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Teen Convention (Ages 12-18)

Teen Program Information

Living Life: Prepping for IndependenceTeen Convention Logo

Being a mature adult means taking care of yourself. Come learn to brush up on some important life skills that will prepare you to be confidently independent. Sessions will cover health, taking care of your car, handling money, keeping your spiritual life strong, good nutrition, and getting ready to find that part-time or career job. The Teen Convention is proudly sponsored by Providence Christian College of PasadenaProvidence Christian College.

Complete workshop descriptions, speaker bios, schedule, and more to come soon. Cost for the Teen Convention is just $39 per teen, which includes both days, Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, 2016.

Teen Convention Topics

  • Session #1 Friday
    11:30 -12:30 Keeping Your Precious Health -- Dr. John Riel
  • Session #2 Friday
    2:00 - 3:00 Maintaining Your Car Properly -- Victor Leon
  • Session #3 Friday
    4:00 - 5:00 Managing Your Money -- Maurice Welch
  • Session #4 Saturday
    11:30 - 12:30 Keeping Your Spirit Fed -- Edward Caballero
  • Session #5 Saturday
    2:00 - 3:00 Feeding Your Body -- Roslyn Ballard
  • Session #6 Saturday
    4:00 - 5:00 Finding a Job -- Mike Derichsweiler

Teen Workshop Descriptions

Dr. John Riel

Keeping Your Precious Health
Learn what Lord of The Rings can teach you about your health. Don’t be Gollum. Be Bilbo. Get out of your cave. Come learn the story of light! How to eat like a great white shark, tan like a native, freeze like a polar bear, and sleep like a hummingbird! Learn the do’s and don'ts of health.

Victor Leon

Maintaining Your Car Properly
Automotive maintenance and the top five things you should know about your car before you get behind the wheel. This class will cover basic automotive systems and how they work, and what you should look for to prevent a breakdown. We will discuss the proper way to drive your car to extend the life of the engine, clutch, brakes, and tires.

Maurice Welch

Managing Your Money: What Every Teen Should Know
This engaging workshop will provide teens with the tools necessary to create strong financial habits, avoid financial pitfalls, and get a head start on strategic financial planning.

Edward Caballero

Keeping Your Spirit Fed
Download Syllabus God created you with physical and spiritual attributes. Your body must be fed in order to remain healthy. But what about your spirit? Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone.” If, as a man, Jesus needed to feed His spirit, you too must feed your spirit. Join us for some biblical and practical examples of feeding your spirit.

Roslyn Ballard

Feeding Your Body
What do you do about eating when you leave home for college, to start a career or begin the great adventure God has for you? Can you survive on dorm food only, fast food, or an abundant selection of cereal? I have experienced the need to be creative with dorm food which increased my passion for real, good food in my life. When my son moved away for college, he became popular as the campus chef. In this session you will learn the essentials of building your own "meal prep kit" that will aid in your success of "feeding your body" while you take flight in the airways of living on your own. Our close personal friend, Stuart Kincaid, will make a special appearance to share his experiences with meal preparation using a hot plate, a mini grill, and a toaster oven. One lucky participant will leave the session with more than a head full of culinary knowledge.

Mike Derichsweiler

Finding a Job: Interviewing and Being Prepared
Prepare for your next interview to ensure you stand out. This class will cover the basics of preparing yourself for the real world job interview and how to differentiate yourself from the other applicants. We will dive into the do’s and don’ts of interviewing itself as well as creating a lasting impression on interviewers.

Teen Speaker Bios

Roslyn Ballard

Roslyn Ballard served as South Bay Faith Academy's Junior High and High School Principal for the past ten years after 20 years of homeschooling. She is currently attending culinary school to fulfill her dream of becoming a chef. She still plans to support biblical home education as she assists in educating her grandchildren and through advising homeschooling parents. She resides in Westchester, California with her husband Rick and their dog Miss Buttons.

Edward Caballero

Edward Caballero is the pastor at Anaheim Community Church and a graduate of The Master's College and The Master's Seminary. He and his wife Monique have been married since 1989 and have four children: Robert and Timothy (homeschool graduates) and Tabitha and Joshua (homeschooled sixth grader and kindergartener). In addition to his pastoral ministries, Edward teaches junior high and high school electives for Whittier Christian PSP. He has taught classes on biblical theology, church history, the history and theology of music, Christian literature, and practical theology. As a parent, pastor, and teacher, Edward firmly believes and teaches that the spiritual transformation, training, and growth of his (and your) children is the key to seeing them living lives that honor God.

Mike Derichsweiler

Mike Derichsweiler's story is one characterized by God's grace and leading. He graduated from high school, but did not pursue college. He wanted to work, and went straight into the workforce. He prayed that God would open a door for a career and the ability to support a family. A friend loaned him the clothes to be interviewed which led to a job offer over many other more-qualified candidates with a multi-million dollar company, one that usually requires a degree, sometimes a master's degree. He's been with the company 10 years and sits in on many interviews because management seeks his opinion of the candidates. He and his wife have three girls and two boys under the age of eight and have been homeschooling four years.

Victor Leon

Victor Leon is the owner of Lions Automotive. He's been involved with automotive repair since 1978 as a freshman in high school. After high school he moved on to LA Trade Tech and graduated with a AS degree in Automotive Technology. From LA Trade Tech he worked for a small independent garage (Rick’s Automotive in Hollywood) then moved on to General Motors, Cadillac, and Ford Dealerships. He continued his education through factory training in both domestic and foreign auto repair and maintenance. Finally, he's acquired certification as an ASE Master Technician in all makes and models.

Dr. John Riel

John Riel, MD, graduated at the top of his medical class at Emory University and trained at UCLA. He is an expert at emergencies, cell biology and health. He will blow your mind and you will be entertained!

Maurice Welch

Maurice Welch serves as the Director of the Worship Ministry, leading people into the presence of God through anointed worship at the RLF Church. He is a sought-after speaker on the topics of marriage and parenting, with a specific emphasis on the issues and concerns of new and single fathers. His ongoing desire is to use his God-given gifts to exalt the Lord.

Teen Convention Guidelines

Only teens (12-18) registered for the Teen Convention are permitted in the teen workshops. At other times of the day, teens can attend Keynote sessions and visit the Exhibit Hall. CHEA will provide volunteer adult chaperones for the Teen Convention; however parents are responsible for their teen’s safety and behavior during the Convention. We recommend that parents and teens read over the Convention materials together, select workshops, and arrange meeting times and locations. In consideration of all in attendance we request teens follow these basic guidelines:

  • Wear modest, casual clothing.
  • Remain seated during the sessions.
  • Do not loiter outside the rooms during sessions.
  • Be attentive to the speaker.
  • Turn off cell phones.
  • No texting during sessions.


  • Review your program schedule with your teen so you can be found if needed.
  • Have lunch together.
  • Arrange to meet with your teen often during the day.
  • Teens will wear one wristband for the two days (there is no one-day Teen Convention registration). This wristband will be a different color from the Family registration wristband. Wristbands will be included in the parents' packet at check-in.
  • No medical release is needed for Teens attending the Teen Convention.


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