen and mother of two, Tash is passionate about young adults being supported their Catholic faith and resourcing the Church to evangelise. Website
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Luke Plant Ignite Youth

Luke Plant Ignite Youth

Meet Luke

Luke Plant 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. Website Facebook

Greg Shakhovskoy Emmanuel Community

Greg Shakhovskoy Emmanuel Community

Meet Greg

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. Website
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Roby Curtis Blind Eye Ministries

Roby Curtis Blind Eye Ministries

Meet Roby

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. Website
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Liam DesicIgnite Youth

Liam DesicIgnite Youth

Meet Liam

Liam Desic is part of the Ignite Youth Leadership Team and is a drummer for emmanuelworship. He is passionate about creating top quality resources for youth ministries and engaging with young people who are new to faith in creative and relatable ways. Website

Brigid ToddIgnite Youth

Brigid ToddIgnite Youth

Meet Brigid

Brigid Todd is part of the Ignite Youth Leadership Team, with responsibility for ministry to young adults. Full bio to come. Website

Laura OttoEmmanuel Community

Laura OttoEmmanuel Community

Meet Laura

Laura has been involved in youth and children's ministry for over ten years, serving with NET Ministries Australia on two teams and on staff for several years. She has also been a worship leader with emmanuelworship. Her husband's work has seen their family adventuring around central Queensland over the last few years and Laura always finds some way to serve God wherever He leads, be it through helping establish an Atrium for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, being involved in local Youth Groups or running the music for Youth Masses. She is most passionate about her motherhood and enjoys her days taking care of her three little ones.

Karl Brown Ignite Youth Perth

Karl Brown Ignite Youth Perth

Meet Karl

Karl Brown 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. Website
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Ryan SheltonIgnite Youth Perth

Ryan SheltonIgnite Youth Perth

Meet Ryan

Ryan is a member of the Ignite Youth Perth team. Ryan's enthusiasm for evangelisation and young people has led him to over 10 years in Youth ministry. He is also a Religious Education Coordinator at Holy Cross College in Perth and is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Elle. Ryan can also be found on the sporting field as an umpire of AFL football in the State league competition in Western Australia, WAFL. Ryan's greatest passion is to see all teenagers find their true meaning and purpose in life.

Katelyn RossIgnite Youth

Katelyn RossIgnite Youth

Meet Katelyn

Katelyn Ross is the Conference Performance Coordinator and Youth Event Administrator for Ignite Youth, with 5 years of experience working in youth ministry and over 10 years experience performing onstage. She is also a national presenter for Real Talk Australia with her husband Matthew, and her heart is in sharing God's true plan for life with young people. She has danced both professionally and at high school, and has been the dance coordinator of Ignite Conference since 2014. She specialises in contemporary, jazz, and loves to throw a little tap and hip hop into the mix to keep things interesting. She has recently graduated with a Bachelor of International Relations & Peace and Conflict Studies, and has undertaken researching internships with non-government organisations. She believes in the dignity of each person and our responsibility through Catholic Social Teaching to promote justice, peace and care for the poor. Website

Workshop Presenters

A full list of workshop presenter will be available in August 2017, along with the full schedule of workshop electives.