From Our Team
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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