Building Stronger Leaders.
Building Stronger Ministries.

A Ministry Leader Conference in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, October 14-15, 2022


Event Highlights

Join us for two days of growing, learning, and building your ministry toolkit while being inspired and motivated to lead like never before. You can expect main sessions, breakouts, and chances to connect with other ministry leaders at this influential conference.

Community Church
Fon Du Lac, WI


Danny Parmelee

Vice President of Church Planting, Converge Mid America

Danny Parmelee grew up in a small town in North Central Wisconsin.  At the age of 19, God called him to ministry, and specifically to church planting.  Danny married right after college graduation and moved to St. Paul, MN where Danny completed his Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.  In 2004, they moved to Milwaukee, WI to plant what would become Epikos Church.  The church grew from a small group of 10 guys meeting in their living room to a multisite, multiethnic, congregation with over 2,000 in weekly attendance.  In 2017, Danny accepted his current role as Vice President of…

Andy Addis

Pastor at CrossPoint Church

Andy Addis is a pastor, leader, motivational speaker/trainer and author. Crosspoint church is a multisite network of churches with a dozen locations throughout Kansas and a congregation of around 3,000.   Andy is the author of two books:  “Reading it Right” and “BLOTCH”.  Andy is married to Kathy and they have two wonderful boys:  Noah (age 17) and Nathan (age 15).

Dr. David M. Gustafson

Chair of the Mission and Evangelism Department

Dr. Gustafson served twenty-five years in ministry, first as campus director with Cru at Fresno State University in California, and then as pastor in two Evangelical Free churches in the Great Lakes District. Prior to Trinity, he taught courses in Christianity at the University of Houston and courses in practical ministries at Houston Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Gustafson’s areas of expertise include evangelism, Evangelical Free Church history, and missional praxis. He is book review editor of Witness: Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. He is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Free Church of America and…

Ken Nabi

Regional President, Converge Great Lakes

Ken is a former certified professional counselor who has written on the topic of self and soul care applying those principles to pastors and ministry. As a pastor of 21 years, he is a strategic thinker with an emphasis on practical leadership and recently published a book on Clergy Restoration aimed at helping the local church. He currently serves 120 churches as the Regional President of Converge Great Lakes and is a coach with Church Multiplication Partners helping other denominational leaders. Ken and his wife of 35 years enjoy parenting their 4 boys and trying to keep up with them.…




If you serve as a Senior, Lead, Executive or Youth Pastors, this conference will be full of opportunities for you to grow and learn.

Executives & Directors

If you’re a leader and member of the church staff, this conference will encourage and equip you through main sessions and ministry area specific breakouts.

Ministry Leaders

If you’re an administrative support role, lay leader or next generation leader in the church, this conference will give you tools and training that will help you take your leadership to the next level.


Main Sessions

We have developed sessions with top leaders in their ministry field. Check it out. This year, the main sessions will inspire you and challenge your thinking in ways that will deeply impact you when you go back home.

Build Connections

Join us for two days focused on providing opportunities to connect with peers who are leading through the same challenges as you. Foundations Conference is the perfect way to engage with other Pastors and connect spiritually with them.

Growing Teams

Growing your team is something that can often take a back seat to the daily routines of ministry. At Foundations Conference, all you need to do is show up with your team, and we have set the table for new conversations and growth inside your team like you haven’t had all year.

Specialized Breakouts

We are hosting leading ministry experts to join us for two days of practical training that will leave you with ideas, tools, and best practices to take back and implement at your church. The breakouts will cover leadership development, building volunteer teams, creating outstanding guest experiences, and more.

Inspiration & Focus

We work hard at Foundations Conference to spiritually inspire you, as well as resource you in your focused expertise of ministry. We believe the tension of practical and inspirational content will have you walking away every day with multiple ministry ideas to process.

Focused Learning

Your challenges in ministry are unique to your role, church size, and location of ministry. At Foundations, we are intentional about creating content and learning for all kinds of ministry leaders, specifically those in the Great Lakes region.


*Childcare Available for a Fee
October 13


3 pm – 6 pm

Church Planting Roundtable

With Andy Addis
Dinner Included
$20 add-on

October 14


8 am – 1 pm

Converge Great Lakes Gathering

For any Converge Great Lakes Churches attending
CGL Registration Open
Worship & Prayer
Annual Business Meeting
CGL District Lunch

October 14


1 pm – 8 pm

Foundations Day 1

Main Session 1
Breakout session 1
Main Session 2
Main Session 3 – Andy Addis

8:30 – 9 pm – Dessert Banquet 

October 15


8:30 am – 12 pm

Foundations Day 2

Lobby Open
Breakout session 2
Peer to Peer
Main Session 4