Meet Chris Padgett the 2019 Friday Keynote
Chris has been doing ministry around the country for over a decade. He uses the medium of music and message to communicate the truth of Christ’s love and forgiveness in a way that makes a difference. Chris is a frequent keynote speaker at major youth conferences, including Los Angeles Youth Day and the National Catholic Youth Conference.
Chris entered the Catholic Church in Easter of 1999. He and his wife, Linda, met in high school and have been in love ever since. They have 9 children together. Chris has his M.A. in theology from Franciscan University. He has begun his doctoral work at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio and his working towards his doctorate in Sacred Theology.
Chris is open to whatever may come and entrusts his life, family and vocation to the intercession of Mary.
Meet Katie Prejean McGrady 2019 Saturday Keynote
Katie Prejean McGrady is a Catholic speaker and the author of Follow and Room 24. She served as one of three delegates for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Pre-Synod Meeting on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment in Rome in 2018.
Prejean McGrady shares the gospel with a unique blend of humor and storytelling that weaves in theological truths to engage audiences of all ages and sizes. She has spoken at the National Catholic Youth Conference, Steubenville Youth Conferences, National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry, National Catholic Educational Conference, Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, and in dioceses and parishes across North America. Prejean McGrady has appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV, Relevant Radio, Radio Maria, and on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel.
She loves to read, dances terribly, frequently laughs at the numerous awkward situations she encounters, and watches NBA and college basketball obsessively. Prejean McGrady has her bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Dallas and is working on her master’s degree from the Augustine Institute. She lives with her husband, Tommy, daughter, Rosie, and dog, Barney, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Meet Brian Greenfield Saturday Keynote
Brian Greenfield was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he attended Gonzaga College High School. After graduating from high school, Brian attended Seton Hall University. He graduated from Seton Hall in 2001, with a degree in communications, Brian then attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville to Study theology. In 2002, Brian entered the Community of the Franciscans of the Renewal and began his formation as a Franciscan Friar.
After finishing his Postulancy, Brian briefly returned to Washington, DC to further discern God’s call for his life. Brian returned to Seton Hall University to finish his studies in theology. While at Seton Hall he served as a part-time Campus Minister for the university and taught religion at Paramus Catholic High School. He also began his work with Hard as Nails Ministries. A non-profit Ministry to youth and young adults. He received his M.A. in Theology in May 2005. He went on to receive another Master’s Degree in Education Leadership in 2011. He has been in education fifteen years. He has been a speaker, and leading retreats for over 20 years.
Brian currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Genevieve and his three children, Mieko, Michael, and Grace. He works at Jesuit High School, where he is a Theology teacher and Theology Department Chair.
Meet Doug Tooke Sunday Keynote
Doug Tooke is the Director of Partnership for ODB Films and owner of Monarch Catholic Ministries, based in Helena Montana. He has over 20 years of professional ministry experience, traveling to over 75 diocese in the past 20 years teaching, keynoting conventions and training youth ministers. Tooke has spoke at World Youth Day, the National Catholic Youth Conference, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, Los Angeles Youth Day and continues to serve as a leader in the field.
Ike Ndolo our 2019 House Band
Ike Ndolo was born in Missouri, after his parents moved to the United States from Nigeria. Inside Ike’s home rang hymns from his mother and songs of struggle and freedom from Bob Marley and everything in between. In 2009 Ike released his first record, “We are the Beggars” produced by songwriter and producer Robbie Seay. “We are the Beggars” climbed to number 4 on the Christian iTunes charts. Ike’s second studio album “Rivers” was recorded in Nashville and produced by Paul Mabury. “Rivers” is a grittier collection of soulful music, which showcases Ike’s growth as a songwriter as well as his unique voice and delivery. Ike’s latest album, “Shine” was released in 2018. Ike shares songs of sin, doubt, hope, and redemption.