2018 Conference

Speakers


DIMAS SALABERRIOS

President of Concerts of Prayer
Bronx, New York

Partnering with Dr. Tim Keller and Redeemer City to City, Dimas founded Infinity NY Church, planted at the Bronx River Housing Projects in 2006. Infinity Bible Church targets at-risk, gang-ridden youth and has spearheaded numerous outreach events, and weekly prayer walks, which have been significant factors in virtually eliminating homicides and other violent crimes at Bronx River. Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credits Pastor Dimas and Infinity for the notable drop in crime.  In 2013, Concerts of Prayer Greater NY (COPGNY) unanimously chose Pastor Dimas Salaberrios as its new president. He has been on the COPGNY Board of Directors for several years, an organization that is the largest mobilizing force of pastors in the Tri-state area. Dimas holds a Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary and resides in the Bronx with the love of his life, his wife Tiffany. They have three beautiful daughters: Shirley Ann, Dallas and Skylar.

RON HALL

Co-Author, Same Kind of Different as Me
Dallas, Texas

Ron is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. He is the writer and producer of the Paramount Pictures film, Same Kind of Different As Me. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he and his wife Beth divide their time between Dallas, New York, and their Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth.

GREG LAURIE

Senior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship
Riverside, California

Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America. Greg has been married to Cathe Laurie for more than 40 years and he has two sons, Christopher and Jonathan. Christopher went to be with the Lord in 2008. Greg and Cathe also have five grandchildren.

GARY FROST

Co-Founder, The Hope Consortium
Brooklyn, New York

A graduate of Mount Union College, Central Bible College, and Ashland Theological Seminary, Gary Frost has pastored in both Youngstown, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York for a total of 23 years. As a co-founder of The Hope Consortium, Gary has been very active in mentoring at Rikers Island Corrections where he has developed the Urban Eagle Mentoring Initiative targeting young men 16 through 21 years of age. He has been actively engaged in the work of the Southern Baptist Convention for many years, having served as president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and most recently as Vice President of the Midwest Region and Prayer for the North American Mission Board. Gary and his wife of 39 years, Lynette, have been blessed with 5 sons and a daughter as well as grandparents of 6 grandchildren, and have fostered more than 40 other children.

ROGER SUTTON

Founder, GATHER Movement
Manchester, United Kingdom

Roger founded and leads the GATHER movement a network of over 130 city Gospel Movements across the UK. Roger alongside his wife Lesley directed Movement Day UK held in London in October 2017 which drew together over 1,000 leaders from all denominations and spheres of life, which has resulted in 10 cities across the UK making plans for their own Movement Days. He has worked with others for over 30 years across Manchester to bring about a more strategic and co-ordinated unity across the city to see social, cultural and spiritual transformation.  He serves at a senior level in the Civic leadership of his city area, Trafford in Manchester UK, and is leading on a 15 year Transformation Plan for its poorest areas.  He is married to Lesley, an artist and curator, and they have four children and eight grandchildren.

DR. MAC PIER

Founder, The New York City Leadership Center
New York City, New York

When it comes to developing leaders within the Christian community, few are as successful as Rev. Dr. McKenzie “Mac” Pier, founder and CEO of The New York Leadership Center (NYCLC). After a 2007 survey revealed the time, financial and educational limits facing pastors, Mac founded The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC) as a way of creating and coordinating leadership training and service opportunities to radically impact Greater New York, both spiritually and socially. Mac was also instrumental in founding the first annual Movement Day conference, established in 2010, as a way of catalyzing leadership teams from American’s largest cities to serve their cities more effectively through the advancement of high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships. Mac and his wife, Marya, have been married more than 30 years, and have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Coauthor of The Power of a City at Prayer (InterVarsity Press, 2002), Mac also contributed to Signs of Hope in the City (Judson Press, 1997) and is author of Spiritual Leadership in the Global City (New Hope Publishers, 2008). His latest book is Consequential Leadership: 15 Leaders Fighting for Our Cities, Our Poor, Our Youth and Our Culture (InterVarsity Press, 2012).

JIM DENISON

Founder, The Denison Forum
Dallas, Texas

Jim speaks and writes on cultural and contemporary issues. He produces a daily column which is distributed to more than 113,000 subscribers in 203 countries. He also writes for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian PostCommon Call, and other publications.

He serves as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, where he addresses issues such as genetic medicine and reproductive science. He serves as Senior Fellow with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, where he addresses issues related to politics and religious liberty. And he serves as Senior Fellow for Global Studies at Dallas Baptist University, where he leads the Institute for Global Engagement, chairs the Advisory Board, teaches doctoral seminars, and speaks frequently on campus.

Dr. Denison has taught philosophy of religion and apologetics for over thirty years with four seminaries. He has spoken in China, Cuba, Brazil, Australia, Europe, Israel, Greece, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Turkey. He leads frequent study tours in Israel, Greece, and Europe, and served as a short-term missionary to East Malaysia.

Dr. Denison speaks widely on radical Islam, medical ethics, geopolitics, and other cultural issues. He has served on the boards of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas Baptist University, Mercer University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Howard Payne University, and the Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.

JEFF WARREN

Senior Pastor, Park Cities Baptist Church
Dallas, Texas

Jeff grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and went to East Carolina University where he majored in Communication Arts – Illustration and Graphic Design. He received a Master’s Degree in Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Theological Seminary where his doctoral work focused on Christian apologetics. He was named one of SWBT’s best preachers and was recognized for his doctoral project, which became a six-session study for students in Christian apologetics. After seminary he became the Minister to Students at Park Cities Baptist Church for many years and then became the Minister to Young Marrieds. Later he became Minister over all Married Adults, led the Men’s Ministry and then became the Associate Pastor. He was the founder and speaker of Fast Break, a ministry that presented biblical truth to thousands within the Dallas business community.

In 1999, Jeff became the Senior Pastor of FBC McKinney. Under his leadership the church saw explosive growth, becoming one of the fastest growing churches in North America. Jeff came full circle when he returned to PCBC in 2010, as the Senior Pastor. He has a great desire to see the larger body of Christ work together toward unity in diversity. His unique passion is to unite the Church across racial, economic, and cultural lines, in order to see a Gospel Movement in our city, in our time. He describes his God-given mission as one who has been called to preach the Gospel to the Church, so that we might rescue one another from cultural Christianity, to follow Jesus every day.

Jeff is married to Stacy, and they are parents to three children – twin daughters, Whitney and Emily, and a son, Travis. They gained a son-in-law when Emily married Luke Landers in December 2015 and another when Whitney married Jeff McIntosh in November 2016.

GRANT SKELDON

Founder, Initiative Network
Dallas, Texas

In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, cynical, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network in order to shift the culture of Dallas by training millennials to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making, local missionaries.

Initiative has impacted thousands of young leaders from over 540 different churches across the metroplex. Grant has traveled the world, speaking to over 40,000 pastors, parents, and business leaders on the topic of engaging and empowering millennials. He is currently writing a book that will be published by Zondervan in 2018.

Grant serves on the advisory boards for Harvest America in Dallas and Movement Day Greater Dallas. He is a student at Dallas Baptist University and he leads a small group at Mercy Street Church, a multicultural, urban church plant in West Dallas.

BYRON SANDERS

President & CEO, Big Thought
Dallas, Texas

Byron Sanders is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing. In addition to his work in the financial and educational arenas, his civic leadership includes many high-impact boards such as United Way’s Community Impact Council, Social Venture Partners Dallas, CitySquare, and The ChildCareGroup. Sanders has worked with Big Thought in various capacities since 2008, as a supporter, volunteer, adviser, partner, and most recently, board member.

Sanders is a recipient of the 2014 Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders and 40 Under 40 awards. In 2017, he became a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Sanders resides in the Dallas-area with his wife Celeste and their two young children.

Panel: Every Tribe Every Nation - Collaborative Bible Translation


BOB DOLL

Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Investments

STEVE GREEN

President, Hobby Lobby

KATHERINE BARNHART

Cofounder, Barnhart Crane

MARK MATLOCK

Founder, WidsomWorks Ministries

Panel: Poverty Alleviation & Job Creation


JON PENDERGRASS

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dallas Baptist University

DANIEL PRESCOTT, JR.

CEO, Transformance

SARAH CONNER

Director of Development, HisBridgeBuilders

JOHN BENSON

Director of Program Services, Redemption Bridge

Panel: Education Transformation and Protecting Our Children at Risk


GARY COOK

Chancellor, Dallas Baptist University

CHARLOTTE CARLISLE

Executive Director, Children at Risk

JESSICA TRUDEAU

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Momentous Institute

DYAN ANDERSON

Retired Teacher

IRMA DE LA GUARDIA

Principal, Stephen F. Foster Elementary

Panel: How do Millenials Move the Needle in Our City


GRANT SKELDON

Founder, Initiative

KRISTI KROCK

Director of Operations, Initiative

MONICA ZUNIGA

Founder, We Are Unveiled

KING KRAMER

Associate Pastor of Students, Gateway Church Grand Prairie

CHICHI ONYEKANNE

INTV Band

Panel: The Realities of Racial Reconciliation


BRENDA TEELE

Relationship Manager, Federal Title

GARY BRANDENBURG

Pastor, Fellowship Church Dallas

DEBRA PEEK-HAYNES

Owner, Debra’s Healing Kitchen

GARY FROST

Co-Founder, Hope Consortium

Worship


INTV

Dallas, Texas

In response to the deep division between generations, denominations, and races, INTV intends to tell a different story. We are a collective of young diverse worship leaders who have a heart for our generation to become Christ loving, city changing, church investing, disciple making, local missionaries.

Our backgrounds are different but our stories are the same: “Jesus intervened.” INTV is a band that appreciates the value of dynamic, diverse worship. Whether it’s contemporary, hymns, gospel, hip-hop or songs from the 90s, our worship will be marked by reverence and angst.

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