"Pursuing God is not one step in the process, it is EVERY STEP in the process."
At a ReFRESH® Conference, you will hear from excellent Bible teachers, and worship will be led by Mark Willard and the ReFRESH® Band. Team members will vary depending on conference location.
|Michael Catt has been the Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, since 1989. Because of the influence of men like Vance Havner, Ron Dunn, Manley Beasley and others, Michael has a heart for revival, awakening and the Spirit-filled life. He has given himself to equipping pastors who are hurting and need encouragement. Michael keeps a busy travel schedule, speaking in Bible Conferences and conventions around the country. In 2008, Michael served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. ReFRESH® was founded by Michael as a ministry to the church and to church leaders.|
|Tom Elliff served as president of the International Mission Board after pastoring for 42 years. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.Tom is the founder of Living in the Word Publications, named after a radio broadcast he hosted for twenty-five years. Living in the Word is a writing, publishing and speaking ministry focused on the urgency of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth and the ongoing necessity of prayer and spiritual awakening. Tom has spoken in numerous conferences and crusades across the USA and in many countries around the world.|
|Ken Jenkins is a nationally known natural history photographer, writer, lecturer, and outdoor adventurer. For more than 30 years his photographs and articles have appeared in publications from National Geographic to Southern Living. Galleries across the country have exhibited his work including the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the Sarasota Arts Center in Florida. He is also a gifted Bible teacher who uses his talents to share God’s truth through his photographs. He is the co-author of Expert Lifemanship with Warren Wiersbe, released by CLC Publications. He has been a featured speaker at ReFRESH® since its inception.
Website:: Ken Jenkins Photography
|Daniel Simmons has been the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, since 1991. Mount Zion was founded in 1864, and Daniel is only the ninth pastor in the church’s history. Known for his unapologetic stand on the truths of Scripture and his dynamic leadership, Daniel preaches across the land in conferences and conventions. He was a featured speaker at the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference in Indianapolis.
Website:: Mount Zion Baptist
|Mark Bearden is a staff revivalist for Life Action Ministries. Whether in private prayer or public speaking opportunities, Mark carries a deep personal burden for God to bring genuine revival to the churches in America, and he has devoted his life to that purpose.
Website:: Life Action Ministries
|Bill Elliff is a pastor at The Summit Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the co-author of OneCry: A Call to Spiritual Awakening – a challenge for readers to awaken from their spiritual sleep and complacency to see that there is hope.
|Bob Bakke is Senior Teaching Pastor of Hillside Church in Minneapolis. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Bob spent 14 years serving Connecticut and New Jersey churches. For twelve years he served as an Executive Director of the Evangelical Free Church of America, promoting prayer and spiritual awakening. He is an author and has produced television and radio simulcasts since 1994. Bob is now on the executive team for OneCry, a movement whose goal is seeing revival in the American Church and spiritual awakening across our nation.
Website:: Hillside Church of Bloomington
Vance Pitman is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas. He is also the City Catalyst at Send Las Vegas (NAMB church planting strategy) and an Executive Board Member of LAUNCH (national church planting network). Vance responded to God’s call to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2000 as a church plant from First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia. Since it’s launch in 2001, Hope Church has sent hundreds out of their fellowship on mission, invested millions of dollars in God’s global activity and planted more than twenty churches in the Western U.S. Vance speaks all over the nation to stimulate awareness that the gospel is very needed in our own country as well as all over the world.
Website:: Hope Church
|Tally Wilgis is the pastor of Captivate Christian Church in Baltimore. He is compelled to point people to an abundant life found in a relationship with God through Christ. He is a leader and communicator who enjoys social networking and building bridges. Tally’s passion is to redeem people and places for God’s glory.
|K. Marshall Williams, Sr. has served as the undershepherd of the historic Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia for the past 31 years. Since his arrival, God has abundantly blessed Nazarene and its surrounding community through Pastor Williams’ unfailing dedication and steadfast commitment to strengthening families and enriching lives through the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is universally recognized as a visionary, innovator and organizer with superior and uncommon leadership qualities. A “pastor’s pastor,” his unique gifting transcends denominational, cultural, ethnical and generational boundaries.
Website:: Nazarene Baptist Church
|Matt Lawson is the Lead Pastor of Story City Church in Los Angeles. He is known for creating environments where communities are served and people far from God are free to explore faith in Jesus. Matt is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the author of a book on leadership as well as a contributing author to four other books. He and his wife, Laura, and kids Deacon, Eden, and Roman live in Burbank, CA.
Website:: Story City Church
|Stephen Kendrick has a heart for prayer and revival and has dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ and making His truth known among the nations. Stephen produced the movies War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants and co-wrote the NY Times Bestsellers The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer. Stephen and his wife, Jill, live in Albany, Georgia, with their six children and are active members of Sherwood church.
Website:: The Kendrick Brothers
|Ryan Rice, Sr. is the Lead Pastor of Connect Church of Algiers in New Orleans. Ryan is a native of New Orleans. After studying Mass Communications and Sociology at Dillard University, he proceeded to utilize his skills for communications by working in corporate communications as well as training and development. After sensing a vocational call to ministry, Ryan served as a children’s pastor at a large multi-campus church in Baton Rouge. In 2014, Ryan and his family moved back to New Orleans to plant Connect Church in the community of Algiers where he grew up. Connect Church is now a multi-cultural, multi-generational church that seeks to serve the city of New Orleans with a message of hope, healing and restoration found in Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Seane’, have four children: Ryan Jr., Brayden, Reagen and Bailey.
Website:: Connect Church of Algiers
|Paul Gotthardt serves as Founding and Lead Pastor of Life Baptist Church in Las Vegas. In the past 14 years, Life has helped plant 12 churches throughout the U.S. Paul has published three books, Eight Questions and the God Who’s Asking, Christ Is All You Need, and 2 Samuel. In addition to his duties as pastor, Paul works extensively with church planters and counselors, continues to write discipleship materials, and trains pastors in the Middle East, Central America, South America, and Africa.
Paul is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and an alumnus of the University of Georgia. His undergraduate degree is in world religions. He received his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2003, and completed his PhD in Christian Counseling in March of 2009. He and his wife Brea live with their two daughters in Las Vegas.
|Cam Triggs serves as church planter and pastor at Grace Alive Church in Orlando. He began studies at University of Central Florida as a Religious Studies major and continued his education at Reformed Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. After three years of student ministry at Shiloh Church under the leadership of HB Charles Jr., he followed the call to start a gospel-centered, multi-ethnic church. He completed a 9-month church planting residency at the Summit Church where JD Greear is the Lead Pastor before planting Grace Alive Church in Orlando. Cam and his wife Tymara have two children.|
|David C. Walker has served as senior pastor at Alamo City Church in San Antonio, Texas, since its “birth” in 1987. An answer to a specific prayer has been that the Alamo City congregation would “look like” San Antonio, reflecting the racial/ethnic mix that is San Antonio. Today at least 60% of the church’s regular attendees are Hispanic and African American, and the remainder is Anglo. Pastor Walker has consistently expressed an ongoing burden for fellow pastors, and has been instrumental in drawing leaders from different denominations and ethnicities together for fellowship, encouragement and prayer. David and Shirley have three children and multiple grandchildren.
Website:: Alamo City Church
|Mark Willard has been the Senior Associate Pastor of Worship at Sherwood Baptist Church since 2000. He has written a number of original worship songs as well as the score for Sherwood Pictures’ films, Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. Mark’s songs are being used by other churches around the country in an incredible way, and the album Jesus, Hope of the World was nominated for a Dove award.|
|J. Teddy Johnson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, composer, choral director, and music producer. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, he has toured extensively on three continents, performing an eclectic repertoire. Teddy has appeared with and served alongside some of the most celebrated names in gospel and secular music such as Yolanda Adams, Tye Tribbett, Shirley Caesar, CeCE Winans & the Winans family, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, and Roberta Flack. He is currently serving as the Lead pastor of Worship Arts at Hope Church in Las Vegas.|
The ReFRESH® Worship Band
Please note: ReFRESH team leaders will vary from location to location. Not all leaders will be present at each conference.