Keynote Speakers

Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (2002), Children’s Ministry Architects(2010), and Small Church Ministry Architects(2011), hands-on coaching services for churches whose ministries are in transition or who hope to move their ministries strategically forward. In 2013 all three divisions of the company were consolidated under the name MINISTRY ARCHITECTS, which more accurately addresses the scope of the work Mark and his team are engaged in with churches around the country and abroad. Since 1986, Mark has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he continues to oversee the youth ministry on a part-time basis. Mark is the author of a number of books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry (IVP, 2008), Family-Based Youth Ministry (IVP, Revised and Expanded, 2004) and 2011 releases, Before You Hire a Youth Pastor and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (Group Publishing), both co-authored with YMA Vice-President, Jeff Dunn-Rankin. Mark served as the General Editor for the 2013 release, Letters to a Youth Worker (CYMT, 2013).

Stuart Hall provides vision and leadership for two highly effective non-profit organizations (XP3: A Division of the Rethink Group & DASH INC), deeply desires to develop spiritually influential students that engage culture, partners with great organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to develop students as leaders, travels and speaks to thousands of students and leaders each year, has coauthored three books (The Seven Checkpoints: Seven Principles Every Teenager Needs to Know, MAX Q: Developing Students of Influence and Wired: For a Life of Worship, Leaders Edition), is working on authoring one or two more, laughs incessantly, coaches his daughters’ basketball teams, relishes watching his son play football and basketball and his daughters play basketball and soccer, and loves his beautiful wife Kellee with every fiber of his being.