Sunday, Apr 30, 2023 3:00 PM - Thursday, May 4, 2023 12:00 AM CDT

Oasis Hotel & Convention Center | Springfield, MO

Join us for five days of leadership training specifically designed to equip Directors and Managers with the tools they need to run an effective Adult & Teen Challenge program. Engage with other ATC staff, the National Office, and other experts in sessions, practical workshops, and connection points strategically designed to resource you. You don’t want to miss this!


Sunday, April 3
Check-in: 3:00-5:00 pm
6:00 pm Opening Dinner and Fellowship

Monday, April 4
Registration: 6:45-7:45 am
Sessions: 8:00am – 5:00 pm
Evening Free for Networking

Tuesday, April 5
Sessions: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Evening Activities: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, April 6
Sessions: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Evening Free, visit a local church if you wish

Thursday, April 7
Sessions: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Commissioning Dinner: 6:30

Registration coming soon!

Meet Our Presenters

Anatole Williams

Anatole Williams serves as the Executive Director of Adult & Teen Challenge Memphis. His wealth of knowledge from serving in the ATC field as well as his over 20 years of service in the Navy make him an invaluable asset to the ATC ministry. Almost 30 years ago, Anatole walked through the doors of ATC as a student. Now, he’s multiplying what God has done in his life by serving in executive leadership.

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Carol Taylor, Ph.D.

Dr. Taylor has a long list of accomplishments and honors, including being named as a top leader in both the Orange County Business Journal in California and the Springfield Business Journal. She has held a series of leadership positions in higher education groups, including working with accrediting bodies and sitting on the board of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Most recently, Dr. Taylor retired as Evangel University’s fourth president and currently serves on the Board of Directors for CoxHealth and represents the Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Committee.

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John Easter, Ph.D.

Dr. Easter serves as the Director of Partnership Development for Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM).Previous to this role, he devoted two decades as a missionary educator with the AGWM in Africa. In his role as the regional strategic leader for training, he also served as the Director of Africa’s Hope, a ministry that aids various training programs among national AG schools in Africa; the Vice Chancellor of Pan-Africa Theological Seminary, the doctoral initiative of the AG in Africa; and the Executive Director of the Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA), a multidenominational association providing schools with accreditation service, faculty enrichment and scholarly publication.

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Paul Eckels

Before retiring, Paul worked with KMPG Peat Marwick from 1984 to 1991 with emphasis in manufacturing, public utility and oil/gas industries. He also served as the Chief Financial Officer and President of Missouri Precision Castings from 1991 to 1994.  Paul Joined H.E. Williams, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer in 1994 and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Over his career, he gained a wealth of executive experience and currently serves on multiple board of directors for organizations across the country.

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Matt Huffman

Matt Hufman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Assemblies of God minister, and seasoned communicator. He worked in the media for more than two decades, as a writer, editor, and leader. His ministry work has included jail and recovery settings. He has managed internal and external organizational crisis situations and has coached others to do so. He currently works in a nonprofit group involved in Christian higher education and with other nonprofits, including Adult & Teen Challenge.

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John Alarid

John Alarid is the founder and lead pastor of Freedom City Church— a multi-site church with the main campus in Springfield, MO. There is a campus in Branson and inside the local prison. He is also the CEO of Hope Homes Adult and Teen Challenge  and  the founder of Straight Street Sober Living Homes and the Northside Recovery Community Center in Springfield, Missouri. John’s passion for the broken is informed by his own experience of incarceration, gang affiliation and ten years hopelessly addicted to heroin. Through a spiritual awakening in prison, higher education, and a new community—John found a way out!

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