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President of Converge & Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Pastor Jenkins has been senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden since 1989. During his time the church membership has grown from 500 to more than 10,000 members. He also serves on the board of Bethel University, Project Bridges, the Skinner Leadership Institute, Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable and the National Association of Evangelicals. In addition, Pastor Jenkins serves as chairman emeritus of SHABACH! Ministries, Inc.

Lead Pastor of Story Church Atlanta

Collier is the lead pastor of Story Church Atlanta. He is also the founder of A Greater Story Ministries which houses a nationally televised interview series and podcast called “A Greater Story with Sam Collier”, as well as a partnership with Baker Publishing which recently released his first book entitled, A Greater Story. Collier was previously in ministry at North Point Ministries, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Newbirth Church, Orange Leaders and most recently Hillsong Atlanta where he was the former Lead Pastor.

Lead Pastor of Rockharbor Church

Packiam is the lead pastor of Rockharbor Church in Costa Mesa, California. Glenn is the author of several books, including The Resilient Pastor, Blessed Broken Given, and the forthcoming book he co-authored with his wife, Holly, “The Intentional Year”. He earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University, and is a Senior Fellow at Barna Group, a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College at Durham University, and an ordained priest with the Anglican Church of North America. Glenn has written over 65 worship songs published with Integrity Music, including “Your Name”, co-written with Paul Baloche. Glenn and Holly have four children and live in Orange County, California.

Author, Founder of PULSE & evangelist

Nick Hall is an evangelist, international speaker, and Founder of PULSE, a movement that seeks to empower the Church and awaken the culture to the reality of Jesus. He sits on the leadership teams for the US Lausanne Committee, the National Association of Evangelicals and the student advisory team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Nick is regularly featured as a speaker for pastor gatherings, student conferences, training events, and festivals around the world. He has been featured on major media outlets including the US News & World Report, Fox News, Christianity Today, Moody Radio and Christian Broadcasting Network. Nick is the author of Reset: Jesus Changes Everything. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from NDSU and a Master’s in Leadership and Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nick and his wife, Tiffany, have two children and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Church

Linn Winters is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Chandler, Arizona. Under his leadership, Cornerstone grew to more than 6,000 people. Cornerstone has been named to Outreach Magazine’s 100 largest churches in America 8 times and 100 fastest growing churches 4 times. Linn has been vitally involved in planting more than 20 other churches in the Phoenix area with attendance of over 10,000. He spent 17 years in youth ministry and the last 27 years as lead pastor. He is a featured speaker at leadership conferences in the United States, Australia, Zambia, India and Kenya and is the author of Dating Backyard Dogs.

Emcee

Sojo is owner of Two Cents Creative Thinkers, an Atlanta-based creative agency, as well as creative consultant for Trilith Studios, where he lives. He is a trusted voice on next generation business leaders for many events throughout the world, has been featured on NBC’s Your Move in candid conversations with leadership guru Andy Stanley, and inspires schools, universities, churches, and teams alongside Orange and Growing Leaders. In 2022, Sojo launches The Moonwalkers Podcast, a place for the doers to uncover the steps needed for true success and the dreamers to discuss the leaps needed for the betterment of mankind.

Emcee, Comedian

Homeschooled preacher’s kids with finance degrees don’t usually quit their Budget Analyst jobs that provide health insurance to be stand-up comedians, but Andrew Stanley didn’t know that. He is now touring all over the country (as well as internationally) performing at clubs, festivals, fundraisers, churches, corporate events, bars with 4 people in them that “didn’t know there would be comedy tonight…” Andrew possesses a unique perspective that pairs well with his dry delivery and observational nature.   He was the winner of the 2017 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant and in 2019, he was selected as a New Face of Comedy at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.  Andrew’s parents are still alive so he works clean.

Workshops

35+ workshops for in person attendees 

  • How to build a thriving volunteer team for children’s ministry
  • Pre-Launch: raising financial support, legal set up of the church, selecting a name and logo
  • Reach them! Church marketing that works!
  • Redefining cuccess in worship & creative ministry
  • Youth ministry
  • Effective Strategies for caring for your community
  • Safety & security for the church
  • Social Media
  • Developing Staff
  • Small town impact in church planting
  • Church planting nuts and bolts
  • Finding shalom in a woman in ministry
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Who Is Converge?
  • Strat Ops: Identifying the church strategy, mission and vision
  • Missions: creating a church culture that impacts the unreached
  • Board or bored? Equip, train, lead (and like) your church board
  • What we are learning about church staffing: Finding the right teammates for your church’s staff
  • Avoiding burnout and finding resilience
  • How to communicate to transform lives
  • How to reach a post-Christian community
  • Telling stories through videography
  • How to conquer crucial conversations
  • Building healthy relationships in the midst of ministry
  • Recruiting and developing a launch team
  • Rethinking digital church
  • Volunteer training and onboarding
  • Helping Gen Z through mental health
  • Wellness when your world is turned upside down
  • Reaching your multicultural community
  • How to start a Hispanic ministry
  • Curiosity
  • So you want to start a podcast?
  • Guest services
  • Reaching next gens
  • Biblical diversity in a multicultural world

15+ workshops for digital pass attendees

  • Reach Them! Church Marketing that Works!

  • Wellness When Your World is Turned Upside Down

  • Helping Gen Z through Mental Health

  • What we are learning about Church Staffing: Finding the right teammates for your church’s staff

  • So You Want to Start a Podcast?

  • Creative Arts

  • Worship & Production

  • Marketing Your Chuch

  • Pastoral Transition

  • Saftey and Security

  • Church Planting in Small Towns with Big Impact

  • Guest Services

  • Who Is Converge?

  • Church Planting Nut and Bolts: Community Engagement, Designing Worship Services,

  • How to start a Hispanic Ministry in Your Church

  • Telling Stories through Videography

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