People from around the country gathered in Cleveland, OH at Bay Presbyterian Church on April 20-21, 2018 to be encouraged and equipped to better serve the families who attend their churches. Over 250 ministry leaders, families, and those in disability care fields participated in person, with thousands more viewing the main stage presentations that streamed on Facebook. 

In addition to numerous breakout sessions, panels, keynotes, and TED Talk-style Quick Takes, participants had the opportunity to attend full-day Ministry Intensives during the day before the conference officially kicked off Friday evening.

View the complete conference schedule, including speaker bios and program descriptions, by accessing the program booklet, here. Catch the replays of main stage presentations here.


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Dr. Stephen Grcevich

Dr. G is the founder of Key Ministry and author of Mental Health and the Church. He will be leading a workshop on Friday on Mental Health and the Church. He will deliver a key note address on "The Values That Shape Our Movement." And he will present a Saturday workshop on "Helping Your Child or Teen with Mental Health Issues to Grow Spiritually." 


Sandra Peoples

Sandra is the editor and community manager for Key Ministry. She is the author of Held: Learning to Live in God's Grip. Sandra will deliver a key note address on "What Families Need from Churches." She will also present a workshop on Small Church Ministry and lead the panel discussion for special-needs moms.


Barbara J. Newman

Barb is the Director of Church Services and Teacher Consultant for CLC Network, whose mission is to equip congregations and schools to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities. She is the author of more than 20 books and resources related to disability ministry including Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship.  

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Marie Kuck

Marie Kuck and her husband Tim are Co-Founders of Nathaniel’s Hope, a ministry dedicated to celebrating and assisting kids with special needs (VIP kids) and their families. Her key note will address "How Disability Ministry Can Impact a City."