Conference Speakers

Dave Nodar

Dave Nodar

Founder and Director of ChristLife

Dave Nodar is a frequent speaker in dioceses, parishes, and other organizations in the USA and internationally. He is a content developer and speaker for the Discovering Christ, Following Christ, and Sharing Christ series; co-author of Discover Christ, Follow Christ, and the soon to be released Share Christ; and author of Characteristics of the New Evangelization. His passion is to help others to know the love of God the Father in Jesus Christ through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Dave and his wife Ely have seven adult children, six grandchildren, and live in Ellicott City, Maryland. Their desire is to bear witness together to the good news of God’s love, mercy, and life changing presence. Dave enjoys hiking with Ely and wishfully dreaming of opportunities to go fishing!

Dr. Ralph Martin

Dr. Ralph Martin

President of Renewal Ministries

Dr. Martin is the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization and a professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is also the president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Ralph as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. He was also appointed as an expert to assist the Bishops during the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelization in Rome.

Fr. Mathias Thelen

Fr. Mathias Thelen

Spiritual Director and Instructor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Fr. Mathias Thelen S.T.L. is a priest from the Diocese of Lansing and currently a spiritual director at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. Fr. Thelen attended Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for his graduation seminary formation and after graduation he was ordained a priest on June 11, 2010 for the Diocese of Lansing.  From 2010-2013 he was the Parochial Vicar at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church in Jackson, MI and Sacramental Minister of Our Lady of Fatima in Michigan Center, MI. From June 2013-2014 he served as Administrator of St Mary’s Parish in Westphalia, MI. He is currently serving on the faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary as a Spiritual Director and Instructor of Theology.

Fr. Erik Arnold

Fr. Erik Arnold

Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Ellicott City, MD

Rev. Erik Arnold is pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City, MD and ChristLife’s liaison to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1999. He is a speaker for the Discovering Christ, Following Christ, and Sharing Christ series. As a pastor, he has run the ChristLife series in his parish multiple times and seen great fruit come from it as people’s lives are changed by the Lord Jesus and the power of the Gospel. Fr. Erik loves to escape to the outdoors to get recharged, especially through hiking and kayaking, as well as drawing support from family and priest friends and a good meal.

Fr. Mike Saporito

Fr. Mike Saporito

Pastor of St. Helen's Parish - Westfield, NJ

Rev. Mike Saporito is pastor of St. Helen’s Parish in Westfield, NJ—which was named one of the top 100 Catholic churches by Parish Catalyst—and has a passion for the New Evangelization. After graduating Rutgers University and working for several year as an accountant, he entered Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in 1987 and was ordained in 1992. He is a ChristLife board member, member of the Archdiocese of Newark’s Evangelization Commission, and has several years of experience running the ChristLife series in his home parish. Fr. Mike is an avid fan of the NY Mets and NY Giants, and his family and friends are the joy of his life!

Fr. Dale Picarella

Fr. Dale Picarella

Pastor of St. Patrick's Parish - Havre de Grace, MD

Rev. Dale Picarella was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1984. He is the pastor of St. Patrick’s in Havre de Grace, MD. He has several years of experience running the ChristLife series in his parish. His vision is to see the Church’s mission of evangelization reflected in every area of his parish’s life. Fr. Dale enjoys leading worship music, the strategy of football, and visiting historical sites.

Dianne Davis

Dianne Davis

New York Regional Director of ChristLife

Dianne Davis began her career in banking, advancing to Vice President of Bank of New York and M&T Bank. She married her husband John, whom she met in high school, and they had two sons. Although it looked like she had all she was striving for, inside she felt a longing for something more. In March 2002, two women came to her office looking for a business loan and ended up sharing the Gospel with her. Later that night, Dianne committed her life to Jesus. She eventually left her career in banking and now considers herself a Catholic evangelist serving as ChristLife’s New York Regional Director, conference speaker, and teacher on Sharing Christ series.

Pete Ascosi

Pete Ascosi

Assistant Director of ChristLife

Pete Ascosi experienced a life-changing conversion that began during his senior year at Mt. St. Mary’s University in 2003. After working for two years in the field of public policy, he felt the call to full-time ministry and joined ChristLife in 2005. As part of his work at ChristLife, he provides direction and leadership to ChristLife Young Adults, a vibrant young adult community in the Ellicott City, MD area that evangelizes young adults and equips them for mission. He received a Master of Arts degree in Non-Profit Management from Notre Dame University of Maryland in 2015. He and his wife Ally have four spirited young children. He enjoys spending time with family, the great outdoors, and home brewing.

Jane Selner

Jane Selner

Coordinator of Parish Ministries at St. Rose of Lima - North Wales, PA

Jane Selner is the Coordinator of Parish Ministries at St. Rose of Lima in North Wales, PA. After nine years of observing lowering Mass attendance and minimal ministry participation at her parish, she helped implement the ChristLife series and has seen incredible results. She serves as a ChristLife speaker at diocesan training conferences throughout the country. She’s been married to her husband Craig for 25 years.

Jennifer King

Jennifer King

Communications Director of ChristLife

Jennifer King experienced the personal love of Christ in her early twenties and it changed everything. She went from self-centered, destructive habits to a God-centered life of purpose. After working in federal government for nearly thirteen years, she left her job to pursue full-time ministry with ChristLife. She received a Master of Arts degree in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore. She enjoys a good cup of tea, the Baltimore Orioles, and leading mission trips to Miragoâne, Haiti with Haiti180.

Lisa White

Lisa White

ChristLife Small Group Coordinator at St. Louis Parish - Clarkville, MD

Lisa White is excited about helping others experience a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! She is a parishioner of St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, MD and a ChristLife board member. She actively participates in the life of her church by serving on the leadership team for the ChristLife process, currently as the small group coordinator. She holds a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College and works as a counselor for the Federal Government, where she has been employed for 30 years. She is married with three adult children.

John Messina

John Messina

Worship Leader

John Messina has been leading music and worship since his college days at Georgia Tech, where he first came to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. He holds a master of divinity degree from Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. For eleven years he taught scripture and ancient history at The Lamb of God School in Baltimore, where he recently was named Headmaster. John frequently serves as worship leader for ChristLife courses in his parish, as well as national and diocesan training conferences.

Corrie Dubyoski

Corrie Dubyoski

Worship Leader

Corrie Dubyoski felt called to music ministry when she was 12 years old attending a youth conference in Baltimore. She went to college for exercise science and became a personal trainer with a passion for connecting physical health to our emotional and spiritual health. Since graduating college, her desire has grown to go deeper into her faith and offer her music in service to The Lord. She currently leads worship for ChristLife Young Adults, at various parishes offering the ChristLife series, and Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ellicott City, MD. When Corrie has free time, she’s writing songs, sipping coffee with friends, doing yoga push-ups in her living room, and traipsing around the great outdoors.