Keynote Speaker: Brian Pingel

Brian Pingel Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingBrian is the new Senior Pastor at First Assembly of Cedar Rapids. A former pastor in the Twin Cities and professor at North Central University, he lives to help others encounter life. He is passionately pursuing the call on his life to help people become who God created them to be.

Keynote Speaker: Kristin Johnson

Kristin Johnson Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingSince 1996 Kristin Johnson has had the privilege of serving the Lord in various capacities, from a Young Life Leader, to Worship Leader, to a Youth and Family Ministry Director. In May 2004 she graduated from Luther Seminary with a M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry, and became a Deacon in the ELCA.  Since graduating she’s had the privilege of serving families in various denominations from Lutheran to Presbyterian to Methodist. Kristin currently serves as the Director of Youth and Familiy Ministry in two congregations, St. Petri Lutheran and Bergen Lutheran, in Story City and Roland, IA. When not at church, you can find her either playing with her girls, watching Hawaii 5-0 or sleeping–she loves a good nap.

Worship Leader: Unleashed

Student Worship Team at New Covenant Bible Church



A key part of Recharge is the wide variety of workshops available.  Recharge Conference youth ministry children's ministry trainingYou will be equipped, inspired and energized by these relevant, practical workshops. Experienced ministry leaders share useful and motivational ideas to help you and your team be ready for the challenges of leadership and working with kids.  Some workshops are designed for a specific area of ministry while others will be applicable whether you work with children, youth or families.

You have the opportunity to attend 3 workshops during this children’s and youth ministry conference. Options will be posted this fall.

We bring in some of the best national and local organizations who offer useful and effective tools for you and your ministry. We give you time to personally connect with each one so you can take advantage of their expertise and resources. Sponsors lower the ticket price by almost 30%, so we are beyond grateful for their partnership and participation at Recharge.

Platinum & Gold Sponsors include:



RECHARGE was started by ministry workers for ministry workers… and is still led and run by local ministry workers. Youth Leadership partners with local leaders from a wide variety of academic, local churches, and denominational organizations. It is intentionally multi-denominational and although Youth Leadership facilitates this children’s and youth ministry conference, Recharge would not happen without each team’s leadership.

Youth Leadership

Cedar Falls Leadership Team
Mark Forstrom | New Covenant Bible Church
Lisa Kammerer | Immanuel Lutheran Church
Amy McGrew | Youth Leadership
Tiger McLuen | Youth Leadership
Carter Moore | Orchard Hill Church
Eric Szymanski | Decorah Covenant church
Adrian Walter | First Lutheran Church, Decorah

We welcome inquiries from those interested in becoming a part of the leadership team. Contact for more information.

We cannot do Recharge without volunteers in each city! Perks of being a volunteer include working with a great group of people, free lunch, free Recharge t-shirt, and opportunity to sit in for some of / parts of the main sessions, workshops and/or prayer lab. We welcome inquiries from those interested in volunteering before, during or after Recharge. Contact for more information.

Recharge volunteer

8:30 Conference Check-In / Exhibit Hall Open
9:00   Opening General Session
10:10   Break / Exhibit Hall Open
10:30   Workshop 1
11:30   Lunch / Exhibit Hall Open
12:30   Workshop 2
1:30   Break / Exhibit Hall Open
1:45   Workshop 3
2:45   Break / Exhibit Hall Open
3:00   Closing General Session

*subject to change

Registration price includes:

  • registration fees
  • conference workbook
  • 2 main sessions
  • 3 workshops (choose from 12 options)
  • time with 12+ exhibitors
  • lunch* provided by T.B.D.
  • coffee, water, morning and afternoon snacks

*please give us 2 weeks notice for food allergies


Ready to reserve a spot for you and/or your volunteer team?

Super Early Bird

$37 per person - team of 10+

  • $42/person – team of 5-9
  • $47/person – team of 2-4
  • $52/person – individual
  • $29/college or grad student
  • THESE RATES END 12/15/16!

Early Bird

$42 per person - team of 10+

  • $47/person – team of 5-9
  • $52/person – team of 2-4
  • $57/person – individual
  • $29/college or grad student
  • THESE RATES END 1/15/17!


$47 per person - team of 10+

  • $52/person – team of 5-9
  • $57/person – team of 2-4
  • $62/person – individual
  • $29/college or grad student
  • THESE RATES END 2/1/17!



  • N/A for team of 10+
  • N/A for team of 5-9
  • N/A for team of 2-4
  • N/A for students
  • RATE ENDS 9 am 2/4/17!