Conference Speakers

Michelle Ayala-Rivera
Wife, mother, international speaker, and author

College Student Speaker

"Diversity Discussions:
Does It Even Matter Anymore?"

Michelle Ayala-Rivera is a wife, mother, international motivational speaker, and author of Letters To You, My Friend, and Nuyorican from the Bronx. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. Michelle decided to leave a successful career in engineering to pursue her passion speaking and inspiring others to “Find what you’re passionate about and make somebody pay you to do it.”. She and her husband, Ariel, are currently the leaders of Iron Sharpens Iron, the young adult ministry at Lighthouse Family Community Church as well as the directors of The Sabbath House in Lansdowne, PA, where they live with their son, Ezekiel.


Rev. Wayne Younger
Pastor, Cityview Covenant Church

Future Pastors Speaker

"Pastoring Multi-Ethnic Movements
for Christ: The Challenge and the Glory"

Wayne and Leeann Younger live on Pittsburgh's Northside along with their three children. They are the founding co-pastors of Cityview Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic church in the Spring Garden section of the city. Wayne has been on the pastoral staff of several multi-ethnic churches and has also worked in leadership at various para-church ministries. He attended Asbury University and is currently enrolled at Trinity School for Ministry seeking a Master's of Divinity.


Ricardo Tavárez
Director of Outreach for Madison Square Church

College Students Track

Ricardo is the Director of Outreach for Madison Square Church in Grand Rapids, MI. and often travels as a workshop facilitator, preacher and speaker. With a passion for developing urban leaders, Ricardo speaks on topics related to cross-cultural ministry. He has served and continues to serve in various ministry roles, which include that of a community organizer, leadership trainer, mentor, youth ministry leader. He is an emerging cohort leader with the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and serves on the board of Home Missions for the Christian Reformed Church. He is a graduate of Kuyper College where he studied Bible and International Business. .

"Urban Community Development"


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