Meet the Presenters

Our presenters will help you to reimagine what community engagement can look like by introducing new technologies, social service events, community networking tools, as well as traditional and progressive evangelistic methods. With seminars and workshops on church growth and evangelism, we will leave you with a ministry toolkit for God to move your congregation from the sideline to the front-line of Kingdom growth using communication and cutting edge resources for ministry, leadership, and Biblical teachings presented by experts who are not just reading about it, but living it in daily ministry.


Keynote Speaker


VP for Mission Integration, Adventist Health Northwest Region

Dr. Terry Johnsson

Adventist Health

Terry Lyndon Johnsson is Vice President of Mission Integration for the Pacific Northwest Region for Adventist Health in Portland, Oregon. He was the first African-American from the state of Oregon to serve as United States Air Force Presidential Honor Guard at the White House for three Presidents. His story is nothing short of a miracle, considering he was diagnosed with an extreme case of dyslexia as a young man. He went on to earn two undergraduate degrees, a Masters, and a Doctorate from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. His full story can be found in his books, “For His Honor” and “Aim High.”

Sunday, 7:00 p.m. – Topaz 2

The Power of Words

Words have power; they can either help or hurt, inspire or discourage. They are one of Gods greatest gifts given to us. You will hear the true tale of two teachers and how one used words to discourage and the other used words to encourage a second grader that went on to serve three Presidents at the White House. Learn how your words have power.

Monday,  10:00 a.m. & Tuesday 10:00 a.m. (Repeated) – Topaz 1

 “You Too Can Make a Difference in Your Community

After just one year in his community of Portland Oregon, this chaplain has been the first in his denomination to be asked to have special prayers for the mayor and major community events in a city that prides itself of being the most secular city in America. A year later he received the highest and most prestigious award given out from the city of Portland: The Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.  Cities and communities are ripe for true, no strings attached, spiritual leadership and involvement. Learn how you too can be a spiritual player in your community.

Manny Arteaga


Founding Pastor, Kalēo SDA

Manny Arteaga

Kalēo Seventh-day Adventist

Manny is the founding pastor of Kalēo Seventh-day Adventist Church, a vibrant congregation in Southern California. He has a degree in Business Administration from La Sierra University, a Masters in Theological Studies from HMS Richards Divinity School, and is currently working on his Doctorate in Urban Ministry at Fuller Seminary.

As passionate as he is about ministry, he considers his greatest accomplishment to be married to Keren, the girl of his dreams, and raising three incredible children: Sophia Xareni, Karissa Bella, and Sammy.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. & Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. (Repeated) – Sage

Church Planting is a Bad Idea

Lessons in church growth from planting a thriving second generation church. Discover the principles in the planting and replanting experience which creates a flourishing congregation. 

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Topaz 2

A Many-Colored Kingdom

A look at how the early church confronted cross-cultural relations as they carried on with the Gospel work.

Leon Brown


President, Nevada-Utah Conference

Leon Brown

Nevada-Utah Conference President

Elder Leon B. Brown, Sr. is the President of the Nevada-Utah Conference. He has served the Seventh-day Adventist church in various capacities for 19 years. He holds degrees in Theology and Business from Oakwood University and Andrews University. He has also earned a D.Min. from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Leon believes that his single greatest earthly achievement is that Jesus Christ is Lord of his life.

Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – Topaz 2

Ministry to the Least of These

One of the original aims of the Adventist Church was clearly linked to Jesus’ ministry description in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 4. Our challenge today is to make Christ’s ministry and mission our own. Not only must we never forget this but must also immediately apply it wherever we live and share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus.

Dave Gemmell


Associate Ministerial Secretary, NAD

Dave Gemmell

North American Division Ministerial Association

Dave Gemmell is an Associate Director of the North American Division Ministerial Association. His role is to discover, develop, and distribute resources for clergy and enhance the pathway into professional ministry for new pastors. In addition, he serves as a volunteer Associate Pastor for New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fulton, Maryland. He has earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in multi-cultural leadership from Fuller Theological Seminar, Master of Divinity at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor in Theology from Pacific Union College.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. – Topaz 1

Revitalizing Your Church

Many churches have lost their ability to reach their community for the Kingdom and have plateaued or declined. What can be done to revitalize these congregations? Come visit five Adventist churches that have reignited their missional vision of becoming an authentic Christ-centered church. As Dave leads in this documentary experience, he will call on you to reflect on your own congregation’s vitality and stimulate strategies to strengthen your community impact.   

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – Topaz 1

Prophylactic for Heresy

Some churches get derailed from their mission of reaching their community for the Kingdom with theological squabbles which can ultimately threaten both life and eternal life. What should leaders do when confronted with the latest theological fight? Rather than stamping out the continually morphing heresies is there something we can do to prevent heresy from taking root in the first place? This workshop gives time proven approaches that equip members to become so strong in their faith that heresy can’t take root, resulting in a congregation that stays focused on mission.

Walt Groff


Pastor, Grace Place SDA

Walt Groff

Grace Place Seventh-day adventist

Walt Groff has been a pastor for 30 years in the Northern California Conference where he is known as an innovator and valued member of the Conference team. He has pastored the Gracepoint Adventist Church in Rocklin, California, through its transition from plant to thriving multiservice congregation.

One of Gracepoint’s highest honors is to have been chosen as the subject of a current North American Division documentary series about growing churches. He has spoken for churches across the United States, in the Philippines and in Great Britain.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. – Sage

Becoming A Community Asset: Part 1

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – Sage

Becoming A Community Asset: Part 2

Gracepoint Adventist Church was established in what some believe to be a difficult community to reach-- the middle class, highly educated suburbanite setting. This church plant in 1992 has grown to a thriving congregation of six hundred. Although growth has not been rapid it has been steady. This has required the church to continuously search for methods that are both true to Adventism and understandable to an increasingly secular population.

Anthony Wagenersmith


Associate Director, NAD Evangelism Institute

Anthony Wagenersmith

North American Division Evangelism Institute

Anthony WagenerSmith is Associate Director at the North American Division Evangelism Institute and Professor of Christian Ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He pastored and planted churches in the Florida Conference, has a doctorate in Missional Church Planting, and equips people and organizations to develop mission-shaped support systems.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. – Blackrock

Church Planting Basics: Three Keys Before You Start a Worship Service

The ministry of starting a new congregation rests on the success of how you begin. Learn the crucial Biblical principles and practical steps you can adopt that will help you find the fulfillment of a vision of beginning a new mission work in your city.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. – Blackrock

A Missional Process to Select and Empower Local Elders

Whether you are beginning a church plant or seeking to grow your own church into a more intentionally outreach-centered, the local elder is a key to achieving these goals. How can we accomplish this work effectively and intentionally?

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – Blackrock

How the NAD Evangelism Institute Can Resource Your Conference’s Vision for Evangelism and Church Planting” (Repeated)

Learn how to work cooperatively with your local conference in dreaming about how you can be a church plant pioneer. Conference leaders will learn how NADEI can support their aspirations for accomplishing for mission.

Kara Johnsson


Associate Director, NAD Evangelism Institute

Kara Johnsson

Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist

Kara Johnsson is passionate about building communities who experience God’s Kingdom now by sharing life together and being a blessing in the wider community. She is currently the interim co-lead pastor of Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist church in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Australia, she is married to Terry Lyndon Johnsson and they love the adventure of a life journeyed with God.

Monday, 8:30 a.m. – Topaz 2

God and Esther

From the familiar story in the book of Esther reside lessons for a transformative life today. God’s work in the life of Esther brings renewed hope in facing the complexity of life.

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – Topaz 2

God and Mordecai

From the familiar story in the book of Esther reside lessons for a transformative life today. God’s work in the life of Mordecai brings renewed hope in facing the complexity of life.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. – Pyramid

The Blessing of Cultural Hospitality

In an increasingly diverse society, cultural hospitality is essential for reaching our communities. You will learn the principles and practice that can help establish your church as a welcoming place that leads people to the discipleship walk with Christ.

Errol McLean


Associate Director, NAD Evangelism Institute

Errol McLean

North American Division Evangelism Institute

Errol McLean serves as Associate Director for the North American Division Evangelism Institute.  Prior to that ministry assignment he served in the Bermuda Conference as pastor, departmental director and later as Ministerial Secretary. Errol completed his undergraduate studies in theology at the Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica where he was born. He holds an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Management from Webster University, a Masters in Pastoral Ministry and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism and Church Growth from Andrews University. He is also a certified diversity development facilitator. He has a deep commitment and expertise in evangelism and revitalization of plateaued and declining churches.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. & Monday 2:00 p.m. Cutthroat

How to Win Friends and Influence People for Christ: Part 1” (Repeated)

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. & Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – Cutthroat

How to Win Friends and Influence People for Christ: Part 2” (Repeated)

This presentation removes the fear of witnessing by allowing faith sharing to occur through normal organic relationship. It teaches personal relationship building skills for connecting to people and pointing them to Christ. This is done using three kinds of personal faith stories, learning when and how to ask diagnostic questions, and through giving the gospel presentation and the gospel illustration. This approach allows for intentional non-threatening Christlike connection with people, through reaching for their hearts before reaching for their heads.

Mike Tucker


Speaker/Director, Faith For Today Television

Mike Tucker

Faith For Today Television

Mike Tucker is the Speaker/Director for Faith For Today Television, the oldest religious television broadcast in the world and also hosts the award-winning Lifestyle Magazine, as well as Mad About Marriage television shows and seminars. He served for 17 years as a pastor in Texas. He has additional experience as a counselor, high school Bible teacher, youth pastor, and senior chaplain for medical and psychiatric facilities. Mike holds a Master’s Degree in counseling, and has authored several books.

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – Topaz 1

Small Group Ministry in your Community

The New Testament model of small groups is an avenue into the lives of our neighbors, workplace friends, and other community groups. Learn how to start and succeed in this exciting avenue of Kingdom work.

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Topaz 2

"In the World

God’s calling to Christians is to impart the love of Christ through both words and deeds. While believers are challenged by the Lord to “be in the world and not of it” the needs of the world around us call us to relevant engagement to meet our neighbors with the Gospel.

Larry Witzel


Founder and President, SermonView Evangelism Marketing

Larry Witzel

SermonView Evangelism Marketing

Larry Witzel, Founder and President of SermonView Evangelism Marketing, is a respected innovator with a passion for harnessing technology for ministry. After briefly serving in a local church, Larry has spent over 25 years in marketing and public relations, at both commercial enterprises and denominational entities. Larry has a BA in theology and mass media from Walla Walla University, and an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He is an elder and musician at his local church and serves on the Oregon Conference Executive Committee.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. – Pyramid

Marketing Concepts for Evangelism

Adventist churches grow differently! In this presentation, we discuss several marketing concepts directly applicable to evangelism, including the long sales cycle, the sales funnel, the crucial elements of an effective offer, friction, and advertising frequency. This inspiring presentation has the potential to revolutionize your approach to evangelism and inspire members to do their part.

Tuesday 2:00 p.m. – Pyramid

Principles of Innovation

The world is changing faster than ever! We must change our methods, too, without diluting the Truth. In this seminar, you’ll learn a process for innovation and discovery that you can use to grow your ministry effectiveness. Uncover the questions you should ask and the key steps you must take to innovate successfully. Plus, you’ll learn the secret for turning failure into success. Whether you consider yourself a creative innovator or defender of the tried-and-true, you’ll leave this seminar with practical tools you can use to improve your ministry effectiveness.

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