Faces of the Movement…Nick Palermo

We’re honored to have Nick Palermo…a founding father of the disability ministry movement join us as a speaker for Inclusion Fusion 2012.

Nick was born and raised in San Jose California and met Christ in high school through the ministry of Young Life. Nick volunteered as a Young Life leader for 11 years and has served on the full time staff of Young Life for 29 years. Nick founded Young Life Capernaum in 1986…Young Life’s outreach to young people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Nick has a degree in sociology from San Jose State University and a Masters degree in theology from Fuller Seminary. Nick has been married to his wife (Sumarah) for 22 years…They have three boys (Joel, Zack and Sam). Nick’s Inclusion Fusion topic will be Including Kids With Special Needs in Your Youth Ministry. Here’s a summary of Nick’s talk…

What is the culture of kids with disabilities? What are their unique needs? The family’s unique needs? Why has the church been so hesitant to respond? And specifically when 20 % of the teen population has some form of a disability why don’t we see them represented in our youth ministries? How could they fit in to our communities? What it would like? What would be the outcome for typical kids in our youth ministries? We will discuss the concept of a “withness” ministry where typical kids and kids with special needs encounter Christ mutually. We will look at the long range benefits for the church at large as we include young people with special needs into our faith communities.

Join Nick and 35 other leaders serving as faculty for Inclusion Fusion, Key Ministry’s second annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit is made available FREE OF CHARGE to pastors, church staff, volunteers and families everywhere from November 12th-16th, 2012. For an up to date list of speakers, topics, links to speaker blogs and a link for free registration, click here.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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