Board of Directors

Michael Hoggatt, MS, MPA, PhD, President

Michael Hoggatt, MS, MPA, PhD

Mike is the President of the Disability Ministry Conference.

He holds Masters in both Special Education and Public Policy as well a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy with an emphasis in Disability Policy. His work has received various awards including Saddleback College's 2017 President's Award for Innovation and Leadership and 2019's Professor of the Year. His work on disability policy as well as the intersection of faith and disabilities has been published in various outlets including The Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, The Community College Review, The Community College Journal of Research and Practice, PRISM Magazine, and Focus on the Family.

Dr. Hoggatt has worked at Saddleback College for 12 years. In addition to his role at Saddleback, he is a lecturer in Higher Education Policy for the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for Friendship Ministries, Inc., an international ministry whose purpose is to provide resources that support faith formation and congregational inclusion with individuals with intellectual disability.

In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time and travelling with his wife and children. Mike and his family live in Orange County, California.


Melissa Brosch, MDiv, Vice-President

Melissa Brosch, MDiv

Melissa is the Associate Director of Marriage and Family Ministries at Calvary Church of Santa Ana. She started and oversees Calvary's Bridge Ministry, which provides inclusion and belonging for members at every age level. Melissa is also a professor at Saddleback College, teaching Independent Living Skills to adults with intellectual disabilities. She is a mom to 3 amazing girls and is passionate about helping the church become a place where each of them can experience belonging and community.


Linda Martin, MME, MT-BC, Treasurer

Linda Martin, MME, MT-BC

Linda Martin, MME, MT-BC, is a certified neurologic music therapist specializing in behavior management and children with autism spectrum disorder. She provides services in both the educational and clinical settings. Linda authored chapters on Applied Behavioral Analysis and Music Therapy Assessment in the 2012 and 2018 publications of: Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2007, Linda founded the Miracle 139 special needs ministry at the Rock Church in San Diego, CA. Recognizing a big need for churches to become equipped to welcome children with special needs, Linda published “Miracle 139: Special Needs Ministry Development & Training Manual”, designed to help churches start and maintain effective special needs ministries. Linda is also the Founder and President of Miracle 139 International, an organization that provides special education and special needs ministry training internationally.


Jennifer Felix, Secretary

Jennifer Felix

Jennifer is the Pastor of Disabilities at Crossroads Church in Corona, Ca. She holds a Bachelor's in Christian Ministry, a Master's in Disability Studies, and is currently working on her Master of Divinity. Jennifer is passionate about creating a space for people with disabilities to thrive. Jennifer is also a widow of over 3 years. She loves her dogs, frequents Disneyland often, and enjoys traveling.


Tobias Haglund

Tobias Haglund

Regional Coordinator of Capernaum Ministries
Young Life, Southeast Region

Tobias has worked at Young Life for 6 years as both a local Area Director and also as the Regional Coordinator and Developer of Capernaum Ministries in the Southeast Region. Young Life Capernaum gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, to develop fulfilling friendships and to challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities.

The Disability Ministry Conference would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

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Miracle139
Young Life Capernaum

Our Generous Partners

Calvary Church of Santa Ana
Crossroads Church
Miracle 139
Young Life Friendship Ministry
  
   

Our Mission

ADVANCE QUALITY DISABILITY MINISTRY
by COMING TOGETHER
to LEARN, CONNECT & COLLABORATE.

 

 

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