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You have the opportunity to dialogue and learn from some of the most respected and influential Christian leaders in the nation. This is done by bringing the guest speakers into the virtual classroom through web conferencing. Click on a speaker's name to view their profile.
Fred Luter, Jr., is the Senior Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in the historic "Lower 9th Ward" of the city. Although his parents were divorced when he was only six years old, Fred was raised in the church by his mom.
In 1986 Fred's life was changed forever when he was elected as pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. At the time Franklin Avenue was a small struggling mission church with about 65 members in attendance. By 2005 Franklin Avenue had grown to over 8,000 members, making FABC the largest Southern Baptist Church in the State of Louisiana and one of the largest churches in the Greater New Orleans area. Pastor Luter has a passion for preaching and teaching the Word of God and for reaching and developing men in the ministry. One of his favorite sayings is that "if you save the man, the man will save his family!"
In August 2005 Pastor Luter lost his home and church to the flooding waters of Hurricane Katrina. Because of his love for his members Pastor Luter traveled all across the country to minister to his displaced congregation while living in Birmingham, Alabama. As a result of so many displaced members Franklin Avenue started two other churches in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Houston, Texas.
Mark is the founder of Family Based Youth Ministry. For the past 18 years, he has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tenn., where he continues to oversee the youth ministry on a part-time basis. Mark has trained youth workers across the United States, as well as in Russia, Canada, Uganda and South Africa, working with a wide variety of denomninations. He has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, David Lipscomb University, Travecca Nazarene College, King College (Bristol, Tenn.), Montreat College (Montreat, N.C.), William Tyndale College (Detroit, MI), Presbyterian College (Montreal, Quebec), Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, N.C.), and Tyndale Theological Seminary (Toronto, Canada). Mark is on the national parenting seminar team of Wayne Rice's "Understanding Your Teenager."
Andreas Köstenberger is Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director of Ph.D. Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the Founder and President of Biblical FoundationsT (www.biblicalfoundations.org),an organization devoted to encouraging a return to the biblical foundations in the home, the church, and society. Dr. Köstenberger also serves as editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has authored, edited, or translated over twenty books, including God, Marriage, and Family, Women in the Church, Encountering John, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth (with Peter O'Brien), and John in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. Dr. Köstenberger is also the series editor of the Biblical Theology of the New Testament series, to which he contributed the inaugural volume, A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters, and the author of a major New Testament introduction, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (with Scott Kellum and Charles Quarles).
Kendra Fleming is the Director of Children's Ministry at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga. In this position she oversees the ministries of Waumba Land (birth-Preschool), UpStreet (K-5th grade), and KidStuf on each campus, which currently serves over 4,500 children each Sunday. In addition, Kendra works with the multi-campus strategy of North Point Community Church. She lives in Cumming, GA with her husband Gary and their four children, Jessica, Catherine, Jack, and Emily.
Chaplain (Colonel) David Smartt is Commandant, US Army Chaplain Center and School. His academic education includes a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management from Northcentral University, a Master of Divinity from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, a Master of Business Administra¬tion from Syracuse University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lee University.
His military education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Combined Arms Service School, Command and General Staff College, Division and Installation Chaplain Courses, the Army Force Management Course, and the Army War College.
Chaplain Smartt assumed the Commandant responsibility from his previous assignment to the Pentagon as Command Chaplain, Installation Management Command. Prior to that, he served as Director, Information Resource Management and Logistics for the Army Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon.
Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, LifeChurch.tv is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel.
Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where LifeChurch.tv began in 1996. He speaks at conferences worldwide and has written several books, including his recent release: The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn't Exist.
His other books include It, How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It, Chazown: A Different Way to See Your Life, Confessions of a Pastor, and Going All The Way. Craig will be a guest speaker Fall 2011.
Erwin McManus serves as the primary communicator and cultural architect of Mosaic church in Los Angeles. He is the author of An Unstoppable Force, a Gold Medallion Award finalist; Chasing Daylight; Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul; The Barbarian Way; Stand Against the Wind, Soul Cravings, and Wide Awake (soon to be released in July 2008). He also serves as a Research Advisor with The Gallup Organization.
His travels have taken him to over 30 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, including the NFL, Lionsgate, New Line Cinema, and ILOG. His work is featured in numerous films, articles, and magazines across the US and internationally.
Erwin is a native of El Salvador, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Southwestern Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kim live in Los Angeles have two children, Aaron and Mariah, and a foster daughter Paty. Erwin will be a guest speaker Fall 2011.
Francis Chan founded Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, where he served as the pastor for 16 years. Francis is a nationally recognized pastor and spends time speaking in various places around the world to college-aged adults and pastors and is the author of Crazy Love and Forgotten God. It is his passion to see the next generation of American Christians display a much deeper love for Jesus and their neighbors. Francis Chan is also the Founder of Eternity Bible College and serves on the board of directors for Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis, his wife Lisa, and their four children recently returned from Asia, where they spent several months ministering overseas. Francis will be a guest speaker Fall 2011.
Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. This is the second church he has planted in the last seven years. His first church, Morgantown Community Church, was planted just weeks after graduating from college. Pete graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in communications and then attended seminary at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Pete's desire is to see churches become radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to one another, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God's family. He is also the author of Plan B.
Joe Champion is the senior pastor and co-founder, with his wife, Lori, of Celebration Church in Texas, serving the Austin area. He is passionate about helping people connect with their destinies through the balanced, life-giving ministry of the local church.
While a football player at Louisiana State University, he considered following in his father’s footsteps with a career in the National Football League, but entered full-time ministry in 1989 after a life-transforming experience with Christ, and later, answered the call to plant a church in the greater Austin area.
The Champions founded Celebration Church in October of 2000 as a non-denominational church with a vision to reach the city of Austin, and the globe, with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to raise up and train ministers, missionaries and Christian leaders through the Celebration School of Ministry.
Over the years since its founding, Celebration Church has grown from the Champion family of five to ministering to over 5000 people per week! Celebration Church is a multi-site church constantly involved in local and global service opportunities. Joe Champion is the senior pastor and co-founder, with his wife, Lori, of Celebration Church in Texas, serving the Austin area. He is passionate about helping people connect with their destinies through the balanced, life-giving ministry of the local church.
Joe Tiebout is the lead pastor at The River Community Church in Cookeville, Tn
Bil Cornelius is the founder and Lead Pastor of Bay Area Fellowship, which he and his wife Jessica founded in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1998. Bil's life calling has been to create a movement that is reaching into the lives of the lost and unchurched of the next generation and beyond. Bil leads Bay Area Fellowship with his unique brand of encouragement and wit, a teaching style and personality that allows him to engage a diverse audience. Now, more than 12 years later, Bay Area Fellowship has grown to over 8,000 people between 7 campuses, making it one of Outreach Magazine’s Top 100 fastest-growing churches.
Bil is the co-author of Go Big: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth, which he wrote alongside Bill Easum. In 2007, Bil founded the Exponential Business Conference, where he teaches and mentors business leaders and investors on how to expand their business and real estate holdings. He recently expanded this to a ministry called Expo Coaching, where he works one-on-one with pastors and business leaders through personal consultation and tele-conference meetings. In September of this year, Bil’s latest book, I Dare You to Change!, will launch nationally in all major bookstores.
In 2008, seeking to reach the lost beyond Texas, Bil took his teaching to television and launched Bil Cornelius Ministries. By the end of 2009, the program expanded worldwide through Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Daystar and The Church Channel and is currently reaching millions across the globe.
Bil travels around the country speaking and consulting on church health and growth. In 2004, Bil received the Purpose-Driven Health Award, from Rick Warren and Saddleback Church. Bil thrives on helping people reach their full potential in Christ and taking the limits off their life. Bil is the proud father of Mason, Cole, and Sophie, and is still madly in love with his wife Jessica after 17 years, which is second only to his love for God.
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Dr. Chris Stephens is the Senior Pastor of Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Since joining Faith Promise Church in July 1996, Chris has been instrumental in facilitating the church’s growth from 250 to almost 4,000 in attendance. Faith Promise was named in 2005, 2009 and 2010 as one of the 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine, with the current ranking of 48th.
Dr. Charles Roesel served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Leesburg, FL for 30 years; which is now considered the model for the nation in Ministry Evangelism. The church was in the top 1% of the nation in evangelism and mission giving. In a town of 15,000 with over 90 churches, the church grew by transformation not transfer, baptizing over 7,000 people. He is recipient of the Southern Baptist Distinguished Service Award for the Year 2000.
Dr. Duane Floro grew up in Northern Kentucky and graduated from Cumberland College (1979) before earning his Masters at Southwestern Baptist Theological Baptist Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He has pastored churches in Kentucky, Texas, West Virginia, Indiana, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
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Daryl C. Cornett became the twentieth pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hazard, Kentucky on August 17, 2008. Before coming to lead First Baptist he was Associate Professor of Church History at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Paula Qualls is an Old Testament professor at Gardner Webb University. She earned a B.A. degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and M.Div. and Ph.D. degress from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She also studied archaeology at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Dick and Melody Tunney are Christian musicians and their musical offerings have been honored with 10 Dove Awards (the Gospel Music Association’s highest honor), nearly 30 Dove nominations, a song of theirs won a prestigious Grammy Award (“How Excellent Is Thy Name,” recorded by Larnelle Harris), their songs have appeared in print music and church hymnals, and Dick and Mel have shared the platform with some of Christian music's most significant artists.
Rev. Joe Ball serves as the youth strategist for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He supports, challenges and encourages youth ministers across the commonwealth of Kentucky to reach this generation with the Gospel. Before joining the KBC staff, he spent 12 years as the Youth and Education Minister at Edgewood Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, KY. Before that he was a pastor, an associate pastor and Project C.O.P.E.
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Dr. Dean Haun is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, Morristown, Tennessee. Dr. Haun has served churches in Kentucky, Texas, south Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Cumberland College with a major in Religion and Pastoral Counseling, a Master of Divinity (with an emphasis in Preaching) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and a Doctor of Ministries in Expository Preaching through Trinity Theological Seminary in 1998.
Alan Dotson serves as Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Lexington, KY. A native of Somerset, Kentucky, he has followed Christ since June 1980. He is happily married to Amy and is the proud of father of two sons, Allistair and Andrew. Pastor Alan received his undergraduate training from the University of the Cumberlands and Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, and his graduate training from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master's) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Doctoral).
Dr. Adam Greenway wears many hats at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary serving as a faculty member and administrator. He has served as pastor and/or interim pastor of churches in Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, and Florida. Active in denominational life, he currently serves as a trustee of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is First Vice President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and has chaired both the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and the Committee on Nominations of the KBC.
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Dr. Richard Harris just retired as Vice President of the Sending Missionaries Group for the North America Mission Board. He also served as the North American Mission Board's interim president from August 2009 until mid-September 2010. He had 29 years of service with NAMB and its predecessor, the Home Mission Board. Dr. Harris is a native of Kentucky and an alumnus of University of the Cumberlands.
Dr. Russell D. Moore has served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary since January of 2004. Dr. Moore is also a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, where he ministers weekly. Dr. Moore writes frequently on topics such as theology, ethics, and the Christian life for various publications, including Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, for which he is a senior editor.