Keynote Speakers

Kathy Khang

Regional Multiethnic Director at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, co-author of More than Serving Tea, blogger, and guest blogger at Sojourners

Kathy KyoungAh Khang is currently serving as a regional multiethnic ministries director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)/USA. Kathy is one of the authors of More Than Serving Tea (InterVarsity Press, 2006), and she continues to write on her personal blog More than Serving Tea. She is also a contributing blogger at Sojourners, as well as Next Gener.Asian Church.

Before going into full-time vocational ministry with IVCF/USA, Kathy aspired to change the world as a newspaper reporter. During her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, Kathy wrote for the Daily Northwestern; interned at the Rockford Register Star; and spent three months working as a news production assistant at WNUA 95.5 FM, writing and producing the morning newscasts. She graduated in 1992 with a bachelor of science in journalism.

After graduation, Kathy worked as a newspaper reporter in Green Bay and Milwaukee, covering everything from a murder-for-hire trial to the African-American community’s boycott of a Korean-owned business in Milwaukee. Her time in the newsroom, combined with an invitation to participate in The Poynter Institute’s journalism ethics forum, further pressed her to consider how her passion for writing would be integrated into living out her faith in Jesus.

Kathy joined IVCF/USA as a campus minister with the Asian American chapter at her alma mater, moving on as IVCF’s area director for ministry at Northwestern, and then into her current regional role. Kathy was invited to the L2 Foundation’s Leaders Forum and has been a part of The Daniel Project—InterVarsity’s executive leadership development program—first as a participant and most recently as an instructor and mentor. Kathy has been a guest speaker and lecturer at Wheaton College, Moody Bible Institute, and Trinity Evangelical Seminary, and she is a popular IVCF chapter speaker across the country.

Kathy and her husband, Peter Chang, currently live in the north suburbs of Chicago, have been married for almost 20 years, and are honored to be the parents of Bethany, Corban, and Elias.

Nick Rivera

Director of Student Ministries, Park Community Church, and Urban Youth Network Coordinator with G.R.I.P Outreach for Youth

Nicholas Rivera has been serving the Lord by lighting the fires of youth across the city of Chicago and spreading the gospel for over 15 years. It was during his teen years he heard the call to ministry and chose to attend North Park University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. Upon graduating from North Park University in 2002, he began serving as an inner city missionary at Inner City Impact in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community. He currently serves as the director of student ministries for Park Community Church, after several years of leading the Identity Teen Ministry with New Life Covenant Church, Oakwood campus. Pastor Nick also serves as the coordinator for the Urban Youth Network, a program of G.R.I.P. Outreach for Youth, where youth workers from Chicagoland gather once a month for training and networking.

Pastor Nick and his wife, Santy, fell in love in college and married in May of 2002. They are blessed with 3 wonderful children: Laila, Isaiah and Jeremiah.


Rev. Russ St. Bernard

Founder of After The Music Stops LLC, Youth Minister at Reid Temple AME Church’s North Campus with the Eleven 22 Youth Ministry

Born in Brooklyn, New York to a single mother and loving family, Russell knew he wanted something different in his life. He moved to Maryland to attend Morgan State University, where he, before finding Christ, was a well-known party promoter. Now his mission and vision is to promote Jesus to everyone he meets.

Russell received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Morgan and his Master’s of Divinity degree from Howard University. He was licensed and ordained in the AME Church under Dr. Jamal Bryant at the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

While at the Empowerment Temple, Russell was blessed to serve as the Minister to Teens, where he led the teen service “Teen Temple,” which allowed students to worship God in their own way through Step, Rap, Dance, Drama, and other styles of youth focused worship. Over 150 students attended each service.

Russell also served as the Pastor of Students and Young Professionals at The Fountain Ministries, in Florida. There he was able to create a new name, focus, and vision for the ministry. The H2 (HYDRO) ministry is focused on “being a relevant light” for students. While at the Fountain Ministries, Russell started several new ministries and improved/enhanced other ministries so that students became more involved in Church and more importantly more committed and connected to Christ. During Russell’s time at The Fountain hundreds of students connected with the ministry and Jesus Christ.

Russell has been blessed to create a student curriculum (2009-2010) & adult curriculum (2010-2011) for The Urban Youth Workers Institute’s National Youth Ministry Conference “Reload”. In addition Russell was contacted by Outreach Magazine to be the “Youth Ministry Expert” for 2012, 2013, and 2014 and asked to rate the top youth ministry resources of the year. Outreach Magazine also highlighted Russell’s Eleven 22 Youth Ministry with a feature profile in it’s 2012 issue of the 100 Fastest and Largest Growing Churches in America. Russell was also honored to be interviewed on TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network) as an expert in youth ministry.

Russell’s desire is to assist churches and youth ministries in doing ministry more effectively, thereby providing students the opportunity to grow in every area of their lives. Russell is the founder of After The Music Stops LLC, which is a full-service youth ministry resource company with the goal of creating youth ministry resources and tools to assist leaders and parents as they serve their students. Current releases under After The Music Stops LLC can be found and purchased through the online bookstore. Titles currently include “Fresh, What is Love?, Devoted, The Proverbial Girl, After The Music Stops, and Wild Ones Wanted”. Russell is currently the Youth Minister at Reid Temple AME Church’s North Campus in Maryland, over the Eleven 22 Youth Ministry, where students Learn their faith, Live their faith, and Lead with their faith. The Eleven 22 Youth Ministry has a student service on Saturday Night’s called “The Remix”, where hundreds of students have received and committed their lives to Christ since the service began.

Russell is the proud husband of Erica St. Bernard and the proud father to Karis Olivia St. Bernard. They currently reside in Maryland.

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