Rob Ketterling is the founder and Lead Pastor of River Valley Church, a multisite church that launched in Minnesota in 1995. It has since grown into a thriving church with over 7,500 in attendance across eight U.S. campuses and two international campuses (Valencia, Spain and Mbekelweni, Swaziland) with plans for further expansion in the future.
Through his unique and practical preaching style, vision casting and gifts of leadership, Rob encourages people to live out River Valley’s mission of cultivating an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the author of the books Change Before You Have To, Thrill Sequence and Front Row Leadership and currently serves on several organizational boards including the Lead Team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC). Rob loves spending time on the golf course and with his wife, Becca, and two sons, Connor and Logan.
Joe Dallas is an author, conference speaker, and ordained pastoral counselor. He’s the Program Director of Genesis Biblical Solutions in Tustin, California, which is a counseling ministry for men dealing with sexual addiction and other sexual/relational problems, and a mission of the Newport Mesa Church of Costa Mesa, CA. He received his Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Vision University in San Diego, CA, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is also the author of the daily blog Joe Dallas Online.
Joe has written seven books on human sexuality from the Christian perspective, including Desires in Conflict (Harvest House 1991) The Game Plan (Thomas Nelson Publishing 2005), When Homosexuality Hits Home (Harvest House 2015), Five Steps to Breaking Free from Porn (Harvest House 2013), and Speaking of Homosexuality: How to Discuss the Issue with Kindness and Clarity (Baker House 2016). He is a contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal, and his articles have appeared in Christianity Today Magazine (cover story June 1993), The Journal of Christian Healing, and The Southern California Christian Times. His work has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Moody Monthly, New Man Magazine and the Boston Globe.
For three years Joe conducted the nationally recognized “Every Man’s Battle” men’s conference for New Life Ministries, and from 1991 to 1993 he served as the president of Exodus International. He was also a regularly featured speaker with Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out” conference for thirteen years, and in churches around the country he regularly teaches a day-long seminar for men on sexual purity titled “The Game Plan” and a seminar on homosexuality titled “Homosexuality and Truth.”
Dallas has represented the Christian viewpoint through a number of media appearances, including the ABC Evening News, The Joan Rivers Show, The Bible Answer Man, Focus on the Family, New Life Live, The 700 Club, Jay Sekalow Live, Family News in Focus, and Concerned Women of America. He’s also addressed conferences, churches and universities across the country, including the Promise Keepers Men’s Conference, Moody Bible Church, The Christian Association for Professional Studies, the annual conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the annual Exodus North America conference. He has also lectured and debated in Norway, Denmark, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Spain, Canada, Mexico, and Geneva.
Joe and his wife Renee are the proud parents of two sons, and they reside in Orange County, California.
Wes Bartel currently serves as director for the Senior Adult Ministries. With more than 45 years of experience in both Pastoral and Church Leadership roles, Wes brings substantial insight and knowledge to the area of Senior Adult ministries. He is an alumnus of Trinity Bible College, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and Harrison School of Graduate Studies. He and his wife, Dianne, have been married for forty-nine years. They have two married children and four grandchildren.
In 1999, the national office of the General Council of the Assemblies of God located in Springfield, Missouri, formed the national Children’s Ministries Agency with BGMC becoming a part of this agency. David and his wife, Mary, were asked to lead this newly formed agency. In 2007, BGMC became its own department with David as the national director for BGMC. Prior to coming to the Assemblies of God national office, David and his wife were full-time children’s pastors for 17 years. The Boyds have been involved in Children’s Ministries for over 35 years.
David is a graduate of North Central University with a B.S. in Pastoral Studies. David also has a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
David and his wife have authored 20 children’s ministries resource manuals, including materials on leading kids into the baptism in the Holy Spirit. His resource manuals have been translated into several languages around the world including Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, Thai, and Romanian. He has also written for numerous Assemblies of God publications and other curricula.
The Boyd’s are in great demand as speakers, and they travel the United States and around the world speaking, teaching, and training on the subject of children’s ministries and missions, along with doing big children’s ministries events. They spend their summers traveling as speakers for children’s camps with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit. They have a big heart for missions, training teachers, and touching the lives of kids in the U.S. and around the world.
Mark is a 4th Generation Assemblies of God minister. His first memory of doing ministry is serving as a bus captain as a boy in the church. After hearing the call of God to take the Gospel to the next generation, he enrolled in Central Bible College in Springfield, MO where he met his wife. After graduation they moved to Rapid City, SD as youth pastors, but quickly learned there was more that God had called them to. During their six and a half years at this church they grew the youth ministry, oversaw children’s ministry and Sunday School, led worship, directed the choir, and anything else that was needed.
In early 2003 they were invited to join the district ministry team to oversee the youth ministry and discipleship as well as grow and emphasize the role of children’s ministry within the church. During those eight years they saw growth and strength come to all aspects of their ministry.
Mark distinctly remembers the Holy Spirit speaking to him to be a part of the journey when he heard about a transition in children’s ministry leadership at the Assemblies of God national office. Little did he know at that time the journey would include relocating the family and becoming the Senior Director of Children’s Ministry.
His vision for children’s ministry is that parents and leaders will both be dissatisfied with status quo and do whatever it takes to help kids grab ahold of their faith as a child and retain it until the day they die.