2022 Prairie pastors conference

Speakers and schedule

2022 Prairie Pastors Conference Speakers

Dr. Lyn Cohick, Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs at Northern Seminary

     Dr. Lyn Cohick will share insights from her deep well of study on the New Testament letters of Ephesians and Philippians. She will share important biblical study, historical context, and New Testament scholarship to help pastors preach through these New Testament letters. She will also discuss how Paul understood his own calling to assist pastors in navigating their callings to ministry.

     Dr. Lyn Cohick is the Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs at Northern Seminary in Lisle, IL. Dr. Cohick holds degrees from Messiah College (Grantham, PA) (B.A.) and University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). Lynn taught New Testament at Wheaton College for 18 years, in addition to tenures at Messiah College, Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, and Denver Seminary.

     She is author of seven books including, Ephesians in the New International Commentary of the New Testament, Christian Women in the Patristic World, Philippians in the Story of God Commentary Series for Zondervan. Additionally, she has authored over 50 articles and chapters for multiple publications.  

Rev. Dr. Denise Kjesbo, Professor and Program Director at Bethel Seminary

     Rev. Dr. Denise Muir Kjesbo serves as Professor and Program Director at Bethel Seminary in the Master of Arts in Children’s and Family Ministry. She also serves as the Director of The Cory Center for Children’s Ministry, an endowed program affiliated with Bethel Seminary. Denise is committed to equipping leaders to serve in ministries with children and youth as the crucial mission field of our time - both in the States and around the world.

     Rev. Dr. Muir Kjesbo holds degrees from Bethel University (B.A.), North American Baptist Seminary (M.Div.), and Trinity Evangelical University (Ph.D.). Denise is the co-author with Dr. Stanley Grenz of Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry, and numerous articles. She received the “20 Top Influencers in Children’s Ministry” by Group Publishing, and was designated with the “Faculty of Excellence” award by Bethel Seminary twice over the past 20 years. She has served in 15 countries around the world as a leader in Children’s Ministry, teaching in seminaries, at conferences and workshops, and partnering with and learning from our global sisters and brothers.

     Denise and her husband, Allen, have served as partners in local church ministry experiencing joy-filled, transformational ministry in churches in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Sioux Falls, SD. Denise and Allen delight in their family which includes two adult children, their spouses and four treasured grandchildren. 

2022 Prairie Pastors Conference Schedule

Monday March 28, 2022

1:30 pm Pre-Conference Orientation to ABC Life

3:30 pm Registration

5:15 pm Welcome

5:30 pm Dinner – Provided by MMBB

6:45 pm Worship

7:00 pm Presentation by Lyn Cohick

Fellowship time

 Tuesday March 29, 2022

9:30 am Worship

10:00 am Session #1 Denise Kjesbo/MMBB

10:50 am Break

11:00 am Session #2 Denise Kjesbo/MMBB

11:50 am Lunch

1:30 pm Free Time/MMBB 1:1 conferences/speakers available for discussion

Dinner on your own

6:45 pm Worship

7:00 pm Presentation by Lyn Cohick

8:30 pm Group Photo and Fellowship Time


Wednesday March 30, 2022

 9:15 am Worship

9:30 am Presentation by Lyn Cohick

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Closing Worship and Communion



You will need to arrange your own accommodations.  There is no conference hotel.