The past 3 years have been a reset for most CNW churches. While strategies and programs are helpful, we desperately need a return to Jesus-focused ministry. This year, the Connect Conference will give our leaders an opportunity to learn and practice prayer and “center” around the priority of Scripture. Accessible to churches of any size or demographic.




Crossroads Bible Church

15815 SE 37th St.

Bellevue, WA 98006


Oct 5

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Main Session 1
10:00 –11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session 1
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Main Session 2
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Business Meeting
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 2
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Barry Crane

Senior Pastor, North Sound Church

Barry has been a pastor for over 40 years. He pastored a couple of churches in Canada. In 1982, he joined the pastoral team of Westgate Chapel in Washington. During the last 13 years of ministry, he served in the role of Executive Pastor where he was responsible for the oversight of 30 pastors, missionaries, and staff. He engaged with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies, where he served on the Board of Directors. In 2003, he founded North Sound Church in Edmonds, Washington where he serves as the Senior Pastor.

Brian Rall

Director, C.S. Lewis Institute

Brian is the Director of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Seattle and owns Strategic Retirement Partners, LLC. His financial career on Wall Street spans over 40 years and includes advisory services to company-sponsored retirement plans subject to ERISA. Most of his career was spent as a portfolio manager with Oppenheimer & Company, including risk arbitrage and reorganization strategies. Brian recently completed the Year Two Fellows Program and has served on the Advisory Board for CSLI-Seattle for the greater part of 2022. He is a volunteer mentor and regularly leads devotions for the men in recovery at Union Gospel Mission.

Bruce Hopler

National Vice President of Church Strengthening, Converge

Dr. Bruce Hopler joined Converge in September of 2015. Early in his ministry he and his wife, Terri planted a multi-cultural church in Washington, DC area and grew it for 18 years.  During this season he learned a lot about church plants and growing smaller churches into a mid-size church. He also learned a lot about ministering to people with diverse backgrounds and spent much time coaching other pastors and church planters. In 2012, he got his west coast and mega church experience by becoming the Spiritual Formation Pastor for The Crossing Church of Las Vegas. With Converge, Bruce has worked with pastors, churches, and regions on leadership development, creating strategic processes that align with a clear missional vision, working with Converge’s 10 regions in creating church strengthening teams, Compass which is a pastoral assessment intensive, church consulting, coaching pastors and leaders and now is leading a team to build an elder development curriculum. 

Carl DeyArmin

National Presenter, Logos Bible Software

For 20 years, Carl pastored local churches in a variety of communities with a strong commitment to help people understand God’s Word. As a National Presenter for Faithlife, he introduces people to the premier resource for digging further into Scripture. Hd is also a biblical counselor and is completing a doctorate in biblical counseling. He and his wife, Drea, and their 6 children make their home north of Seattle.

Dennis Blevins

Director of Pioneering and Development, The Navigators Church Ministry

Dennis currently coaching leaders and pastors across the country in over 40 states. He works with the Navigator Church Ministries and helps pastor Anthem Church in Portland, Oregon. Navigator church ministries presently help over 500 churches develop an intentional disciple-making culture. His experience coaching over 650 leaders and 50 coaches that led him to write and build the “COACH THE BIBLE website (” He developed over 9 spiritual growth topics from Lost Spiritual Leaders and Emotional Health. Each topic is connected to scriptures, stories and questions to generate discussion and learning in a one to one coaching situation.

Dennis Henderson

National Director, The 6:4 Fellowship

Dennis left the senior pastorate after 54 years of pastoring to become the National Director of The 6:4 Fellowship. He continues to consult with his home church, Northlake Church in Lago Vista, Texas, as the Pastor of Kingdom Advancement and Prayer. He and Billie have been married since 1965, and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. They have a passion to help ministry couples and support the ministry of prayer in the local church through The 6:4 Fellowship.

Keith Ferrin

Author and Speaker, Keith Ferrin Ministries

Keith Ferrin is a speaker and author of more than a dozen books. He has been speaking at conferences, churches, universities, and banquets for almost 30 years. His passion is helping people not just read and study the Bible, but deeply enjoy it! He uses live events, books, YouTube videos, and online courses to equip individuals and families to not just read and study the Bible, but deeply enjoy it! He is the founder of the BibleLife Community, an online community where people read, study, and discuss the Bible together. He also founded Simply Communicate, and coaches individuals and teams in improving team communication, writing, effective meetings, and public speaking.

Helen Nguyen

Chief Executive Officer, 3W Medical for Women

Helen received a Master's degree in Social Work (with a focus on Administration and Public Policy) from the University of Washington, where she also earned a BA in Women's Studies. She co-founded 3W with a fellow college friend in 2012 and has since served as 3W Advisory Board Member (2012- Present), Advance Director (2015-2017), Executive Director (2017-2020), and CEO (2020- President).

Ivan Veldhuizen

Senior Vice President of International Ministries, Converge

Ivan has served as the Senior Vice President of International Ministries since 2012. With missionaries and ministry partnerships worldwide, Ivan aims to create a global-minded culture within Converge’s 1400+ churches. He is working toward mobilizing churches to see least reached and unreached people groups around the world come to Christ so generations alive today will see the fulfillment of the Great Commission. He and his wife Susan have three grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Orlando, Florida.

Jeremiah Porter

PNW Regional Director, The 6:4 Fellowship

Jeremiah has been in full-time pastoral ministry since 2007, serving churches in Colorado, Oregon, and currently in Washington. Since 2017, Jeremiah has worked as a Renewal Coach with Strategic Renewal and now The 6:3 Discipleship, guiding churches to develop a dynamic culture of prayer. In 2019, Jeremiah began devoting one day a week as a Regional Director for The 6:4 Fellowship. He and Kim have been married since 2002 and have the joy of raising four energetic children to follow Jesus. In their free time, the Porters love outdoor adventures – hiking, mountain biking, dirt-biking, skiing, cliff jumping, backpacking, camping, and many other adrenaline-pumping activities.

Ken Lippold

Founder and President, Alliance for Transatlantic Theological Training (AT3)

Ken was born and raised in the Chicago area. He studied at Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College Graduate School. After working in the Chicago for 8 years as a pastor, he and his wife Emmy relocated to Southern California where he continued to pastor university students. In 2013 Ken and Emmy moved to Liverpool, England with the plan to “test the waters” for one year and see if the Lord was calling them to church planting and long-term ministry in Europe. After a year of serving at Christ Church Liverpool, the church hired Ken onto the pastoral staff and at the same time commissioned him to launch AT3. In 2020, they moved to Los Angeles to help start a church. Ken continues to lead the efforts of AT3 as President alongside his role as Lead Pastor at CCLA.

Kevin Cavanaugh

Executive Director, Free to Care

Kevin Cavanaugh has been a Pastor for 40+ years. During that time, he's given leadership to critical issues facing the church regionally and nationally. In 2018 He became the point leader in founding the One Accord movement in Canada— a movement designed to re-establish a biblical plumbline on marriage, sexuality, and gender. In March 2022, he was appointed the executive director of Free to Care. A ministry committed to supporting and strengthening Pastors, leaders, and Christ-followers committed to upholding a biblical view of marriage, gender, and sexuality.

Steven Welling

Author, Speaker and Consultant, Strategic Mentor

Steven is a leadership and personal development expert. After serving over 40 years in church and business leadership he started Strategic Mentor LLC which is committed to train mentors in the marketplace and encourage a holistic mentoring approach for discipleship-making in the local church. His book, The 5 Conversations was published to teach a mentor’s strategy for uncommon success. He is currently coaching leaders and speakers while writing the next book, Uncommonly Successful Disciples.



Crossroads Bible Church

15815 SE 37th St.

Bellevue, WA 98006

General Admission
Early bird rate: $40 per person Regular rate: $50 per person
Please call 000.000.0000 if you need assistance registering.

Workshops // October 5

Barry Crane and Neil T.
Neil serves as a coach of church planters in Converge Northwest for many years. As a Kingdom minded servant of the Lord, he responded to the call to serve his community by entering the political process and becoming a city council member. In the same city, Barry planted a congregation 20 years ago with the intention of connecting with the culture in meaningful ways, as though the church was being planted some unreached area of the world. In this workshop Neil and Barry will commiserate about their roles in Kingdom collaboration in the same community.
Dennis Blevins
Discovering together the blueprint of what it takes to build an intentional disciple-making culture, working on its foundation, and laying out the pathway in the local church. Pastors and lay leaders will share their stories of their journey and will learn to link the resources, websites, and personal coaching available for this process.
Carl DeyArmin
Are you spending hours on study and sermon prep that could be finished in seconds? Discover how Logos can help you cut out busywork to be more focused and effective in your calling. In this workshop, you’ll learn how Logos features such as Facebook, Passage Guide, Bible Word Study Guide, and more can streamline and enhance your study without sacrificing quality time in the Word.
Kevin Cavanaugh
A unique pastoral perspective on doing gospel centered ministry in an anti-church, anti-christian environment. This riveting message will enlighten, inform, and better equip church leaders in their leading.
Keith Ferrin
Everywhere you turn, someone is talking about ChatGPT, the "new Bing" or another AI tool. But should we use these AI tools for Bible study? And if so... are there any dangers? Which tools should we use? Join us how to navigate this brave new world and talk with our congregations about it.
Ken Lippold
In a culture that has almost entirely left Jesus in the rear-view mirror, how can we present Jesus in a way that is relevant yet does not compromise the gospel message? In this session you'll learn three frameworks to understand post-Christian thought and three ways to engage post-Christian thinkers with the gospel.