Speakers

Bringing hope for the lost, lonely and left behind.

Join in the coverstation and community, October 19th.

Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen

Crossover Church

Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen has been in full time urban ministry for over 20 years at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida. He has been the lead pastor for over 15 years. Under his leadership the church has grown from 40 to over 1,000. This multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-class church has become a model. As they grew they relocated into a 43,000 square foot retail building that was a former Toys R’ Us in the heart of Tampa’s urban community. Outreach Magazine recognized Crossover as one of America’s Most Innovative Churches. Crossover has also been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, CBS News, BET News, and several regional media outlets. Tommy has also been featured on TBN, 700 Club, CTN, and JUCE TV Networks. He has authored several books including, his new book “Love Our City” releases in the fall of 2018 that will include resources for churches to transform their cities. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Lucy and his two daughters Deyana and Sophia.

Chauncey LaBrie

Weigh Out Ministries

Chauncey grew up in Southern California where he experienced a lifestyle revolving around gangs, violence, drugs, and immorality. Although he choose to rebel against the Lord by choosing this lifestyle, God in His mercy began to move in Chauncey’s heart and through His grace brought him to the point of complete surrender. In 2013 God called Chauncey to Colorado to begin a new journey. Since being in Colorado Chauncey has answered the call to full time ministry with Calvary Worship Center as the prison ministry/inner-city outreach pastor and has also formed a non-profit domestic missions organization with his wife Jen, called WeighOut ministries. In 5 yrs he has established relationships with city officials, local churches, faith-based/city organizations, local schools, and adult/youth facilities and has made a tremendous impact in the lives of those in Colorado Springs communities. Chauncey has a passionate and compassionate heart for the disadvantaged communities and strongly believe in the power of transformation through relationships. Our vision is to see a vibrant community that’s thriving because everyone is valued, faith is exemplified and resources are made available to be successful.

Robert Gelinas

Colorado Community Church

Robert deeply desires to see the body of Christ united across the divides and empowered to serve the poor and the poor in spirit; the miserable and the marginalized; the disabled and those deemed unimportant.  Robert is a pastor, writer, and a transformational teacher of God’s word. He and his wife, Barbara live with their six children in the Denver area.

Eric Cartier

Rocky Mountain Calvary Church

I realized at a young age that the Lord was calling me to reach those without Christ. Through teachings at Applegate Christian Fellowship and Calvary Bible College, God began to equip me for a life of ministry. In March 2000, I accepted a permanent position with Rocky Mountain Calvary that grew into overseeing and ministering to both teenagers and young adults. After five years of service, I was offered the position of senior pastor. I believe the Lord’s house should be one of prayer and that the Bible should be taught verse-by-verse. This allows God’s word to challenge and encourage us to walk in obedience. My desire is to lead by example, to be a disciple and make disciples, and to share God’s loving kindness. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Amber, for 10+ years and we have four children, Hannah, Adelyn, Ileanne and Wyatt.

Tosha Williams

Vanguard Church

Tosha is the co-founder of Vanguard Church and the founder of Mommy Disciple Me, a ministry helping families disciple their kids. Wife of senior pastor Kelly Williams and mother of five, Tosha graduated from Liberty University with a communications degree and from Dallas Theological Seminary with a master’s in biblical studies. Tosha is passionate about sharing Scripture’s truth with people of all ages, and you can find her blogs and lesson ideas at mommydiscipleme.org. Tosha is also a Vanguard teaching team member, a piano teacher, a carpool mom, and, when duty calls, a farmhand on her family’s small cattle farm.

David Bloom

Vanguard Church

David loves the local church and wants to see it thrive. He believes that happens through healthy leaders and is passionate about helping them find clarity and health in their calling. He has led within a variety of church sizes, models, and contexts and has a desire to help leaders adapt as missionaries wherever God has placed them. While planting a church in a small mountain town in Colorado, David developed a special place in his heart for pastors and planters leading churches in rural environments.  He is currently the parish pastor of Vanguard Church in Palmer Lake, CO where he is leading a community into greater kingdom faithfulness as part of a larger, multi-site church. He finds rest and rejuvenation with his wife, usually exploring the mountains and eating good food.

David has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Taylor University. He married fellow Taylor Grad and best friend, Suzanna, in 2012 and has been ministering in Colorado since 2013.

David loves the outdoors, deep dish pizza, the Chicago Cubs, learning new things and visiting coffee shops.

Alan Briggs

Vanguard Church

Alan is ridiculously passionate about helping leaders uncover who they are and how they can reach more impact. He loves working on healthy teams, walking alongside hungry leaders and creating tools and processes to help others thrive. He founded Stay Forth Designs to help leaders and teams get healthy and reach more impact. He is the founder and Director of Frontline Church Planting, a team that coaches church planters through valleys and peaks. He is the Multiplying Pastor at Vanguard Church where he catalyzes leaders for life on mission and launching new parishes. He also curates 719 Commons, a space for creating good and beautiful things to bless their city. His speaking, writing and consulting focus on practical ways to help humans become who God has designed them to be. He has written four books; Staying is the New Going (2015), Guardrails (2016), Everyone’s a Genius (2017) and The Right-Side up Leader (2018). He and his wife, Julie, have four kids and love living in Colorado. He still gets giddy about helping leaders and teams multiply their impact through tools, processes and apprenticeships. He loves climbing, camping, grilling and connecting with his neighbors.

Kelly Williams

Vanguard Church

Kelly grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky. He is a graduate of Liberty University (B.S. 1993) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM 1996). Kelly and Tosha planted Vanguard in 1997. In the past 20 years, 3188 people have come to faith in Jesus and been believer baptized. They have partnered to plant 42 churches through Frontline Church Planting. The Southern Baptist declared Vanguard in 2014 to be one of the top 30 churches in its size range for conversions. In addition to being the Senior Pastor of Vanguard Church, Kelly is the husband of Tosha, and the proud father of five children: Anastasha, Christianna, Joshua, Annalarie, and Journey Grace. They live on a farm in Colorado Springs. Kelly still loves Kentucky Wildcat Basketball.

Dr. Nathan Lorick

Colorado Baptist

Dr. Nathan Lorick is the Executive Director of the Colorado Baptist General Convention. His desire is to see a movement of God in this generation through intentional evangelism, missions, discipleship and church planting. He has served the Southern Baptist Convention on the nominating committee as well as a trustee for the International Mission Board. He is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned both a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree. He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Louisiana Baptist University. He and his wife Jenna live in Colorado with their 4 children.

Nathan has been a guest on media outlets such as “Fox and Friends”, “Glen Beck Radio”, “American Family Radio”, “Tony Perkins Live” and many others for taking a stand for religious freedom. His passion to see culture transformed by the power of the gospel sets him apart in his generation. Nathan is the author of “Dying to Grow”, the initiator of the 1Cross app that shares the gospel in over 60 languages, and the “Game Plan” evangelism initiative. When not traveling Nathan enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, reading and running.

Alex Lewis

Car Window Poetry

First and foremost, Alex Lewis is a human being. He used to think perfection was the goal, but now he’s more focused on being whole. As part of this journey, Alex tells stories on social media for Young Life, practices kindness with Car Window Poetry, and hosts inspiring conversations on the Words Matter podcast.

Myron Pierce

Mission Church

Above all, Myron first is a family man. married to his wonderful wife Kristin. Together they keep life busy and exciting as they raise four beautiful children, Jericho, Judah, Jayce, & Presley. Myron previously worked with Abide and was a Pastor at Bridge Church in Omaha, Ne. He is currently working on launching life giving church called, “Mission Church.” Myron graduated from Grace University with a degree in biblical studies, and business leadership, and is currently working on his Master’s degree at Pillar Seminary.  He’s written two books, started two churches, three businesses, and a nonprofit entrepreneurial incubator. His life’s mission is to inspire hope in the heart of every person he meets. He’s taken the life transforming power of Christ and, his message of hope to to thousands of people.

Sarah Steffensen

World Poverty Solutions

Desiring to see people experience God in a loving, relational way drew Sarah to ministry work. Before joining World Poverty Solutions in 2016, Sarah spent a decade reaching local communities, founding 2 church-based afterschool programs that ministers to children and families from all walks of life. In her role as our Domestic Missions Director, Sarah is working with low-income communities to develop their capacity, discover opportunities and resources, and strengthen their walk with God. She’s excited to be part of a diverse team that is reaching the poor all across the globe. Sarah is married to Andreas, our Regional Director for Africa and Europe. They reside in Colorado Springs with their children, Helena and Sam. When not at work, Sarah enjoys engineering sound at church or finding ways to convince her husband to buy her a sailboat.

Ernest Smith

Front Range Christian Church

Ernest lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife of 16 years, Sara, and their two kids, Wyatt (8 yrs old) and Waverly (6 years old). Ernest and his family moved to Castle Rock in July 2013 and started Front Range Christian Church in February 2014. They have seen God do some incredible things in such a short period of time and feel honored that God would use them to help impact a community. Before that, Ernest was on staff at Seacoast Church in Charleston, SC for over 15 years. In addition to leading Front Range, he has the privilege of leading Bread of Life Mission, an organization focused on reaching the unreached people of Kenya and South Sudan. Ernest loves sports, spending time with his family and watching the Denver Broncos and Georgia Bulldogs.

Patrice Ravenscroft

REACH Pikes Peak

Patrice is a Colorado Springs native, graduate from Chardon State College in Nebraska and former collegiate track and field and volleyball player. She currently serves as Executive Director/CEO of REACH Pikes Peak a local nonprofit serving over 16,000 community members yearly with a mission to increase the capacity of low-income individuals to become self- sufficient.

Patrice also served at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County as Director of Development where she implemented and lead the organizations first annual giving campaign strategy creating $35k in individual and corporate giving. She was the co-creator of their annual mailing appeal with roi of $18k.

Rowland Smith

Forge Colorado Springs

After serving in church staff contexts for over twenty two years, answered a call to missional and incarnational ministry by opening Third Space Coffee in Colorado Springs. Rowland and his wife Kitty launched Third Space as a missional business model in conjunction with Ecclesia Colorado Springs, a missional church community. Rowland also serves as the Pastor of Missional Culture at Pulpit Rock Church where he is responsible for slowly building missional and incarnational living into the fabric of people’s lives there. In 2017, Forge Colorado Springs was launched as a Hub of Forge America and in partnership with them. Rowland is a graduate of Fuller Seminary, loves music, fly fishing, restoring vintage automobiles, and writing. He and his wife Kitty have four children.

Scott Olson

Forge Colorado Springs

Scott grew up in Texas and has been married more than 23 years. His missional journey has landed his family in various parts of Texas, Oregon, and Colorado. Scott is an Apostolic Overseer within GRASSROOTS Church. He’s been a part of planting 5 churches while equipping and sending other missional practitioners locally, nationally and internationally. Scott studied Music in college; however, he’s also received a MAPS in Church Planting, MDiv in Trinitarian Theology, and DMin in Missional Leadership from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Scott loves all things theological, good movies, good food and hanging out with friends. He is passionate about living missionally in our city and awakening kingdom dreams within others. He has a teenage son in the home, a married son, a daughter-in-law and a grandson.

Zach Meerkreebs

New City Church

Zach claims to be the poster child of “It takes a village.” He is the product of the generosity of multiple godly men that took the discipleship and development of an emerging leader seriously. After growing up in a toxic environment and becoming a Christian in high school, he immediately got connected to Alan and began leading in different ministries. Zach and his wife Kristin planted New City Church in the urban center of downtown Lexington, KY and currently serves as a regional coach and consultant for the Christian and Missionary Alliance. After experiences in planting multiple churches, cross-cultural ministry overseas, and serving in a mega-church context, Zach has become more and more convinced that his purpose is to develop healthy, sustainable, and effective leaders. He especially takes joy in walking young leaders through the first years of ministry and has a unique passion to walk with those with significant hurt or experiences with moral failure.

Zach and his community celebrate “passing the ball” to many emerging leaders that will plant or renovate expressions of the Church all over their region.

He has a blast being married to Kristin and loves being a dad to his daughter Eden. If he isn’t asking a young leader hard questions over a fancy pour-over coffee or a craft beer, he is probably watching or playing soccer, reading, or checking out a new restaurant with friends.

Russell Gosselin

Elevate Lives

Russ has a deep passion for the unified church in every city to love their neighbors.  From a background of lead pastor, church planter, and entrepreneur in both business and ministry Russ’ most recent eleven years have been a journey of how to mobilize the Church of the city to wholistically minister to the poor.  Russ’ humor and simple approach makes a complex subject simple to embrace and walk out.  The model is biblical, practical, sustainable, and reproducible.  He has worked with international ministries such as Convoy of Hope to help create citywide movements of compassion from their one-day Convoy of Hope events.  Some of the cities he is currently at work in are Springfield MO and Reading PA (2011 Poorest city in America.)  Russ and his beautiful wife, Sharon of 37 years currently live in Springfield MO.

Jonathan Collier

Stay Forth Designs

Jonathan has a deep passion for helping others reach their potential and make a lasting kingdom impact. He helps get content into the hearts and minds of leaders through his role at Stay Forth Designs. He is the president of Job 31 Ministies, a growing men’s ministry created to equip, empower, and engage men in their faith. He co-hosts The Wretched and The Wrecked podcast; an informal conversation about discipleship in the 21st century. Jonathan leads the men’s ministry at their church as he finishes up at Liberty University majoring in Religion and Christian ministries. He and his wife, Jenna, love spending time outside and are both involved in different areas of ministry in their church. He loves cooking, eating, camping, hiking, biking, having a good laugh, and drinking a good cup of coffee…or 12.

Cory Ard

Music Artist/World Challenge

Cory’s story is a testimony of what God can do through someone who is willing to allow the Spirit to use them. He grew up in Colorado Springs, raised in the troubled background of gangs, sex, drugs, and a long list of violence. In the midst of being one of the leaders of a local gang with more than 200 members, he realized that if his life didn’t drastically change, it would only be a matter of time before he would be dead or in jail. Since coming to Christ he has been a catalyst in seeing God move in the city of Colorado Springs and beyond through outreach and evangelism. Seeing hundreds come to know Christ through outreaches he has led, or have been apart of, it’s evident he is an evangelist at heart. Cory is also a singer, songwriter, and Christian rapper. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his beautiful and talented wife, Ryann Darling, making music, and hanging out with friends and family.

Please check back, as more speakers are still being added.

Share This