Conference Pricing

Early Bird Deadline: October 6, 2023

Members (On-Site): $400 per person ($350 Early Bird)
Members  (Virtual Via Zoom): $150
Non-Members (On-Site): $600 per person ($550 Early Bird)
Non-Members (Virtual Via Zoom): $250


Virtual Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in 1 1/2-day program, including Q&A
Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Access to all conference resources


On-Site Pricing Includes:

Full engagement in 1 1/2-day program, including Q&A
Networking/Fellowship with attendees & presenters
Access to video recordings of presentations post-conference
Two night’s lodging at the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn
6 meals & refreshments [Begins with dinner on 11/6, ends with lunch on 11/8]
Access to all conference resources

Program Overview


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Presenter: Josh Beers, President | OneLife
Overview: Almost every ABHE institution includes student transformation as part of its mission fulfillment. And it’s a challenge that includes engagement by every member of the campus team. On a good day, what does this look like? More importantly how do campus leaders who are responsible for student transformation mobilize the entire campus to work together for every student’s development? Learn insights from a veteran campus leader.

  • Defining the objectives of student transformation — clear focus
  • Motivating faculty and staff for engagement — a comprehensive strategy
  • Identifying and addressing transformation blockers — a reality check
  • Seizing transformation opportunitie — divine moments for life change



Presenter: Daniel Ryan Day, Senior Director | Reclaim Today/Our Daily Bread Ministries
Overview: Student transformation starts with meeting students where they are . . . and that’s a serious challenge. Incoming classes, and the students they include, change in their makeup, questions and struggles, spiritual maturity and readiness for going deeper with God. What can we learn from research about the current generation of students and how should this inform our strategy for empowering each student’s spiritual journey? How can we take that a step further by exploring the specific needs of our students? Hear from a thoughtful leader fully engaged in this generation’s transformation.

  • Hearing insights from research on this generation
  • Understanding the impact of students’ needs — emotionally, spiritually and relationally
  • Crafting transformation strategies that connect with students and lead them forward.
  • Cultivating a campus culture for student transformation — daily walking with God
  • Exploring ways to discover the specific needs of your students



Presenter: Kirk Sabine, VP for Campus Life | Kingswood University
Overview: Thousands of ABHE students attend our institutions to prepare for life on mission with Christ. For many, this will include following Christ in vocations other than those designated as clergy. The expression is often called marketplace ministry. Regardless of the program of study, every graduate is expected to demonstrate character traits that enhance their impact in the marketplace and bear a gracious witness to the transforming grace of God. Consider what this can mean for student transformation — for all students. Think more deeply with a veteran student development leader.

  • Looking at character transformation through the lens of the workplace
  • Moving workplace preparation into the students’ experience
  • Cultivating a campus for workplace character transformation
  • Making disciples that shine in the workplace — clear objectives



Presenter: Gary Stratton, Dean of Arts & Sciences | Johnson University; ABHE Sr. Fellow
Overview: Recent awakenings at Asbury University and other schools remind us that many of our institutions can recount similar seasons in our history when God’s manifest presence made a landmark imprint upon the lives of students and staff. Whether through such campus awakenings or personal centering prayer, today’s students seem particularly hungry for God’s presence. How can we cultivate this hunger within our learning communities and connect it to our everyday ministry of making disciples? Hear a fresh report on the ripple effect from Asbury and beyond from a passionate advocate for spiritual awakening.

  • Learning from awakenings — recent and historical
  • Relating student spiritual formation to awakening
  • Cultivating, but not forcing, student spiritual hunger
  • Sustaining student fruitfulness through focused discipleship



Presenter: Rick Swift, VP & Dean of Students | Cairn University
Overview: Campus leaders promise students and their parents that their time on campus will be safe. This is not a wishful thought, but a serious responsibility. And institutions of biblical higher education are not immune to campus safety risks. This responsibility has only sharpened with the compliance regulations of Title IX and beyond. Student transformation assumes there is a safe campus for students to grow in their walk with God. Walk through the principles and protocols of campus safety including expectations of federal regulations.

  • Overseeing campus safety — roles and responsibilities including Clery Act requirements
  • Maintaining regulation compliance — policies and procedures
  • Responding to safety risks and breaches — mitigation and discipline
  • Reviewing campus policies in light of current realities
  • Responding to lawnmower parents and extreme security concerns



Overview: Discuss the most pressings student development issues you are facing with both the panel of presenters and attendee affinity groups. Create a draft of your Personal Action Plan based on the most significant and urgent issues you should address following the conference.

Conference Faculty

Joshua Beers



Daniel Day


Senior Director
Reclaim Today
Our Daily Bread Ministries

Kirk Sabine


VP for Campus Life
Kingswood University

Kirk Sabine


Dean of Arts & Sciences
ABHE Sr. Fellow
Johnson University

Rick Swift


VP/Dean of Students
Cairn University

Frequently Asked Questions

Is lodging included in the registration fee?

YES, for on-site attendees2 nights, including arrival the evening before the conference begins.

Can I request for additional hotel nights?

YES The ABHE group rate is $120/night.  You can qualify for our group rate three days prior and three days post conference.  You can request and pay for your additional hotel nights during the registration process.  All reservations must be made and managed by the ABHE office as it is part of a group reservation.  This includes changes to existing reservations.  Email with any questions or updates to existing reservations.

Is airport shuttle service available?

YES! Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). To request the complimentary shuttle to the Hilton Garden Inn:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – 407-240-3725
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup
Where is the hotel located in relation to the ABHE Conference Center?

The Hilton Garden Inn is directly across the street from the ABHE Weber Center (located in the Citadel I Building – Suite 130).

Are meals included in the registration fee?

YES for on-site attendees, including 6 meals and all snacks/beverages.

Are scholarships available?
YES for on-site attendees – limited scholarships are available.  Please email your request to with an explanation of your financial need.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
In the event of either virtual or on-site registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 service charge per person, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be granted after that date. E-mail notification will suffice. Please e-mail to request a refund. There are no refunds provided for no-shows.
How do I CANCEL a person on my registration?
You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any cancellations, or contact to have your registration cancelled.

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Growing institutions are led by growing leaders. Consider engaging in the Executive Training Program specifically designed for Student Development Officers in ABHE. Delivered over two years including over 36 workshop presentations in seven areas of leadership competency and capacity. You can review the certification program details HERE. Enroll in the program today!

Questions regarding the certification program can be directed to David Medders, Executive Vice President.

Hilton Garden Inn

For those attending the Conference On-Site, the ABHE staff will make a hotel reservation for you. Please indicate your room type/preference when you register for the conference.The Hilton Garden Inn is located 1 mile from the Orlando International Airport.

Hilton Garden Inn – Orlando Airport
7300 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
(407) 240-3725


Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the Hilton Garden Inn. To request complimentary shuttle service:

  • Call the hotel for shuttle pickup – (407) 240-3725
  • Take airport elevator to level 1 – ground transportation
  • Go through the sliding doors
  • Stand at either A4 (A Side) or B4 (B Side) for pickup

Conference Staff

David MeddersDavid Medders
Executive Vice President



Carol DibbleCarol Dibble
Chief of Staff & Director of Communications-Events



Darby BlanchardDarby Blanchard
Digital & Administrative Services Coordinator