Brett Kunkle - 2016 Keynote Speaker
I grew up in a Christian home. I came to Christ at five and was baptized at six. My family was very committed to the local church. I was a leader in my youth group and a ministry intern as a senior in high school. I had plans to serve God in vocational ministry. But then I met Dr. David Lane. It was my freshman year in college and the course was Philosophy 101. Dr. Lane systematically dismantled the Christianity I grew up with. In class. In front of everyone. And I was not ready. Neither are most of our young people. Now you know why I am so passionate about training the next generation. I’m preparing students so they will be equipped to face their own Dr. Lane. High schoolers, college students, and yes, even wild little junior highers. I’m not just training students but parents and leaders too, those who are responsible for teaching our youth. So check out some of the unique work I’ve been doing with adults and students. www.str.org
Kiley and Rachel Butler – Speakers & Hosts
Kiley has ministered to youth through various ministries, bands, and churches for over 20 years. He has served on staff with Youth For Christ, Memphis Leadership Foundation, Urban Youth Initiative, been a rural and inner city youth pastor, and now works with AreaOne as its President. He has lived his life with a heart to see teenagers live out every aspect of their lives from a biblical perspective. During mid 90′s he helped run a Memphis, TN Christian night club and played in several Christian rock bands including Urgent Cry, Fingerpaint, and with Todd Agnew. Kiley graduated from Crichton College with Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and has also studied for his Masters at Covenant Theological Seminary. When with the Urban Youth Initiative and Memphis Leadership Foundation, he created an inner city mentoring and tutoring program that reached hundreds of at-risk kids in Memphis. He has spoken at churches, camps, graduations, conferences and many other events. He has served as President of AreaOne since 2002 and is chief architect of all AreaOne conferences and camps. Kiley also serves as President of AreaOne's ProductionOne and TechLifeLine divisions. ProductionOne provides event production services and equipment. TechLifeLine.com is a free training site for church production volunteers and TechLifeLine Designs provides web and media services.
Rachel serves as V.P of Operations and Administration for AreaOne. She oversees the organization behind the scenes as well as event registration. As Chief Financial Officer Rachel directs and oversees all aspects of the finance and accounting functions of the organization. She has a heart to disciple young women and has actively been involved in teaching others how to disciple one-on-one and in small groups. Rachel co-founded and ran the Cultural Arts Development Institute in Lakeland, TN where she taught private music lessons and oversaw the formation of classes for homeshoolers. She graduated from Crichton College with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and studied for her masters through Covenant Theological Seminary. Rachel's blog is titled Only Passing Through. Kiley and Rachel live in Lakeland, TN.
2016 Theme: ENGAGE
"Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Mark 1:18
Follow me. That’s all He said to them. And they followed. These men did not simply lag behind a great teacher. They engaged in a tangible relationship with the Lord and lived lives of adventure, suffering, and dynamic ministry - all because they followed. AreaOne 2016 is about challenging teenagers to engage with Jesus Christ, listen to His voice, and be powerful testimonies of His love and grace. Engaging with Him involves your heart and your head. It requires knowledge, wisdom, and courage. During the weeklong camp students will be given tools, inspiration, and practical guidance to continue with, or begin for the first time, a powerful engagement with Jesus Christ.
We always challenge students to start a relationship with Jesus Christ if they do not have one. The challenge for students that already follow Christ will be to consider what it means to live for Christ, or, put another way, be the church rather than just attending church. When we present the gospel we present the facts of Truth and trust students to make a decision because we believe that God’s Word will not return void to Him. We also work to create opportunities for you and your youth team to minister to your students.
Brett Kunkle has the rare ability to inform and inspire at the same time. God is using him to train and mobilize leaders throughout our nation and the resultant impact is significant. I thank God for Brett and for the eternal impact of Stand to Reason. The type of work they are doing is vital for the restoration of the Christian worldview in Western culture.
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One is wonderfully encouraged to see young people listen intently as Brett unravels complex topics that impact their faith and their ability to interact effectively with their non-believing colleagues. Brett’s deep knowledge of relevant topics, his professional appearance and humble demeanor make him a great choice for your next event!
We had Brett Kunkle do a two-week series in our High School Ministry called [re]THINK: Why Am I a Christian? that was incredibly powerful to both tear down and rebuild the faith of our teenagers. Brett did a fantastic job helping develop a strong foundation for our students to help prepare them as they graduate high school to not graduate from their faith.
Brett not only thinks critically and biblically about apologetics and vital theological topics of our day, he also has a heart and passion for youth. From that authentic passion, is able to connect with the hearts and minds of students today. This vital, as more than ever we need to train youth to see the world around them through a biblical lens.
Brett understands youth like few people today. He is able to connect with not only their hearts, but their minds. I have Brett speak at my school every year because he has a message students need to hear.