Heartland DCE Keynote Speakers

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Bob D'Ambrosio

Bob D’Ambrosio is a 25-year veteran of DCE ministry and now serves with Group's training and events department. He's the director for the Equipping Institute, Refresh the Church blogger, and part of the content and collaboration team. Bob was a contributing author for the E4:12 Bible Study Series, and has edited six books on church leadership. He’s a certified volunteer administrator and serves on the small group leadership team at his church in Loveland, Colorado. He and his wife are experiencing the joys of empty nest-hood.

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Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer

Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer is the theological advisor for the 2016 LCMS Youth Gathering. He has served on the staff of the Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations for over 25 years, and as executive director since 2008. Lehenbauer loves talking about Jesus (and theology!) and has a special interest in current issues and challenges in the area of church and culture. He and his wife, Hope, have four grown children and three grandchildren.

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Mike Breen

When you listen to Mike Breen speak, you are caught up in his incredible passion for the church, its mission, and the discipling of its people.

Mike is a speaker, author, minister and entrepreneur, and one of the leading innovators in the discipling movement throughout Europe and the US for more than 25 years.

He led a church re-plant in inner city London, England and in Sheffield, England; under his leadership St. Thomas’s grew to become the largest church in England in 2000. Later that year he launched a team that began a movement in Europe that planted over 1400 churches in 4 years.

In addition to his calling as a church planter and pastor, Mike has authored over 20 books including the best selling, Family on Mission (3DM Publishing 2014), Building a Discipling Culture (3DM Publishing, 2011), and the three book series A Passionate Life (Cook Communications, 2005).

As a speaker, Breen is in demand across the United States, Europe and Australasia .He speaks regularly in Colleges and Universities that include Azusa Pacific University, Wheaton University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Fuller Seminary, London Theological College, Durham University and Cambridge. He is equally sought after in Mega Churches (Crossroads Church – Cincinnati, OH, Grace Midtown - Atlanta, GA, and Discovery Church - Orlando, FL), as well as Conferences and Festivals (Verge, New Wine – Holland, Denmark Summer Festival, North American Mission Leaders Conference).

Mike and his wife Sally live in South Carolina, where they founded 3DM, a movement/organization which has now spread to 5 continents, training thousands of leaders and churches in how to move to a discipling culture and missional mindset.