Changing Hearts and Bringing Hope

Mark Terrell, CEO interviewed by Charly Butcher with WOWO concerning the Family Summit


Do you have a teenager or know someone who does? Do you work with teenagers? Are

you excited, anxious, or motivated about your journey with a teenager? If you answered

yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join us at the first annual Family Summit.

Lifeline Youth and Family Services, along with
Crosswindsand The Summit  are excited to present The Family Summit to serve and strengthen the families of northeast Indiana.  The Family Summit is open to parents/guardians, educators, health care professionals, faith-based partners and community agencies. We invite you to join us at The Summit to uncover tools and resources to inspire and encourage you and your family!


Date: October 29, 2016
Time: 8 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne
Cost: $10
Meals: Available on-site for lunch for all participants to purchase


8:00am – 9:00am     Community Partners Exhibition/Registraion
9:00am – 10:00am   Keynote: Understanding Today’s Teen Culture
10:00am – 10:15am  Break & Exhibition
10:15am – 11:00am   Breakout Session #1
11:00 am – 12:00pm    Keynote:Recognizing & Shifting Parenting Styles That are No Longer Effective

12:00pm – 1:00pm   Lunch and exhibition
1:00pm – 1:45pm     Breakout Session #2
1:45pm – 2:45pm    Keynote: A New Model of Engaging with Teens

2:45pm - 3:00pm  Break & Exhibition
3:00pm – 3:45pm    Breakout Session #3



Mark Gregston, LCCA is the founder and executive director of Heartlight Ministries, a residential counseling facility for adolescents in crisis. He is also the popular radio host of Parenting Today’s Teenswhich is heard on over 1,500 radio stations throughout North America. He is a sought-out speaker and leads parenting seminars across the country. Mark will be offering 3 insightful sessions on teen parenting that you won’t want to miss!

Recap from the 2016 Family Summit

Lifeline—in collaboration with Crosswinds and The Summit—was able to present a community event to inspire, educate, and equip over 200 parents, educators, and social service providers in our communities: the Family Summit. The event was held on Saturday, October 29th, 2016, and included opportunities for attendees to participate in breakout sessions covering a range of topics such as: social media, mentoring, mental health, suicide prevention, and family coaching. Attendees were also able to exchange personal stories and visit booths hosted by various organizations. The keynote speaker for our event was Mark Gregston, who is the nationally‐known author, radio host, and founder/owner of Heartlight Ministries. Mr. Gregston has more than 35 years of experience helping teens and parents, and we were pleased to bring such expertise to our community.

At the conclusion of our event, attendees and exhibitors were asked to provide their feedback via a Participant Survey. Through this instrument we learned:

 100% of respondents would participate in the event again.
 100% of respondents believed the event was worthwhile and exceeded their expectations.
 100% of respondents believed that the information presented in the keynote sessions was helpful to understanding the issues related to parenting today’s teenagers.
 99% of respondents felt that the keynote sessions were inspirational and an encouragement to them as a parent.
 99% of respondents would recommend the keynote sessions to others.
 94% of respondents would recommend breakout sessions to others.

Beyond the statistical data are the individual responses of those who participated in the event. Here is what a few of them had to say:
“We have a new mentor/volunteer because of your Family Summit.” ‐ Unity Performing Arts Foundation (Exhibitor)
“Thank you for all you did to make the conference happen…. so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this event!” ‐ Executive Director, Safe Families for Children Fort Wayne
“Loved the humor and honest way Mark approached the needs for today’s teens!” – Attendee
“It is encouraging to be among others who have the same passion for reaching out to young people.” – Youth Worker
“I liked the keynote speaker and how he made it personal. I learned a lot and made me think how I work with teens.” – Youth Worker
“Good topics. Keynote was very engaging, good and interesting parenting info. Great venue and helpers.” – Attendee
“The seminars taught us a lot and about resiliency and taking responsibility …” – Parent
“Thanks so much for doing this. Very good info. You should offer every year!” Attendee

Larry Bower from WBCL interviewed Mark Terrell, CEO concerning the 2016 Family Summit

Bott Radio - 100.1FM and 1090AM interviewed, CEO Mark Terrell concerning Mark Gregston being a part of the upcoming Family Summit in addition to other topics that will be covered at the Family Summit in Fort Wayne, IN.