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Lauren Andreu

Heavy Lifting: Mental Illness in the Church

Lauren discovered purpose as she learned about God’s heart for the vulnerable while doing congregational-based community organizing in Jacksonville, FL. Shortly after her conversion a few years later, she experienced her first clinical episode of major depression. Coming in and out of severe illness for several years, she was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. She is now a Masters of Social Work student at the University of South Carolina, specializing in community social development and mental health. This summer she will be traveling to Mexico to study cultural competence in social work practice while working towards certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She also co-leads a singles family group in the Columbia Church of Christ with her brother Daniel. They're both team Batman. 

Stephen Bowen

Need For Leadership Training Change

Stephen is a native of Philadelphia and went to Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, FL.  While attending FAMU he met and married his wife, Deb.  They were both converted at the University Church of Christ in Tallahassee in 1982.  He received a bachelor’s degree from FAMU in Applied Mathematics and a Masters in Management Information Systems from Florida State University’s College of Business.  They have been married for 36 years and have three children.  He currently serves as the Associate Director of Florida State University Schools.

Stephen is a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Teacher and Coach and a member of the John Maxwell Team (JMT).  As a JMT member he trains in leadership development and executive coaching.  He has done leadership training for such organizations as the State of Florida, Florida State University and Mary Kay Cosmetics.  Through Stephen’s broad and diverse background he is able to help leaders become the best that they can be.

Robert Carrillo

The Jesus Manifesto

Robert Carrillo was born in Juarez Mexico but grew up in California. Was educated at the University of San Diego and San Diego State University receiving a bachelor’s degree in History and Social Work. Robert Married Michele and together they had three kids, Elena, Alexis and Andrew. Robert entered the ministry as a missionary planting churches in Mexico City, and Miami. He and Michele also lead churches and ministries in Puerto Rico, Jamaica and New York. After returning to San Diego, Robert studied at Pepperdine University where he received a Masters in Divinity. For five years he and Michel lead the San Diego church of Christ. Currently Robert is serving as CEO of HOPE worldwide.

Kit Cummings

The Power of Peace

Kit Cummings is an international speaker, teacher and author with the gift to evoke goose bumps, laughter and tears in his audiences.  Whether he is speaking to large corporations, small businesses, non-profits, churches, schools - or even the toughest prisons in America, Kit spreads his energy-filled message of power, potential and positive change through his heartfelt and provocative seminars. Kit has spoken to tens of thousands of people all over the world.

 

Born and raised in Atlanta, Kit earned a BBA in Marketing from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia, and he also holds a Master of Theology. Kit founded Power of Peace Productions, Inc. and Power of Peace Project, Inc. and brings his experience working in some of the most dangerous areas in the world– to bring about organizational CHANGE. Kit has inspired people to Aim Higher in places as far away as Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, and recently completed speaking tours in South Africa, Mexico, Honduras and Ukraine, and he will be taking his message of peace to India in 2016.  Kit has negotiated peace between some of the most notorious gangs in America’s under-culture and recently spoke at the Gandhi Global Peace Summit in Durban, South Africa. Kit has published three books. His latest release is "Peace Behind the Wire: a Nonviolent Resolution"

Guy Hammond

When Gay Comes To Church

Guy Hammond is an Evangelist; he is also same-sex attracted. Before becoming a Christian, Guy lived the life of a homosexual for 12 years. He has now been a disciple for 3 decades and he and his Cathy have been married for 25 years and have four children. The Hammonds have taught over 35,000 people in churches, faith-based groups and universities around the world through their Strength in Weakness Ministry, educating Christians on how they can successfully share the gospel with their gay friends and neighbors and offering support to Christians who live with unwanted, same-sex attractions. Guy has also authored 3 books.

 

Kevin Holland

What Got You Here, Won't Get You There

Kevin serves as the Senior Pastor of the Turning Point LA Christian Church. He has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree from the Harding School of Theology, in Memphis Tennessee and mentors church leaders in Los Angeles as well as in others parts of the United States. Kevin and his wife Tracena have two daughters, Tory and Kennidy, and a new son-in-law, Tory's husband, Derrick Hinton.

Malee Hughes

Loving Those Who Leave

Malee Bringardner Hughes was born to parents on the mission field in Bangkok, Thailand. Growing up she moved from Thailand to the Philippines, to California, and then Florida. She graduated college in Tallahassee, Florida where she met her husband Blake. They now live in Austin, Texas where Malee is a musician and sound engineer. She is a part of the worship team in Austin Christian's south ministry-The Tribe.
She values community and the variety of perspective and wisdom present in a collective. She loves hiking, camping, and any experience to connect with God in nature.

 

Andrew Lewis

Race Manners

Andrew Lewis is the Co-Lead Evangelist for the Toronto Church of Christ. He along with his wife of 24 years, Suzette, also lead a multicultural suburban ministry known as Milestone Christian Ministries (milestoneministries.ca). As a Qualified Mediator, Counselor and experienced trainer in Restorative Justice, he brings a rare mix of consultant and speaker. He specializes in helping people effectively embrace and triumph over societal challenges without becoming bitter or scared in the process. As a community advocate, he is committed to volunteerism where it brings people together; the advantaged and the disadvantaged, despite their differences. Andrew utilizes his diverse background as a licensed commercial pilot and seasoned evangelist, to respect and relate to people regardless of creed, class or culture.

Jeff Mannel

Leveraging Technology To Reach The Masses

Jeff Mannel is the lead minister at Gateway City Church in St. Louis, MO where he and his family have lived and served for the last seven years.  Jeff is a church planter and builder serving in Syracuse, NY, Cleveland, OH and Madison, WI.  He is passionate about using media and technology to reach those who desperately need to hear the gospel.  He is one of the first in our fellowship to plant a video venue satellite group.   Jeff, along with his leadership team, are using this strategy to reach the St. Louis metropolitan area as well as be a resource for disciples around the world.  Jeff is the conference director for Reach2016 meeting in St. Louis this summer and is co-founder of Gateway Collaboration, a consulting group focused on leadership and conflict management training in the corporate world.  

 

Barry Mattox

We Have A Problem With Sex

Dr. Barry Mattox is an elder in the Orlando Church of Christ.  Barry and his wife Debbie were converted in 1973 in the married college ministry in Gainesville, Florida, shortly after their wedding.  Barry has taught engineering at four universities and worked in developing advanced sensors at Lockheed Martin for 30 years.  Barry and Debbie have three married children (all active in their respective churches), and four grandchildren.  They have lived in Orlando since 1979 and have a heart to see college students and young families converted and thriving and are active in marriage counseling, teaching parenting classes, and raising awareness and solutions for sexual sins in the church.  They have become acutely aware that, with the prevalence of internet accessibility on tablets and phones, sexual sins typically begin with an addiction to pornography as early as third grade.  Barry will address the urgent need for the church to address this critical issue.

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Dennis Perkins

Leading Into The Unknown

Dennis Perkins is Chief Executive Officer of The Syncretics Group, and has worked for over thirty years as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to nonprofit associations. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, he served as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. He subsequently received his MBA from Harvard University, and a PhD in Psychology at The University of Michigan.

 

Jonathan Perkins

Brand Jesus: How Smart Media & Marketing Can Fit Into God's Vision For His Church

As a church leader and an entrepreneur, Jonathan loves giving back by helping leaders build teams and break through personal and organizational growth barriers.  With a strong focus on innovation and constant learning, Jonathan passionately harnesses culture and technology to reach people for good.  Jonathan lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his spicy Latina wife Karla, and absolutely loves spending time with her and his 3 little ones.  After moving to help churches in Central America for three years and running a professional media and design business as a self-supporting missionary, Jonathan returned to the States with his family to plant a new mission church called the Bridge.  The Bridge has a strong focus on innovation, building genuine and real friendships, and authentically living out the strong love that Jesus had for people.  Planted in August of 2012, the Bridge has grown and became successfully self-supporting as of August of 2015.  Simultaneously, Jonathan is focused on creating new ways to help churches reach people through branding, design, graphics, marketing, video, and other media.

Together with his best friend, John Markowski, they lead the branding and design studio Fallingscalesmedia, which helps churches use modern media to capture hearts and minds and move forward in their mission for God.

Fallingscalesmedia successfully released the acclaimed app for children, Noah 360, into the iPad app store, which has earned a five-star rating.  Between eating sushi or enjoying a nice cup of coffee, Jonathan loves trying new things. Not all of them work, but they provide great opportunities to learn and to laugh.

 

Find out more:

LinkedIn  | The Bridge  |  FallingScalesMedia  

Christian Ray

Creating The "Tribe"

Christian Ray, co-founder of Third Drive, is best known as a communicator and international artist. He grew up on three continents (Europe, Latin America and Africa), learned four languages by age nine, and graduated from Moscow RUDN University with a Masters degree in Economics.
As an award winning recording artist and producer of several highly successful bands in Russia, Christian has entertained millions. His number one hit “Our Generation” provided the soundtrack to the “Rock The Vote” campaign that got Boris Yeltsin elected, defeating the Communists in the historic 1996 presidential race. The story was recently featured in PRI’s “The World” and BBC en Espanol
After moving to the US, Christian dedicated several years to non profit work with the international charity HOPE worldwide, serving as a Country Director for Latin America, focused on health care and education in nine different countries. He also developed and directed the Positive Choice program. An award winning multimedia educational program for youth, Positive Choice was implemented all over the US, Mexico, Jamaica,  Singapore, Indonesia, Grenada, and has served tens of thousands of underprivileged youth. 
Christian co-founded a production company, Hollywood World, in Los Angeles with his wife Deb de Flores. Hollywood World provided international artists the ability to work with top Hollywood producers and directors.  Among other projects, Christian lends his voice to English and Spanish versions of “Masha And The Bear", one of the largest animated TV series in the world, with over a billion views on YouTube. 
Third Drive was co-founded by Deb de Flores, Brandon Knicely and Christian Ray to apply innovation and storytelling in marketing of best in class companies.
Third Drive works with a range of companies. From non profits (Boys and Girls Club, HOPE worldwide ), startups (Recovery Ally, Affintus) to established brands (NASA Space Grant Consortium, National Instruments). 
Christian and his wife Deb have been active in Christian ministry work in the US, Eastern Europe and Latin America for 18 years. Currently, he leads The Tribe, a community of faith in Austin, TX and frequently speaks in the US and overseas. 
Christian and Deb live in Austin, TX and have been married for 16 years and are raising three daughters, Diana, Violetta and Isabella. Christian is passionate about "life in the Third Drive" - where his personal and work life are integrated and driven by a deep sense of purpose.

Jamie Robbins

Communicating & Leading Change

Jamie Robbins is the Lead Evangelist for the Jacksonville Church of Christ. Converted as a college student in Vancouver, Canada in 1990, Jamie went on to lead several churches across Canada before moving to the USA five years ago. In addition to ministry, Jamie is frequently asked to speak in the business world, helping organizations turn their managers into better leaders.  In 2012 Jamie wrote Nine Minutes on Monday; The Quick and Easy Way to Go From Manager to Leader. The book went on to be named the 2012 Business Book of the Year by Canada’s Globe and Mail. It has since been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish. While Jamie loves planning new adventures such as climbing mountains in far-away places, his greatest expedition is being married to his wife Kelly and raising their three teenagers while serving God in Northeast Florida. Jamie lives in Saint Augustine, Florida.

F. LaGard Smith

Presenting Biblical Truths To A Non-Religious Audience

For five years, Smith was Scholar in Residence for Christian Studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, then taught for two years at Liberty University School of Law, and currently is Professor of Law at Faulkner University's Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama. Smith has written some 30 books--legal, social, doctrinal, and devotional. He is most widely known as the compiler and narrator of "The Daily Bible," the NIV in chronological order. 

 

Stephen Staten

Renassiance Thinkers

Steve’s early professional life spans nine years in engineering, where he worked with high energy, sound, radar and computer design. Then he and his wife Tricia acquired over twenty-five years of experience in church leadership, overseeing staff education, pastoring and managing conflict. He recently received a Master's degree in Conflict Management from Lipscomb University (2013) and launched Bridging International in 2014, a faith-based organizational health resource. Over the last few years Steve has successfully worked with single and multisite churches of 250 to 6,000 members in Hawaii, California, Florida, the UK and the Midwest. He also consults with risk management and boards of other nonprofits. So whether it is extreme temperatures, high electrical currents or the intensity of human drama, Steve believes it is best to "think in systems". He is currently writing a book on the thesis that since the 1940s we have entered another Renaissance giving open organizations advantages for triumphantly crossing vistas that were previously believed to be unimaginable.

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