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FEBRUARY 8, 2020

experience it.

One inspiring, power-packed day (9 AM – 4 PM) designed to help men in our region get stronger in their faith, character, and influence. Don’t miss this engaging (and fun) regional conference held at Hillside Moncton.   Come join us for inspiring messages, powerful worship and practical breakout sessions.  It’s shaping up to be a day to remember where we’ll tackle some real issues, provide some real insights, and offer some real hope. Don’t miss it!

others are saying.

After last year’s first-ever Stronger conference, interest and momentum is growing for this year’s conference. Here are a few quotes from last year.

I wish we could have brought more guys from our church to share in this great event! Hopefully our excitement will trigger more to come next time.

It was a well planned, outstanding event.  A blessed day and I look forward to Stronger 20.

keynote speaker.

Doug Rhind
Lead Pastor, PORTICO Community Church
Mississauga, ON

An empowering leader, passionate follower of Jesus and gifted communicator, Doug is thrilled to be serving as the keynote speaker at Stronger 2020. For the past 19 years, he has been leading PORTICO Community Church in Mississauga, ON, into becoming a thriving multi-cultural, multi-campus church. Representing 92 nations of the world, the church is relentlessly engaged in their mission of helping people find their way back to God. Doug is looking forward to inspiring the men to embrace their true identity in Christ, to rise up to their full potential and impact the world through their unique calling. Doug is married to Laura, and they have one son, Kyle who is married to Beth. When Doug’s not immersed in his passion for the church, you’ll likely find him straddling a motorcycle or tinkering on his ’69 Ford truck.

What Doug is saying about Stronger 20

“If Fitbits, health apps, and fitness centres were guaranteed to make us stronger, we should all be invincible. Research tends to indicate the opposite. Stronger is not a suggestion, it is your calling! You can be— a stronger leader, a stronger husband, a stronger dad, and a stronger man. Together, we will discover what stronger looks like from God’s vantage point, where strength is not defined by equal measures of sheer will power and determination. Invest a day and change your life!”

other main session speakers.

Kevin Vincent
Associate Executive Minister (New Congregations), CBAC
Sussex, NB

A proven visionary leader and engaging communicator, Kevin Vincent has a solid ministry background in Atlantic Canada both as a youth pastor and a senior pastor. After leading Atlantic Community Church for almost 20 years – a church which grew from a very small church into a large thriving multi-site church near Sussex, NB – he has since become a champion to raise up healthy churches in our region in his new role of Associate Executive Minister for the CABC. Kevin is married to Sandra, and they have three children – Emily, Jeremy, and Joshua. He is also a Habs fan who loves everything sports related including running, road cycling, boating and tennis, teaching power-skating, alpine skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Adams Townsend

Adams Townsend
Community & Connections, Lewisville Baptist
Moncton, NB

Adams Townsend has recently assumed the position of Community & Connections at Lewisville Baptist Church.  Before that he served with Hillside as their Young Adults Pastor & Communications Director for 5 years.  He is passionate about connecting people into community and bringing the Bible to life through teaching in new and refreshing ways. Adams is also married to Kaitlyn and loves to go on adventures with her and their gold retriever Teddy. In case you were wondering, yes… his first name is Adams – you should ask him about it, it’s a conversation he’s well versed in.

leading worship.

Marc Jolicoeur
Worship & Creative Arts Pastor, Moncton Wesleyan
Moncton, NB

Marc Jolicoeur will serve as the Worship Leader at Stronger 20. An accomplished musician with a passion to see the church come alive with engaging worship that exalts and honours God, Marc currently serves as the Worship & Creative Arts Pastor at Moncton Wesleyan Church. He is also married to Esther and the proud father of two children.


Jerry Reddy
Senior Pastor, Hillside Baptist
Moncton, NB

Jerry is a seasoned church leader having led Hillside through many seasons of growth and healthy transition over the past 25 years. With a heart for others beyond his church, it’s also been his great joy to serve as regional champion and site host for the Global Leadership Summit for the past 17 years. Heavily engaged in their very active Band of Brothers men’s ministry over the past several years, he has seen hundreds of men from all ages and stages of their journey spurred on toward lives of greater kingdom influence through the “Stronger” conference and other men’s events. Jerry is married to Karen and they are the proud parents of Kristen, Jana, and Ryan and grandparents to grandson, Tanner.  On behalf of the Band of Brothers team, Jerry is pleased to serve as Conference Host for this exciting regional event.

breakout sessions.

All breakouts will be repeated. Each participant will be able to attend one breakout in the morning and one breakout in the afternoon.

If You’re Not Dead, You’re Not Done

If You’re Not Dead, You’re Not Done

Dr. LD Buckingham, CEO Buckingham Leadership Institute

Need a fresh vision to fire you up your life whether you’re in the retirement years or not? Discover how you can live with greater purpose resulting in even greater kingdom influence and impact.

Faith Has Its Reasons

Faith Has Its Reasons

Dr. James Beverley, Theologian, World Religions Expert, Retired Professor Tyndale Seminary

Christianity involves faith, but it’s not a blind faith. This session is a primer on Christian apologetics to encourage those who have doubts about their faith or know those who do. Through it, you will be introduced to many credible reasons for our faith.

Antidotes to Busyness

Antidotes to Busyness

Rob Nylen, Senior Pastor, RiverCross Church, Saint John, NB

Surviving one’s schedule is more challenging today than ever due to the acute busyness in our lives. This session will help you discover 5 gifts for busy people that will enable you not only to survive your schedule, but also to lead a more meaningful life.

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

Paul Pattison, Lead Pastor, Glad Tidings Church

Gain fresh insights into identifying and breaking ungodly beliefs that give the enemy a foothold in our life. Move from frustration to freedom so that, as a man of the Spirit, you can experience the fullness that Jesus intends for every area of your life.

Leading Yourself First

Leading Yourself First

Dave Steeves, Associate Pastor, Hillside Church

Our greatest leadership challenge is faced every morning in the mirror. If you can’t lead yourself well, you will be incapable of leading others long term. If you are looking for motivation on how to realign your mindset towards ministry and your daily priorities this is for you. Dave has attempted to consume every resource on this topic and has filtered the most helpful for you.

A Look at Renegotiating Faith: How Emerging Adults Are Redefining Their Faith Journey

A Look at Renegotiating Faith: How Emerging Adults Are Redefining Their Faith Journey

Josh Smith, Director of Pulse, Kingswood University

It feels like we all know a teen who grew up in faith and then grew out of their faith. Using current Canadian research, we will look at understanding the current delay in young adult identity formation and what it means for you, your family, and your church. If you are someone who has a heart for the next generation, this session will be helpful to you.

An Evidence-Based Approach to Healthy Living

An Evidence-Based Approach to Healthy Living

Dr. Neil Dwyer, Physician

Biblical stewardship involves not only managing our time and money, but also taking better care of the bodies God has given us. This session will provide solid insights, backed by supportive evidence, toward healthier living.

Success Doesn’t Wait Until Tomorrow

Success Doesn’t Wait Until Tomorrow

Stephen Daniels, Leadership Development Coach and CEO, Slight Edge Group

Who doesn’t want to maximize their full potential in and out of the workplace but often isn't sure how? This session will help you understand the power of planning, define success, and discover some achievable best practices for getting results.

Money Management

Money Management

Ivan Sisco, Financial Planner and Do Life Coach

Much more than simply financial, this session will provide you a roadmap to healthy giving, growing, and protecting your money. Life is too short not to discover fresh insights about personal money management that will greatly enhance both your life and your legacy.


8:30 am Doors Open
9:00 am Worship Set, Main Session #1 with Doug Rhind [Auditorium]
10:10 am Morning Break, Refreshments, Snacks
10:30 am Breakout Session #1 [Breakout Rooms]
11:30 am Main Session #2 with Adams Townsend and Kevin Vincent [Auditorium]
12:30 pm Lunch, Fun Activities Free Time
1:45 pm Breakout Session #2 [Breakout Rooms]
2:45 pm Worship Set, Main Session #3 with Doug Rhind [Auditorium]
4:00 pm Dismissal



Registration is now open for our 2020 conference.  Click on the Register button below.  See you in February 2020!


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1. How much does it cost and what is included in the registration fee?

The registration fee is $40 through February 3rd, 2020.  After that the fee goes up to $50.  The day includes guest speakers, worship music, a selection of two breakout sessions, a dinner style lunch, snacks and beverages.

2. Is this a regional event or just for Hillside men?

That’s a great question! Based on a genuine kingdom mindset, this event is very much intended to be a day of great inspiration and encouragement for men in our region – thus, it’s definitely not just for Hillsiders. In fact, last year saw guys attend from more than 20 churches representing many denominations from throughout the Greater Moncton Area and beyond. Exciting! We’re expecting even broader interest in the region this year.

3. Where is it taking place?

The conference is being hosted at Hillside Baptist in Moncton.  This venue is ideally suited for conferences and has repeatedly hosted The Global Leadership Summit, Believability and the Canadian Youth Workers Conference.  The church is located at 2290 Mountain Road in Moncton, New Brunswick.

4. Can I bring a friend?

Absolutely!  Just ensure that you register them online so that we can guarantee them a spot.

5. Do I need to select my two breakout sessions before February 8th?

No.  On the day of the event you will simply go to whichever sessions you are most interested in.

6. Can youth attend?

Yes.  The workshops are not typically geared towards teenagers but if you think your young adult male would benefit from the day then we would certainly welcome them.  Be sure to register them in advance to ensure we have room for them.