The Christian Education Association held its 52nd annual conference in
January on the theme of “Embodying the Rhythm of Grace in Your Ministry.” Joe Essner planned the conference at a retreat center near Belton, TX, to
better allow attendees to connect with each other and with experts in
the fields of children’s education, adult spiritual formation and leadership. A new track was added to this year's conference to address issues important to the growing ministry churches are perform with senior adults.
Mike Sparks is the current president for the Christian Education Association and received the 2032 Holbert
Rideout Excellence in Christian Education award. Mike is pictured here with his wife Judi.