FEBRUARY 24, 2018

Simulcast rebroadcast on March 10th, 2018

The most powerful investment that I made as a parent was attending The Parent's Summit. I look forward to next year's Summit!" - Tabitha, 2017 Simulcast Attendee

The Parent's Summit is a one day experience hosted live in Plover, Wisconsin. It is built on the idea that local churches equipping local parents make the community a stronger, better place for families to thrive.

The 2018 Parent's Summit is February 24th, 2018 and features some of the top parenting speakers. Want to bring the Summit to your local church? Download our single page Simulcasting Guide and bring it to your church leadership.

2018 Speakers and Schedule

Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited as well as 18 other books. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her staff are passionate about teaching the Word of God in ways that get people excited to live the Bible out loud. With their new First 5 app and Encouragement for Today devotions, millions of people are studying God’s Word every day with Lysa and her team. Lysa is the mother of four married children and one teenager.

Josh Straub

Josh Straub is president and co-founder of The Connextion Group, a company equipping leaders, businesses, organizations, and churches in family wellness. He is the author/co-author of four books including Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well. Josh also serves as the Marriage and Family Strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Josh is a family advocate and professor of child psychology and crisis response. He and his wife Christi created TwentyTwoSix Parenting, an online community helping parents disciple their kids. Josh and Christi are in the midst of parenting their two young children, Landon and Kennedy.

Ron Deal

Ron Deal is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. He brings over 25 years of experience in ministry and counseling. Ron is the founder and president of Smart Stepfamilies, and the director of Family Life Blended. He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center. Ron is the author of The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson). Ron and his wife Nan are the parents of three children and founders of the faith-based non-profit Connor’s Song.

Dave Bondeson

Dave Bondeson has been the Family Ministries Pastor at Woodlands church for four years. He is the writer and creator of Kids Crossing weekly ministry program. As the Family Ministries pastor, he has a vision of reaching children with the gospel and forming disciples. He has a passion for children and families to grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus. Dave is also the founder and leader of the Parent’s Summit. He and his wife Heather have four children and make their home in Stevens Point.

Natasha Crain

Natasha Crain is a national speaker, author, and blogger who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. She is the author of two apologetics books for parents: Talking with Your Kids about God (2017) and Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side (2016). Natasha has an MBA from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University. A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, she lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. She writes at

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn has a desire to help teachers improve their teaching and parents improve their parenting. He believes “great parents are teachers” and provides parents with simple steps they can use right away to help improve their parenting. He believes in positive parenting and his ideas will help improve self-esteem and behavior. Pat works with teachers and helps them improve their instruction and increase student learning. As a professional speaker, teacher and magician, Pat has been speaking to audiences for over 40 years.

Amy Barnes & Jerry Miner

Together, Amy Barnes and Jerry Miner are Barnes & Miner. Married in 2002, they now share a stage all over the country performing their unique brand of tag team comedy. They began with a theater show, “The Funnymooners,” to rave reviews in Oklahoma and then opened the new Sideshow theater in Tempe, AZ with “Barnes & Miner: Let the Little Things Go,” which opened to sold out crowds and was extended to 5 weeks. Amy and Jerry recently relocated from Los Angeles to the Pacific Northwest because grandparents are more valuable than sunshine! They have an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son who enjoy traveling with mom and dad.

2018 Event Schedule

All times CT
  • 9am Event Start and Keynote Session 1
    With Dave Bondeson and Pat Quinn
  • 10:15am Break
    With Jerry Miner and Amy Barnes
  • 10:45am Keynote Session 2
    With Lysa TerKeurst
  • 11:40am Lunch
    Determined by your site.
  • 1pm Keynote Session 2
    With an Interview with Lysa TerKeurst and keynote with Ron Deal
  • 2:05pm Break 2
    With Jerry Miner and Amy Barnes
  • 2:35pm Keynote Session 4
    With Natasha Crain and Josh Straub

The Parent's Summit exists to help you walk away equipped for the momentous task God has called you to. Through plenary speaking sessions by parenting experts, we provide practical and applicable equipping.

Parenting is tough, and everyone wonders if they're doing the job they should. You will walk away from the Parent's Summit knowing that God has given you the ability to accomplish His grand design as a parent. You will be encouraged.

We want to put real, practical and tangible resources in your hands. Through our resource areas, giveaways and app we provide what you need to grow as a parent.

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