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AYP Dallas Chapter Pre-Convention Outreach

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT


Join us on Friday, July 28, for the AYP Thrive Pre-Convention Outreach Project hosted by AYP Dallas in partnership with ADRA International and Reach the World Next Door.

During this half day of service, we will serve the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex through three exciting projects:

Great Choice Expo with Reaching The World Next Door

Reaching The World Next Door alongside Dallas-Fort Worth Fil-Am SDA Church will host a Great Choice Expo to support the resettlement of refugees. Through this project, you will have the opportunity to create and build relationships, provide insights, and engage in activities with refugees to make great choices highlighting temperance from our NEW START lifestyle program as they nestle into a new environment.

Arlington SDA Revive Community Care with ADRA International

ADRA International will partner with the Arlington SDA Church’s Revive Community Care to assist in meal prep and handing out food, cold drinks, hygiene essentials to the surrounding community. Through this project, you will have the opportunity to reflect Jesus through revealing the gospel practically into the community.

Tarrant County Housing Support with ADRA International

ADRA International will partner with Tarrant County Samaritan Housing Inc. to assist in meal prep and serving meals to the resident. Through this project, you will exhibit to resident that “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” in a tangible way through smiles, conversations, and a heart of service.

Invite a friend and register below to reserve your spot today! We look forward to seeing you in Hurst, Texas, on July 28 for our Thrive Pre-Convention Outreach Project.


July 28
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT


Hurst, Texas


AYP Dallas
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Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Lundquist, host of Rise & Lead, will headline 2023 AYP Convention.

Benjamin Lundquist is a top motivational speaker and one the leading voices for leadership development and empowerment. He is passionate about helping students and professionals see their worth and value, see themselves as a leader, and see their potential to change the world. The message he shares is motivating, relatable, and highly practical. Audiences are challenged to take extreme ownership of the unique gifts and opportunities they have. He is an international speaker and host of Rise and Lead Podcast which has been downloaded in over 110 countries providing aspiring and experienced leaders of all ages with world-class content and conversation. He frequently speaks at corporate and faith events, universities, and high schools.

Identity in Christ | Breakout Track

April is currently an associate pastor for discipleship at Keene SDA church. She is enrolled in a dual graduate program for Public Health and MDIV chaplaincy. She enjoys working with different ministries that highlight service, hospitality, and life enrichment. 

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, music, and extreme sports. An introvert at heart, she enjoys moments with close friends and in the quiet. Her and her husband, Blake Snyder reside in Burleson, Texas.

Purpose & Calling | Breakout Track

Ann Roda likes to describe her life as one long adventure with God. She began her career as a
a registered nurse in OB then transitioned into healthcare administration. Then, God unexpectedly redirected her path to the Adventist Theological Seminary, for an MDiv, and into pastoral ministry. She spent 15 years as a church pastor in Marietta, Georgia and Fulton, Maryland. Six years ago, God had another adventure for Ann, and called her back into the health care ministry, serving with Adventist HealthCare as Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care. 

This position is the perfect combination of both pastoral ministry and health care. Ann is married to Jose Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking, biking, and traveling.

Relationships | Breakout Track

Stephen and Felecia Lee are partners in the mission. They share a mutual passion for young adult ministries and using their talents to share the Gospel online and through speaking engagements. Stephen helps individuals and businesses function more efficiently through time management and productivity techniques. Felecia is a full-time homemaker and also the founder of the New Wives Club. 

In addition to this, she runs a program teaching women of color how to learn principles of faith through natural hair care. They live in New Hampshire and speak in different places on topics related to singleness, courtship, communication, evangelism, and faith.

Spiritual Health | Breakout Track

Shawn is passionate about generations coming together! She grew up in a four-generation family business and knows, from first-hand experience, that when people of all ages work together, everyone wins!

She has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Nebraska and is an award-winning sales and marketing professional. Her professional certifications include being a member of the John Maxwell Team and DISC Behavioral Consultant. Recently she published her first book “Strategies for Generational Inclusion at Work.”

Communities | Breakout Track

Michael Gibson currently serves as the Lead Pastor at the Keene SDA Church where he most previously served for four years as Pastor for Young Adults and lead Elevate, a growing and thriving young adult community in Keene. Michael is married to Melissa and they both enjoy the outdoors, long walks, and traveling to new, unexplored places. 

Most days, when he’s not teaching, preaching or studying, you’ll find him playing disc golf or working on home renovations with Melissa. They recently welcomed their son, Micah Eden, into the world last October and ever since, life has taken on a whole new meaning. Above all, Michael and Melissa have a passion for discipleship and telling others about the incredible God they serve. For them, the gospel boils down to loving God and loving people.