Steubenville South Featured Speakers
Host: Steve Angrisano is recognized as one of the most dynamic and effective communicators with parish groups, youth, families and religious educators in the Church today. As a musician, composer, and storyteller, Steve has shared his music and message with thousands of people in more than 200 dioceses. His unique blend of laughter, song, story and often hilarious audience interaction have made him a popular choice for many parishes. He has been featured at major conferences and events around the world, including the National Catholic Youth Conference, Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, and World Youth Days in Denver, Paris, Rome, Toronto, and Cologne. Steve has been a musician, music director, and youth minister for 13 years, and his focus has always been one of honest ministry. Steve is not just a performer; what he shares, both in story and song, is a witness of the love and life of Jesus. Steve lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with his wife, Jenni, and three children.
Jason and Crystalina Evert were brought together by their common career and passion of chastity speaking. After speaking together for years, they married in June 2003 and continue to share their inspirational testimonies with 100,000 teens each year in high schools and colleges internationally. In their highly popular chastity seminar, "Romance Without Regret," the duo provides compelling and uplifting reasons for embracing the virtue of chastity. Jason and Crystalina have authored 10 books and are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country. Their television appearances include MSNBC, BBC, WGN, and EWTN. Currently, Jason and Crystalina are full-time apologists with Catholic Answers, the nation's largest Catholic lay-run apostolate for apologetics and evangelization. Ten years ago, Jason founded Pure Love Club (www.chastity.com), which is an international alliance of young people who promote chastity in over 30 countries.
Entertainment: Ike Ndolo was born in Missouri to Nigerian parents, and grew up in a home that rang with hymns sung by his mother. Since then, his love of music and talent as a musician and worship leader has been encouraged by his mentors, Tom Booth and Matt Maher. Ike leads worship every Sunday at his church in Tempe, Arizona, and travels the country leading others to Christ. He also has a great zeal for missionary work, and so far his travels have taken him from Mexico all the way to China. Ike feels called to be a servant to those around him - through his art, through his music, through his life. Ike's debut album, We Are the Beggars, was released in 2009. For more information, visit http://ikendolo.com/.
Fr. Jose' Robles-Sanchez is the pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. When he works with young people, he loves to provide opportunities for them to find a true and constant life in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the center of life for the Church and absolutely must be the center of life for the youth. He loves challenging young people to have a better commitment with Christ and the Church, as this will help them live their call to holiness in their own culture and their own life. Let's be holy.
Sr. Therese Marie Iglesias, TOR, is the vocations director for her religious order, the Franciscan Sisters, TOR (Third Order Regular). Her order's first ministy is prayer, and then outreach to the poor and un-evangelized. It's that part of her work that keeps Sister Therese Marie busy speaking to youth and young adults and leading parish missions. She also has extensive experience in spiritual direction, and in her few moments of spare time is her order's "Web sister" (Webmaster). In 2006, Sister Marie Therese made her final vows and delights in calling herself "a bride of Christ."
John Beaulieu is a 1989 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Prior to graduation, he spent two years traveling with the National Evangelization Team. He ministered to teens for 13 years at parishes in Texas, Colorado, and North Carolina. He currently serves as director of Youth and Youth Adult Outreach at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Lisa, and their five children. He is a frequent presenter to both teens and adults at retreats and conferences on both the regional and national level.
Nic Frank grew up in beautiful Northwest Ohio before attending Franciscan University where he studied theology and youth ministry. Since graduating, he has dedicated his life to full-time ministry and is currently a youth minister in Coppell, Texas. The Lord has placed the desire on Nic's heart to "bring Hope to the hopeless" and this desire has taken him all around the U.S. sharing the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ with today's youth. He is constantly thankful for (and humbled by) the Lord's faithfulness as he gets to see young people encounter the Living God.
Music Ministry: Josh Blakesley began his Christian music journey in 1992 while he was involved with a high school peer ministry team. During that time, he saw the power of God at work in the lives of many teens as they were transformed into believers and lovers of Jesus Christ. It was then that Josh realized the impact and the power of true praise and worship music in his own walk with Jesus. In addition to composing and recording his music, Josh serves as assistant music director at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria, LA. He often travels to other parishes and dioceses throughout the United States performing concerts, conducting workshops for musicians, speaking at youth rallies and conferences, as well as leading praise and worship for audiences and congregations. Josh and his wife, Heather, live in Alexandria, LA with their daughter Sophie, and son, Sutton.