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Meet our Emcees for this Weekend


Max Hill is a graduate of NWMSU where he received a degree in vocal music education. He now serves on the Kansas City Collegiate team with the Navigators.  He spends most of his time playing disc golf or hanging out with his wife, Chloe, and his dog, Oliver. If you see Max this weekend, ask him about his favorite coffee spot in Kansas City!

Tess Martens is from Kearney, MO, and is a junior Music Therapy student at UMKC. She has been involved with the Navigators since her freshman year, and is very excited to MC this weekend! Tess loves all things coffee, running, and hanging out with her friends. She plays the guitar and sings in the choirs on campus, so music is quite a big part of her life. Tess enjoys participating in heated debates about hot takes, so if you see her this weekend, make sure to share yours!


Meet our Guest Speaker


Peter Mark Trautmann is a born and bred New Yorker. He was amazed when he arrived at college at NYU to find authentic communities of students who were placing Jesus and his teachings at the center of their lives, rather than the margins. After graduation, he worked for a non-profit in Manhattan for two years before pursuing a deeper foundation in the Bible and theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary north of Boston, where he earned his Master of Divinity. Peter then joined the Navigators (on April Fool’s Day!) to provide others with the same kind of gospel community that was so transformative in his own life. He has served with the Navigators for 23 years and became the City Director for NYC in 2021. He has a huge heart for helping people be gripped by the beauty of Jesus’ message and its relevance to their own lives. He’s loves the diversity of people, cultures and ideas that he encounters every day in New York City and has also had the privilege of ministering in China, Japan, Mongolia, India, Vietnam, Honduras, and Morocco. He has been married for 15 years to his wonderful wife Amanda, who serves as a Vice President of the Navigators directing the national marketing team, and they live with their three rambunctious boys ages 8-12 in their two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Peter loves the city and would love to give you a tour sometime!


For Further Reference


  1. How did God speak to you tonight?

  2. What problems, worries, or relationships seem big in your life right now?

  3. What truth about God from tonight can give you greater peace or joy as you think about those problems, worries or relationships?


  • SCHEDULE: Want to make sure you are in the right places at the right times? Brush up on our Schedule.

  • REGISTRATION: If you don't have a name tag yet, right after this session please stop by the Registration Table to check-in or register.

  • INFORMATION TABLE: If you still need to register, want to buy a t-shirt, need a leaders’ packet, or have any big questions, please stop by the Information Table outside the Main Hall.

  • T-SHIRTS: If you reserved an Engage shirt when you registered (prior to arriving at the conference), you can pick it up at the Information Table. You have until lunch TOMORROW to purchase and pick up your shirt before we sell it. Haven’t purchased an Engage shirt yet? Good news! You can purchase one for $20 at the Information Table! But get one while you can as we have limited stock and they’re going quick!

  • EXHIBITS: Some of the exhibits are giving away awesome prizes, so stop by the Exhibit Hall before and after each session for a chance to win. There will be an Exhibitor Lunch on tomorrow in the Fire Room for those who want to get further information from our exhibitors. Sign up for one of those lunch spots here. You can also browse through the Exhibits page to see what exhibits are available.

  • SMALL GROUP LEADERS: If you don't have your leaders guide yet, visit the Info Table. After your small group meets tonight, please let Jenna Fuller know if you were missing someone from your group or if someone that you weren’t expecting joins you. For more info, visit the Small Group and Host Homes page.

  • HOST HOME DINNER: On Saturday Night from 5-7pm your small group will eat dinner at the home of a family in the Kansas City area. These families have generously volunteered to open their homes to you and they are excited to meet and get to know each of you! Tonight during your small group, please choose a time and place for your group to meet at 4:15pm tomorrow so that you can leave for your host dinner.

  • FREE TIME: After small groups, the rest of the night is yours to have fun. There will be an 80s themed dance party in the Metal Room and board games in the Wood Room. Check out our Free Time page for more ideas on what to do.

  • QUIET HOURS: begin at midnight. You don’t have to be asleep, but you must be in YOUR room with ONLY your roommates at midnight.

  • BREAKFAST: Stoney Creek’s breakfast bar will be open from 6:30-8:15am. Be sure to eat a good meal and meet us at the Main Session room no later than 8:30am.

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