McKernan Deepen conference 2024


McKernan Baptist Church’s annual Deepen Conference is an incredible opportunity to be equipped for life’s adventure. This Conference is all about the opportunity to encounter Jesus and one another. One weekend experiencing that encounter can change your life forever! 

An encounter with God energizes, encourages, and equips us for a greater transformation of ourselves and of our entire world. You can expect awesome Spirit-filled worship, inspirational keynote speaker, interactive breakout sessions, opportunities to enhance relationships, and many occasions for prayer ministry.


Registration is Closed.


“…First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.” - Jesus

We live every day in a culture where involuntary bias, inequity, woundedness, unforgiveness, and apathy are among many other reasons for us to identify that we have deep-rooted issues and are desperate for healing. When we are troubled in our soul the conflicts in our lives cause us to withdraw. Having those broken areas of our lives healed by Jesus keeps us faithful and radiant.


“…‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” - Jesus

 We live every day in a culture where the needs of many desperate people are being neglected. Many others benefit from compassionate activism that is untethered to Jesus Christ. It would be easy to view the church environment as one that is not motivated to activate the wellbeing of those outside the church building.

Activism requires the Inner Healing that Jesus alone provides. Inner Healing engages us to be Active for the good of others. Jesus is always at the Centre. Join with us for ‘Activism and the Inner Life’ as Jesus’ transformative love shape us. 

 “If a person has grasped the meaning of God’s grace in his heart, he will do justice. If he doesn’t live justly, then he may say with his lips that he is grateful for God’s grace, but in his heart he is far from him. If he doesn’t care about the poor, it reveals that at best he doesn’t understand the grace he has experienced, and at worst he has not really encountered the saving mercy of God. Grace should make you just.”
- Tim Keller Generous Justice






6:30pm - 7:00pm . . .  Registration & Café

7:00pm - 8:30pm . . .  Welcome & Worship
Keynote Speaker, Wayne Stapleton


9:00am - 9:30am . . .  Registration & Café

9:30am - 10:45am . .  Welcome & Worship
Keynote Speaker, Wayne Stapleton

10:45am - 12:pm . . .  Breakout Sessions
A-1 Listening to God
A-2 Saving Us

12:pm - 1:00pm . . . LUNCH

1:00pm - 2:15pm . . . Panel Discussion
Desert Streams
Power To Change
The Mustard Seen
Pregnancy Care Center

2:30pm - 3:45pm . . . Breakout Sessions
B-1 How Woundedness Impacts Mental Health and Practical Ways of Coping
B-2 Sojourner's Stories

3:45pm - 7:00pm . . BREAK

7:00pm - 8:30pm . . . Welcome & Worship
Keynote Speaker, Wayne Stapleton

8:30pm - 10:00pm . . Young Adult Coffee House and Board Games



Wayne Stapleton

Wayne has been a part of the North American Baptist Conference of churches since 1999, when he and his wife began attending Grace Community Church in Detroit, Michigan. He worked as a financial analyst and management consultant before graduating with honors from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007 with a Master’s in Divinity. He served as associate pastor at Grace Community for four years, after which he led a church restart in Warren, Michigan, where he served for over nine years. Since 2019, Wayne has been a member the Executive Team of the NAB, originally focusing on cross-cultural engagement. His role now also includes emerging leader engagement. Wayne and Tonja have been married for 24 years and have two college-age sons: Stephen, a current seminary student at Yale Divinity School, and Adam, a junior at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.


Deepen - Wayne Stapleton

Breakout Sessions


A-1 Listening To God

Minn Yoon & Ama Danjuma, SATURDAY 10:45am – noon

Scripture flows with the confident message from those that have listened to God. We believe that God continues to speak. In a noisy age that pack our mind with so many voices, how do we discern God’s voice? Listening to God includes a heartfelt desire to for God’s guidance. Heartfelt means we are yearning of God’s authoritative guidance over all the other voices shouting us, and we are willing to pause, listen, and move with what He impresses upon us.

A-2 Saving Us

Tyler Shannon, SATURDAY 10:45am - noon

Wildfires. Hurricanes. Blizzards. Drought. The extreme effects of climate change are frightening – and threaten every aspect of our daily lives. Join us for a hopeful message by award winning Christian climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe as she expresses that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is to talk about it – and she wants to teach us how. 

B-1 How Woundedness Impacts Mental Health and Practical Ways of Coping

Dr. Adam Howorko, SATURDAY, 2:30pm - 3:45pm

From the womb to the tomb no one escapes the traumas of life. We know that God will one day wipe away every tear for those who love Him but meanwhile there is hope and guidance for coping with woundedness resulting from trauma. Tools will be offered for people who have been traumatized and for those who care for them, to help move towards physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual wholeness.

B-2 Sojourner’s Stories

Bethany Kaposhi, SATURDAY, 2:30pm - 3:45pm

There are currently well over 100 million people forcibly displaced in the world. Whether they are 1 or 91, they all have a story that we need to listen to. They are starting over and desire to be a benefit to society. It’s not simply moving to Canada for a better life. It’s a matter of survival. Their story will leave you in awe of their courageous resilience, the merciful hand of God, and the compassion of the Jesus followers that have heeded God’s calling to be involved.       


Saturday, 9am – noon (Basement Multi-Purpose Room)

This is not just ‘child care.’ The morning will be packed with opportunities for children under the age of 12 to be captivated by the love of God, and instrumental to their spiritual development.  Choices made in the home and the church can promote or puncture a child’s longing for Jesus. Allow us to inflate your child with a healthy love for Jesus.

Childcare is only available in the morning. Please be sure to pick up your children before lunch.


Partnering Organizations

So, what is the interplay between caring for our inner life and being active in our culture’s greatest needs? We have asked a few of our close partnering organizations to come and help us also embrace a way of life that has the greatest potential.

Saturday, Feb.10 @ 1pm in the Hospitality Area


Janice Kornelsen – Pregnancy Care Centre

Janice’s strength is working towards a vision by gathering support from teams and partners. She has long worked to enhance the lives of high-risk woman and values supporting women’s sense of agency. She lives and leads with love, grace and compassion and is dedicated to serving the PCC clients, donors, and community partners.

Harry Lindenberg – Desert Streams

Harry studied Mechanical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta for seven years and worked full-time as an engineer for almost five years. In 1990 he responded to an invitation to step into full-time, vocational ministry with The Navigators of Canada. In 1999 the Lindenbergs began taking healing-related training under Ellel Ministries.

The Lindenbergs have a heart to see God’s healing touch come to those who need and want it. They desire Desert Streams to be of help to the people of Edmonton and surrounding area, and beyond. 

If you would like to support Harry directly, or the general Desert Streams account, please send an e-transfer to and add a note to indicate who your gift is for. If you prefer to donate online via PayPal, your gift will support staff, the general account, or their general fundraising campaign.  

You can also connect with Desert Streams through signing up for their Feb. 1-3 Healing Retreat, or their LiFE School course that begins on March 1/2.

Rebecca Trask – The Mustard Seed

A born and raised Calgarian, Rebecca now finds herself living in Edmonton and cheering for the Oilers! Having worked previously for Samaritans Purse, Compassion Canada and Sherwood Park Alliance Church, she joined the team at The Mustard Seed in 2022 as their Community and Volunteer Engagement Manager. She has loved being able to work at an organization that helps to build hope and wellbeing through Jesus’ love while also providing care and support at a local level to some of our most vulnerable and in need citizens. Her work at The Mustard Seed enables her to connect with churches, community groups and businesses to share about poverty and homelessness and invite them to partner with the organization to build hope in the lives of those they are serving.

Brett Loewen – Power To Change

Brett Loewen coleads the University of Alberta team of the university student ministry Power to Change - Students. Brett and his wife Riana recently celebrated ten years of ministry with P2C-S. Brett has a passion to help students know and experience Jesus, seeing His relevance in all of life. This summer he will direct P2C-S' PRAXIS mission trip for the second time, a trip that helps students learn to be with God as they live out what God has called them to do. Brett and Riana attend McKernan Baptist and you may have met their two energetic sons, Everett (5) and Max (2). In their spare time, they love reading, exploring Edmonton's parks and playgrounds and enjoying a good cup of coffee.

Please consider supporting Brett online, or call Partner Care at 1.855.722.4483 and ask to give to the ministry of Brett and Riana Loewen. 


The annual DEEPEN conference is open to anyone to attend, at no cost. We treasure our partnerships with the organizations that have participated with us this weekend and thank them for taking the time to share how they serve our local community.

We hope that you have benefitted from the weekend’s presentations, and want to give you an opportunity to show your appreciation to our presenters. Please consider supporting them with a gift equivalent to the value you received from attending Deepen.

Use the links below to give directly to them online. Thank you for attending this year’s conference, and supporting our partners!


volunteer options

We are able to continue to pull off incredible events like this because we have people like you willing to be involved.  Use the event registration form to let us know where we can count on you.   

  • Serving at a coffee time
  • Serving at the lunch
  • Set up and/or tear down
  • Registration table

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