Thriving in Ministry

CRM Annual Conference
September 6–7, 2024

Grove City College
100 Campus Drive
Grove City PA, 16127


Conference Speakers


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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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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.