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2019 Speakers

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Chonda Pierce

Chonda Pierce

Stand-up comedian | Television hostess | Author | Actress

Emmy®-nominated and best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce, or “the country comic” as Billboard Magazine
dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of
fierce wit and southern charm. A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and actress, Pierce has
channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. As the RIAA’s
best-selling female comedian of all time, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to
her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every
Ed Newton

Ed Newton

Pastor | 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 multigenerational, 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 Ministry in Pulpit Communication from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh Indiana.
Hance Dilbeck

Hance Dilbeck

Executive Director-Treasurer, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma | Speaker

Dr. D. Hance Dilbeck, Jr. is the executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He served as the senior pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs Baptist Church from 2003 until 2018. While Dr. Dilbeck was at Quail Springs Baptist Church, the Lord blessed in many ways.  The church tripled its size, led the entire Southern Baptist Convention in Cooperative Program giving, and played an active part in 32 church planting efforts and one church revitalization effort.

Hance served as a pastor in Oklahoma churches for 30-plus years. Hance was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma and graduated from Pawhuska High School. His undergraduate degree in religion is from Oklahoma Baptist University and he is a two-time graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1992 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2002. He has served in many other areas of denominational work as well, having been the featured preacher for Falls Creek Youth Camp, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Oklahoma Baptist University, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Second Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention, President of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and chairman of the Board of Trustees for the International Mission Board.

Pastor Hance and his wife Julie have been married for 32 years and have three grown sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

A. B. Vines

A. B. Vines

Senior Pastor of New Seasons Church, on multiple campuses in San Diego, CA. | Speaker

Under Bishop Vines leadership, New Seasons Church has become one of the most unique congregations in the San Diego area, developing from a small African American church of 67 members to a congregation of over 1,800 members spanning over 7 different campuses, one congregation serving in Arabic and another congregation serving in Spanish.

Dr. Vines has served as president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Association. He is a member of the advisory board for Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is a Board advisory member for Southeastern Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching. He is also an advisory council member for Convention Advisory Advancement. He has Served as chairman for the Southern Baptist Credential Committeeand served on the Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Committees.

In 2016, Bishop Vines established a Global Church Planting Ministry called New Seasons Church Global Network

In 2016, Bishop Vines was elected and accepted the position of California Southern Baptist Convention President. On October 25th, 2017, he was re-elected for a second term as California Southern Baptist Convention President. June 2018, Bishop A.B. Vines, Sr. was elected and humbly accepted the office of First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Association.

Bishop Vines has studied at Point Loma University, Andersonville Theological Seminary, and the Southern California School of Ministry. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry degree.

Bishop Vines and First Lady Karen are the proud parents of four amazing children and have been blessed with eleven grandchildren.

 Ricky Capps

Ricky Capps

Founder and owner of Master’s Voice | Speaker | Musician

Ricky Capps, is among the few people on Earth that is somewhere between a rare privilege and a high honor to know. Ricky has dedicated his life to that which, without a doubt, God has called him to. Not only does he fulfill the roles of preacher, boss, emcee and friend, Ricky is also the tenor, comic relief and personality of Master’s Voice.

Night after night, city after city, since the group’s inception, fans are amazed at this man’s passion. In short, Master’s Voice has a heart for souls because Ricky does. It starts at the top. “When I die, if people can’t say I reminded them of Jesus, then my life was in vain.”

Bill Britt

Bill Britt

Founder and President of Compel Outreach International | Author | Speaker

Bill Britt married Wendy on June 20, 1980, they have two sons, Jeremy, married to Emily Knowles Britt, and Luke, married to Tracy Dean Britt. Bill and Wendy have been blessed with six grandchildren – Zoe, Haddon, Hudson, Bailey, Hunter and Jovie.

Bill was born on August 20, 1957, and BORN-AGAIN April 18, 1972. He surrendered to the ministry the same month he was saved and was licensed to the Gospel ministry later the same year. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1977. Bill graduated from Louisiana College in the spring of 1979. On October 10, 2002, he was honored to receive the Trustees Distinguished Service Award and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2011-2012. Bill also attended Mid-America Theological Seminary and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Immanuel Baptist Seminary in May 2012. November 2017 will mark Bill’s 40th year in full time ministry.

He is the past President of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists, the Past President of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, also having previously served as Vice-President.

Bill has been a featured speaker at the following conferences: The Florida Baptist Pastors Conference, Louisiana Baptist Pastors Conference, Mississippi Baptist Evangelism Conference, the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference, the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, the Georgia Baptist Evangelists Retreat, the Alabama Baptist Deacons Retreat, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the Bailey Smith Real Evangelism Conference. He has preached in over 1400 Revivals and in Youth Camps and Bible Conferences. He has led over 150 international crusades.

Bill Britt is the founder and President of Compel Outreach International. Compel Outreach International is a global, indigenous missions outreach. The vision of Compel Outreach International is to reach as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, in as many places as possible.

Chanda Graham

Chanda Graham

CEO at Mindful Media Group LLC | Attorney | Musician

An attorney, judge and professional vocalist, no one who knows Chanda Graham is surprised to see her transition from the courtroom to the stage. With deep roots in gospel music, Chanda has been blessed to share the stage with greats such as Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kierra Sheard, the Clark Sisters, Kathy Taylor and Kim Burrell, to name a few. A founding member of the award-winning gospel trio, Set Aside, Chanda is also well known for her gift of music composition, having penned Set Aside favorites “Strength for Your Journey” and “Lord You Keep Blessing Me.” After hearing “Lord You Keep Blessing Me” at his first annual music conference in Nashville, TN, Donnie McClurkin insisted on including it on the compilation CD which was recorded at the conference. Locally, Chanda does a regular gospel brunch at Stella in Midtown, OKC, as well as The Jones Assembly. She is also a studio vocalist, recording regularly for The Music Group and other recording studios, as well as independent music artists of every genre.

Mona Sabah Earnest

Mona Sabah Earnest

Professional Speaker and Corporate Trainer | Author | Speaker

Mona Sabah Earnest was born & raised in the Middle East, lived in England, went to school in Pakistan and then finally moved to the United States. She speaks English, Spanish, and Urdu fluently. She has worked in the Human Resources field and teaches Business, Management, Leadership and Cultural Diversity. She holds her Masters in Human Resources from the University of San Francisco. She is a professional speaker and a corporate trainer.

Mona left Islam and became a follower of Jesus Christ at the age of 35. She has been married to her husband since 1993 and has three beautiful children.

To be a light for the Kingdom of God by sharing my testimony of faith in my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ and by equipping the Church to be an authentic witness to share the Gospel.

Thomas Hammond

Thomas Hammond

Executive Director, Georgia Baptist Mission Board | Speaker

Thomas is a graduate of Augusta State University, Augusta, GA and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Cordova, TN. He previously served as:

President of the Georgia Baptist Convention 2015-2017.
Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee as the Vice President of Convention Advancement. The North American Mission Board, as Senior Director of the Church Evangelism Group.
Director of Missions for the Metrolina Baptist Association in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Minister of Evangelism at Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia.
The Ohio Baptist Convention as an associate in the Evangelism Department.
Chaplain for the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Memphis, Tennessee.

He and his wife, Kerri, have two daughters: Katie and Karley

James Emery White

James Emery White

Senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina | Author | Speaker

Dr. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; President of Serious Times, a ministry which explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts; ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president; and author of more than twenty books that have been translated into ten languages.

Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) began with a single family and has grown to more than 10,000 active attenders on multiple campuses. Meck experiences more than 70% of its growth from those who were previously unchurched and during its formative years was often cited as one of the fastest growing church starts in the United States. Dr. White’s commitment to local church ministry also includes service as Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Anderson University.

Dr. White holds a B.S. degree in public relations and business, along with the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary, where he was awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and Theology. He has also done advanced university study at Vanderbilt University in American religious history, and continuing education at Oxford University in England, including participation in Oxford’s Summer Programme in Theology. He has served as a visiting professor at such institutions as New Orleans Seminary, Southern Seminary, Southeastern Seminary and the Moscow Theological Institute. He has also served on the Board of the Boston Theological Institute, which includes such schools as Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard. 

Among Dr. White’s many books are Gold Medallion nominees Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual, Christianity Today book-of-the-year award winner Embracing the Mysterious God, as well as such bestselling titles as Rethinking the Church, A Mind for God and The Rise of the Nones. His most recent release is Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World. 

He was born in Chicago, and then lived in California, Utah, and Washington during his childhood. His family returned to North Carolina during his teen years. Dr. White and his wife, Susan, have four children and seven grandchildren.

Kie Bowman

Kie Bowman

Senior Pastor Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church, Austin, Texas | Author | Speaker

During Dr. Bowman’s ministry, Hyde Park has baptized more than 4,400 people and began a second campus, The Quarries Church, in 2007.

He has preached at many locations in the United States: National Conference on Christian Apologetics, Charlotte NC; New Mexico Baptist Convention Evangelism Conference; Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis – Awesome August Revival; Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention
Georgia Baptist Evangelism Conference; Southern Baptist of Texas Evangelism Conference; Baptist General Convention of Texas Evangelism Conference; Oklahoma Baptist Pastor’s Conference; Ohio Baptist Convention Men’s Conference; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Campus Revival; Go Tell Youth Camps with Rick Gage; numerous Seminary and College chapels; Southern Seminary, Southeastern Seminary, Criswell College, Oklahoma Baptist University; numerous revivals and conferences. He has also preached internationally at the International Baptist Convention, Interlaken, Switzerland; International Congress on Revival, New Castle, Northern, Ireland; International Missionary’s Bible Conference, Paraguay (IMB of SBC); Pulpit Exchange, Cambridge, England, and St. Andrew’s Street Baptist Church Presentey of Oxford, England.

Dr. Bowman has written three books published in the field of New Testament studies and has contributed to 13 other books. Dr. Bowman is currently writing an adult curriculum on prayer for Lifeway.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky (1980); Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas (1985); and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas (1990)

Kie has been married to Tina L. Bowman since February 1981 and they have 3 adult children: Amanda, Laura and Joseph; all of Austin, Texas.

Elmer L. Towns

Elmer L. Towns

Co-Founder, Liberty University Dean Emeritus of the School of Religion and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary | Author | Speaker

Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and speaker.  He began teaching at Midwest Bible College, St. Louis, Missouri, and was not satisfied with his textbooks so he began writing his own.  He has published over 200 books listed in the Library of Congress, 8 listed in the Christian Booksellers Best Selling List; several accepted as college textbooks.  He is also the 1995 recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit.

He was President of Winnipeg Bible College for five years, leading it to receive American Accreditation and Canadian Provincial authority to offer degrees (1960-1965).  He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Greater Chicago, Illinois, in the field of Religious Education and Evangelism (1965-1971).

He is Co-Founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell Sr., in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence.  Today, the University has over 15,000 students on campus and 100,000 online students. He is the Dean Emeritus of the School of Divinity, and is also Dean Emeritus of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad.  He has held visiting professorship rank in five seminaries.  He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received twelve honorary doctoral degrees.  Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

His personal education includes a B.A. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a M.RE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.    


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