Influencing the Next Generation for Christ.

Together for the Heart

Two Day Event // March 5 + 6, 2021

The Greater Impact Conference will encourage, challenge, and equip people of all ages so they can have a greater impact on the spiritual maturity of the next generation. The family is the first and primary influence for developing a child’s faith, whereas the church’s mission is to proclaim the message of the gospel to the entire world. When parents and the church partner together, they have a greater impact than two separate influences. Together we can make the shift from simply giving answers to helping children and teens develop an authentic faith in God.

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Keynote Speakers


Jason Gaston
What Transforms the Heart

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Kellen Moore
Widening the Circle of Influence

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Ben Trueblood
Fostering a Missional Heart

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About Greater Impact Speakers


Jason Gaston // What Transforms the Heart

Jason is the Family Ministries Pastor at The Summit Church, a multi-site church in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. His driving passion is to see families reached, equipped, and unleashed on the world to herald the gospel down the hallways of their homes to the unreached people groups across the globe.

Jason and his wife have been married for 16 years and have three children. Jason is an avid outdoorsman (if it can be hunted, he’ll hunt it), a baseball enthusiast and coach, book junkie, Garden & Gun magazine connoisseur, and a lover of Crossfit.

Kellen Moore // Widening the Circle of Influence

Kellen is a leader, speaker, and Family Life Pastor at a church plant, Our City Church in Corona, California. Kellen has pastored in student and children's ministries for over a decade and desires to grow the local church for years to come. He partners with Orange at Orange Conference, Camp KidJam, 252 Movie, Orange Tour, National Youth Workers Conference, and is co-host of the Orange Kidmin Podcast. When Kellen isn't developing students, leaders, and parents, you can catch him making life one big dance party!

Ben Trueblood // Fostering a Missional Heart

Ben Trueblood serves as the Director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources and has twenty years of student ministry experience, fourteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. In addition to his role at LifeWay Ben is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries throughout the USA. He is the author of three books: A Different College ExperienceWithin Reachand Student Ministry That Mattersand is the host of the LifeWay Student Ministry podcast. Ben also recently started a YouTube channel aimed at encouraging and investing in fellow youth pastors. Ben is driven by a desire for student ministries to expand God’s kingdom, to see the lives of students transformed by the gospel, and to develop students who shape the culture in which they live. Ben and his wife have four children. In his free time, Ben enjoys family, hunting, the St. Louis Cardinals, and is a collector of hobbies.


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5:30  //  Registration / Check-in opens / Exhibit Hall opens
6:30  //  Session 1 - Conference begins
7:45  //  Break
8:00  //  Breakout Session 1
9:00  //  Conference breaks for the evening


8:00  //  Doors open
8:30  //  Session 2
9:45  //  Break
10:00  //  Breakout Session 2
11:00  //  Break
11:15  //  Session 3
12:30  //  Conference ends


Breakout Speakers


Tanner Pinkerman

Tanner Pinkerman currently serves as Berean Kids Director at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville, Minnesota. She has worked and served in church ministry for over 25 years. After 20+ years in worship programming and production, she shifted her focus to children and has enjoyed the opportunity to invest in Berean’s staff, as well as to cast and implement a vision for Berean Kids. Tanner and her husband have two elementary-age kids.

How Berean is Partnering with the Home
A look at why Berean has taken its approach to ministry and partnership with the family and how that is being implemented at each level.


Ben Holden

Ben started working at Berean in October of 2014. As the family pastor, he oversees the kids, youth, men's, and women's ministries. His team leads our efforts to partner with the home to reach the next generation and help them grow in their faith.

Ben graduated from Catawba College and then earned his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ben and his wife have three children. He is an avid North Carolina Tarheels fan and drinks sweet tea by the gallon.

The Top Ten Ways to Partner with Families as a Church Member
Everyone in the church plays a role in the partnership between the church and the home for the sake of the spiritual development of the younger generation. Are the only ways to do this volunteering in the nursery or youth ministry? What if I’m not good at teaching or don’t have confidence in the depth of my faith? What if I don’t even particularly like kids? Are there still ways for me to partner with families? Absolutely! We’ll take a look at the top ten ideas (and probably more) for engaging in this partnership whether you have kids, don’t have kids, or are maybe even terrified of kids.

Dusty Decker

Pastor Dusty joined Berean’s staff in 2019. He has been in youth ministry for 20 years and finds no greater joy than seeing a teenager connect with the gospel. He claims he is outnumbered at home by his wife and three teenage daughters. Originally from Kansas, you will always find him cheering for Kansas City sports teams and missing true Kansas City barbecue.

You Do You: Discipling Teenagers in an Individualist Obsessed Culture
Talking to a student once, I asked him what he believed about the Bible. He let me know that he thought it was an out-of-date book that contained a bunch of “fairytales.” So, I asked him if I could tell him what the Bible meant to me. His response was a glowing marker of our current times. He said, “Sure man. I have no problem with what you believe. That’s the cool thing about our world. You do you and we will all be happy.” Unfortunately, this path to happiness is leading to record numbers of teens feeling isolated and alone. In this class we will look at the effects of individualism and social media on students and how to navigate it as a parent with your teen.

Blaine Stephenson

Blaine Stephenson and his wife have been married for 27 years and they have three adult children. Blaine has been working in the medical field for over two decades and currently works in the cardiovascular market. 

4 Pillars of a Godly Worldview: Equipping The Next Generation
Our kids are being challenged at an academic level to defend why they believe what they believe. This class will equip you with a simple, logical approach to pass along to the next generation to defend the Christian worldview. Come and let us reason together.

Josh Mulvihill

Josh Mulvihill is the Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry at Renewanation. He served as a pastor for 20 years, earned a Ph.D. in family ministry, serves on the Awana board of directors, and is the author or editor of nine books, including his recent book, Biblical Worldview: What it is, Why it Matters, and How to Shape the Worldview of the Next Generation. Josh also blogs at Josh and his wife have five children.

Discipling Children: 8 Spiritual Practices Every Parent (and Grandparent) Can Do
Do you want to help your children or grandchildren grow in their walk with the Lord? These eight practices are a synthesis of Josh’s Ph.D. research regarding the best practices that parents from across the country use to help children grow in spiritual maturity. You will acquire practical tools and learn specific ways that you can invest in the spiritual growth of children.

Tahni Cullen

Tahni Cullen is a full-time caregiver to her 15-year-old autistic son and this past year she joined the ranks of homeschooling moms. She is also a conference speaker who coauthored an Amazon best-selling memoir about her journey with her non-verbal son, Josiah’s Fire: Autism Stole His Words, God Gave Him a Voice. Tahni worked for thirteen years in communications and ministry at a multi-campus church in the Twin Cities. She and her husband have been married for 22 years and they live with their son and dog, Lucy.

Special Needs, Extraordinary God
Parenting and teaching children with special needs and complex communication disorders require creative and personalized approaches. Much has been offered on how to meet their physical, educational, and emotional needs, but what about their spiritual needs? In this session, learn to trust yourself to handle God’s story and help your kids interpret the ways Jesus is already reaching out to them at different stages. Gain practical ideas for daily raising special kids at their own pace to know God’s love, their worth, identity, and unique giftings — all anchored by biblical truths.

Travis Armstrong

Travis Armstrong is the Family Ministries Director at Grace Church in Eden Prairie and has been serving on their staff for 15 years. He was originally hired as the junior high pastor and served within student ministries for almost 14 years. In his current role, he focuses on marriage enrichment and parent support. Travis loves ministering to families and helping people grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Travis and his wife have four children.

Why the family is critical to the faith development of a young person.
Specifically, we’ll look at contributing factors that help or hinder in creating a sustainable faith in young people that carries them beyond the home.

Kelly Peterson

Kelly returned to teaching preschool in 2014 after staying home with her own children. She loves spending her mornings with the preschoolers as they fill her with joy. She lives in Lakeville with her husband, three teenage children, and their puppy, Moose.

Sowing Seeds in Your Preschooler
A practical look at introducing Jesus and the message of the gospel to your preschool child in a way that will engage and captivate their heart.

Rebekah Hall

Rebekah is Minnesota-born and raised, although she’d take hot and humid over cold and snow any day! She has her bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in curriculum development and digital learning and teaching. Rebekah has been the Berean Preschool Director for three years. Previously, she taught preschool. Rebekah’s passion is seeing children learn about Jesus while they develop into the people God created them to be. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, a good cup of coffee and home decorating.

Sowing Seeds in Your Preschooler
This is a practical look at introducing Jesus and the message of the gospel to your preschool child in a way that will engage and captivate their heart.

Maggie Combs

Maggie Combs is the author of Motherhood Without All the Rules: Trading Stressful Standards for Gospel Truths. When motherhood overwhelmed her, God drew her closer to him through writing her first book, Unsupermommy. She has been married to her husband for 13 years, and together they have three elementary-age boys. It is Maggie’s joy to disciple women in her local church, through her writing, and as content director for the online ministry Well-Watered Women. 

Parenting like Our Heavenly Father
Discipleship of your children begins in your own heart. We’ll discover how walking with God creates the good fruit we long for as parents. When we know how our heavenly Father parents us, we are able to model our parenting after his perfect love. Then we can come alongside our children as fellow sinners and fellow image-bearers to point them to Jesus as together we experience our need of him. 

Daniel Viezbicke

Daniel is the Pastor for Youth and Family at Bethlehem Baptist Church's South Campus in Lakeville, Minnesota, where he's served for the last six years. Prior to that, he served on youth staff at three other churches. He lives with his wife and three children in Burnsville, where they continue to root in vain for a Packers Super Bowl win. 

Technology for God's Glory: Seven Steps for Disciples and Families
Technology surrounds us and saturates our daily lives. How can Christians think better about what technology is and how to use it in a way that brings glory to God? Learn seven steps in our understanding and use of technology that better help us praise God with the good gift of technology.

John Eiselt

John has ministered to students and families for 20 years. He has a social work degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Seminary. John spent 10 years in full-time ministry with Young Life in the Twin Cities and Eau Claire areas, and as High School Pastor at Jacob’s Well Church in Eau Claire before coming to Five Oaks Church in Woodbury where he currently serves as Family and Discipleship Pastor.

Rethinking Your Family Rhythm
Every parent longs for opportunities for healthy connection, memorable moments, and positive influence on their kids. Without a plan, our greatest desires for our family get lost in the shuffle, stress, and chaos of the daily grind. We find ourselves and our family out of rhythm and just trying to make it through the day.

In this breakout session, we will explore five important rhythms that every family needs to live connected and grow together spiritually. You will be equipped with a plan for developing rhythms that will help your family thrive in every season.

Parents, grandparents, caring adults, mentors, and ministry volunteers alike will also gain a practical understanding of how to walk alongside families in their church, and community.

Jason Gaston

Creating a Sending Culture in Your Families and Ministries
One of the best ways to help develop a culture of sending in your family and in your ministry is to cultivate the soil. In this session, Jason will help us identify a few key areas to hone in on along with a few practical applications to help live sent lives. 

Brad Bychinski

Brad is a proud husband of 17 years and a humbled father of four children. He has been practicing in a counseling capacity for the past 15 years. He is currently in private practice at LIFE Counseling LLC with offices in Burnsville and St. Cloud, Minnesota. Brad has extensive post-graduate training in neurofeedback/neurotherapy, biblical counseling, PTSD, and sexual addiction. He works with children, adolescents, and adults, providing couples, family, and individual counseling. Brad's specialties include working with anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, sexual addiction/pornography, infidelity, identity formation, marriages, men, and almost anything involving the brain. He is passionate about helping others strengthen their identity, educating them about the head-to-heart and head-to-gut connection, and neurotherapy. 

Neuroplasticity and the Overstimulated Brain
Connect with your children and adolescents using strategies that will strengthen their identity, focus, and overall mental health

Roger & Joanne Thompson

Roger has joyfully served Berean since 1991. He served as the lead pastor until 2014 and since then as an associate pastor. Currently, his focus is on the men’s ministry and sharing weekend preaching responsibilities with Pastor Tony. Roger believes the local church is God’s best idea for discipling men and women toward spiritual maturity. His life message has been captured in his book, Do the Next Right Thing. Roger and Joanne have been married for 48 years, have two daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. They love to use their home to experience the presence of Christ around the table. Roger enjoys tandem biking, golf, walking, and woodworking

Like Nobody Else: The Imprint of Grandparents

Healthy Marriages Leading to Healthy Discipleship of the Younger Generation

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