April 4th 2020

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome 

9:40 – 10:30 BREAKOUT #1

10:40 – 11:30 BREAKOUT #2

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch & Exhibits

12:40 – 1:30 Ten Minute Talks

1:40 – 2:30 BREAKOUT #3

2:40 – 3:30 Breakout #4

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Katherine & Jay Wolf

Katherine & Jay Wolf

Hope Heals

Bio

Katherine & Jay Wolf are communicators and advocates. After meeting in college, they married and moved to Los Angeles to pursue careers in law and the entertainment industry. Their son James was born in 2007, and six months later Katherine’s life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke. Miraculously, she survived and continues her recovery to this day, including having a miracle baby, John, in 2015. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of steadfast hope through their first book, Hope Heals, and at speaking events both live and online before millions. Together, they founded Hope Heals Camp, a community for families with disabilities like them. Katherine, Jay, and their two sons now live in the Atlanta area. Follow their journey on Instagram @hopeheals.
Matt Mooney

Matt Mooney

99 Balloons Co-Founder

Bio

In addition to co-founding 99 Balloons, Matt speaks, writes and advocates in areas related to our shared humanity and fragility. He is the author of A Story Unfinished– a book written by Matt about Eliot’s life and the lessons God taught them through their son. His work with 99 Balloons has allowed him to be a proponent of inclusive education as well as church inclusion throughout Haiti, Ukraine, Uganda, India and more.
Ginny Mooney

Ginny Mooney

99 Balloons Co-Founder

Bio

Jolene Philo

Jolene Philo

Author & Speaker

Bio

Jolene Philo is both parent and daughter of loved ones with special needs and disabilities, as well as a former educator who worked with children for 25 years. She’s written several books about caregiving, special needs parenting, and childhood PTSD, including the recently released Sharing Love Abundantly with Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman. She speaks internationally about caregiving and parenting children with special needs and blogs at www.DifferentDream.com Jolene and her husband live in central Iowa.
Doc Hunsley

Doc Hunsley

SOAR Director

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: @DocHunsley. VisitGraceChurch.com/SOAR 

Sandra Peoples

Sandra Peoples

Author and Speaker

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
Angela Imhoff

Angela Imhoff

Celebrate Recovery-New Heights Church

Bio

Angela is the ministry leader for celebrate recovery at New Heights Church. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a certified Life Coach. Angela’s goal is to help people live emotionally healthier lives. She and her husband Chad facilitate marriage conferences throughout the year called Created for Connection. They have one daughter.
Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes

JAF Director, Academic Engagement

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. 
Amy Kendall

Amy Kendall

Disabilities Minister - Saddleback

Bio

Amy Kendall is the Disabilities Minister for almost thirteen years at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Before working at Saddleback, she worked for 10 years in the educational sector as a behavior specialist, specializing with children on the autism spectrum. Amy graduated from Pacific Christian College with her BA in Ministry and from Hope International University with her MA in Marriage, Family, Child Counseling. Amy also has a teenage son with multiple disabilities and believes that she is a better minister because she got the blessing to be his mom.

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