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Kid’s Conference Team

Samuel & Nicole Lyon
Program/Drama Director & Curriculum/Supply Coordinator
Samuel & Nicole Lyon

Homeschooled their entire lives, Samuel and Nicole have been involved with the NCHEA Kids’ Conference since its inception in 2005. Both were single then, but after working together on the Kids’ Conference for several years, they decided it would be a lot more efficient if they just got married!  In 2011, they did just that and have continued to work with the Kids’ Conference ever since.  Samuel now works as manager for the Lincoln branch of Weddle & Sons Roofing.  Nicole enjoys being a stay-at-home mom of their energetic first-born, Emma, and is looking forward to the arrival of a baby boy in the spring!

Esther Beasley
Main Session Leader & Curriculum Coordinator
Esther Beasley

Esther is the 6th of nine children, born to Phil & Annette Beasley of Omaha where she was homeschooled all her life.  After graduating in 2012, Esther spent 3 months at the Headquarters of Child Evangelism Fellowship, where she attended the Children’s Ministries Institute. She now works on staff with CEF of Omaha where she is living out the dreams that God has given her of reaching children for Christ. Esther especially enjoys spending time working with troubled children in the inner city of Omaha. Esther has loved being able to serve on the Core Staff team for NCHEA Kids’ Conference since 2012 and currently serves as the Main Session Leader.

Grace Waldo
Curriculum & Supply Coordinator
Grace Waldo

Grace is from Omaha and was homeschooled for 12 years, graduating in 2008.  She has been actively involved in NCHEA since 2006 and in 2007 she joined NCHEA’s Core Staff team.  Writing the curriculum is Grace’s main role, though she assists in other areas such as planning and brain-storming, putting together the staff training sessions and Leaders In Training curriculum and writing the drama.  Grace has previously worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship for a number of years, staffing at training camps and teaching at Good News Clubs and 5-Day Clubs.  She currently nannies two sweet children and enjoys working as a women’s advocate at Assure Women’s Center in Omaha.

Rachel Grady
Drama Costuming Coordinator & Assistant Drama Director
Rachel Grady

Rachel places fifth out of eleven children. Being homeschooled, she has progressed along with her siblings in her learning of the ABC’s all the way up to complicated stuff  like E=mc2.  Her interest in NCHEA started long before she was old enough to help, beginning when she watched the recordings of previous NCHEA dramas her siblings were in. It didn’t take long before she was able to be involved with the NCHEA Kids’ Conference herself, first through teaching, then acting, and finally with aiding Anna Beasley in her role of Props & Costume Director. Now, on the NCHEA Core Staff team, she has taken over the role of Costume Director and looks forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for the NCHEA Kids’ Conference in the years to come.

John Beasley
Drama Props Coordinator & Assistant Drama Directo
John Beasley

John is one of nine children and has been homeschooled all of his life.  He is experienced in children’s ministries, specifically working with Child Evangelism Fellowship teaching Good News Clubs and 5-Day clubs for the past four years.  John attended the NCHEA Kids’ Conference as a child from 2006-2011.  He then attended the Leaders In Training course from 2011-2012.  Soon his enthusiastic spirit and dramatic approach to life landed him on stage as an actor for several years.  His exceptional creativity has led him to a fitting role as Props Coordinator and Assistant Drama Director.  Serving the Lord by ministering to children is one of John’s greatest passions.

Lydia Stangl
Staff Coordinator
Lydia Stangl

Lydia was homeschooled through high school and graduated in 2012. She is the 4th of twelve kids born to Scott and Theresa Stangl. She is currently seeking the Lord’s will in ministering to the elderly in their own homes and has several ministries in the community that keep her schedule full. In 2007, she assisted in the kitchen for the NCHEA Kids’ Conference. She then taught on teams as both an assistant and later as a team leader from 2008-2011. Since then, she has served as Staff Coordinator on the Core Staff team. Most importantly, Lydia wants to keep the Lord her #1 focus and be a blessing to those God has placed in her life.

Addie Ridge
Registration Coordinator

Addie has been educated at home her entire life and graduated in March 2014.  Addie has always loved working with children.  She has participated in the NCHEA Kids’ Conference in various capacities since 2006; attending as a child for 3 years, serving as staff for 3 years and then taking on the position of Registration Coordinator in 2012.  Her desire is to live life in the presence of God, under the authority of God and to the glory of God.  Addie’s vision is to see each generation teach the praises of the Lord to coming generations.