Matthew Barnett, best-selling author of The Church That Never Sleeps and pastor of one of America's fasting-growing churches, is one of the most dynamic voices God is using in Christianity today.
Son of Pastor Tommy Barnett, best-selling author, church-growth pioneer and pastor of what Time magazine considers one of the three largest churches in America, Matthew has learned powerful principles of ministry which have gifted him in founding the Dream Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Dream Center began as a typical local church. But with the fresh vision and desire to impact an entire city that God birthed in Matthew's heart, the church grew from 39 members at its conception in 1994 to reaching more than 30,000 people each week in the Center's 40 services and nearly 200 ministries today.
The Dream Center houses close to 600 people who are being rehabilitated for the glory of God. Over 40,000 people a week receive food, and many other services are offered to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the local community. Hundreds of other Dream Centers have been launched around the world.
Pastor Matthew and his wife Caroline serve together in Los Angeles with their two children.
Durant Kreider, senior pastor for Coastlands Community Church in Chesapeake, Va., grew up in a conservative family in rural Lancaster, Penn. He felt God's call to ministry as a teen which eventually led him to Elim Bible Institute where he met his wife Boni. Following graduation in 1991, they served for 11 years as youth pastors in Laurel, Md., at a multicultural missionary-minded church. There, Durant expanded his vision for serving the city and pioneered an urban after-school program with more than 100 at-risk children attending each week. In 2002 Durant and Boni moved to Chesapeake, Va., to pastor Coastlands, where they currently serve their growing congregation.
Durant and Boni have six wonderful children, adopted from Bogota, Colombia. They also experienced the miraculous birth of another son. The family continues to travel to Colombia to minister to the underserved children of Ciudad Bolivar in Bogota.
A 2008 graduate of Regent University, Durant earned his M.A. in Practical Theology. He serves as the Tidewater Divisional Superintendent for the Foursquare Gospel Church, as well as an executive team member for Serve the City Chesapeake, a nationally awarded community transformation organization.
Pastor Durant is passionate about biblical discipleship and has committed his life to the pursuit of helping people uncover, develop and release their God-given potential so they can advance the Kingdom of God around the world.
B. Courtney McBath is the senior founding pastor of Calvary Revival Church (CRC) in Norfolk, Va., and the presiding bishop of Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries, an organization serving leaders around the world.
Formerly an engineer and manager, Courtney left his career in 1990 to establish CRC with his wife and co-pastor, Janeen. Since then the church has grown to thousands of weekly attendees and has been recognized by Outreach magazine as one of the largest churches in America. CRC supports a federal credit union, an accredited K-12 school system and several church plants in Virginia as part of a greater church-planting vision.
Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries, founded by Courtney in 1998, serves leaders in the U.S., Europe, Africa, India and the Caribbean. His television program, The Voice of Revival, airs on local and regional network stations.
Courtney earned a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Regent University; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary. His columns have appeared in Charisma and Ministry Today magazines. He is the author of Maximize your Marriage, and his new book, Living @ the Next Level, was released in May 2008 by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. In 2009, he was also the recipient of the distinguished Black Men Role Model of the Year Award.
Bishop McBath and his wife, Janeen, live in Hampton Roads, Va. They have a daughter and four sons and are also proud grandparents.
Alfred A. Owens Jr. is presiding prelate and senior bishop of the Mt. Calvary Holy church of America Inc. In addition to serving as the dean of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops since the year 2000, Alfred also began serving as archbishop in 2009.
He is a native Washingtonian and a product of the D.C. Public School System. After graduating from Cardozo High School, he continued his education at Miner's D.C. Teachers College with a Bachelor's in English. He has since earned a Master of Arts in English from Howard University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Howard University School of Divinity.
Bishop Owens believes that the ministry of the church must stretch beyond the four walls of the sanctuary. Under his leadership, his church has established an alcohol/drug abuse program, named Calvary's Alternative to Alcohol and Drug Abuse (CATAADA HOUSE). The church also operates both a food and clothing bank; Calvary Christian Academy, which educates children from infants to the eighth grade; an HIV/AIDS Ministry; an employment service; a prison ministry; and several other outreach and social service ministries. The church also operates a state-of-the-art, inner-city family life community center.
Bishop Owens shares the pastorate of Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church with his wife, Co-pastor Susie Carol Thomas Owens, to whom he has been married since 1972. He and his wife have cared for and nurtured 18 foster children, and they are the natural parents of two and the grandparents of five.
Named "The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement" by CNN and identified by The Wall Street Journal as "One of America's seven most influential Hispanic Leaders," Samuel Rodriguez stands, by God's grace, as America's voice for Hispanic Christianity.
Likewise, San Francisco Chronicle describes Samuel as one of the "Six Leaders of the New Evangelical Leadership."
Samuel earned his Master's in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Currently he is pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational management and behavior.
He is the current president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/NHCLC (The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals), America's largest Hispanic Christian Organization with 30,621 member churches. Samuel also leads an organization identified as Hispanic Faith Leaders in Support of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Education, Justice and Youth.
Globally, via NHCLC and 3DBN—a Global network of top tier Evangelical ministries—Samuel is committed to the presentation of the gospel while simultaneously addressing issues such as poverty, AIDS, human trafficking and social justice.
Rev. Rodriguez, an Assemblies of God ordained minister, resides in California with his wife, Eva, where they recently started a multi-ethnic, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled, Bible-based church in Sacramento.
William Daryl Scott Sr. is the senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and bishop of the Everlasting Life Ministries. He has instituted many ministry programs and developed ministries to enhance and empower the spiritual growth of its membership and the community. He has served the community in several capacities: as vice chair of the Virginia Beach Ecumenical Housing Association, which during his tenure became incorporated as The Samaritan House; executive board member, Baptist General Convention; vice chair of the Community Organization Incentive Grant Committee; appointed by the mayor as a delegate to the President's Summit on Youth; a member of the Church Business Administrators Association; executive board member and a regional vice president of the Hampton University's Minister's Conference.
Bishop Scott was born in Portsmouth, Va., and educated in the Portsmouth and Chesapeake Public School systems respectively. He matriculated at Norfolk State University in economics and interdisciplinary science and received a Bachelor's of Theology from Springfield Christian Seminary and Bible College, formerly an academic affiliate of Wheaton Seminary in Springfield, Mass. He successfully completed the Certification for Church Business Administrators at Union Theological in Richmond, Va., and then entered the Master's of Divinity Program at the School of Theology of Virginia Union University. Scott was accorded a Doctorate of Divinity from Springfield Seminary and Bible College.
In 1999, Kevin Turpin helped launch New Life Providence church, a multi-ethnic, interdenominational congregation in Virginia Beach, Va. In 2003, after serving as the senior associate pastor of the church, he transitioned to launch the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) of Norfolk, Va., a faith- based nonprofit organization.
Currently, in addition to serving as president of the LEC, Kevin is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Tidewater Community College and continues to serve as pastor of worship at New Life Providence Church.
Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Buffalo in 1980, a Master of Science in Counseling from Canisius College in 1983 and his Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University in 2001. He is currently taking doctoral level psychology courses, on a nondegree basis, at Regent University.
Pastor Kevin and his wife, Wanda, have two children, Kevin, who resides in Maryland with his wife, and Jade, who resides in the D.C. area. He enjoys his diverse roles as husband, father, teacher, counselor, writer, mentor and pastor, and earnestly desires that every man, woman, boy and girl would experience the redemptive power of Jesus Christ and the daily joy of an intimate relationship with Him.
Candace Wheeler is the founder and executive director of Restoration Ministries (RM), an outreach to men, women and children who are breaking free from sex trafficking. RM was formed in 2004 and has ministered to more than 100 women and girls in the U.S. and abroad. Activities include street outreach, Bible studies, retreats, special events with the women and girls, support groups, creative art therapy, and short-term mission trips.
Candace has ministered in Amsterdam's Red Light District, the slums of India, the streets of D.C., the District's Adult Prostitution Diversion Program and in juvenile detention centers. She has been involved in para-church ministries since 1988, working for The Coalition Against Pornography, Right to Life and a home for teenage unwed mothers.
Ms. Wheeler has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Central Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from Park University in Kansas City, Mo., and will complete a post-graduate Certificate in Spirituality and Trauma at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., in 2011.
Edith G. White is president and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. Since September 2000, she has lead the Urban League—one of the oldest and most successful organizations in creating opportunities for individuals to thrive and succeed. Under her leadership, new programs have been developed to enhance educational opportunities, provide technical assistance for business development, create wealth through homeownership and improve the quality of health. Additionally, many new partnerships have been developed within the nonprofit sector and higher education, as well in the business community. She has spearheaded the development of new service sites throughout the region, new fundraising events and marketing/communications campaigns.
Edith received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Master of Science in Journalism Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Commonwealth Management Institute and the Management Excellence Program Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Champion of Diversity Award (United Way of Greater Richmond), Woman of Distinction Award (National Council of Negro Women), TRIO Achievers Award, the Zonta Award, 2010 Humanitarian Award (Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities) and the 2010 Women of Distinction Award (YWCASHR).
Ms. White is the proud mother of two children, Lauren and Anthony.