Brian Houston is the Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church and the visionary behind Hillsong Conference. His passion for the local church and desire to see people live a life of purpose and influence, in right relationship with God, fuels everything he does. With over 30 years of leadership and ministry experience, Brian's commitment and ability to present the timeless message of Christ in a relevant and practical way has seen countless lives impacted. It has also caused him to become a sought after speaker both nationally and internationally. His is a message of personal effectiveness to individuals and families inspiring them to live lives that reach beyond themselves to help others
In 1987, The Lord spoke to Willie George to begin Church On The Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Because of Pastor George’s vision for reaching children and youth, this church places a strong emphasis on ministry to those age groups. The largest church in Oklahoma—with over 12,000 members—Church On The Move is a dynamic witness that God blesses those who bless young people.
Known for her ability to communicate profound messages of hope and inspiration, Christine Caine has a heart for reaching the lost, strengthening leadership, championing the cause of justice, and building the local church globally. In 2008, Christine and her husband, Nick, founded The A21 Campaign, an organization dedicated to addressing the injustice of human trafficking. The A21 Campaign’s comprehensive approach includes raising awareness, preventing future trafficking, taking legal action, and offering support services to survivors.
John's work has grown into John Gray Innertainment as he continues to preach and speak to youth and young adults across the country as Emcee, comedian, speaker, and worship leader. In 2004, John released two CD's on the same day through his own record label, MannaGod Records. Journey and Covenant, two powerful records, have taken John's fans and newcomers alike on a sonic journey unlike any other.
Pastor Larry Stockstill is the former Senior Pastor of Bethany World Prayer Center, a multi-site congregation begun by his father in 1963 and which he assumed leadership of in 1983. His son Jonathan assumed the role of Senior Pastor in October of 2011. His wife, Melanie, and he have six children, all of which are involved in his ministry. His leading book, "The Remnant: Restoring Integrity to American Ministry" is being distributed nationwide and worldwide in other languages to promote renewed standards of holiness in leadership. Stockstill is also Director of "Surge," a worldwide church planting movement that planted 20,000 new churches in twelve world zones from 2000-2010.
Bill Hybels is the Founding Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. He is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including The Power of a Whisper, The Volunteer Revolution, Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian. Bill is also known worldwide as an expert in equipping and training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. Bill and his wife, Lynne, have two children and one grandson.
Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development. Seacoast combines a unique approach to highly participatory worship with a heart for missional evangelism. Greg calls their weekends a “practical, spirit filled, but non-spooky, yet kind of mystical worship experience, done in multiple locations, very inexpensively.” Seacoast currently has twenty-nine weekend worship experiences in thirteen separate locations.
Rob Ketterling is the founder and Lead Pastor of River Valley Church, a multi-site church started in Minnesota in 1995. It has since grown into a thriving church with over 5,000 in attendance across six U.S. campuses and two international campus (Valencia, Spain and Mbekelweni, Swaziland) with further expansion plans in its future. Through his unique and practical preaching style, vision casting and gifts of leadership, Rob encourages people to live out River Valley’s mission of cultivating an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Rob serves on several church and para-church boards, the Board of Regents at North Central University and is on the Lead Team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC). Rob and his wife Becca live in Minnesota with their two boys, Connor and Logan. You can follow Rob on Twitter (@robketterling), Facebook (robketterling), Instagram (robketterling) and through his blog.
Joe Champion is the Founding Sr. Pastor of Celebration Church, a multi-site church with campuses in the Austin, TX metroplex, and in Mozambique, Africa. He is passionate about helping people connect with their destinies through the live-giving ministry of the local church. He serves on the lead team of the Association of Related Churches.
John Siebeling is the founding pastor of The Life Church of Memphis. While serving as missionaries in Kenya, John and his wife Leslie felt called to Memphis to plant a church that would teach the truth of God in a relevant way, transcending cultural, racial and social barriers. In 1996, they moved along with a core team of individuals to plant The Life Church of Memphis. Today, Pastor John’s ability to communicate the word of God in a way that is creative and practical makes him a gifted speaker and teacher who has impacted countless lives. The Siebelings have two children, Anna and Mark.
Rick Bezet is the founder and lead pastor of New Life Church in Central Arkansas. NLC was America's fastest growing church in 2009, according to Outreach Magazine's Top 100. Rick is also a founding board member and overseer of the ARC, the Association of Related Churches, a church planting organization across the nation. In 2001, Rick set aside his future as a professional golfer to follow God's call to central Arkansas to start a church. Now, eleven years later, New Life Church has seven campuses, an Internet campus, and 18 total services. NLC celebrated its Decade service last year with a reported attendance of 14,000. Relationship is at the very center of Rick's DNA, which is evident in both the ARC and New Life Church. Along with pastoring, Rick speaks across the globe sharing his passion and vision for church planting and leadership. Rick is a church mobilizer, speaker and motivator, both nationally and internationally. In Rick's spare time, he likes to golf and spend time with his family. Rick has been married to his wife, Michelle, for 24 years. They have 4 children: Hunter (21), Hailee (19), Tanner (17), and Grace (15).
Stovall Weems is the founding lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL. He is noted for his energetic, engaging and practical communication style. As a pastor, teacher and conference speaker his ministry focuses on building the local church, reaching people with the gospel and developing followers of Christ who are passionate about their walk with God. Celebration Church is a global, diverse, multi-site church that reaches people from all walks of life. Since it began with just 7 people in 1998, the church has grown to 10 campuses in both the United States and abroad with nearly 11,000 people in weekend attendance at all of their campuses. Through local, national and international television, Stovall Weems Ministries is broadcast weekly in over 200 countries and can be seen in over 60 million homes across the United States. Stovall and his wife Kerri have three children, Kaylan, Stovie and Annabelle.
Matt Fry is the lead pastor at C3 Church in Clayton, NC. After 13 years in student ministry, God called Matt and his wife Martha to start a new church that would connect with where people are living today. Their passion is to provide “real hope for real people in a real world.” C3 Church was launched in an elementary school in 1998 with about 50 people and has grown to several thousand attending on the weekend. C3 Church is located on an old 47-acre tobacco farm in Johnston County with a 2,000-seat worship center, children and student ministry center, C3 Café and Bookstore. Matt and Martha have three children, Gloria, Carolina and Caleb.
Herbert Cooper has been preaching the Gospel since he was seventeen years old. Immediately following graduation from college, he launched a full-time evangelistic ministry. Herbert traveled all across America and around the world preaching in churches, youth camps and youth conventions. Shortly after graduating from Evangel University in 1997, Herbert married his college sweetheart, Tiffany. In January of 2002 Herbert and Tiffany moved from Springfield, MO, to Oklahoma City. On May 12, 2002, they planted People’s Church, a fast-growing, multi-cultural and multi-generational church. Over the past nine years, People’s Church has grown from 65 people to 5,000 people in weekend attendance. Herbert has a unique ability to effectively communicate the Gospel to young and old alike. Herbert and Tiffany have four children, Cale, Cade, Caris and Case.
Randy Bezet is the founding and Lead Pastor of Bayside Community Church, named by Outreach Magazine in 2011 as the 10th Fastest Growing Church in America. Bayside is a multi-campus church with a vision to reach its local communities. Now reaching more than 5,500 people a weekend, Bayside continues to look for ways to reach more people for Jesus Christ. Randy and his wife, Amy, have four children and live in Bradenton, Florida.
Pastor Scott Hornsby, the founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Church Zachary, and one of the founding members of the ARC, is now in his twenty-ninth year as a pastor. He is an inspirational leader who has a passion for helping people connect with God so they discover their purpose, reach their potential, and fulfill their destiny. Scott’s experiential expertise is sought after both by pastors seeking to plant new churches as well as pastors of traditional churches looking to “transition” their congregations to a Spirit-filled, life-giving mindset and style. Pastor Scott’s positive and practical messages extend to thousands of homes in the Louisiana area through Fellowship’s weekly television program, Fellowship Connect. Scott and his wife, Merriann, have been married forty years and have three grown children and nine grandchildren.
As founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, Chris Hodges is known for his relevant teaching style and his passion for raising up leaders all around the world to fulfill the Great Commission. Chris and his wife Tammy have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Church of the Highlands began in 2001. Under his leadership, Church of the Highlands offers 25 worship services each weekend at nine campuses with over 20,000 people attending weekly. Chris has a deep passion for developing leaders and planting life-giving churches. He co-founded ARC (Association of Related Churches) in 2001 which has planted over 300 churches all across the USA. He also founded a coaching network called GROW to help churches reach their growth potential.