Ministry Team

Chris Padgett


Chris Padgett has been doing ministry for over 25 years. He is an author, musician, teacher, comedian, and motivational speaker. Padgett has been married to his high school sweetheart for 28 years, and they have nine children. He has also appeared on television and radio and has been a regular speaker and entertainer at Steubenville youth conferences. For the last several years, Chris was an adjunct professor of theology at Franciscan University and currently teaches for Catholic Distance University. The Padgett family lives in Central New York.

Ben Walther

Worship Leader

Ben Walther began writing songs while serving as a worship leader in college. His first album, Where I Want to Be, launched a season of traveling, giving band members a chance to share their story of hope in God’s abundant blessings. In 2008 he released a six-song EP in a collaborative effort with Robbie Seay of Sparrow Records and Matt Maher. Most recently, working with, a division of OCP, and producer Tom Booth, Ben recorded Make Your Home In Me, a collection of seven new worship songs. A worship leader for St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Adore Ministries, Ben says his most profound blessings are his lovely wife, Maria, their four daughters, and their baby boy.

Fr. Jonathan McElhone, TOR

Team Priest

Father Jonathan McElhone is a Franciscan TOR, serving at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Before responding to a call with the Franciscans, Father Jonathan worked as an industrial electrician, programming robots. Ordained in 2012, Father Jonathan ministered as a parochial vicar at a parish in Texas before moving back to his alma mater in 2005. Currently, Father Jonathan serves Franciscan as the director of the Priestly Discernment Program. Father Jonathan loves being a priest and ministering the sacraments. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel and never tires of witnessing miracles!

Katie Prejean McGrady


Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus. She has been traveling across the country since 2007, engaging audiences of all ages and sizes with theological truths and a unique blend of humor. Katie has appeared on EWTN, Catholic TV, Radio Maria, and Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel, writes for Ave Maria Press, Life Teen, and Blessed is She, and has spoken around the world. She has a BA in theology from the University of Dallas and lives with her family in Louisiana.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Albers, SOLT


Sister Mary Elizabeth Albers is the vocation servant for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). As a student athlete at Benedictine College, she experienced a profound encounter with Jesus, both in the Eucharist and through solid friendships—three of her basketball teammates also became religious sisters! After graduating and spending two years as a missionary teacher in Belize, Central America, she heard the Lord calling her to be his bride and entered the SOLT Sisters in 2006. Sister Mary Elizabeth currently serves in Seattle, Washington, and speaks internationally on topics of vocation, evangelization, and mission.

DJ Bernal


DJ Bernal has the great privilege to minister to youth, young adults, and adult groups. This ministry has focused on a relationship with Christ and others (Rom. 8:38-39). Standing upon the charge from Paul to Timothy (2 Tim. 4:5), DJ has committed himself to “endure every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill the duties of the ministry” that Jesus has given him. DJ routinely travels for ministry events, works full time as a leadership development consultant, runs a Christian clothing line called AGOH Apparel, is YCP director of Evangelization, and hosts a Catholic TV show.

Steubenville Toronto

Steubenville Toronto is Canada's largest Catholic Youth Conference. The conference will take place July 15-17, 2022 on campus at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, ON.


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