BCYC Encounter - Speakers

Speakers for Encounter 2020 have not been finalized, but check out our past speakers from Summer 2019 below!

2019 Speaker: Paul J. Kim

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Paul J. Kim

Paul J. Kim is one of the most sought-after Catholic youth speakers in America. The way he presents is a rare gift to witness and has impacted people of all ages in 46 states and in 5 countries over the past decade. Moving his audiences from laughter in one moment, to deep reflection and prayer in another; Paul utilizes his many talents (i.e. music – beatboxing, comedy, inspirational talks) to communicate the Gospel message of Christ to people in a way that is engaging, entertaining, and altogether life-changing.

He has released two music albums, his videos on YouTube have accumulated over 1.2 million views, and he presents to an average of 40,000 people a year at events throughout the world. His background includes a BA in Philosophy (Franciscan University of Steubenville), an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy (Hope International University), religious formation with the Community of the Franciscans Friars of the Renewal (NYC), and life experiences working as a therapist, missionary, and youth minister. He currently resides in Southern California with his beautiful wife and three children.

2019 Speaker: Katie Prejean McGrady

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Katie Prejean McGrady

Katie Prejean is an international speaker, educator, & author. Since 2007, Katie has been traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada sharing a unique blend of humor & storytelling, coupled with teaching theological truth, to engage audiences of all ages. Katie has spoken at events large & small, including Steubenville Youth Conferences, the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministry, the National Catholic Youth Conference, Los Angeles Religious Education Congress & Youth Day, in dioceses & parishes from coast to coast, and has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, & shows on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM. Katie has written extensively, publishing two books – Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus – with Ave Maria Press. She has published with Life Teen International, written for the USCCB “For Your Marriage” website, writes weekly for Epicpew.com, and maintains a blog here at katieprejean.com and curlyweds.com.

Katie has her degree in Theology from the University of Dallas, loves to watch NBA Basketball, has no dance skills whatsoever, considers herself an ice cream connoisseur, and loves to read. She considers herself neither “liberal” nor “conservative,” but much prefers to be classified as “seeking Truth, straight down the middle.”

Katie is married to Tommy McGrady & lives in Louisiana with their daughter, Rose, & dog, Barney.

2019 Speaker: Kris Frank

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Kris Frank

Kris Frank attended Franciscan University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in catechetics and theology with a youth ministry concentration. With over 10 years of parish youth ministry experience, Kris and his family now live as missionaries serving the poor and inner-city youth with Dirty Vagabond Ministries. Kris also has been privileged to travel around the country, sharing the Gospel with teens and young adults at various churches, camps, and conferences. Kris spends his free time with his beautiful wife, Grace, and their four children. He is grateful every day for the gift of God’s grace and the joy of serving the Church.

I’m a pretty normal guy. There isn’t too much really say, but since you’ve made it this far I guess I should give you something. I grew up in a nice, little town in Ohio. I had aspirations to be a doctor from a young age but God had different plans. While in high school, God captured my heart and set my life on a course that I couldn’t have dreamed up myself. I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where I dropped the pre-med dreams to instead learn about and how to teach Godly things, (the fancy terms are Theology and Catechetics, respectively).

While in college I met Grace. She is my better half and the heartbeat of our family. After seven years of marriage, we have three amazing children and a fourth one who is ok – just kidding. My children, Magdalene, Eden, Caleb & Cana are all amazingly fun and incredibly unique.

When I’m not with my family you can usually find me working for Jesus in some way. I have been blessed to serve in various churches doing youth ministry over the years. Aside from working in parishes, I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences and churches, camps and campuses across the country sharing the Gospel message with both teens and adults alike. I don’t know what plans God has for me tomorrow but I’m excited to find out.

Bonus fact: I’m a bigger Cleveland Browns fan than you.