The 2020 Ministry Team
Father Dave Povinka, TOR
Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, is a well known and popular speaker. He is the author of several books including Hiking the Camino: 500 Miles with Jesus and Breath of God. He also produced The Wild Goose, a video series on the Holy Spirit. Father Dave’s most recent project is a new documentary on St. Francis of Assisi titled Sign of Contradiction. Father Dave is presently the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic and preaching outreach of the TORs.
Sister Miriam Hiedland, SOLT
Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. She graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno on a volleyball scholarship and after a radical conversion heard Jesus call her to be his bride. Sister Miriam speaks often on the topics of healing, forgiveness, authentic love (and sports!). She holds a master’s degree in theology, hosts a podcast called Abiding Together, and is the author of Loved As I Am.
Paul George has been married to his wife, Gretchen, for 20 years. They have five children: Marie, Jacob, Sarah, Clare and Addie. It’s his role as a husband and father that Paul cherishes the most. Paul currently works as a sought-after speaker, consultant, and life coach (paulgeorge.la). He is the author of Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace God and Experience True Joy. Paul also host a weekly national radio show and podcast, The Paul George Show. He has a master's degree in theology from the University of Dallas. Paul resides in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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.
Michael "Gomer" Gormley
Michael Gormley, aka "Gomer," is the co-host of Catching Foxes, a podcast for young adults that discusses the collision of faith and culture. Gomer has an M.A. in theology and Christian ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he met his wife, Shannon, the mother of his four kids. He works full time at a parish in Texas, coordinating young adult and adult evangelization, and he runs a side hustle called LayEvangelist.com.
Oscar "Two Ten" Rivera, Jr.
Oscar Rivera Jr. (“Two Ten”) lives in Virginia, with his wife, Pamela. He serves as the director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry at his parish in Virginia Beach. Raised in the inner city of Waterbury, Connecticut, Oscar's method of avoiding the streets became God and hip-hop. For over a decade he has been an international speaker and performer. Oscar’s life is devoted to the new evangelization and his upbeat urban approach has made his message entertaining and easy to understand. Our faith is not boring and neither is Oscar.
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.