March 2nd, 2019

Registration is now open!

March 2nd 2019

6:30pm

The Community Gathering is included for Engage Conference attendees, but tickets can be purchased separately for those wishing to attend the Community Gathering only.

 

ABOUT THE ENGAGE CONFERENCE

Topics this year include:

Special Needs Ministry – You Can Do It with Doc Hunsley

Taking Care of Youself While Taking Care of Others with Gary Oliver

5 Love Languages for Families Experiencing Disability with Jolene Philo

7 Things All Siblings Need to Hear with Sandra Peoples

Rethinking Behaviors with Mindy Duell

…and many more!!!

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Heather Avis

Heather Avis

Author of The Lucky Few

Matt Mooney

Matt Mooney

99 Balloons Co-Founder

Ginny Mooney

Ginny Mooney

99 Balloons Co-Founder

Gary Oliver

Gary Oliver

Executive Director, The Center for Healthy Relationships

Mindy Duell

Mindy Duell

Autism/Behavior Specialist, BCBA

Jolene Philo

Jolene Philo

Author & Speaker

Dr. Ben Rhodes

Dr. Ben Rhodes

Director of Academic Engagement in the Christian Institute on Disability

Bio

Dr. Ben Rhodes is the Director of Academic Engagement in the Christian Institute on Disability at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center. He and his wife Katie enjoy traveling to new places, great books, and good food. Katie works with survivors of human trafficking, and they are both committed to faith-based partnerships with vulnerable populations. Dr. Rhodes holds a PhD in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and is passionate about the transformational effect of theology in the daily practice of Christian life.

Andrea Moriarty

Andrea Moriarty

Author & Speaker

Bio

Andrea Moriarty is the author of One-Track Mind: 15 Ways to Amplify Your Child’s Special Interest and Radical Inclusion: What I Learned About Risk, Humility, and Kindness from My Son with Autism as well as cofounder of Banding Together, a music therapy nonprofit. She speaks nationally and leads workshops where she shares unending hope, affectionate humor, and innovative resources with parents and educators. Moriarty and her husband, Jim, are adoptive parents of grown twins. Allie is a board-certified music therapist and Reid is a singer songwriter, speaker, and host of Talk Time with Reid Moriarty. Moriarty lives in Solana Beach, California, where she accumulates books, cooks from scratch, and whistles while she works.

Reid Moriarty

Reid Moriarty

"Man with a Mic"

Bio

Reid Moriarty is a “man with a mic” motivated to entertain to show that everyone has a unique gift. A charismatic performer on keyboard and vocals, he has recorded three albums–Purple Party, Shine, and Best Bros. Reid is also front man for the band Jungle Poppins, speaks regularly promoting ability awareness and hosts his own podcast, Talk Time with Reid Moriarty. His voice breaks through social barriers to inspire.

Rick Smith

Rick Smith

Founder & President of Hope Story

Bio

Rick Smith is the Founder & President ofHope Story, an organization that promotes the beauty and value of all human life by providing hope and encouragement to families whose child has just received a Down syndrome. For over seven years Rick has created awareness about raising a Child with Down syndrome worldwide via his blog and social media channels. Rick’s passionate about helping people use their story to help make a difference in the lives of others. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife of over a decade, Abbie, and his three children, Noah, Jaxten, and Koen.

Sandra Peoples

Sandra Peoples

Author and Executive Director for Key Ministry and Not Alone

Bio

Sandra Peoples, M Div, is the author of Unexpected Blessings: The Joys and Possibilities of Life in a Special-Needs Family. She is a leading voice in the disability community as an encourager to special-needs parents. She has been a member of a special-needs family since the day she was born. Her older sister has Down syndrome, and in 2010 her son James was diagnosed with autism. She is the executive editor for Key Ministry and Not Alone (on Patheos). Sandra, her husband, and their two boys live outside of Houston. Connect with her at sandrapeoples.com

Stephen "Doc" Hunsley

Stephen "Doc" Hunsley

SOAR Special Needs Director and Pastor for Grace Church

Bio

Dr. Stephen “Doc” Hunsley is the SOAR Special Needs Director and Pastor for Grace Church in Overland Park and Olathe, Kansas. Doc started Grace Church’s special needs ministry in 2011, helping it to become a hallmark ministry for the church. The SOAR (Special Opportunities, Abilities, and Relationships) special needs ministry serves over 800 individuals with special needs through weekend church programming, family support groups, and regular respite events. SOAR also has adult programming on the weekend, a VBS, and a Special Needs Day Camp in the summer.  Doc founded and leads the Kansas City Special Needs Ministries Network, for area church leaders. He is currently assisting over 225 churches locally and nationally to start a Special Needs Ministry. Doc also organizes the Wonderfully Made Conference every October in Kansas City. Prior to serving as a special needs pastor, Doc was a children’s pastor. Doc is a retired pediatrician while his wife, Kay, continues practicing pediatrics. They are proud parents to three beautiful children: Luke, Mark and Sarah. The Hunsley’s middle child, Mark, is presently running the halls of heaven. During Mark’s five-year earthly stay, he gave his family the opportunity to learn from and love a child with autism. You can follow SOAR on Facebook or Connect with Doc on Twitter: @DocHunsleyVisitGraceChurch.com/SOAR

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8:15 – 8:30 Registration

8:45 – 9:15 Welcome 

9:25 – 10:25 BREAKOUT #1

10:35 – 11:35 BREAKOUT #2

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch, Exhibits & Live Podcast Recording 

12:45 – 1:45 BREAKOUT #3

1:55 – 2:55 BREAKOUT #4

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6:30 – 8:00 Community Gathering

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Fellowship Fayetteville

3447 AR-112

Fayetteville, AR 72704

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