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Connections Conference 2018


Doug Pollock is committed to guiding God’s people into outward focused living. He is an author, a speaker, a chaplain in the YMCA, and a reflective practitioner whose focus is to help Christ followers worldwide increase the quality and the quantity of their spiritual conversations in practical, doable, and authentic ways.

Since 1983, Doug’s ministry with Athletes in Action has taken him to 39 different countries, 6 of our 7 continents, and throughout most of the United States to share God’s never-changing message with an ever-changing world.

His two books Irresistible Evangelism and God Space in combination with his outwardly-focused workshop have opened up doors for Doug to speak in faith communities worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences across the U.S. He’s had the privilege of speaking at the Pentagon’s Prayer breakfast in Washington D. C., the national staff conferences of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as CRU) in the U.S, Canada, Moldova, and Poland, and has done two national speaking tours of New Zealand.

Doug has an undergraduate degree from Kent State University, and graduate degrees from Miami of Ohio, and Columbia International University. He is married to his wife Martha, and they have 2 boys named David and Jonathan. They make their home just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. 


   Ellie Lofaro (National Convention Thursday Evening Plenary Speaker)
Ellie Lofaro is the founder of Heart Mind & Soul Ministries, and her message is a blend of plainspoken truth, common sense practicality and disarming humor. A serious student of Scripture and an observer of culture, Ellie has developed a unique teaching style that touches the heart, stimulates the mind and nourishes the soul— thus inspiring her to establish Heart Mind & Soul Ministries. Ellie has committed her life to sharing the gospel. She previously served as a youth group leader, public high school English teacher, women’s ministry coordinator and Christian radio talk show host. She continues to be blessed with a broad array of opportunities to communicate her passion for Christ through international speaking engagements, authoring books, appearing on radio and television and teaching a weekly non-denominational Bible Study. Ellie’s husband Frank is the CEO of Prison Fellowship International, and they have three children.