Image shows Jessica Long standing with some of her Paralympic medals and a film real from ripe creatives is in the image. Text says: renew student conference, march 3-4, 2023. Jessica long 16x paralympic champion.


Friday, March 3, 2022, 6:30-9:30pm

  • 5:30pm Doors Open
  • 6:30pm Session 1: Ice Breakers, Worship, Message
  • 8:00pm Ripe Creatives

Saturday, March 4, 9:00am-2:30pm

  • 8:30am Doors Open
  • 9:00am Session 2: Worship, Message and Discussion Breakouts
  • 11:00am Jessica Long
  • 12:00pm Chick-Fil-A lunch included with registration fee
  • 1:00pm Session 3: Ice Breakers, Worship, Message
  • 2:30pm Conference Ends


Jessica Long

Jessica Long’s life has been nothing short of amazing. Born to a teenage mother in the Siberia cold, burdened by congenital defects in her legs, and placed for adoption at 13 months old, Jessica has persevered to become one of the most decorated female athletes in American history. However, it was not without setbacks. At just 18 months old, Jessica’s legs were amputated below the knee due to a rare bone disorder called fibular hemimelia, but her adopted family would not let her physical differences limit her potential. Her work focuses on winning in the water and inspiring others outside the pool. It’s through her struggles that she has learned to grow and thrive as a champion and person, and her message of hope resonates with all walks of life.

Jessica long with many of the Paralympic medals she has won.

Sara Boninu

Newtown Square Presbyterian Church

Sara is a wife, dog mom, baker, worship leader and youth minister who has a heart for seeing students know their worth in Christ! She also loves pigs and “Survivor!”

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R. Derrick Parks

Epiphany Church of Wilmington

In 2016, Derrick planted and became the Lead Pastor of Epiphany Church. He and his wife, Atyia, have been in ministry for over a decade and have three children.

photo of R. Derrick Parks.

Todd Pearage

Youth Leader Oasis

Todd and his wife, Lynda, have been in youth ministry for over 25 years. In addition to founding Youth Leader Oasis, he is also an author and speaker. Todd loves cheering for Pittsburgh teams!

Photo of Todd Pearage.