Deacon Ralph Poyo
The Guest Speaker For the 2015 Conference was Deacon Ralph Poyo
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​In Youth Ministry Deacon Ralph learned how to take difficult biblical passages and principles and articulate them in simple ways easily understood by teens and adults. And most importantly, he learned concrete methods for teaching people how to surrender their hearts to the life of Christ and receive His infinite grace.
Thus educated, equipped and trained God appointed Deacon Ralph Director of Faith Formation at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also chose him to be ordained to the Permanent Deaconate in November of 2004 and began using him as one of His most sought-after speakers for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Youth Conferences.

Deacon Ralph has a proven and fire-tested heart for God that seeks only to be His tool of the moment. To that end he has now been called to leverage the gifts God has given him by teaching others how to fish for men. This is New Evangelization Ministries, dedicated to teaching pastoral teams how lead their fellow parishioners into daily and eternal life with Jesus Christ. 

As founder of New Evangelization Ministries (NEM), Deacon Ralph Poyo seeks to be a useful tool for assisting pastors in training their parish leadership in evangelization. He has traveled extensively around the United States, serving as an evangelist and speaker. He incorporates what he learned and experienced in five years of research in rural, inner-city, and suburban parishes. After almost thirty years of parish ministry, he understands the complexities of various ministry environments. 

When Deacon Ralph is not consulting with parishes through NEM (, he is a popular national speaker capable of communicating with a wide variety of audiences. His passionate, humorous, and playful style has captivated adult and teen audiences across the country with the truth of the gospel of Christ. His presentation style disarms audiences and speaks directly to the issues that plague our efforts to live the Catholic faith. Information about his presentations can be found at You can follow Deacon Ralph on twitter at @HobbitDeacon.

Deacon Ralph is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, and has five daughters, one son-in-law, and two granddaughters.
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