We are happy to welcome the following speakers at this year's Jr. High DYG:
Pastor Dominic J. Rivkin serves as the Executive Director of LINC Los Angeles, a mission organization dedicated to empowering local leaders to start new ministries that impact communities for the Gospel.
Dominic and LINC Los Angeles have been involved with launching two intentional living / discipleship ministries in the entertainment community and a mobile street music ministry in South L.A. LINC has also come alongside local leaders to replant two historic congregations and consulted other city congregations in establishing a clear vision and connective mission to their community.
Along with his wife Cassie and their dog Wrigley, the Rivkin family lives in Los Angeles. They’re enjoying their new life as empty nesters, while loving and supporting daughters Angeline and Julia at their respective universities.
Shelli Haynes has been a DCE in Southern CA for 21 years. Currently she is serving children and high school students at Red Hill Lutheran in Tustin. She is a graduate from Concordia Irvine and has a MA from Concordia Seward, NE.
Shelli is a huge SF Giants baseball fan (yep, even this season), and loves to go to the beach and play badminton in her backyard with friends and family. Shelli is married to Travis and they have two high school aged daughters. She loves God's word and sharing it with students and adults!
Pastor Kyle Blake serves as the pastor at The gathering Lutheran Church in Long Beach. He has been in the ministry for 17 years. Once at a youth event, Pastor Kyle chewed a wad of gum that was comprised of ABC (already been chewed) gum from about 50 kids.
When he is not ministering to the people of Long Beach, Kyle is spending time with his wife, Kendell, and two boys, Asher and Zebulun. Kyle is also an Orange Belt in Krav Maga.