Our Speakers

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Mark Jobe

Mark is the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in the city of Chicago. He and his wife Dee have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand meeting at over 20 locations throughout the Chicagoland area with over 40 worship services each weekend and 7 cities internationally. Mark is also the founder of New Life Centers, an organization focused on helping youth in underserved areas of Chicago. He holds a Master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary and a Doctorate degree from Bakke Graduate University. Mark is the author of UNSTUCK: Out of Your Cave into Your Call and can be heard on his daily radio program StraightTalk.

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Tony Simon

Tony Simon has been a missionary to Mexico for nearly 20 years. He has planted 13 churches along with his wife Azucena and incredible team at La Fuente Ministries. He is the vice-president for Heart4Mexico, a non-profit organization planting church across Mexico.

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Derek And Krista Forseth

Derek has been in ministry for 20+ years. He served in various mission capacities and Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. He has gladly served in regional and national positions for the FCA since becoming a pastor in 2000. His desire is to see people find Jesus and then find the calling God has placed on their lives (Ephesians 2:10). He has a B.A. in sociology from Adelphi University and has been pastoring at Philadelphia Church in Seattle, Washington since 2007. Derek is married to Krista (25 years) and has four children he adores... Sydney, Gunnar, Annika and Aksel. he loves to coach little league, travel and watch his kids play softball, baseball and hockey.


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Gail Mullen

Gail is Co-Pastor of Victorious Life Christian Center where she has established herself as a highly effective and deeply passionate leader. Gail strives to assist, empower and educate women from all walks of life. Her desire to educate those in need is fully demonstrated by her caring spirit and generosity. As founder of “Covenant Women on the Move” (2006), Gail regularly shares with audiences her feelings about the importance of experiencing health and growth in the three primary areas of life. She believes that a “spiritual, social and emotional balance” is an important key component of a productive life.

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Hollis Graves

Hollis Graves is Lead Pastor at Journey Christian Church in Cloquet Minnesota. He also serves as an Elder in the Upper Midwest Region of the FCA.  He has been in full time pastoral ministry for 23 years. Pastor Hollis and his wife, Vickie have three adult children and five grandchildren. They enjoy many hobbies including hiking and biking, snowshoeing and skiing, fishing and hunting, playing drums, riding motorcycle, traveling and planning and leading mission trips.

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Brett Hollis

Brett Hollis is a Speaker, Storyteller and Comedian.  Having over 25 years of experience pastoring and a number of years entertaining he feels most comfortable with a mic in his hand.  When he isn't speaking and entertaining, Brett enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, traveling and a good meal.  But above all he gets the most joy from laughing with others.  Brett lives in Federal Way, WA with his wife Kim and their two adult children.


Ed Loughran

Ed is the founding pastor of Legacy Vineyard Church of Lockport, IL. Ed is a practicing lawyer for Will County Illinois but is also a pastor. Ed has a passion for the prophetic. Ed has a great heart for missions. He has traveled all over the world doing power and evangelism seminars. He has also traveled for a time with John Wimber & Robbie Dawkins. A few years ago Ed died three times and had to be revived each time. Through this experience Ed received three different visions that has driven his ministry over the last few years. His prophetic gift is amazing ans he wants to release the prophetic into as many people as possible.

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Dr. Nate Mullen

By the age of 16, Nate was ordained the youngest minister in the Church of God in Christ in his home town of Minneapolis, MN. He started his theological training at North Central University, Minneapolis,
www.ncu.edu, and went onto higher learning (D.Min) at Warren Roberts University. After receiving his Doctor of Ministry, Nate served as Assistant Pastor
for 9 years with the Evangelist Crusaders Church in Minneapolis. It was during this tenure that he became involved in Tent Crusades in Davenport, Waterloo and Fort Dodge, Iowa. Nowata, Oklahoma was where he established his first out-of-state church.

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Phil Baker

After 18 years serving in local FCA churches from Minnesota to Long Island, Phil served for 10 years as the Youth Ministry Specialist at the University of Valley Forge, and has his Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. He currently serves at GT Church in West Lawn, Pennsylvania overseeing their Global and Local Outreach, and is the Founder of Ministry Studies Online, a program that is training and raising up ministry leaders across the globe.

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Vernon Johnson

Vernon Johnson graduated with a pastoral ministry degree from Moody Bible Institute in 2014. He’s spent is career working in marketing and advertising through higher ed organization and marketing agencies. Vernon’s passion is seeing the church use the tools and resources in the 21st century to help others see, experience and know Jesus better. He’s married to the love of his life, Ashley, and when he’s not filming Instagram stories he’s hanging out with his kids, Emerson and Harlowe, brewing coffee, or cycling.

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David & Louise Decker

David and Louise Decker are the founders of Waterbrook Ministries, NFP, with a retreat facility, Deer Ridge Ministries Retreat, in Freeport, IL. Waterbrook Ministries was formed to address the practical and preventive needs of clergy. Since 2003, the Decker’s have personally ministered to over 2,400 pastors and missionaries at the retreat center and various conferences and conventions. Waterbrook Ministries seeks to encourage clergy in their calling, promote methods of healthy self-care and provide ways to help them keep their ministry and marriage in healthy balance.

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Sam Snyder

Pastor of Cross Culture Community Church in Minneapolis, MN. Husband to one fantastic woman, wife, mother, and blogger. Father to 5 awesome kids. Dabbling musician, learner, and leader with a passion to join God in his mission to connect the disconnected as God reconciles the world to Himself.


Dean Merrill

I’m a former magazine editor (Campus Life, Leadership Journal, Christian Herald) and editorial director (David C. Cook, Focus on the Family) who has written ten books and coauthored 35 others. My works have twice been honored by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association with Gold Medallion awards, while another was named Christian Book of the Year.

I’ve had the privilege to travel widely overseas, especially during my seven years as a vice president at International Bible Society (now Biblica).


Dave Bechtold

Dave Bechtold is the family pastor with City Church in Madison, WI, and is passionate about leading each child into lifestyle of loving Jesus. His presentation and methods come packaged with testimonies, simplicity, humor and hope. Glean from proven strategies developed over 20 years of leading kids ministry in the same church, and prepare to be inspired and encouraged!

Dave and his wife Sara travel conducting parenting workshops, marriage retreats, family camps and children’s ministry training events. The joy of the Lord is their strength, and their non-religious approach to life and family ministry is genuine and refreshing. Continue the conversation at davebechtold@gmail.com or follow David Bechtold on Facebook for a daily dose of personal engagement and whimsical fun.

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Fred Joob

Pastor Fred Joob recently retired from 45 years of ministry as an associate staff member in 5 churches. He served 5 different pastors and served in positions as Youth Pastor, CE Director, Christian School Teacher, Christian School Administrator, Associate Pastor, Day Care Ministry Overseer, Church Elder and Board Member. He has been married to his wife Linda for 45 years and has 2 grown children and 5 grand children. Since retiring he has been involved in speaking, traveling, acting, singing, golf and serving as a representative in his neighborhood association in Del Webb, a retirement community where he and Linda live in Huntley, IL. Retirement has opened the door for greater availability to local churches for seminars, retreats, preaching and encouraging pastors and associate staff ministers.


Gabe Carlson

Gabriel Carlson is the Associate Pastor overseeing family ministries at Moreno Christian Assembly in Moreno Valley, CA. He is a graduate of Southwest Bible College having received his Bachelors of Biblical Studies and is currently pursuing his Masters in Theological Studies. At the age of 21 he was diagnosed with a rare life threatening disease. That diagnosis took him on a challenging journey of multiple surgeries, including two kidney transplants. Throughout these many challenges, God has proven just how faithful He truly is in allowing Gabe to continue to serve by the sufficiency of God’s grace.

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John Sprecher

In 1980, John and Becky and their young family moved to Rockford, IL, assuming the position of senior pastor at Rock Church for the next 35 years. Following a successful transition in January of 2015 to his associate pastor, Jared Katke, he has now been given the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus. In May of 2015, John stepped into the position of Coordinator/Lead Elder for the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies and has since been engaged in ministry to churches and pastors throughout the country and abroad.


David A. Ogren

David A. Ogren is the Associate Pastor at Lighthouse Christian Church.  His diverse interests in intercultural studies, missiology, and travel have led him to 14 countries worldwide where he has studied, taught and volunteered with numerous organizations.  He holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies, MA in Muslim Studies and MTh in World Christianity...the PhD will be finished in...zzzzzz.  The more he studies, the more he realizes he does not know that much about "stuff" in general.