About the Conference

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~ Jesus (John 10: 10, NIV)

Abundant. Eternal. Deep. Life to the full is life in community shaped by Christ, life in Christ. It is life available to, accessible to, all. Life to the full flows out of Living Water, a spring welling up to eternal life (John 4:14).

Does your community flow with streams of life for everyone, including families with exceptional needs?

Motivated. Encouraged. Equipped.

Whether you are a person with exceptional needs, a family member, a church leader or volunteer, or simply interested in the intersection of disability and faith, we hope that you will join us October 28th-30th in Niagara Falls as we are motivated and equipped to live life to the full with people with disabilities and their families. Keynote speakers Amy Julia Becker (author), Dr. Erik Carter (researcher) and the Hon. David C. Onley (Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario) will guide our conversation around the streams of Ability, Belonging, and Community. Workshops led by key ministry leaders and notable organizations will equip us with practical resources to be leaders in models of accessible ministry and education.

  • Meet passionate and innovative ministry leaders
  • Be equipped to shape accessible ministry and education
  • Return to your community refreshed and renewed

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October 28-30

Niagara Falls
Marriott on the Falls

$225 Tickets


Keynote Speakers

Amy Julia Becker

Author, Speaker, Mother

Amy Julia Becker is the author of Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most (Zondervan, 2014), A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny (Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared on the Motherlode blog of The New York Times, USA Today, ABCNews.com, Theatlantic.com, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and The Huffington Post. She is a regular blogger at Parents.com. Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western Connecticut.

Erik Carter

Professor, Author, Researcher

Dr. Erik Carter is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His extensive research and teaching focuses on supporting meaningful inclusion and valued roles in school, work, churches and community settings for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2007 he wrote Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations.

Dr. Carter has been a keynote speaker at each of Christian Horizons' Building Communities of Belongingconferences, where he provides insightful practical strategies for churches to welcome the full range of giftings of people with and without exceptional needs.

The Hon. David C. Onley

Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The Hon. David C. Onley was the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 2007 until 2014. Born in Midland, Ontario and raised in Scarborough he graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Toronto Scarborough. He has been granted numerous honourary degrees and awards, including the Order of Ontario. Onley has had polio since the age of three, yet through extensive physical therapy has led a full and active life.

As lieutenant governor of Ontario, Onley used his vice-regal position to help remove barriers for people with disabilities including obstacles to employment and housing. Since then he has been appointed senior lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at University of Toronto Scarborough. He is married to Ruth Ann, a Christian music performer, and they have two married sons, Jonathan and Robert and a son Michael who just graduated from Brock University.

Garth Leno

Pastor, Parent, Speaker

Dr. Garth Leno is the senior pastor at The Gathering, a church that he planted in Windsor, Ontario, in 2014. Garth’s primary gift is preaching and teaching, and he brings a high dedication to the text of Scripture combined with a passionate devotion to Christ and the strong application of Biblical truth to daily life.

Dr. Leno holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Theological Seminary, and speaks frequently at conferences, camps and retreats. Garth and Patty have three grown children. Nathan, Jamie, and Kristin. Jamie (30) has a rare condition called Rett Syndrome and lives at home with Garth and his wife Patty.

Workshop Sessions

Join us for exciting workshop sessions including:

  • "A Place to Belong... a daily search for community!" with Cara Milne
  • "Walk with me - Meeting the needs of parents with children who have special needs" with Amy Julia Becker
  • "Living with a Broken Dream" with Garth & Patty Leno
  • A panel on "Vocation and exceptional needs
  • And many more...


Amy Julia Becker

Garth Leno

Patty Leno

Chantal Huinink

Ashley Tindall

Brigitte McCauley-Philion

Cara Milne

Dr. Neil Cudney

Dr. Erik Carter

Tom VanWingerden

Sarah Chaudhery, OT

Marinus Koole, CFP

Jeremy Sauvé

Kerrie Kirkwood

Conference Partners

Event Location

Niagara Falls, Ontario
Marriott on the Falls
6755 Fallsview Boulevard L2G 3W7
Phone: (905) 374-1077

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