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 2019 Parent's Summit is February 23rd, 2019.


Josh Straub

The Key to Reducing the Chaos, Simplifying Your Lives, and Leading Your Kids with Purpose

Josh Straub serves as the Marriage and Family Strategist for Lifeway Christian Resources. He is the co-founder and an co-leader of Famous At Home, an organization which provides coaching to families on emotional intelligence and family wellness. Josh is the creator of The Screen Balanced Family, an online video series that provides parents with strategies of staying relationally connected in a digital world. He is the author of several books, including Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well. Josh and his wife Christi host a podcast called In This Together and are founders of an online parenting community called TwentyTwoSix Parenting. Josh is also a Fellow of the Towsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling. Josh and Christi are in the midst of parenting their two children, Landon and Kennedy.

Ruth Chou Simons

Motherhood Is Sanctifying: What Doesn’t Come Naturally Comes By Grace

Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and speaker who shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life through word and paintbrush at, on her popular blog, in online shoppe, and through an Instagram community that reaches over a hundred thousand followers daily. Ruth is an unlikely mom to six young boys and wife to Troy, with whom she leads GraceLaced’s small but mighty team. When not painting, writing, and casting vision for, Ruth is usually busy eating chips and salsa, sorting laundry, cooking for large crowds, not finishing her sentences, and discovering off-beaten paths in the wild with her guys. She is a devotee of pho, a recovering perfectionist, a converted four-wheeling enthusiast, and a grateful beholder of redeeming Grace. Her first book, GraceLaced, won a 2018 Christian Book Award.

Justin Earley

Habits For The Glorious Vocation

Justin Earley is the author of the book The Common Rule, which is about a set of daily and weekly practices designed to form us in the love of God and neighbor. Justin is passionate about communicating the vision of living with purpose through carefully chosen habits. These daily habits include work and pray, eat, read and presence. The weekly habits include beauty and justice, rest, friendship, and fasting. Justin is also a merger and acquisitions lawyer who makes his home in Richmond, VA with his wife Lauren and four sons.

Dr. Simon Sheh

Pure at Heart: Raising a Healthy Family in a Sexualized World

Dr. Simon Sheh is a registered psychologist with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Alberta. Dr. Sheh specializes in the treatment of sexual and pornography addiction, anger management, pain management, recovery from extra-marital affairs, relationship and marital therapy, and Christian counseling. He is the author of the book Pure at Heart and creator of the Pure at Heart Seminar Series on healthy living in a sexualized world. Dr. Sheh is a popular seminar, retreat and conference speaker who has conducted seminars all over the world. He has served in the positions of staff psychologist, service manager, and project manager at a major rehabilitation center in Edmonton. Dr. Sheh is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Dave Bondeson

The Intentionality of Parenting - Why the Hard Conversations Can't Wait

Dave Bondeson has been the Family Ministries Pastor at Woodlands church for five 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 and author of The Parent’s Summit blog. He is the creator of Unique, a parenting study which looks into who you are as a parent. He and his wife Heather have four children and make their home in Stevens Point.

Trillia Newbell

An Interview Regarding Race and the Family

Trillia Newbell is the author of four books, including God’s Very Good Idea, a children’s book which embraces the diversity of God’s family. Trillia writes on issues of faith, family and diversity. She has been published in The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, True Woman and more. She writes a blog and has spoken at numerous conferences, churches, women’s retreats, colleges, seminaries, including True Woman, The Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and more. She is currently the Director of Community Outreach for theEthics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia lives near Nashville, TN with her husband Thern and two children.

Troy Simons

Parenting as Discipleship

Troy Simons is a father to six boys and husband to author and speaker, Ruth Chou Simons. He has an abiding passion for God's Word and for discipling the next generation to live for Christ. After two decades of investing in full-time pastoral ministry, preaching, church-planting, co-founding a classical school, where he served as headmaster, Troy now works alongside Ruth in their ministry and business, serving as the COO of GraceLaced, Inc. Troy is an avid outdoorsman, philosopher, classical music enthusiast, word-nerd, and teacher. His first co-written book with Ruth is forthcoming in Sping 2020.

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.


Parenting is a biblical value. Have you realized that parenting is listed as a value for Adam and Eve, in the 10 Commandments, is central in God's great command to His people in Deuteronomy 6, and is even listed as a qualification for the leaders of the early church? It's everywhere! 

But many churches struggle with equipping their parents to be effective and healthy. The Parent's Summit is an easy first step to help your local parents grow and be encouraged. Instead of building something from the ground up, start with this national-level event and build from there! We're excited to work with you to equip, encourage and resource your local parents!

When you initially onboard, you'll be mailed 15 posters for your local site. At any point, you can order additional posters, as well as banners, stands, handouts and additional materials.

We will also have digital copies of bulletin inserts, and make most of our branding elements available if you want to customize promotional materials. This includes colors pallets, fonts, speaker images and logo copies and video resources. Not all of this is immediately available, but will be added to the website (behind your Simulcast login) as we near the date of the event.

The week before the event, we will mail custom booklets, nametags, lanyards, signage and handouts to your site, as well as any resource elements we've decided to make available to all sites.

Yes! While we focus on helping churches build events for their local parents, you can take advantage of the Parent's Summit simulcast as a small group. Community is so important for effective discipleship that we would love you to attend as a group. But if you simply want to simulcast in your home, you can use that option as well.

If your church isn't able to simulcast for 2019, if childcare is an issue or if you simply prefer to do things in your own livingroom, consider simulcasting as a small group. There's more information, and signup, available by clicking right here.

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We will provide all attendees of the February 23rd Summit with access to the full keynote addresses after the event, until March 9th. There's a TON of content at the Parent's Summit - it's easy to miss something! We want you to go back and rewatch what you might have missed.

We will NOT be providing a for-sale copy of the full Summit content, nor will we be distributing a full copy of the Summit content to sites or individuals.

Finally, we will regularly distribute clips from the Summit through our app and Facebook channel, and available on our website!

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