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October 8 | Illinois


Cancellation/Change Policy: Beginning February 15th, changes to a registration may be made at any point for a $10 change fee. Cancellations may elect to donate their registration to our Scholarship Fund or request a refund until June 1. Registrations will be refunded, minus the original processing fee and a $10 cancellation fee, until June 1. After June 1, meal plan registrants can request a partial refund on their meal plan and a full refund on their conference registration, minus the original processing fee and a $20 cancellation fee. We can no longer offer refunds on meal plans after July 1.



The Midwest Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers Conference (MFCP) is more than just classes. This day was created to ignite, refuel and renew your ministry through sharing ideas, creative presentations, and rich fellowship. MFCP will be on:


Saturday, October 8, 2022

Unity Baptist Church

2500 St. Clair Ave, Granite City, IL 62040

(Hosted by Adventureland Puppet Ministry)

If you're interested in more in-depth puppetry and creative ministry training, we encourage you to join us this summer for our National Conference.


MFCP is open to anyone who would like to invest in discovering creative ways to proclaim the Gospel. Our attendees span all age groups and ministries: adults, teens, pastors, directors, lay workers, and missionaries. 



  • Ignite your imagination: you will be equipped with creative ideas and practical solutions to take your ministry to the next level. Our instructors are passionate and experienced in the fields of puppetry and creative ministry.

  • Renew your mind: you will be spiritually challenged during devotions, refreshed with praise and worship, and inspired by performances.

  • Refresh your spirits: you will be surrounded by like-minded, passionate people from across the region who are also invested in reaching the next generation of Believers.



Subject to change.

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Doors Open, Registration & Check In*

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Welcome, Devotions & Opening Performances

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Workshop Session #1

 11:45 - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch at Local Restaurants

 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Workshop Session #2

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Ministry Slam

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Workshop Session #3

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Closing Session & Presentation

*Exhibit booths will be open various times during the day


You may download the workshop descriptions here.


Let's to Back to the Basics of Puppetry

Richard and Sondra Gibson

The A.C.T.S. of the Gospel Clown

Colleen Fouts

Human Video "From Sticks to Language & More" Part 1 of 2

Amanda Sommerfeld

Beyond Words Part 1 of 2

Gary & Barb Leystra

Construction: Playful Puppet Pals Part 1 of 2

Kristofer Sommerfeld


The Equipment Side of Performing

Steve Davis

Skits You Can Use NOW

Colleen Fouts


Human Video "From Sticks to Language & More" Part 2 

Amanda Sommerfeld

Beyond Words Part 2 

Gary & Barb Leystra

Construction: Playful Puppet Pals Part 2

Kristofer Sommerfeld


From Intermediate to Advanced

Kristofer Sommerfeld

Introduction to Creative Ministry

Amanda Sommerfeld

Kid Ministry Focus

Colleen Fouts

Props P.O.P. (Plan, Organize & Produce) 

Gary & Barb Leystra​

Lip Sync Challenge


Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is the creative force behind Salt and Light Ministries and countless resources equipping Christians around the world for the last 30+ years. He is a Master Instructor in drama, worship arts, creative ministry, and children's ministry.

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Kristofer Sommerfeld
Kristofer Sommerfeld

Kristofer is a master puppeteer & advanced puppet builder who has been involved in puppetry, creative arts & children’s ministries for most of his life. His ultimate passion is for people to know the true Heart of God & His love for them. He loves to see God do the “impossible” & bring complete healing to people – body, soul & spirit. He is also the owner of Kristofer Sommerfeld Productions & the brands Puppedcation™, PlaySoup® and the Creative Arts Store.

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Colleen Fouts
Colleen Fouts

Colleen has been teaching kids at Church for 35 years (and is still learning how) and she is currently the children’s pastor at Faith Trinity Pentecostal Church in Shelbyville, IN. She graduated from clown college in 1999 (and she’s still learning that too)!

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Gary & Barb Leystra
Gary & Barb Leystra

The Leystras are the directors of Gracefull Puppets, a creative ministry based in Illinois. Barb is a puppeteer and Gary's strengths include props, lighting, sound and video.

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Amanda Sommerfeld
Amanda Sommerfeld

Amanda is a puppeteer with over a decade of experience. Her favorite creative outlet is through dramatic interpretations. She is a puppet builder and enjoys finding inspiration through her travels. Amanda was born in sunny California but now lives with her new husband in Pennsylvania. In her spare time she likes to make greeting cards for her friends and family.

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Richard & Sondra Gibson
Richard & Sondra Gibson

Richard and Sondra started Adventureland Puppet Ministry in 2000 at Suburban Baptist Church (now known as Unity Baptist Church) in Granite City, IL. Since then they have devoted their lives to Glorifying God through the world of puppets and to ministering to people of ALL ages through their shows. God has showed them that this small team can do big things and because of this they want to encourage other ministries to go for it!

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Registration + Lunch



Ends August 15



Ends September 1


(Groups of 4+ save an extra $5/person!)


Ends September 15


(Groups of 4+ save an extra $5/person!)


After September 15


(Groups of 4+ save an extra $5/person!)

Individual Rate is per person. Group rate is per person for 4 or more registering at the same time.

* A one-time credit card processing fee of 3% plus $1 per registrant is collected at the time of registration.


How to Register: We offer online registration for individuals and groups. Please have contact information for each registrant.

Cancellation/Change Policy: Changes to a registration may be made at any point for a fee of $5 per person. 


Cancellations may elect to donate their registration to our Scholarship Fund or request a refund until September 15. Registrations will be refunded, minus the original processing fee and a $10 cancellation fee. We can no longer offer refunds after September 15.

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