What Is Summit

A two day conference designed to ENCOURAGE, EQUIP & CELEBRATE Youth Ministry staff and volunteers.


We can’t meet in person, but we still want to encourage, equip, and celebrate youth workers!

Join us on Zoom on Monday, May 11 from 1-2:30pm

We’ll have teaching, breakout sessions, games, giveaways, and more!

Featuring Speakers: Mark Oestreicher and Sid Koop

Breakout Sessions with: Victoria Banman, Tim Teakle, and Alex Street!



mark oestreicher

Mark Oestreicher has been involved in church ministry his whole life, particularly with teenagers and youth workers. Marko has had a broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor. For 11 years, Marko was at Youth Specialties in San Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers – the last 8 of those years as president. Concurrently, Marko was also a part of the leadership team of Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI). Marko has authored or contributed to more than 70 books, including the much-talked-about Youth Ministry 3.0. Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers. Marko has been married to Jeannie for 34 years, and has two young adult and children, Riley and Max. Mark Oestreicher lives in La Mesa, CA.

Mark Oestreicher
sid koop

Sid has been involved in full-time youth ministry for over 19 years. Following his time at Briercrest Seminary, Sid spent 4 years in Canmore as the youth pastor at Canmore Trinity Bible Church, 11 years at the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge as Director of Student Ministries, and the last 4 years in Kelowna British Columbia with Truth Matters Ministries. In 2001, Sid founded Truth Matters with the mission to help the next generation see and experience the truth of Jesus Christ. Since 2013, Sid has put his full-time energy into Truth Matters Ministries as the Executive Director. Currently, Truth Matters runs 7 youth worker training conferences across Canada each year under the title “Canadian Youth Workers Conference”.

Sid Koop
victoria banman

Victoria is a Registered Psychotherapist and has previously worked in post-secondary education for several years. She currently works in private practice as a psychotherapist in St. Thomas. She is also involved in domestic homicide research through the University of Western Ontario and contributed to a textbook chapter on this topic. Victoria has been a volunteer youth leader in St. Thomas for over 8 years and is passionate about making sure this next generation feels loved, connected, and resilient. Victoria’s other passions include tacos and reading.

Victoria Banman
tim teakle

Tim Teakle is with Alpha Canada’s Youth Department. His role involves partnering with churches, ministries and organizations to work towards the dream of Alpha Youth, which is that every student in Canada would have a chance to hear the Good News about Jesus! Before working for Alpha, Tim was a youth pastor for 10 years, and has been involved in youth ministry for over 15 years. Tim and his beautiful wife Carolyn have 2 kids, 2 fish, and a cat named Yoda.

Tim Teakle
alex street

Alex is a storyteller, here to create the moments that shape our world. As a keynote and workshop speaker, he can often be found sharing about Confidence & Purpose, Generation Z, or Making Speaking Magical. He was a Youth Pastor for 12 years, a Leadership Facilitator, Young Adult Researcher, and has a Masters in Theological Studies. Alex is the now serving people as a Confidence Coach, Podcast host, and the Founder of Gen Z Matters. In those few moments of spare time, he’s living his dream as a part-time commercial actor in Toronto, and raising 3 Gen Zs at home with his wife Karen.

Alex Street


May 1, 2020

Pre-Conference Workshops

• 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Session A

• 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm: Session B


6:00 pm: Registration Opens


7:30 pm: Session One


8:30 pm: Break


8:45 pm: Session Two


9:45 pm: Dismissed

May 2, 2020

8:00 am: Registration


9:00 am: Session Three


10:20 am: Break


10:45 am: Session Four


12:00 pm: Lunch Provided


1:00 pm: Breakout Sessions A


2:10 pm: Breakout Sessions B


3:30 pm: Session Five


4:30 pm: Dismissed


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$50 per person, max $500 per ministry!

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