Life. It is too often the missing piece of our daily routines. Our calendar and ambition are often marked by striving and stretching that suck the life out of every room we enter and bring us exhausted to the end of every day. But can you imagine church life, daily life, differently? With a certain sense of expectation?
Jesus came to give that kind of life. Created in the image of God, we can experience that life. God breathes life and we receive it. God speaks into our lives and we hear. God gives life abundantly and we embrace all that God desires us to be.
Life. Abundant, whole, complete, perfect. It is the signature of the living Christ. That is the Church of God we want to be. This is where the Lord wants to take you at the Regional Church of God Conventions in five locations throughout 2018. Jesus is the subject. Take back what hell has stolen. Receive life. Hear life. Embrace life.
John 10:10 ESV
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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.
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. No relation to Jim Lyon, Dr. Lyon has developed a unique and significant set of connections to many national and […]
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.
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. […]
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.
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. […]
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).
Dr. Kevin Wesley Earley is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and an ordained minister of the Church of God. He has pastored the historic Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit, Michigan, for seven years. Prior to becoming the congregation’s senior pastor on January 1, 2009, he served alongside his predecessor, Rev. Robert O. Dulin Jr., for five years as the congregation’s associate pastor.[…]
Born in 1978, Rev. Earley is the son of the late Rita J. Williams, and the grandson of the late Rev. Van Cornelous Sr., who pastored the First Church of God in Harvey, Illinois. At the age of nine, he asked his mother, “What do I have to do to be saved?” and that evening—in the family living room—he received Christ as his Lord and Savior. He continued his childhood under the leadership of the late Dr. Marcus H. Morgan of Chicago.
Pastor Earley obtained his bachelor’s degree in management and quantitative methods from Illinois State University in 2000. With the guidance of his pastor at the time, Dr. E. Raymond Chin, he enrolled in Anderson University’s School of Theology, where he received his master of divinity in 2003.
Rev. Earley graduated from the School of Theology a second time with a doctor of ministry in May 2008. In October 2013, a component of his dissertation, A Strategy to Transform the Lay Members of the Metropolitan Church of God into Ministers, was published by Warner Press as Every-Member Ministry: Spiritual Gifts and God’s Design for Service.
Dr. Earley currently serves on the board of directors for Anderson University. He has formerly served on the boards for the Detroit Branch NAACP, Urban League of Southeast Michigan, and the Church of God in Michigan. He ministers within the National Association of the Church of God as the president of the National Inspirational Youth Convention after having served as the assistant treasurer, treasurer, and vice president. Pastor Earley also ministers as a chaplain for the Detroit Police Department and is a member of Berean Fellowship, led by Bishop Timothy J. Clarke.
An ardent fan of the Chicago Bears, Dr. Earley and his lovely wife Precious Ann have been graced with three lovely children Kevin Wesley Jr.; Kaleb Van; and Ky Elise.
As an engaging leader and speaker, Don has held several pastoral and leadership positions over his 50 years of ministry. In 1982, he planted Christ’s Church of the Valley and it expanded to include eight campuses in the greater Phoenix area with attendance over 28,000 and a 300-person staff. […]
Don is a graduate of Manhattan Christian College and California Graduate School of Theology. He is president emeritus of the North American Christian Convention and has served on the boards of The Solomon Foundation, Manhattan Christian College, and the North American Christian Convention.
Recently, Don has launched an organization called Accelerate Group to address the challenges facing the local church. Accelerate Group addresses leadership selection and transition, governance and role definitions, and strategic planning and multi-site expansion. Don and his wife Sue have three children and eleven grandchildren, and are passionate about helping other pastors balance the demands of ministry and family life.
Brad Lomenick is passionate about raising up great leaders around the globe. He is a renowned speaker, writer, leadership advisor, and founder of Blinc Consulting. He has built a reputation as a strategic connector and […]
convener of America’s most respected and sought-after leaders over the last two decades. For more than ten years, Brad served as lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America’s largest and most influential conference movements of young leaders, convening hundreds of thousands of leaders through high energy and experiential conferences across the United States. He is largely credited with growing the organization into one of the largest and most recognized leadership brands and conference gatherings in the world.
Brad is author of the groundbreaking book, The Catalyst Leader: Eight Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, as well as his most recent leadership book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle, both from Thomas Nelson. Brad serves on the advisory boards for the A21 Campaign, Red Eye Inc., Values Partnerships, No Losing, Fuller Youth Institute, Alpha USA, and Praxis.
Brad Lomenick holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and currently resides just outside of Atlanta. Brad once played American football in Australia and New Zealand, was in a rap group in high school, and is an outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing, and snow skiing. He hopes to have his own hunting show someday, and possibly try out for the Senior PGA golf tour.
Harvey Carey is the founder and senior pastor of Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan. The former IYC speaker’s dynamic global ministry continues to change lives with the transforming truth of God’s Word. As a youth pastor in Chicago, Carey developed a nationally emulated youth ministry model that has reached thousands of teens in inner-cities across the nation. […]
Passionate about restoring the inner-city, Carey has partnered with several community organizations and nonprofits, providing housing, social services, and ministry to youth and children in the city of Detroit. His inspiring leadership and vision for urban renewal unites people across boundaries of race, age, class, and culture. Harvey Carey, his wife Nancy, and their daughter Tiffany reside in the heart of Detroit.
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. […]
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.
HOST PASTOR—Bishop Timothy Joseph Clarke is a faithful pastor, anointed teacher, strategic thinker, and an articulate and prolific preacher. He is the visionary leader and senior pastor of First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio, where, under his dynamic and prophetic leadership for thirty-seven years, First Church has become a spiritual beacon at the local and national level.[…]
Called to the ministry in January 1974, Bishop Clarke served as the associate minister at First Church of God, in his hometown of Far Rockaway, New York, under his mentor, the late Dr. James E. Cray. Prior to First Church of God in Columbus, Clarke served in ministry at several other congregations. Clarke is the founder and chief prelate of Berean Fellowship, an international assembly, partnering with pastors of small to mid-size churches and young pastors, and those new to pastoral ministry.
Bishop Clarke is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Morehouse College Board of Preachers. He holds a certificate of theology and ministry (Princeton Theological Seminary); bachelor of theology (Graduate Theological Foundation); master of ministry (Southern California School of Ministry); doctorate of divinity (Mid-America University); and a doctorate of humanities (Wilberforce University). Bishop Clarke has maintained a fellowship with the National Association of the Church of God, serving in several leadership capacities, including president of the National Inspirational Youth Convention, chairman and vice-chairman of the General Assembly; and president, vice-president, and presiding elder. On July 1, 2018, Bishop Clarke will assume the position of chairman of the General Assembly. Clarke ministers to our heart and encourages our soul through the numerous books he has published, too, including his latest, Bind Up Your Broken Heart, available from Warner Press.
Bishop Clarke is husband of Lady Clytemnestra Lawson Clarke, the loving father of two amazing adult daughters, Dionesha and Joscelyn, and a devoted grandfather to his grandson Ryan Joseph and granddaughter London Yvonne.
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 […]
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.
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