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2018

2018 PRESENTATIONS

Bobby Harrington

The Harpeth Story

Presentation Description
Dr. Harrington will describe in detail the transition of the Harpeth Christian Church into an intentional disciple-making congregation. 

About Bobby
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.

Bill Hull

Salvation By Discipleship Alone

Presentation Description
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it well, "The only person who can be justified by grace alone is the person who has left all to follow Christ. Such a person knows the call to discipleship is a gift of grace and that the call is inseparable from grace." Bonhoeffer's primary influence in his early life was Martin Luther. You might find it startling that Justification by faith alone as it is presently configured would not be supported by Luther or Calvin. I would contend that a life of discipleship is the only way a person can fully know they have been saved. They must prove it to themselves, and to others, but not to God. Even more startling is that Jesus is the first one to tell us this. Discipleship alone is the way of salvation, everyone is called to follow Jesus, discipleship alone is the way to answer that call. 

About Bill
Bill Hull is a writer and pastor whose pulpit is now itinerant and global. He is calling the church to Choose The Life to which Jesus called every disciple. Bill has not only written many books on this subject, he spent twenty years working it out as a pastor.
The core of Bill’s early writing was Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor, and The Disciple Making Church. These works made the case for Jesus as the prime example of a disciple maker, and that discipleship should be the core of every pastor’s and church’s work.
Bill’s later writing has been centered on personal transformation and how that forms the basis for change in both church and society. Choose The Life and Christlike, are manifestos to the critical nature of living our ordinary lives as though Jesus were living them. Bill is adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.

 

His latest books are:
Conversion and Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without the Other, Zondervan 2016
The Christian Leader, Zondervan 2016

 

The Bonhoffer Project, Co-founded by Bill Hull and Brandon Cook, has as its goal to encourage each participant to become a disciple making leader. Once that decision has been made, then to provide the participant with the knowledge necessary to carry out a plan for making disciples who also will make disciples. The Bonhoeffer Project firmly believes that this is best done in a community of like-minded persons—that is why the project itself is a community.

Mia Brantley

“I Don’t See Color”: Why Being Colorblind May Be a Detriment to the Church

Presentation Description
One of the most remarkable things about God’s kingdom is the necessity for diversity within His body of believers that Paul clearly lays out in 1 Corinthians 12. Within the current socio-political climate of the United States, especially when it comes to the realms of race and race relations, the light shown from the diversity of God’s church should be shining brighter now more than ever. Although we recognize the significance of diversity within the church, because of the often emotionally charged issues surrounding race in the world, we tend to subscribe to a color-blind ideology that, I will argue, may not be conducive when attempting to advance God’s kingdom.

 

The main purpose of this talk is to define and assist in the understanding of what being colorblind, in reference to race-ethnicity, means, as well as why, as disciples, we should strive to distance ourselves from this ideology. An additional goal(s) of this talk is to clearly define commonly used terms and phrases surrounding race-ethnicity, and provide a link between the sociological and the Biblical.

 
About Mia
Mia Brantley is a researcher at the University of South Carolina, where she is currently a doctoral student within the field of Sociology.  Mia has a special focus in race, medical sociology, and health inequities, specifically how the structures of race, racism, and discrimination impact well-being within populations.  Mia earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014, where she majored in Sociology and minored in Chemistry. Birmingham, AL is also where Mia was met by disciples on the campus of UAB and was baptized December 15, 2013. Mia then moved to Columbia, SC in August of 2015 to further her academic career, where she attends the Columbia Church of Christ and is a part of the amazing Singles’ ministry there. Mia received her master’s degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2017. After Mia successfully completes her PhD program, she plans to enter academia, and use her research to not only gain a better understanding of the negative impacts of constructs, such as race and racism, but also understanding how, as a follower of Jesus, she can learn to better love people and be a brighter light to the world

Dana Perkins

Can We Talk?

Presentation Description
When will we be able to move on?” “When will it be enough?” “When will you be satisfied?” These questions in and of themselves may sound harmless, but when being asked of someone speaking out or taking a stand for equality and inclusion, questions like this may provide an opportunity for dialogue! One of the greatest barriers to building diversity in the 21st century church may be the fact that we just aren’t talking about race and culture with each other and that may prove to hinder church health and growth! The goal of this discussion is to encourage conversations among church members and leaders and encourage leaders to consider ongoing training.
This is an experiential perspective with the goal of discussing elements that hinder and help fruitful dialogue on issues of race particularly in the church.
 
About Dana
Dana Perkins is a graduate of Grambling State University and currently serves as the Lead Evangelist of the South Sound Church of Christ in Tacoma, Washington. He and his wife Gingerla have been in the full-time ministry since 1994 and have also lead congregations in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Boise, Idaho. They have 4 children: Dana Martine, Kenneth “K-Sam”, (Brittany), Kyron, and Kira and 5 grandsons. Dana is also a hurdles and sprints coach at Curtis High School in Universtiy Place, WA.

Michael Burns

Gathering the Nations

Presentation Description
Gathering the Nations - What if ethnic and cultural diversity aren't boutique issues but central to the gospel?  The evangelistic mission of Christians is to gather the nations, but that aspect of the assignment is often devalued or misunderstood. Take the time to learn what the central identity of God's people should be and the adventure of discovery that this identity sends us on to be all things to all people as the nations are called into God's Kingdom.

About Michael
Michael Burns is a Biblical Teacher at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Church of Christ.  He is a graduate of Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University (MA).  He taught high school history in the central city of Milwaukee for nearly ten years.  He is a national and international biblical teacher at churches and workshops and has authored ten books, including, the C.O.R.E. series of books, and Crossing the Line: Culture, Race, and Kingdom.  He is the founder and director of the Ministry Development and Training Academies centered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serves as an administrator and instructor in the Ministry Training Academies in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Abidjan, and Lagos on the continent of Africa.  He and his wife, MyCresha, were married in 1997 and baptized on the same day in 1999.  They have two sons and reside in Roseville, Minnesota.  

Dan Lafever

Satoshis in the Offering Plate: The Coming Disruption of Charitable Giving

Presentation Description
In 2015, a watershed moment in charitable giving occurred across two continents .  A primary school in South Africa had its electricity bill paid in minutes from a donor at in Boston.  The payment was made in bitcoin and was done without any involvement from a non-for profit organization, a bank, or a power company.  The new world of cryptocurrency is disrupting financial systems in ways that create more transparency and empower peer to peer transactions without the need of third parties.  
 
The purpose of this talk is to introduce attendees to the new world of cryptocurrency and the potential impact on charitable giving. Material covered will be a brief overview of cryptocurrencies, how they work, potential use cases for churches, and practical ways to prepare for the exciting future of crypto-donations.
 
About Dan
Dan Lafever is an elder in the Indianapolis Church of Christ and has been involved in full time and part time ministry roles for over 20 years.   In his current position as a Lead Technology Enablement Specialist at his employer, he is active educating people on the benefits and possibilities of this ground breaking technology. He is a certified Bitcoin professional and completed the MIT Future Commerce June cohort in 2016.

Douglas Jacoby

Millennials and the Degradation of Truth

Presentation Description
Our postmodern generation hasn’t just lost its grip on what is true. It increasingly lives in a state of denial of any ultimate truth. Based on extensive interactions with teens, university students and professors, and public intellectuals, I have come to realize that the notion of truth itself—theological, philosophical, historical, and even scientific—is slowly being dissolved in the acid bath of relativism. How are thinking Christians to respond? The class will offer practical perspectives, analogies, and suggestions for effective engagement.
 
About Douglas
Douglas Jacoby is an international Bible teacher. After serving as a minister on church staff for 20 years in Britain, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S., he now works as a freelance teacher and consultant, with a special focus on apologetics.  Douglas has debated numerous well-known atheists, agnostics, imams, and rabbis (like Michael Shermer, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Sheikh Shabir Ally). Douglas is also adjunct professor of theology at Lincoln Christian University. Since the late ’90s, he has led annual tours to the biblical world. Douglas has written over 30 books, including Compelling Evidence, Jesus & Islam, Answering Skeptics, and What About Heaven & Hell? He has recorded 600 podcasts and spoken in over 125 nations (and over 100 universities). His degrees are from Drew, Harvard, and Duke. Douglas and his wife, Vicki, have three children, and reside in the Atlanta area. His website is www.douglasjacoby.com.

Luis Garcia

The Autism Spectrum

About Luis and His Presentation
I have been a disciple since October of 2000 living in my hometown of Miami, FL. At age 30, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (now classified as general ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder) and wrestling with anxiety and depression. I graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Journalism and I have been working full-time as an accountant at Assurant for 3 years. The goal of my presentation is to bring awareness of many living on the spectrum and how it can effect us as well as how we view any group that are sometimes not so different from us despite the unique things that come with them. Even despite some of the challenges we face with things like social cues, we can thrive like anyone and that we as Body of Christ can help them achieve that and further beyond through love, patience and understanding.

Sasha Noe

Medical Cannabis: Restoring Health, Not Promoting a High

Presentation Description
When you hear the words 'medical cannabis’ or ‘medical marijuana' what do you immediately think of? What do you immediately feel? If you have thoughts or feelings one way or another, what is is based on? Facts, personal bias or biblical truth? What are considerations for us as christians, and as a society? Currently, over half of the US has some sort of law that allows for medical cannabis use and the reality is that patients are using medical cannabis and christians in your congregations are using medical cannabis. Learn why this treatment is a medically relevant option for some individuals. This presentation is designed to provide important facts and spark spiritual considerations if you encounter medical cannabis use as an option personally or with a fellow church member. There is a lot to consider! As the only known physician in the country who also holds a Phd in the area of cannabinoid research from the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine for almost 2 decades, and as a christian for 22 years at Anchor Point Church in Tampa, FL, I look forward to having a professional and spiritually guided discussion on this hot topic.

About Sasha
Dr. Sasha Noe, DO, PhD, is a dual doctorate, board-certified, award-winning, Family Medicine Physician and Researcher, two time Best Selling Author, International Speaker, Consultant, and expert in Preventative Medicine, Chronic Disease Management, Cannabinoid research and Medical Cannabis. With the belief that patient education is key in the maintenance of health and in the prevention of illness, Dr. Noe counsels individuals on achieving a happy and healthy lifestyle for their mind, body, and spirit.

After earning her bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry at Palm Beach Atlantic University, she went on to earn a masters and PhD in medical microbiology and immunology at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine. During that time, she earned several awards both regionally and nationally for her work in cannabinoid research, most notably, the Young Investigators award from her work on cannabinoids and HIV. 
 
She worked for several years in academia as the faculty director at Saint Leo University’s Center for Online Learning where she managed the online course content and faculty, taught online and face to face courses, as well as developed online course work for other major universities.

After working several years in academia, Dr. Noe decided to pursue her true calling in medicine. She attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree. She went on to serve as the chief intern and chief resident of the Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment program at St. Petersburg General Hospital during her time there. 

Keeping in step with her entrepreneurial spirit, she started her own medical practice out of residency and is now the owner of 3 private practices in the Tampa Bay Area including the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Care clinic where she serves her community through her clinic as well as educational seminars and social media outlets. 

As the only known physician in the US with a PhD specifically in molecular and cellular cannabinoid research for almost two decades, Dr. Noe is undoubtedly one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of medical cannabis and her award-winning published research has contributed towards the advancement of the therapeutic potential for cannabis over the last two decades, being referenced nationally and worldwide in numerous scholarly articles and books. She is currently on the board of the Florida Society of Cannabis Physicians and serves as the Chair of their Medical Advisory Committee.
 
Due to her unique qualifications as a physician and a medical cannabis expert, she is sought out by many of her peers as well as patients and cannabis industry leaders as a medical cannabis consultant. She is always looking for innovative ways to serve her community and recently launched her membership model, direct primary care practice for patients to have affordable, accessible and high-quality healthcare. She combines the small-town doc experience with modern technology to bring an exceptional patient experience to her patients. In addition, she continues her lifelong career in research as a sub-investigator with Clinical Research of West Florida, where she is involved in bringing cutting edge research and medicine to patients.
 
Dr. Noe has spent numerous years in administrative and leadership positions including the American Osteopathic Association's Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the Florida Society American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and its Foundation just to name a few. She continues to serve in her osteopathic profession and just finished serving as the president of the Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society (HCOMS) where she was the recipient of their Physician of the Year award 2 years in a row, a distinction that has never been awarded to the same physician twice in the decades of history of the organization. Dr. Noe has served numerous years as a member of the Public Relations Committee for the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). Most recently she was elected as a Trustee for the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. 
 
She has a passion for medical missions and has participated in numerous volunteer community service projects and fundraising activities in the Tampa Bay area as well as overseas with the HCOMS Jamaica Clinic and as a member of the organization HOPEworldwide since 1995 where she has served on its Advisory Committee for the Tampa Chapter for many years. Dr. Noe (and her husband) have been a part of the Anchor Point Church in Tampa, FL for 22 years. She has previously served on the board of directors of the church and along with Marc, have previously lead the children’s ministry for almost a decade. Together they are currently serving as small group (‘house church’) leaders. 

A resident of the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years, Dr. Noe can be found enjoying her free time with her husband of 25 years, Marc Noe and their two children, Ethan and Carissa. Being from the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, Dr. Noe appreciates the small-town beauty and lifestyle that can be found in the Apollo Beach community. She is passionate about using her God given gifts and her life’s work to serve communities far and wide as she walks in her purpose to help as many people as possible through her medical clinics, medical missions, books, speaking, social media outlets and as a physician and patient advocate.

Dave Pocta

A Fresh Look at Spirituality

Presentation Description
There is a lot of discussion in recent years about Spirituality. It is common to hear, “I want to be a spiritual person but not religious!” What exactly is spirituality? Is it biblical to be spiritual and not religious? What is spirituality’s relationship with theology? Is spirituality the same thing as spiritual formation? How does spirituality have relevance in my life personally? The term spirituality is only growing in its influence. It is important as followers of Jesus to understand spirituality so that we may be personally called into a more profound relationship with Jesus Christ. 
 
About Dave
Dave and his wife, Beth, have spent over 25 years speaking, training, and serving in churches across Africa, Asia, and the USA. Dave has also developed Ministry Training Academies in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Abidjan, and Texas that trains ministry leaders in scripture and ministry practices. Dave & Beth founded GROUNDED Resources (www.GetGROUNDEDForLife.com) in 2012, providing Christian resources for ministry work. In January 2018, GROUNDED launched a monthly subscription service for Youth & Family ministries that includes teen ministry curriculum, teen & parent devotionals, family devotionals, and more. In the fall of 2017, Dave began pursuing a Ph.D. in Spirituality full-time. He hopes to graduate in 2022. 

Marcus De Carvalho

Anxiety: The Evolution of Negative Thinking

Presentation Description
Dr. De Carvalho will walk you through the evolution of negative thinking.
We have evolved from our primitive cave man ancestors who lived in a “fight or flight” world living under the ideology of being a “don’t get killed machine”.   These origins come from our primitive ancestors who lived in a world of constant danger.  Centuries later, we still experience this “fight or flight” world.
The same autonomic physiologic response occurs today in the same way it did centuries ago. Your heart rate and blood pressure rise, your pupils dilate, your body goes into a “fight or flight” response. If you do not have a “solid” values system and social support system, the everyday stresses of life could send you into a downward spiral leading you to chronic anxiety and depression. 
In Hebrews 4:15, it is said “For we have not a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are.” It is clear to us then that, Jesus, suffered anxiety and pain, in the same way that we do every day. By stepping into his life and the truth, he was able to navigate through a harsh reality of life...suffering and anxiety.
Anxiety and depression from day to day life circumstances will cause us to want to flee the feelings associated with suffering, rather than stepping into their values and embracing a mindful approach to navigating through these life pressures. Focusing on and seeking “The Truth” by turning to God, scriptures, and deep spiritual relationships, allows you to healthily experience suffering and anxiety.  Utilizing a strong value based system, you can be aware of your suffering, which will enable you to hold to your feelings and emotions lightly while placing more focus on your values, which will inevitably help you manage anxious thoughts.  
 
About Marcus
Dr. Marcus De Carvalho is a Medical Doctor who specializes in addiction medicine and psychiatry. He is board certified and is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is also a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. De Carvalho is the president and founder of The Center for a Healthy Mind and Wellbeing, a psychiatric and addiction center devoted to treating individuals who struggle with mental health issues and addiction.  He is also the CEO of Untangleaddiction.com, an online based website dedicated to helping individuals become “unstuck” from their addictions and to re-establish themselves spiritually, mentally and physically. He is also the Medical Director for Beaches Recovery, a residential rehabilitation facility that specializes in addiction medicine, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient addiction treatment, and detox. Dr. De Carvalho is very active at the Jacksonville Church of Christ where he has started the lighthouse recovery ministry and a men's sexual purity ministry. He is involved in teaching and preaching on Sundays as well.

Kevin Holland

Say Something Why Don't You?

Presentation Description
When referring to the sociopolitical climate of the past few years, I heard one pastor say that it seems as if “hate is winning.” I cannot remember a time when the toxicity level in our public discourse with this high or when it was affecting members in our churches to this degree. What makes it more confusing is that Christians are all over the spectrum on this and are not sure whether speaking out publically against what they believe to be wrong, ignoring it, looking the other way and keeping their heads down, addressing it in worship assemblies, or some other method is the way Jesus would have us respond. What’s the best way to be “salt and light?" Should we speak up or remain silent? This discussion will examine multiple sides of the issue and suggest paths forward.

About Kevin
Kevin serves as the lead pastor of Turning Point Church in Los Angeles. He has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree from the Harding School of Theology, in Memphis Tennessee. His wife Tracena serves alongside him as a Women's Ministry Leader. Together, they mentor church leaders in Los Angeles as well as in others parts of the United States. They have two daughters, Tory and Kennidy, and a son-in-law, Tory's husband, Derrick Hinton.

John Steinreich

God and Government: The Disciple’s Place in the Civic and Political Sphere

Presentation Description
Among our fellowship, the longstanding but often unspoken position regarding the way disciples should deal with politics has been one of “see no evil.”  We have interpreted Paul’s admonition in Romans 13 to submit to authorities as a blanket command for believers to stay out of politics, civics, government, and the like.  This interpretation has left disciples ill-prepared to address issues emanating the political realm in spite of the unavoidable reality that civics and politics have direct impact on their lives and the communities in which they live.  The “God and Government” talk will challenge the idea that Christians should stay out of political discussions and encourage a mindset of being prepared to answer from a spiritual perspective when political questions and issues arise.   

About John
John Steinreich, proud husband since 1997 to his wife Chantel and a father of two, earned his BA in Spanish from Rutgers University and his MA in Church History from Colorado Theological Seminary.  He has been an active member of the International Churches of Christ since 1994, serving in a variety of ministries for both children and adults.  He has two non-fiction books in publication (The Words of God?: The Bible, the Qur’an and How They Are Lived in the Post-9/11 World and A Great Cloud of Witnesses:  Lessons for Modern-Day Christians from Church History) and has also had polemical articles published on americanthinker.compatriotupdate.com, and familysecuritymatters.com.  A strong advocate of the preservation of Judeo-christian values in the United States, John's current initiative is the "God and Government" project, which is a forum for bringing biblical principles into the civic and political spheres.  His work can be found online at www.lulu.com/spotlight/jdsbookstore and www.inthelionsdenpodcast.com

Ruben De Anda

In the Room Where It Happens: Empowering Next Generation Leaders

Presentation Description
As the leadership of many churches is maturing in age, is the next generation being prepared and empowered to take on the mantle of responsibility of our older brothers?  Are some of us having a difficult time letting go so that the next generations can lead His church forward?  How can we build a culture of trust, equipping, and empowerment of next generation leaders in the church?  In this presentation, lessons observed and lessons learned will be shared to hopefully create a conversation or continue an ongoing dialogue about future leadership in our local churches.  If other organizations are taking steps to empower next generation leaders, the church must do so just as much, maybe even more!
 
About Ruben
Ruben leads the Greater Long Beach Church (a ministry of the Los Angeles Church of Christ) along with his wife, Marina.  He is a graduate from UCLA and spent over 10 years working as a youth and family minister in the West Los Angeles area and has a passion for high school students and families.  For the past 6 years, he has served as lead evangelist for the church in Long Beach and its surrounding communities with a focus on raising up and training younger ministers.  He is the proud father of four children (Isabella, Raquel, Jonathan, and Maya)-- full house!  

Joe Collins

Open Leadership Model

Presentation Description
The "Open Leadership Model" aims to increase trust between membership and leadership by increasing awareness and involvement. For example, when a need is identified the congregation is invited to be a part of the solution. Champions are identified and empowered to meet the need. Regular stakeholder meetings keep the lines of communication open allowing for adjustments and improvements to be made along the way. The result is a high level of confidence in leadership as needs are being addressed.

About Joe
Joe grew up in the San Fernando Valley where he worked in social work before going into the full-time ministry. He earned his MA in Psychology in 2008. After ministering at The Valley Church for seventeen years, he and his wife Lynnette planted Simi Church in 2015. The following year they merged with Shoreline Church, and currently serve as Evangelist and Women's Ministry Leader with both churches. Joe & Lynnette have 3 children; Kelly (21), Hunter (19), and Sofia (13).

David Bruce

IMAGO Marriage Therapy

Presentation Description
As Paul resourced Athenian poetry to reach out to a very religious Athen culture, I have resourced Imago Therapy from the field of psychology to reach out to a very scattered world when it comes to marriage. Imago therapy offers insightful and practical lessons about marriage dynamics. Marriage is one of the biggest relationships where our Christianity is brought to the test. No other relationship can harm or heal in such a deep and intimate way. Healthy marriages produce healthy families. Healthy marriages produce healthy community. Healthy marriages produce a healthier society. Marriage is one of God's profound instruments to transform the world both in the micro and macro levels. As disciples we can learn from the world of psychology many tools that can allow us to more clearly follow the Spirit and fulfill our purpose in our roles as husband and wife.
 
About David
David Bruce is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Addiction Counselor and associate pastor at Turning Point Church in the San Fernando Valley. David has a passion for connecting biblical truths with healthy principles of psychology and ground breaking insights from the field of neuroscience. Originally from Oklahoma, David was converted in the Moscow Church in 1991. He and his wife, Cece have been married for 23 years and have two children Michael (21) and Kristina (18) who are disciples in Los Angeles.

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