ROCK: Breakouts

 ROCK 2020 BREAKOUTS – Please pre-register for breakouts to help ensure you get what you want.  Please register for breakouts before arriving at ROCK to help ensure you get the ones you want. You can only register up to the total number of people you registered for ROCK for each session (AM, PM or Freetime).  In the past, some have registered their entire group for several breakouts at each session which made the breakouts appear full so that others could not register.  You can still register for several breakouts per session if you want to split up your group.

For example, you registered 20 for ROCK. For the AM sessions, you could register all 20 for a particular breakout or 5 for 4 different breakouts or any other combo as long as you don’t register more than 20 for the AM session.  You can do the same thing for the PM session and the Freetime session.

Some breakouts are offered AM & PM. Others are only offered for one session.  Saturday Funstravaganza and Youth Leader Trainings are offered on Saturday from 3-5 during Free Time.

AM Sessions     PM Sessions     Free Time Sessions    Leader Bios

AM Sessions | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

READING THE BIBLE with Dave Moyer, Maryland Bible Society | AM & PM
Experience an exciting presentation entitled Simple Starts: Your Life-Long Journey in God's Word and learn how you can read and study the Bible, be transformed by its message, and begin to apply it to your daily life.  If possible, please download your favorite translation of the Bible onto your phone before attending.  If this isn’t an option, you will still be able to fully participate in this breakout.  “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 11:18

THEATRICAL ARTS & WORSHIP with Rev. Kyle Durbin | AM & PM
Explore a variety of exciting and innovative methods for incorporating theatre and other artistic elements into worship for an even more engaging, dynamic, and vibrant experience for all involved! “Worship the Lord with gladness.” Psalm 100:2

INSIDE OUT - ZUMBA for GOD'S TEMPLE with LaTasha Gibbs | AM & PM
We believe your inner beauty is what shines the brightest and is the first thing people see. Let's come together to dance and grow as one. This breakout involves physical movement. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you participate in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, and assume all risk of injury to yourself. There will be no chairs in the room. Please plan accordingly. “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.” Psalm 149:3

DISH WITH THE BISH with Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling | AM Only
Our Bishop is a faithful, prophetic woman of God and is the first African American woman to be Bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. This breakout will allow you to discuss different topics with our Bishop. She will answer pre-submitted questions as well as take them from the floor. Please allow the youth to ask their questions first. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our Bishop better. “Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise later in life.” Proverbs 19:20

CAMP ROCKS! with Retreat & Camping Staff | AM Only
Come hang out with Retreat & Camping Ministries.  We will play games and share how camp and retreat experiences help young and old discover the gifts God has given them, the joy of living as a part of a Christian community, and the love and salvation that comes from Jesus Christ.  This breakout involves physical movement. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you participate in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, and assume all risk of injury to yourself.  There will be no chairs in the room. Please plan accordingly.  “The Word became flesh and pitched his tent among us.” John 1:14

DANGER SIGNS: Depression & Suicide warning signs with Rev. Deb Scott | AM Only
This breakout will help you identify some of the danger signs that you or a friend/family member are depressed or possibly considering suicide and ways you can facilitate getting them help. Some subject matter may be of a mature nature. Please be advised. “Though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil for Thou are with me.” Psalm 23:4

ADDICTIONS & OPIOIDS with Rev. Dr. Barry Ball | AM Only
Why Are So Many People Addicted and Why Don’t They Just Stop? Almost every family has been directly or indirectly affected by addiction (especially to opioids). Why is this, what causes addiction, what the heck is an opioid and what can I as a Christian do? This breakout session will look at the LONG history of opioids, how and where in the brain opioids take hold and what God might be calling us to do in response to the addiction epidemic. “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Jeremiah 33:6

EQUIPPED FOR WORSHIP with Chris Dillard | AM Only
Equipping and empowering youth to lead worship. So you want to be a worship leader? Practical tips and tools for becoming a Christ-centered, passionate worship leader for your congregation. Being a worship leader can seem like a daunting task. From music selection, to building a team, to leading worship on Sunday mornings, worship leaders have to possess a multitude of gifts and responsibilities. Come learn and share through experience as we examine the role of being a worship leader.
“God’s worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

GIFTS & CALLING with Rev. Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson | AM Only
You were intentionally and beautifully created by the Divine Designer and Creator of the World. Come and explore with us in this breakout session: 1. Who God Is and Who You Are Becoming, 2. Why God Created You, 3. The Spiritual Gifts, Power and Strength Gave to You, and 4. How to Use these Gifts for Good. You were created for such a time as this. You are not here by accident and God has purposes for your life that may exceed your wildest dreams! “Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12

EMBRACING DIVERSITY & DIFFERENCES with Raimon Jackson, Rev. Jen Fenner | AM Only
God made each of us in God’s image and yet made us each unique. How can we learn to embrace the differences and celebrate diversity as we see each other in God’s eyes. How can diversity in our ministry deepen our ability to reach our communities, broaden our understanding of God and faith in Jesus Christ, and compel us to engage more directly with the community around us? We are all God’s children. We are all God’s family. "So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.” Galatians 3:26

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PM Sessions | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

READING THE BIBLE with Dave Moyer, Maryland Bible Society | AM & PM
Experience an exciting presentation entitled Simple Starts: Your Life-Long Journey in God's Word and learn how you can read and study the Bible, be transformed by its message, and begin to apply it to your daily life.  If possible, please download your favorite translation of the Bible onto your phone before attending.  If this isn’t an option, you will still be able to fully participate in this breakout.  “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 11:18

THEATRICAL ARTS & WORSHIP with Rev. Kyle Durbin | AM & PM
Explore a variety of exciting and innovative methods for incorporating theatre and other artistic elements into worship for an even more engaging, dynamic, and vibrant experience for all involved! “Worship the Lord with gladness.” Psalm 100:2

INSIDE OUT - ZUMBA for GOD'S TEMPLE with LaTasha Gibbs | AM & PM
We believe your inner beauty is what shines the brightest and is the first thing people see. Let's come together to dance and grow as one. This breakout involves physical movement. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you participate in this program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, and assume all risk of injury to yourself. There will be no chairs in the room. Please plan accordingly. “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.” Psalm 149:3

JOYFUL NOISE! ROCK MASS CHOIR with Becki Price | PM only – MAIN HALL 
Join 100 singers as they praise the Lord on Sunday morning at ROCK singing with a ten-piece band.  This is an additional $10 registration per person.  This gets you music to learn on your own (it has to be memorized.) and a tshirt to wear onstage on Sunday at ROCK. To sing in the choir, you must pre-register BEFORE JAN 20.    

There will be a mandatory rehearsal in the Main Hall on Saturday, Feb 8 (at ROCK) at 6:30PM during the evening breakout sessions.  That’s when you’ll get your tshirt which is your pass to get onstage on Sunday. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” Psalm 100:1

DEALING WITH LOSS with Rev. Deb Scott | PM Only
Loss can occur in many ways – death, divorce, moving away, losing friends and many others.  This breakout will help identify areas of potential loss and how to deal with them in a healthy way.   Some subject matter may be of a mature nature. Please be advised. “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4

CHOSEN NOT FROZEN with GZMC | PM Only
How to be a Christian but still be fun. Does being a Christian mean I can’t have any fun? Can I be righteous and not rigid? This breakout will help answer these questions and many more. GZMC is Ground Zero Master’s Commission, a group of young adult Christians who are dedicated to service and God’s glory. They’re also a whole lot of fun! “They blessed the king and then went home, joyful and glad in heart.” 1 Kings 8:66

REGIONAL CONNECT! | PM Only
Please check link to find your region. "Your voice matters! Speak up and Change the World for Christ!" Peer Pressure, Gun violence, Racism, Injustice, Immigration, Bullying, Homelessness and more!
What bothers you? What is the change you want to see? What breaks your heart?
This session will allow you to use your voice and make lasting connections to change your community and the world After ROCK.
The time is now, you are the leaders of today. Connect with other youth in your region and team up to make a difference!
Your voices will no longer be silent! Youth Unite to change the world and Stand on The ROCK.

  • Speak Up & Speak Out Baltimore Youth with DS Duckett, DS LaPrade, Shannon Gibbs, Susan Harry, Wendy Johnson and Bill Jones
  • Speak Up & Speak Out Southern Maryland Youth with DS IanIcelli, Kim Carr, Ben Rigsby and Dave Showalter
  • Speak Up & Speak Out Western Maryland Region Youth with DS Wunderlich, DS Rivera, and Youth Coordinators
  • Speak Up & Speak Out Washington Region Youth with DS Green, DS Park, Tammi Brantley, Patrick Landau and Sharon Milton

This high energy, highly interactive session is not your typical breakout session. Meet and team with youth from your region to explore the hottest topics in your life, schools and community. Then figure out how you personally and we collectively are called to make a difference. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect! 

 

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Free Time Sessions | 3-5 pm on Saturday

YOUTH LEADER TRAINING - Identifying Mental/Behavioral Health issues in youth with Shawn Elbert | Free Time Only
As adolescence hits, many youth experience various mental and behavioral health issues. As a youth leader, you are in a great position to notice changes and provide avenues for help.  YOUTH LEADER TRAINING - Identifying Mental/Behavioral Health issues in youth with Shawn Elbert- Saturday Free Time 3-5 - As adolescence hits, many youth experience various mental and behavioral health issues. As a youth leader, you are in a great position to notice changes and provide avenues for help.  

YOUTH LEADER TRAINING – Top 5 Dos and Don’ts in youth group growth with Rev. Dr. Stephen Gallaher | Free Time Only
How do I start a youth group? How do I grow a youth group? What are some of the landmines waiting for me and the youth at the church?  This breakout will look at some basic steps to help you start or grow a youth program while working to avoid the traps that lurk in the corners of the church.  

SATURDAY FUNSTRAVAGANZA with Retreat & Camping Ministries | Free Time Only
This replaces Games on the Beach. Join the Baltimore-Washington Conference Retreat and Camping Ministries for an afternoon of fun and games at the convention center!  From 3-5pm on Saturday in The Bayfront Ballroom (upstairs) camp staff will lead games and tournaments including:

  • 9 Square in the Air
  • Gaga Ball
  • Cornhole
  • Giant Jenga and Connect 4
  • Carnival-style games
  • Group games
  • Table games

This fun, safe, and warm Saturday option for your group is available. Each church registering youth for this breakout must also register at least one adult chaperone.

This breakout involves physical movement You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you participate in this, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, and assume all risk of injury to yourself. There will be no chairs in the room. Please plan accordingly. “The Word became flesh and pitched his tent among us.” John 1:14

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BREAKOUT LEADERS FOR ROCK 2020

Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling – Dish with the Bish Q&A with the Bishop  Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is the episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, the oldest and most diverse annual conference in The United Methodist Church. She was appointed to this office in September 2016, following her election to the episcopacy that July.
A strong proponent of education, Easterling received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Law degree from Indiana University School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology.
Prior to entering the ministry, she worked as a human resources manager and director, and as a prosecuting attorney.
A delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference in 2012 and 2016, Easterling serves on a number of boards and agencies, including the Committee for the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries, The Council of Bishop’s Immigration Task Force, the Boards of Directors for Wesley Theological and American University, the Board of Child Care and The Jane Robinson Bancroft Foundation. Easterling also serves as the President of the Northeast Jurisdiction Multi-Ethnic Center, the Anna Howard Shaw Board of Boston University School of Theology, and Boston University School of Theology Dean’s Advisory Counsel. Upon arriving in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, she founded The Seeds of Security ministry, or SOS, which benefits people in crisis who are seeking to leave abusive relationships.
Easterling is a much sought-after speaker and preacher, poet and published author. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, most recently receiving the 2017 Rainbow Push Trombone Award for Faith in Action, presented by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
She is married to the Rev. Marion Easterling Jr., pastor of Wesley Grove UMC in Hanover, Md., and the former pastor of Parkway UMC in Milton, Mass. They have two grown sons, Garret Walter and Miles Teronza.

Dave Moyer – How to Read the Bible – Dave Moyer is the Executive Director of the Maryland Bible Society, an organization dedicated to proclaiming the greatness of God, through the Word of God. Driven by a passion, and a sense of urgency, for exalting the preeminence of God's word in all of life, Dave focuses his attention on partnership development with local, national, and international ministries that share a common heart for spreading the fame of Christ. A few of the partnering organizations are Beachmont Christian Ministries, Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Youth For Christ, and God's Tender Mercy Orphanage. Dave serves the local Body of Christ at Long Green Baptist Church, as a teacher, Coordinator of Discipleship and Workplace Ministries, and as an Elder. Dave and his wife, Cindi, live in Bel Air Maryland and have six children: Jordan, Kelsi, McKenzie, Jamie, Joshua, and Addyson.

Becki Price – Joyful Noise! ROCK Mass Choir  Becki, with her husband, Tom, have been directing church choirs for over 25 years. Any and all of their success is by, through and for God and God’s glory. Tom headed up the ROCK team for over 15 years. Becki has now stepped into the leadership position. With degrees in theatre and music, they work to produce music that is fun and praises the Lord.

La Tasha Gibbs – Christian Zumba – LaTasha is 27 years old with a degree in Elementary Education. I'm a fourth/fifth grade teacher, who loves to sing and dance. I have been working together on this ministry for three years now and we are excited to spread God's word through physical fitness.

Barry Ball – Opioids, Addiction and Grace – Rev. Dr. Barry Steiner Ball graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in Psychology and then from Duke University with a Master of Divinity. Barry was then ordained as a United Methodist Minister. Barry served three different charges on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Talbot County. In 1998 Barry was offered a position with the Maryland Natural Resources Police (game wardens and marine police), working Talbot and Caroline counties and serving as the NRP’s chaplain when needed. In 2008 Barry was moved into the investigative unit for NRP and worked boating and hunting accidents and larger commercial fishing cases. During this time Barry also served in the Air Force Reserves as a chaplain at Dover Air Force Base, supporting the work of the Port Mortuary. Barry began a Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Seminary in Washington DC focusing on Military Chaplaincy. In 2012 Barry’s wife, Sandra, also a United Methodist Minister, was elected into the office of Bishop and moved to West Virginia where she oversees all the United Methodist Churches in West Virginia and Garrett County MD. With the move west, Barry was offered by the NRP a position on a Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force in Hagerstown Maryland. In this position Barry worked larger drug cases in Western Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. During this assignment Barry was exposed to the plight of Drug Endangered Children and changed his doctoral project and began working with local United Methodist Churches helping them discover how they can support these children. Barry earned his doctoral degree finally in 2017! Barry retired from the Maryland Natural Resources Police on Oct. 1, 2017 to work full time with local churches in helping them find their ministry in response to the opioid epidemic. Barry and Sandra have two grown daughters, Sarah a high school math teacher in Talbot County Maryland and Becky, a naturalist for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources.

Deb Scott – Dealing with Loss and Dangers Signs – Rev. Debbie Scott has had a passion for youth since the start of her ministry many moons ago. She loves to engage them in critical thinking with timely topics that touch each of us close to our hearts. Rev. Deb always works to create safe space that all feel comfortable sharing those things, our pain, our hurts, our wounds and our joy, that often make us feel vulnerable in a room full of strangers. Rev Deb has done extensive work with Hospice and for 20 years has led a support group for family and friends who have lost someone to suicide.

Stacey Cole Wilson – Gifts & Calling – Rev. Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson is the Executive Minister of Justice and Service for The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is a champion for human rights who received a call into transformational life-changing ministry as a youth. She is a wife, mother, ordained minister and igniter of social change.

Chris Dillard – Equip for Worship – Chris Dillard has over 15 years experience as a worship leader and church musician. Classically trained as a choral conductor and opera singers, he is also an avid songwriter, worship leader and guitar player. His passion is to share the love of Jesus through music and worship as well as inspire young musicians into their calling as worship leaders.

Kyle Durbin – Drama in Worship – Rev. Dr. Kyle Durbin is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church where he serves as the chair of the Annual Conference Worship Team as well as senior pastor at Frostburg UMC. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Theatre, as well as from Wesley Theological Seminary with Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (Arts & Theology) degrees. He has founded three community theaters, Cornerstone Theatre, Shady Side Theatre, and Frostburg Theatre Company, has written and produced four original plays and comedies, and has performed in regional theatres such as the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. Some of his favorite directing and acting performances include "Godspell," "Disney's Tarzan," "Disney's The Little Mermaid," "Cyrano De Bergerac," and, "Wittenberg."

GZMC – Chosen not Frozen : How to be a Christian and still be fun! – Groundzero is a Discipleship School for college-aged students, dedicated to creating an atmosphere that gets you out of your comfort zone and challenges you in your walk with Christ. From a wide variety of backgrounds, they come together to study, serve and grow in their relationship with Jesus. www.groundzero.school

Retreat & Camping Ministries – CAMP ROCKS! & Saturday Funstravaganza! – Retreat & Camping Ministries operates 3 sites throughout the BWC and welcomes more than 15,000 people annually for retreat and summer camp experiences. Overnight summer camp opportunities begin at grade 2 and retreats are available for all ages. Find out more atwww.bwccampsandretreats.com.”

Raimon Jackson – Embracing Diversity & Differences – Raimon Jackson is a Spiritual Entrepreneur with a passion for Jesus and people. His daily work includes pastor, innovator, spiritual life coach, motivator, public speaker, social justice facilitator, and a musical writer & recording artist. He is a pioneer in crossing traditional barriers including work in cross denominational, multi-ethnic, multi-economical, and multi-generational arenas.
Raimon’s history includes successfully planting, building and growing several youth and young adult focused churches, ministries, teams, and movements, including The Table church of Washington D.C.. With a professional background and education in music and theatre, he leads as co C.E.O. to the music production company F.R. productions and has worked as an actor in local plays inclusive of performances at the Kennedy Center (Wash D.C.). He also has experience as a community organizer as he formerly worked for the nationally acclaimed and former home to Barack Obama, the Gamaliel network.
Presently, Raimon, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is called to build The Well. After traveling the country listening to and learning from diverse groups of people, Raimon knew it was time to build something that was authentic, relevant and evangelistic to reach those who are tired of the cliché and status quo, but are in search of true spiritual growth and genuine community with the support of the arts.
Raimon’s heart and passion for ministry is probably most exhibited through his non-traditional family life. A father figure and mentor to many, Raimon at age 22 decided to extend his family through foster care by becoming the care taker to a then 14 year old adolescent boy. Only to repeat a similar process at 29 when he took in a 17 year old. Claiming both as his sons, through the two of them, Raimon has now become one of the youngest grandfathers, (yes you heard that correct… a grandfather), to eight grand-children…. who all affectionately refer to him as pop-pop.

Jen Fenner – Embracing Diversity & Differences – Rev Jen is bilingual/bicultural English/Spanish and pastor of a multicultural church including many new immigrants. Rev. Jen, together with Rev. Tammi Brantley and Rev. Tim Warner, is part of the Greater Gaithersburg Youth Ministry pulling together Hispanic/Latinx, white, African, and African American youth to do meaningful ministry in church and community. The diversity represented in GGYM includes diversity in race, class, language, economics, sexual orientation, and life experience.

Pastor Jen credits the church with giving her the opportunity to become bilingual – bi-cultural English/Spanish, a skill she is able to use richly in ministry here at Epworth. She is married to Edgard Tellez (from Managua Nicaragua) and together they have 2 children currently a part of the Montgomery County Public School System. Pastor Jen enjoys family trips to the Western part of the United States, being outside, collecting antique colored glass, and quiet opportunities to be with those who know her and still love her deeply. Her favorite bible story is Jacob wrestling with the angel of God as God redefines the power and responsibility of blessing.

Stephen Gallaher - Youth Leader Training – Top 5 Dos and Don’ts for Starting or Growing a Youth Group - Rev. Dr. Stephen Gallaher lives in Mechanicsburg, PA and serves as Professor of Christian Ministries/Youth and Pastoral Ministry at Messiah College. As an ordained clergyperson within the United Methodist Church, Stephen has served churches within the Susquehanna Conference. He is the Founder/Ex. Dir. Emeritus of Salt ‘n Light Youth Ministry, Inc. Stephen also serves as an Associate Pastor of Preaching at the Camp Hill UM Church where he has been on staff since 1997. He taught youth ministry and practical theology at Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Russian Theological Seminary in Moscow, and for ten years at Wesley Theological Seminary. Gallaher serves to equip adult and student leaders to reach and disciple youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Stephen, along with his wife Anne, have three adult daughters and son-in-laws who have blessed them with six grandchildren. Stephen enjoys multiple outdoor pursuits and along with his brothers, maintains the family farm.

Shawn Elbert – Youth Leader Training – Identifying Mental & Behavioral Health Issues in Youth - Shawn Elbert, RCYCP (Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner)
For over 20 years, Shawn has served in various capacities in youth/family support services. Shawn's experience includes serving as Director of Recreation, Spiritual Life Coordinator, and Director of Program Supports for the Board of Child Care, Dean of Students for the Strawbridge School, and Program Support Coordinator for the Youth in Transition School. As a certified trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Mental Health First Aid, and Trauma Informed Care, Shawn has presented at numerous conferences including Maryland Head Start Association, DORS of Maryland, MARFY, and MANSEF. In addition, Shawn continues to partner with local community organizations, including the Mondawmin community following the Freddie Gray trial, churches, and local police precincts, to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid. Shawn is a member of Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore, MD, where he serves in the youth ministry, faith and discipleship ministry, and the church council. Shawn and his wife, Angela, reside in Reisterstown, MD, and have two sons; Jordan (18) and Jaiden (11).