The purpose of the Special Needs conference is to provide you with training, tools, and resources to equip you and your church to either start a ministry to individuals and families affected by disabilities or to improve your current ministry. If your concern is how to be more effective in outreach, what inclusion within the church looks like, or you would like to be more knowledgeable in engaging the world’s largest unreached people group, this conference will provide all of that and more!
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BCM/D & Banquet Network Special Needs Conference
June 5, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
This event will be online and in-person
Dr. Bergina Isbell, MD is a Mayo Clinic trained and Board-Certified Psychiatrist specializing in the clinical treatment of patients with history of trauma and special needs, including those on the autism spectrum.
Blake serves as The Banquet Network’s Coaching and Volunteer Coordinator. He is passionate about helping churches learn tools for welcoming all people. Blake is an advocate for his close friends whose lives are affected by disability. He has great hope for the Church, that it would be a place where all can belong and bring their true selves.
Tom Stolle currently serves The Banquet Network as Executive Director. Tom’s passion for special needs ministry was sparked by his youngest son, Jimmy (19), a young man with autism. Tom passionately serves churches in the area of effective special needs ministries, including leading seminars, and conducting training. He also enjoys participating in events that raise awareness for special needs causes, such as walks for autism.
Having pastored for 10 years in California, Michael wrestled with the call of God on his life to plant a new church in a major U.S. city with a significantly African American population. In 2008, God made it clear his calling was in Baltimore. He is a co-founder of The Banquet Network and chief mobilizer for the church to reach the disability population.
Allison is a military spouse and mom of two. As a mother of a child who has special needs, Allison strives to help other parents in similar positions. She has the privilege of being the Kids Leader, at the Church at Severn Run, of children from birth through 5th grade.
Jim is a husband, father, and pastor with autism. He has a deep passion for the church to share the love of Jesus with the disability community.
Katie is a mom of two, the Coaching + Programs Manager for The Banquet Network and the director of a special needs ministry called Bethany Blessings. She is passionate about bringing the gospel to families of individuals with special needs and seeks to train other church members on how to minister to these families. As a mom of a child with special needs and a previous public school special educator, she knows first-hand what a blessing it can be to work with those who have disabilities.