How can we prepare our kids to stand strong and not be blown away by the culture? What do we want the future of the Church to look like? AWANA leaders Valerie Bell, Matt Markins, and Mike Handler call for the raising up of the greatest generation of disciples.
Matt Markins is President and Chief Strategy Officer of Awana, a global leader in child discipleship. He is also a public speaker and coauthor of three books, including RESILIENT: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church. He and his wife, Katie, have volunteered in children’s ministry for more than 20 years, and they have two sons.
Michael Handler is the Chief Communications Officer at Awana. He has 18 years of experience in business and ministry. Through engaging storytelling and collaboration, he helps leaders understand the culture and creatively solve problems. Michael and his wife, Erin, have four children. They love family dinners and cheering on the Cubs and Bears.
Valerie Bell is an award-winning author, global children’s activist, and sought-after speaker. In 2012 Valerie joined Awana®, bringing her leadership, calling, and passion to join the efforts of Awana in reaching children and youth all around the world. In her most recent book, Resilient: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church Valerie challenges church and ministry leaders to disciple today’s children and youth as they will become the leaders of tomorrow’s churches, communities, and culture.
Valerie and her husband Steve have two grown sons, and six beautiful grandchildren.