Speakers

Our Speakers

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Dr. Don Brawley III (Host)

Dr. Don Brawley III is a Church Strategist who helps leaders get where they want faster. He earned his Masters of Organizational Leadership & Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University’s School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He is a multi-continental church planter and the lead pastor of Canaan Church International, a thriving church in Snellville, Georgia. Dr. Don travels the US & internationally consulting pastors, coaching business owners, developing leaders, and delivering inspiring messages. In March 2015, he was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives for his accomplishments. He is the co-author of Weathering the Storm: Leading in Uncertain Times with Dr. Samuel R. Chand. Don has been married to his high school sweetheart Mona for 27 years. Together they are the proud parents of three children: Brandon, Chantelle, & Aaron.

As a Dream Releaser Dr. Sam Chand serves Pastors, ministries and businesses as a Leadership Architect and Change Strategist. Dr. Sam Chand has served as senior Pastor, college President, Chancellor and President Emeritus. He personally consults, mentors and coaches some of the country's largest church Pastors, speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches, corporations, Leadership Roundtables, Minister's Conferences, seminars and other leadership development opportunities. He was named in the top-30 global leadership Gurus list. His singular vision for his life is to Help Others Succeed. Dr. Sam Chand develops leaders through Leadership Consultations, Leadership Resources - books/CDs and Leadership Speaking. Leaders are using Dr. Sam Chand's books as handbooks worldwide in leadership development. Being raised in a pastor's home in India has uniquely equipped Dr. Sam Chand to share his passion - that of mentoring, developing and inspiring leaders to break all limits - in ministry and the marketplace.

Bishop Bronner is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he finished as the top student in the field of religion. In 2001 he earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Christian Life School of Theology and in 2003 he was consecrated as Bishop by the International Communion of Charismatic Churches. He serves on the Board of Directors and is part owner of Bronner Brothers Manufacturing Company, a multi-million dollar family-owned corporation which has been in the hair care business for over fifty-five years. Bishop Bronner is the founder/senior pastor of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, founded in 1991, with more than 15,000 members. Many regard Bishop Bronner a leader’s leader consequently, he is a much sought after conference speaker and leadership trainer, whose travels have taken him around the world. As an accomplished author and speaker Bishop Bronner’s message reaches millions weekly through his national television and radio broadcast. Bishop Bronner resides in Atlanta with his wife, Nina, four daughters, one son and 4 grandchildren.

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Bishop Michael Pitts

Michael and Kathi Pitts are the founding pastors of Cornerstone Church in Toledo, Ohio and oversee the Cornerstone Global Network of churches and leaders. The young couple married in 1984 with a passion to see God’s Kingdom established. For a little over a year they commuted from Lima to Toledo to hold weekly services. Then, in 1986 they founded Cornerstone Church with a $1000 gift from their parents, a Bible, and the desire to see God build a church where people from all backgrounds could gather together and experience the redemptive love of God. That same early passion that ignited their journey continues to fuel it forward today. Bishop Pitts apostolic ministry can be most noted by his fervor for Kingdom order and on-time revelation. His unique preaching style has gained him access to Churches around the world. These countries include: countries such as: New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Mexico and England. Michael has authored over a dozen books.

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Pastor Ricky Temple

Dr. Ricky Temple is one of America’s most innovative leaders. His straight forward and captivating messages have endeared him to many around the country. His unique communication style gives him the ability to take complex subjects and make them easy to understand. But it’s his deep commitment to developing leaders, churches, and families that has made him a sought after speaker and consultant. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Overcoming by Faith Ministries in Savannah, GA, a church he has faithfully served since 1981. He earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Life Pacific College and for excellence in committed service and ministry achievement Pastor Ricky was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the International Church of Foursquare Gospel in 1997. From June of 2011 to December of 2013 he was called to a coast to coast ministry as he stepped in as the Lead Pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, CA, while continuing to serve at Overcoming by Faith. He is the co-author of a book, “Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices”.

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Bishop Jim Bolin

Jim Bolin is a speaker, author and follower of Jesus Christ and has been guided by a passionate vision to bring love, accept and forgiveness to a hurting society. As part of that vision, Jim and Robin, his wife of over 38 years, their son Jason and daughter Jessica along with a small group of supporters began Trinity Chapel on September 11, 1983. That humble beginning would grow into a congregation of several thousand members and faithful attendants. Today Jim’s ministry has moved into its next phase of consulting churches and coaching pastor’s around the United States and even into several foreign nations. As senior pastor with over 35 years of experience, a teacher and author of two books, (Recognizing the Spirits that Hinder the Flow of God and The Rope of Hope), Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the challenges facing pastor’s and churches today. Jim attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN and received his Doctorate of Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. He also completed the Dream Releaser Coaching program with Dr. Sam Chand in the summer of 2011. Then in February of 2012 Jim and Robin became senior pastors of The Landing Church in McDonough, GA. He and Robin still reside in Powder Springs and continue supporting their son Jason and his wife Sarah who now serve as Senior Pastor’s of Trinity Chapel. Jim and Robin’s life is a testimony that “hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5).

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Pastor Joe Bowman

Joseph S. Bowman IV is a cultural architect and trendsetter for his generation. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Integrity Life Church (Seattle, WA). ILC is a vibrant ministry that tangibly impacts people of all ages, socioeconomic classes, and ethnic backgrounds. Jospeh is a catalyst and community change agent; lending his heart and wisdom to the "policy makers" (elected officials, the superintendent of schools, chief of police and the leaders of several community business organizations) in multiple sectors! Joseph and his wife, Pamela, live in the Seattle area with their four miracle children Joseph, Josiah, Jewell & Joshua The Bowman’s authored a book: "The Promise Prematurely Delayed" , detailing their personal journey of infertility and the grace extended to them presently raising four children.

Rev. Brawley began his full time career in ministry in 1994 at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. An integral part of the St. Paul leadership since his arrival, Rev. Brawley served as Assistant Pastor with oversight of various ministries and activities and in 2009, was named Lead Pastor. His innate skill for organizing plays a dynamic role in the church’s community development activities where he serves as a member of the Governance Board and Strategy Team of East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC), an organization on the forefront of construction projects that have resulted in over 3000 affordable homes and a $73 million dollar educational campus in the borough of Brooklyn. Among other community development initiatives, Rev. Brawley is the Founder and Board Chair of Imagine Me Leadership Charter School (IMLCS), the first all-boys charter school in East New York, Brooklyn. A published author, Pastor Brawley resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Debra and their two children, Rhonesha and Michael.

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Bishop Melvin Brooks

Bishop Melvin Alphonso Brooks is the Senior Pastor of New Jerusalem Apostolic Church, Deputy Presider and C.O.O of Jabula (New Life) International Ministries, which is represented in 27 nations around the world. He is an accomplished Author, International Speaker, Mentor and Overseer of Churches worldwide. Melvin Brooks was born on 7th October 1955 in St Catherine, Jamaica to Catherine Howard and Joshua Brooks and was brought up by his grandmother from the age of 1½ to 15 years old, while his parents immigrated to England. In 1978 Melvin married his wife Yvonne and they have been blessed with 3 children (Rebecca, Adam and Matthew) and 2 Grandchildren, (Maya and Jade). Bishop Brooks and his wife Yvonne (the Assistant Pastor) deliver a variety of counselling services. They are a ministry-orientated couple, who have a passion to strengthen and support marriages and relationships. Bishop Brooks is a pastor who sincerely believes that the church should be the loudest voice in the community and has much to offer to both its congregation and the wider community. He has particular interests in reaching the marginalised, single parents and juvenile ethnic youths, especially those who have been excluded from mainstream education.

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Pastor William Flippen

Dr. Flippin is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Currently, he faithfully serves as Senior Pastor of The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1990, Pastor Flippin has led The Greater Piney Grove to a unique sense of mission and outreach. Dr. Flippin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Business Administration from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, Dr. Flippin holds a Master of Divinity (Cum Laude) from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While in seminary, he was a scholar for the Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship and The Fund for Theological Education. Dr. Flippin has a Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Flippin is currently a Certified Life Transformational Coach and a Certified Leadership Coach Trainer where his main objective is to Raise Leaders.

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Pastor Tom Flores

Pastor Tom Flores has been in ministry for over 27 years with a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Theology. Before being launched out to start Elevate Life Church, He was on staff as an Associate Pastor at The Rock Church and World Outreach Center in San Bernardino Ca. for over 9 years which is a ministry of over 22,000 members. In 2010 Pastors Tom and Heather were launched out from The Rock Church & World Outreach Center to start The Rock Church Riverside, Ca. In 7 short years the ministry has grown from 12 people to over 1500 in weekly attendance. Pastor Tom's has been a Teacher of The Word for over 30 years, Pastor Tom & Heather Flores have been Married for over 27 years and have 3 boys Tommy, Matthew & Justin.

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Pastor Kirstie Foley & Pastor Kristie Brawley

Pastors Kirstie Foley and Kristie Brawley have been engaged in youth ministry for over 10 years now. They now pastor the Ignite Youth Ministry at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. Together, they have built a leading African American youth ministry that draws hundreds of students for powerful discipleship. Their Ignite Youth Ministry, annual Ignite conferences, and Elite 31 mentoring program for young ladies continue to transform the lives of thousands of young people. They have also co-authored a book, Double Vals, that prepares students for success in college and life beyond. These sisters share a passion for teaching, mentoring, leading worship, and making disciples of their generation.

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Dr. Reginald Garmon

Dr. Reginald P. Garmon Sr. serves as Senior Pastor of Word of Faith Love Center, a thriving inter-denominational ministry located in the heart of East Point, Georgia. Pastor Garmon is known for his practical and dynamic teaching style which helps people apply the timeless truths of Scripture to their everyday lives. Dr. Garmon's passion is seeing lives enriched and transformed because of the Word of God.

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Pastor Ronald Godbee

Pastor Godbee’s transformative message, passion of worship and love for people has given him the touch of God for these times. He currently serves as the lead pastor of The River Church in Durham, North Carolina.

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Pastor Walter Harvey

Bishop Walter Harvey is a pastor, author and kingdom builder. He serves globally and locally in the greater Milwaukee Christian community and in the Assemblies of God in numerous- leadership areas. He is President of Walter Harvey Ministries, Inc., an international media and consulting firm. Bishop Harvey is noted for his humorous, practical yet powerful teaching style. He is also the devoted husband of Lady Judy Harvey, the proud father of one son, Nicholas and grandfather of Autumn Marie Harvey.

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Pastor John Ogletree

Pastor John Ogletree is well known and loved throughout Houston and especially the Cy-Fair community. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1973 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1979. He accepted the call into the gospel ministry in 1982. In 1985, he was ordained at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. He became the founding pastor of First Metropolitan Baptist Church in 1986. Pastor Ogletree provided leadership in the purchase of 25.2 acres of land along Beltway 8 in Northwest Houston. He is a Trustee and serves as President on the Cy-Fair-Independent School District Board. Pastors John and Evelyn Ogletree are co-authors of “Making Your Home the Green Zone” and “Transforming Words for the Home”. They have been married for 40 years.

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Pastor Scott Thomas

Scott has been in fulltime ministry since 1991. In January 2011, Scott and his wife, Cindy, birthed Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, Florida. Scott is known for his practical teaching and creative delivery of biblical truths that inspires people with real passion, hope and hunger to know Christ. His extensive Hebraic insights, along with his humorous and culturally engaging style, reaches audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Scott is a certified life coach and a passionate student of Judaic/Hebraic studies. He holds his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lee University as well as a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Newburgh Theological Seminary. He has earned a Doctorate degree in Divinity from Master’s International University of Divinity.

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Pastor Anthony Trufant

Since November of 1990, Anthony L. Trufant has served as the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY (www.ebcconnects.com). He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A.), Colgate Rochester Divinity School (M.Div.), and Seton Hall University (M.A). He has completed coursework towards a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling at Hebrew Union College of New York City. Currently, he is a doctoral student at Bakke Graduate School, where he is pursuing a degree in Transformational Leadership. He holds a certificate in Conflict Resolution Mediation and he is an executive coach with the John Maxwell Team. Furthermore, he is the sole owner and operator of Tru4U, LLC, a organizational consulting and executive coaching company. His biblically-based, Christ-centered preaching and teaching seeks to hold together spiritual formation, pastoral counseling, and social justice. He is married to Muriel Goode-Trufant, the Managing Attorney for NYC Law Department, and is the proud father of two young adult daughters, Sharise and Toni.

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Pastor Michael Turner

Michael Turner is Founding and Lead Pastor of Turning Point Church, in McDonough GA. Michael is known for his relevant teaching style, his passion for building strong, God-first families and his heart to see the fatherless restored. He has an earnest desire to help people identify their gifts and passions to fulfill their God-given purpose. He and his wife Charla have three children and live in McDonough, Georgia where they launched Turning Point Church in 2003. Michael released his first book called "Watch Me Daddy - the Cry of the Generations", which speaks to the fatherless crisis in our culture and how God is restoring generations.

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Pastor James Whitely

Rev. James Whitely, Pastor of Discipleship Groups at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral Lead Connector, Covenant Connection Groups Since moving to Atlanta in 1981 Rev. James Whitely has served on the staff of four mega-churches. He is currently the Small Group Pastor at Word of Faith Worship Cathedral where Bishop Dale C. Bronner is Senior Pastor. From many years of studying cell group ministries and training small group leaders Rev. Whitely has answered the "Call" to start Covenant Connection Groups (CCG’s) CCG’s mission is to help other churches start and grow their small group ministries and realize the benefits of Life-Change and discipleship for their members through authentic small groups. Pastor Whitely has truly experienced for himself that "Life is Better Connected!"

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Robin Ware, Church Consultant

Through her agency, Robin works with Pastors and Churches providing leadership training, marketing and event plannig. She has been blessed to work with notable individuals including Bishop Paul Morton, Verizon How Sweet the Sound, The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, Marcus D. Wiley, Bishop William Murphy, III, Gospel Today Magazine, The Gospel Heritage Foundation, Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Triumph Church of Detroit, The Gospel Music Channel (now UPLift TV) and others.

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Bishop Darnell Williams

Bishop Darnell is gifted in merging biblical leadership and management together in a seamless fashion. As a dynamic preacher and teacher of the word, he is a conference speaker and workshop presenter. He serves as a local church pastor, likewise as a denominational leader within the Assemblies of God and Overseer of the New Life Network. Currently, he is pursing a Doctor of Ministry degree.