Training Ground Conference
Training Ground Conference
Training Ground Conference
Training Ground Conference

Conference Presenters

LARRY OSBORNELARRY OSBORNE

Keynote and Adult Disciplemaking Presenter

Larry Osborne has served as a Senior Pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, California since 1980. The church has grown from 128 to over 11,000 in weekend attendance, and has been honored as one of the ten most influential churches in America for its pioneering efforts in the multi-site movement, sermon-based small groups, and its creative approach to shared leadership. Larry’s books include Thriving in Babylon, Accidental Pharisees, Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret, Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, Spirituality For The Rest Of Us, Mission Creep, and The Unity Factor.Find out more at: www.larryosbornelive.com.


ERIC QUINNERIC QUINN

Adult Disciplemaking Presenter

Eric Quinn is a lay leader at the Auburn Alliance Church in Auburn NY. Professionally he is the Chief Technology officer for the C&S Companies in Syracuse.  He currently resides in Weedsport, New York with his bride Nicole, and his three children; Olivia, Taylor and Kyle. He has been recognized in several industries as a forward thinking leader and gifted communicator. He is passionate about creating strong effective Christians, and his spiritual journey has given him a story to tell so that he can invest in people for the good of the Kingdom of God.


REID WALSHREID WALSH

Youth Disciplemaking Presenter

Reid has been in the NED since 2014 as Youth Pastor at Parkside Bible Church in Watertown, NY. He has pastored in youth, young adult, college & career and worship ministries in previous churches, serving as full-time, bi-vocational and volunteer ministry leadership in that time. He has a heart for helping people become fully devoted, lifelong disciples of Christ, which will, in turn, produce more Christ followers as they serve God's Kingdom in reaching others. As a native New Englander (living in exile), he enjoys cheering for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics and rubbing all those championships in at the Bills, Giants, Yankees and Ranger fans!


JUSTIN FISCHERJUSTIN FISCHER

Youth Disciplemaking Presenter

Justin loves teens and the people amazing enough to work with them! He has an undergrad degree in Math and Computer Science (seriously!), and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies. Justin grew up attending Pine Knolls Alliance Church, and has served on staff there for the past 15 years. He is passionate about teens, family, marriage, community, foster care and adoption, discipleship, and so much more. Justin and his wife, Kristy, have been married 19 years and have 4 kids.


MELISSA MACDONALDMELISSA MACDONALD

Children Disciplemaking Presenter

Passionate about the church and about kids, Melissa J. MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. Her next book will release in 2019. She currently serves as the national Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. With a fresh and unique perspective Melissa boldly calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes. Melissa married her husband, Luis, in March of 2018 and she is loving the married life. She’s been to over 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits. Find out more at www.melissajmacdonald.com.


CHAD MITCHELLCHAD MITCHELL

Special Needs Disciplemaking Presenter

Chad has worked in the field of Human Services supporting Individuals with Intellectual disabilities in a variety of ways for 17 years.  He has been blessed to have had the opportunity to coordinate the Night to Shine event at Auburn Alliance for the last 3 years and has a passion to help the church reach the disability community, which many see as an unreached people group. This can be done by meeting people where they are at and loving them as Christ commands.


JULIANE HILLISJULIANE HILLIS

Special Needs Disciplemaking Presenter

Juliane Hillis is the Haven Camp Director at Delta Lake Bible Conference Center. She has worked with people with developmental disabilities for over 20 years in a variety of positions including Haven Camp Counselor, Haven Program Director and working as a Residential House Manager, Assistant Director at a Day Habilitation Program and Assistant Residential Director for the ARC of Delaware County. She received her Bachelors of Science in Youth Ministry and Social Science from Nyack College, where she was also accredited with the C & MA in 2000. Julie and her husband Paul with their four children live at the foothill of the Catskill Mountains in scenic Delhi, NY.