YLT Speakers & Teachers

Rev. Joe Novenson - Featured speaker

Senior Teaching Pastor - Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
Lookout Mountain, TN

Joe Novenson has served as senior pastor at LMPC since 1996. He received his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Rider College in 1974 and his Master of Divinity in 1978 from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Prior to coming to LMPC, Joe served at churches in Lexington, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia. In addition to his role at LMPC, Joe serves on the board of Covenant Theological Seminary and spends much time speaking and sharing around the country. Joe and his wife Barb have three children and three grandchildren.

Dr. Ed Welch - Featured Speaker

Counselor & Faculty Member - CCEF
Glenside, PA

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression; Running Scared; Shame Interrupted; and Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family and playing his guitar.

Joe Deegan - Worship Leader

Singer/Song Writer
Houston, TX

Joe grew up in the small town of Tuscumbia, AL near the banks of the Tennessee River. He started playing guitar when he was 15 on a cheap, old fender he borrowed from a friend. A year later, he started banging around the old piano that sat in his living room. He fell in love with both and quickly discovered he had more of an interest in music than he realized. 
Joe found ways to play for churches and gatherings and friends throughout high school and college until he moved to Houston, TX to work as a youth pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church. He has since found a home in Houston with his wife Leah and his three kids Ellie, Sam, and Will, and he is now pursuing a full-time career in music. 
Joe wrote and recorded his debut album in March of 2015 called "The Risen King," an eleven song project that tells the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Joe's second album "Cover and Title Page" is now available too.