SPARK 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018 to Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Sheraton Statiion Square
300 W Station Square Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Amanda Gilligan

Early Bird Registration ends 11/3



      Friday Description Location  
  5-8:30 Registration Hotel Lobby  
  8:30 Youth Leader Meeting Ballroom  
  9:00 Session #1 Ballroom  
  10:30 Group Discussion Time With your Youth Group  
  11:00 Late Night Options Assigned Rooms  
  1:00 Lights Out    
  Saturday Description Location  
  7:30-8:30 Breakfast Various Stations  
  9:00 Session #2 Ballroom  
  11:00 Group Discussion With your Youth Group  
  11:30 Lunch Various Stations  
  1-1:45 Breakout #1 Assigned Rooms  
  2-2:45 Breakout #2 Assigned Rooms  
  2:45 Freetime and Dinner On Your Own  
  7:30 Session #3 Ballroom  
  9:00 Group Discussion With our Youth Group  
  9:30 Unspoken Ballroom  
  10:45 Late Night Options Assigned Rooms  
  1:00 Lights Out    
  Sunday Description Location  
  8:30-9:30 Breakfast Various Stations  
  9:30-11:30 Session #4 Ballroom  
  11:30-12:00 Check-Out and go home    

Main Speaker:

April Diaz

April pastored in the local church for over 15 years at two of the most influential churches in the country. For the last few years she’s coached, trained, and taught internationally. She is most passionate about coming alongside leaders who are leading on the margins of culture. She's also heavily involved with the Fuller Youth Institute as an Advisory Council member, Sticky Faith Coach and Certified Trainer. April’s also the Director of Coaching at The Youth Cartel and an associate in the student department of Slingshot Group.

Her first book, Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker: A Manifesto for Integration is a compelling vision for the church’s role with teenagers.

She speaks and writes frequently on matters of leadership, youth ministry, and soul care. Secretly, she’s a total girly girl and reads more than she can put into practice. She’s still madly in love with her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent the most beautiful Ethiopians, Judah and Addise, and bio son, Asher.

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Joshua Price

Joshua Price is an acclaimed worship leader and recording artist, whose passionate heart for ministry impacts all he does. Formerly on staff at Houston’s Second Baptist Church, Joshua currently leads worship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. In addition to serving at his home church, Joshua and his wife, Deanna, frequently minister at churches, conferences, camps, and other venues across the country. Joshua has led worship within Western Pa several times. They both have a huge heart for working with youth and young adults and are so happy to be returning to Western Pennsylvania for SPARK!

Joshua’s worship album, Elevate is produced and recorded by 6 time Dove Award winning ‘Producer of the Year’, Ed Cash. Elevate, is an inspirational call to worship the Lord through song and in every aspect of life. Find him at or on Instagram.



When you ask the guys in Unspoken what it is that their audiences most connect with, they’ll bring it down to a single word. But it’s not a word born of the smooth, soul-edged pop sound they’ve built of skilled musicianship, adventurous production and complex vocal harmonies. It’s also not something directly rooted in the international influences of the band (guitarist Mike Gomez hails from Dominican Republic and drummer Ariel Munoz from Puerto Rico). It isn’t even a quality anchored in the success of their first Centricity Music album which sold more than 100,000 copies, spawning four top ten singles and a number one as well. And it’s not a byproduct of their recent success as a headlining act, or their pick for a slot (alongside David Crowder and Steven Curtis Chapman) on the 2016 K-Love Christmas Tour.

The strong bond that seems to turn Unspoken listeners into fans as it turns out, isn’t about the music alone. Instead it’s about their willingness to take the stage together night after night and to put their hearts and lives on display with a raw and engaging honesty; an honesty expressed in conversation and song. In a word, the band says, the connection they have with their audience is about transparency.“People just relate better to somebody who has been broken and redeemed,”Mike Gomez notes, “than to someone who pretends to have it all together. What we say from the stage and what we say in our songs, they’re not stories from somebody we heard about. Our songs are written out of places we’ve been and places we are.”

Check out Unspoken here.