When
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM to Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Speakers
James Edward Swanson Sr. is the resident bishop of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church. His tenure began Sept. 1, 2012, with his first public appearance one day earlier to the conference’s Seashore District. He went there to be with those affected by Hurricane Isaac. The ...

Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger joined Fuller Theological Seminary in March 2014 as Vice President for Vocation and Formation and an assistant professor of practical theology. He transitioned to Vice President and Chief of the Leadership Formation in 2017. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1993, ...

Mesmerized, reminded and centered by shores of the Gulf of Mexico, lakes called Rathbun, Great, Clear, Townline, Thumb; the rivers named Rio Grande, San Gabriel, Colorado, Grand River, Cumberland, Lake, Grand, Dowagiac, Hersey.  Aspiring disciple rarely satisfied with the latest take on how The ...

Rev. Cathy Townley is a worship specialist, coach and consultant in new starts and existing churches around the country and also in her home territory of Minnesota and the Dakotas. A former church planter and worship leader, Cathy’s heart and passion is to help churches return to the heart of ...

Reverend Cecil Stone is a pastor whose ministry passion is purposed and driven by Worship and Praise. Rev. Stone currently serves as the senior pastor of Springfield Gardens United Methodist Church in Queens, N.Y. (27 years) and as pastor of the Hanson Place Central United Methodist church in ...

Reverend David Anthony Gilmore is an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church. Reverend Gilmore answered the call to ministry in 1998 where he began serving as Ministries Assistant at Bethany UMC, New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2000, Reverend Gilmore was appointed to Swope Park UMC, Kansas City, ...

Rev. Dirk Elliott is Director of Congregational Vibrancy for the Michigan Conference. Dirk has served in similar positions in the Detroit and East Ohio Conferences of the UMC for the past 18 years. Prior to his ministry as part of Conference Staff, Dirk served for 18 years in pastoral ministry in ...

Preacher, teacher, team builder, tactician, Rev. Dr. Connie Mitchell Shelton serves as Superintendent and Chief Missional Strategist of the East Jackson District, Mississippi Annual Conference. She previously served as Director of Connectional Ministries for the MS Annual Conference; Senior Pastor ...

The Rev. Dr. Denise Smartt Sears, a native of Brooklyn, New York, serves as the Conference Missional Strategist of the Metropolitan District of the New York Annual Conference. Rev. Sears is privileged to be a part of an annual conference that is trailblazing the way to transformation and leads the ...

Rev. Dr. Jacqui King is an Elder of The United Methodist Church, ordained in the Texas Annual Conference. Known as a pioneer for connecting technology and faith community building by launching an online experience in 2007. Currently, she serves in Nashville, TN as the Director, Leadership for ...

Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference, is an ordained elder in the Iowa Conference.He has served various sized churches including small rural churches, a blended congregation in a small city that was one church by polity with five worship ...

The Reverend Dr. Marvin Anthony Moss became the 14th pastor of Salem United Methodist Church on July 1, 2014. His mission is Kingdom Building: Growing, Sustaining and Revitalizing – ensuring congregations and leaders move forward in the work and will of God. Dr. Moss is leading the effort of ...

Phil is the Director of Congregational Development. He serves as a consultant on many aspects of local church life. Phil graduated from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in marketing and healthcare administration. He moved to Atlanta to attend ...

The Rev. Dr. Quincy D. Brown is excited to be the District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District of the North Georgia Conference. He is passionate about understanding what makes people tick and equipping churches to imagine new ways of connecting people with Jesus.   An Elder in ...

Rev. Dr. Sarah Calvert is a United Methodist elder from the Virginia Conference, and works for two Districts (Arlington & Alexandria in the Washington DC suburbs) on Church Revitalization and Leadership Development. She has been doing this work for five years after planting a second site for a large...

The Reverend Dr.  Stephen Tyrone Cook currently serves as the District Superintendent of the West Jackson District in the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.  This diverse district includes sixty-two (62) church communities ranging from the size as few as 16 to as many ...

Rev. Kelly P. Brown is an Ordained Elder in the East Ohio Conference.  For the last seven years he has served as the Director of Congregational Vitality for the East Ohio Conference.

Melissa received her MDiv from Drew University and has been in appointed ministry for 10 years. She currently works as an Associate for Congregational Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference, coaching pastors and congregations through strategies for revitalization and new ministry growth ...

Rebekah Simon-Peter, author of Dream Like Jesus, is an ordained elder from the Rocky Mountain Conference whose work transforms church leaders and the congregations they serve. She is the founder and developer of the highly effective Creating a Culture of Renewal process now being used in a growing ...

Timothy C. Thompson, Sr., is the Administrative Assistant to the Bishop of the Mississippi Annual Conference and the Director for Faith Community Formation.   Rev. Thompson received a Master’s of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, a professional school of Emory University, graduating ...

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