SPEAKERS

TOD BOLSINGER

Executive Director of the De Pree Center Church Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow of the De Pree Center for Leadership, and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tod Bolsinger, MDiv, PhD, was the founder of the Fuller Leadership Platform, an innovative approach to online formation and leadership development and served as a Vice President of Fuller Seminary for six years.

 

He is the author of five books, including the Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in pastoral leadership, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, Leadership for a Time of Pandemic: Practicing Resilience and most recently, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. 

 

Tod served as a pastor for 27 years. Bolsinger speaks, consults and is an executive coach for corporate, non-profit, educational and church organizations in transformational leadership. His blogs and other resources can be found at depree.org/church.  

 

Tod is married to Beth, an executive coach, consultant and professional artist. They have two adult children, Brooks and Ali, and a son-in-law, Ben. An avid outdoor lover, if he hadn’t taken biology after lunch in high school, Tod would have been a National Park Ranger.  When he retires, he is going to do hiking trail maintenance, trout rescue, and be a ski host who makes sure there are four people on every quad chair lift. 

 

He can be reached at Bolsinger@fuller.edu

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MANNY ARANGO

Teaching Pastor and International Itinerant Preacher

Manny Arango is a Bible nerd, a storyteller, a troublemaker, an overcomer, and a revivalist. Passionate about fighting for people who have lost their voice, Manny strives to inspire those who have lost hope or have settled for mediocre. Based in Durham, NC but born in Boston, MA, He is now a teaching pastor at World Overcomers Christian Church where he was the youth pastor from 2014-2019. He is also a full time itinerant preacher as of January 2020. Manny graduated from SouthEastern University in Dec 2019 with a Masters and is continuing his education at Northern Seminary for a Doctorate in New Testament studies. He deeply values Bible literacy and recently co-founded SpeakEasy + ARMA, both tools that reflect his heart to equip and champion God's people.

KEVIN MYERS

Author and Senior Pastor of 12Stone® Church

Kevin Myers is the Senior Pastor of 12Stone® Church in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Kevin and his wife Marcia sold everything in 1987 and left Michigan to plant a church for spiritually unresolved people. Having no contacts or core group, they worked toward a November launch in a movie theater. After a very slow start, this story is more about ministry endurance than ministry explosion. After 7 years and their first building, they broke through serving 200 a weekend. By the 11th year they had gained momentum in the community and were reaching 1,000. Within a couple of years, John Maxwell came alongside Kevin and forged a life-changing. leadership mentoring relationship  

Near the 20th year, they launched a second campus and soon moved into the 2,500 seat 12Stone® center on 70 acres. Now there are 8 campuses, serving 18,000 a weekend. But the story is not in the numbers; it’s in the lives being changed – one person, one family at a time! We love God, value people and serve our county!

Life to the Full:

Kevin is married to his college sweetheart, Marcia – after buying her in the freshman auction! They have 3 adult children and one in college and are blessed with three grandchildren. Motorcycles are the only way to ride – Harley Davidson obsessed! Got the coolest job with amazing people at 12Stone® and a high-end staff team!

Kevin’s first book was published in 2014, “Home Run: Learn God’s Game Plan for Life and Leadership,” coauthored

with John C. Maxwell. Since then, he has authored two more books; “Grown Up Faith” in 2019

and “The Second Happy: How to Make Your Marriage Better Than Your Honeymoon” which he co-author

in 2020 with his wife, Marcia.

 

Contact Information

12Stone® Church

1322 Buford Drive

Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043

678.990.8100 | PK@12stone.com

Twitter: @KevinMyersPK

http://homerunlife.com

 

JERRY MADDEN

Senior Pastor, Praise Cathedral, Greer, South Carolina

Pastor Jerry Madden has served as the Senior Pastor of Praise Cathedral (Greer, SC) since January 1, 2002, having previously served in Associate Pastor roles at Praise Cathedral beginning in 1994.  During his tenure the church has grown to over 3,0000 members.

Pastor Madden also is currently serving as:

-Chairman of the South Carolina Church of God State Council

-a member of the Lee University Board of Directors

-a member of the Church of God Council of 18.

Pastor Madden holds a B.S. degree in Pastoral Studies from Lee University, as well as an A.S. degree in Business/Computer Science from Greenville Technical College.

Pastor Madden and his wife Jan have been married since 1983.  They have two sons:  Bo (Jen) who serves as Youth Pastor at Praise Cathedral, and Justin who is a decorated Deputy Sheriff in Greenville County.

The Maddens have three beautiful granddaughters, Natalie, Julia, and Riley.    

KEITH GILLIAM

Lead Pastor, Living Hope Church, Lenoir, North Carolina

Rev. Keith Gilliam was born and raised in Marion, North Carolina. He received the Lord as his Savior at age 8 and answered the call to become a minister in his late teens.

After graduating high school he attended Emmanuel College. Upon graduation  in 1985 he accepted the pastorate of the Living Hope Church in Lenoir, North Carolina where he continues to serve. During this time the church experienced significant growth, and in 1998 the church relocated to the current campus.

In addition, Keith currently serves as the World Missions Director for the Cornerstone Conference  and on the World Missions Council for the IPHC. He also serves on various boards and committees in the Western North Carolina region.

In 1985 Keith married  Lana Holloway and they have two children  Jennifer (Bradley) Decker and John (Sydney) Gilliam.

JAMIE GRISHAM

Lead Pastor, Compassion Church, Dickson, Tennessee

Born and raised on a rural farm in Southeast Missouri, Pastor Jamie’s dream was to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become a farmer. He followed and fulfilled that dream until he felt the Lord calling him to ministry. Pastor Jamie and his wife, Jill, surrendered to the call of God to pastor a church in 2005. They have been in full-time ministry ever since. In December of 2007, Pastor Jamie & Jill felt led to move to Tennessee to become part of Compassion Church. Over the years they have seen thousands of people come to Christ, led powerful moves of God within the local church, and continue to faithfully serve their local community.

 

Pastor Jamie has a passion for helping other pastors and churches. He is a Regional Director for Compassion Church and oversees 12 of the current 34 churches within the Compassion Network. He also serves as a leadership consultant for Compassion Network, EVUSA, and local churches. Pastor Jamie travels across the U.S. helping pastors, leaders, and churches reach their fullest potential.

RON WHITE

President, Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, Georgia

Ron White’s career in higher education spans 42 years with over half of that time spent serving Emmanuel College. On September 2, 2014, he was appointed the ninth president of Emmanuel College and faced the very difficult challenge of managing a threatening financial crisis. The five-year struggle was finally resolved in April 2018 when the College was released from over $20 million of debt. This outcome was made possible through much hard work by many people, and most of all, through God’s favor and miraculous intervention. It’s a riveting story of persistence, faith, and prayer. His presidency at Emmanuel College has been marked by the challenge to "Pray First and Pray Through." You can read his daily prayer blog at http://prayforemmanuel.blogspot.com/.

President White graduated from Emmanuel College with an A.A. Degree in 1969. He served the College from 1980 to 2002, first as Director of Financial Aid, then Dean of Students, and finally, as Dean of Enrollment Management. Simultaneously, he directed the Emmanuel Singers for 15 years.

For the last twenty years he has developed and implemented training programs for business and education, leading workshops and seminars on topics such as leadership, teamwork, emotional intelligence, and the DISC Dimensions of Behavior. He is a popular speaker and presenter at national and regional conferences across the nation.  He has also taught at the graduate level for more than a decade at three graduate schools: Bay Path University, Columbia College, and Capella University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in counseling, and a doctorate in higher education, all from the University of Georgia.