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


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.


Region Director, Southern California Conference

Danny Chan

Southern California Conference

Danny has been in ministry for 25 years and has a passion for resourcing and revitalizing the local church. He is an avid proponent of prayer as the heart of revival. He recently authored a book titled “The Listening Prayer” that explores practical ways to start a prayer-based revival in local churches. He serves as the LA Metro Region Director for the Southern California Conference.

Monday, 8:30 a.m. — Citrus Ballroom
“How to Un-betray Your Calling”
Explore the ways to protect the heart and fuel for your ministry.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. — Sequoia 1/2
“The Listening Prayer”
The hijacking of prayer and how prayer is at the heart of every revival.

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. — Citrus Ballroom
“A Generous Orthopraxy”
How to be lavish with our outreach and ministry.

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. — Sequoia 1/2
“The Listening Prayer” (Repeated)
The hijacking of prayer and how prayer is at the heart of every revival.


Editor, Message Magazine

Carmela Monk Crawford

MEssage Magazine

Carmela is a former feature writer, reporter, magazine editor and radio host and attorney. She is the editor of Message magazine. The work of advocacy drives her passion. Inspired by the legacy of historic, activist journalists such as Ida B. Wells Barnett, Ms. Monk Crawford found her niche in the dramatic stories of the human condition.

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. — Citrus Ballroom
“Tight Spaces and Special Graces”

Just when you’re ready to wig out, the secret you need to get through.


President, AdventSource

Brad Forbes


Brad has been the President of AdventSource since 1989. During that time AdventSource has grown from a single ministry focused mail order company to a multi-ministry, internet-based organization that serves Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools worldwide. Brad attended Union College where he graduated with a degree in Business Management that included a focus on computer programming and data structure.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. — Sequoia 1/2
“Beyond Greeting: Moving Your Church from Greeting to Guest Services"

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 3/4
“Beyond Greeting: Moving Your Church from Greeting to Guest Services" (Repeated)

The finest hotels in the world boast of concierge service. At the high end of the spectrum those who welcome you to their establishment can book you everything from a cruise to a helicopter. Should you have any special occasions resorts upgrade your lodging to a room with a view or a Jacuzzi tub. Even average places to stay make available people to give you maps and directions, shopping options, and restaurant recommendations. The reason they go to all this trouble is that they hope you will come back and stay again—and tell your friends.


Associate Pastor, Eagle Rock Church

Cherise Gardner

Eagle Rock Church

Cherise is passionate about the power of the Gospel to transform lives and believes we all have vital roles to play in bringing God's kingdom to others. Her life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging men and women how to live up to their full potential in Christ.

Monday, 7:00 p.m. — Citrus Ballroom
“A Faith That Won't Give Up”

Rooted in Matthew 15:21-28, God wants us to be a people whose faith persists in spite of pressure. It is faith that moves the hand of God.

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. — Sequoia 1/2
“Introverted and Extroverted Leadership: Every Leader is Different!”

Introvert, extrovert or ambivert, your preference does not determine your leadership ability. How to maximize your ministry while still “doing you.”


Associate Director for Evangelism, Voice of Prophecy

BIll Payne

Voice of Prophecy

Bill is Associate Director for Evangelism for the Voice of Prophecy. He is responsible for field training of Discover Bible Schools across the North American Division. He has served as Senior Pastor for Honolulu Central Church and as a departmental director for Church Ministries and Youth. Bill has conducted small groups training and evangelistic series in several countries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Adventist University, a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix and a Master of Divinity from Andrews University Theological Seminary.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 1/2
“The Nuts and Bolts of Vision”

What’s the difference between mission and vision? Gain a clearer understanding of how mission, vision, and values drive your personal perspective. Learn how goals, strategies, and tactics can direct your ministry plan. Discover how your unique gifts, talents, and experiences shape your preparation. Together these create a powerfully effective ministry for Christ.

Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 1/2
“Reach Your Community Through an Online Bible School”

What is a Discover Bible School? How can you start one in your local church? Imagine the possibilities of giving a Bible study from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Create a customizable webpage that is uniquely yours. Learn how the soul winning effectiveness of the Online Bible School can be put to work in your ministry.


Senior Pastor, Camelback Church

John StantoN

Camelback Church

John was called to pastoral ministry after a 15-year career in the corporate world. His driving passion is seeing people encounter the presence of Christ and experience His renewal in their lives. His leadership is directed to equipping and empowering his congregation as they become active in discipleship and using their gifts for ministry. John is the Lead Pastor of the Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (Repeated) — Sequoia 3/4
“Discipleship in the Testaments: Christ’s Design for Today’s Church”

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (Repeated) — Sequoia 3/4
“Building for Revival: A Disciple-Making Model”

Most churches want to be thriving places for worship and evangelism, but often reality falls short of this objective. Is it possible that we are missing the one essential component needed to ignite spiritual revival and active member engagement in the church’s mission? Christ has given us His method for spreading the gospel, “Go and make disciples…” Explore with new eyes what He had in mind and how to employ discipleship as a catalyst to building life-changing church ministries.


Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, Pacific Union Conference

Alan Reinach

Pacific Union Conference

Alan has served as Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty in the Pacific Union Conference for more than 25 years. He has been an astute observer of both the political and religious worlds, and their intersection. A nationally recognized expert on religious discrimination, he brings a unique Seventh-day Adventist world view to his subject.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 1/2
“Our Vanishing Rights: Prophecy Fulfilled?”

Ellen White observed that America will repudiate every principle of her constitution as a Protestant and Republican government. What did she mean? Is it happening?

Tuesday, 10:00 p.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 1/2
“The Jesus of Grace or the Jesus of Power? Adventist Witness Amidst the Culture War”

The American Church has abandoned grace in obtaining political power. What are the implications for Adventist witness? How can we present the real Jesus at a time when Jesus Himself warned that there will be so many fakes?


President, Southeastern California Conference

Sandra Roberts

Southeastern California Conference

Sandra Roberts serves as President of the Southeastern California Conference. Her experience includes leadership as a local pastor, youth director, and conference administrator. Sandra serves as a mentor to pastoral leaders across North America and is a sought-after international speaker. She holds a doctoral degree in ministry.

Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. — Citrus Ballroom
"The Outer Fringe"

How far does your vision reach? Job 24 challenges us to emerge as Kingdom citizens that impact our world.


Ministerial Secretary, North American Division

ivan Williams

North American Division

Ivan remembers the calling to full-time ministry at the age of 13 while working in an evangelistic meeting. He prepared for ministry at Oakwood University, Andrews University and Claremont School of Theology. He has served as a pastor, military chaplain, California Assembly State Chaplain and now serves as Director of the Ministerial Association for the North American Division. Ivan is passionate about giving people hope in Jesus and teaching them to live a balanced life.

Sunday, 7:00 p.m. — Citrus Ballroom
“Is It Worth Sharing?”

The Gospel is worth sharing when it has changed you. If the message we profess does not make us like Jesus, it will be viewed as phony and lose its attractiveness no matter how true it may be.

Monday, 10:00 a.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 3/4

The Gospel is exponential! Though Jesus didn't marry us to a particular method, or solidify a specific means, or way of reaching people, He did model with His life. He sent out followers two by two, and taught them how to love and live, which is the essence of discipleship.


Founder and President, SermonView Evangelism Marketing

Larry Witzel

SermonView Evangelism Marketing

Larry is a respected innovator with a passion for harnessing technology for ministry and is Founder and President of SermonView Evangelism Marketing. He has spent nearly 30 years in marketing and public relations including service with La Sierra University, the North Pacific Union Communication Department, and a variety of technology startups. Larry has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Mass Media from Walla Walla University, and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Monday, 2:00 p.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 3/4
“Marketing Concepts for Evangelism”

Adventist churches grow differently! Learn about 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 presentation will revolutionize your approach to evangelism and help motivate your membership to partner in this work.

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. — Bay Laurel North Ballroom 3/4
“Principles of Innovation”

The world is changing faster than ever! We must change our methods without diluting Truth. Learn a process for innovation and discovery that will grow your ministry’s effectiveness. Uncover the questions to ask and the key steps to innovate successfully. Plus, you’ll discover the secret for turning failure into success. Whether you consider yourself a creative innovator or a defender of the tried-and-true, you’ll obtain practical skills you can use right away to enhance your ministry success.

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