Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Northeast Christian Church: 9900 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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ARISE is an event for believers to inspire and equip each other to be salt and light where God has called us.

ARISE is an event designed to mobilize the Church, God’s people, in our community. ARISE focuses on the seven spheres of influence in society. This year, at ARISE, our speakers will be focusing on Education, Government, Business and Arts & Entertainment. Each session will provide practical ideas of ways to make a difference in each of these areas of focus. 

Our speakers are following God’s direction and will share practical ways to make a difference. There will be an interactive Q & A at the end of each presentation, and networking time to connect with others.

Our attendees, Partners, and speakers are passionate about being servants for Christ where God has planted them.  Join us for an event you won’t forget. Register now!

Why Attend?

Not only does God call us to be salt and light, but he wants us to engage our culture. Paul went to Athens, the heart of the philosophical world, and was captivating. Daniel was a close advisor to several kings that did not agree with his religion. God tasked people with art and music, to be educators and leaders, to live in families, and to live lives of faith. As Christians, we must live fully in this world just as Jesus did. At ARISE, we will more deeply explore ways to do this.

Schedule at a glance

7:30 AM

Doors Open - Breakfast - Meet & Greet

8:00 AM

Emcee - Welcome Message

8:15 AM

Education - Presented by Darin Long

9:00 AM

Politics - Presented by Councilwoman Paula McCraney & Councilman Anthony Piagentini

9:45 AM

Prayer - Visit with Partners - Meet & Greet

10:15 AM

Business - Presented by Chris Patton

11:00 AM

The Arts - Presented by Jennifer Dupin

11:45 AM

Lunch - followed by Q & A and Next Steps Discussion


Chris Patton, Global CEO of His Way at Work

Chris Patton is the Global CEO of His Way at Work, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming company culture and implementing Christian principles in the workplace. Formerly, he was President/CEO and third generation owner/partner of his family’s automobile business in LaGrange, GA. He is also the author of a blog –  By including the resources accumulated over his years of learning to use the business as a vehicle for ministry, as well as real-life examples from his experiences, Chris teaches readers of his blog how to run their business from an eternal perspective.

This experience has led to multiple speaking engagements at various events and conferences in the Southeast as well as online with various churches in India. He has also been published in other blogs and newsletters as well as TwoTen, a national Christian business magazine.

Chris and his wife Kim have three children in college and live in Spartanburg, SC.

Darin Long, Superintendent of Christian Academy Schools

Superintendent Darin Long is a man who not only ‘talks the talk’ but ‘walks the walk’ as the chief administrator who helps guide and serve 3,300+ students, 1,000+ families, and 500+ employees on Christian Academy Schools’ campuses in the Louisville metropolitan area including Southern Indiana.

Prior to his tenure at Christian Academy School System, Long worked in retail management in the 1990s. He then became a Teacher, Coach, and Principal Intern for the JCPS’s Louisville Iroquois High School in 2000 for five years, before assuming the role as Iroquois High’s Athletic Director from 2005 to 2006. Preceding his role as Superintendent, he served in various capacities at Christian Academy including Principal and Director of Athletics starting in 2006. In addition to Long’s current role as Christian Academy’s Superintendent, he has served as Commissioner for the ASCI Accreditation Commission since 2019; Commissioner of the KY Non-Public Education Commission since 2020; and this year is a Nominated Board Member for EdChoiceKY.

Jennifer Dupin, Founder of Elevate Dance

Jennifer Dupin is the executive director for Elevate Dance Ministry, a local non-profit that seeks to elevate the name of Jesus and utilize dance instruction to facilitate discipleship and meaningful relationships with students.

Elevate creates Gospel-centered presentations for audiences and utilizes dance to minister to at-risk children in the Louisville and Shelbyville areas through their partnerships with Hope Place in the Beechmont Community and Father’s Love in Shelbyville. It is her heart to see dance and the arts fully utilized in sharing the Gospel and to maximize the voice of artists in the Christian community who would like to use their creativity to serve and worship a creative God.



Paula McCraney, Louisville Metro Councilwoman

Paula McCraney is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma and currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky. She was elected November 6, 2018, as the first African American to serve on the Louisville Metro Council as the District 7 representative. She proudly represents over 28,000 residents from Chenoweth Lane to Goose Creek and suburban cities and neighborhoods contained within the main thoroughfares of Brownsboro Road, Westport Road, New LaGrange Road and Shelbyville Road, including Lyndon, Windy Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Bancroft, and parts of St. Matthews and Northfield, and 13 others.

Paula leads with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose because she believes all residents deserve VIP representation. Her advocacy for affordable housing and participation on the ARP Housing Task Force resulted in the funding of $40 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund; $32 million for permanent supportive housing with wrap-around services; $7.5 million for the renovation of affordable housing units; $1.5 million for outdoor safe space operations, and more.

Anthony Piagentini, Louisville Metro Councilman

Anthony Piagentini was elected in November 2018 to serve as Councilman for Metro Council District 19. Councilman Piagentini is a businessman with over 20 years of private sector experience.  The past 8 years he has worked for several businesses in Louisville’s health care sector.  His formal education includes his undergraduate degree in Economics.  He also studied in Taichung, Taiwan for a year studying Mandarin, Chinese.  Anthony finished his education by receiving his MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.

Anthony is also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  He served honorably between 2003 and 2011 including a tour in Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Anthony has been married for over 15 years to his wife Nejma Piagentini.  They have twin 12-year old daughters, and they are all active parishioners of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Connect with others, be bold for Christ and make an eternal difference.




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ARISE focuses on the seven spheres of influence in society. This year, at ARISE, our speakers will be focusing on Education, Government, Business and Arts & Entertainment. Each session will provide practical ideas of ways to make a difference in each of these areas of focus. There will be time for Q&A as well as connecting to others.

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