Learning to Rise Through a Crisis
A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE OF LEADERS
For the last month or so we've heard words like; crisis, covid, unprecedented, pandemic, social distancing and quarantine.
Leading in a time with so many uncertainties can cause stress and fear. We want to help you learn how to Rise Through a Crisis. We are blessed to have some great leaders ready to share some great insight.
As CEO and Founder, Adrie Groeneweg leads Pizza Ranch in carrying out their vision to glorify God by positively impacting the world. From a single restaurant in 1981 to now over 200 locations in 14 states, Pizza Ranch serves as a gathering place for families and friends. Adrie’s leadership in integrating faith and business allows Pizza Ranch to offer a unique culture of glorifying God, while simultaneously pursuing business excellence and profitability. Pizza Ranch partners with organizations both locally and globally to provide support for churches, organizations, and families in need all while providing every guest with a legendary experience.
Jennifer Dukes Lee
Jennifer Dukes Lee is the author of several books, including, "It's All Under Control." She and her husband live in the fifth-generation family family in Lyon County, where they are raising crops, pigs, and two beautiful humans.
Bob Vander Plaats
The Family Leader
Bob Vander Plaats is President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His passionate leadership for the betterment of America’s family has earned The FAMiLY LEADER the 2010 “Family Champion” award presented by CitizenLink, an affiliation of Focus on the Family.
His leadership and voice for the family is frequently noted and his comments are widely requested by a vast array of national and international media outlets. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and many others have referenced Bob as, “Kingmaker,” while Bob prefers the designation of “Standard Bearer.”
Bob is author of Light from Lucas, a true story of how God uses the weakest among us to have the greatest impact. The book gives a poignant account of Bob’s son, Lucas, who although severely disabled at birth, offers important life-changing lessons. Light from Lucas is a Barnes and Noble “Recommended Read” and has earned the authentic “Chuck Norris Approved” seal.” Learn more at www.LightfromLucas.com
In addition to being an author, Bob is a highly sought after speaker. His passion to make a difference is contagious and his insight intriguing as he weaves lessons from his various experiences and leadership successes in education, in health care and human services, in politics, in business and in ministry.
Bob’s most recent book, If 7:14…An Urgent Call for Revival…It’s Time, is an urgent and compelling call to revival based upon 2 Chronicles 7:14, a passage that gives God’s people a glimpse of His heart and a template for revival. Visit www.if714.com.
Bob received his Master’s and Specialist’s Degrees from Drake University in Educational Leadership. He is a recipient of Northwestern College’s (Iowa) “Distinguished Alumni” in the area of professional achievement.
Bob and his wife, Darla, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and are blessed with four sons.
Bob Lenz has a humorous, down-to-earth style combined with genuine concern. A storyteller at heart, Bob combines his personal experience with in-depth biblical knowledge, awakening understanding and inspiring others to embrace faith in Christ and make the next step closer to God. He captures the audience’s attention immediately and sensitively spans denominational walls.
His rare combination of passion and substance, both on and off stage, has resulted in Bob Lenz being respected as one of the nation’s top Christian communicators. He shares his message with half a million people each year through community outreaches, festivals, school assemblies, church events, tours and conferences. Bob is known for his highly sought-after school assembly programs on anti-bullying and suicide prevention.
I help provide spiritual direction and leadership on campus through oversight of Campus Ministries, serving on the president's cabinet, and teaching occasionally in the Theology Department.
In Campus Ministries this means preaching most weeks in chapel, overseeing missions programs (locally, nationally, and internationally), providing pastoral care for students, and giving shape to discipleship opportunities like small groups, prayer ministries, service opportunities, and more. I also help connect Dordt students to local church and parachurch ministries.
Along with Syd Hielema, I co-authored a textbook called Vivid: Deepening Your Colors. At Dordt, we use it as the primary textbook for CORE 100, the freshmen introduction class to discipleship.
I also am an avid hockey fan and local rec league coach, have five vibrant kids, a little dog named Charlie, and a creative, ridiculously talented wife who writes novels (www.nicolebaart.com). Together, we are also highly involved in community redevelopment and church planting in Liberia via a small non-profit we co-founded in 2007 named, One Body One Hope. When there's still time left over, I enjoy yard work and travel.
Mike De Jong
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Son of God, Husband & Father. I am currently serving with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and part of a few ministries. Over the years God has given me a heart and burden for Revival in our nation. 14 years ago when I came to Jesus Christ this was the first word God laid on my heart. Over the last decade we have been a part of movements that seek the face of God through prayer, intercession and a heart for Revival and change in this nation and beyond. I believe we are at a crucible time in America, a time of choosing and believe we were made for this moment in time!
Two-Time Super Bowl Champ
Adam Timmerman was born and raised on a farm in Cherokee, Iowa. He went on to play college football at South Dakota State University earning Division II All-American and Academic All-American honors, and the opportunity to play in the Division II all-star game: the Snow Bowl.
Timmerman was then drafted in the seventh and final round of the 1995 draft by the Green Bay Packers, making him the 230th pick overall. He was a starting member of the Super Bowl XXXI championship team and the Super Bowl XXXII team, enjoying four seasons with the Packers before signing with the St. Louis Rams in 1999. As a Ram, he was a starting member of the 1999 “Greatest Show on Turf” team that won Super Bowl XXXIV and returned to Super Bowl XXXVI in 2001. During his eight years with the Rams, he also appeared in two Pro Bowls and was team captain from 2003 to 2005. In his 12-year pro career, he amassed 221 consecutive games played (204 regular season and 17 playoff) and blocked for six NFL MVPs before retiring in 2007.
Timmerman is now back in Cherokee with his wife, Jana, and their three children: Mason, 18; Alexa, 16; and Jada, 12. He farms with his brother and nephews and is a shareholder in and general manager of Icon Ag & Turf, which are John Deere dealerships in northwest Iowa. Timmerman enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams and watching them in all of their extracurricular activities. In his spare time, he can be found telling his testimony at local churches and schools and serving on the state board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
I live in Sioux Falls (that’s in South Dakota) I like typewriters, drive a Rambler, cheer for the Cincinnati Bengals, and have 4 chickens. Fun fact: I once made the worldwide news (from the UK, to Pakistan, to Australia) when a turkey vulture fell out of the sky and onto my back porch during an ice storm. Google it.
I’m one of the pastors at a church called Embrace. Embrace is a 10-year-old church that has grown to 6 campuses and 4,000+ people in weekly attendance, and is still growing. In 2013, 2014, & 2015, Embrace was listed as one of the fastest growing churches in America according to Outreach Magazine. I was recognized as one of youngest lead pastors, which is crazy, given I still can’t believe I’m a pastor. I also wrote a book on prayer called Talking With God.
I’m married to my beautiful wife Becky and we have 4 kids: Hudson, Wilson, Grayson, and Anderson. (Yes, I mentioned my chickens before my children.)
Dr. William Roozeboom
Pastoral Councelor/Therapist, Ph.D., MDiv
is a pastoral theologian, pastoral counselor, and professor. He has served the church in various pastoral roles and works with clergy, congregations, and higher ecclesial judicatories on conflict management, staff relations, crisis intervention, restoration and renewal processes, and ongoing health and wellness.
Dr. Roozeboom has taught as an adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary since 2011 and at a number of other institutions in Southern California. In 2017 he accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Family circumstances and obligations brought him back to California in 2019 and currently he teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary, Loyola Marymount University, and the University of Redlands.
Additionally, he serves as a pastoral counselor and consultant with local congregations. Dr. Roozeboom is a certified pastoral counselor and practitioner with ACPE. He has provided pastoral counseling services to individuals, couples, and families for over 15 years—specializing in spiritually-integrated care, clergy and faith leader counseling, questions of identity, and grief and loss.
Dr. Roozeboom’s own research is in the area of faith leader wellness and neuroscience; wherein he encourages faith leaders to utilize the performative capacity of the brain through practices of wellness to increase one’s capacity to one’s neighbor as one’s self. His book, Neuroplasticity, Performativity, and Clergy Wellness: Neighbor love as self-care (Lexington Books, 2017) presents a clergy wellness model and outlines specific practices to induce life-giving changes to the structure and function of the brain.
Senior at West Lyon High School
Hi there! It’s so nice to meet you. My name is Lydia, and I’m a 18-year-old girl who lives in northwest Iowa. I love music, writing, black tea, and Jesus.
And I have to say that I believe in YOU. I believe in a God who loves and forgives and has marvelous plans — for me and for you. I believe in a God who can and will use anyone to do amazing things, and I believe that we need to say “YES” to what God has in store for us.
I’ve been to Haiti four times. If you aren’t aware, Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing and injuring over 500,000 people, and leaving 1.5 million people homeless. My heart broke hearing about the devastation of the earthquake. It was then that I developed my passion for loving others and helping the less-fortunate. I left my heart in Haiti, and I have made many relationships and connections there.
I also believe that we were made to live an out of the ordinary life, living in a way that is not-so-average in order to serve God. But you don’t have to go to Haiti to live an out of the ordinary life. That’s where this blog comes in. I am challenging myself and you to live a not-so-average life right here, right where we are.
I am the oldest of two girls in my family. My dad is a farmer, and my mom is a writer.
Some of my favorites are
- singing (soprano all the way!)
- music (I play the marimba, piano, clarinet, and ukulele.)
- any kind of tea!
- classic literature
- public speaking
So this is my story. It’s the one God has blessed me with, and I will live it the best that I possibly can. I think that it’s fitting to close with my favorite Bible verse of all time:
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”
Read Lydia's Letter to Seniors
After moving to Haiti full-time and working for a jewelry company, Kayla quickly became passionate about job creation for Haitians. Rosie's exists to promote job creation, Haitian goods, the companies and people behind the goods and hopefully create more jobs as we grow.
Kayla opened her store in Cabaret, Haiti in April of 2014 and two years later, Renae opened her store in Rock Rapids, Iowa. In the spring of 2018, they opened their expansion in Haiti!
Rosie's is currently purchasing from ten different companies (always hoping and searching for this number to grow) who collectively employ over 400 Haitians. Each company we purchase from believes and practices the same ethics we have: provide a fair, living wage to the artisan; empower and equip the artisan; educate people about the realities in Haiti; and work to keep families together.
Hi there! I’m from Omaha, NE, and I’m a mom of three lovely teenage girls…wait, did I mention they were teenagers?? Being married to my husband Jason, a hunter, means that we have a lot of extra eyes staring back at us in the house, right alongside our Golden Retriever “Charlie”, who is alive and well and not hanging on a wall! I attend Lincoln Hills Bible Church and helped start-up Operation Prom Dress in 2007, which helps teenage girls see how precious they are in God’s sight. I got started at Life 96.5 a number of years ago when they sent me an email saying they thought my goofy personality would be a good fit on the radio. I love to talk, laugh and I have a sweet tooth that never ends!
Evangelist / CEO of LifeLight
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” With a willingness to be open and honest about his own testimony of the redemptive power and love of Jesus Christ, Josh speaks with refreshing transparency that is especially relevant to youth and young adults. He shows through his life and words that what the Bible says in this verse is true.As Evangelist and CEO of LifeLight, Josh also has a passion to see the nations transformed by the saving knowledge of Christ. He knows that worshipping God is not simply about church, but about going out into the streets and rescuing those that have never heard of Jesus, whether that is in America or in other nations. Josh received his ordination from Heart of God Ministries in Oklahoma, and he seeks to spur the Church on to see what Jesus describes in John 4:35, “…I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Josh and his wife, Rachelle, work together in ministry, and enjoy spending time at their home in Sioux Falls, SD with their three daughters.
Justin Roy Jenness
Raider football fanatic. One in 11 siblings. Father. Husband. Pastor. These are a few things to describe Justin Roy Jenness. We all have several labels, but one matters more than others: A Child of God. Justin has been passionately working in ministry for over a decade. He loved his start with youth ministry, helping young leaders find their faith and finding their one true label as a child of God. Now, Justin pastors two churches and continues to profess this true belief.