NYC Speakers and Special Guests

Seth Hendricks

Seth Hendricks

Seth Hendricks is an experienced Midwesterner, having lived in Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, and now residing in Indiana where he is the Pastor of Youth Ministry & Congregational Life at Manchester Church of the Brethren. He is also a musician, composer of three National Youth Conference theme songs, and hopes to win his first Brethren Volunteer Service sponsored NYC ultimate frisbee tournament with his youth group.

Drew Hart

Dr. Drew Hart is an assistant professor of theology at Messiah University and has 10 years of pastoral experience. He directs Messiah University’s Thriving Together: Congregations for Racial Justice program and co-hosts Inverse Podcast. He is the author of two books and can be found on Twitter and Instagram with the username @DruHart.

Naomi Kraenbring

Naomi Kraenbring is an adjunct professor of religious studies at Elizabethtown College, where she loves working with undergraduate students to study many things, especially interfaith peacebuilding. Naomi is also a 2019 graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary and a current PhD student at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

Jody Romero

Jody Romero and his wife Vanessa are church planters and have been leading Restoration Los Angeles in East Los Angeles, CA for nearly 12 years. They have a heart for the underserved and a passion to strengthen local churches. Jody and his wife also launched RiseUp Youth Conference, which has become a global movement to inspire young people to know Jesus and make Him known.

Chelsea Skillen & Tyler Goss

Chelsea Skillen and Tyler Goss are an energetic, insightful sibling team. They have been active in the church through summer camps, Peace Teams, Brethren Volunteer Service, and denominational agencies, and have spoken at many Church of the Brethren conferences. Chelsea runs a small production company with her husband in Petersberg, VA, and is excited about her newest project of writing her first book called How to Rock Your 20s. Tyler received his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation degrees from Eastern Mennonite University, where he now works as the Assistant Director of Student Programs.

Dava Hensley

Dava Hensley graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary in 2009 with her Master of Divinity degree, and recently graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2020 with a Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis in preaching! She currently serves on the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board and on the Virlina District New Church Development Committee. When she has time, she loves to golf, read, cook, travel, and go to the movies.

Jeremy Ashworth

Jeremy Ashworth is a husband, father, and the Pastor of Circle of Peace Church of the Brethren in Peoria, AZ, a Phoenix suburb. He likes tacos.

Osheta Moore

Osheta Moore loves people! She is a pastor and peacemaker who loves Jesus and is convinced God has a sense of humor. She is the author of two books: Shalom Sistas and Dear White Peacemakers. Osheta is an optimistic cookbook reader, a hopeless romantic, and a goofball with a little bit of sass. Follow Osheta on Instagram @oshetamoore for encouragement to practice everyday peacemaking and invitations for White Peacemakers on their journey toward anti-racism.

Rodger Nishioka

Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka is currently serving as the director of Adult Faith Formation at Village Presbyterian Church in Kansas. Before starting at Village Presbyterian, Rodger taught at Columbia Theological Seminary for 15 years. He also formerly served as the national coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Presbyterian Church and received his PhD in Social and Cultural Foundations from Georgia State University.

Youth Speech Contest Winner(s)

Do you know a youth who is attending NYC and would be interested in speaking? Encourage them to submit an entry for the Youth Speech Contest! The theme of the 2022 contest is “Bring Your Own Jesus Story.” Youth are encouraged to consider how Jesus’ teachings are foundational to their life, and then to choose a story about Jesus from the Bible and preach on it. Participants should send a written (500-700 words) and video (about 10 minutes) copy to the NYC Office (cobyouth@brethren.org) by March 15, 2022.

Special Guest

Ken Medema

Blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind. He has inspired people through storytelling and music for four decades. Ken custom designs every musical moment of his performances with improvisation that defies description. He is a great friend of the Church of the Brethren and has reached audiences of up to 50,000 people in 49 states and more than 15 countries on four continents.