Tony Roberts

Tony Roberts

 Eric Riddle

Eric Riddle

Wednesday Evening:

          TOny Roberts & ERic Riddle

     What does healing mean to you? How can it be received and maintained?  Eric Riddle and Tony Roberts have tackled this issue in an intimate way as they wrestle with mental health diagnoses. In Eric's pivotal work with the flood recovery effort, he discovered how to serve his way to sanity. Tony turned inward, writing a spiritual memoir called, Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission. Eric and Tony then teamed up to found a faith-based mental health support group Faithful Friends. They were then led to produce Revealing Voices, a podcast that is faith-based, peer-led, story-driven, and stigma-breaking.

      Eric and Tony will discuss how God them into mental health ministry, where they find Christ's strength in their own weaknesses, and what the Holy Spirit can do when believers reach out to those with troubled minds.


 Tony & Pat McClendon

Tony & Pat McClendon

Thursday Afternoon:

         Tony & Pat McClendon

     Tony is pastor of Faith Ministries in Columbus, IN, and the Diversity Coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation.  Tony & Pat will share the challenges of leading a church that focuses on appreciating the diversity of God's people.  They will share how all congregations should be open to ministering to those that God puts in their paths regardless of how different they may seem.


Pastor Eric Trickey

Thursday Evening:

          Pastor Eric Trickey

     Eric Trickey is the lead pastor of a large congregation, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur, Illinois. He is a grateful alcoholic with 8 years of sobriety, and a ready-to-be-done-with-it-already battler of stage 4 colon cancer. Eric says he doesn’t know much, but he does know Jesus, and how to keep putting one foot in front of the other, one day at a time.  As the preacher in our Thursday worship service, Eric will share how God is faithful through all the trials and tribulations of life.


friday Morning:

          Pastor Mark Teike

     Mark Teike is the senior pastor at the host church, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Columbus, IN.  Mark will facilitate us as teams and individuals to apply things learned at the Best Practices Conference to our home church situations.  Mark will challenge us to continue to strive for excellence as we seek to serve in our roles as servant leaders.

 Pastor Mark Teike

Pastor Mark Teike