Published April 26, 2012
Teens and young adults will have upbeat and dynamic leaders in the EXCITE track of the Eucharistic Congress 2012. The track is held in a large tent on the premises, and the accommodations there have been enlarged and improved for the comfort of the attendees.
Emcees who have directed national conferences and recording artists will be on hand to lead the young adults in worship.
Hailing from Florida, Sarah Kroger leads young adults at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community. Sarah has headed up worship at the Life Teen Winter Training Conference as well as several Steubenville youth conferences. Sarah has a heart for leading teens closer to Christ and leading all people into worship.
Josh Blakesley’s Christian music journey began with his high school peer ministry team. During that time he saw teens transformed into believers and lovers of Jesus Christ. In 1993, Josh was a praise and worship leader for the papal visit at World Youth Day in Denver.
For more than 10 years, he has been front and center on stage at various Steubenville youth conferences. He has worked as a musician with Catholic Heart Workcamps and the Life Teen camps. In 2003, Josh released his first solo album and since then has issued his third album, “Free,” a blend of pop and rock tracks.
When he isn’t writing music, Josh can be found at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Alexandria, La., serving as the young adult coordinator and assistant music director. He travels many weekends to other parishes throughout the United States doing concerts, conducting workshops for musicians, speaking at youth rallies and conferences, and leading praise and worship.
A 13-year youth and young adult ministry veteran, Chris Stefanick shares the love of God with tens of thousands of people every year at retreats, rallies, and chastity assemblies. He is the director of youth, young adult and campus ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver.
You’ll hear his voice on the radio. He is a regular in Catholic media, appearing on Relevant Radio, Catholic Answers Live, EWTN, and his articles have been nationally syndicated. His first book, co-authored with Matthew Pinto, “‘Do I Have to Go?’—101 Questions About the Mass, the Eucharist, and Your Spiritual Life” was published in 2008. His second book, co-authored with Jason Evert, “Raising Pure Teens: 10 strategies to protect (or restore) your teenager’s innocence” was published in 2010.
Kevin Hickey hails from Texas where he was a youth minister at a large parish with over 500 teens. He studied at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and received a degree in secondary education with a focus in English education. Kevin currently works for Life Teen and coordinates Edge (the Life Teen middle school youth program) and international Life Teen outreach to parishes in 26 countries.