Thriving in Ministry

CRM Annual Conference
September 6–7, 2024

Grove City College
100 Campus Drive
Grove City PA, 16127

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Plenary Speaker

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Dean Weaver
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Weaver is the Stated Clerk/President of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church having been elected at the denominations 40th General Assembly. Dean began his work with the EPC in January of 2021.

Prior to being called to become the EPC’s Stated Clerk, Pastor Weaver served as the Lead Pastor of Memorial Park, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 15 years. Dr. Weaver also served as Interim Dean of the Chapel /Chaplain at Grove City College, Grove City PA.  

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Workshop Tracks

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COUNSELING
Melissa Affolter

This track is geared for pastors and lay people who are interested in developing a more robust understanding of what it means to be human and a deeper understanding of biblical counseling for use in their local churches. Our featured speakers will draw on their many years of experience as they help prepare those in this track to better meet the needs of those who come to local churches in need of godly counsel.

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PREACHING
Chris Ansberry and Josiah Hall

This track is geared toward pastors and lay teachers. Chris Ansberry will be leading a talk for those who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the book of Proverbs and strategies for preaching and teaching its major themes effectively. Josiah Hall will be leading a workshop on "Tips for Preaching Gospel Narratives."

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YOUTH & CHILDREN
Kim Greenleaf, Jennifer Hollenberger, and Alicia Terhune

This track is geared toward youth leaders, children's pastors, and volunteers who work with kids of all ages. Jennifer Hollenberger and Alicia Terhune will be co-leading a talk on "Engaging in Special Needs Ministry," while Kim Greenleaf will be providing insight on evaluating and choosing a children's ministry curriculum.

Conference Speakers

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Dean Weaver
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Weaver is the Stated Clerk/President of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church having been elected at the denominations 40th General Assembly. Dean began his work with the EPC in January of 2021.

Prior to being called to become the EPC’s Stated Clerk, Pastor Weaver served as the Lead Pastor of Memorial Park, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 15 years. Dr. Weaver also served as Interim Dean of the Chapel /Chaplain at Grove City College, Grove City PA.  

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TJ Freeman
Conference Speaker

TJ spent his childhood dreaming of the day he could leave small-town Pennsylvania behind. After earning a degree in education (Cedarville University), he taught high school social studies and coached soccer, until an opportunity came to help plant a church in a growing Southwest Florida city. Several years later, with a growing family, TJ returned to his rural PA roots and promptly regretted the decision!

Thankfully the Lord changed his heart, an experience that gave him a passion for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom in rural places. TJ has served as the senior pastor of Christ Church since 2012. He is a founding board member of The Brainerd Institute, a resource to equip men for rural ministry through pastoral residency, conferences, articles, and a podcast. TJ enjoys backpacking, photography, and prefers temperatures over 80 degrees. He is married to his high school sweetheart (Katie), and they have 4 children (Charlotte, Charity, Hudson, and Grant).

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Melissa Affolter
"Personhood, Peace & Wholeness," A Two-Part Talk
Counseling Speaker

Melissa has served in counseling and women's discipleship for over twenty years, in local church settings and non-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in History and previously worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, and research editor. In 2011, Melissa completed her MA in Biblical Counseling at The Master's University and has received further training with the Global Trauma Recovery Institute and CCEF. She also serves as a board member of the Christian Trauma Healing Network.

Melissa facilitates the ReStoried women's support groups for those recovering from abuse and trauma. She has been a conference speaker, blog contributor, and podcast guest with PeaceWorks, Help[H]er, and the Christian Trauma Healing Network. She also provides seminars and workshops regularly on abuse and trauma, ministry burnout, and counselor development. Melissa’s desire to walk alongside those who are suffering or struggling has been an overflow of seeing God's rich grace of healing and restoration poured out in her own life.

Melissa delights in exploring the outdoors and local coffee shops.

In this seminar, Melissa examines the framework for sustaining a satisfying and God-glorifying ministry. Participants will consider how God desires for us to practice gospel stewardship of bboth our limitations—“our weakness is his strength on display”—and our productivity. Combining seminar content with journal prompts and questions for reflection, participants will encounter opportunities for greater self-awareness and Spirit-led self-care to guard from ministry burnout.

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Chris Ansberry
"Preaching through the Book of Proverbs"
Preaching Speaker

Dr. Chris Ansberry is Associate Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College. He received his Ph.D. from Wheaton College and served eight years as Lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at Oak Hill Theological College (London, UK). Dr. Ansberry has published numerous books and articles in Old Testament studies with a focus on the Book of Proverbs. He is the author of the forthcoming Wisdom and Psalms in the Baker Academic Reading Christian Scripture Series.

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Josiah Hall
"Tips for Preaching Gospel Narratives" Workshop
Preaching Speaker

Dr. Josiah D. Hall grew up in Kenya, where his parents served as missionaries. He received a Ph.D. in Religion (New Testament emphasis) from Baylor University. His doctoral research focused on the Gospel of John, considering how ancient conceptions of divine presence and absence shape John’s account of the story of Jesus. His current work focuses on ancient conceptions of divinity, specifically what it meant to encounter a deity in Graeco-Roman and Jewish traditions. He enjoys helping pastors discover new tools for preaching from the gospel narratives.

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Kim Greenleaf
"How to Evaluate and Choose a Children's Ministry Curriculum" 
Youth & Children Speaker

Kim and her husband, pastor Brian Greenleaf, have been married since 1998 and have been able to enjoy serving in ministry together for many years of their marriage, whether on staff or volunteer. Kim was born and raised in Cecil, Pennsylvania and was happy to return to raise her family in the fall of 1999. Having earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s in curriculum and instruction, Kim taught for thirteen years before receiving the call to children’s ministry. 

Kim has been on the ministry team at Washington Alliance Church part time for twelve years, and one of her greatest passions is kids and families and seeing them find Jesus irresistible.

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Jennifer Hollenberger
"Engaging in Special Needs Ministry," Co-Presented with Alicia Terhune
Youth & Children Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Hollenberger is an Associate Professor of Social Work and the Director of the BSW Program at Grove City College.

Jennifer has 15 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pittsburgh. Her work spanned various healthcare and social service settings, both in the private and public sectors. Jennifer is married to John and they have 4 children, 2 of whom have special needs. Her family’s journey of navigating their children’s physical, social, and emotional needs along with their spiritual needs fueled a passion to empower the local church to serve families well. Jennifer and her family reside in Pittsburgh and attend North Hills Christian Church.

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Alicia Terhune
"Engaging in Special Needs Ministry," Co-Presented with Dr. Jennifer Hollenberger
Youth & Children Speaker

Alicia Terhune, MA, is passionate about meeting the diverse needs of children and families affected by disability, especially within the Christian church. She and her husband Bob are raising 4 children, 2 of whom have developmental disabilities. Her parenting journey has simultaneously challenged and strengthened her faith, and she is grateful for the many opportunities to share the joys and complexities of parenting, the value of inclusion, and the biblical call for the Church to meet the needs of families and children like hers.

Alicia is a 2009 graduate of Grove City College and has a Masters of Arts in Human Services from Liberty University She is also a Registered Behavioral Technician and has completed additional training in behavioral management, special needs ministry, trauma-informed care, and the theology of disability. She and Jennifer Hollenberger were co-directors of Embrace Life Ministries, a volunteer organization focused on equipping the local church to build a culture of life.

Register

All sessions on Friday evening and Saturday are open to the public—pastors and lay-leaders alike. Please join us for insights on thriving in ministry.

The conference includes a $30 registration fee per person, or $50 per married couple. The conference is free for Grove City College students, faculty and staff. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.