Heath sovereignly had his breath taken away by Jesus at the age of seventeen. Steeped in drug abuse and a host of other things, Christ breathed life over the dead places in his heart. He is the product of one person with a promise praying for him and the first believer in his family lineage. Eventually, Heath married that one person who prayed for him and now he and Ali have two daughters together (Leighton and Dallon). With an evident call to ministry, Heath served as a chaplain at a homeless shelter, a youth pastor, District Youth Director, Youth Alive Missionary, and now the National Youth Director. He is a graduate of Northcentral University and is currently finishing grad school at Evangel University. Along with Ali, Heath endeavors to leave a legacy for generations to come first and foremost through their family. // @HeathAdamson
Mark Batterson serves as Lead Pastor of National Community Church, one church with six locations in Washington, DC. He is New York Times bestselling author of ten books including All In, The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, and Wild Goose Chase. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University. He and Lora live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.
Michael Bartel and his wife Denise have served as a XA directors, pastors, educators, and anti-human trafficking activist and practitioners both in Southern Asia and in the United States. They began their work with victims of human trafficking as a part of Project Rescue. Seeing the overwhelming need in the United States and sensing a growing desire of the Church and Christian faith based organizations and communities at large to do something about it, the Bartels’ returned to the US to start FREE International. FREE International is facilitating, leading, and organizing a unique collaborative model for eradicating Human Trafficking.
FREE has organized and led on numerous major human trafficking initiatives across the county and in Eastern Europe and is collaborating with organizations such as Sabre holdings, Travelocity, NFL host committees, Human Teafficking Task Forces, Attorneys General and has presented twice to the National Association of Attorneys General on the faith community’s roll in effective human trafficking initiatives. The Bartels celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year and have 2 children. Dylan Cash (after Bob and Johnny) is 11 and Veronika Grace who is 7. The Bartels are based out of Vegas.
James Braddy has served the NCN District for over twenty years. Prior to his election to Superintendent at the 2004 District Council, he served as the Assistant Superintendent/World Missions Director for seven years and as Director of Church Development and Education for five years. Previously Superintendent Braddy served in various pastoral positions throughout California, Alaska, and the Northwest, including three years as Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ in Portland, Oregon.
Jim and Judi met at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and have been married for 45 years. They have three grown sons and five amazing grandchildren. Judi is an accomplished and creative author and retreat speaker. She has had numerous books published and is working on one to be published soon.
Doug Clay serves as the general treasurer for the General Council of the Assemblies of God. As one of the four corporate officers of the Assemblies of God, Clay oversees the Division of the Treasury, which is responsible for handling all the finances sent to the national office for the world ministries of the Church.
Doug brings a clear vision and strong passion for church health. With this passion comes a direct commitment to develop ministry leaders to reach their potential.
Prior to his election as general treasurer, Doug served as the superintendent of the Ohio District Council from 2004-2008. He pastored Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo, Ohio, from 1997-2004. Doug has also served as the Assemblies of God national youth director (1995-1997) and the Ohio District youth director (1989-1995). Doug and his wife, Gail, have two daughters, Ashley and Kaylee. He enjoys golf, reading and a good latté with friends! // @dougclay
Jodi Detrick believes you should never leave home without a loaded Starbucks card. But she’ll risk it for one her great passions in life…ministry! She’ll pile the miles on her van, and even battle her fear of flying, to get to the conferences, retreats and special events where she’s been invited to speak for various groups and denominations. After many years as a pastor’s wife, in 2001 Jodi’s ministry call led her to the Northwest Ministry Network where she served as the Women’s Ministries Director until 2009. In 2011, she began serving as the national Chairperson for the Network for Women in Ministry. And just to make sure all the neurons in her menopausal brain keep firing, she’s finishing up a doctorate at AGTS (Assemblies of God Theological Seminary).
A recent test confirmed it…Jodi has ink in her blood! Her articles have been published in various Christian periodicals, including the Pentecostal Evangel, Enrichment Journal, The Christian Reader, Focus on the Family Magazine, and others. Her stories and devotionals have been included in books such as Love Revealed, Christmas in My Heart, Stories for a Teens Heart, and Night Light for Parents. In addition, Jodi is a regular religion columnist for The Seattle Times, one of America’s leading newspapers, and her new book about women in ministry leadership will be released soon. One of the things that puts a gleam in Jodi’s eyes these days (besides her husband, Don!) is the satisfaction of being a certified personal coach and watching her clients get “unstuck” in some area of living. But if you really want to see her do cartwheels (figuratively speaking, of course!), just get her talking about her kids and 3 grandgirls, Lilia, Libby, & baby Mira! Be forewarned: picture viewing is non-optional! Loving Jesus, loving people, living passionately…throw in a Starbuck’s latte and that pretty much says, Jodi!
Lane is the Principal for MarketBridge’s Social Media Solutions where he leads the development and innovative social marketing strategies and platform creation. Lane holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, as well as his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His experience in ministry as well as the marketplace makes him a great coach for our environment to help ministry leaders understand the strategic investment of social marketing tools and skills beyond personal networking.
With over 15 years of online marketing experience, he and his team apply a strategic and systematic approach to building measureable social marketing campaigns, customized analytics dashboards, competitive benchmarking analysis, and professional reputation management for growth. Lane’s leadership and expertise in social media as a business solution saw him lead the Mexico Tourism Board to drive destination visitation for 2011 against a global PR crisis, grow occupancy for the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in spite of a poor economic environment, and help the tourism board of Cozumel, MX regain competitive share of voice in the Caribbean market after seeing tourism decrease as a result of a direct hit by a hurricane in 2005. Previous to MarketBridge, Lane was the Chief Marketing Officer for Vantage Strategy. Additional clients have included Visit Orlando, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, The World Bank, University of Cambridge and Detica.
Keith has served as the lead pastor in two “turn-around” churches. He is currently the pastor of Centerpointe Church (www.fairoaks.cc), a diverse and growing congregation in Fairfax, Virginia. He has served on staff in churches of 70 and 1,000. He served three years as the Church Planting and U.S. Missions Director for the Potomac District, Assemblies of God. He also currently serves also as the CMN Field Team Leader for coaching church planters, and continues to coach pastors and work with churches to fulfill their God-given vision. His blog is www.lovingandleading.blogspot.com.
Keith and his wife, Esther, were married in 1988 and have four daughters.
Most of Foth’s early career was spent working with and around young people. He pastored a congregation adjacent to the University of Illinois in Urbana (1966-1978), and then served as President of Bethany College in California (1978-1992). While on sabbatical in the spring of 1993, Dick served as Minister-in-Residence at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, South Hamilton, MA.
The Foths moved to Washington DC in August of 1993 to work with men and women in leadership positions and the Prayer Breakfast Movement, nationally and internationally.
Through the years, the themes of relationship building and reconciliation have become central to Dick’s speaking and writing. Invitations to speak on those topics have taken Dick and Ruth across many denominations, cultures, and nations. In the summer of 2008, Dick and Ruth moved to Fort Collins, CO. In addition to his continuing work in Washington DC and across the nation with political and business leaders, Dick is part of the pastoral teaching team at Timberline Church in Fort Collins. In that role, he helps to mentor the pastoral staff and works throughout the city with the larger leadership community.
Dr. Beth Grant is co-founder and director of Project Rescue, an AG World Missions ministry to survivors of sex slavery for over 15 years. She’s a passionate teacher and associate professor in Intercultural Studies at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
For ten years Beth served as chairperson for Network for Women in Ministry, providing leadership in developing, mentoring and resourcing vocational women ministers. She currently serves our fellowship as the first woman Executive Presbyter. Beth’s favorite roles are wife to David, mother to daughters Rebecca Shults(Chi Alpha/RescueArts) and Jennifer Barratt (director of nursing), and encourager of young women ministers.
Karla Gutel has faced many experiences in her life’s journey and has found in every situation that Jesus is more than enough. Karla married Jim Gutel in 1974 on her twenty-first birthday and they began their life and ministry together. She graduated as a registered nurse from the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Nursing in 1975 and with a BA in Religion from Vanguard University in 1984.
In 1984 she and Jim went to Thailand as appointed Assemblies of God missionaries with their two children. In 1997 a tragic accident changed the course of their lives and they became parents to five more children aged 2 years to 10 years old. The Gutels then became home missionaries, ministering to the many ethnic groups that have settled here in Southern California. Her children have grown and are serving or working in preparation of their own call to the ministry. Karla is the proud grandmother to Jubilee, Luke, Theophilus, and Noah.
Karla & Jim founded the SoCal School of Ministry that has over 700 students studying to complete their requirements for credentialing within the Assemblies of God. In 2010, Karla was elected as the first woman to the Executive Presbytery of the SoCal District Assemblies of God. In addition to duties as an Executive Presbyter, she represents the women of Southern California who are credentialed. Karla’s ministry also includes sharing with others how to find victory and joy in the face of difficulty.
Scott Hagan is a visionary leader with a passion for the outcast. From neighborhoods to nations he loves to inspire unity and minister to the needs of leaders. He is an articulate speaker, published author and an experienced leader and pastor. Scott’s personal creed is being a wonderful husband to his wife Karen and a loving father to their 4 children. Scott is an avid sports enthusiast, especially when his sons are involved. He youngest son currently plays Tight End for the Cal Bears.
In 10 years of pastoring the church he and wife pioneered in Elk Grove, CA, they saw it grow from 9 individuals to 1,700 in Sunday attendance. Harvest Church was able to “mother” 7 other churches during that 10 year window. In 2001, Scott and Karen became the leaders of a great historic church in Grand Rapids, MI where they served for 5 years. In the early part of 2005, Scott and his wife Karen together felt the desire to once again return to church planting. Together they pastor Real Life Church in Sacramento. Scott also serves as the CMN director for the Northern California / Nevada District, on the Lead Team for the Church Multiplication Network as well as the national board of advisors for MinistryCoach.tv He is a regular contributor to Charisma Magazine, Ministries Today and The Enrichment Journal.
I am a grateful recipient of the extravagant grace of Jesus. Everything else is a footnote to that. Honored to be married to my best friend, Crystal, for over 25 years. Blessed with three outstanding girls, who are beautiful inside and out. Humbled that God would use a small town Midwest kid (raised in Minnesota), to start a church in the San Francisco East Bay, that is as fun, vibrant, and generous as New Life Church is. Since 1999, NLC has grown to 2 campuses in the East Bay, one in Mexico, and soon to be one in San Francisco.
I am grateful that I have: Great friends where I get to laugh a lot; Been able to travel to some cool places (Hawaii is a hands-down favorite); Football to watch (not sure that what the Vikings do is a blessing, but a football fan can always hope); More books inside me, kicking to come out; Enough scars to be real, and enough blessings to share.
Bryan Jarrett serves as lead pastor of Northplace Church in Sachse, Texas, which is committed to being a laboratory that helps people discover and implement New Testament Christianity. He is an international conference speaker who travels extensively in global missions and compassion work. He and his wife Haley live in the North Dallas area with their three children.
Bryan also serves as the “under 40” Executive Presbyter for the Assemblies of God and is the author of the new Influence book “Extravagant”. // @bryanjarrett
Rev. Wilfredo “Choco” De Jesus is the Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Ministries. Under his visionary leadership, New Life has become the largest Assemblies of God church in the United States. Through this ministry, Pastor De Jesus currently impacts thousands of individuals in the Chicago area and around the world each week.
Wilfredo was born and raised in Chicago in the Humboldt Park area. He grew up in a political and cultural climate that had the odds stacked against him. However, at the young age of 14, God ordained for him to be placed in a maintenance position at a small local church for a summer youth employment program. In the summer of 1979, he encountered Jesus as his Lord and Savior for the first time.
De Jesus dedicated his life to the Lord and committed himself to this local church, called Templo Palestina (Palestine Christian Temple). In 1992, he first came on staff as an Administrative Assistant. From 1998 to 2000, Wilfredo held two positions, one as Assistant Pastor and the other as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.
Twenty years after he first set foot in Templo Palestina, he was appointed the Senior Pastor for that same small congregation. Giving it a new name and a fresh vision, God began to expand the ministry from a weekly attendance of 120 to over 5,000 locally and more than 12,000 under the ministry umbrella in both Spanish and English. New Life has planted churches across the city (Pilsen and Oakwood) and around the world (Camden, New Jersey and Chimbote, Peru). There are also several churches that have come under the ministries leadership in the past few years, creating a global network to advance the Gospel and reach the lost.
In addition, Rev. De Jesús has extended the church beyond the four walls and into the community. Outside of the church’s thriving youth group and children’s ministry – New Life operates an affordable private school (Salem Christian School), a free residential program for at- risk youth (Axis Teen Center) and an intensive discipleship program for college age students (Chicago Master’s Commission). Under De Jesus’ direction, New Life has launched several non- profit entities that help those who are hurting in a practical, tangible way. Among these are the Chicago Dream Center, New Life Family Services, Camden Dream Center, New Life Foundation, and over 110 ministries under the New Life umbrella. These organizations operate multi-faceted programs: food and clothing pantries, transitional shelters, residential recovery and job training programs, mobile soup kitchens for the homeless and shut-ins, gang and at risk youth intervention, human trafficking advocacy, world missions and humanitarian relief, after school tutoring and sports programming, mentoring, prison outreach, immigration advocacy, and much more.
While serving in ministry, Wilfredo De Jesús received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Trinity University and a Master’s degree in Christian Ministries from North Park Theological Seminary. Rev. De Jesus is the Vice President of Social Justice for the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference which serves 18,000 churches and close to 15 million born-again Christians. From 2004-2010, Rev. De Jesus served as a commissioner on the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. He is sought after as a motivational speaker at various church and community events, conferences and school assemblies. De Jesus possesses a passion to save the lost and is committed in providing necessary services to the community. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife Elizabeth and their three children, Alexandria, Yesenia and Wilfredo, Jr.
Under the pastoral leadership of Rev. De Jesus, God has shaped New Life Covenant into a vibrant and caring church, one that truly lives out its mission to become a “church for the hurting.” As he often makes others understand, his accomplishments are based on a life dedicated to God and His purposes. In other words, whatever the accomplishment, to God be the Glory! // @PastorChoco
Darius is the Senior Pastor at Christ Church Assembly of God in Ft. Worth, Texas, where he has served since 1986. Under his leadership the congregation has grown to over 1,200 in attendance and relocated to a 23-acre campus in 2,000. The theme of his ministry has been to build a “hospital for hurting humanity.”
Darius believes that healing comes through a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ and other followers of Christ. Darius is the co-author of six small group curriculums including, Essentials: Six Keys to Inspire Spiritual Vitality, 9=1: Nine Ingredients to Make One Incredible You, Love’s Playlist: A Small Group Study of 1 Corinthians 13, Tsalach: A Study of God’s Blessing from Psalm 1, Risk: Living Above the Normal, and You Are: What God Has to Say About You. Darius completed a Master’s in Practical Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in May 2011. Darius resides in the Ft. Worth area with his wife Cindy. They have two sons, one granddaughter, and one grandson. His passions include his family, missions, reading, and golf. // @dariuslj
Elwyn started in the ministry in February 1978 as a Youth Pastor at First Assembly of God in Waxahachie, TX. He went to Whitehaven Assembly of God in Memphis, TN as Youth Pastor in December of 1983 as Youth Pastor. They pastored our first church – Calvary Temple in Memphis, TN, from 1987 – 1991. Elwyn is the Pastor Bethel Assembly of God in Temple, TX, from 1991 to present, and has seen Bethel triple during their tenure. Elwyn enjoys sports, family games and time with friends.
Amy has been in the ministry for over 20 years. She believes the church must recognize the value of each individual in order to become the healthy, vibrant body of Christ. Amy is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.
“For many years, though I felt a call from God, I thought that call just consisted of assisting my husband with whatever God told him to do. I didn’t think that God could or would use me as anything other than a ‘helpmate.’ The church sends so many mixed signals to women which confuse and mislead us. I thank God for a husband who recognized the call and pushed me to do things out of my comfort zone.” Amy has a BA from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She has preached across the United States, in Mexico, Argentina, India and England. Amy co-leads NorthPointe Assembly of God with her husband of 31 years, Brian McClane. The McClanes have three grown daughters. // @pastoramy
Dary has been the Senior Pastor of Timberline Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, since November, 1986. Prior to that, he served as a youth pastor for eight years in Colorado. Dary received his Bible school training at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.
Dary communicates with an authentic, vulnerable style, being very transparent and real with people. He mixes humor and Biblical truth that impacts people toward healthy changes. He has a passion to help Pastors lead their churches in making changes that are healthy and that will lead them to be able to impact their cities. Dary has a real love for unchurched people; he has become very involved in the community in which he lives, taking an active role in service organizations. He loves being a husband and father and enjoys spending time with family. Dary grew up in Colorado loving the outdoors. His hobbies include skiing, motorcycle riding, and golfing. // @darynorthrop
Steve Pike is the National Director for the Church Multiplication Network and has served a variety of churches and denominational leadership areas for over 30 years of ministry. His early years were spent in youth ministry roles serving strong churches in Lumberton, New Jersey; Jacksonville, Florida; and Naperville, Illinois.
In January 2006, Steve was selected to lead Assemblies of God church planting efforts in the United States and currently serves as National Director for the Church Multiplication Network (CMN). CMN collaborates with church multipliers to effectively equip, strategically fund and innovatively network new faith communities in America. Since 2006 the Assemblies of God has invested $4 million directly into local church plants and has planted over 1500 churches across the United States.
Steve’s passion for planting began in 1989 when Steve and his wife Cherri, along with their two children, answered God’s call to the plant a church in Utah. During the 90’s they were privileged to see the church grow to a family of over 400 attendees that helped to plant five additional churches in Utah. In 2000, Steve was invited to serve as the first Director of Church Planting and Development for the Rocky Mountain District of the Assemblies of God. During his tenure, the pace of church planting in the Rocky Mountain District doubled that of planting in the 90’s and the success rate rose from 67 percent to 85 percent. Steve and his wife Cherri have two grown children and live in Springfield, MO. Steve is currently assisting in the development of his local church’s multi-site efforts.
Nova is the North Texas District Church Planting and Development Director. He has served in many roles at the District office and has a keen understanding of all facets of church ministry. North Texas CP & D has planted 70 churches in the last 5 years with a target of 600 churches by the district’s 100th anniversary. His passion for the lost and facilitating those called to church plating is unsurpassed. He also serves on the National Church Plant Director’s Task Force and constantly strives to bring positive input and change to the planting process. Even in his current position, his pastor’s heart remains true through his care and love for the North Texas church plant pastors.
Dr. Bob Rhoden
Robert Rhoden first entered ministry in 1963, serving as an associate with David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge in New York City, and traveled the east coast conducting evangelistic crusades. Through the years he continued to grow in ministry roles, continued his education, and met his wife Joan.
In 1969, Bob learned about a group of people in Richmond, Virginia that wanted to start a new church. With approval of the Potomac District Presbytery, Bob and Joan planted the West End Assembly of God. Under his guidance, West End Assembly of God experienced steady, continuous, and gifted growth; the congregation mothered five other churches in Richmond, and built eighteen churches in foreign countries. In 1982, Bob earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary of Virginia. He served as Superintendent of the Potomac District of the A/G from 1991 to 2006.
Currently he serves on various boards and committees, and is the Non-Resident Executive Presbyter for the Northeast Region. He is a featured speaker at conferences, seminars, workshops and special meetings. He is the published author of several articles for the development of pastors and church leaders, which have been printed, in the Enrichment Journal, and a national transdenominational publication, Leadership. Bob is also the author of “Four Faces of a Leader.” Bob and Joan have three grown children: Julie, Rob and Cindy, and eight grandchildren.
After 37 years of pastoral ministry, Don Steiger now serves as the Superintendent of the Rocky Mountain District of the Assemblies of God. Before coming to the District Office, Don was the Senior Pastor of Dakota Ridge Assembly of God in Littleton, CO, Bethel Church of San Jose, CA and Radiant Church of Colorado Springs, CO.
Don and his wife Loretta recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. Don enjoys his family. His two sons, their wives and four grandchildren all live in Colorado Springs.
Ricky Van Pay
Ricky is Triathlon chaplain in Boulder, Colorado. Ricky is available at the retreat to offer free fitness coaching and consulting. This means setting up an individually mapped out plan for fitness goals and nutrition, as well as offering advice and training for a running or endurance event. Ricky has a passion to come alongside and be a source of encouragement and accountability to pastors.
After 5 years of church ministry Ricky was 70lbs overweight with back pain, loss of confidence, and struggling with his health. Since that time he has lost the weight, became an Ironman finisher, and is now a certified Personal Trainer, and has numerous certifications in running, swimming, and cycling.
Ricky and his wife Amy serve as Nationally Appointed U.S. Missionaries to the triathlon community of Boulder, Colorado.// @rickyvanpay