Jerrell Young

Jerrell Young

Missouri Homeschool Convention

Jerrell is from Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas with an Associates Degree in liberal arts education and a Bachelors Degree in sport management with a focus in marketing. During college he played both football and baseball. Jerrell is married with one child (Addison, 7), with another one on the way this December. He has two dogs named Shaq and Kobi who also make life interesting at the house.

Jerrell is very active and really enjoys working out and being physically fit. He also enjoys fashion and creating new fashion ideas. Things he love to eat include greek yogurt with granola and fruit and peanut butter. Things he does not like are onions and pickles. A fun fact about Jerrell is that he has enough shoes that he doesn’t have to repeat the same pair twice in over two months. He love the show “Chopped”—as he says, “I’m not a great cook, but I aspire to be an above-average cook one day.”

Joel Penton

Joel Penton

Ohio Homeschool Convention

Joel Penton is a big dude with a big story to tell. As an Ohio State football national champion and four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Joel is passionate about sharing with others what it takes to succeed. Joel’s fresh and relevant approach to teen issues has made him one of the nation’s top Christian youth speakers. Joel is the husband of one wife, the father of five children (all homeschooled) and the author of two books. He is also the founder of Stand For Truth, which exists to take the gospel to unchurched students across America. In his spare time, Joel says he likes to hunt down and tackle people who only read his bio without actually coming to hear him speak.

Lexi Gray

Lexi Gray

Missouri Homeschool Convention

Lexi was born and raised all around the U.S. but currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is working towards her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing in the hopes to one day be a writer/ motivational speaker. She is also a leader in the junior high program at her church and has absolutely loved getting to know the students and helping them grow in their faith. It has been a dream come true to work with kids, and she hopes to be doing it for a very long time. Along with working with kids, she is passionate about public speaking, traveling, and meeting new people. She grew up in the middle of two brothers, so she’s not afraid of anyone or anything (except for spiders and heights). Some of the things she values are faith, family, food, and iced coffee beverages. Also, snacks. She’s a big fan of snacks (like potato chips and M&Ms).

Reesey Rea

Reesey Rea

Missouri Homeschool Convention

Reesey graduated from Colorado Christian University with a bachelor of Arts in Communication just last May. It was during her three years as a middle school and high school debate coach that God developed her love for students and a desire to see them think clearly, critically, and deeply about their faith. She is a Colorado girl through and through, with a deep love for skiing and a hearty affection for hot chocolate on cold, wintry days. Ice cream (anything chocolate, really) and Chick-fil-A are two of her favorite things in all the world. She is incredibly excited to be traveling all over North America with Axis this year, and especially glad that she gets to meet wonderful people like you along the way.

Axis

Axis

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Missouri Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention California Homeschool Convention

Our mission is to empower the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. We do this not by outsourcing parents, but by resourcing them to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges. We also support faith leaders in churches and schools by providing content and facilitators who effectively introduce and address life’s toughest topics.

Individual Speakers from Axis

   

You will want your teens to attend every Axis session. The speakers love teens and your teens will know it. They’re passionate about helping them negotiate and positively affect the culture. Teens will easily pay attention and learn much because they’ll be engaged by multiple speakers using a rapid-fire approach to teach relevant and interesting content. Axis will help teens see how Modernism/Post-Modernism, Islam, and Christianity stack up against one another and how these worldviews influence the ideas in pop culture. Axis is well respected for their knowledge, wisdom, approach, and expertise. I’ve spoken with them and gotten to know them personally, and they have my highest respect.
—Dr. Kathy Koch, Celebrate Kids, Inc.

I wish there were hundreds of groups like AXIS. We are losing the next generation. We need help from people like AXIS to reach teenagers.
—Timothy Keller, Ph.D., Author and Pastor

Axis teams are more effective than any group I know in confronting student apathy.
—John Stonestreet, Breakpoint, Summit, and Colson Center

Axis is on the cutting edge of training students and parents how to think biblically about culture, media, and technology.
—Sean McDowell, Ph.D., Professor, Speaker, Author

I highly recommend Axis. They get the conversation going in a way that reaches the hearts of everyone in the school community: staff, teachers, parents, grandparents and students.
—Jeff Myers, Ph.D., President of Summit Ministries

Kaitlin Andrews

Kaitlin Andrews

California Homeschool Convention

Kaitlin grew up in New Jersey and although she loves the mountains of Colorado, she does miss the beach. Kaitlin graduated college with a degree in psychology and traveled with Axis for a year and a half before running a camp in the mountains of Colorado for 3 years. She returned to Axis in 2016 and has been the Event Producer now for almost 2 years. She was drawn back to Axis because of her heart for students understanding their worth and faith. Kaitlin is now the Director of Donor Relations at Axis and enjoys sharing stories from on the road with families who support Axis.

Logan Floyd

Logan Floyd

California Homeschool Convention

Logan is a college graduate of Colorado State University in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, where he earned his degree in communication studies. He has several years of experience in youth ministry volunteer positions as well as 2½ years of intern experience in different churches, where he regularly prepared and preached sermons for both students and adults. He loves anything to do with football and basketball. Acoustic guitar is also one of his passions. He is so excited to have the opportunity to travel with Axis and share his passion for speaking truth into the lives of both students, parents, and teachers.

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention

Tyler graduated from Missouri State University with a religious studies degree and a minor in history. He spent the past couple years learning how to minister and share the Gospel inside a fraternity. Tyler has experience speaking to large audiences, both ministering to non-believers and challenging teens to go deeper in their walk with Christ.

Courtney Maloney

Courtney Maloney

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention

Courtney graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelors degree in Christian ministries and youth leadership development. Having ministered to a variety of students (convicts, addicts, people with disabilities, and church kids) Courtney has experience interacting and sharing the Gospel with people from all walks of life. Her various internships at camps and churches have afforded her the opportunity to witness the power of testimony and authenticity when it comes to calling students into engagement rather than apathy in their faith. Courtney has loved packaging scriptural concepts in a compelling, applicable, and relevant way since students often struggle to see how theology impacts their everyday lives. Over the last four years, she has been able to bridge that gap between head knowledge and heart knowledge to over 10 youth groups and thousands of students.

Jason Jones

Jason Jones

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Missouri Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention California Homeschool Convention

Although Jason grew up in a Christian family and attended a Christian school most of his life, he remained a skeptic until enrolling in college as a psychology major. Having discovered a confident faith, he moved to Nashville, TN, where he graduated with degrees in psychology and theological studies from Welch College. While there, he worked among refugees from around the world and served in the local church as a youth leader for two years where he was equipped to connect the heart and mind with the truths of Christianity to produce a vibrant, living faith. After furthering his studies through Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, he joined Axis as a traveling team member. Jason is passionate about equipping youth and families with a reasonable faith, and connecting the truths of the Gospel to everyday life.

Alie Bimm

Alie Bimm

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention Ohio Homeschool Convention

Alie was born and raised in Colorado with one older sister. She went to Colorado Christian University and recently graduated with her degree in Communications with a minor in Intercultural Ministry and Biblical Studies.

She is a lover of music, reading, quality time, movies, and games (board games and card games). In her free time, she loves to be with friends and family, going on hikes, drinking coffee/tea and eating good food. Her all-time favorite snack is popcorn, with pistachios as a close second. She also loves anything with peanut butter on it…toast, apples, pancakes, sandwiches, tortillas.

Movies, Music, and Screens: Entertainment and Christians

What’s ok to watch? What’s ok to listen to? How much screen time is too much screen time? Making good decisions about media and entertainment is tricky, but we can develop good habits to help us navigate culture where it is at its loudest.

Spend Yourself

We will encourage your students to think and live missionally. Jesus tells us if we want to gain life, we must give it away. Following Him means living a life of service and compassion. But in our culture of narcissism and self-promotion, what does that look like? This presentation will examine practical opportunities for students to move from apathy to compassionate action.

The Allure of Good Questions: Starting With Questions, Not Answers, in Everyday Conversations

Afraid conversations about your Christian faith and values will turn into an argument, not a dialogue? Do you feel intimidated when you even think about talking to your non-Christian friends, family, or co-workers about Christ? Then learn how to ask good questions. You’ll learn some very specific skills and questions to help you engage others in friendly conversation about important things and be equipped to present the truth in an intelligent yet gracious way.

The Authors

The setting of the modern and post-modern story for the world echoes Nietzsche’s idea that “God is dead.” This session walks through what each of these stories looks like based on that premise.

The Giver

This session takes a unique look at Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son, and demonstrates how there are two ways to miss God: by doing all the wrong things, or by doing all the right things for the wrong reasons. The Christian view of God should be that of extravagant love and grace.

The Judge

This session takes an insightful look at the story of Islam and its view of God. Those who believe this story do not see Allah as a god of grace, and tend to have an extremely legalistic view of morality. Students are invited to ponder how legalism can often effect the Christian understanding of God’s grace.

The Problem of Evil

How can a good God allow evil in the world? This question has plagued Christians and non-Christians alike for centuries. This session provides thought-provoking answers to some of the toughest questions surrounding the issue of evil.

The Threads

We live in stories, we tell stories, we listen to stories, and we relate to stories. Stories are how we understand the world around us. In fact, one’s worldview can be seen as a meta-narrative. It’s important to understand that everyone has a big story they believe, and it’s important to believe the right story. In this session, students are urged to think about the threads that make their story, and discover what meta-narrative they find themselves in. It’s important for Christians to live the same story they believe.

Why I Am a Christian: An Introduction to Apologetics

We will look at the most common reasons Christians give for why they embrace Christianity and show how a skeptical world often shoots those reasons down. Then we’ll discuss the primary reason why we ought to embrace Christianity: because it’s true. We’ll clarify this controversial claim and show how the truth of religious claims must be grounded in reality, not wishful thinking. Of course, such a claim is followed by questions of how we can know Christianity is true, so we’ll look at the importance of apologetics for Christians living in the 21st century.