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"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ"


General Information

We will have sports and recreational activities starting at 2pm during registration period on Sunday, July 14th. Evening service will begin at 7pm. The ending service is at 9am Thursday, July 18th with everyone completely off campus by Noon. Please plan accordingly.

Time: July 14-18, 2019 (Sunday-Thursday)

Place: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

Transportation: If traveling by air, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the airport.

Housing: Registrants will be housed on campus.

For Questions contact:
General & Registration Questions

Phone: 720-441-3652

Early Bird Registration:
$315 (DEADLINE 4-5-19)

Regular Registration:
$350 (DEADLINE 5-31-19)

Late and Walk-in Registration:

Military Personnel, Multiple Siblings:

Bible College & Seminary Students, PKs, MKs:

Not required. But should local churches desire to send one or multiple, chaperones must be at minimum 21 years of age.

Meet Your SALT 2019 speakers

Main Stage Speakers

Toua Thao

Director of next gen ministires
Hmong District
Denver, Co

David K. Vang

Graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary
Spartanburg, SC

Daniel Yang

Director of the Send Institute
The Billy Graham Center
Wheaton, IL

Maila Kue

Graduate of Wheaton College Graduate School
Warren, Michigan

Jeffrey Her

Assistant Pastor
New Life Fellowship Church
Kansas City, KS

Chonfong Yang

Associate Pastor
Hmong New Hope Alliance Church Auburn, GA

Coobvam Lor

English Ministry Pastor
St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church
St. Paul, MN

Dan Boal

Alliance Youth Consultant
C&MA National Office
Colorado Springs, CO

Swm Xeng Yang

Director of Missions
Hmong District of the C&MA
Denver, CO

Salt 2019


Dr. Lantzia Thao

Dr. Lantzia Thao
District Superintendent, Hmong District, Denver, CO

Dr. Thao is known by his Hmong name Kx. Tswv Txos Thoj. He was born in Laos. Before immigrating to the United States in 1979, Dr. Thao lived in Thailand for four years. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Bethel Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and a B.A. in Bible & Theology from Toccoa Falls College. Dr. Thao is married to his lovely and beautiful wife, Omee Chang. They are the proud parents of two handsome boys, Timothy & Daniel, two beautiful daughters, Priscilla & Christina, and a daughter-in-law, Angely Vang. Dr. Thao has pastored St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church, Leola Hmong Alliance Church, and Twin Cities Hmong Alliance Church. He is the current District Superintendent of the Hmong District.

"The Triune Historical Vision of the Hmong District"

There are more than 7.6 billion people on this planet right now. We, the Hmong, make up more than 10 million. We are not here by accident! What is God’s plan for us? This seminar is designed to help us see and understand our purpose. We will spend time discussing the past, present, and future of the Hmong District of the C&MA. I am hopeful that you will come to appreciate being a Hmong Christian in the Hmong District. As image bearers of God, we have the ability and potential to make a difference for Him as we enter into a global and next generation district of and for the C&MA. I am hopeful that you will be encouraged to join me on this journey that is both exciting and divine.

Joseph Kue

Joseph Kue
Senior Pastor, Trinity Alliance Church, Paris, AR

Joseph is pastor of Trinity Alliance Church in Paris, AR. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Theology from Crown College.  Joseph loves preaching the Bible unapologetically. He believes that faith comes by hearing, hearing the word of Christ. Joseph is a huge Michigan sports fan. 

"Why Jesus?  Why this Bible?  Why Christianity?" 

Let's talk, dialogue, and converse! It’s the best way to learn.  This session will be formulated in such a way whereas all attendees can hear, engage, and learn through discussion.  Christ will be discussed, the gospel will be shared, and God will get the glory. 

Ingrid Faro

Ingrid Faro
Dean of Academic Affairs & Assoc. Prof. of Old Testament, Northern Seminary, Lisle, IL.

Dr. Faro holds a Ph.D. is in Theological Studies, with concentration in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL. She is an international speaker at conferences, and churches on topics including identity in Christ, evil and suffering, women in the Bible, forgiveness, the goodness of God, and leadership. Her forthcoming books are Evil in Genesis, and Honest Answers. She loves hiking and is a widow, mother, and happy grandmother.

"The Problem of Evil: “Why is there evil and suffering?” & “where is god when i hurt?”"

The problem of evil is one of the toughest questions people have everywhere I go in the world. It was my biggest question too. I started seminary after a career in Nutrition and in the Insurance industry, because I wanted to know why life had been so hard. The Lord led me to seek Him for answers from His Word in the Hebrew and the Greek. I don't have all the answers, but in the first workshop we'll look at a framework for understanding the agencies of evil and good, especially, the role of God, Satan, and us (humanity). In the second workshop we discuss personal and honest ways to respond to suffering and loss through Scripture and story.

Maila Kue

Maila Kue
Graduate of Wheaton College Graduate School, Warren, MI

Maila was born and raised in Metro-Detroit, Michigan. She holds an M.A. in Christian Formation & Ministry with a concentration in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College. Maila is passionate about seeing identity in Christ revealed and intimacy with Christ restored in the next generation. 

"I want the Bible to transform my life, but how?"

The Bible is the living and active Word of God. But if we’re honest, it can sometimes feel like stationary words on a page. How can you read the Bible in a way that actually transforms your life? As a man and woman of the Word, there are a variety of ways you can read and engage with Scripture. Learn how these practical methods of reading the Bible can help to transform your devotional life.

Robert Yang

Robert Yang
Hmong Hope Church, Indianapolis, IN

Robert and his wife, Lattana Yang, have been married for 10 years. They do not have any children but plan to adopt soon if by the grace of God they are blessed with the opportunity.  Robert holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and works at Toyota Material Handling, USA, Inc. in Columbus, IN as a Product Support Engineer.  Robert is currently in the Master of Divinity program at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is an elder, worship leader, and preaches at Hmong Hope Church in Indianapolis, IN.  One day, Lord willing, he and Lattana plan to serve overseas in Laos. 

"Christ in the Workplace"

1.   Doctrine of Work (A Biblical understanding of labor).
2.   Doctrine of Governing Authorities (A Biblical understanding of submission to institutions and individuals of authority).
3.   Contextualization (Biblical implications).
4.   Roles & Situations with Practical Applications (What does this look like for you and me in 2019?).

Jintaek Chung

Jintaek Chung

Jintaek Chung was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and currently lives in the northwest suburbs with his beloved family: his lovely wife, Rebecca, and his hilarious kids, Josiah, Mikaela, & Elijah. He holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has been pastoring at Trinity Gospel Church since 2010. Jintaek is passionate about seeing people knowing and growing in the love of Jesus Christ, revealed in the Gospel.


Relationships are where our deepest beliefs get revealed, and thus, they are where we can choose to grow in our walks with Jesus or not. Throughout the Scriptures, God makes clear that what we believe about Jesus is fundamentally connected to how we live in relation to one another. Come and see how He wants us to walk in newness of life with one another and with the world around us.

Joshua Vang

Joshua Vang
Youth Pastor, Hmong American Alliance Church, Maplewood, MN

Josh is husband to Ashley Vang and father to Olivia Vang. They are God's most gracious gift to him. Josh currently serves Hmong American Alliance Church in the area of youth and family. He enjoys gloomy autumn days, warm fireplaces, good books and hot coffee (no matter the weather). 

More information will be made available soon!

George Xiong, LPC

George Xiong, LPC
Graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

Blessings! It has been a privilege to serve as a pastor for the past 10 years, and to further my training and education in Mental Health Counseling and Theological Studies. God has called me to serve the church by both helping others understand how God cares for His beloved, and walking with individuals through real life struggles and obstacles. My passion in life is to love and care for God’s sheep through discipleship, fellowship, and ministries of reconciliation and comfort. I am married to my wonderful wife Shyan and we love being able to practice hospitality through our home, fellowship over meals and games, and binge watching our favorite shows. Please feel free to come and greet me; I would love to hear how God is working in your life or answer any questions you may have!

"De-stigmatizing Mental Health Issues Within the Church: How to Have Helpful Conversations with Those Around You (Monday and Wednesday)"

As Christians, experiences like Depression and Anxiety are issues that are rarely discussed. Often times we are told or assume that as Christians, depression and anxiety aren’t realities that believers face. Yet research shows that 18 million adults suffer from depression disorders, and 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders any given year in America. How do we as believers wrestle with our own experiences of mental health issues in the church? How can we help others in the church feel comfortable talking about their experiences? What does Scripture really say about mental health issues and our faith?

Managing Our Addictions: Understanding Addiction and What That Means for Our Faith (Tuesday: Male-Only)

What is Addiction, and when do you know you have an Addiction? Come and gain a better understanding in: what addictions are; how addictions can affect your relationships; how they can affect your walk with God; what Scripture has to offer in addressing addictions; and what resources are available for you!

Judy Yang (N.Kx. Jimmy Yang)

Judy Yang (N.Kx. Jimmy Yang)
First Hmong Missionary Alliance Church, Wausau, WI

Judy is the wife of Reverend Jimmy Yang. They will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this July. Although they currently do not have any children, they are trusting in God’s plans for them.  Judy graduated from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.  Judy and her husband currently reside in Wausau, WI where her husband is the Senior Pastor of First Hmong Missionary Alliance Church.  Judy has a passion for God’s Word, building relationships with others and spending quality time with her favorite person, Jimmy.  She enjoys traveling, reading, making yummy food, trying new restaurants, playing volleyball and listening to jokes.  Judy has a big heart for young people and desires for them to fall in love with Jesus Christ.   

"Drawing from God in Seasons of Yearning"

In your seasons of yearning, have you ever questioned the very presence of God?  Have you felt forgotten, overlooked, unworthy and the list could go on? Have you felt a shift in your faith in these seasons of yearning? Whether you are yearning for joy, community, a spouse, healing, forgiveness, reconciliation or in my case, a baby blessing, I pray that your yearning for Jesus Christ would exceed them all. Psalm 34:10 says, “but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Lydie Thao

Lydie Thao
Grace Hmong Alliance Church, Milwaukee, WI

Lydie is the mother of a sweet three-year-old daughter named Naomi.  Both reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she works as a high school science teacher.  Her late husband, Daniel Thao, was a Crown College graduate, and both served their local church through various ministries including Children’s, Youth, Young Adults, Alliance Men/Alliance Women, Witness Care Group for young couples, and the Board of Governance.  Both were especially passionate about working with young adults. They loved challenging and shaping their worldviews by shedding light on the Word of God as the source of wisdom needed to walk a Christ-like life. Despite the sudden loss of her husband, Lydie is excited to share a message of hope and a testament of God’s goodness.  

"Tomorrow is NOT Promised"

Life on Earth is rather fragile, but in Christ awaits everlasting life. Therefore, in and for Him, make your life count!

Shoua Yang

Shoua Yang
Youth Pastor. Twin Cities Hmong Alliance Church, Maplewood, MN

Shoua Yang is married to his beautiful wife of five years, PaKou Yang. He has been the Youth Pastor at Twin Cities Hmong Alliance Church in Maplewood, MN for the past four years. Shoua graduated from Simpson University with B.A. in Cross Cultural Studies, with an emphasis in Ministry. He loves Jesus, his wife, movies, and MMA.

"Grow up in the Hmong-American church? Ever thought about leaving?"

What is our cultural identity – Hmong? Hmong-American? American-Hmong? West-coast? Mid-west? East-coast? Southern? Hood? Suburbia? Spicy? Sweet? Bitter? AHHHHH!? How are we supposed to serve God faithfully? How do we serve the 1st generation? How do we serve our own generation? What about the next? These type of questions call forth and beg us to seek the counsel and wisdom of the Scriptures for biblical models to learn from and imitate.

Dan Boal

Dan Boal
Alliance Youth Consultant, C&MA National Office, Colorado Springs, CO

Dan seeks to remain personally connected to Jesus to purposefully mobilize people to fulfill Acts 1:8. He thrives when helping leaders reach the next generation with the gospel. He believes that good youth workers are GREAT missiologist. They know the culture and understand how Jesus can transform it through them to His desire. Dan has authored several resources including “Becoming a Student Leader” through The Youth Cartel.

More information will be made available soon!

Bruce Yang

Bruce Yang
Lead Pastor, Gospel City Church, Sacramento, CA

Bruce is the founding pastor of Gospel City Church in Sacramento, CA. He is a graduate of Tyndale Seminary and Toccoa Falls College. Bruce is married to his wonderful wife Douachi and they have a daughter named Evangleen. His passion is seeing disciples made and disciples grow in their making of disciples.

"You. Me. And the Church."

Finding our place. A brief survey of the church, the makeup of her gifts, and all the parts that she is composed of.

Conference Schedule

July 14th 2019 Sunday

8am - 5pm Registration
2pm - 5pm Open Activities
5pm - 7pm Dinner
7pm - 7:30pm Group Photo
edman chapel
wear your salt t-shirts
7:45pm - 9pm Opening Service
Pastor Toua Thao
9:15pm - 10:15pm Small Groups 1
10:15pm - 11:55pm Open Activities
Midnight Lights Out

July 15th 2019 Monday

7:30am – 8:45am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Morning Service
David K. Vang
10:30am - 11:45am Equipping Workshop 1
12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:30pm - 4:45pm Open Activities
5pm - 6:30pm Dinner
6:45pm - 7:45pm Small Groups 2
8pm - 9:30pm Evening Service
Daniel Yang
9:30pm - 10:15pm Prayer & Fellowship
10:30pm - 11:55pm Open Activities
Midnight Lights Out

July 16th 2019 Tuesday

7:30am – 8:45am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Morning Service
Women Only
Maila Kue
10:30am - 11:45am Morning Service
Men Only
Jeffrey Her
9:00am – 10:15am Equipping Workshop 2
For Men Only
10:30am - 11:45am Equipping Workshop 2
For Women Only
12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:45pm Small Groups 3
3pm - 4:45pm Open Activities
5pm - 6:30pm Dinner
6:45pm - 7:45pm Free Time
8pm - 9:30pm Evening Service
Formal Night
Paul Yang
9:30pm - 11pm Reception
11pm - 11:55pm Free Time
Midnight Lights Out

July 17th 2019 Wednesday

7:30am – 8:45am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Morning Service
Coobvam Lor
11am - 11:45am Free Time
12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:45pm Equipping Workshop 3
3pm - 4:45pm Open Activities
5pm - 6:30pm Dinner
6:45pm - 7:45pm Small Groups 4
8pm - 9:30pm Evening Service
Dan Boal
9:30pm - 10:15pm Prayer & Fellowship
10:30pm - 11:55pm Open Activities
Midnight Lights Out

July 18th 2019 Thursday

7:30am – 8:45am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am Closing Service
Swm Xeng Yang
Commissioning Out
10:30am - 12pm Depart Wheaton College
Service Project Deliveries



Why Wheaton College?

Wheaton College meets the demands of the Alliance Youth of the Hmong District. It provides sufficient space in a Christian environment to host a conference of our size.

Is there an ATM on campus?

There is one located in the lower level of the Todd M. Beamer Student Center.

Lost your room key?

$25 - Lost key card
$15 - Lost key

What is the Dress code?

Dress appropriately - casual to business casual


Attendees will get to choose and go to a workshop of their own choosing pending room capacity.


Where can I park?


Do I need a parking permit?

One will be assigned at registration.

Will the conference provide a shuttle to and from the airport to the conference?

NO, the conference will NOT be providing ANY transportation to and from the conference.

What if you arrive a few days early to the conference or will be leaving a few days after the conclusion of the conference?

Individuals will be responsible for finding their own room and board, along with transportation.

Transportation Resources

Van & Shuttle

First Student Charter Bus Rental
The Free Enterprise System, Inc.
American Charter Coach, Inc.

Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a tobacco free, drug-free and alcohol free campus. Anyone who is in violation of these terms will be subjected to Wheaton College policy.

Is there WIFI on campus?

WIFI name is WC-Guest. There is no password, but you will be prompted to provide some personal information before receiving WIFI access.

Will I be allowed to use the campus computer labs?

Yes. Just trade in your key card at the lobby help desk.

Is there food or beverages allowed on campus?

Yes. Outside food and beverages will be allowed at the quad, picnic areas, dorms, and student lounges except in or near the Todd M. Beamer Student Center. NO EXCEPTIONS Attendees may not bring cooking appliances into dormitories.

Will I be allowed to use the kitchen?

Fridge and microwaves are open to be used, but the stove is off limits.

What happens if I do not have a web enabled device to see announcements?

There will be several monitors located in the chapel, during announcements, and at the Todd M. Beamer Student Center. You can also use the campus computers.

General Resources

Please report all incidents to the first floor staff office in Todd M. Beamer Student Center.