2019 PD Forum - Phoenix, AZ

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Phoenix, AZ

November 7: 7:15 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
& November 8: 7:15 a.m. — 12::00 p.m.
Grace Christian Academy
1200 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85262
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Keynote Speakers

Local Keynote Speaker

Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Myers has become one of America's most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as "a very gifted and inspirational leader." Evangelist Josh McDowell called him "a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture." Through his speaking engagements and media appearances Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students. Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by the Lumerit Corporation, which serves the training needs of many Fortune 100 companies. Jeff and his wife Stephanie and their family live in Colorado.

Local Keynote Speaker

Vernard Gant

Dr. Vernard Gant is the director of A.C.E. Student Success Center with the Association of Christian Schools International. Dr. Gant's department oversees over 700 Christian Schools throughout the nations that target and serve academically, disenfranchised, and/or economically disadvantaged children (A.C.E. students). Dr. Gant is a graduate of Columbia International University, Birmingham Theological Seminary, and Trinity University. Dr. Gant has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Jeffersonian Award by the Jeffersonian Award Foundation in Washington, DC. And the Paul Harris Fellow Award presented by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He helped develop two Christian schools in Birmingham, AL serving A.C.E. students and has assisted in the start-up of several similar schools across the nation. Dr. Gant has served on several boards including the Life Skills Alternative School, the National Association of Street Schools, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the American Center for School Choice, and chaired the Colorado State Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights. Dr. Gant has been involved in urban ministry for nearly forty years and in the parental choice movement for over 20 years. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife, Cynthia.

Forum Schedule

Day One

8am - 4:30pm
7:15 a.m.   —  Registration
8:00 a.m.   —  Morning Sessions
12:30 p.m. —  Lunch 
1:30 p.m.   —  Afternoon Sessions
4:30 p.m.   —  End of Day

Day Two

8am - 12pm
7:15 a.m.   —  Administrator Prayer Breakfast
8:15 a.m.   —  Morning Sessions
12:00 p.m. —  End of day


Embassy Suites Phoenix - Tempe
4400 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282
Rates from $149 per night

Reserve your room by October 11 by calling 480-897-7444 or on website

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Tempe
1520 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283
Rates from $119 per night - ACSI PD Group Rate.

Reserve your room by October 23 by calling 480-831-9800.

Attendee Resources

A detailed schedule, speaker resources, and more can be found in the ACSI Community closer to the start of the event.

ACSI Community Page




  • Standard $149
  • Walk-in $159


  • Standard (Register by Sept 28) $189
  • Walk-in $199

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Earn CEUs

You will receive continuing education units for your participation in the Forum. CEU type (Educational/Bible) and amount will vary based on session selection.
Your registration also includes 12 months of ConNEXUS Premium, providing access to on-demand courses and additional CEUs throughout the year.