Special guest speakers include . . .
Brian Tome - Lead Pastor of Crossroads, Cincinnati, Ohio
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 Slaughter - Current Senior Pastor & Future Global Ambassador of Ginghamsburg Church, Tipp City, Ohio
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.
Olu Brown - Lead Pastor of Impact Church, Atlanta, Georgia
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 2,000 attendees each Sunday with a $3.6M 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.
Rosario Picardo - Ginghamsburg Executive Pastor of New Church Development and The Point Campus Pastor, Trotwood, Ohio
Rosario Picardo serves as Ginghamsburg’s Executive Pastor of New Church Development and partners with Lead Pastor Mike Slaughter and the leadership team to dream and deploy new faith communities within the Ginghamsburg community of churches. Prior to joining the Ginghamsburg team in 2014, Roz founded Embrace Church, a multi-campus urban church plant in Lexington, Kentucky. Roz is an Ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church, holding a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. He leads a consulting group for church planters/pastors called Picardo Coaching LLC and is the author of Embrace: A Church Plant That Broke All the Rules, and Ministry Makeover: Recovering a Theology of Bivocational Service in The Church and Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes.
Rachel Billups - Ginghamsburg Executive Pastor of Discipleship
Rachel Billups teams with adult, student and children’s ministries to dream and deploy discipleship opportunities for all age and is part of the preaching team. Rachel, an Ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. In 2008, she was selected as one of the top 50 young United Methodist pastors in the U.S. to participate in the Young Pastors’ Network with Pastor Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas and Ginghamsburg Pastor Mike Slaughter. Rachel is the co-author of Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas and Down to Earth. Previously Rachel served as the lead pastor of Shiloh United Methodist, a multisite church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mike Berry - United Methodist Church Lead Pastor, New Carlisle, Ohio
Pastor Mike Berry of Medway United Methodist Church was appointed to the church in 2003. In the last ten years, Medway's average worship attendance grew from 70 to over 800, with 200 persons who have joined the church by new professions of faith. Mike’s passion for sharing the gospel has become part of the culture of his church.
Kim Griffith - Strategist for the Large-Impact Church Residency Program
Rev. Dr. Kim Griffith serves as the Executive Director for Griffith Coaching, as well as a Path 1 New Church Strategist with United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. She was a church planter for over 10 years. She also served as the Associate Director of New Church Development for the Florida Annual Conference. Kim is an ordained minister in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Jon Morgan - Campus Pastor of Fort McKinley Church, Dayton, Ohio
Fort McKinley Church is Ginghamsburg’s urban campus on the corner of Salem and Siebenthaler Avenues in Dayton. Fort McKinley was a dying church of about 40 faithful servants when Ginghamsburg merged with them to revitalize the church and community. Today, just a few years later, Fort McKinley worships over 400 in three worship celebrations on a typical Sunday and is making a huge impact in the community.
Jeff Cartwright - Campus Pastor of New Hope Church, Dayton, Ohio
Jeff has been the lead pastor of New Hope Church since its inception in inner city Dayton, Ohio in 2008. He has served in ministry in the same neighborhood in Dayton since 1994, first as a youth pastor at Otterbein United Methodist church for four years, then as the developer and director of a neighborhood youth center that opened in 1999.