For the past 18 months, we have been talking about Innovation. The Bible is full of innovation with words like ​”​new​,​​”​ ​”​creation​,​​”​ and ​”​faith.​”​ They all represent the heart of stepping beyond where we are. However, in order for innovation to be realized, there must be activation. In order for faith to​ come alive, there must be works. This is the ​heart​ behind our theme, Activate. Elim Fellowship has always moved in faith and as a result, we have ministries all around the globe because of the activation of that faith. In this year’s conference we are believing to activate the apostolic gifts in our Fellowship to see churches and ministries break through the walls of our current mindsets and see Kingdom impact released here in the US and around the world. Please join me, this coming May, as we take part in a global apostolic initiative to activate all that God is doing in our lives.  – Pastor Chris Ball

Conference Tracks

Activate :: Leadership

Your teams can create new pathways in life and ministry.

Activate :: Specialized

Practical ways to take your organization to the next level.

Activate :: Arts

Elevate the arts in your ministry and strengthen your teams.

Activate :: Outreach

Learn how to build relationships that have Kingdom impact.

Activate :: Spanish

Specialized tracks for our Spanish speaking community.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Ball

Chris Ball is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute & College and served as Senior Pastor at Lighthouse Community Fellowship in South Butler, NY from 1988 – 2014. He and his wife, Carol, watched the church grow from 35 to over 350 in Sunday morning attendance. He served for 17 years as the Syracuse Area Elim Representative. In May 2006 Chris was appointed General Secretary of Elim Fellowship and in December 2006 the COE appointed him as an Elder of the Fellowship. In 2015, Chris Ball became the new President of Elim Fellowship and serves in that role today.

Bishop Doctor Isaiah Majok Dau

Isaiah Majok Dau is currently the General Overseer of Sudan Pentecostal Church. Dr. Dau is also the immediate former Principal of The Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College. He holds masters and doctorate of theology from the University of Stellenbosch,  South Africa. Dr. Dau has written two books on the theology of suffering and the role of the Church in South Sudan respectively. Dr. Dau is engaged in the search for peace in South Sudan,  representing the Council of Churches. Dr. Dau maintains a pastoral and teaching ministry nationally and internationally. He is married to Lydia and they are blessed with four children;  three sons and a daughter. 

Carol Ball 

Carol serves as Women’s Director of Elim Fellowship and has previously served as Syracuse Area Women’s Representative and also as the Women’s Regional Representative for the Central New York from 1998 to February 2013 and has been a member of the Women’s Department lead team for the last twelve years. In February 2013 she accepted the position of Elim Fellowship’s Director of Women’s Ministries.  Carol served as co-pastor of Lighthouse Community Fellowship in South Butler, NY along with her husband, Chris for close to 27 years. She has spoken and ministered prophetically in conferences both nationally and internationally. She has been recognized by many as a great leader of both men and women and a powerful teacher of the Word.


Toby C

Toby C is the Director of Campus Target, a missions organization igniting church planting movements on college campuses in Asia. A graduate of Elim Bible Institute & College and Regent University, he mobilizes young adults from across the world to seize the window for impact in Asia today. Toby lives in Asia with his wife, Micaela, and their young children, Maia, Eva, Jordan, and Gabriel.

Bishop Doctor Joseph M. Kilioba

Joseph M. Kilioba and his wife, Donnah, pastored Doonholm All Nations Gospel Church, a congregation of over 1500, in Nairobi, Kenya for many years.  Today, his son, Paul, is the senior pastor.  In the early days of forming the church in Doonholm, Elim missionaries were very influential in birthing the church.  Bishop Kilioba has served as the General Overseer of PEFA (Pentecostal Evangelism Fellowship of Africa) Kenya since 2010.  PEFA has strong ties to Elim Fellowship and oversees thousands of churches.  Bishop Kilioba attended Elim Bible Institute and College for 1 year from 1985-86).   He is known for his teaching on leadership and his ability to draw strong leaders around him.  Kilioba and his wife enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

John Spyker

John has been an Elim Fellowship credential holder since 1975.  He lives and ministers in Mexico with his wife, Marla. They planted and pastored churches for over thirty years and in 2005 they turned over the pastorate of the main church in Mexico to their son, Andrew, and his wife, Kelly. John, along with his wife Marla, presently serve as President of the Alianza Vida Abundante Fellowship of Churches in Mexico, writes books for pastors and leaders as well as articles for newspapers and spearheads projects like the Christian University- “Instituto de Estudios Superiores Libertad”- in Morelia. John also works with politicians, with a state-wide pastor’s association and he ministers in other countries to missionaries sent out by the Mexican church. His wife teaches courses in Logos Christian University (by extension), speaks at conferences, writes books and is very involved in the work of the Alianza Vida Abundante Fellowship of churches in Mexico.



1:30 pm Worship and Business Meeting
Business meeting check-in upon arrival
7:00 pm Session 1 – Chris Ball


9:00 am Session 2 – Toby C 
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Conference Tracks
Leadership: Chris Lonneville – “Fathering the Next Generation”
Outreach: Gary Ham – “Community Relationships/Uncommon Relationships
Arts: Michelle Loperfido – “Building a Team to build on.”
Specialized: Phil Underwood & Nick Klinkenburg – “Church Multiplication”
Spanish: Robbie & Pat Evans – “Obedience to the Vision”
12:00 Lunch / Women’s Luncheon
2:00 pm Session 3 – Joseph Mophat Kilioba
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Conference Tracks
Leadership: Derek Loperfido – “Transitions & Raising a Successor”
Outreach: Eric Peoples – “Ministry in the Marketplace”
Arts: Brad Kahler – “Story Telling & Branding”
Specialized: Bill King – “Internships”
Spanish: Elliott Tepper – “Relationships: Christ to his Church; God to the World…”
4:30 pm Downtime
7:00 pm Session 4 – Dr. Isaiah Dau


9:00 am Session 5 – Carol Ball
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Conference Tracks
Leadership: Judy Brazell –  “Dealing with the Past before the Future”
Outreach: Ray Serrano – “Creating a SEND OUT Culture in your Church”
Arts: Brad Kahler – “Creating an engaging worship experience.”
Specialized: Doug Cowburn – “Strategic Planning”
Spanish: Emilio Alonso “Church Planting”
12:00 Lunch / Alumni Luncheon

2:00 pm Session 6 – Panel
3:15 pm Break
7:00 pm Session 7 – John Spyker

There will be personal ministry available in the Oasis Prayer Room at Elim Gospel Church.  Please sign up at registration, times will be open Wednesday from 12:30-2:00pm, and 4:30-5:30pm. Thursday will have ministry available from 12:30-2:00pm, and 3:30-5:30pm.


The Women’s Luncheon is Wednesday, May 17th at noon in the EBI&C Tabernacle. Jen Campbell will be sharing with the ladies after lunch. All women of any ages are welcome, but space is limited. You can add the lunch to your conference registration for $15.

Oasis Kids!

“Adventures with God:  Activate YOUR Purpose”

 God creates each one of us with a specific purpose in mind, and the EF Kids Ministry Team is excited to help your kids hear from God about His vision for their lives during the Oasis Conference!  Through games, crafts, kid-friendly worship songs, and some dynamic speakers, your kids (Ages 5-12) will get to go on an “Adventure with God!”, as we learn how to Activate Our Purpose together!



Evening Services – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:00PM – 9:15PM:
Using a mixture of teaching methods, we’ll help your kids encounter God and learn about Vision and Purpose.  
  • Kids Worship will be fun and interactive, incorporating some new songs and some old favorites.  
  • We’ll hear a fun, engaging lesson from one of our EF Kids Ministry Team Leaders. 
  • Some Small Group games and crafts will get your kids up and moving, and will help them to really remember the night’s lesson!
  • Schedule of speakers:
    • Tuesday Evening:  Donne Black, Kids Director at Elim Gospel Church (Lima, NY)
    • Wednesday Evening:  Pastor Matt Drew, Assistant Pastor at Celebrate! Family Church (Leicester, NY)
    • Thursday Evening:  Ashley Milliken, Children’s Ministry Director at Family Life Church (Warsaw, NY)
Morning Sessions – Wednesday & Thursday 9:00AM – 12:00PM:
Kids will be assigned to Small Group “Explorer Teams”, and will rotate through a number of stations that will keep them moving, having fun and making friends all morning long!
Stations will include:
  • Kids Worship
  • Object Lessons
  • Crafts
  • Snack
  • Outdoor and Indoor Games

For ages 1-5 we will be offering traditional childcare.  There will be a $25 flat fee per family, please include that in your conference registration.  Your children must be registered in order to participate.  

If you have specific questions about this new Oasis Kids program, feel free to contact Ashley Milliken (a member of the EF Kids Ministry Team) at or Mark Scorsone at

Meals and Accommodations



Wraps on Wheels!

Le Petit Poutine!

Tom Wahls!




If you prefer hotel accommodations,  we recommend the following area hotels, approximately 15-20 mins from the conference site.

Quality Inn Geneseo

4242 Lakeville Rd
Geneseo, NY  14454
(585) 243-0500

$84 a night mention Oasis group or Elim Fellowship
(The discount rate is released April 16)

Best Western Plus Victor Inn & Suites

7449 NY-96
Victor, NY 14564
(585) 924-3933

$110 a night King rooms, $102 Double rooms, just mention Oasis Conference
(The discount rate is released April 16)


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Elim Fellowship
1703 Dalton Rd
Lima, NY 14485


Elim Gospel Church
1679 Dalton Rd
Lima, NY 14485

The conference is located Elim Gospel Church.
Please direct any questions or mail to Elim Fellowship. 

Aaron Settle
Conference Administrator

Mark Scorsone
Conference Director