2021 Speakers

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Representing respected and well-known ministries, our speakers connect with families in intimate, honest times of teaching that are designed to equip and refresh parents of all ages.

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Term 1: May 29 - June 4

Rene Schlaepfer

Rene Schlaepfer is senior pastor of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, California and the author of six books. Born in San Jose, California to Swiss immigrant parents, Rene grew up with dual citizenship and briefly lived in Switzerland before settling on the West Coast. There he worked for many years in broadcasting, primarily as an air personality on contemporary music radio stations. While in broadcasting, Rene earned a BA in Radio/TV/Film from San Jose State and an MA Theology from Western Seminary. Since then, he has served as a pastor in San Diego, South Lake Tahoe, and Santa Cruz. Rene and his wife Laurie have three children they adore and are anxious to welcome their first grandchild this summer. Beside their love of church ministry, Rene and Laurie also advocate together for their favorite causes: local food banks and an orphanage in India.

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Term 2: June 5 - June 11

Stuart Makinson

Stuart currently serves as the Student Ministry Director and a teaching pastor at Browns Bridge Church in Cumming, GA. He has been a pastor on staff at North Point Ministries for 8 years - working primarily with couples and students. He currently provides oversight to over 500 volunteers and over 2000 students in BBC’s middle school, high school, and college-age ministries. His heart is to help students and their families discover and pursue a growing faith in Jesus Christ. After speaking to couples at K-Kauai in 2019, he’s excited to be coming back again with his growing family!! Stuart has been married to Leslie (a former Kitchikomo at K-West!!) for 10 years and they have three children (Nelson-6, Molly-4, Emmy-2.) You’ll find the family at K-Kauai’s big slides and everywhere ice cream or snow cones can be served!

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Term 3: June 12 - June 18

Clay Scroggins

Clay Scroggins serves as the Lead Pastor of North Point Community Church, one of the six Atlanta-area campuses of North Point Ministries led by Andy Stanley. He met his wife, Jenny, at Dallas Theological Seminary and together, they have spent the majority of their adult life working with families in a church context. While Jenny was at Texas A&M, she volunteered with high school students at Grace Bible Church and served at a summer camp for kids and students every summer. Clay went to Georgia Tech and studied engineering, but his favorite part of college was serving in student ministry at North Point. They love summer camp and believe deeply in what God can do through camp! They live in Forsyth County, Georgia, with their five kids.

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Term 4: June 19 - June 25

Adam Donyes

Adam Donyes is the K-2 Men's Director and Founder of the Kanakuk Link Year, a 9 month discipleship program for 18-20 year olds focused on empowering them to impact the world for Christ. He graduated from Boise State University in 2003 with a degree in Communication and received his Masters in Youth and Family Ministry from John Brown University. He is married to his wife, Stephanie, and has two children. Adam loves to see the Great Commission lived out, and believes K2 and Link Year combined achieve that passion.

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Term 5: June 26 - July 2

Nick Floyd

Dr. Nick Floyd serves as Senior Pastor of Cross Church Northwest Arkansas. Prior to becoming Senior Pastor, Nick had served at Cross Church for 10 years, and was Lead Teaching Pastor & Staff Leader, teaching weekly at the Fayetteville campus. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He obtained his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Liberty University School of Divinity. Nick met his wife, Meredith, while they were both attending Liberty University. They have four children, Reese, Beckham, Norah, and Maya. Nick has served as a board member of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention since 2014, a Trustee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 2012, and team chaplain for the Arkansas Razorback football team since 2014. In his off time, Nick enjoys smoking meat in the back yard, spending time with his family, and anything involving football.

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Term 6: July 3 - July 9

Renaut VanDerReit

Renaut has been in full time ministry for the past 20 years. He is a husband, father, visionary leader, and pastor. Renaut's most important role is as husband to his wife, Brooke, and as father to his 8 children, ranging in age from 10 - 19. In 2012 four of his children were adopted from Ethiopia. Renaut is founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Oakland, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. Mosaic was planted in 2002 and is one of the fastest growing churches in Orlando with more than 2500 attending gatherings at two campuses each week, including a Latino gathering. In addition to leading Mosaic, Renaut and Brooke are the founders and owners of multiple business ventures including Axum Coffee, a specialty coffee shop chain, Axum Roastery, House Blend Cafe and The Axum Market Cafe, a healthy living experience. All of their business ventures give 100% of net profits away towards social justice issues around the globe. Renaut inspires and challenges people to live lives informed by the Gospel of Jesus in every arena. He is passionate about marriage and family life, communicating the privilege and responsibility we have to nurture those key relationships. He is well known for his unique communications style which puts people at ease, while engaging them in sound biblical teaching.

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Term 7: July 10 - July 16

Dana Thomas

Dana and his wife Bridget are both natives of Chicago. They have been married 34 years and have three adult children and three grandsons. He has a BS in Biology from the University of Dubuque and his Masters in Urban Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dana has served as Executive Director and COO of 3 organizations, Sunshine Gospel Ministry in the Cabrini Green neighborhood in Chicago, Kids Across America Camps in Branson, MO and currently The FORGE for Families in Houston’s Third Ward. He has served on numerous Boards and he and his wife live in the neighborhood they minister in.

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Term 8: July 17 - July 23

Ben Stuart

Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church, Washington D.C, and author of Single,Dating, Engaged, Married. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served for eleven years as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries, a weekly Bible study attended by thousands of college students on the campus of Texas A&M. Ben earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Ben and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.

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Term 9: July 24 - July 30

Jonathan Pokluda

Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is the Lead Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. He was formerly the leader of The Porch in Dallas, TX. Under JP’s leadership, The Porch grew to be the largest weekly young adult gathering of its kind in the country. JP didn’t come to understand the grace of the Gospel until his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. This ignited a desire in him to inspire young adults to radically follow Jesus Christ and unleash them to change the world. Most recently, he has seen this passion come out through writing. His book, Welcome to Adulting, offers millennials a roadmap to navigating faith, finding a spouse, finances, and the future.

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Term 10: July 31 - August 9

Josh Patterson

Josh Patterson serves as a Lead Pastor at The Village Church located in Flower Mound, TX. The church has witnessed a tremendous growth since December 2002; growing from 160 to averaging over 11,000 adults across five campuses during weekend worship services. He serves on the elder board and has oversight of all ministries across the church’s five campuses in Flower Mound, Southlake, Fort Worth, Plano and Dallas. Josh received his undergrad from Texas A&M, his Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctorate in Executive Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh is also a co-author of the book “Creature of the Word” along with Matt Chandler and Eric Geiger. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is his family. Josh and his wife, Natalie, are the proud parents of Lily, Luke, Liv, and Lucy.