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Our 2018 regional conventions theme was Receive. Hear. Embrace.  This is the imago dei: Who we are created in the image of God. We want to receive, hear, and embrace all that God is, does, and gifts to us.  These are personal experiences that we have authentically tasted.

Out of this grows our mission – the community’s expression of what we have known and how we will live it out in the world. If we are the body of Christ, then we have the opportunity to GIVE LIFE in Jesus’ name. Can the aroma and fragrance of our very presence, speech, and action bring life?  Jesus is the model and our relationship with him empowers us to experience and share.  How did he breathe life? How did he speak life? How did he give life?

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 April 17–18, 2018

April 24–25, 2018

June 19–20, 2018

Sept. 18–19, 2018

Sept. 25–26, 2018

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Ben Hardman

Ben Hardman is co-founder of Gravity Leadership, a coaching and training organization that helps Christian leaders re-imagine discipleship and navigate the mission of God together. Ben’s vision is to awaken God’s people, equip God’s family, and […]

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unleash God’s mission in the life of everyday leaders through mission and discipleship. The author of the book Thrive: Doing More Than Surviving Your Faith, he is a frequent speaker and trainer at many events across the country. Ben was also a team leader on the staff at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, before becoming one of the founding pastors of The Avenue Church in Louisville. Formerly named as one of the top thirty youth ministers in America and one of the top thirty Christian leaders under thirty, Ben is a graduate of Anderson University with a degree in Bible and Christian ministries. He is a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan and a former high school basketball coach. Ben lives in Springboro, Ohio, with his wife Sarah and kids Cole, Caden, and Claire.

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Jim Lyon

Jim originally dreamed of a career in politics and found himself representing northwest Seattle in the Washington State House of Representatives in the early 1980s. But ultimately, it was Christian ministry that became his passion. […]

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He served in pastoral ministry in both the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. From 1991 through 2013, he served as senior pastor at Madison Park Church of God in Anderson, Indiana. In August 2013, he became the general director of Church of God Ministries. An articulate preacher, teacher, and motivational speaker, Jim has also anchored the ViewPoint broadcast since 1996. Helping people see Jesus at work in their world has become his life’s work; engaging the world for heaven’s sake has become his life’s calling.

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Jo Anne Lyon

Jo Anne Lyon serves as ambassador of the Wesleyan Church, a position specifically created to retain the considerable connections and influence she has as former general superintendent. Over her lifetime, Dr. Lyon has developed a unique and significant set of connections to many national and […]

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international religious, political, and humanitarian agencies and leaders.

She has served on the board of directors of many organizations as representative of the Wesleyan Church, including the National Association of Evangelicals executive committee, Bread for the World, National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Asbury Theological Seminary board, Council on Faith of the World Economic Forum, and former President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Dr. Lyon holds a master’s degree in counseling, has continued graduate studies in historical theology, and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She’s written several articles and publications, including the book The Ultimate Blessing and has served over 30 years in pastoral ministry. She has been adjunct professor of church and society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. As the founder and CEO of World Hope International (Alexandria, Virginia), she directed the faith-based relief and development organizations into over 30 countries to alleviate suffering and injustice.

Dr. Lyon and her husband, Rev. Wayne Lyon, live in the Indianapolis area. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Find her on Twitter @JoAnneLyonGS or Facebook, JoAnneLyonGS.

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Jeff Whye

Jeff lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his three young children and his wife Nicky, who works as a family nurse practitioner and teaches online at two universities. Together he and his wife minister in the areas of marriage, dating, and relationships. […]

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He has been a high school, middle school, and college pastor. Along with working for the local church, Jeff was on staff at two West Coast Christian universities and, before that, involved in the entertainment industry for seven years doing stand-up comedy, acting, voiceover work, and production.

Today Jeff is the teaching and connections pastor at North Hills Church of God, as well as an adjunct professor at Arizona Christian University. He also makes time to coach and consult with Ministry Insights, Int’l. and travels, speaking the Word of God and emceeing at conferences.

Phoenix, AZ
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Allan Fuller

HOST PASTOR—Allan is thankful for stumbling into the church across the street from his house growing up: First Church of God in Edmonton, Canada. In college, he ended up shifting from an engineering pursuit to a calling into fulltime ministry. […]

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After graduating from Anderson School of Theology, Allan enjoyed serving as an associate pastor at Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a number of years. Eventually he, along with his wife, Tami, and their three children, headed west to pastor Mountain Park Church in Phoenix, AZ. where he has been for the past twelve years.

Columbus, OH
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Timothy Clarke

HOST PASTOR—Timothy J. Clarke has served as senior pastor of First Church The City in Columbus, Ohio, since 1982. In 2001, the Lord led him to create the Berean Fellowship of Churches which includes more than fifty congregations from various faith communities. […]

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A widely influential speaker and teacher, he is the author of nine books, including his most recent, Paying the Price to Win: Putting Your Faith into Action. His powerful, prophetic, and challenging word will be a most-appropriate and poignant one for us as we gather. Timothy and his wife—the former Clytemnestra Lawson of Teaneck, New Jersey—are the parents of adult children Dionesha (Ocie) Clarke-Logan and Joscelyn Renee Clarke. They are the proud grandparents of Ryan Joseph Clarke and London Yvonne Logan.

Oklahoma City,
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Marty Grubbs

HOST PASTOR—Marty Grubbs is the lead pastor of Crossings Community Church, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Driven by the foundational and ever-relevant elements of the church in Acts 2, Marty inspires his congregation to live out their mission statement: to be a […]

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Christ-centered church committed to live by faith, to be a voice of hope, and to be known by love.

Crossings will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2019. Originally known as Westridge Hills Church of God, the congregation has grown from an average attendance of 143 to over 7,000 today. Marty has been with the congregation for thirty-six years, serving as lead pastor for the past 31 years.

You can find Marty on Twitter at @martygrubbs, on Facebook at Marty Grubbs (Public Figure), and at his blog (MartyGrubbs.com).

Fairfax, VA
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ROD STAFFORD

HOST PASTOR—Rod Stafford is the Senior Pastor of Fairfax Community Church.  Strategically located in the Washington D.C. area, Fairfax Community is an intergenerational church committed to impacting the next generation for Christ.  Over the last thirty years, Fairfax Community has grown from a worshipping community of 100 to over 2,500. […]

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The church has developed a ministry ethos in which every believer is empowered to use his or her abilities, passions and spiritual gifts to build up the church and transform the culture.

Nearly 100 people from the congregation have gone into vocational ministry, many of those going into cross-cultural mission settings. The church is in partnership with ministries and churches around the world to engage the culture with the good news of the Kingdom.

Rod received his undergraduate degree from Anderson University and his master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Anderson University School of Theology.  He has served the broader church on various local, state, national and international boards. Rod’s passion is to help raise up a new generation of visionary pastors to lead the local churches in the great cities of the world. He is the author or Free to Lead: The Decision Making Ethos of Healthy Growing Churches.

 

He and his wife, Donna, have two children – a married daughter, Kora (Ted), and a married son, Zach (Heidi) and six grandchildren.

 

Safety Harbor, FL
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Terry Rolen Jr.

HOST PASTOR—Terry Rolen Jr. has spent 25 years in ministry, including 19 as senior pastor. He has served congregations in Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio. For the past 5 years, he has served as lead pastor of Bayside Community Church. Terry grew up in and graduated high school in the Cajun heartland of Lafayette, Louisiana. He accepted Christ at age 18 and was called to ministry at 20. […]

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He has a bachelor of arts in Biblical studies from Anderson University, a masters of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from Anderson University School of Theology. Since 2005, Terry has served as an adjunct religion professor for Regent University, where he teaches New Testament, Old Testament, and Introduction to the Bible.

Terry Rolen has also held several state ministry positions. In Virginia, he served on the credentials board and the leadership task force. The leadership task force spearheaded the reconciliation and unification of the Virginia Assembly and the Virginia Association. In Ohio, he served for three years on the governance board of Ohio Ministries and as an elder in the Southwest District of Ohio. Terry keeps balance in his life by being a devoted husband and father, running, boating, rooting on LSU, UF, and the Dallas Cowboys.

Terry met his wife Kristy on a blind date at a church hay ride in Pendleton, Indiana. They were married on February 11, 1995. They have three children, including Kasey (20), Kelly (17), and J.T. (12).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Event
7:30–9:30 AM Global Strategy 5K Run
8:00 AM Registration Opens
10:00 AM–Noon Pre-Convention Electives
10:00–11:00 AM Prayer Gathering
1:30–3:30 PM Pre-Convention Electives
4:00–5:00 PM Town Hall with Jim Lyon
7:00–9:00 PM Dinner Break
7:30–9:00 PM Main Session 1
(KidzLive! Childcare: K-4th grade)
Friday, June 28, 2019 Event
8:00–10:30 AM General Assembly
9:30—10:45 AM Clergy Spouses Brunch
9:30 AM–Noon KidzLive! VBS:K-4th grade
11:00 AM–Noon Main Session 2
2:00–3:30 PM Main Session 3
4:00 PM–7:00 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM–9:00 PM Main Session 4
(KidzLive! Childcare:
K-4th grade)
Saturday, June 29, 2019 Event
8:00 AM Prayer Room Opens
8:00–10:30 AM General Assembly
9:30 AM KidzLive! VBS: K-4th grade
11:00 AM–Noon Main Session 5
Noon–1:30 PM CWC Luncheon
2:00–3:00 PM Heritage Hymn Sing
7:30–9:00 PM Main Session 6
(KidzLive! Childcare: K-4th grade)
9:00 PM University Reception
Sunday, June 30, 2019 Event
8:00 AM Prayer Room Opens
8:00 AM–10:30 AM General Assembly
9:30 AM–Noon KidzLive! VBS: K-4th grade
11:00 AM–Noon Main Session 7
KidzLive!

Morning VBS: K – 4th grades

9:30 AM – Noon

$30/child for all three mornings; $60 family maximum charge

Pre-registration is required through convention registration

Kids experience curriculum together with engaged teachers and their peers while parents/caregivers are in their chosen sessions.  Kids will be well-cared for by our team of teachers and leaders through Bible lessons and activities.

Evening Childcare: K – 4th grades

7:15 – 9:15 PM

$10/child per night; pre-registration not required

Kids will have an opportunity to stay active in a safe and caring environment with play time, movies, and conversation while parents/caregivers are in the main evening session.

Due to staffing and liability issues, we are not able to offer care for infants and preschoolers.  The hotel does offer childcare for children age 4-12 at a per hour rate.

Location

MARRIOTT’S ORLANDO WORLD CENTER
8701 World Center Dr
Orlando FL 32821

NOTE: You will be able to select hotel rooms at the Marriott’s Orlando World Center after you have completed your Convention 2019 registration.

$135/night without parking

$141/night with parking (parking is normally $25/day)

Lodging key to secure your own reservation at the significantly reduced convention rate is available ONLY after convention registration is complete.

Rate offered 3 nights prior and 3 nights following as available

Airport: 

  • Distance to hotel from:
    • Orlando International Airport (MCO) = 18 miles
    • Sanford International Airport (SFB) = 49 miles
  • Hotel parking is $25/day UNLESS you stay onsite and have parking included in your nightly room rate. There are no hotel shuttles from the airport, but the following options are available:
    • Rental cars onsite
    • Taxi from airport to hotel area = approximately $45 per trip
    • Uber estimate = $28–$68 depending on size of vehicle
    • Lyft estimate = $25–$119 depending on size of vehicle
Things to do

Orlando is not limited in things to do with the whole family in tow!  Museums, amusement parks, water parks, shopping, and fun restaurants abound.  AND the hotel sits on 200 acres of private grounds, complete with 9 restaurants (the World Center is a scratch facility, meaning NOTHING comes out of a box in their kitchens), 4 tennis courts, 18-hole golf course, 3 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool, walking/jogging path, GRID interactive game room, arcade, basketball court, spa, fitness center, and sand volleyball courts.  You can spend some time before or after the convention touring the area or just enjoying the World Center.  Our group rates are offered 3 nights prior to convention and 3 nights following, based on availability.

REGISTRATION

June 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019
Early Bird: $119


March 2 – June 1, 2019
Regular: $149


June 2 – 30, 2019
At-the-door: $169

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