2017 Ministry Team

Kris Frank

Host

Kris Frank attended Franciscan University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in catechetics and theology with a youth ministry concentration. He has been a part of youth programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and currently serves as a high school youth minister just outside of Houston, Texas. Kris also has been privileged to travel around the country, sharing the Gospel with teens and young adults at various retreats, camps, and conferences. Kris spends his free time with his beautiful wife, Grace, and their three children. He is grateful every day for the gift of God’s grace and the joy of serving the Church.

Ben Walther

Worship Leader

Ben Walther began writing songs while serving as a worship leader in college. His first album, Where I Want to Be, launched a season of traveling, giving band members a chance to share their story of hope in God’s abundant blessings. In 2008 he released a six-song EP in a collaborative effort with Robbie Seay of Sparrow Records and Matt Maher. Most recently, working with SpiritandSong.com, a division of OCP, and producer Tom Booth, Ben recorded Make Your Home In Me, a collection of seven new worship songs. A worship leader for St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Adore Ministries, Ben says his most profound blessings are his lovely wife, Maria, their four daughters, and their baby boy.


Fr. Christopher Martin

Team Priest

Father Christopher Martin is a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 2006, Father Martin now serves as the vocations director for the archdiocese. He lives in and runs a house of discernment for men and frequently travels, giving talks and retreats for young people and helping them discover the vocation to which God is calling them.

Mary Bielski

Speaker

Mary Bielski graduated from Marquette University with a double major in theology and psychology. As a volunteer youth minister for 10 years and the founder of ALL4HIM Ministries, Mary has spoken to over 40,000 teens around the nation at high school and young adult retreats and conferences, including Steubenville Youth Conferences, Life Teen-Inspiration, and parish and diocesan rallies. Mary talks on a variety of topics including conversion, prayer, the Holy Spirit, sacraments, chastity and the theology of the body. Using funny stories and engaging analogies, Mary draws her audience to the beauty of our Catholic faith, a deeper love for Christ, the Eucharist, and the call to holiness.


Kyle Heimann

Speaker

For over ten years, Kyle Heimann has traveled the country with the Catholic-Acoustic-Humor-Folk-Beard-Rock duo, “Popple.” He plays guitar, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, and the nose flute. He enjoys sharing his faith through humorous stories, analogies, and multimedia. Kyle is married and has three young boys. He spends time chopping wood, building fires, and other manly things like eating food.

Michael Gormley

Speaker

Michael Gormley, better known to friends as “Gomer,” has a degree in philosophy and theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. In high school, he struggled greatly with God’s existence, the problem of pain and suffering in the world, and the tension between science and religion. Encountering Jesus Christ in the Eucharist changed his life from that point on. He does full time ministry at a parish, as well as developing talks, podcasts, and writing articles on LayEvangelist.com. He’s the luckiest man in the world, married to Shannon and proud dad to Kateri, Cecilia, and Noah. Although he was not born there, he considers himself a true Texan.

Steubenville Toronto

Now in its 5th year, Steubenville Toronto is Canada's largest Catholic Youth Conference. The conference will take place July 13-15, 2018 on campus at UOIT in Oshawa, ON.

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