2019 Pastors’ Conference Speakers
Andrew and Norine Brunson served in Turkey for 25 years in church planting, training, ministry to refugees, and house of prayer. For the last two of those years, the Turkish government imprisoned Andrew on false charges of terrorism and espionage.
Ben Mandrell is the Lead Pastor of Storyline Fellowship, a four-year old church plant in northwest Denver. In 2013, Ben and his wife Lynley felt God calling them to resign their church in West Tennessee and to plant in the Mile High City. The Mandrells have four children and are passionate about relational evangelism, authentic conversations, and building healthy teams. Ben earned a Doctor of Ministry from Union University in Expository Preaching and a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jimmy Scroggins is the Lead Pastor of Family Church. Under his leadership, Family Church has launched 11 campuses. He is the coauthor of Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations and hosts the Church for the Rest of Us podcast. Jimmy is the Chairman of the Board at LifeWay Christian Resources and a member of the Board of Trustees at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also teaches as a visiting professor at both Southern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. Jimmy and his wife, Kristin, have eight children.
Martin Young is senior minister of Rising Brook Community Church; church planting in Staffordshire, north of Birmingham, UK. Martin takes responsibility in a number of national church-based networks, and he – along with Rising Brook - is also very involved in global mission in Europe, Central Asia, and India. Martin is passionate about the gospel of the Kingdom transforming the most poor and marginalized, and loves to see its truth, goodness, and beauty expressed in culture and the creative arts. Martin is married to Bev and they are privileged to have two young adult children, Jake and Beth.
Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the Vice President of Send Network with the North American Mission Board. He earned his Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and most recently received his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dhati has seven beautiful children and is married to Angie. He is the author of both the Bible Study and book, Among Wolves: Disciple Making in the City.
Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He is a frequent cultural commentator, an ethicist and theologian by background, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.
Robert Smith, Jr.
Dr. Robert Smith, Jr. is the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He has written Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life and The Oasis of God: From Mourning to Morning—Biblical Insights from Psalms 42 and 43. He has spoken at more than 130 universities, colleges, and seminaries across several continents. His research interests include passion in preaching, the literary history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and theologies of preaching. He and his wife have four adult children (one in heaven).
James MacDonald is the founder and Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel. Beginning in 1988 with 18 people, Harvest now welcomes 13,000 people to its seven Chicago-area campuses each week. Pastor James has authored several books and Bible studies, including: Act Like Men; Vertical Church; Lord, Change Me; Lord, Change My Attitude; When Life is Hard; Always True; and most recently, The Will of God IS the Word of God. He and his wife Kathy live in the suburbs of Chicago near their seven grandchildren and three adult children, who serve alongside them in ministry.
David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical, a resource ministry that serves churches in accomplishing the mission of Christ. He has previously served as the president of the International Mission Board. Books by David Platt include Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture, as well as the following volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series: Exalting Jesus in Matthew, Exalting Jesus in James, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, and Exalting Jesus in Galatians.
Jay and Katherine Wolf
Katherine & Jay Wolf are survivors and storytellers, advocates and evangelists. They leverage their redemptive story to encourage those with broken bodies, broken brains, and broken hearts. Engaging both faith-based and secular communities, they seek to bridge the gap between those disabled on the outside and those disabled on the inside with the hope that Jesus brings healing to the deepest pains we all carry. They currently reside in Atlanta, Ga. with their two sons, James and John.