Youth Rally - Meet the Speakers
Chris Bray is a full time travelling worship leader and speaker. Having received multiple Gospel Music Association Covenant awards and numerous top 10 and #1 hit songs on Christian radio in Canada, his ministry has spanned North America from headlining the National March for Life rally on Parliament Hill for 25,000 people, the Air Canada Centre, working with great figures such as Peter Furler, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Jonny Diaz, Matt Fradd, Jackie Francois, Leah Darrow, Steve Ray, Ralph Martin, Chris Padgett, Fr. Dave Pivonka, involvement in Life Teen, World Youth Day, Steubenville Toronto, NCYC, NCCYM, presenting to tens of thousands each year at hundreds of conferences, retreats, schools and churches. Read more about Chris Bray
Connor Flanagan is a hip-hop recording artist and youth minister from Saint Paul, MN, where he and his wife Katie & two daughters currently reside. More important than any stage he has been on, or artist he has worked with, is the heart and story of the person right in front of him. He loves coffee, an early morning sunrise, and just spending time with his family. Connor believes joy will change the world, and that is what he hopes to communicate through his music and speaking. Read more about Connor Flanagan
While attending University, Christy Dupuis had a powerful encounter with Jesus and fell in love with her Catholic faith. After completing a B.A. in English she went on to serve as a lay missionary with Catholic Christian Outreach. While serving as a missionary Christy began speaking at conferences and retreats and leading workshops on a variety of topics. Her passion for evangelization and communicating the Gospel continues to drive her service to the church.
Christy is married to Daniel and the mother of four young children who challenge and inspire her. Believing that the parish is instrumental in evangelization efforts, Christy serves as a member of the Pastoral Team at her local parish where she co-labours with her pastor and others to form disciples and provide opportunities for all men and women to encounter Jesus. Christy has rejoined CCO to serve, once again, as a lay missionary; this time, as a Parish Missionary and consultant helping to equip and train leaders for the renewal of parishes and their communities. Read more about Christy Dupuis
Father James Mallon is the Episcopal Vicar for Parish Renewal and Leadership Support for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Although, now former pastor of Saint Benedict Parish in Halifax, he still is very much a part of this faith community. Father James is also the author of the best selling book “Divine Renovation: From A Maintenance To A Missional Parish”, an engaging guide for parishes seeking to cultivate vibrant and dynamic faith communities centred on missionary discipleship. In 2016, Father James also authored “the Divine Renovation Guidebook”, a step by step manual for transforming a parish. In 2019, Fr James co-authored the book, “Unlocking Your Parish” with Ron Huntley an inspiring and practical read on Alpha as a powerful tool for evangelization and discipleship. Read more about Fr. James Mallon
Rachel Herbeck received her B.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2016. She has worked extensively in youth ministry and she speaks to youth and young adults at retreats, conferences and events in the U.S. and Canada. Rachel is passionate about life issues and has worked in Washington, DC for The Center for Family and Human Rights and the National Organization for Marriage. She recently returned to her native state of Michigan to work for id916, an outreach to young adult Catholics. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cooking and preaching the gospel to anyone who will listen. Read more about Rachel Herbeck