Need a Speaker?
Want to find a quality speaker near you? Jonathan McKee started the AFFORDABLE SPEAKER'S
NETWORK because he found that many small churches could not afford to fly out a
professional speaker. (If you're looking for a professional
speaker- click here)
Well, if you're in the U.S. and on a super tight budget,
you can check and see if there is one of THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY'S AFFORDABLE
SPEAKER'S NETWORK speakers near you.
WHAT'S THE COST?
Here's how it works. These speakers are not employed by THE SOURCE. They are just
good speakers that Jonathan McKee is willing to recommend. Also, they have ALL agreed
to fall into one of two affordable price brackets:
- Yellow Network: These speakers would earn $500 a weekend, or $1,000 a week.
- Red Network: These speakers would earn $1,000 a weekend, or $1,500 a week.
These speakers would pay for their own travel costs- because they would only travel
within reasonable driving distance (up to 3 or 4 hours away). And you, the booking
party would pay the above honorarium and acceptable room and board.
IS THERE A SPEAKER NEAR ME?
Look at the map below to see if there is a THE SOURCE AFFORDABLE-SPEAKER'S NETWORK
SPEAKER near you. Click on the dot of a speaker near you.
(If you don't find a speaker near you,
consider these national speakers ... they might be able to fit in your budget. CLICK
David R. Smith, Tampa, FL
"David is a 12-year veteran in Youth Ministry who regularly speaks at camps, retreats,
and events. David now works for THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY
, as well as writing-developing
resource & ideas. David is funny and he speaks in a language that kids understand.
But more than that, David is genuine. Kids appreciate his authenticity and are impacted
by his relevant message. David now trains youth workers across the U.S. through
several of our training workshops
. I strongly recommend
him." Jonathan McKee
BOOK HIM AT David@TheSource4YM.com
David Williams, Akron, OH
"If you're looking for a no-nonsense speaker who grabs students where they're at
and hits `em hard with the Gospel truth, David's your man! He knows what students
are going through and relates to them on a level they can understand. Tired of seeing
this generation dying, hurting and hopeless, David relentlessly shares the love
of Christ as a youth speaker in churches, schools, colleges, juvenile institutions,
and camps throughout the U.S. David has a heart that longs for God and a desire
to be used. He is in ministry full-time with his wife Terea. I recommend him." Jonathan
Go to http://www.davidwilliamsspeaks.com
for more information about David's speaking ministry and to hear audio or see video
of him speaking.
BOOK HIM AT (330) 688-4876 or email him at
Jonathan Herron, Saginaw, MI
Jon has spent the last decade speaking to thousands of kids around the country,
and working hands on in youth ministry on staff at two dynamic growing churches
: Oak Pointe
in Michigan and NewSpring
in South Carolina. With a background in improv-comedy and a graduate degree from
Ashland Theological Seminary
Jon is passionate about communicating solid theology in culturally-relevant ways.
Part of The Source for Youth Ministry's National Speaking Team, Jon is currently
the lead pastor of Colwood Church
in Caro, MI. More info including streaming video & audio of Jon speaking is available
at his site: JonathanHerron.com
BOOK HIM AT firstname.lastname@example.org
J.R. Lee, Acworth, GA
J.R. speaks regularly at retreats, conferences, and church events. He's funny and
he connects with students. He has an incredible heart for youth and a deep passion
to see this generation of students transformed for the glory of God. I recommend
him. Jonathan McKee
BOOK HIM AT email@example.com
Matt Henson, Waterloo, IL
An energetic, dynamic, vision-casting adventurer for Jesus is one of the best ways
to describe Rev. Matt Henson. Matt brings a fresh perspective and energy to the
church and her ministry. He specializes in Youth/Young Adult Ministry, Evangelistic
Preaching, and Mission Experiences, using his experience and passion to proclaim
the message of Jesus Christ to all people. Matt is the Executive Director and Lead
Evangelist for Living the Adventure Ministries, a ministry he founded in 2007. Living
the Adventure Ministries is a nonprofit evangelistic and mission ministry "seeking
to work for the transformation of the world through the awakening of the Church,
evangelistic preaching, and Christian people putting their faith into action through
mission experiences around the world." Matt travels around the nation and around
the world as part of this ministry. Matt and his wife of fourteen years, Nancy,
live in Albion, Illinois with their four sons.
BOOK HIM AT firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Holt, Liberty Township, OH
Steve lives in Cincinnati Ohio with His wife Wendy, they have three children, Tanner, Hunter, Makenna. He has been a student ministries pastor and/or involved with non-profits for almost 25 years. His friends will tell you that he’s a fun loving, crazy, contagious communicator. Currently he serves on the board of Edge Teen Center
, that he had the vision to start. When not volunteering at Edge, he loves to communicate the life changing stories of scriptures. He has a passion to help teens begin to figure out their God given gifts, talents, and passions so that they may impact the world they live in.
BOOK HIM AT email@example.com
Andy Tilly, Argyle, TX
Andy Tilly is on staff at Cross Timbers Church based in Argyle, Texas as the Director
of Student Ministries. Andy's mission is "to lead students to God's principles."
His passion is to not only reach the lost but also challenge and strengthen the
believer. Andy is the founder and speaker for the "Xperience it!" foundation and
author of "The Student Experience." He also speaks across the country through Andy
Tilly Ministries as the featured or key note speaker at many churches, camps, conferences,
school assemblies and retreats.
BOOK HIM AT firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Nichols, Atlanta, GA
After years of youth ministry and speaking to thousands of students across the country,
Carl and Julie Nichols recently moved back to south Atlanta to launch a new church.
Carl is a great communicator, still traveling and speaking to students at conventions,
camps, and retreats.
Book him at: email@example.com
Dr. Micah Parker, Riverside, CA
"Funny, direct, relates to youth well with his humor and blunt Biblical truth."
Micah has been speaking nationally for the past 10 years and is the founder of TrustGuy
Ministries. He is a former Division One Basketball coach and is currently the Athletic
Director at California Baptist University. God allowed an adversity in his life
to encourage him to share what it truly means to TRUST Christ with everything. He
has a wide variety of topics that he has shared with groups that vary from small
churches to youth gatherings of over 25,000.
BOOK HIM at (951) 215-0044 or through his web-site at www.trustguyministries.com
Shawn McBride, Washington DC
Pastor Shawn McBride grabs audiences with his creative style and relevant approach.
He has the ability to connect with kids in a language that they understand, while
bringing out the truth of the scriptures. Shawn has earned a Bachelor's degree in
Biblical Studies and also holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from the Capital
Bible Seminary. He is the founder and senior pastor of the New Life Community Church
located in Bowie, Maryland. In addition, he currently serves as the chairman of
the Youth & Family Ministries Department at Washington Bible College where he also
teaches as a professor.
Contact him at 301-806-0188 or
Paul Dabdoub, San Diego, CA
Paul is a passionate speaker with an edgy style. He's true to the word and communicates
the message of Jesus Christ in a relevant way that keeps kids' attention. Paul has
built several ministries starting with just a handful of kids to hundreds of kids
excited about their faith. Now, Paul is a church planter in Ocean Beach - a retro,
hippie, new age community in San Diego.
Book Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Bloom, Tulsa, OK
Using humor, relevant stories, and personal illustrations, Kyle creatively communicates
the truth of God to a generation that is searching. Kyle is not only a dynamic young
communicator, he is also the youth pastor and creative worship pastor at Abundant
Life Church in Bartlesville, OK. His creative teaching style grabs kids where they're
at and doesn't let them leave the same way they entered!
Contact Kyle at email@example.com
Jerry Ackerman, Indianapolis, IN
Jerry Ackerman has been speaking to audiences of all ages for nearly ten years.
His message of God's grace with "no strings attached" is a message he believes connects
with anyone. Besides being founder of Jerry Ackerman Productions, and President
of the Barnabas Project as well as Director of Jerry Ackerman Ministries, Jerry
is an accomplished author including book titles Beyond the Five Senses
and 8 Ways to Make Sure: How To Date the Right Person
. His down-to-earth
approach, humorous delivery, and story-filled teaching will draw everyone in to
the message on his heart. You can learn more about his ministry, read reviews of
those who have heard him speak, and view his online store at www.jerryackerman.net
Contact Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Baldwin, Springfield, MO
Grant has a unique ability to communicate truth in a creative and relevant way to
today's generation of young people. He has worked with teenagers for almost a decade
and regularly speaks at school assemblies, seminars, retreats, events and camps.
Grant will cause your students to think and act on relevant issues such as identity,
purpose, and leadership. His presentations will captivate with humor, innovate with
creativity, and motivate with passion. You and your students will love him!
Contact him through his website
or talk to him at (417) 350-2203
Jacob Gaines, Los Angeles, CA
Jacob Gaines is infectious with his passion to communicate the Word of God in language
that today's youth can understand. With 10 years experience speaking at conferences,
camps and retreats across the country, Jacob specializes in connecting Biblical
truth to students in relevant ways. He has led workshops at nationwide conferences
on navigating youth culture so he understands how to relate to today's youth. Jacob
is engaging and captivating using personal stories, humor and life lessons to make
God's Word come alive. His deepest desire is to see students connect with a God
who loves and to be equipped to share that love with a world in need.
Contact Jacob at JacobGaines@hotmail.com
or (626) 536-8014
Tony Wood, Irvine, CA
Tony, the Teaching Pastor of Moment Christian Church in Irvine, CA, was formerly
the Teaching Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Corona, CA. He has spent the
past 10 years designing next generational ministry in both the U.S. and Asia. He
was the Founder and Lead Pastor of Generate, a weekly midweek worship experience
ministering to 2500 young adults. As a regular conference and event speaker Tony
is known for a teaching style that embraces passion, change, second chances, and
grace and feels blessed to pursue world change with beautiful wife Bre, three-year-old
son Ethan, and two-year-old baby bear Peyton Faith.
Contact Tony at Tony@momentchurch.com
Chet McDoniel, Fort Worth, TX
If you're looking for a speaker to speak about self esteem at an event, Chet McDoniel
would be one of my top choices. Chet was born with no arms and no legs, but Chet's
disability has never gotten in the way of him achieving his dreams. From their unique
perspective, Chet and his father Jim offer insights on what it takes to deal with
challenges in life whether they are big or small, why God's not to blame, and how
to see Jesus in everyone regardless of what they look like. Chet started as a Christian
youth speaker when his dad, Jim, wrote a book about Chet's life. Since then, Chet
and Jim have been able to tell this story in front of tens of thousands of people.
They use humor and stories about Chet's life in order to make their point that God
can use you no matter what you look like.
Contact Chet online
, by email at email@example.com
or by phone at (817) 879-7228
Chris Leader, Raleigh, NC
Chris Leader is the Executive Director and Founder of Ignite Student Outreach
and speaks to students all over
the country about the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He is passionate about
seeing young people come into a relationship with the Lord, and then see students
go and change their families, friends, and campuses with the Good News of Jesus
Christ. If you are looking for a speaker that will connect with your students in
a way that they will understand and respond to, Chris Leader is the speaker for
you. He presents God's Word in a way that will make students laugh and think. Your
students will be challenged to live a life worthy of the calling they have received.
Speaking Audio and media can be viewed @ www.LeaderOutreach.org.
Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 1-888-407-5125
Joel Strickland, Grand Rapids, MI
Joel Strickland is a youth pastor at Thornapple Valley Church in Hastings Michigan.
In his ministry, called fusion412, over a hundred students show up each week to
hear the message of Jesus Christ. He has been speaking to students for over 6 years
and has a true passion for it. Joel comes with a lot of energy along with personal
stories from his own life to present the love of Christ. Growing up Joel found himself
going through some tough situations like losing his father to cancer. Through those
times he has found a passion to help other teens get through the hard times in their
own lives. Joel keeps current with kids as a high school basketball and soccer coach.
If you would like to listen to Joel speak you can check out his Podcast here
CONTACT HIM AT: email@example.com
Tony Hevener, Orlando, FL
Tony is a 20+ year veteran of youth ministry. He has ministered and spoken internationally
and has served on both Young Life staff and local church staff. From weekly youth
meetings to camps, retreats, and rallies, Tony connects with students where they
are at and challenges them to become more. His heart is for every student to know
they matter to God. Tony is the founder of Life That Matters
a coaching and mentoring ministry for youth pastors as well as the Director of First
Priority of Central Florida.
You can contact Tony at 352-227-0258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Maiberger, Denver, CO
With over fifteen years of student ministry experience, Matt Maiberger brings a
wealth of wisdom, relevance, and enthusiasm as he communicates God's Truth with
students across the nation. His presentations are always full of fresh insights,
unforgettable illustrations, and practical take-aways that keep students engaged
and connected. As the High School Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Parker,
CO, Matt gets to live out his passion by helping students know Jesus Christ and
grow into the leaders that God has called them to be.
Contact Matt at email@example.com
or (720) 308-5532.
Danette Matty, Lincoln, NE
Danette Matty has been speaking to youth since big hair was in! When she's not speaking
to teenagers, she's training youth workers as one of Group
's National Training
team, or working as a freelance writer for magazines like GROUP
. Her presentation is always dynamic, authentic and powerful. Danette
is comfortable in front of both outreach and church crowds, cutting to the heart
about what it means to trust Christ and follow him day to day. Danette also can
speak on tough subjects like being a victim of childhood abuse, alcoholism, or rape.
She lives and laughs with her family in Nebraska.
Contact Danette through her web site
or email her at
Leon Brooks, Houston, TX
Leon Brooks brings the truth with humor and power. With a background in stand-up
comedy and a decade of preaching the Gospel, Leon has the unique ability to blend
humor and sound doctrine. Using his hilarious life experiences, Leon challenges
youth and young adults to live a life worthy of the calling of Christ. Leon is a
graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and serves at Living Word Fellowship Church
in Houston, Texas as the Young Adult Pastor.
Contact Leon at www.lb3ministries.com
Todd Leet, Tampa, FL
Todd is a gifted communicator who has been speaking to young people, churched and
unchurched, for the last decade. Todd got his start speaking to unchurched teenagers
at a campus ministry. Todd's love for reaching out to fringe kids was only trumped
by a love to see kids grow in their faith. Todd now works in the local church as
the director of student ministries in a large church just outside of Tampa. One-on-one,
in a small group, or in front of a large crowd, communication is what Todd Leet
does exceptionally well. He can speak directly to where people are in life and give
them fresh insight to put their trust in Jesus, and grow in their faith.
Contact Todd at tleet@VanDyke.org
Adam Sauer, Little Rock, AR
With over 10 years experience in student ministry, Adam's passion of developing
students who are fully devoted followers of Christ is the driving force behind his
ministry. Adam is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the
truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ plainly, creatively, and relevantly. With the
unique ability to intertwine teaching that helps not only reach the lost but also
challenge and strengthen the believer, audiences are able to experience an event
where they are met where they are, just as they are, and walk away with relevant
truths to take back into their everyday lives. Adam is currently serving as the
Lead Student Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Contact Adam at www.adamsauer.tv