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Speakers

Jackie Francois-Angel

Jackie is a full-time traveling speaker, singer/songwriter, and worship leader from Orange County, CA. In 2006, she became an artist with OCP/SpiritandSong.com with whom she has released two albums. She has been involved in youth ministry since she graduated high school, and she now travels the globe speaking to young people about God’s love and leading worship for various events and ministries. In 2013, she married the love of her life, Bobby Angel, and they now have three adorable children. Check out iTunes or SpiritandSong.com to get Jackie’s albums “Your Kingdom is Glorious” and “Divine Comedy.” www.JackieFrancois.com

Jim Beckman

Jim has been involved with diocesan and parish ministry, evangelization and leadership development for more than 30 years. A graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1987, he has served in various roles of leadership for national, regional and local ministry ever since. Jim Beckman is currently the Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Jim has built solid and thriving ministry programs in numerous parishes and Dioceses over the years. He also serves as the Executive Director of ImpactCenter, a non-profit dedicated to leadership development in the Catholic Church, and as an adjunct professor for the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Jim also is an Ambassador for Franciscan University of Steubenville. Jim and his wife, Meg, live in Oklahoma City, OK, with their five children: Aaron, Claire, Daniel, Jonathan and Brian.

Tony Brandt

Tony is the co-founder and President of Casting Nets Ministries. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Theology, Philosophy and Youth Ministry at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Tony is a veteran of youth and young adult ministry including have taught theology for fifteen years at Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High Schools. He is a frequent presenter at parish missions, retreats, and Diocesan conferences throughout the United States. He is the co-author of "Casting Nets: Grow Your Faith by Sharing Your Faith" published by Our Sunday Visitor. Tony and his wife Kelly, have seven beautiful children and live in Wichita, KS.

Chris Padgett

Chris Padgett is a speaker, musician, and author who has traveled the country for more than a decade. Using music and message, Padgett communicates Christ's love and forgiveness to youth and adults alike. A founding member of Scarecrow and Tinmen, Chris Padgett wrote, recorded, and toured with this popular Christian band for seven years. He also has nine solo albums to his credit. In 2005, his song “Wonder” won the Unity Award for Rock Song of the Year. The music video of “I’m in Love” from his 2007 album Impact premiered with outsidedabox.com. Chris is a convert to the Catholic faith, entering the Church at Easter in 1999. He earned his M.A. in theology from Franciscan University in 2006, and he is working toward his doctorate in sacred theology from the International Marian Research Institute. Chris has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 20 years and has nine children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences.

Sarah Swafford

Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries She speaks to people of all ages on a wide variety of topics such as: Emotional Virtue, Dating and Relationships, Modesty with Intentions, and Interior Confidence. She is a graduate of Benedictine College and has been involved in ministry for over ten years. Sarah shares her message at school assemblies, retreats, rallies, and conferences across the country and is the author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships. She has appeared on EWTN's Life of the Rock, EWTN Live, is co-host of the show "At the Heart of Relationships," and has been featured in the National Catholic Register. Sarah is a proud team member of www.chastityproject.com and speaks at Steubenville conferences around the United States and Canada. Sarah also works on Special Projects for Catholic Identity at Benedictine College in Atchson, Kansas, where she resides with her wonderful husband, Dr. Andrew Stafford, and their four children (and a fifth blessing coming in April).

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Casting Nets Ministries. He has been a youth minister, a junior high and high school religion teacher, and a college theology professor. Chris earned a master's degree in theological studies from Ave Maria University in Florida and is a frequent presenter at parish missions, retreats, and Diocesan conferences throughout the United State. He is the author of "Casting Nets: Grow Your Faith by Sharing Your Faith" and "Casting Nets with the Saints: Learn from the Best How to Share the Faith" published by Our Sunday Visitor. Chris and his wife Maria, have seven beautiful children and live in Wichita, KS.