Speakers at the ChristLife National Conference are pioneers for the new evangelization and leaders for the ChristLife process in their parishes and ministries.
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. Mary Healy
Professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Mary Healy is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing, and the spiritual life. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy is chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Executive Director of Heart of the Father Ministries
Neal Lozano has more that thirty years pastoral experience helping people find freedom in Jesus Christ. He is the author of the best-selling book, Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance. He is an international speaker and has spoken at various global conferences. Neal holds a master’s degree in religious education from Villanova University, where he has also led an evangelistic outreach to students.
Bishop Adam J. Parker
Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Bishop Parker was ordained a priest on May 27, 2000 by the late Cardinal William H. Keeler. In December 2016, Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Parker Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore and he was ordained in January 2017. Bishop Parker chose for his episcopal motto, “Go Make Disciples,” from the end of the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 28:19).
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. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.