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2023 Rooted Conference

Date: Friday, August 11, 2023

Hilton Head Christian's Academy's 2nd Annual Rooted Conference, created by HHCA's Spiritual Life Team, returns as a one-day event hosted at HHCA's campus on Friday, August 11, 2023.


Joel Penton

Founder & CEO, Lifewise Academy

Joel Penton played defensive tackle for The Ohio State University, where he relentlessly pursued quarterbacks for a national championship football team.  Ever since, he has relentlessly pursued the opportunity to make an impact for families everywhere, and ultimately for the Kingdom. 

In his senior year at OSU, Joel received the Danny Wuerffel trophy, known as the “Humanitarian Heisman,” which honors college football's most impactful player each year for outstanding service and leadership. Players such as Tim Tebow have also received this prestigious award

After graduating from OSU, Joel founded Stand For Truth and Relevant Speakers Network, a speakers’ bureau that has reached more than 3,000 public schools and 2 million students nationwide. 

He has authored three books, most recently "During School Hours."  He continues to make an incredible impact through his non-profit organization, Lifewise Academy, which shares the gospel across the country by bringing Bible education to students in public schools. 

The following was shared about Joel when he was awarded the Danny Wuerffel Trophy during his senior year at Ohio State University:

Joel is active in FCA, Athletes in Action and Campus Crusade for Christ, volunteering time to local high school chapters. Penton planned and launched the “Main Event” outreach meeting. He gained commitments from 300 students to volunteer for the event along with members of the OSU Marching Band and Cheerleading Squad. The event drew over 13,000 people.


Joel will speak to Middle and Upper School students during Chapel, engage in a workshop-style conversation with faculty and staff in after school during professional development, and then deliver an impactful keynote presentation open to all parents at 6:30 PM in the PAC.


The conference will culminate with a compelling keynote presentation for parents/guardians, grandparents, and anyone interested in making a difference for today's generation of youth at 6:30 PM in the PAC for which pre-registration is required.  Joel will share his experiences and empower parents/guardians, grandparents, and anyone interested in making an impact in today's youth to raise bold and courageous Christian children in today’s culture.

There is no cost to attend, HOWEVER PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED in advance BY COMPLETING THE FORM below.

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2023 HHCA Rooted Parent Conference

Friday, August 11 | 6:30 PM
Hilton Head Christian Academy
3088 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton, SC

  • No Cost To Attend
  • Pre-Registration Required


Reach out to Jason Suddeth, Director of Spiritual Life.