Alan Briggs is the Director of Frontline Church Planting, a network and equipping hub for leaders of all types. He is also the Multiplying Pastor at Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs where he makes disciples and trains leaders to multiply. His speaking and writing focus on equipping and unlocking the saints for effective ministry inside and outside the family of God. His book Staying is the New Going released in 2015 and Guardrails; Six Principles for a Multiplying Church just released September 15th. Their family focuses on building bridges to the lost, largely in the context of their neighborhood. He and his wife, Julie, have four kids, two adopted and two biological. He loves the church and is passionate about equipping leaders and churches to multiply through relational, experiential and formal learning. He loves climbing, camping, grilling and connecting with his neighbors.
Deb Hirsch is a speaker, church leader, and writer. She has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network and a current member of the Forge America national team. She also serves as a board member for Missio Alliance, and was part of the leadership team of Christian Associates (a church planting movement in Europe, North & South America). She co-authored (with Alan Hirsch) Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship. Her new book Redeeming Sex reflects something of her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations around sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development and as a trained counselor has worked in the field of sexuality for over twenty five years. She and her husband live in community with others in Los Angeles.
Maurice Henson and Patrice Ravenscroft
Spoken Word Artist
The lyrical brother and sister twin duo, Maurice and Patrice have been fine tuning their poetic gifts since a young age which have grown and been cultivated into a ministry to bless others. Through encouragement and hope their spoken word verses are based on biblical truths and love. The powerful twin duo are Colorado Springs natives and credit their passion for writing and Christ to their hard-working grandmothers and parents.
Maurice Henson is a lyrical master with the word. A rapper, lyricist, spoken word poet, former national all-American track & field and basketball athlete with a Bachelor degree in general studies with an emphasis in music production and technology from Fort Hayes State University. He is a husband and proud father of two living to be more focused and rooted in faith.
Patrice Ravenscroft (formerly Henson) has a heart wanting to give and leave the places she touches better off than they were when she arrived. She is a spoken word poet, performer and songwriter. Patrice was a Communications and Public Relations major, also a former track & field and volleyball student athlete, service learner and graduate from Chardon State College. She is also a prayer warrior, wife and Mother to a sweet 2 year old daughter.
D.A. Horton is currently planting a church in Los Angeles. In the past he has served as the National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), the Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records and as an urban church planter, pastor and Lead Teaching Elder in Kansas City, MO for close to 6 years. For over 16 years D.A. also used the medium of Rap music as a tool to help educate the people of God on the precepts of Scripture as well as how to evangelize to the lost by presenting them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
With a heart to provide local churches with quality Bible-centered tools and resources for evangelism and discipleship, D.A. wrote two books; G.O.S.P.E.L. and DNA: Foundations of the Faith both published through Moody Publishers. His third book, Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace released through NavPress last spring. He has two daughters.
Yemi Mobolade is a community cultivator and culture maker in Colorado Springs, living out his call through entrepreneurship, coaching, leadership development, and spiritual development. He co-founded the Wild Goose Meeting House, a specialty café, “a third place” in the downtown area. He is the Associate Pastor of Local Missions at First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs, works as a coach and consultant to emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and serves on the board of the downtown YMCA. Yemi holds a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership and a Masters Degree in Intellectual Leadership from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. He is married to his beautiful wife Abbey, an ICU nurse. They are in the process of adopting two children from Uganda.
Sherry Surratt recently transitioned from being the CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers International to a consultant in International Church Growth and also partnering in Family and Parenting Strategy with Orange Family Ministry. Before joining MOPS, Sherry served at Leadership Network as an Innovation Director, and as a staff pastor at Seacoast Church in Charleston, SC. The proud mom and grandma. Sherry is the co-author of Just Lead! A No Whining Guide for Women Leaders in the Church, Beautiful Mess, a bible study for real moms, and the author of Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears.
Tosha Lamdin Williams
Tosha Lamdin Williams grew up in a military family, moving all over the country. She attended Liberty University, where she majored in communications and met her future husband Kelly. After they got married, the couple moved to Dallas where Tosha earned her masters of biblical studies. In 1997, the Williams started both Vanguard Church and their family. The couple now has five children and recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
Kelly Williams grew up on a farm in Kentucky. He attended Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He always dreamed of starting a church, and in 1997 he and his wife Tosha founded Vanguard Church in cooperation with the SBC. They have written a book, “Real Marriage: Where Fantasy Meets Reality.” They live on a small farm in Colorado Springs with their five children and various farm animals. They love Colorado and have a heart to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches through loving others into a real relationship with Jesus Christ.