One of the goals for General Council is to equip our leaders. Influence Conference focuses on leadership development and fellowship connection. Come and hear from multiple keynote speakers as they address several relevant topics in ministry and more.
Dr. Allen Tennison has served in pastoral ministry for over 15 years and taught in higher education for over 20 years. Most recently, he has served as the dean of the College of Church Leadership and professor of theology at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An Assemblies of God minister, he also chairs the AG’s Commission on Doctrines and Practices.
For decades, Linda felt like a man trapped in a female body and was exclusively attracted to women. Today, she is content in a female body and wholly attracted to men, offering a unique, compassionate perspective as one who has struggled with her own sexuality and gender identity. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, Linda is a XA missionary and also serves as the executive director of ReStory Ministries. Linda earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary with her dissertation consisting of thirty case studies of men and women who were same-sex-attracted and have experienced transformation. For more about Dr. Seiler and resources on LGBTQ, visit www.lindaseiler.com and www.restoryministries.org.
Andy is the lead pastor of Bellevue Christian Center in Bellevue, NE. He stepped into the lead pastor role in January of 2020. Andy is serving in the church that he was raised in and loves the opportunity to pour into the community he grew up in. He and his wife, Michelle have served together in Bellevue for 15 years in various volunteer and staff roles. Michelle currently serves as the Next Gen. Pastor. They have 3 children: Micah, Ariana, and Isabella. As a family, they are passionate about reaching their city, the outdoors, and good Mexican food.
Alberto has been a visionary from the start. Passionate, driven, and relevant in encouraging individuals to Know God, Love God, and Love people - that they may maximize their fullest potential here on earth. Pastor Alberto and Ashley have served as youth pastors, associate pastors, campus pastors, TV show hosts, and church planters. Today, Pastor Alberto and Ashley are lead pastors of a new church plant called The Collective in the city of Bakersfield, California.
Pastor Angelo Austria serves as the lead pastor of Vertical Church and the President of UpReach Resource Center Ministries in Reno. He also serves as the president of the National Filipino-American Fellowship of the Assemblies of God and the Executive Presbyter for the Northern California/Nevada District of the Assemblies of God. Pastor Angelo is blessed to have three amazing children, Nathan, Faith, and Christine. Currently, he is involved in conducting ministries in the inner-city Reno, helping the people in their community using the concept of development.
Glyn & his wife, Sophia are the Senior Pastors of !Audacious Church, a multi-site, multi-generational church with campuses in Manchester, Chester, Sheffield, Cardiff, Geneva and Online. Glyn is also the National Leader of Assemblies of God Great Britain, a 600-church strong Pentecostal denomination and co-chair of Empowered21 for Western Europe. A powerful and sought-after communicator, Glyn's messages and motivational teaching continue to inspire people of all generations throughout the world. He and Sophia have two children, Georgia and Jaedon.
John Easter serves as director of Partnership Development for Assemblies of God World Missions. In this position, John helps church leaders and ministry networks align God’s people with the mission of establishing the Church among all peoples everywhere.
AGWM is at the forefront of this endeavor with over 2,600 cross-cultural workers serving in over 190 countries and provinces around the world. Partnership Development works to strategically increase the sending capacity of the local church through heightened awareness and greater participation with Christ’s mission. Our global efforts of reaching, planting, training, and serving are better positioning the present and future generations to meaningfully align our lives with God’s priority for the world.
John and his wife, Cheryl, pastored in the United States for 10 years before he and his family were called to Africa, where they served for 22 years. Prior to his appointment as director of Partnership Development, John worked for nearly a decade as the executive director of Africa’s Hope — a resource organization supporting educational initiatives in 46 African nations through the efforts of more than 380 schools that equip over 23,000 students annually.
John and Cheryl have three sons: Kevin, John-John, and Mitchell. Mitchell and his wife, Alyssa, have blessed the family with four grandchildren.
Hi, we are John and Brooke Skipworth, the founding and lead pastors of Oaks Church. We recently planted our first church in our home state with our three children: Finley, Fisher, and Foster. We always desired to plant a church that reflects our heart for helping people find Jesus and reaching the world through Northeast Louisiana. In early 2021, after much prayer, fasting and confirmation we shared our dream that we felt called home to plant Oaks Church with the large church that we were currently pastoring in Rochester, MN. In June 2021, we moved back to Louisiana and began preparations for making this God-sized dream a reality. On October 17, 2021, Oaks Church officially launched in Monroe, Louisiana with 500 people at ULM's Bayou Pointe Event Center. God has been so faithful to Oaks Church since the very beginning. We’ve been given a multi-million dollar property, had a miraculous first financial year, watched many people find hope in Jesus and have been blessed to be able to fund and serve at many outreach projects. Since then, we have doubled in size, our budget has doubled, and the construction on our new (permanent!) church home is underway. The best part is we know this is just the start of Oaks Church's impact! We prayerfully plan to expand our reach both locally and globally in the near future by funding more outreach/mission opportunities, planting more OC campuses throughout the region, and continually grow through building community in life groups. We also are launching an SUM in-house cohort this August, and every department is expanding. Oaks Church is just getting started, and we truly believe the best is yet to come!
Born and raised in the Carolinas, Kris Dillard & his wife, Ashley, have served many years as lead pastors at Marked church in Fayetteville, NC. The love birds have been married now over 10 years and have 5 beautiful children: Noah Sparrow, Judah Spear, India River, and their twin girls Georgia & Gianna.
Dr. Nate Ruch is the lead pastor of Emmanuel, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church gathering in several locations of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Nate and his wife, Jodi have been leading Emmanuel since the spring of 2013. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in higher education as a Vice President for North Central University. Nate is known for leading staff with a shepherd's heart, helping prepare leaders and churches to be future-ready for succession and guiding a diverse church throughout the tumultuous social conflicts that emerged following the tragic killing of George Floyd. He received his Doctorate in Ministry from AGTS, is on the Lead Team for CMN, is a General Presbyter and serves on the Board of North Central University.
Tim and Addie Parke have been serving as lead pastors for 10 years at New Life Assembly of God in Monticello, Arkansas. During their time at New Life they have been part of tremendous growth, leading the church through the addition of a second campus and a major facility construction. Pastor Tim has a heart for small town ministry and especially for the Arkansas Delta region. Tim and Addie have four kids, two daughters-in-love and one granddaughter.
Tuesday, Aug 1st 2:00PM - 4:00PM & 6:00PM - 8:00PM