Speakers for Steubenville 2016


Brian Kissinger
Brian Kissinger lives in Gaming, Austria, where he is the Director of Student Life for Franciscan University’s Austria program. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel, and he emphasizes a message of hope in a culture that has lost its sense of purpose. Brian graduated from Franciscan University and completed his master’s degree in pastoral theology at the Augustine Institute. Brian married the girl of his dreams, Courtney, in 2012, and they are the proud parents of two children, Ellie and Brian. – See more at: http://site.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/56/brian-kissinger#sthash.UanszJz4.dpuf

Cooper Ray
Cooper Ray is a dynamic & light-hearted speaker, worship leader, and retreat facilitator who leads groups of all ages to a greater awareness of who they are as Catholic Christians and how to recognize God’s presence in their lives. As a full-time missionary, he has shared his stories, music, and life experiences with thousands youth and adults at hundreds of diocesan, parish, and school events across the country. He has also presented at numerous national and regional events including the the National Catholic Youth Conference, LA Congress, and Steubenville Youth Conferences. He holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Pastoral Studies. Cooper lives in Texas with his wife, Laura, and two sons. – See more at: http://site.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/58/cooper-ray#sthash.Il3oiEOO.dpuf

Fr. Dave Pivonka
Father Dave Pivonka, TOR
, is well known to youth conference attendees from San Diego to Nova Scotia. An internationally popular speaker, he spends much of his time helping others come to know God’s love for them through his dynamic preaching, writing, CDs, and other spiritual outreaches. Father Dave’s books include Spiritual Freedom: God’s Life Changing Gift, Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus, and the forthcoming Encounter Jesus: Discovery to Discipleship. He held several ministry positions at Franciscan University and also served as the director of Seminary Formation for his Franciscan community in Washington, D.C. Father Dave is presently the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic and preaching outreach of the TORs. – See more at: http://site.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/66/father-dave-pivonka-tor#sthash.60RZI5yj.dpuf

Leah Darrow
Leah Darrow
travels the country speaking about her experiences, her conversion, and the virtues of modesty and chastity in light of Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body, doing her small part to further the new evangelization. Before her debut on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model and the subsequent years as a professional model in New York City, Leah earned a BA in psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As a full-time apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers from 2010-2013, Leah brought her experience of both reality TV and the fashion world to the masses. She is currently working toward her MA in theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. – See more at: http://site.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/79/leah-darrow#sthash.Rjoa8Yyc.dpuf

Josh Blakesley Band
The Josh Blakesley Band
strives to make music that moves people into prayer and action. Their new release, EVEN IN THIS, promises to do just that. The title track is about finding hope in the darkest valleys of life. Josh, Grae, Christian, and Blake were all “born on the bayou in Alexandria, LA. Josh began speaking and leading worship in his late teens. He and the band have led music world-wide for over 10 years. Their music has been featured on Sirius XM; EWTN; in concerts with Kutless, The City Harmonic, Jars of Clay, Newsboys, Matt Maher and Audrey Assad. Josh is married with two children and serves as Associate music director at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church. – See more at: http://site.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/85/josh-blakesley#sthash.r9PCSrud.dpuf

Kris Frank
Kris Frank
attended Franciscan University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in catechetics and theology with a youth ministry concentration. He has been a part of youth programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and currently serves as a high school youth minister just outside of Houston, Texas. Kris also has been privileged to travel around the country, sharing the Gospel with teens and young adults at various retreats, camps, and conferences. Kris spends his free time with his beautiful wife, Grace, and their three children. He is grateful every day for the gift of God’s grace and the joy of serving the Church. – See more at: http://site.steubenvilleconferences.com/team/profile/10332/kris-frank#sthash.6fDTuCzv.dpuf

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