The 2018 Ministry Team
Ennie Hickman has been one of the most respected and sought after ministry leaders in America for almost two decades. His raw and honest communication, passion for following Jesus, and simple approach to Christian life has helped transform the lives of tens of thousands. Whether on his back porch or in packed arenas, Ennie aims to accompany people and be a witness to the Good News. He and his wife, Cana, serve in Houston with Adore Ministries. They have seven children.
Fr. John Parks
Father John Parks is a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona. Before seminary, Father Parks received a degree in theatre from Arizona State University and was a youth speaker specializing in pro-life and chastity topics. Ordained a priest in 2010, has taught theology and philosophy at a Catholic High School for four years and is currently the vicar for Evangelization for his diocese. Most importantly, Father Parks loves being a priest and is immensely grateful for the merciful love of Jesus.
Jonathan Alexander, a Franciscan University alumnus, has 14 years of ministry experience and has been with Adore Ministries for the past 7. His wife, Sara, is using her license in counseling to provide support and healing in these communities as well. Together, with their four kids (Bernadette, Gianna, Ezekiel, and Veronica), this missionary family hopes to share the Gospel with every person they run across, no matter their economic status. Jonathan’s interests include watching the Astros and backyard barbecuing.
Josh Blakesley’s mission is to make music that moves people into prayer and action. He began leading worship 15+ years ago and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He just released a new mass setting called Mass of Restoration, which he leads at any Steubenville Conference of which he is a part. Josh travels with his band around the country at least 80 dates a year. He also serves as the Associate Music Director at his home parish, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, in Central Louisiana, where he lives with his wife Heather and two children, Sophie and Sutty.
Mari Pablo grew up in a Hispanic family in Miami. She graduated from Franciscan University with a double major in theology and psychology and is working toward her master’s in theology from the Augustine Institute. She has worked in youth ministry for over 15 years, including being a youth minister in New Orleans, and is currently a high school theology teacher in Miami. She recently worked with Ascension Press in the YOU-Theology of the Body program for teens. Mari has a deep love for food but an even greater love for Christ and is dedicated to helping others encounter him.
Matt Fradd speaks to tens of thousands of people every year. He is the best-selling author of several books, including Does God Exist?: A Socratic Dialog on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas and The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography. Matt earned his master’s and undergraduate degrees in philosophy from Holy Apostles College and is pursuing a master’s degree in theology from The Augustine Institute. Matt’s podcast Pints With Aquinas receives over half a million downloads every month. Matt lives with his wife, Cameron, and their children in Georgia.
Father Jose Robles-Sanchez
Father Jose Robles-Sanchez is the pastor of St. Juliana Church in Alexandria and he also serves as the Coordinator of Steubenville South for the Diocese of Alexandria. For over 20 years with the Steubenville Conferences and over ten years with Lifeteen Camps, he has devoted himself to providing young people with opportunities to find a true and endless life embedded in the Eucharist, which is the center of life for the Church, and absolutely must be the center of life for the youth. He loves challenging young people to have a better commitment with Christ and the Church, as this will help them live their call to holiness in their own culture and their own lives.
Most Reverend David Talley, Bishop of Alexandria
David Prescott Talley was born in Columbus, Georgia and raised in the Southern Baptist faith before converting to Roman Catholicism at the age of 24. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on June 3, 1989 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. He served as the assistant director of Vocations, director of Vocations, Tribunal Judge, judicial vicar, and chancellor. Bishop Talley was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria on September 21, 2016 and twelfth Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria on February 2, 2017.