Pastor, author, and popular blogger and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is the lead and founding pastor of the multisite Connexus Community Church, with campuses in Barrie and Orillia, Ontario. Carey led three mainline congregations through transition to form Connexus, a new missional church that grew in attendance from 50 to 800 in the decade that followed. Carey has a passion for leadership and seeing people’s lives change as they encounter Christ. Carey is co-author with Reggie Joiner of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community as well as author of Leading Change Without Losing It: Five Strategies That Can Revolutionize How You Lead Change When Facing Opposition and Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow. 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 multi-cultural 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 1,800 attendees each Sunday with a $2M budget, making it one of the fastest growing new church starts in the United States. 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 became pastor of Crossroads in 1995, when a group of friends in Cincinnati wanted to create a place for their friends who had given up on church, but had not necessarily given up on God. Crossroads now hosts more than 12,000 people and is actively engaged in combating generational poverty in Cincinnati’s urban core, operating a medical clinic and supporting an HIV/AIDS hospice in South Africa and battling child sex slavery in India. Brian is the author of Five Marks of a Man: The Simple Code that Separates Men from Boys, Free Book and Welcome to the Revolution: A Field Guide for New Believers.
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.