Topic: How to Make Your Church's Evangelism Relevant in the 21st Century
Carlton P. Byrd is the senior pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, and the Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast.
Dr. Byrd is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, with dual degrees in Theology and in Business Management. He is also a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, where he earned the Master of Business Administration Degree, and of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, where he earned both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees.
The Berean Outreach Ministry Center in Atlanta, GA, which houses a food pantry, clothes’ closet, barber shop, hair salon, and fitness center was founded with his leadership. Additionally, under Byrd’s pastoral leadership at the Atlanta Berean Church, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $5.2 million grant to the church, and the church constructed a 50 apartment Senior Citizens’ Housing Facility for church and community Senior Adults alike.
Byrd is happily married to his wife of twenty years, the former Danielle Mounter, and they are the proud parents of three girls, Christyn, Caileigh, and Carissa.
Topic: Transforming Disciples into Disciple-makers
Bill McClendon began his ministry in Oklahoma as a church planter. In 2000, Bill and Shirlene started Adventist Fellowship in Tulsa, OK. This new church quickly became one of the fastest growing churches in North America.
In 2008, in addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Bill accepted the position of Vice-President for Church Growth for the Oklahoma Conference. Then in 2010, he accepted a call to the northwest to serve the Washington Conference as Vice-president for Church Growth.
Following a burden to see if the same principles used to grow a church plant could revitalize a declining church, Bill and Shirlene moved to Baltimore to pastor the Baltimore First church in the Chesapeake Conference. Within months, the church began to grow and today, four years later, the church is revived and is a healthy outwardly focused growing church.
In June 2018, Bill accepted a call to serve as the Executive Vice-President for Administration of the North Pacific Union Conference
Topic: Changing the Culture of Your Church by Helping It Understand the Gospel
Elizabeth Talbot, Ph.D, is the speaker/director for the Jesus101 Biblical Institute, a teaching/training media ministry of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She has a PhD in biblical studies, and travels throughout the United States and internationally as a lecturer and revival/motivational speaker.
Elizabeth is regularly featured on Hope Channel and Esperanza TV, 3ABN Latino, LLBN, ROKU (Jesus 101 channel), as well as several international TV channels and other social media venues, in addition to radio stations throughout the United States and Canada. Married to Patrick Talbot, MFT. Elizabeth’s main identity is her passion about the good news of Jesus Christ: “It’s like fire in my bones” she says, and she means it!
Topic: Becoming an Externally Focused Church
Sung K. Kwon has served as the executive director of the North American Division Adventist Community Services since 2001. He studied business administration at the University of Maryland; received a bachelor's degree in theology from Washington Adventist University (formerly known as Columbia Union College); earned a master's degree in public administration, concentrated in nonprofit management from Wright State University; received a Milton Murray Fellowship for Harvard Business School Executive Education; and received a Ph.D. degree in Leadership at Andrews University. He also earned the designation of Pi Lambda Theta, National Honor Society of Educators, and Society of Certified Senior Advisor.
Though Dr. Kwon grew up in a family with Buddhist and Catholic beliefs, he became a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1991. Since he became an Adventist, he served as the executive director of the Good Neighbor House, an ACS agency in Dayton, Ohio, for eight years. He also was the president and vice president of the North American Association of Community Services Directors (NAACSD) during that time. He was recognized in the "40 Under 40 - Dayton's Brightest Young Business Leaders" by the Business News of Dayton, Ohio in 2000. He had the privilege of planting the Korean congregation as a company, serving as its interim pastor, under the favoring influence of the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, Dr. Kwon has served as administration pastor for Miracle Temple Adventist Church in Allegheny East Conference. He has served on the board of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, National Interfaith Coalition of Aging (NICA), and National Mass Care Council.
Topic: Sharing the Gospel in a Secular Urban Culture
Roger Hernandez is a father of four, a husband of one and a pastor to many. He is a third generation Christian, one of five pastors in his family. He has an MDiv from Andrews University. A prolific writer, he has authored 14 books including titles awarded as “Sharing Book of the Year” and “Discipleship Book of the Year.”
A practical and engaging speaker who has spoken all over the world, Hernandez’s main desire is showing the relevance of Christianity to a world that needs it, especially the millennial generation. He speaks on leadership, evangelism, accountability, and diversity.
He was born in Cuba, he and his wife, Kathy, are parents to four children: Yessenia, Deisy, Vanessa, Jonathan, and one granddaughter. Presently Hernandez is the Ministerial and Evangelism Director for the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Topic: Making Your Sabbath Worship Service an Evangelistic Experience
Emil Dean Peeler has a ministry that has spanned over 34 years that includes service as a pastor, evangelist, associate ministerial director, motivational therapist, college professor, and author. Presently, he is engaged as senior pastor of Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington DC, and as an adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University’s School of Religion.
He has shared God’s word taught globally- including Africa, Philippines, Europe, Korea, Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad, Canada, Fiji Islands, Bahamas, and England. Thus far, the Lord has blessed him to baptize over 7,000 souls into the body of Christ.
He is joined in life by his wife, Brenda, and has three adult daughters and one grandson. Dr. Peeler’s other passions include mentoring young leaders, sports, producing music, and writing. His motto for ministry is, “When you build people-you build the kingdom.”
Topic: Compassion Ministries
Jose Cortes Jr. treasures and loves Joanne Cortes, his wife and companion in ministry. Together, they are blessed with two boys, Jose III and Joel Benjamin. Next to God and family, his greatest joy and passion come from ministry, and about 25 years of pastoring, youth and young adult ministries, soul winning, church planting, and leadership as a conference and union departmental director.
He currently serves as Associate Director of the North American Division Ministerial Association and leads Evangelism, Church Planting, Global Mission, Church Growth, and Mission to the Cities for the Adventist Church in North America. Jose recognizes the importance of this task and continually asks the Holy Spirit for a double portion of love, vision, courage, grace, wisdom, power, and compassion to reach, retain, and reclaim others for Christ.
Jose holds a MDiv from Andrews University and is presently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Topic: How Churches Can Experience Revival and Win Souls Through Church Planting
Tim Madding serves as lead pastor of the Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church since 2014. He has served in ministry over 20 years and believes that the local church is God’s primary tool for the salvation of the world. His personal mission is to prepare as many people as possible for the second coming of Jesus and is committed to resourcing the church for that purpose.
Tim, his wife, Andrea, and 18-year-old son, Ethan, live in Beltsville, Maryland, just outside our nation’s capital.
Tim holds a MDiv from Andrews University and a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Weimar College.
Miracle City is a Christ-centered multicultural community driven by the Holy Spirit to be outreach focused, community-oriented, biblically grounded, radically inclusive, prayerfully expectant, intentionally relevant, and habitually thinking forward. Miracle City is experiencing uncontainable growth both spiritually and numerically. A growth that will make it commonplace for the unchurched to find faith in Christ, the spiritually hungry to go deeper in Christ, and for all to regularly experience the miracle of life in Christ. We call this living in Miracle Territory.
Living Faith is a diverse Christian community, comprised of individuals with unique backgrounds and experiences. We’ve gathered in love and in service to the Dulles, Virginia area.
Our core mission is Discipleship.
At Living Faith we define Discipleship as 'Actively living God’s will (Whatever), Helping Those He loves (Whoever), in any way He calls me to (However).'
Discipleship is a process, not a program. This is not a method to get people to attend church, although they often end up there. It is a lifestyle that invites people first and foremost to fall in love with the Creator.
Our church members are living the gospel by loving on the people they live, work and play with. Many people who join our congregation are not transfer growth, but rather community growth because of our intentional Discipleship focus.
New Hope is a vibrant, young, multi-ethnic, diverse church that is focused on living out God's kingdom everywhere.
We're convinced that it's not our job to convert anyone; our job is to give people the opportunity to take another step in their faith journey, no matter how short or long that journey may be.
As a group, we regularly volunteer with local community services, donate thousands of dollars of food each year, serve on local boards, participate in community gatherings, share the story of Jesus at Christmas and Easter through theatrical story-telling and speak to real-life issues through our message series each Sabbath.
Allentown Adventist Community church is focused on equipping and engaging members to show God's love by meeting the most basic needs of the community. Our community church actively partners with local shelters, soup kitchens and community centers, collaborates with the city’s Parks & Recreation Office in park restoration projects, and work with other county and city agencies to provide education on relevant topics to our residents.
We are also intentional about inviting and engaging youth-centered organizations to participate in our youth activities that include socials, sports, movie nights and other events.