General Session 1
There is no question that our world has change, how we minister to young people has changed, and the role of how we be the Church that will effectively reaching and discipling this next generation has changed and yet the Gospel as remained the same and the hope in Christ is eternal. This session led by Finu Iype will lay the foundation to give us permission and insight on how we can REIMAGINE ministry to the next generation and how we can adapt where we need to adapt and be rooted in ways that hold us to our foundation.
Finu Iype is currently the Regional Director in Ontario for the Village Church and has served as founder and president of Passion to Reach Ministries, a global mission, evangelism, and church development ministry, for the past 15 years. Finu has worldwide speaking ministry experience having spoken at Pastor’s conferences, mass evangelism campaigns, and leadership development events across more than 20 nations.
In the Greater Toronto Area, Finu’s ministry has involved coaching Pastors and consulting on church revitalization, with a focus on community outreach and discipleship systems. He also leads annual gospel training events like GO Conference, GO United YA Conference, and GO Lead Pastor workshops.
Finu is married to Tresha and together they have two young daughters, Lauren and Catherine.
General Session 2
Unique for Today's Teens 2021 is that the main stage General Session 2 with giving voice to raise awareness and practical steps to three key issues of our day that we need to navigating in our ministry with youth and are helpful in the discipleship and raising up of the next generation to be fully committed followers of Jesus. These three areas will be:
Revealing the issues and taking next steps to address racism in our world as it applies to and impacts our youth, youth ministries and the Church by Chris Chase
Renewing an importance of developing biblically rooted teens to be missional to their own generation by Lisa Pak
Responding to and navigating the world of Mental Health in teens and its implication in our ministry with them by Brett Ullman
We could not to justice to any one of these areas in this period of time, so the Today's Teens Conference will be providing ongoing training and resources in these three areas through the Today's Teens Channel on the Castle App for those who registered for the conference.
Chris Chase is a husband, father of two, and as Lead Pastor of the Meeting House Newmarket he is an ordained minister with over 18 years of experience in pastoral ministry. Having worked with and ministered to every age group and culture across Canada, Chris enjoys helping people discover God’s love, delve into God’s Word, and decide to live out God’s agenda for their lives. He is currently on staff at The Meeting House as the Lead Pastor of their Newmarket Parish.
When not with his family or serving at his church, Chris is a member of The House of Common Show, a YouTube Show/podcast with 9 of his friends where they speak on a variety of issues as black Christian men.
Reverend Lisa Pak currently serves as the Finishing The Task (FTT) Global Strategist. Her previous experience includes serving as the Regional Director for Ontario and Nunavut at the Canadian Bible Society in addition to 14 years of pastoral ministry and church experience in South Korea, Singapore and Canada with a particular focus amongst the Korean Diaspora community. She is a second-generation Korean-Canadian and Toronto native, ordained by the Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions (KAICAM). She holds a MDiv and a MABL from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled at Tyndale University College and Seminary in the Doctor of Ministry program. Lisa has travelled globally and is passionate about diaspora communities and mobilizing the young generation for the Gospel.
Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders, and parents on a variety of topics - for the Today's Teens Conference he will be focusing on Mental Health. Brett’s both engages and challenges attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in. Participants are inspired to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens through which we view and engage tough conversations in our society today.
Husband to Dawn, and father of Bennett and Zoe, Brett and his family make their home in Ajax, Ontario where Brett leads and directs Worlds Apart, a charity focused on empowering individuals to re-align their lives with Biblical core values often muddled by media but central to Christian living.
Brett was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board for 10 years before moving into speaking full-time back in 2005. Brett has a Masters degree in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton Graduate School in Chicago and is also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. He and his family attend Sanctus Church (formerly C4 Church) in Ajax since 2004.