The DDMT offers support and resources to help equip leaders of children, youth, and adult ministries in the local church.


Training Ground 2022

"Navigating Tough Questions About God"

January 29, 2022

9AM - 4PM

Live Location: Kenmore Alliance Church

          175 Bonnett Ave.

                    Tonawanda, NY 14150


                       614 Gansevoort Rd.

                                          South Glens Falls, NY 12803

We host a district-wide annual event called "Training Ground".  National caliber speakers provide tools and resources for effective disciplemaking ministries in the local church for all ages.

For more information visit: https://traininggroundned.com/.

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For many Christians looking at the pace of change in society, the issues confronting us are rushing by at a bewildering speed. How should a believer respond to a person who believes they were born in the wrong gender? Does the Bible even say anything about that? Is Christianity really opposed to science? So many of our kids are abandoning the faith altogether in the face of the challenges of culture. We want to be compassionate, and we also want to stay close to the Scriptures. How can we be equipped to meet the          confusing array of questions, and the hurting array of people, with the grace and truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?


Our keynote speaker at Training Ground 2022 will be Rebecca McLaughlin, who holds a PhD in Renaissance Literature from Cambridge University and a Theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. She is the co-founder of Vocable Communications and the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, named Christianity Today's 2020 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year, and 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity. Her most recent book is The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims, released in April, 2021 by The Gospel Coalition.


Bring your Sunday School teachers, bring your teens, bring your youth  workers and your Bible Study leaders. Rebecca will be speaking twice, leading a breakout session, and will be available for questions and answers. Training Ground lets you interact with national caliber speakers close to home, and at a price that allows you to bring your whole team.

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 meet the team

  • Lisa Vogan, chairperson

    disciplemaking specialist

    lvogan@nedcma.org / 716-713-1959

    As a licensed Disciplemaking Specialist for the Northeastern District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, specializing in Children’s ministry, Lisa spends her time coaching, consulting, equipping, speaking and facilitating leadership growth across the District and the United States. Under the leadership of Melissa J. MacDonald, she has served as a Regional Connector for the National Children’s Ministry Team of the C & M A and a Coach for the Children’s Disciplemaking Leadership Certificate Course(CDLC). Lisa is certified as a National Trainer for Plan to Protect™. With over 30 years of ministry experience within discipleship and leadership contexts, Lisa’s greatest passion is to encourage, equip and empower ministry volunteers and leaders--strengthening the impact in our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • megan owens

    Administrative assistant

    meganowens827@gmail.com / 607-437-5799

    Megan has served in Alliance churches since she can remember. Through the years she has led Missions Ministry, including a short-term mission trip to Envision Peru; served on staff as an Executive/Ministry Assistant; served on a church-planting team for three years; volunteered in worship ministry; completed a year-long intensive discipleship program through 3DM Coaching, and various other ministry roles. She currently works from home doing content creation including graphic design, web design, social media, blogging and print layout for her business, Crafted Graphics, LLC. Her husband, Levi, is a campus pastor at Crosstown Alliance Church in Rochester, NY. They have one daughter named Selah.

  • eber kinne

    children's ministry

    ekinne@crosstownalliance.com / 716-801-1573 

    Eber has been serving in the ministry since 1997. He is currently serving as the Family Pastor at Crosstown Alliance Church where he brings leadership to all the campuses Children and Youth programs. He has a heart for teaming up with & helping families develop a plan and environment for Biblical parenting and instruction. He loves working with Teens and Children as they discover and understand the truths from the Bible. Matthew 5:16 is how Eber is trying to live his life with family and church. He is married to Jennifer and has 4 children (2 boys & 2 girls). Eber enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Lakers and his favorite place is the Outer Banks of NC where he and his family try to vacation every year.

  • reid walsh

    youth point person

    reidwalsh@parksidebible.org / 717-951-1895

    Reid has been in the NED since 2014 as Youth Pastor at Parkside Bible Church in Watertown, NY. He graduated in 2003 from Messiah College with a BA in Christian Ministries and an emphasis in youth. He has pastored in youth, young adult, college & career and worship ministries in previous churches, serving as full-time, bi-vocational and volunteer ministry leadership in that time. He has a heart for helping people become fully devoted, lifelong disciples of Christ, which will, in turn, produce more Christ followers as they serve God's Kingdom in reaching others. As a native New Englander (living in exile), he enjoys cheering for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics and rubbing all those championships in at the Bills, Giants, Yankees and Ranger fans!

  • alex banks

    youth ministry

    alexbanks10@gmail.com / 585-507-7654

    Alex has served in ministry since 2008. He is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Lockport Alliance Church where he tries to use Romans 12 as a guideline for living and serving. Alex loves the Lord and enjoys helping others get to know Jesus better. He's married to Becky and the two of them have three young boys. Alex enjoys cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and has been known to travel to Cleveland on a whim to catch a Cleveland Indians baseball game.


    Adult Ministry

    actsoflight@gmail.com / 716-473-8650

    PJ has served in full-time ministry with the Alliance for more than 15 years. He has served as a youth pastor, lead pastor, church planter, and is now the Pastor of Discipleship at Auburn Alliance Church.  During that time, he's been studying, writing, and teaching on the topic of healthy church ministry. His passion is equipping people to Make Disciples and then developing a framework for disciplemaking to occur organically. PJ is also a writer. To date he's written over 100 plays designed for use in churches and three books to equip the people of God to develop into mature disciples of Jesus Christ and make more disciples. You can find out more info on his writings at www.ActsofLight.com.    

  • brian french

    adult ministry

    brian.french@trinityalliancechurch.com / 518-429-0630

    Brian has served as a pastor in churches in both Canada and the US since 1998. He is currently the Lead Pastor of Trinity Alliance Church in Rochester, NY. Brian’s passion is to see people take steps of faith (even risky steps) as they follow God’s plan for their lives. He enjoys reading, playing music, watching hockey (go Leafs go!), baseball (Let’s go Blue Jays!) and football (G-MEN!). He also has a love for playing and streaming online computer games.

  • dénes house

    adult ministry

    deneshouse@newbeginningscma.org / 585-489-3800

    I worked in college ministry for ten years and have served as a Pastor in the Alliance since 2006. I have taught Old Testament Survey and Introduction to Preaching at the college level, and World-view analysis and Western Civilization at the high school level. My passions include college ministry, the Old Testament, building communities of people who are united by Christ but divided in other ways, the arts and Christian faith, training people to study the Bible for themselves, premarital counseling, reaching out to nerds, and expository preaching. And I love Star Trek.