The Called

Ray Jeske, Director

As Founder of The Called, Ray will set the tone with three plenary addresses. Ray’s passion is to see the Next Generation of leaders emerge in the Body of Christ. He serves as mentor to present and future pastors throughout Ohio as the Director of Leadership Development for the Free Methodist family of churches. Ray also talks to more than 1,000 coaches and elite athletes each year on his daily afternoon talk show on Ray, Sue, their three daughters, son-in-law and two new twin grandsons reside in the greater Akron area.​​

Drew Prendergast, Youth Leader

​​A very powerful speaker who will be joining us for The Called this year.

Joel Penton, Motivational Youth Speaker

Joel is a graduate of The Ohio State University, played 5 years of football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of the 3 Big Ten championship teams, a member of the National Championship team, and a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. His senior year, he received the Wuerffel Trophy, also known as the Humanitarian Heisman. This award recognizes one college football player who combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. He turned down an opportunity to play in the NFL to pursue a career in full-time speaking. Joel quickly became known as one of the nation's leading youth motivational speakers. He has shared his school assembly programs with over 500,000 students nationwide. He specializes in middle and high school assemblies. 



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