The faculty at Kidmin Academy is comprised of dedicated ministry practitioners from a wide-range of backgrounds who are passionate about training and equipping leaders! This team includes some of the most respected thought-leaders and influencers in children’s and family ministry.

Brian Dollar


Brian began in Ministry in 1992. He has served at two churches, The Oaks Fellowship (Dallas, TX 1992-1999) and First NLR (North Little Rock, AR 1999 - Present).

Brian founded High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources in 1998, which creates and provides Kids Church Curriculum, Music, Games, Videos, and more to churches around the world.

He is the author of I Blew It!, a Kidmin Leadership book that helps others avoid the biggest mistakes in Kids Ministry; Kidminnovation, an e-book that challenges every Kidmin Leader to discover the creativity that lives inside them; and Talk Now And Later, a book to help parents lead their kids through life's most difficult topics. He also writes "Brian's Blog" at briandollar.com as a means to connect and share his experiences with the Kidmin community.

Dr. Sam Chand


As a Dream Releaser Dr. Sam Chand serves Pastors, ministries and businesses as a Leadership Architect and Change Strategist. Dr. Sam Chand has served as senior Pastor, college President, Chancellor and President Emeritus.

He personally consults, mentors and coaches some of the country's largest church Pastors, speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches, corporations, Leadership Roundtables, Minister's Conferences, seminars and other leadership development opportunities. He was named in the top-30 global leadership Gurus list.

His singular vision for his life is to Help Others Succeed. Dr. Sam Chand develops leaders through Leadership Consultations, Leadership Resources - books/CDs and Leadership Speaking. Leaders are using Dr. Sam Chand's books as handbooks worldwide in leadership development.

Being raised in a pastor's home in India has uniquely equipped Dr. Sam Chand to share his passion - that of mentoring, developing and inspiring leaders to break all limits - in ministry and the marketplace. (www.samchand.com)

Michelle Anthony


Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Family Ministry Ambassador at David C Cook, and Pastor of Children and Parents at New Life Church. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dreaming of More for the Next Generation, A Theology of Family Ministry, The Big God Story, and just released a new book in January 2015, Becoming a Spiritually Formed Family.

Michelle has graduate degrees in Christian Education, Theology, and Leadership, and over 25 years of church ministry experience as a children's and family pastor.

She enjoys a good book and a cup of coffee. Learn more at www.michelleanthony.org.

Kenny Conley


A 20 year veteran of Children's Ministry, Kenny Conley is the Next Generation pastor at Mission Church in Gilbert, AZ. With passion to see the next generation come to know and follow Christ, Kenny loves to rethink ways the church approaches ministry to kids and their families.

Kenny has dedicated the last decade leading an innovative approach to ministry where the lines between student ministry and children's ministry are blurred to have greater impact on families both inside and outside the church. Kenny loves to network and collaborate with ministry leaders around the world and to push ministry to new levels. In addition to serving the church for nearly 20 years, Kenny is a published author, a communicator and ministry coach.

A true texan at heart, Kenny currently lives in "The Grand Canyon State" with is wife Sara and children, Titus, Genevieve and Elle.

Karl Bastian


Karl Bastian has over twenty years of experience as a full time children's pastor in large, small, and mobile churches. He is the founder of Kidology.org, one of the first and still leading Internet destinations for those who minister to children. He is the host of KidminTalk.com a popular children's ministry podcast and widely known as the creator of ToyBoxTales.com.

He is a prolific writer of training resources, books, magazine articles and is the author of DiscipleTown, the children's church curriculum from DiscipleLand.com.

Karl has a Bible Theology degree from Moody Bible Institute and a Masters in Children's Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Named by Children's Ministry Magazine as one of the top twenty influencers in children's ministry in the past twenty years, Karl is a trainer and encourager at conferences around the world, but his favorite place to be is in front of kids creatively teaching them the Bible and training them to serve God.

Beth Guckenberger


Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children. Beth is the author of seven books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services.



There's three layers to Yancy's composition. Artist, Writer, Worship Leader. Yancy has shared the stage with the music industry's brightest stars. As a songwriter her songs have been recorded by many artists including the #1 hit song "I Don't Want to Go," featured on Avalon's Grammy-nominated album Oxygen . As a worship leader, Yancy has the distinctive skill to lead all ages in worship. Her ministry focuses on music for families which includes Yancy's most recent CD releases "Jesus Music Box" for elementary age kids, "Little Praise Party-Happy Day Everyday" for preschoolers and "Roots for the Journey". A scripture filled, unplugged worship experience for adults.

Yancy resides in the Nashville, TN area with her husband Cory and son Sparrow. She keeps a busy schedule traveling the globe sharing her music in concerts, leading worship as well as training and mentoring worship leaders. Learn more about her music and ministry at www.yancynotnancy.com.

Frank Bealer


Frank is the Family Pastor at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, overseeing staff, volunteers, and curriculum development for more than a dozen locations. Elevation Church has been consistently cited by Outreach Magazine as one of the Top 100 fastest growing churches in the United States.

Frank is driven to develop leaders to reach their full potential. He is married to Jessica and together they have three children.

Tina Houser


After 33 incredible years in children's ministry within the local church, Tina is now the Executive Editor of KidzMatter Magazine and also writes the This iKnow kids' church curriculum.

She thrives on sharing her passion for reaching kids for the Kingdom and has authored 16 children's ministry books.

She loves...really loves...spending time with her 5-year-old grandtwins, Bowen and Kendall, who give her tons of ideas to use in kidmin. Learn more at www.tinahouser.net

Josh & Kate Richter


Pastors Josh and Kate Richter are devoted to the heart of God and have a passion for our emerging generation and the Body of Christ at large. Pastor Josh graduated from Master’s Commission in 2000, and both Pastors Josh and Kate are 2002 & 2005 seminary graduates and hold Pastoral credentials and licensing with RMAI. They currently serve as the Children’s Pastors of Kid Nation at Zion Christian Fellowship in Powell, Ohio (USA).

They have two kids and everyone loves their dog, Wilber… except Kate (She’s a Great Dane lover, and Wilber definitely is not).

Marie Kuck


Marie is Co-Founder of Nathaniel's Hope, a growing national ministry dedicated to sharing hope and encouragement with kids with special needs (VIP Kids) and their families as well as educating and equipping local churches to reach out and minister to these families.

Marie served as a youth minister on church staffs for 10 years before becoming a mom to a child with multiple special needs. The gift of Nathaniel has given her a unique perspective of the needs of a family impacted by disability and the understanding of how "inexperienced" churches can practically welcome and include those with disabilities.

Nathaniel's Hope has developed many programs to assist VIP families and help people engage with those impacted by disability, including Buddy Break - a fast growing national network of churches working together to provide free respite care to VIP kids and their families.

Marie and her husband Tim live in Orlando and are celebrating 25 years of marital bliss. They have 3 children; Brianna (21) Ashley (19) and their son Nathaniel (4,5) who resides in heaven.

Matt McKee


Matt McKee is a speaker, writer, serial entrepreneur, investor, and pastor. You can find him working from the reThink Offices, the Alpharetta Tech Commission's Innovation Center, or on an airplane. He always asked the question, "How do you leverage innovation for good?" He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Jessica and their 2 boys, Patriot and Azlan.

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