Keynote Speakers

David Calavitta

Emcee

David Calavitta is a passionate Catholic speaker in love with Christ and his Church. He’s also very much in love with his beautiful wife, Brittany and his son, Judah. David has been blessed to serve the Church through youth ministry in various ways since the year 2000. In addition to his speaking ministry, he currently serves as the head of Design & Marketing for Life Teen International.

Roy Petitfils

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Roy Petitfils is an internationally recognized expert in understanding and raising teenagers. He is a therapist at Pax Renewal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. He holds a Masters in Mental Health and School Counseling from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He has authored What Teens Want You to Know (But Won’t Tell You), A Practical Guide to High School Campus Ministry (St. Mary’s Press, 2007), What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010) and God Wears Running Shoes: Spiritual Reflections for Those Ministering to Young People (2009).

Roy is an internationally sought after speaker who uses humor, passion, clinical and life experience to help adults connect with teens and teens to know, understand and love themselves.

Jackie Francois Angel

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Jackie is a full-time traveling speaker, singer/songwriter, and worship leader from Orange County, CA. In 2006, she became an artist with OCP/SpiritandSong.com with whom she has released two albums. She has been involved in youth ministry since she graduated high school, and she now travels the globe speaking to young people about God’s love and leading worship for various events and ministries. In 2013, she married the love of her life, Bobby Angel, and they now have two adorable little girls. Check out iTunes or SpiritandSong.com to get Jackie’s albums “Your Kingdom is Glorious” and “Divine Comedy.”

Sr. Miriam James Heidland

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Sr. Miriam James was raised in Woodland, WA and is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno where she played volleyball on a scholarship and majored in Communications.

Upon graduation, she joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), a missionary community that serves global areas of deepest apostolic need. Sr. Miriam has served at various SOLT missions including Rome, Seattle and Texas. In addition to speaking, her apostolates have included working with elementary school students, parish ministry, coaching high school volleyball and co-hosting a Catholic radio program. Her story has been featured in the Seattle Times, The National Catholic Register and heard on Relevant Radio, Sirius XM, Catholic Answers Live and EWTN’s Life on the Rock, as well as Steubenville conferences, the Share Jesus campaign and international conferences and retreats. She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and often attends courses at the Theology of the Body Institute. Her book titled Loved As I Am was released in 2014 from Ave Maria Press.

Find her on Twitter: @onegroovynun
Listen to her podcast on: AbidingTogetherPodcast.com
Read her blog at: www.soltsisters.blogspot.com

Steve Allgeyer

Steve has been doing youth ministry for over 23 years and proudly serves as Vice-President of Ministry Advancement for Life Teen Inc. He is married to his wife, Kristy and has seven children, four of which are teenagers. He has traveled all over the world speaking to teenagers about the love and mercy of God. There is nothing he enjoys more then spending time with teenagers and empowering them to change the world. Steve is a self-proclaimed “work in progress” who inspires others to live dangerously, and without fear through his humor and authenticity. He is a fearless risk taker who believes the greatest adventure in the world is found by trusting Christ to run your life.

Breakout Sessions

John Yep

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When I was a kid I made a deal with Jesus. I said, “Jesus, I’ll make you my best friend if you make my life an absolute adventure.” Jesus has come through big time on His promise. I spent many years as a seminarian, discerning a vocation to the priesthood. My years in the seminary took me all over the world, from the United States to Canada, Mexico, Austria, Italy, Turkey, and China to name a few. I have been able to learn a few languages, become friends with people all over the world, and even see and meet a few popes in my downtime. I hold a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome and am finishing my Master’s Degree in Theology from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA.

My great love is to work with teens. I have been in youth ministry for many years in many places around the world and have gotten to know thousands of young people. I also have a passion for bringing Christ to the world through the media. I covered many events in Rome on EWTN Radio as well as covering World Youth Day 2016 in Poland for Immaculate Heart Radio.

I recently made the decision to leave the seminary, believing Our Lord was calling me to further discern my vocation outside as a lay person. I live in LA working for Novo Media Group; a movie development company. Last but not least I have continued my social media apostolate, INSTAHOMILAY. These quick 45 second videos on the Faith allow me to share my love for Jesus with thousands. Whether as as priest, married man, or single, my goal is to be a SAINT! @Instahomilay

Chika Anyanwu

Chika Anyanwu is an up and coming Catholic speaker from Ontario, California who loves sharing the Gospel through words and actions. She is a two-time alum of the National Evangelization Teams Ministries (NET Ministries) and is an Area Contact for Life Teen in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA. She recently left serving as a parish youth minister to pursue her dream and the Lord’s commission to make disciples of all the nation and is doing so through sharing talks with youth and young adults.

Chika is part of a big Nigerian family, loves strong coffee without cream or sugar, and can’t wait to meet to meet with you! For speaking inquiries, please email: Chika.c.anyanwu@gmail.com

Cord Dorcey

After years of being vegetarian and trying to save the world through good ecology, Cord came to an important realization: souls are being lost for eternity. Convicted by this reality he served as a missionary for 3 years with the National Evangelization Teams (NET Ministries) where he discovered his true passion- evangelization. He now serves as NET Ministries’ Western Regional Coordinator in Alhambra, CA. Cord considers all Catholics “missionaries” and desires to equip God’s people to share the saving love of Jesus wherever they go.

Band

WAL

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WAL is a contemporary Catholic-Christian band from Los Angeles, California comprised of music artists, songwriters and worship leaders who serve their local parishes as coordinators of youth ministry. For over 15 years, WAL has been serving the Church through God’s gift of song throughout the USA and internationally. WAL carries with them an energetic sound that rejoices in the goodness of our Lord. WAL strives to have their music draw each of your hearts to a knowledge and deep acceptance that we are infinitely, passionately, and unconditionally loved by God. #Weareloved.