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All Things New: Presenters

2013 Archdiocesan High School Youth Rally

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“Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)


Hosts and Keynote Speakers

ValLimar Jansen
Blessed with an extraordinary speaking and singing voice, ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded Catholic inspirational/catechetical speaker, singer, composer and recording artist. She is also an experienced college professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States and abroad.  Today, ValLimar tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational Catholic speaker, author, storyteller, song leader and emcee.  ValLimar has performed for as many as 300,000 at one event.

Chris Padgett
A brilliant songwriter, musician, speaker and worship leader, Chris Padgett travels around the world giving talks, missions and concerts.  Using the medium of music and message, he communicates the message of Christ’s love and forgiveness in a way that makes a difference.  Chris is largely known for his zany sense of humor, but he holds a master’s in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Chris has also presented at three World Youth Days and has ministered at countless diocesan youth events.  Chris has been married to his high school sweetheart for over 15  years and has nine children.


Full Armor
Shielded with steadfast faith in God, this up-and-coming Christian band is ready to inspire hope in the world — one concert at a time. With just one listen, the reviving power of their music can’t be denied.  Founded in 2005, Full Armor embodies the seemingly unusual pairing of virtuous Christian messages with upbeat folk/rock melodies. With this somewhat controversial musical texture, the band blazes forward with a new, creative sound for those looking for spiritual passion and revival in an effort to transform what stereotypical “Christian” music sounds like.  In April 2008, Full Armor was selected as one of four bands out of 150 entrants to perform for Pope Benedict XVI and over 30,000 attendees at the Archdiocese of New York Papal Youth Rally, sharing the stage with the likes of Third Day, Kelly Clarkson and TobyMac.  The band includes Douglas Q. Hutchings, Kyle Hancharick, Tara Lakeman, Matthew Juliano, and Matt Lee. All were united in their high school years. Today, they travel the United States performing at churches, conferences, youth group fundraisers, papal rallies, retreats and high schools.

Breakout Session Leaders

Pasquale Talarico
Pasquale is a passionate man of faith and an inspirational singer songwriter with a heart for God’s Word through music. Pasquale has been active in youth ministry in Southern California for many years and has performed hundreds of church related shows over the years. He is a driving force working with teens and young adults and inspires people by sharing his personal relationship with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone in his ministry.  His latest album, My Everything, was released in 2011.

Nanci J. Mays-Roddy
Nanci is currently the Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Joseph Catholic School in the West End. She began her career at St. Joseph as the 6th and 7th grade Social Studies and Religion teacher. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently working on her Masters in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Her passion for the Church, youth, and African American Catholics is embodied whole-heartedly through her love of God. She is a married mother of two daughters.

Ashley Gayonski
Ashley currently carries out her mission as the Social Justice teacher at TheSummit Country Day School. She’s taught at The Summit for 4 years and is currently serving as the Upper School Religion Department Chair as well as Campus Minister and Service Coordinator.  A native of Springfield, OH Ashley attended University of Dayton and graduated with her B.A. in Religious Studies.  In her free time Ashley works with the Leadership Scholars Program in Cincinnati, and enjoys spending time with her family, including her 7 nieces and nephews and friends.

Courtney Brown
Courtney Brown, a Louisiana native, is described as “extraordinarily gifted” when it comes to working with teens. A dynamic speaker with over 15 years of youth ministry, teaching and retreat experience, his engaging talks with teens challenge them to live lives of chastity and authentic love. He is husband to his beautiful wife Kelley, and they have been blessed with five wonderful children. Courtney earned his M.A. in Theology from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.

Bishop Joe Binzer
Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer was born April 26, 1955 in Cincinnati, OH,  and attended St. Ann School and LaSalle High School in Cincinnati. He worked for 11 years as a Certified Public Accountant before entering Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati in 1988, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1994.  He became Chancellor in 2003, was named Vicar General of the Archdiocese in 2007, and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati in 2011.  Bishop Binzer will lead an invitation-only track on youth leadership and evangelization.