Meet the Speakers
Ralph Martin is president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome and is a professor and the director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and was also appointed as a “peritus” to the Synod on the New Evangelization in October of 2012. Ralph and his wife Anne have six children and sixteen grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Television: The Choices We Face
Books: “The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call”, Author. “The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints”, Author. “Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization”, Author.
Peter Herbeck and his wife Debbie have four children and four grandchildren. Peter has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the US, Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for more than thirty years. He is a frequent conference speaker and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit.
Television: “The Choices We Face”, Co-Host, EWTN. “Crossing the Goal”, Co-Host, EWTN
Radio: “Fire on the Earth”, Radio Host
Books: “When the Spirit Comes in Power”, Author. “When the Spirit Speaks”, Author.
Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He is the tenth and current Archbishop of Toronto, having previously served as Bishop of Saint Paul in Alberta (1997–1999) and Archbishop of Edmonton (1999–2006). On 6 January 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a cardinal at the 18 February 2012 consistory. While studying in Rome, specializing in sacred scripture and the Book of Revelation, he received his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1978 and a Doctorate in Theology from the Gregorian University in 1986.
During his time thus far in Toronto, Cardinal Collins has served the global church through his membership with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Congregation for Catholic Education and Commission of Cardinals for oversight of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). He has participated in the Synod on the Eucharist, and the Synod on the Middle East, served as an Apostolic Visitor in Ireland and also as the Delegate of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith for Anglicanorum Coetibus. Read more about Cardinal Thomas Collins
Monsignor Gregory N. Smith is pastor of Christ the Redeemer Parish in West Vancouver and the director of the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s first formation program for permanent deacons. He studied canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., from which he graduated with a licentiate, and in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, from which he received a doctorate degree. His doctoral thesis, The Canonical Visitation of Parishes: History, Law, and Contemporary Concerns, was published by the Tesi Gregoriana in 2008. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and has served as its Chancellor, Episcopal Vicar, and Moderator of the Curia. Read more about Monsignor Gregory Smith
Fr. Simon Lobo is a priest of the Companions of the Cross, ordained in 2009. He worked for three years as the campus minister at Wayne State University in Detroit where he witnessed hundreds of students being evangelized and coming to faith. Over the last several years, he has served in parishes throughout Ottawa. He joined the team at Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, in July 2015 as the associate pastor where he experienced parish renewal and learned about the essential role of leadership. Fr. Simon is now the past of Saint Benedict where parish renewal continues to flourish. Read more about Fr. Simon Lobo
Fr. Adam Maher was ordained a priest in 2018. He was born and raised in the small town of Port Sanilac, MI. Before becoming a priest, he got his teaching degree and taught elementary special education for two years in Marlette, MI. He is currently a chaplain at Saginaw Valley State University and Nouvel Catholic Central High School. He is also an Assistant Vocations Director for the Diocese of Saginaw.
Heather Khym is an established speaker and worship leader with over 25 years of experience. She attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where she studied Theology and Catechetics and met her husband, Jake. Currently, Heather speaks on a variety of topics, leads conferences, retreats, women’s ministry and has a podcast called Abiding Together. Her passion is in evangelization, discipleship, and creating an environment for people to have a personal encounter with God. She lives in British Columbia with Jake and their 3 teenage children. Read more about Heather Khym
Michael graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with Bachelor degrees in Business Administration (BBA) and Philosophy (BA), St. Augustine’s at the University of Toronto with a Bachelor in Theology (STB) and Master of Divinity (MDiv), and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Michigan with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) with a concentration on the new evangelization. Michael has been involved in a variety of ministries dedicated to evangelization and has been involved in mission projects in Europe, Africa, and North America. Michael has spoken globally in over 35 dioceses. In addition to founding Mission of the Redeemer Ministries, he is also author and presenter of “relit: The heart of evangelization,” founder of the New Evangelization Summit, and co-founder of UEvangelize.org