As part of our mission of equipping Christ-like servant leaders for global impact, Kingswood’s Speakers Bureau is a resource for churches and ministries that may want to tap into the expertise of our faculty and staff. You can find a speaker for a worship service or a ministry event by viewing the profiles of those who offer sermons and seminars.
Rev. Brent Dongell
Brent Dongell, M. Div.
Program Director of Youth Ministry
Director of PULSE
“I love wrestling through God’s word with today’s youth and young adults as they encounter life,” says Rev. Brent Dongell, who wrote about his journey of faith as a “twenty-something” in The Hard Twenty Somethings. “It’s impossible to ignore the fact that approximately 75% of believers come to Christ before the age of 21.”
Dongell, whose life story merged in 2014 with Natasha’s as they became a family along with her two girls, loves a new challenge whether it’s running a marathon, surfing in different parts of the world, or trying to play any kind of sport he can get his hands on. As he centers his life on loving God and others, he wants to be known for living his life to the full – not for himself, but for God.
Drawing from his decade of pastoral ministry experience to young people, Brent Dongell regularly speaks at youth rallies and church groups, engaging the next generation of leaders to become fully devoted followers of Christ. You may want him to preach an evangelistic message or present a seminar. Two popular seminars are described below.
The Hard Twenty Somethings
While exciting, life in your twenties is much harder than expected. For a young single adult who is trying to follow God, your journey can be hard, scary, and emotional as you go through a maze of unknowns in discovering God’s unfolding plan for your life. Brent Dongell has been there.
In The Hard Twenty Somethings, Dongell shares the unexpected life lessons that he should have known earlier but somehow missed. He encourages college students and young professionals to see God as the God of the Alone, God of the Perfect Timing, God of the Perplexed, and God of the Works in Progress.
“The goal,” says Dongell, “is to find ourselves as a man or woman of God through His love rites of passage. As you stop enough to make sure you love yourself, love others, and love God deeper, God’s answer will give you all the direction you need.”
Engaging the Young Adult in Church
Every year local churches are seeing more young adults drop out of church. Statistics vary, but 50-80% of those raised in the church will not continue to attend as a young adult. Local churches are questioning why and they want answers.
In his seminar, Engaging the Young Adult in Church, Brent Dongell examines what it looks like to engage college students and young adults in a local community of believers. He dives into the current life and struggles of those in their twenties and explains what maturity may look like for them. Then he gives strategies on how to process ways and solutions for engaging them in the local church.
To book Brent Dongell for your church or district, email Rev. Brent Dongell or call 506.432.4465.
Michael (Mike) A. MacNeil, M.A.
Program Director – Praxis
Evangelism and Compassion Ministry
My heartbeat and passion is about reaching out to those outside the church who don’t know Jesus,” says Mike MacNeil, whose role at Kingswood University took a dramatic turn from teaching English when God sparked in him a passion for evangelism and compassion ministry. Today, he regularly leads ministry teams of students to serve the poor, homeless, addicts, and incarcerated within the province, in major cities, and in countries around the world.
We see in Scripture that Christ commands His Church to “love your neighbor” (Matthew 22:39) and to “go and make disciples of nations” (Matthew 28:19). When evangelism, compassion ministry, and social justice are separated from one another, it leads to an incomplete representation of the gospel. To achieve a biblical and balanced ministry of outreach, the church must include both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
MacNeil wants Christ-followers to discover what it means to be a servant and a witness. In his seminars, he explains how to share your own faith story and Christ’s love through servant ministry, and he challenges you to become an advocate for social justice.
From his wealth of experience in sharing the gospel both locally and globally, MacNeil speaks at churches, camps, rallies, and conferences on the following topics:
- Sharing Your Faith 101
- Evangelism/ Outreach
- Radical Discipleship
- Social Justice Issues
To book him, email Mike MacNeil
Dr. Stephen Elliott
Rev. Stephen D. Elliott, D. Min.
Division Chair of Professional Studies
Program Director of Pastoral Ministry
Program Director of Church Planting
Dr. Stephen Elliott understands what it means to plant and grow a dynamic church. In 1983, he began a church plant in Ottawa, Ontario, and grew the church over a 22 year period from a handful of people to a congregation of over 1,300.
“The opportunity I now have to pass along ministry insights and skills to a new generation of up- and-coming Christian leaders is a responsibility I love and take very seriously,” says Elliott, who has visited many of the largest churches in America and has studied everything he could related to church health, growth, and leadership.
Dr. Elliott loves Christ and His church, and he enjoys every opportunity to help ministry leaders develop insights and skills for growing healthy churches. Speaking from his wealth of experience and research, he presents tailor-made seminars to local churches or districts on the following topics:
- Why Friendship/Lifestyle Evangelism Doesn’t Work & What to Do About It
- Overcoming 10 Obstacles That Will Stall Local Church Growth & Health
- Building an Effective Men’s Ministry
- Making Disciples: 6 + 1 Methods of Discipleship
- Empowering Lay Ministry
- Understanding the Life Changes of a Growing Church
- Developing Effective Methods of Welcome & Integration
To book him for your church or district, email Dr. Stephen Elliott
or call 506-432-4464.