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HUNGER AND THIRST ARE UNCOMFORTABLE
HUNGER AND THIRST
...AND THEY ARE NECESSARY
HUNGER AND THIRST
HUNGER AND THIRST
So, what if we embraced the uncomfortable?
What if we allowed that discomfort to lead us to empathy – for the needs of the poor, those whose voices have been dismissed, and those who mourn?
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Unity and holiness. These two words, perhaps more than any others, have been the signature of the Church of God. In the years 2020-2021, unity and holiness have become ever more elusive, it seems. Sharp divisions are evident at every turn, even in our churches. Something is missing.
Speakers & Special Guests
Dr. Brian L. Johnson serves as the newly appointed eighth president of Warner Pacific University. On August 1, 2020, he officially succeeded Dr. Andrea Cook, who had held the position since 2008. Johnson brings with him a wealth of leadership experience in academia, having previously served as
Dr. Johnson earned a BA in English from Johnson C. Smith University, an MA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in English from the University of South Carolina. A scholar of American literature, Johnson has written extensively on the work of W. E. B. DuBois and a variety of other subjects. Highly sought-after to fill speaking engagements by institutions, such as Clemson University, Johnson has established a vast network of influential intellectual and cultural figures, including politicians, celebrities, and entrepreneurs. In 2016, he was honored among five college and university leaders by Ebony magazine.
When describing what drew him to Warner Pacific University, Johnson says, “I want to be somewhere where I can bring to bear my faith commitments, my scholarly commitments, my ethnicity, and frankly, all the things that prepared me for this moment I see evidenced and embodied in Warner Pacific as a Christ-centered, urban, minority-serving and Hispanic-serving institution situated in a metropolitan environment. It fits everything I enjoy.”
Johnson further makes it clear that he’s “all in” when it comes to the Church of God movement. Johnson emphasizes he doesn’t just want to be the president of the Church of God university on the West Coast; he wants to be a fully functioning member of the family. In his embrace of the Movement, Johnson looks forward to opportunities to fill pulpits for worship services, special gatherings, and events.
Dr. Johnson is married to Shemeka Barnes Johnson, a senior vice president at Bank of America. They have two teenage sons, Brian Asa (Asa) and Nathan.
Pastor Geremy Dixon has served Center of Hope LA in Inglewood, California, for over eighteen years, first as an associate and now as lead pastor. Known for his approachable demeanor, and commonsense approach to kingdom living, Pastor Geremy has
the unique ability to connect with individuals from all walks of life. His particular blend of humor, inspiration, and sound biblical grounding has opened doors for him to be a guest facilitator and a sought-after speaker for churches, conferences, and conventions both nationally and internationally. Articulate, passionate, and driven, Geremy is one of the emerging voices proclaiming God’s desire to establish the kingdom of God in the marketplace.
Geremy and his wife Adrienne have the joy of parenting four wonderful children—Kennedy, Micah, Roman, and Jordyn.
Hosanna Wong is an author, Bible teacher, and spoken-word artist, sharing captivating stories of a powerful God with churches, conferences, prisons, and other venues around the country, year-round. She is passionate about empowering this
James Hume serves as worship arts pastor for Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming, where he oversees a large multifaceted team of paid staff and volunteers. In addition to leading worship each week, James has found he has
a gifting in walking alongside others, patiently encouraging them to grow into the calling God has placed on their lives. James is known for leading through humility and taking a team approach while being open to, and welcoming, new thoughts and ideas. His greatest desire is for the worship experience to connect people to God, where they can experience the life-changing power of Jesus.
James and his wife Gretchen (Dreger) of 21 years, have four children, ages 10 to 19. His love of music seeps into every aspect of his life and, in his free time, you will often find him listening to other artists, not only for the enjoyment of it, but to challenge himself and hone his craft. With so many things moving online during the last year, James started a YouTube channel comprised of music and messages intended to bring encouragement and hope to others. James also loves to watch medical shows, try out new restaurants (mostly for the desserts!), and spend time with his family.
Dr. Kimberly Majeski has been in full-time preaching ministry for more than twenty years. She is an ordained pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and serves as the associate professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries at
Anderson University. Kimberly’s scholarship is featured on the History Channel, A&E, and in many books, articles, and publications. She lives at the heart of the justice movement as an activist and founder of Stripped Love, a nonprofit serving survivors of domestic sex trafficking. A widely sought-after preacher herself, Kimberly launched the Preacher Girl School in 2019, a dynamic online preaching community and academy for women by women. She is mama to Max and wife to Kevin, and loves golf, all things ancient world, and southern-fried.
Michael Romero Jr. is the worship & arts pastor and youth pastor for New Beginnings Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, serving under the leadership of their senior pastor, Richard Mansfield. Michael comes from a large family of musicians and
has been a professional musician for almost 30 years. Son to a fifth-generation New Mexican father and a Mexican immigrant mother, Michael grew up listening to traditional Mexican music. So naturally, his musical career was dedicated to performing with traditional Mexican ensembles of Mariachi music, as well as Tejano and Norteno bands beginning at the early age of 9.
Michael grew up in the South Valley of Albuquerque, a densely populated area of Hispanics and Mexican–Americans. Southside Church of God, now New Beginnings Church, was located (literally) around the corner from his home. Michael was introduced to the congregation when his father asked Pastor Richard Mansfield for Michael and his sister to perform an original song titled “Que Venga La Paz” (“Let Peace Come”) written by Mr. Romero, calling for peace in the Middle East, as it was written during Operation Desert Storm. Michael was 9 years old at the time.
Years later, at the age of 13, Michael would visit the church on his own on a Sunday night. He has been a member of the congregation ever since. Southside Church of God sang worship songs in Spanish at the time, and Michael became a member of the worship team, playing bass and drums, as well as a youth group member. He attended his first IYC in Memphis Tennessee, in 1994.
After being a part of the New Beginnings worship team for many years, Michael took the position of worship leader in 2009 until he was called to full–time ministry in 2016. Today, Michael is an ordained minister in the Church of God and is currently enrolled in Leadership Focus to further his knowledge and increase his abilities in ministry.
Michael, his wife Barbara of 15 years, and their daughters Adrieanne (21) and Kristyn (15), all serve together at New Beginnings Church, and are passionate and dedicated to fulfilling the call placed on their lives to make a lasting impact in their beloved city.
Noel Castellanos, founder and president of Camino Alliance, has worked in Latino barrios in the US as a youth worker, church-planter, and community developer to address the holistic needs of immigrants struggling to be integrated into our American society.
Dr. Reggie McNeal enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations determine and experience epic wins with kingdom impact. He currently serves as city coach for GoodCities of Minneapolis, Minnesota. As city coach, Reggie works with community
leaders across the country to build cross-domain collaborative efforts that can “move the needle” on big societal issues. He provides coaching and consultation for individuals and teams in becoming more missionally-focused and kingdom-biased in their ministry approaches.
Reggie has helped to shape the church leadership conversation through his extensive speaking schedule and work as an author. Some of his books include Revolution in Leadership: Creating Apostles for Tomorrow’s Church (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2009), and Get Off Your Donkey! Help Somebody and Help Yourself (Baker, 2013). Reggie’s Kingdom Come: Why We Must Quit Our Obsession Over Fixing the Church and What We Should Do Instead (Tyndale, 2015) challenges the church to shift its narrative from a church-centric to a kingdom-centric ministry agenda. His latest book, Kingdom Collaborators: 8 Signature Themes of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down (IVP, 2018), details the character and competencies of effective kingdom leaders.
Reggie served in local church leadership for over twenty years, including as the founding pastor of a congregation. His experience also includes serving as a denominational executive and leadership development coach. Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including, but not limited to Fuller Theological (Pasadena, California), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois), Columbia International (Columbia, South Carolina), and Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, Texas). He has also resourced the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office (the Pentagon), The Chaplains’ Training School (Ft. Jackson), Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie’s work also extends to the business sector, including Gallup, in addition to his role as an advisory board member for several ministry organizations. Most recently he served for ten years as the missional leadership specialist with Leadership Network, remaining connected with the organization as senior fellow.
Reggie’s education includes a BA from the University of South Carolina and an MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Reggie and his wife Cathy make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.
Rick McKinley is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon. Imago Dei Community has become an influential church known for engaging the culture by demonstrating Jesus’ heart for the city and proclaiming the good news of Jesus.
Imago works with local government and other sectors to serve the mounting needs of Portland and beyond. As a sought-after speaker, Rick has a prophetic voice that calls both the church and the culture to turn to Jesus. As a missiologist, Rick helps to exegete both the Bible and the culture, supporting leaders and Jesus followers to live faithfully and prophetically in our current cultural moment. Rick is also the author of multiple books, including his most recent book, Faith for This Moment: Navigating a Polarized World as the People of God. Rick received his doctor of ministry at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Boston and is married to his best friend, Jeanne. They have seven wonderful kids.
Due to Canadian government regulations relating to COVID-19 travel, Jeremy Patzer (member of the Canadian Parliament) is unable to join us. We look forward to hearing from him in the future!
We are thrilled to welcome Kimberly Majeski to the lineup of speakers.
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