Ray Beeson is the co-founder of Overcomers Ministries. Overcomers Ministries is a teaching ministry with a special emphasis on spiritual warfare and prayer. With a belief that "understanding" is vital to spiritual growth ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hos 4:6), the ministry endeavors to make plain the powerful truths of God's Word, especially in these two areas.
Ryan serves as an Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, teaching classes on contemporary churches, church and new media, new church movements, church renewal, and culture theory.
Samir is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor, author, community organizer and founder of FaithHouse Manhattan – an interfaith exploration of faith and spirituality. Samir, who holds a Ph.D., from Andrews University, served for several years as a teaching pastor at CrossWalk – a Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Southern California. Samir is the author of It's Really All About God: How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian
(Jossey-Bass, 2009). He has published many articles on topics such as the role of religious organizations and faith in postmodernity and their relationship with culture, spirituality, diversity, and leadership.
Elizabeth is an associate Speaker for the Voice of Prophecy. Before joining Voice of Prophecy, Elizabeth was the senior pastor of the Grace Place in Alhambra, California, and was a university adjunct professor in Biblical Studies. She is presently a Ph.D. candidate in Biblical Studies.
Nicholas Zork is a worship leader, songwriter, recording artist and the director of the Andrews University Music and Worship Conference. He regularly leads worship and performs at events around the United States and abroad. Previously, he served as youth pastor of the Glendale Seventh-day Adventist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana and is currently studying for a PhD.
A dual citizen of the United States and Norway, Erik Carter, DMin, is an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a certified pastoral counselor, and is currently a PhD in practical theology student at Claremont School of Theology. With a deep concern for the faithfulness of the church, Dr. Carter speaks regularly around the country and abroad on matters of theological and spiritual renewal.
Jeff Gang is an ordained pastor for the CrossWalk Adventist Church in Redlands, CA. Jeff is passionate about helping his church be a community of reconciliation and shalom. He writes about these things at "The Suburban Pastor" (http://jeffreygang.com)
, a blog about missional living in suburbia. Jeff has been married to Gina Bietz Gang for 18 years. They have three children, Madison, Braden, and McKenna. Jeff holds a BA from Southern College, an MDiv from Andrews University Seminary, and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. In his spare time he competes in Ironman triathlons.
Dave Gemmell is the Associate Director of the NAD Church Resource Center, a service of the North American Division. His role at CRC is to be a vervent resource catalyst for growing healthy congregations. He also serves as a volunteer Associate Pastor for New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Burtonsville, Maryland.
As President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America he serves on more than 100 hospital, school, and organization boards operated by the church, and lends leadership to mission, evangelism, educational, and humanitarian strategies. During his career, Dan has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator.
Currently serving as Senior Pastor of The Place
in Newbury Park Simon was born in Australia, grew up in a missionary family in New Guinea and practiced as an attorney doing corporate litigation for three years before entering the pastoral ministry. Before moving to The Place
Simon served as Pastor for small groups at Norwalk Adventist Church, he has been leading small groups for the past 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to his small group workshop.
Doug is a pastor, speaker and consultant for churches, denominations and businesses throughout the United States and around the world on issues of postmodern culture, social systems and Christianity. Doug is the author of Church in the Inventive Age (Sparkhouse, 2010), A Christianity Worth Believing (Jossey-Bass 2008), Preaching Re-Imagined (Zondervan 2005), Church Re-Imagined (Zondervan 2004), and BodyPrayer (Waterbrook 2005).
Ed is the Senior Pastor of the Lancaster Seventh-day Adventist Church, CA. Before moving to Southern California Ed served as a Youth Director and pastor in the United Kingdom. Ed Has travelled nationally and internationally speaking at conferences and leadership training events relating to Youth ministry and Worship in a postmodern context. Currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Ed’s research is focusing on Discipleship for the Net Generation.