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Travis Albritton

Reaching A Lost Generation

Raised as a Kingdom Kid, Travis Albritton become a disciple in the teen ministry in Orlando, FL in 2006. Since then, he’s gone on to help the church planting in Auburn, served in campus ministries in Atlanta, Columbia, and Savannah, and launched a thriving Young Marrieds ministry in Jacksonville, FL. Travis’ purpose is to help Christians reach their full spiritual potential, and he does that through teaching, leadership, and encouragement. Recently, Travis launched his new teaching ministry “Unlock Your Gifts,” aimed at helping Christians identify their unique role in the church so that they can experience a fulfilling spiritual life. Travis lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Andrea.

Anthony Battle

Can You Spell Sabbatical

Anthony Battle, better known as A.B. is the lead minister at the 1200 Tharpe Street Church in Tallahassee, Fl. A.B. graduated from Florida A&M University with a BA in Psychology. He and his lovely wife Karlyn entered into the full time ministry in 1994 in Miami,Fl. In 2006 he moved with his wife and two children back to his home town Tallahassee to help lead the 1200 Tharpe Street Church. A.B is passionate about helping those that are incarcerated reenter society. He is also a special needs advocate. In his free time, A.B. loves to play a round of golf and enjoys watching movies with his family.

James Campbell

Lost (or Saved) in Translation

For the last three decades James Campbell has ministered in diversity-challenged cities of Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia and currently in Miami. The Miami-Dade county comprises a strong mix of Black, White, and Hispanic groups from all over the Americas, with more than half of Miami’s residents born outside the US.  James is currently playing an active role in helping American churches manage internal and external race-related tides.  James currently serves as the Miami Evangelist for the South Florida Church.

Marcus De Carvalho

Untangling Addiction-A Hijacking of the Brain: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Member of the American Board of a Medical Specialties 

  • Chief Mdical Officer, Beaches Recover, LLC

  • Born in April 1972 in New York City

  • Married to Elizabeth Hendricks DeCarvalho and Father to Rafael Vinicius DeCarvalho, Paolo Sebastian De Carvalho, and Raoul Marcus De Carvalho

  • My leisure time is spent golfing, swimming, reading, cooking, and traveling.

Guy Hammond

Crossing Denominational Lines

Guy Hammond is the Executive Director of Strength in Weakness Ministries. 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 wife Cathy have been married for 26 years and have four children. The Hammonds have taught over 80,000 people in churches, faith based groups and universities around the world, educating Christians on how they can share the gospel with their gay friends and neighbors. Guy has authored 5 books and a documentary movie about his life called Finding Guy will be released this spring.

Bobby Harrington

Jesus Way of Making Disciples

Bobby Harrington loves history, ice hockey, humus, movies, football, the Bible and his wife (but not in that order). He loves to study the Bible and go to Israel because it helps him to better trust and follow Jesus. He is the founding and lead minister of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, in Franklin, TN). He is also the executive director of Discipleship.org, a national forum and ministry that advocates for Jesus’ style disciple making. He is the chairman of the board for the Relational Discipleship Network. He co-wrote DiscipleShift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman), Dedicated (with Jason Houser and his son, Chad), Discipleship that Fits (with Alex Absolom), Revisiting the Master Plan (with Robert Coleman), and The Disciple Maker’s Handbook(with Josh Patrick). Bobby has studied at such places as the University of Calgary & Regent College (in Canada), Asbury Seminary, Harding School of Theology, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has watched camels race in Jordan, he has won cliff-diving competitions near Fish Creek, Alberta, joined chess tournaments in Russia, and he has talked to those who have talked to Elvis (all this may not be true). He and his lovely wife Cindy (that IS TRUE) treasure spending time with their grown children, their spouses, and their grandchild.

David Hooper

Called To Serve, Free To Lead

David Hooper currently serves as the Lead Evangelist for the Austin Christian Church.  Prior to coming to Austin, David and his wife, Angela, spent four years in the Former Soviet Union (1992-1996) serving ministries in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev.  They led church plantings to Riga, Latvia and Odessa, Ukraine.  David and Angela have three children, Stasya, Savannah and Callia.  David graduated from California State University – Long Beach with a BA in Political Science.  He received his MDiv from Lubbock Christian University in 2009 and is currently working toward his DMin at Abilene Christian University.

Douglas Jacoby

Postmodernism

Douglas Jacoby is an international Bible teacher. After serving as a minister on church staff for 20 years, in London, Birmingham, Sydney, Stockholm, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington DC, Douglas has worked as a freelance teacher and consultant. He has engaged in a number of debates with well-known atheists, imams, and rabbis. Douglas is also an adjunct professor of theology at Lincoln Christian University. Since the late '90s, Douglas has led annual tours to the biblical world. With degrees from Drew, Harvard, and Duke, Douglas has written 30 books, recorded 500 podcasts, and spoken in over 100 universities, and in over 500 cities, in 120 nations around the world.  The Jacobys have three adult children, and reside in the Atlanta area.

Brandon Knicely

Re:think Influence

Brandon has been successful at building companies in the tech space for thirty years.  From building a national telecom company to developing broadband satellite networks for energy and shipping, he's leveraged finance and technology to create business value.  Currently, he's developing a global network of kingdom entrepreneurs for marketplace influence.  Brandon lives in Austin, TX and is co-founder of Third Drive, a venture development company. 

Kim Pullen

Into the Light: Helping Spouses Recover from Sexual Sin

The eldest child of two Marines, Kim grew up in Miami, was converted off the Broward Community College ministry in 1981, and received her Bachelor’s in Telecommunications with a minor in Theater at the University of Florida in 1985. She collaborated to create and produce the original Hammer and Nails: The Sounds of the Crucifixion, and wrote and directed, Table for Two, an ensemble stageplay about adultery, sexual addiction, abuse, recovery, and grace for the 2013 Florida Discipleship Conference. She is a freelance writer, novelist, speaker, blogger, poet, and actress. Besides writing full-time, Kim is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, a chemical awareness advocate, and a former high school English teacher and homeschooling mom. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her massage therapist and fitness guru husband, Russ Pullen, their three teenage children, and a deaf but devoted cockerpoo. Her books, The Intimacy ManifestoThe Chasm Crosser, and Water for the Wound, are available from Amazon and other digital formats. She also writes regularly on her inspirational blog, Pullen Out the Stops.

John Porter

An Old Vision For New Church

John Porter obtained his Mechanical Engineering degree from Clemson University in 1983.  Soon after that he was called into the full-time ministry at Clemson and in 1986 moved to Boston, where he served in the Harvard Campus ministry and met his wife, Barbara.  Together they became missionaries to Mexico in 1987, and in 1988, they were sent to lead the new church in São Paulo, Brazil. Both of their children were born in São Paulo. After having spent a total of 10 years on the mission field, they returned to the United States to lead the South Florida Church of Christ and to develop the youth and campus ministries.  John and Barbara are currently live in Clemson, SC and are developing a ministry model that can be inexpensively and easily utilized all over the world. John and Barbara are fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

Christian Ray

Re:think Leadership Culture

Christian Ray is an evangelist, artist and entrepreneur. He grew up on three different continents and speaks four languages.  Christian got his graduate degree in Economics in Moscow, Russia where he had a successful career as a recording artist and producer. As an artist, he sold millions of albums and spearheaded a Rock The Vote campaign that helped president Boris Yeltsin defeat the communists in Russia. Christian has led ministries and churches  in Moscow, Kiev, Palm Beach,  Los Angeles and Austin while also working as an entrepreneur,  starting companies and serving the poor as HOPE worldwide director. Christian has been married for 18 years and has three daughters. He leads Tribe (austinchristian.org)  - a downtown ministry in Austin TX, and is the co-founder of the venture development company Third Drive (3rddrive.com).

Brandon Redler

All Things To All Men: Transgender In The Church

After graduating college in 2009, Brandon became a disciple of Christ in the Orlando Church of Christ in Orlando, Florida, where he is still a member today. He has struggled with transgender issues since early childhood and, prior to becoming a disciple, he lived as a woman for six years. He also is both same- and opposite-sex attracted and acted on these attractions with others from early childhood through college. Since becoming a disciple, he has lived as a man and has not acted on his same-sex attractions in any way. His experiences have enabled him to encourage many of his brothers and sisters in Christ and help those who face challenges like his.

Brandon received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and his Master of Accounting from the University of Florida in 2009 and he is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Florida. He worked at a CPA firm in Orlando for four years after graduating college and has been employed by Disney in Orlando doing corporate tax work since 2013. He enjoys tennis, softball, reading, watching movies and television, and feeding his inner child by going to Disney World as often as he can come up with an excuse to go.

Jamie Robbins

Out of Control

Jamie Robbins is an 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.

Cheryl Shine

Loving Those Suffering from Substance Use Disorder

Cheryl (pictured here with husband, Greg) is the CFO for the 1200 Tharpe Street Church in Tallahassee Florida. She has been married to Greg Shine for almost 10 years and has two adult daughters, three adult step-sons, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Cheryl became a disciple as a single mother in Tallahassee in 1994. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in interior design and then graduated from the University of LaVerne in California with a degree in accounting. She lived in Germany for six years and, while living there, taught accounting classes and worked for the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General office as the base Tax Advisor in Berlin, Germany. Upon her return from Germany,  she took the CPA exam and  became a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She worked for the State of Florida and for the Leon County Finance department . In 1998, she went to work for the CSA World sector of the International Churches of Christ in South Florida and Irvine, California as a Controller. In 2002 she moved back to Tallahassee and has been the CFO for the Church since then. Cheryl along with her husband, Greg, lead a finance class called from Financial Bondage to Financial Freedom. In addition, Cheryl is involved with a non-profit that seeks to establish residential facilities for those who lives have hit bottom through homelessness, addiction, incarceration and other social ills. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys riding on the back of Greg's motorcycle, spending time with her children and grandchildren, going to the beach and traveling.

Shawn Sommerkamp

A New Way of Looking at Discipling

Shawn is a public speaker and ICF-certified professional coach.  He became a disciple in 1991 in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine program.  He later obtained a degree at UCONN while serving the Hartford Church of Christ as a volunteer campus ministry leader.  With a passion to shine the gospel light in corporate America, Shawn has held leadership positions for several Fortune 100 companies including 11 years with General Electric.  He also has experience with a Boston-based software start-up.  He has over two decades of corporate success through a wholehearted devotion to put God’s kingdom first.  After becoming a certified executive coach, he founded Motivationeer™ Christian Coaching to help the faithful see and use their career as part of God’s plan to reach the world.  Convinced we are all put in career situations for a reason, he developed tools that combines modern day organizational development, God’s word and professional coaching.  He is the husband to his wife of 16 years, Deirdre, and the step-father of soon-to-be-first-time-mother, Michelle.  Shawn and Deidre live in sunny Charleston, SC.

Steve Staten

Lost (or Saved) in Translation

Over the last thirteen years, Steve Staten has worked with single and multisite churches of 250 to 6,000 members in Hawaii, California, Florida, Alaska, the Midwest and the UK. He also consults with risk management and boards of non-for-profits.  www.BridgingInternational.com

 
Steve’s early professional life spans nine years in Engineering, where he worked with high energy, sound, radar and computer design. In 1988, Steve and his wife went into ministry full-time, where he acquired over twenty-five years of experience in church leadership, overseeing staff education, pastoring and managing conflict. He has a Master’s degree in Theology from Wheaton College (1997) and a Master’s degree from Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management (2013).

Randy & Rhonda Tinnin

Discovery Class

Rhonda Nus Tinnin currently serves on the faculty of the Florida School of the Arts at St. John’s River State College, teaching applied voice to students pursuing degrees in musical theater. She also served as graduate teaching assistant at the University of North Florida School of Music during the 2014-16 academic school years, teaching voice, coaching diction, and running rehearsals for the UNF Opera program.
 
Randy Tinnin (D.M.A., Rutgers University/M.M., Juilliard/B.M., University of North Texas) is Director and Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Florida School of Music.  Dr. Tinnin is an active performer with regular appearances in Europe and throughout the U.S. with the trio Serafini. He has performed with professional symphony orchestras throughout the U.S.  His research on the performance and pedagogy of high brass instruments of the 18th and 19th centuries has been published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, the Journal for the Arts in Society, and has been presented at the 4th Romantic Brass Conference in Bern, Switzerland. An advocate for the arts in society, Dr. Tinnin was the Director of the HOPE Schools of the Arts, an arts-based mentoring program for under-served children in Spanish Harlem and Chinatown in New York City.  This served as a model for the UNF Music Mentors Program, which currently sponsors UNF music students as they provide free music instruction for under-served students.

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