Workshop & Speakers


The Lost Art of Mentoring and Discipleship: Five Ways of Connecting, Learning and Investing in Others.
David Olshine – Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
B.G.S., Ohio University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; D.Min., The Eastern Baptist Seminary 
Dr. Olshine joined the Columbia International University faculty in 1993. He has taught Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture from 2010 until the present. Before coming to Columbia, he served as minister of youth, associate pastor, and senior pastor at United Methodist churches in Ohio and Oklahoma. He has authored or co-authored more than 18 books.
One: Fully Embracing Our Shared Life In Christ
Nick Cunningham is the Adult Discipleship Director at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, South Carolina. He previously served as the teaching pastor at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at United Theological Seminary. Nick and his wife, Lindsey, live in Lexington, South Carolina with their three children, Rowan, Gwen, and Selma.
Men’s Ministry On Purpose: Creating and Sustaining Effective Ministry to Men
Trevor Miller is a graduate of Columbia International University where he earned his degrees in youth ministry, outdoor leadership and Bible. He has a background working in student ministry and currently serves as the Pastor of Men’s and Young Adult Ministries for Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, SC. Trevor has a passion for creatively communicating the transforming power of the gospel. He and his wife, Jenna, currently reside in Lexington with their 2 boys, Eli and Owen.
Making Men and Giving Them a Place

Stephen Scheid Director of Scouting GCUMM
Our world has changed but young men still need men to see who they are called to be. They desire relationships that can challenge, encourage and support their development. But it does not stop there. We must make a place for them that can last a life time. In making men and a place we engage young men in the church and build the kingdom.

Igniting YoungER Men’s Ministry in your church, district and beyond

Charlie  Lyons & Odell Horne Jr. – Co-Coordinators SEJ YoungER Men’s Ministry

Charlie is a veteran educator and passionate Christian. He serves as a lay leader and has 17 years of experience in the public school system, serving as a teacher, varsity coach, assistant principal, and principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Charlie is the President of DRIVE Educational system, a company that focuses on motivation and engagement and the power of story and purpose within organizations. Charlie serves as an advisor for many organizations, schools and churches on the local, State, and National level and is currently heading up a Think Tank for YoungER Men’s Ministry for the Southeastern Jurisdiction. This think tank has representatives from across the Southeastern part of the United States and is developing some innovation approaches to ministering to men between 18-40.  He also serves on the Board of Mt. Shepherd and recently led some training and workshops for their summer camp counselors. He serves on the Innovate UMC committee works as a lay leader of his local church, First United Methodist Asheboro. Charlie currently lives in Asheboro, NC with his wife and two children.Odell Horne is the YoungER Men’s Ministry Representative for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Men (UMM). He is a part of a team for the UMM that is working to develop the Best Practices in reaching younger men for Jesus Christ. He is also a Lay Servant at Impact Church (East Point, GA); where he has provided leadership to the new members, small groups and adult discipleship ministries. He is a Men’s Ministry Specialist with the United Methodist Men and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is a graduate of Texas College, Clark Atlanta University and Bethel Theological Seminary. He is an employee of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

District Leadership Stepping out in Faith

Bishop Jonathan Holston

Discipline: Not a Four-Lettered Word

In a an increasingly rebellious culture, the need for parents to discipline their children has never been more important. Sadly, many parents feel ill-equipped and confused about this critical parenting responsibility. In this workshop, we will see how our understanding of discipline is informed by our view of God, and by how we think He views us. We will also examine various styles of discipline, and the results they often produce. This session will be helpful for parents, grandparents, and family ministry leaders.

Jonathan Bright is Founder and Director of a Faith for Fathers, a non-profit organization focused on helping men leave a Godly legacy. Jonathan is a native of Spartanburg, and has served in various church and para-church ministries for the last 22 years. He holds a B.S. in Management from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Divinity from Liberty University. He has been married to his wife Mary Beth since 1996, and has three beautiful children (Elise, Abby, and Cameron).


Stuart Hall

Main Stage Speaker

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