Adam is the founding pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. The church began in 1990 with four people (Adam, his wife LaVon, and their two small children) and a dream of creating a congregation where thinking people – non-religious and nominally religious people – would become committed followers of Jesus Christ. In the years since, the church has become the largest United Methodist Church with over 20,000 children, youth and adult members and an average weekend worship attendance of 10,000. Adam is the author of over 25 books including Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times and Making Sense of the Bible. He has been married to LaVon since 1982, and she has been a critical partner in every dimension of his work. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.
Session: Preaching as an Art Form
Originally from Canada and Southern Mississippi, Sarah currently serves First United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa, California, where she is the lead pastor for a church re-start and revitalization. Sarah has a passion for music, traveling, acting, creating art, playing and watching sports. The biggest blessings in her life are her random assortment of talented friends and her amazing mutt of a dog, Tenor.
Kevin is the senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology and his D.Min. from Duke University. A dynamic preacher, avid reader, and social activist, Kevin’s research focuses on translating the methods of the Civil Rights Movement into a modern strategy for social justice and racial reconciliation. He is the author of two books, including Breaking the Color Barrier: A Vision for Church Growth through Racial Reconciliation, and he is married to Dr. Ashleigh Murriel. They are the proud parents of their daughter, Scarlett Grace.
Jerusha, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, is an ordained pastor in the American Baptist Church (USA) and recently served as a United Methodist Global Ministries mission partner in the Fiji Islands. She has spent her ministry preaching in cross-cultural spaces and bridging denominational communities. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Overshadowed Preacher and is committed to encouraging the voices of young preachers – particularly the voices of women – in the risky proclamation of gospel hope.
Charley is senior pastor of Pasadena Community Church (UMC) in St. Petersburg, Florida. With 20+ years as a local pastor and 15+ years teaching the practice of preaching, Charley has developed a reputation as a coach who equips preachers to be their best in the pulpit. Charley is also author of four books and is a contributing writer for the Feasting on the Word commentary. Charley has written articles for Circuit Rider, Preaching magazine, Ministry Matters, and Leading Ideas.
Session: The Preaching Life
Scott is the campus pastor at Resurrection Downtown, a campus of Church of the Resurrection located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. Before life in church, Scott spent five years working in finance and investments. He is a coach and mentor to church planters across the country and speaks with church leaders about engaging emerging generations. Scott has authored three books: The Misfit Mission, The Kaleidoscope Effect: What Emerging Generations Seek in Leaders, and Pursuit: The Seven Dimensions of a Missional Life. Scott is married to Rev. Wendy Lyons Chrostek and they are the proud parents of Freddy Lyons.