Speakers

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Shawn Boonstra

Shawn Boonstra has engaged in public evangelism and soul-winning for 27 years in some of the most challenging environments and cities on the planet. Throughout his career, he has discovered powerful faith-based principles that unlock potential in any imaginable situation, and he continues to apply them with success today. He is eager to share his experience and help equip pastors and churches to become powerful soul-winning centers in their communities. You will enjoy his warm, relaxed style, and almost certainly walk away with new tools to enrich and empower your outreach plans.

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Shawn Brace

Shawn Brace pastors in Bangor, Maine – one of the least religious regions of America. Over the last five years, his ministry has become increasingly focused on how to reach the unchurched populations of New England, emphasizing mission and discipleship, incarnating the gospel in his city – and teaching and training others to do the same. Together with his Leadership Team, he recently restarted his church to be a missional congregation rather than an attractional one – a journey that he and his wife, Camille, have detailed on their podcast “Mission Lab” (missionlab.podbean.com).

He and Camille have three children, with whom they enjoy doing a lot outdoors – often with their missional community and the friends God has placed in their lives. Shawn is also the author of three books.

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Dr. Carlton p. Byrd

Dr. Carlton P. Byrd is currently the Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, and the Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast for the SDA Church in North America.

Dr. Byrd is a graduate of Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL with dual degrees, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology and a Bachelor of Science Degree 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 a graduate of Andrews University (SDA Theological Seminary) in Berrien Springs, MI, where he earned both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees.

In his twenty-five years of pastoral leadership in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia, Dr. Byrd has constructed and renovated churches and schools, baptized over 4,000 persons, served on numerous denominational and community boards, along with serving as a guest minister on several religious television networks. Since his appointment as Speaker/Director for Breath of Life, four new Breath of Life churches have been planted and started in San Antonio, TX, Stamford, CT, Las Vegas, NV, and Tampa, FL respectively.

Dr. Byrd is happily married to his wife of twenty-one years, the former Danielle Mounter, and they are the proud parents of three daughters, Christyn, Caileigh, and Carissa.

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Mark Finley

Mark Finley and his wife, Ernestine “Teenie,” have teamed up in ministry throughout the years. Teenie is known worldwide for teaching natural lifestyle cooking. Together they have been involved in Christian ministry for over 40 years-preaching, teaching and offering spiritual growth workshops, and conducting over 100 evangelistic series that have spanned the globe with sermons translated into over 50 languages. Today, Pastor Finley and Teenie continue their ministry at the Living Hope School of Evangelism Training Center in Haymarket, Virginia.

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Dr. Heather Thompson Day

Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker and contributor for the Barna Group. She is an Associate Professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University. She is passionate about supporting women and runs an online community called I’m That Wife, which has over 21k followers. She believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people. She is the author of 6 books; including Confessions of a Christian Wife and How to Feed the Mediavore. She is also a writer for Christian Woman Magazine, and Faithfully Magazine and Gorgeous2God. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband Seth, and their three children, London, Hudson, and Sawyer Day.

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Dr. S. Yeury Ferreira

S. Yeury Ferreira es pastor ordenado de la Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia. Posee maestria en liderazgo pastoral, predicacion biblica y teologia sistematica. Completo sus estudios doctarales en la universidad de Andrews University. Ha trabajado como pastor y evangelista. Actualmente cordina el ministerio hispano de la Greater New York Conference. Esta casado con Mariel Ferreira y es padre de dos hijos: Ernestos (15) Elizabeth (10)

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Austin Humphreys

Austin James Humphreys was born on the 23rd of December 1989 in Chicago, IL., to Pastor James and Renee Humphreys. Austin is a product of Christian education, wherein he graduated from Oakwood Adventist Academy and matriculated to Oakwood University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology in May of 2013. On October 1st, 2013 he was called to serve in the South Atlantic Conference as the Associate Pastor of the Berean SDA Church in Atlanta Ga. Pastor Humphreys is currently the Sr. Pastor of the Murfreesboro & Maranatha SDA Church in eastern North Carolina. In May of 2017, Pastor Humphreys completed his masters in Pastoral Ministry from Oakwood University. On November 9th, 2014, Austin married the love of his life, formally known as Jalissa Joseph! Austin has a heart for God and a passion for Gods people! Austin lives by the Motto “If you stay small enough long enough, God will make you big enough soon enough!”

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Fernando Leite

Fernando Leite, born in the beautiful country of Portugal, became a Seventh-day Adventist at age seventeen. Since then, God took him in on an amazing adventure in ministry. He began his theological studies in Sagunto (Valencia), Spain. Latter transferred to Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. After attending Oakwood, he completed his theological studies at Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, Texas. As a pastor, Fernando has worked through the Texas Conference from 2011 to 2017. In December 2017, he accepted a call to lead the Cody Rd SDA Church in Mobile, Alabama. Fernando is married to Renee and is the Father of Gabriel. In his free time, he enjoys soccer and spending family time at the beach.

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Michael Lewis

Pastor Michael Lewis is the pastor at South Park SDA Church Birmingham, AL. He began his full-time ministry in the South Central Conference in 2010. First called to the Selma AL and Thomasville, AL district. In 2015, he was called to pastor the South Park SDA Church in Birmingham, AL. Pastor Lewis has a tremendous interest in evangelism, church planting, and supporting social justice through economic development. Pastor Lewis holds a B.S. in Marketing, a Master of Divinity, and an MBA. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration. He is walking this journey with his wife Racquel and his children Willie and Oria.

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Jennifer Maggio

Jennifer Maggio knows first-hand the challenges of being a single mother with two small children, once using government assistance to make ends meet. The loneliness, parenting woes, and financial hardships seemed too much to bear. Although the road was long and hard, ultimately, Maggio became an 11-time Circle of Excellence award winner, securing more than $55 million in corporate accounts for a Fortune 500 company. Her journey has been shared in hundreds of media venues, including Power Women. Daystar Television. The 700 Club, The New York Times, and others. Maggio used her personal story to launch The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, a national nonprofit committed to seeing no single mom walks alone. To date, the ministry has worked with over 1,500 churches of various sizes & denominations to start and grow local single moms’ ministries. They serve 83,000 single mothers annually.

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Dr. Joshua Nelson

Pastor J. Nelson is an ordained minister of the gospel. He has been employed by the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventist since 2007. He holds a BBA in Management, BA in Theology/Evangelism, and Masters of Divinity. And most recently a doctorate in urban ministry. He is the Pastor of the Emanuel SDA Church in Albany Ga and Calvary SDA Church in Blakely, Ga.

He is the author of “In the Trenches” a book that has brought encouragement to a variety of people. He is featured in the docu-series film “The Book of Joshua” and has hosted a program called “Pure Choices” on the 3ABN TV Network. He is married to Kimberly Nelson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of school counseling at Fort Valley University and is the Father of two, Kaleah Jade and Jude King.

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Emil Peeler

Emil Dean Peeler was born and reared in Sacramento, California, the third son of the late Arlie and Thomasina Peeler. For over 34 years, he has served in various positions of leadership in the body of Christ most notably as pastor of several congregations, evangelist, author, professor, associate ministerial director, and director of church growth and evangelism. Since 2016, he has served as senior pastor of the Capitol Hill SDA Church in Washington DC and is also engaged as an adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University. Peeler shares his life with Brenda, his wife of 35 years; they have three adult daughters and one grandson.

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Danielle Pilgrim

Pastor Danielle Pilgrim is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. After being introduced to the Adventist faith as a teenager, she committed herself to follow Christ, being baptized at Age 16, despite the protests and delays from family members. Shortly after moving to America she graduated from the City University of New York. She began her path in ministry in South Bend, Ind., followed by service in the Shiloh SDA Church in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, Danielle completed her Masters of Divinity degree from Andrews University. Currently, she serves as the Associate Pastor at Atlanta Berean SDA Church in Atlanta, GA.

Her pastoral responsibilities include Discipleship, Administrative duties, Pastoral Care, along with Youth and the Young Adult Ministries.
Danielle is extremely active in civic engagement and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Community Engagement. She is also an internationally published writer, and in 2017 washonored as Youth Pastor of the Year at the Georgia Gospel Choice Awards.

With a passion for the Lord and a heart for all of His people Danielle firmly believes it is her duty to lead the charge of finishing the work of the Gospel in all the world. To her, there is no greater honor than to simply be called “faithful”!

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Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer serves as president and CEO of Church Answers and Executive Director of Revitalize Network. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his degree in business administration. He received both the master of divinity and the Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. Dr. Rainer has served as pastor of four churches. He the former president of Rainer Group consulting. He served for twelve years as dean at Southern Seminary and for thirteen years as the president and CEO of LifeWay Çhristian Resources. Dr. Rainer has authored or co-authored 26 books. Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art, and Jess; and ten grandchildren, Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will, who is with the Lord, Harper, Bren, Joshua, Collins, Joel, and James.

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Dr. Kendall Turcios

Doctor Kendall Turcios is the lead pastor of the ARISE Seventh-day Adventist Church in Miami, FL. A church designed to reach the secular, post-Modern/post-Christian populations of South Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Southern Adventist University, a Masters in Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from Andrews University.

He is responsible for the development, training, and equipping of new church plants to reach secular populations in South Florida by the Florida Conference. He helped found the youth discipleship initiative ‘Jesus Loves Jeans’ and directed the television program, ‘Generation Access,’ in the city of Houston, TX, with a reach of more than 3 million people. He has been blessed to serve God together with his wife, Alexandra, for over 22 years. He is the proud and grateful father of Daniel 19, and Isabella 16.