Indianapolis Conference

breakout speakers

We've collaborated with a host of professionals who will speak on a variety of topics. Learn more below. 

  • Chaplaincy Options (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

    Hosted by Rev. Marcus Schrader, Founder and President of Workforce Chaplains

    Master of Divinity License and Ordained Minister (Grace Baptist Church) and Ordained Chaplain (Christian Chaplains and Coaching) Certified Chaplain (Marketplace Chaplains) CPE unit completion.. Member Chaplain with Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    You want to be a chaplain right? Great, so what are your options? Will you get paid or will it be volunteer work? Should you serve at a hospital, a sports team, Athletes in Action, a police department, in the military, for a hospice agency, a nursing home or for a business? Is this a part-time gig or are there full-time options. I feel led to do chaplain ministry, but I am not quite sure my options, what's best for me or even God's will. I will share my story and insights I have gained.

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

    Hosted by Ray Huff, Education Director of Christian Chaplains & Coaching

    MDiv, BCC, CPES

    Training isn't just for the professionals. We hold that all of our Chaplains are professional, but some are more highly trained and educated for vocational Chaplaincy. In this session you will learn all about the life change and transformational experience of participation in Clinical Pastoral Education. Ray will explain the curriculum, its objectives, and the various certifications you may achieve with four units of completed CPE, including Board Certified Chaplain or Board Certified Pastoral Counselor. Welcome to the journey!

  • Impacting the Prisons with effective programs

    Hosted by Evelyn Lemly, CEO of Kairos Prison Ministry International


    Less violence, better re-entry into society, improved recidivism are signs of an effective program inside the prisons. Discussion on why Kairos is effective in working with Prison Chaplains to impact the lives of individuals, the families, the facilities, society.

  • Building a Strong and Healthy Team

    Hosted by Dr. Dallas Speight, Executive Director of Clinical Pastoral Education International

    Ed.D., D. Min., CPE Training Supervisor, LPC

    Building a strong and healthy team is critical to the success of any organization. Gain insight into lessons learned, positively and negatively, in building such a team.

  • Hope in the Sea of Despair - Caring for Modern Youth and Young Adults - Prevention, Intervention, Reinvention

    Hosted by Dr. Ron Harvell, Director of The Dewey Center for Chaplaincy, Charleston Southern University

    D.Min, M.Div, MS

    Discover ways to prevent crisis in the lives of modern youth and young adults using Biblical long-range prevention strategies, tools for effective intervention, and ways to create growth and development during intervention.

  • best practices for trauma informed care

    Hosted by Steve West, Director of The National Association of Evangelicals "Chaplain Commission" for Department of Defense Chaplain Endorsement

    Colonel U.S. Air Force Command Chaplain Retired

    Author: "The Bronze Scar"

    Steps and techniques to trauma informed care. How to listen to understand. Learning to be truly present and focused on your client. Asking questions. Creating trust. 

  • The Heart of a Chaplain

    Hosted by Dr. Jim Browning, Director of The Marsh Center for Chaplain Studies

    Ch, Col (Ret) USAF, D.Min, BCC (Ret)

    While one may easily spot another with a ‘chaplain’s heart,’ it is challenging to define and measure. This presentation will explore the tangible and intangible qualities of what makes an excellent chaplain. What are the imperatives one must have? Does it start with God’s voice embedded deep within one’s soul? Is that enough, or what more is needed? Is it something learned or innate? Is it spiritual gifts? Personality? Skills learned? Competencies? Experience? Is it simply a job?

  • Disaster Readiness and Crisis Response

    Hosted by Jonathan Dulin

    Board Certified Associate Chaplain, Bachelors in Biblical Studies. Member Chaplain with Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    Disaster and crisis arrive without warning. Each event is unique in the devastation and pain it inflicts. How can you prepare yourself for the unexpected? How can you be ready for the pain you will encounter? This breakout session is designed to aid this preparation. The goal is to reach out respectfully, to listen deeply, and to give appropriate care. To accomplish this one must learn intrapersonal skills in order to navigate through the world of trauma.

  • Stress Management

    Hosted by Dr. Angella Allison Davis

    MDiv, PsyD. Member Chaplain with Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    This workshop on Stress Management is preventive in nature and geared toward promoting

    healthy individual responses to stress or alleviating difficulties before they seriously affect the

    individual, family, or ministry. The goal is to provide education and training to help chaplains and clergy acquire or recall the personal knowledge and skills necessary to improve their well-being, their relationships with others, and cope effectively with stress.

  • A Spiritual Approach to Reproductive Loss

    Hosted by Kim Ketola, Chaplain, Host and Executive Producer of Cradle My Heart Radio

    BS, Ministry, UNWSP, Saint Paul, MN; Chaplain; Studied Applied Bioethics, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Studied Reproductive Loss, Life Perspectives. Member Chaplain with Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    Annually, half of all US pregnancies end in miscarriage or abortion. Disenfranchised grief and complicated mourning may affect mental health in ways best addressed with a spiritual approach. Grieving reproductive loss remains taboo even in many religious settings, and the lack of rituals or other comforting supports only increases the pain. This workshop proposes a spiritual approach, including screening questions, for chaplains to address and resolve reproductive grief.

  • Healing the Wounded Heart

    Hosted by Liz McGraw, Master Facilitator with Trauma Healing Institute

    DMin, MDiv, certified chaplain at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Endorsed chaplain by North American Mission Board, licensed to gospel ministry by Woodville Baptist Church. Member Chaplain with Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    Trauma is an event that causes intense fear and hopelessness. Many people go through life feeling the effects of trauma and not knowing how to deal with it. But there is great news! With the proper tools we can heal and move beyond our traumatic experiences.

  • Prepare-Enrich premarital and marriage assessment for working with couples

    Hosted by Scott Tilley, Campus Pastor at River Oaks Community Church

    D.Min, BCC, CFHPC, CPE Training Supervisor/Educator Member Chaplain with Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    Prepare-Enrich assessment offers a baseline when working with couples, both premarital and married, made up of the responses from each couple. Committed couples gain a deeper understanding of dynamics, personality, stress and strength and growth areas. Professionals across multiple disciplines regard Prepare/Enrich as one of the most effective tools in their professional toolbox.

  • Christian Chaplaincy in a Psychologized Age

    Hosted by Chaplain Jose Reyes

    M.Div., Grief Recovery Method Specialist (GRMS) Member Chaplain with Christian Chaplains & Coaching. 

    Discussing a short segment on the requierements for Veterans Administration Chaplaincy. What does it mean to be a Christian Chaplain in a psychologized age, and the battle ground it is to function as one. Learn to navigate the expectations of secular environments without deviating from the mission of the Gospel. Stay in your lane of Christian spiritual care. 

  • Preparing Community Chaplains for Serving in a Secular World

    Hosted by Chaplain Barry Surratt, Director of Chaplain Training at Idaho Chaplains Association


    Join me to learn about developing a community chaplain ministry where you live. How to build your team? What will your team need to learn? You will benefit from the experience of the Idaho Chaplains Association who created Chaplain teams to serve in adult correctional facilities as well as creating a community chaplain training program to serve first responders as well as people who live near us suffering loss or crisis. Idaho Chaplains Association works in partnership with Christian Chaplains and Coaching. Learn how to provide excellent training resources along with chaplain ordination and endorsement on a local and national level while creating a community chaplain internship program in your area. 

  • A Roadmap for Surviving the Transition from The Marketplace into Ministry

    Hosted by Dr. John Mrazek, Owner & Principal of SharedXP LLC

    BS, Ministry, UNWSP, Saint Paul, MN; Chaplain; Studied Applied Bioethics, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Studied Reproductive Loss, Life Perspectives

    The intersection of the business and ministry worlds could be fraught with anxiety or even danger. Should the one relate to the other? Or better: Could the one contribute to the other? This guide maximizes the value that business experience could provide to the ministry and vice versa. My years of hard-earned experience in both worlds will protect the reader from having to repeat the harmful lessons that I experienced. This session will provide strategies to help you transition in a healthy way.

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