Plenary Speakers

Our speakers have three things in common – they are Christians, they work in missions and, at one time, they didn’t work in missions. They all have different backgrounds and stories, but they are Christians who are committed to spreading the good news of the Gospel to all nations.

Danny Foster

President, Canada Institute of Linguistics

Danny Foster has served with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 2003. He and his wife, Ranette have two boys—Josiah and Isaac. The family worked in Tanzania helping to implement Bible translation projects for 19 indigenous language communities. In 2010 Danny became the Director of Training and Development for SIL International in Uganda and Tanzania where he led a training program that served over 50 language projects across the region. Danny is also involved with local governments and the international development community as an advocate for minority language groups. He is currently involved in doctoral research investigating the role of minority languages in educational development. Danny currently serves as President of the Canada Institute of Linguistics, a training partner for Bible translation organizations like Wycliffe Bible Translators and Pioneer Bible Translators.

Favorite movie genre and favorite movie: Movie Genre – Super Hero & Historical. Fav Movie – Gladiator

Favorite Ethnic Food: Ethiopian

How you like to spend your free time when you aren’t speaking at Student ConneXion: Eating Ethiopian Food.

Josh  White

Senior Pastor, Door of Hope Church

Josh White is the founding pastor of Door of Hope Church and Deeper Well Records in Portland, OR. As a song writer and recording artist for Tooth and Nail and Deeper Well, Josh has released 8 albums over the last 15 years as well as writing for other artists, such as Liz Vice. When not making music or running the church, Josh loves to spend his time reading and hanging out with his wife, Darcy and 2 children, Henry and Hattie.

Favorite movie genre and favorite movie: Drama and No Country for Old Men

Favorite Ethnic Food: Thai

How you like to spend your free time when you aren’t speaking at Student ConneXion: Hangout with family, read and make music

Corey Greaves

President and Founder, Mending Wings

Corey Greaves (Blackfeet/Klickitat/Irish) lives on the Yakama Reservation in Washington State with his wife, Gina (Yakama/Grande Ronde/Puyallup/Phillipino). They have four children, Steven, Kathleen, Carissa & Matea. They own and operate, along with a talented team of staff and volunteers, Mending Wings—one of the largest non-profit, Native American Christian youth organizations in the country. Corey is a veteran Youth Pastor of 29 years and has served as Youth Pastor for the American Indian Evangelism Association where he pastored the largest Native American youth ministry in the Churches of Christ/Christian Church denomination. He also served as Youth Pastor for the Presbyterian Church, USA where he facilitated the growth of the largest Native American youth ministry in the PCUSA. Corey’s passion is to see Native youth and families restored to wholeness, and walk in beauty, by the strength of Yeshua within the cultures that He gave us—fully Indian, as followers of The Jesus Way He is a gifted speaker and teacher, and a common human being, and has spoken at colleges, universities, churches, conferences, youth groups, and organizations across the U.S. He seeks to bring reconciliation between the Body of Christ and Native people by dealing with real issues, both historical and contemporary. He holds a passion for his people and a love for the Creator.

Favorite movie genre and favorite movie: Movie Genre – Super Hero & Historical. Fav Movie – Gladiator

Favorite Ethnic Food: Lumpia and fry bread

How you like to spend your free time when you aren’t speaking at Student ConneXion: I could not answer that until that day comes, I suppose.

Drew Berryessa

Executive Director/Founder, A Living Letter Ministries

Drew takes lessons he has learned in his walk with Jesus, as well as 20 years of experience in ministry, to address questions on sexuality, identity, and healing with pastoral insight, spiritual depth, humor, and practical wisdom. Drew is dedicated to helping the Church respond to sexual brokenness and identity issues with truth and love. Drew shares his testimony of transformation, as well as pastoral insights to help the broken and equip believers. Drew also has the joy of serving on the Senior Leadership team of Living Waters Church in Medford, Oregon, as a teaching and counseling pastor. He and his wife Suzanne have been married since 2004 and together they have the joy of raising their three beautiful daughters in Southern Oregon.

Favorite Movie and Genre: Current favorite is all things Marvel.

Favorite ethnic food: Thai

How do you like to spend your free time when you aren’t speaking at Student ConneXion? Most free days I can be found drinking coffee, hanging with family and friends, cooking huge meals for larger groups of people, or exploring Southern Oregon.

Please join us!

Please plan to join us on Friday, November 1, from 6 – 9 PM and Saturday, November 2, from 9 AM – 7 PM at GracePointe, 10750 SE 42nd Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222.

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