Dr. Tim Ahlman is a third generation LCMS pastor. Tim is passionate about Jesus, God's Word, his family, discipleship multiplication pathways, healthy ministry culture...and golf (in that order). Tim recently completed his doctorate from Denver Seminary in Organizational Leadership Development. Tim studied the traits and characteristics of pastors who collaborate in mission, with the hypothesis that ministries and leaders are simply better when we work together.
Dr. Benjamin Boche is an Assistant Professor of Education at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Before teaching at Valparaiso University, Ben was an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, Chicago and a middle grades teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Litchfield Park, AZ and Faith Lutheran Middle/High School in Las Vegas, NV. Ben has co-authored Faithfully Connected (CPH, 2016), various other articles and book chapters, and presented at numerous educational conferences both nationally and internationally.
A highly-sought after speaker, trainer and coach known as “Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.,” Dr. Danny Brassell has spoken to over 3,500 audiences worldwide and authored 16 books, including his latest, Leadership Begins with Motivation. He is the co-founder of www.theREADINGhabit.com, the world’s top reading engagement program.
Dr. Jake Hollatz is the principal of St. John’s Lutheran School in Orange, CA. With an EdD in educational leadership, Jake has been a teacher, professor and administrator in several states. Jake has co-authored Faithfully Connected (CPH, 2016) and has presented at various educational conferences across the country.
Kimberly Malloy, LMFT, CIO, is the founder of Center for Relational Health-LV where she does individual, couples and family counseling but also works with various schools, churches, non-profit organization and businesses to bring emotional health to the larger community.
In private practice since 2009, Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s in Counseling, Marriage, Family & Child Therapy (MFT). Malloy is trained in a variety of therapeutic trauma interventions, communication and personality programs, including the Color Code personality profile and she is a Certified Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, which is the based in the research of Dr. Brené Brown. She provides many different workshops based on Dr. Brown’s many books and is also launching a movement called Curiosity Starts Here which is training the global community in understanding trauma, its impact and resiliency.
Dr. Kim Marxhausen enjoys a ministry of supporting Lutheran educators and parents. She uses her doctorate in Educational Psychology to help people see their work in a new way. She presents at conferences all over the country, writes a parenting newsletter for LCMS School Ministry called Parent Pages, and is the author of three books, including Weary Joy: The Caregiver's Journey. She is currently writing a book on working with children on the spectrum. You are welcome to check out her ministry resources at http://faithparent.marxhausen.net/.
Katey McPherson brings experience in school leadership, prevention, and organizational change with 25 years as a secondary school teacher, guidance counselor, and K-12 school administrator. Katey currently serves as a Regional Sales Manager for Bark For Schools, an artificial intelligence app that protects over 5 million children nationwide, and is a national public speaker on youth mental health and suicide prevention. Katey also serves as the Town of Gilbert, Arizona, ONE GILBERT youth mental health task force lead chair. In her spare time she is also the mother of 4 tween and teen daughters ages 12,12,14,15.
Karen Merritt is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Bachelor of Science in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Through her 15 years of teaching both elementary and middle school, 6+ years of counseling in both Christian private practice and at St. Paul Lutheran School, Ft. Worth TX, she has worked with children and adolescents with a variety of concerns including ADHD, eating disorders, self‐harm, bullying, autism, depression, abuse, divorce, parental problems, and self‐concept issues. By combining her background in Theology with Christian Mental Health practices, she offers Christ-Centered Biblically based counseling to children, families, and other educators. Along with her day-to-day duties as a School Counselor, she leads staff development workshops as well as parenting seminars for schools across Texas and throughout the country.
Dr. John Arthur Nunes is an author, academic leader, and a Lutheran pastor. He is concluding his tenure as the president of Concordia College—New York. He also previously served as the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, as a professor at Valparaiso University, and as an inner-city pastor in Dallas, Texas and Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of several books, including Meant for More: In, With, and Under the Ordinary (2020).
Monique Nunes serves as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coach and as a Student Support Specialist for Concordia University Irvine. She has served in student life and administrative roles at Concordia College New York, Valparaiso University, and Baltimore Lutheran High School. Known for her gifts in sacred music, Monique has performed at hundreds of church events around the world.
Monique and John have six children and twelve grandchildren.
Dr. Joel Oesch is a Professor of Theology at Concordia University Irvine. He also directs the Graduate Program for Christ College and is the Executive Director of the Crosswise Institute, a youth theology initiative that introduces high school students to the most pressing issues in culture, science, and faith. Before Concordia, Joel was a Director of Christian Education for ten years in Hawaii and Texas. His chief research interests include technology, Transhumanism, embodiment, and the works of his favorite pastor-spy-anti-Nazi-superhero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He lives with his wife, Tiffany, and four young children in south Orange County.