Carey Nieuwhof is the founding pastor of Connexus Church, a growing multi-campus church north of Toronto and strategic partner of North Point Community Church, a church which has grown from a plant to over 1100 in weekly attendance nine years later. Prior to starting Connexus, Carey served for 12 years in a mainline church, transitioning three small congregations into a single, rapidly growing church.
Carey writes one of today's most widely read Christian leadership blogs at http://www.careynieuwhof.com. He hosts the top-rated Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, where he interviews some of today's best leaders and the Canadian Church Leader’s Podcast, where he helps Canadian church leaders reach people. He speaks to North American and global leaders about leadership, change and personal growth.
Carey is the author of several best-selling books, including Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow, Leading Change Without Losing It and co-author of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. He and his wife Toni live near Barrie, Ontario and have two sons. careynieuwhof.com
Jessica LaGrone is the Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary and an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker and writer. Jessica is an ordained pastor in the Texas United Methodist Annual Conference and previously served for nine years at The Woodlands United Methodist Church near Houston, Texas. Jessica’s books and studies include Namesake: When God Rewrites Your Story, Under Wraps, Broken and Blessed: How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World, and Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings. jessicalagrone.com
Olujimi (Olu) Brown is the lead pastor of Impact Church, a multicultural faith community committed to Doing Church Differently™, located in the East Point community of Metropolitan Atlanta, GA. Under Olu’s vision and leadership, Impact has grown from a core team of 25 people to more than 2,000 attendees each Sunday with a $3.6M budget, making it one of the fastest growing new church starts in the United States. In Outreach Magazine’s Lifeway Research Annual Report, Impact is listed as number 56 in the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America. Impact is compelled to help bring healing, justice and compassion to the world. Olu is the author of Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth and Leadership Directions from Moses: On the Way to a Promised Land, as well as co-author of Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters Are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down.
Brian Tome is the Senior Pastor of Crossroads, a multi-site church located in Ohio and Kentucky. Crossroads started in 1995 when 11 people wanted to create a place where their friends could hear a message about God in a language they could understand. Since then, the church has continued to do new things, growing to 31,000 people in 10 sites across the country (and via streaming capabilities at crossroads.net/live) who are actively engaged in combating generational poverty in Cincinnati’s urban core through CityLink Center, building homes in India for girls rescued from sex slavery and fighting the poverty and the HIV epidemic in South Africa. Brian resides in Cincinnati with his wife Libby and they have three children. He has authored three books, Welcome to the Revolution, Free Book and Five Marks of a Man.
Mike is the almost four-decade dreamer of Ginghamsburg Church and the spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. His life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has grown a church of 90 to a multi-campus church movement that has birthed three 501c3 non-profits, serving over 60,000 neighbors each year through life development, spiritual counseling and material assistance ministries. Mike uses his “gift of irritation” to equip ministry leaders for fully deploying the mission of Jesus into the world. Mike is also the author of 17 books.