The First Annual
“NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE”
Catholic Men’s Conference
was held on August 25th, 2012
with focus on St. Joseph’s example for us to become
the men God created us to be
Sponsored by the Office of Christian Formation of the Diocese of Knoxville
and the St. Joseph Society of Sacred Heart Cathedral
The Most Reverend Richard F. Stika, D.D.
was ordained as the third Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville on Thursday, March 19, 2009.
Bishop Stika will be the Celebrant and the Homilist for the Mass at the conference.
Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker and bible teacher. He communicates the Catholic faith at a level that everyone can understand, taking theological truths and expressing them in a practical way.
He is the creator of the popular Great Adventure Bible Study series published by Ascension Press. The foundational study, The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation, has enabled students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. Other Great Adventure Bible Studies taught and recorded by Jeff include Matthew, Acts, Revelation, Psalms and James. Currently over 3500 groups are using these studies in the US and other countries, and they have helped hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians engage in scripture in a life changing way.
Jeff is the founding host of EWTN’s weekly program “Life on the Rock” as well as Relevant Radio’s daily show, “Morning Air.” He is author of several books including the best-selling book, My Life on the Rock: A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith and I’m Not Being Fed: The Food That Satisfies the Soul. He is also co-editor of the Amazing Grace series published through Ascension Press. His newest book Walking with God, is co-authored with Dr. Tim Gray and gives an insightful overview of the Bible.
Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is currently the Director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also a Fellow of the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Jeff resides with his wife, Emily, and their daughters in Minnesota.
Steve Wood has led youth, campus, and pro-life ministries. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he served as an Evangelical pastor for a decade before his entire family converted to Catholicism in 1990. Responding to a challenge from Pope John Paul II to strengthen families, he started the Family Life Center International in 1992. Over the past seventeen years, the Family Life Center has networked with thousands of families in over 153 countries.
Steve is also the founder of St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers, a movement that seeks to transform society through the transformation of fathers and families. Utilizing his books Christian Fatherhood & Legacy, CDs, television, radio, and conferences, Steve has reached tens of thousands of men in the USA, Canada and overseas with a message of Christian faith and responsibility. He is the host of the live Faith and Family broadcasts on EWTN worldwide radio.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI awarded Steve the “For the Church and for the Pope” (Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice) medal, an award given for distinguished service to the church, in recognition for his work with St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers.
Steve has also written two books: The ABCs of Choosing a Good Husband and The ABCs of Choosing a Good Wife to assist young adults in choosing a lifetime partner and preparing for marriage.
Steve and Karen Wood have been married thirty-three years and are the parents of eight children and the grandparents of four grandchildren.