Casting Nets MinistriesChris Stewart and Tony Brandt
Chris Stewart is a loving husband, father, and dynamic speaker who has engaged youth and adults with captivating talks for 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Maria, have been married for 16 years, are blessed with seven children, and live in Wichita, Kansas. Chris’ experience with youth, family life and death, and his ability to connect with his audience no matter what age or walk of life, has made him a sought out speaker for years.
His experience in youth ministry and public speaking began in 1996 when he first taught for Totus Tuus, a summer youth catechetical program. He discovered his gift of speaking and has continued throughout the years giving countless talks in the areas of catechetics, theology, spirituality and evangelization. He has a gift for bringing his audience to laughter and tears from experiences in his own life.
Chris earned his Masters of Theological Studies from the Institute of Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University. His experience is widespread and includes teaching in elementary, high school, and college settings; youth ministry; and co-hosted a radio show “Casting Nets with Tony & Chris”. He co-founded a group of young men in the virtue of chivalry and Marian devotion called the Knights of the Holy Queen. Chris just ended is long teaching career, he taught Theology Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School in Wichita for 10 years. Chris is now full-time with Casting Nets Ministries.
Tony Brandt is a dedicated husband and father of six who has been inspiring audiences young and old for 19 years. He has spent the last 14 years married to his beautiful wife Kelly in Wichita Kansas. His many experiences of being raised in a large adoptive family and helping many people in need over his life arms him with stories to captivate any audience. His talks are not only inspiring and challenging but also exiting and entertaining making him a speaker many hire to come back year after year.
His public speaking and youth ministry began with teaching for Totus Tuus a summer youth catechetical program in 1997. He continued this experience for many years giving countless talks on everything from Apologetics to Catholic moral doctrine, from how to better affect youth to how to live as a Catholic Family. He uses his heart wrenching and gut wrenching experiences to give passionate talks that tend to “hit home” and help people realize the intensity of God’s love for them.
Tony earned his degree in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Youth Ministry from Benedictine College in 2000. He has had his hand in many areas of ministry and teaching. He has been involved in parish youth ministries and PSR programs as well as teaching at both the high school and college levels. He is the co-founder of the Knights of the Holy Queen, a young men’s group dedicated to living the virtue of chivalry and Marian devotion, and was the co-host of the radio show “Casting Nets with Tony & Chris”. Tony just ended his 15 year long teaching career, he taught Theology at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School for 10 years and spent 5 years at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School teaching Theology both located Wichita Kansas. He is now full-time with Casting Nets Ministries.
Recent Pilgrimages with Select International
- Holy Land – January 2019
Holy Land – June 2020