Welcome to the 2022 Conference page!
When: February, 3-5 2022
**You may arrive on Wednesday evening, February 2nd. The Conference officially begins February 3rd**
Where: Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center in Bolivar, PA
Join us for our annual Conference of Orthodox Youth Ministry Professionals at the Antiochian Village Conference Center. The objective of the Conference is to offer an enriching and uplifting experience that will connect youth and camp workers, providing them with inspirational and challenging ideas to help them refine and improve their ministry in Orthodox youth formation.
Fee is All-Inclusive (conference registration, lodging, meals, airport transportation)
**The above includes Wednesday evening accommodations: check-in begins at 4pm on February 2nd**
Speakers and Topics
Michelle Moujaes, Executive Director of Faithtree Resources (Creators of the Relationship Project)
Please check back for updates on new speakers, to learn more about the workshop topics and our presenters.
- Fr. Kirill Sokolov: Helping our youth discover their talents and giving them back to God
- Hollie Benton: Guiding Our Camp Staff/Youth Teams to Develop Their Gifts for Ministry
- Kris Yee: Building Community Through Retreats and Events
- Shereen Marcus: Bridges to Orthodoxy- Curriculum designed to equip youth workers with tools, not handcuffs.
- Fr. David Morrison: Helping our Youth See Christ in the Other
- Fr. Stephen Loposky: Getting Our Campers Back to Camp- An Interactive Workshop
- Cade Scott: Camp Alumni Development.
John Maddex: "Transformation: Same-Sex Attraction Through the Lens of Orthodox Christianity" documentary discussion.
Michelle Moujaes is the founder and Executive Director of Faithtree Resources, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California. Faithtree creates resources to equip churches, church leaders and the people they serve to know and live the Christian faith, for the common good and the glory of God. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Social Work and Community Organizing, including coursework emphasis on theology and organizing communities of faith, she began working for a variety of agencies including: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Monster.com’s Making it Count Program, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and the Easter Seals School for Children with Autism. She has led in a variety of roles within the Orthodox Christian Church including as the New England Regional Youth Director for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the Metropolitan Committee Chair in Los Angeles for International Orthodox Christian Charities, a member of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s National Board of Directors, Founding Chair of St. Elijah Orthodox Church elementary school programming in Oklahoma City, among others. Michelle is happily married to her husband Waleed, and together they have four children, Dimitri, Alexander, Jonah and Sabine. When she’s not speaking or creating content for Faithtree Resources, you might find her speaking internationally on the topic of autism and interventions for adults and children with Extraordinary Needs, or volunteering at St. Michael Church, the home parish she and her family attend.
Fr. David Morrison is a grateful OCA priest in Bozeman, MT (orthodoxbozeman.org), Fr. David grew up in Christian camping as a Protestant. In college he was camp counselor and program manager at Eagle Lake Camp in CO, and has experience with Young Life camps as well. Fr. David helped launch the St Peter Monastary Work Weeks (https://www.stpetersmonastery.com/camps) 6 years ago and is camp director. He has also been an active leader at
the Orthodox Rocky Mountain Camp in CO. He is known to pull out his guitar at a campfire. Fr. David is a professional musician, singing in the St Tikhon Choir (https://sainttikhonchoir.org). He loves his wife, Mat. Patti, and 3 great kids, and is glad to live in the beautiful mountains of Montana.
Hollie Benton has served the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative as Executive Director since September, 2019. Formerly she worked for a Fortune 500 Company in project management in the IT and commercial solutions divisions. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in St. Paul, MN, where she directs choir and Ephesus School. Hollie and her husband, Richard Benton, PhD, served the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, 2002-2012, in regional capacities and at UW-Madison, UW-Seattle, and UMN-Minneapolis. Hollie holds a Master’s degree from St. Vladimir’s Seminary and holds a B.A. with majors completed in Philosophy, Music Theory, and Applied Piano. Her family supports international exchange, hosting students from Spain, Serbia, Georgia, and Bosnia. Her two daughters, Nellie and Kalista, are university students currently studying in Spain and the Netherlands.
John Maddex will be leading a workshop on the important documentary, "Transformation: Same-Sex Attraction Through the Lens of Orthodox Christianity." Mr. Maddex will discuss the process of creating this documentary, what he learned, how he created a safe space for the discussion and his suggestions for discussing this topic with our youth. Following the presentation, the group will be divided into small groups to further discuss this extremely relevant topic. John is CEO of Ancient Faith Ministries, a publishing and radio outreach operating both Ancient Faith Radio and Ancient Faith Publishing. He has 50 years experience in broadcasting, having served at the Moody Bible Institute and Focus on the Family. He was responsible for Moody’s 35 owned-and-operated radio stations for much of that time. John has served on the board of the Fellowship of St. James, which publishes Touchstone and Salvo magazines, as well as the National Religious Broadcasters. He and his wife Tonya live in Chesterton, Indiana, and have two adult children and eight grandchildren.
Cade Scott is the new Director of Development for the Antiochian Village Camp. He hails from Anchorage, Alaska and his home parish of St. John Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral. He is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage - undergraduate in history and a masters in teaching. Cade has years of camping experience with several Orthodox camps. For the last four years, Cade has been a full time employ of the Village. Cade currently is the point person on programming, alumni relations, and fundraising, and he cannot wait to work with our wonderful Village Family moving forward. In Cade’s spare time he loves to go on adventures with his wife Maria Scott, also a former staff member at the Antiochian Village.
Fr. Stephen Loposky was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on July 12, 1998. He served as the parish priest for St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Corning, NY for 11 years before being assigned as the Administrator of Camp Nazareth in 2009. Camp Nazareth is located in Mercer, Pa, and is the Youth Camp and Conference and Retreat Center for the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese in North America. Fr. Stephen was subsequently appointed as the Director of Youth for his Diocese in 2012. He and his wife, Pani Daria, have 4 children, live at the Camp, and work together in its ministry and in their Diocesan Youth Ministry.