Lead Pastor of Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas. | Author, Speaker
Dr. Ed Newton is the lead pastor of Community Bible Church, in San Antonio, a 27,000 member congregation, a multiple campus, missional community of multi-generational, multicultural disciple makers who seek to initiate and celebrate life change in Jesus name. Pastor Ed and his wife, Stephanie have four children in London, Lola, Liv, and Lawson. Together they seek to lead a generation of people to hear Gods voice and respond in extreme faith in obedience. Dr. Newton is an author, speaker, and a leader with an intentional burden to speak into the capital “C” church towards revival, leadership, evangelism, discipleship, leadership, missional living, and especially for the “next” generation to become a “now” generation. Pastor Ed Newton received is formal training from several institutions such as earning a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries from Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, Florida, a Masters in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN, a Masters in Divinity, and Doctorate of Ministy in Pulpit Communication from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana.
Senior Pastor of Houston First Baptist Church, Houston, Texas | Author
Gregg Matte is the senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church. Under his leadership, this historic church founded in 1841 has moved to the cutting edge of ministry and experienced tremendous growth. Before coming to Houston in 2004, Gregg founded Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University — the largest college Bible study in the nation. What started with twelve participants in his apartment grew to a weekly gathering of thousands of students each Tuesday night under his leadership. Gregg holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an author of numerous books, the latest being “Unstoppable Gospel.” Gregg has received the “Outstanding Alumni Award” from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. He was the first pastor and youngest person to receive the honor in the history of the award. Most importantly, Gregg is married to Kelly and together they have a son and a daughter, Greyson (2001) and Valerie (2008).
Pastor of First Baptist Spartanburg, SC | President of The Encouraging Word
Don Wilton has been the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC since 1993. He is the founder and president of The Encouraging Word broadcast ministry which has the potential to reach households in 158 countries through television, radio, and the internet.
Dr. Wilton was born in South Africa where he met and married his wife, Karyn Bolton Wilton. Soon after graduating from Rhodes University, they felt God’s call on their lives for ministry and moved to the United States to attend seminary. Dr. Wilton graduated from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the recipient of six earned academic degrees. After graduating he served at the seminary as the Associate Professor of Evangelistic Preaching for a number of years as well as serving as the pastor of a local church.
In addition to writing manuals, articles, and reviews for the Southern Baptist Convention, and publications such as Preaching and Decision Magazines, he is the author of many books: The Absolute Certainty of Life After Death, See You at the Finish Line, Totally Secure, When God Prayed, A Hope and a Future: Overcoming Discouragement, Praying for a Miracle, Encouragement In His Presence, Defying the Odds: Standing Up When You Want To Give Up; and Undefeated: God’s Strategy for Successful Living.
Dr. Wilton also has the privilege of serving as Dr. Billy Graham’s pastor. They have remained close friends for many years, and Dr. Wilton is a frequent speaker for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Schools of Evangelism and for The Cove.
Dr. Wilton’s ministry has been hallmarked by his uncompromising presentation of the life changing truth of God’s Word. As a result, he is in great demand as a Bible expositor and preaches around the world in crusades, revivals, evangelism conferences, state conventions, and on seminary campuses. He has served as the president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and was elected to be the annual preacher for the Southern Baptist Convention. He has been a favorite speaker for the International Gideon’s Convention both at home and abroad. Dr. Wilton hosts Christian tours to the Holy Land focusing on different areas each year such as Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Rome, Turkey, and Greece.
The Wiltons have two sons, a daughter, two daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. Both of their sons serve in ministry, and their daughter serves with Samaritan’s Purse. Don and Karyn were both born into godly pastors’ homes and as a result they have passed on a rich heritage of ministry to their three children and eight grandchildren. Karyn leads the Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Spartanburg and is a strong supporter, encourager, and helpmate in ministry.
Don enjoys reading, golfing, fishing and watching football, rugby, and cricket. He loves spending as much time as possible with his family.
Best Selling Author | Speaker | Comedian
Best-selling author, frequent radio and television guest, and one of the country’s most sought after inspirational and motivational speakers, Ken’s mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages. He has received the Dove Award for his unique brand of comedy and message.
His books have received national critical acclaim, including the “Book of the Year” award and the Gold Medallion Award. The video and audio tapes of his live appearances are in constant demand. His book, Fully Alive, was made into a feature length film that, after a theatrical release, is now available on Netflix and DVD.
Ken has been the keynote speaker for thousands of major corporate and faith-based events. As president of Dynamic Communicators International, he developed the SCORRE and LAUNCH conferences that for 30 years have taught the art and business of public speaking to ministry professionals and corporate executives.
Ken’s daily radio show, Lighten Up!, is heard on over 1,500 stations in the United States and around the world. His podcast, The Art and Business of Public Speaking, is a go-to resource for anyone who seeks excellence or wants to build a career as a professional communicator.
Ken was born and raised in Minnesota and is a graduate of Oak Hills Christian College. He and his wife, Diane, live in Franklin, Tennessee near their two daughters and six grandchildren.
National Director of Prison Ministries at Evangelism Explosion International
Rev. Arthur Hallett is both an accomplished and talented musician and songwriter. He and his music ministry team “Soul” have completed several CD’s and are currently working on new music projects. Rev. Hallett leads praise and worship, ministers in concert, preaches and teaches as an evangelist in prisons and churches across the country.
Rev. Hallett began volunteering in prison ministry in 1984. In 1989 he began volunteering for EE International. In 1992 he founded Hallett Prison Ministries, Inc. and began devoting his time to full-time prison ministry. In 2000, Rev. Hallett joined the staff of EE international and accepted the position as Director of EE Prison Ministries.
Rev. Hallett is a certified Sr. EE clinic teacher/trainer; he teaches EE to pastors and laymen at various clinic based churches as well as levels 1-4 throughout the prison system. He was involved with Prison Fellowship’s Starting Line ministry several times over the past years. In addition to Prison Fellowship, Reverend Hallett has also collaborated with Bill Glass Ministries and Chaplain Ray’s International Ministry and he has had the privilege of ministering along side of Larnelle Harris, Wintley Phipps, Smokey Robinson and other prominent recording artists. Additionally, he has ministered with Jack Murphy “Murph the Surf” and other former inmates who have returned back to prison as volunteers and are making a tremendous impact in the lives of the incarcerated.
Rev. Hallett is married to his lovely wife Jill and they have a daughter, Alex and three grandchildren. The Halletts make their home in Sarasota, Florida and they have been active, serving members of Sarasota Baptist Church since 1984. They were commissioned as missionaries from Sarasota Baptist in 1994. Rev. Hallett was ordained in 1998.
Junior Hill began his ministry at age nineteen and served as a pastor for eleven years in Alabama and Mississippi before entering vocational evangelism in 1967 as a full- time Southern Baptist evangelist.
A native of Hartselle, Alabama, he received his BS degree from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also been awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Covington Seminary in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA.
He has served as First Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and in 1995 was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of The Year by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He has conducted over 1700 revivals and numerous foreign crusades. In addition he is a frequent speaker at pastors’ meetings, evangelism conferences, seminaries and state conventions across the country.
He and his wife, Carole, are the parents of two children, Mark and Melanie, and the grandparents of five grandchildren.
Evangelist | David Burton Ministries
David and Kathy both grew up in West Tennessee. Kathy made home Memphis…David grew up in a small country town called Tiptonville. They met at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, then moved to Fort Worth, Texas where David attended and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Thankfully, Kathy worked and put David through seminary…What a wife.)
They had their first child, Katie, during the final semester of school and soon moved to DeQueen, Arkansas, to serve in their first full time church. David was Associate Pastor/Youth and Evangelism Director. Both were trained in Evangelism Explosion and this launched David into his heart and passion for a “full throttle ahead” in personal and church evangelism to this very day.They moved to Germantown Baptist Church, in Germantown, Tennessee (just outside Memphis) where David served as Evangelism Director. They had their second child, Josh, while living there.
Later, a second ministry opportunity came from Arkansas. 2nd Baptist Church of Hot Springs, called David to be Minister of Evangelism. From here First Southern Baptist Church in Del City, Oklahoma, called him to work with singles and assist in evangelism training.
Following this ministry, it was God’s timing for David to pastor. Cinco Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, called David as senior pastor. (Interesting, their HONEYMOON was spent in Fort Walton years before where David prayed that God would never move them to Florida…obviously they did not like Florida)…they have now lived in Florida 29 years. In 1989, the Florida Baptist Convention State Board of Missions voted to bring David on as Associate Evangelism Director for the State. The family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where they live to this day. In 2002, David became the Director of the Evangelism Division for the Florida Baptist Convention and a whole new passion was birthed. Continuing to travel an average of 35,000 driving miles a year (plus flying some as well) churches renewed their heart and passion for winning people to Jesus.
With new convention leadership arriving in the summer of 2015, the Evangelism Division was eliminated from its staff. A 501c(3), non profit ministry was birthed that to this day is being blessed by committed supporters from across the country praying and giving through financial gifts. Individuals, companies and churches have decided to give so the ministry that David is so gifted at may continue to push back the darkness and train others to be faithful to doing the same.
In the first year of David Burton Ministries, David preached, taught and inspired others in 12 states and thus far in 2017, he has traveled to 6 states.
President of Creative Force Live | David Edwards Productions
DR. David Edwards, President of Creative Force Live, and David Edwards Productions, lives in Oklahoma City. He is a multi-generational communicator, evangelist and Bible teacher. He travels and speaks to tens of thousands across the nation each year and continues to be in high demand for conferences, churches, colleges, camps and concerts. He has been traveling and speaking for 20 years and is a best- selling author of 25 books He has preached in over 2,000 churches and hundreds of camps and concerts. His most recent book is” Life Verse” published by NavPress/Tyndale . As a communication architect, David is a designer of creative messaging. David works with leaders and pastors to help them to redefine, revision and recast their message. He’s an expert in teaching others the secrets of connecting with any audience effectively to create and structure speeches for maximum impact. As a consultant, he has worked with CEOs to help write and publish their life message and reach wider markets. Find David Edwards at www.davetown.com www.creativeforcelive.com www.yourlifeverse.org
President of Evangelism Explosion International | Author
John Sorensen is the President and CEO of Evangelism Explosion International, a ministry dedicated to equipping and training believers worldwide to witness for Jesus Christ. The impact of EE is global and growing. Millions of Christians have been trained to
share Christ since its founding in 1962, and it is now used in every nation on earth.
This past year, by God’s grace, EE:
-conducted over 2,000 leadership training clinics and workshops
-equipped over 850,000 adults and 750,000 children to witness
-trained believers in over 42,000 churches of more than 400 denominations
-saw over 10.7 million people make a profession of faith
Before being called into ministry full-time with Evangelism Explosion, John worked on regional and national TV and radio ads, as well as for sound design for films. John was honored with numerous local, regional, and national awards like Best Short Film at the New York Film Festival, Best of Show at the Columbus International Film Festival, and PromaxDBA’s Gold Medallion for the best radio ad of 1995. Within the ministry, John has served as the Director of Marketing, Vice President of Ministry Advancement, and Executive Vice President before being appointed President in 2008, an office held previously only by EE’s founder, Dr. D. James Kennedy.
John is the author of Well Done: A Christian Doctrine of Works, written in collaboration with Dr. D. James Kennedy, and, Your Story Counts: Sharing The Most Important Story of Your Life (GreenTree Press), a guide for how Christians can use the story of how God encouraged, changed, or transformed their lives as a compelling tool to reach others with the Gospel. John received a Master of Arts in Evangelism and Doctor of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary, earning their award for the most outstanding work in the department of Missions and Evangelism, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Montreat College. John is married to Ann, has four adult children, and lives in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina.