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Administrators Leadership Conference

July 20-22, 2022 
Hyatt Regency, Indian Wells, CA

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3-5

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We look forward to welcoming all of you back to the beautiful Hyatt Regency, Indian Wells, CA, where we will study God's Word, strengthen ourselves professionally, and rejoice in the life we share together in Jesus Christ!

Our speakers this year are Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier, Jill Dodge, Ryan Ermeling, and Rebecca Kindreich.  We are also blessed to welcome Pastor Travis Ferguson, Christ Lutheran Church, La Mesa, CA, as our worship and Bible study leader.

Cost for this year's conference is $210 for Partnership Schools or $280 for non-partnership schools.* Please note that an additional, non-refundable $3 service fee will be added to all registrations.  (Your spouse is welcome to attend for the full event at the participant registration fee. Meals only will be $130 for all meals or $35 for the banquet only.) *Partner Schools are those who have contributed to School Services for the 22-23 school year.  Please contact for more information. 


You will also want to book your hotel room using the links below. Hotel rooms are $109 +tax per/night.

conference schedule

Conference speakers

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Rev. Travis Ferguson
Worship and Bible Study Leader

Pastor Travis Ferguson is currently the Pastor of Family Connections at Christ Lutheran Church Ministries in La Mesa, CA. He previously served as Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, TN. Originally from Kansas City, MO, he moved to attend Concordia University—Nebraska, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Behavioral Science with a minor in Theology, graduating in May of 2013. After his undergraduate work, he matriculated to Concordia Seminary—St. Louis, graduating in May of 2017. In his tenure as a pastor, he has spoken on the national level regarding suicide and divorce, was commissioned by Concordia Publishing House to publish the work “A Biblical Response to Divorce”, and has served various agencies as a police and fire chaplain.

In addition to his parish duties, Pastor Ferguson has served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force since 2014. From July 2021 to January 2022, he was deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations Inherent Resolve, Spartan Shield, and Allies Refuge. His major awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Additionally, he was named “Chaplain of the Year” by the Reserve Organization of America in 2021.

Pastor Ferguson has been married to Amy (nee McDaniel) since 2015. They have two sons: Luca (born August 2018) and Levi (born April 2021).


Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier
Director, Servant Leadership Institute - CUI

Kent Schlichtemeier has enjoyed serving for over four decades as a leader in education. He began his career in 1978 teaching 6th-8th grades. After completing his Master’s degree at the University of Denver in 1984, he taught and coached at the high school level in Orlando, FL. Kent served as a Professor in the School of Education at Concordia University Irvine from 1988-2003 where he mentored future teachers. In addition to teaching at Concordia, Kent was the women’s basketball coach until retiring from coaching in 1993 to pursue his doctoral degree. 

In 1996, Kent completed his Ed.D. at UCLA in Educational Leadership. Kent served as a teacher and Assistant Principal at Orange Lutheran High School from 2003-2007 before returning to teach at Concordia University Irvine and most recently serve as the Dean of the School of Education. Today, Kent is thrilled to serve as the inaugural Director of the Servant Leadership Institute. Kent enjoys frequent opportunities to speak at sports banquets, school graduations, teacher conferences, leadership retreats, and business seminars.

Kent and his wife Cindy, are blessed by God with two children - Aaron and Kayla.

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Jill Dodge
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jill Dodge is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a therapist for over 40 years.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including a Mental Health clinic and Psychiatric Hospital. She has been in private practice in San Diego for the past 30 years. Jill has a heart for missionaries and church professionals, having led multiple retreats and trainings both nationally and internationally on various topics such as Forgiveness, Burnout, Anxiety, Boundaries, Prayer Therapy and Personality Disorders.

Over the years, she has also written a couple articles for the LWML magazine and served on Family Life and Caring Ministry Committees at the local and national level.  She is currently on staff as a counselor at Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat, an LCMS sponsored retreat center for Church Professionals who are in various states of burnout and personal crises. She has a particular interest in the topic of Burnout and is excited to share with participants ways to prevent and treat Burnout.

She and her husband, Glenn attend Christ Lutheran Church in La Mesa.  They have 3 grown children and 3 teenage grandsons.  

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Ryan Ermeling
Seven Marches

Ryan Ermeling has a unique blend of business acumen and ministry passion. A graduate of Concordia University Irvine (where he now serves on the Board of Regents), Ryan founded Stretch Internet in 2003. During his 15 years as President and CEO, he grew Stretch into the largest video streaming provider in the collegiate athletics space, with a client base of nearly 600 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada (more than 40 percent of the market). In 2017, Stretch was placed on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the country.


Feeling called to pursue a model that could benefit Kingdom-minded organizations, Ryan staged a successful exit from Stretch in 2018, when the company was acquired by Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm. In addition to working with Christian organizations through his Seven Marches consultancy, Ryan recently launched ParentPulse, the first automated parent survey tool designed exclusively for Christian schools.


Ryan and his wife, Lyndsay, a musician and Christian educator, have three daughters – Lexi (21), Tessa (18) and Grace (9) and recently returned to Gilbert, Arizona after a four-year stop in Las Vegas.


Rebecca Kindreich
Executive Director, SEEDS Therapy

Rebecca Kindreich is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been in the Social Work field since 1997. Rebecca founded SEEDS with the mission to plant seeds in individuals and families so they can grow and develop not only emotionally but also spiritually. After much prayer, Rebecca felt God was calling her to provide services to K-12 private Christian schools and church communities. She loves the ability to incorporate her faith in her work with both clients and staff who are faith-based.

Rebecca completed her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an Emphasis in Social Work from Concordia University in Irvine and received her Master’s in Social Work from California State University Long Beach. In addition, Rebecca is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

Throughout her career, Rebecca has worked in a variety of settings; with developmentally disabled children and adults, in medical social work with children, families, and adults. During the last 17 years Rebecca worked at Concordia University, 12 of those years as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services supervising trainees, associates, and licensed therapists. This background affords Rebecca extensive experience working with high-risk clientele both as a Medical Social worker and in the University setting. She incorporates a holistic approach that includes spiritual, emotional, psychological, physical, and social engagement.

Rebecca was raised Lutheran and continues to be active in the Lutheran Church and school where her three children attend.


Linda Kurtz
Executive Director, Hope and Care Outreach

My passion is serving the Lord in our local communities and internationally. My family
and I moved to Las Vegas in 2005 where I served as Assistant Director of City Mission
Las Vegas.


In 2007 I went on staff as the Mission Director of Faith Community Lutheran
Church and Schools. I had the joy of encouraging God’s people to serve through gifts of their time, talent and resources to share God’s love locally, nationally and internationally. In 2009, Faith Community began a small orphan sponsorship program in Liberia and by God’s grace it sprouted into Hope and Care for Children, Inc - Liberia and Hope and Care Outreach - USA.


I have served in leadership capacities on various LCMS district and conventional
committees and currently sit as Treasurer to African Radio Ministries and Vice-Chair on
our circuit’s mission society. I have been married for 35 years and have 3 adult
children and 1 grandchild.

Hotel Information

Please book your own hotel room at the Hyatt Regency using the button below.  The standard conference room is $109 per night, but there are upgrade options available if you so choose.  Conference includes dinner Wednesday, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday. Refreshments will be hosted in Rachel's in room on Wednesday and Thursday night.  You are free to plan dinner with friends where you choose on Thursday evening. 

Conference Rate of $109 is only available for the nights of 20 & 21 through July 7th.  Extra nights are available at additional cost.

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