Calgary, AB


Calgary, Alberta


Jan 22nd, 2022


Falconridge Family Church
155 Falconridge Crescent NE


Youth Worker Speakers

Hunter Gillis


Hunter is a coffee-addicted, movie-watching, pizza-loving follower of Jesus. He is a husband to my wife Mandi, and a father to their son Judah, (with a baby girl on the way!). While he doesn’t think of myself as an expert, He has learned a lot about working with students over the past 7-10 years —and he can’t wait to share those lessons with you and see how we can expand our reach to the next generation in 2021.

Larry Moore


Larry has been involved in youth ministry for over 35 years, and is presently the Executive Director of United Youth Outreach, the covering for Street Invaders, Equipping, and various other outreaches. He was born in Ontario, started ministry in New Brunswick (youth worker – 9 years), then Saskatchewan (Youth Pastor/Senior Pastor – 10 years), Calgary (Associate Pastor – 5 years) and finally in his position as Executive Director for the past 18 years.

His heart is to see people – especially students won to Christ, developed into powerful disciples and sent out as influencers for the Kingdom of Light. He believes that one of the best ways we can see this happen is to influence those who influence students – youth leaders.

Larry is married to Sandra and they have 4 grown children: Adam, Greg, Luke, Daniel and 1 furboy; Baxter The Wonderdog. He also continues to believe that one day the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup (a man of faith indeed).

Rick Wengel


Rick is presently serving in Equipping, a Youth and Children’s Worker training seminar based out of United Youth Outreach. He has served in youth ministry for over 30 years and has a passion for students to experience a living relationship with Christ that will change their life and their world. Rick is married with 3 married children and has 6 grandkids. His favourite sport is hockey, which makes him truly Canadian.

Children’s Worker Speakers

Melissa Strike


Certified Trainer,
The Stoplight Approach

Hanneke Boersema


Hanneke is a wife to an amazing husband and a mother of two beautiful daughters. Growing up on the mission field to Dutch parents, she spent much of her life in tropical countries all over the world. After meeting her Canadian husband and living in the Netherlands, they decided to move to Canada in 2011 with their toddler and newborn. Her life has always been surrounded by different cultures, a love of God, children, and a lot of arts and crafts. After her internship in the South of India, she finished my bachelor’s degree in applied theology and continued studying at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Hanneke finished her master’s degree in educational sciences and worked as a child and education specialist in various schools. When moving to Canada, she felt God asking her to combine my theology education with her child and education psychology. In 2012 Hanneke began working as a Children’s Pastor at a new campus in Calgary. One year later, she transferred to the main campus as the Family Ministries Pastor. In 2016, she accepted a job as Director of Curriculum for another large church and I was ordained with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in 2019. Hanneke’s passion is for children and their families to know God and to know who they are in Christ. She loves teaching and encouraging others about God and who we are – people created in God’s image. As much as possible, she loves teaching in a fun and interactive way, depending on the group she is speaking to. Her relationship with God has grown deeper and deeper over the years. Hanneke can truly describe my journey with God as a rollercoaster adventure, filled with ups and downs. Raising up two daughters to love God with all their mind, soul, and body, has shown her how important it is to raise godly children. Her passion is to encourage others to grow deeper in their relationship with God and to walk in their God-given identity, with God’s Word as the foundation of all we do.

Heather Skinner


Heather Skinner has been pastoring children, youth and families for almost 20 years in Canada and the United States. Most of her ministry career has been spent in mega-churches, however, she loves the community of serving in mid-sized churches and came to Falconridge Family Church in Spring 2017 as their Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Heather is passionate about weaving creativity into ministry, through music, art and kinesthetic learning. She loves to equip others to serve the kingdom to their fullest potential and believes in a team-approach to ministry leadership. She is also a trained and experienced counselor in the fields of grief, crisis and trauma for children and adolescence and has consulted with many churches on creating safe, secure and God-honouring environments for ministry to vulnerable individuals.

Equipping’s purpose is to train youth and children’s workers so that  they are equipped to minister effectively to this generation. Our heart is to impart, instruct, inspire and connect with you as a leader, so you can be your best!