Jessica is a Pastor at Crosspoint Church in Temecula, CA, and serves as The Christian and Missionary Alliance Children’s Ministry Regional Connector for the South Pacific District. She has her MS in Counseling with an emphasis in Child Development from Loma Linda University. She has been serving as a leader in the church for nearly 12 years and loves encouraging and developing leaders.
Connie MacDonald, is from Red Oak, Iowa. Connie’s husband is the senior pastor of Faith Community Church. They have served there for 21 years. Connie has been the Director of Student Ministries (grades 5-12) for 9 years. She is passionate about creating opportunities for students to encounter Jesus. Connie loves mentoring students and giving them opportunities to discover their gifts. She is very excited to be a part of the CDLC. She has a deep desire to share her years of experience in children and youth ministry with those who are coming behind her.
Duane Miller currently serves as the solo pastor of Living Hope Church in East Canton, Ohio. He has been in the pastoral ministry since 1978 and has served as an associate pastor of youth in churches in Trenton, New Jersey and Canandaigua, New York, as well as solo pastor in three churches in Ohio. He also has served in various volunteer and part time youth positions in churches, Youth For Christ, and as a camp director. He is a 1975 graduate of Malone University, Canton, Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion (Christian Education). He also graduated from Denver Seminary in 1978 with a Master of Arts in Christian Education. Duane is an avid canoeist and has led a number of teen and adult wilderness canoe trips through the years.
Duane, and his wife Molly have been married 42 years and have 4 married daughters and 20 grandchildren.
Kerri serves as the Children’s Ministry Director at The Plant Church in Mahwah, New Jersey. Her love for children and desire to see them experience God from an early age has fueled her passion in ministry for over ten years. Kerri’s husband is a pastor at The Plant, and together they love parenting their three young girls. Kerri is driven by God’s heartbeat for the generations and she embraces it first within her home. She believes that children, empowered to love and serve Jesus in the church of today, will lead forward the church of tomorrow.
Nancy has served in children’s and family ministry for nearly four decades. She is a graduate of Bethel Seminary and is a pastor’s wife, the mother of 3 adult children, and has recently become the adoptive mom to 3 girls between ages 8 and 12. Her passion in ministry is having personal relationships with children and their families. She works to help the church do its part in discipling children, but her more recent focus is on innovative ways for the church to better educate, equip, and empower parents in their disciplemaking role. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys remodeling and landscaping projects with her husband and cuddling with her dog.
Halle Pilkington is the Children’s Ministry Director for Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, NC and as a regional connector for her district. She is a consecrated licensed worker for the CM&A and uses her education in elementary and middle school education as well as business management to serve as a leader in ministry. Halle has a passion for equipping and coaching others in the areas of education and ministry and is excited to use her gifts and passions with the CDLC.
Shaun Sass is the current Children’s Pastor at Princeton Alliance Church and the Metropolitan District children’s ministry consultant. Shaun is also a member of the C&MA National Disciplemaking Team. He has over 20 years experience in the field and is passionate about helping children discover their identity in Christ and live a life empowered by God’s Word. Shaun is also passionate about ministry to children overseas, with experience in several countries. Shaun has a deep passion to teach parents how to be the primary spiritual providers for their families as well as facilitating cross-cultural family ministry experiences. “I love helping people discover how their giftedness connects to the kingdom, investing in leaders, and teaching spin classes.”
Abby Segura is currently the Children’s Ministry Director at Perrysburg Alliance Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. She has her bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and has been serving in children’s ministries in Alliance churches for the past nine years. She also serves as the Great Lakes District Children’s Ministry Director and loves equipping and encouraging children’s ministry leaders and senior pastors to love and serve kids well. “It is so exciting to see the CDLC program come together to better equip our leaders! I can’t wait to see what God will do through each of us, our churches, and our communities as we learn and grow together.”
Liz grew up in small town Iowa where she found the Lord at age 15. In 2011 she graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a degree in Family and Children’s Ministry and just recently graduated from Bethel Seminary with a graduate degree in Children’s and Family Ministry. She currently serves as the Children’s Director and Office Manager (aka “Know-It-All”) at Southside Alliance Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Liz’s love language is coffee and favorite hobbies include watching sports, hiking, DIY projects and traveling to see friends and family.
Rhonda has her undergrad in Child and Family Ministry from Crown College. She has spent 11 years in churches leading Children’s Ministries, Spiritual Formation, and Leadership Development. During that time she received her MA in Ministry Leadership from George Fox Seminary. She has written a course and currently teaches two courses at Toccoa Falls College. Her passion is coaching and inspiring in the areas of spiritual formation and ministry leadership. “I’m thrilled about this new CDLC program and the opportunity to be a part of it!”