Speaker Bios

Tim Long, Keynote Speaker

Tim has served as the Lead Minister at Stone Creek Christian Church in Oregon City since 2008. He also served in children’s ministry for eight years before coming to Stone Creek, during which time he completed his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Tim loves to connect with people, especially the young generation. He and his wife Patti have been married for 35 years, and have four children and seven grandchildren.

Workshop Speakers

Mona Boggs

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Mona visited her children’s Good News Club in 1977 to see what it was like, and has been a part of Child Evangelism Fellowship ministry ever since. She serves on the local CEF committee and teaches a Good News Club.

Rich Concannon

Pastor Rich has served at Klamath Christian Center since 2002, and oversees children’s ministries and special events for children. He has two grown children and one grandson.

Margo Cross

Margo is a retired nurse, and has taught Sunday school for over 40 years. She has volunteered with CEF for the past three years as a Good News Club teacher.

Lee Dickerson

Lee lives in Sprague River and is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She has taught in children’s ministries for 25 years, and also teaches at Heaven’s Garden Preschool.

Deborah Etters

Deborah has been involved with children’s ministry for many years. She has served as a children’s education director, teacher, foster parent, and mother.

Earl Faunce

Earl has worked with children for over 16 years, and has served as the children’s pastor at Faith Tabernacle for seven years. His passion is to help children learn to love Jesus and love church. He was saved at age 17, and graduated from Seattle Bible College in 1995. Earl and his wife Rebecca have five children.

Rebecca Faunce

Rebecca has been a pastor for nine years, and loves drama and storytelling. She serves with Earl, her husband of 21 years, as children’s pastor at Faith Tabernacle.

Laura Gibson

Laura has been a teacher since 2002. She taught special education in Michigan, and now works with 5th graders in STARBASE, a national science education program. She is a mother of four children.

Amber Marino

Amber has an AA in Child Development and a BS in Education, and hopes to get her Masters in Special Education soon. Before moving to Oregon, she was a preschool teacher and the Assistant Director of Sunday school programs at her church in California. She has been working with Joni and Friends of Southern Oregon for three years, where she coordinates the men’s events and runs the nursery program at Family Retreat. She enjoys spending time with her 17-month-old son and her husband.

Linda Massey

Linda wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. God gave her opportunities to teach Sunday school and VBS as a teen and young mother, and in her early thirties she began substitute teaching in public schools. Because she did not yet have formal training, she studied Jesus’ methods, which gave her a great foundation for her 27-year public school career. Now retired, she teaches a ladies’ Bible study and a Good News Club.

Cheryl Moe

Cheryl grew up in a family that provided a home for foster children. She has volunteered as the board president of Klamath/Lake County Childcare Resource and Referral, served on the board for the Coalition Against Child Abuse, chaired the YMCA Safety Committee, and taught CPR and First Aid. Her career path has included coaching elementary age sports, lifeguard, teacher’s aide, youth development director, and preschool/daycare director. She is currently a children’s ministry assistant. She and her family have had nine foster children as well as multiple adults and teens who needed a place to stay and be loved on.

Rachel Newport

Rachel is a recent graduate of Children’s Ministries Institute. She has volunteered with Child Evangelism Fellowship for seven years, and became staff with CEF in May. She is a communications major at Western Oregon University, and has a passion for working with kids and helping others do the same.

Lorraine Peterson

Lorraine has been volunteering with Joni and Friends for ten years. One of her responsibilities is training short-term missionaries who serve families affected by disability at the Twin Rocks Family Retreat.