As an author and speaker, Danny Silk offers life-changing books, conferences, and other resources drawn from decades of experience as a counselor, social worker, advocate, pastor, spouse, parent, grandparent, and leader. He is the President and Co-Founder of Loving on Purpose, a ministry to families and communities worldwide. Danny’s passion centers around helping people build, strengthen, and heal their vital relationships in life.
Sheri is known for building teams with honor and excellence. Along with her role at Loving on Purpose, Sheri serves as Events Director for Jesus Culture in Sacramento, CA. Prior to this role, she was General Manager of the Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, CA, the largest event venue north of Sacramento. She also served alongside her husband Danny for over 13 years at Bethel Church and held various roles on the Senior Leadership Team. She and Danny have been married for 30 years, have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.
Kathryn was born in 1974 into a wonderful Christian family, the eldest of four children. Having grown up in Northern Ireland, she moved to England in the early 90s to study theology at the Elim Bible College - where she earned a BA Hons in theology, and met and married Alan Scott. In 1996 they moved to Glasgow (where Alan is from), became assistant pastors in the South West Glasgow Vineyard as it was at the time, and served there for two years. After that time they felt the Lord was leading them back to Northern Ireland to plant the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, which they led until June 2017. Meanwhile, the story of song writing and worship leading also began to unfold. In 1997 Kathryn met Brian Doerksen who had moved from Canada to the UK to train Vineyard worship leaders. Kathryn was one of young leaders he mentored. During that time she wrote and recorded 'Hungry' and 'Child of God'.
In the process of obtaining a Ph.D. in theoretical quantum physics, Putty Putman ran headlong into the power and reality of the Holy Spirit during a supernatural encounter in China. Following the leading of Jesus to sell everything he had to purchase the pearl of great price, Putty terminated a successful career in physics to pursue learning, leading and training others to move in the power of the Holy Spirit. Putty is on the Senior Leadership Team of the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois and co-leads the preaching team, as well as overseeing the School of Kingdom Ministry, a supernatural training and discipleship school hosted by local churches across the country and around the world. A gifted communicator and passionate equipper, Putty loves to see people grow in the conviction of who they are in Christ and be released to live a naturally supernatural lifestyle empowered by the Holy Spirit. Putty lives in Champaign, IL with his wife Brittany and three children.
After being miraculously healed of infertility, Dianne and her husband Happy left their successful careers and began The Vineyard Church of Central IL. Together, they have led for over 35 years, seeking to share Jesus’ love and the Holy Spirit’s power—here, near and far away. They ‘survived’ raising five children, 4 sons and a daughter, who have now given them 5 wonderful in-laws and 16 beautiful grandchildren. Dianne serves on the VUSA Executive Board and leads the Women in Leadership Network as well as the Spiritual Renewal Team. Whether it’s sipping a strong Starbucks, praying for a sick friend, watching a good football game, preaching a message, mentoring a college student, or just playing with the kids, Di is still learning to know, love and follow Jesus.
Happy Leman is the Co-Founding Pastor of The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois along with his wife, Dianne. He has a passion for leadership, the Kingdom of God, and the Holy Spirit. for the last 30 years, Happy has been a leader in the national Vineyard Movement. Hap and Di still live in the home where they raised their 5 kids, and where they enjoy time with their 18 grandkids. When Happy is not working hard on his various projects, you can find him relaxing on a beach.
At an early age, Clay was immersed in timeless teachings about God through his mother – a powerful woman of God. However, as a teenager he turned to a life of sin. It wasn’t until the age of 30 that Clay would go all-in for God. Since his re-birth as a son of God, Clay experienced many radical encounters with the Heavenly Father which led to him to make it his life’s mission to help others live victorious over sin. Today, Clay is travels as an itinerant evangelist who inspires others to press into a rich relationship with the Father, equips the saints to live naturally supernatural lifestyles, and provokes the church to live radically for Jesus. Clay is married to his wife, Regina, and has two sets of boy-girl twins. He currently works as the Evangelism Pastor at the Vineyard Church in Urbana, IL.
Growing up as the only girl amongst four brothers and being raised by pastor parents was incredible preparation for the challenges of ministry! Julie has spent nearly a decade now on staff at The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois. She has passion for communication and began to hone her gift as a 6th grade reading teacher. Her enthusiasm for connecting people into healthy Kingdom communities eventually lead to her serving as the Small Group Pastor. For the last 4 years Julie has served alongside her husband, Mike, as part of the Senior Executive Team. Together, Mike and Julie are committed to building and cultivating the Kingdom culture of family on their staff and team. They love partnering in ministry and in parenting their three adorable (and rambunctious) children; Ty, Tate, and Maggie. Along with leading the staff, Julie co-leads the preaching team and is committed to helping develop communicators to the very best of their abilities. In addition to loving her family and church, Julie loves walking, eating chocolate daily, and getting lost in a good book.
What 3 words best describe songwriter/worship leader Carolyn Yoder? Passionate, energetic, powerful. When Carolyn leads groups of people in worship, they encounter the dynamic presence of the living God. Carolyn has been involved in music ministry from a very young age and currently serves as an Assistant Campus Pastor along with her husband Chad at our Sullivan Campus.
Kyle’s deepest passions are to see people encounter the loving presence of the Father and for people to walk in the fullness of who they were made to be as sons and daughters of the living God. Kyle began leading worship over 10 years ago in his youth ministry at the age of 14. He is featured on worship albums for the National Vineyard and VWorship. Kyle now serves on staff at The Vineyard Church of Central Illinois as Worship Pastor. When he isn’t leading worship, Kyle loves to play basketball, golf, and hangout with friends.
After encountering Jesus and being set free from several addictions, Daniel’s heartbeat is to help other people experience the power and freedom that Jesus brings. A passionate worship leader that powerfully brings people into the presence of the Lord, Daniel moves strongly in the prophetic and has a heart for evangelism. He is a gifted songwriter and fosters a songwriting culture that helps people encounter Jesus. Husband to a beautiful wife, Katie, and father to three world-changing sons, they have dedicated their life and family to see God’s Kingdom released on the earth. Daniel currently serves as the Weekend Experience Pastor, Worship Champion, and Conference Director at the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois.
3:00 PM Early Check-In Opens
5:00 PM Registration Opens
6:45 - 10:00 PM Session 1 Speaker: DIANNE LEMAN Worship: KATHRYN SCOTT
9:00 - 11:00 AM Session 2 Speaker: PUTTY PUTMAN Worship: SARAH PEMBERTON + KYLE HOWARD
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Morning Workshops
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 PM Session 3 Speaker: KATHRYN SCOTT Worship: JOANNA MACHEN + DANIEL GOULET
3:45 - 4:45pm Afternoon Workshops
4:45 PM - 6:45 PM Dinner
6:45 - 10:00 PM Session 4 Speaker: DANNY SILK Worship: CAROLYN YODER + EMILY GINGERICH + AMY KAUFFMAN
9:00 - 11:00 AM Session 5 Speaker: JULIE YODER Worship: SUSAN MAJERES + DYLAN MARTIN
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Morning Workshops
12:15 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 PM Session 6 Speakers: DANNY + SHERI SILK Worship: CAROLYN + AVA YODER
3:45 - 4:45 PM Afternoon Workshops
4:45 PM - 6:45 PM Dinner
6:45 - 10:00 PM Session 7 Speaker: PUTTY PUTMAN Worship: KYLE HOWARD + DANIEL GOULET + JOANNA MACHEN
9:00 - 11:00 AM Session 8 Speaker: CLAY HARRINGTON Worship: SUSAN MAJERES + AMY KAUFFMAN
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Session 9 Speaker: HAPPY LEMAN
217 N. Neil Champaign, Il 61820
Room Rate: King Room $110.00 | Double Queen Room $110.00
Hampton Inn (Hilton Points Available)
1200 W. University Ave.Urbana, IL 61801
Room Rate: King Room $109.00 | Double Queen Room $109.00
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2001 North Lincoln Avenue Urbana, IL 61801
Room Rate: King Suite $99.00 | Double Queen Suite $99.00
Yes, beginning February 15th we will begin selling remaining tickets of individual sessions for $25 per session, $40 per day.
Though our preference is for everyone to experience the conference in person. Yes, we plan on streaming to conference online for a small fee. Streaming information will be published in February.
Children and youth must be registered. Childcare will not be provided. The conference is recommended for children 12 years old and up. Email email@example.com for a Youth Rate for ages 12-18.
No. This year workshops will be on a first come first serve basis once you get to the assigned room.
Breakfast is available for purchase Thursday-Saturday mornings in the cafe. Lunches will be available for purchase. An email will be sent out to pre-order before the event. There is also an optional Leadership Lunch available during the registration process.
The Men & Women Leading Together Leadership Lunch will be a panel discussion with Danny & Sheri Silk, Happy & Dianne Leman, and Mike & Julie Yoder, facilitated by Daniel Goulet. The cost of the lunch is $20. To register, select the option during conference fee registration.
We plan to publish the schedule on the website by February 15.
Yes, it is handicap accessible.
All registrations are nonrefundable. However, you are able to transfer your ticket to someone else.
Willard Airport (16 miles from church) located in Champaign Urbana (CMI)
Central Illinois Regional Airport located in Bloomington-Normal (48 miles from our church) (BMI)
Note: Champaign Urbana's public transportation system is not very robust, you will need to rent a car or hire a taxi from the airport to the church and your hotel.