Alliance Council 2017

30 May - 04 June Battelle Grand Hall of the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Speakers

Schedule

  • 28 May
  • 29 May
  • 30 May
  • 31 May
  • 01 June
  • 02 June
  • 03 June
  • 04 June

Sponsors

Rev. Yamil and Yaremi Acevedo

Rev. Yamil Acevedo and Yaremí Alicea have been married for 17 years; they have two children: Daniel (9) and Rebeca (7). Both Yamil and Yaremí have master’s degrees in Pastoral Counseling from Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary and are part of the Alliance Peacemaking team. Yamil served as a lead pastor for five years at Iglesia El Encuentro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During that time he and his wife were able to work together in many family, marital, and pre-marital counseling sessions. Yamil and Yaremí enjoy working with families and couples. They lead seminars, retreats, and conferences to help people thrive in God's grace and love. They have recently moved to Carmel, Indiana, and are seeking God's guidance for their next steps in ministry.

02 June

02 June

Candy Anderson

Ms. Candy Anderson has been working with LIFE-on-life Formation since 2012. She is currently studying for her master’s in Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Her passion is to live out the presence and character of God through the person He created her to be. Her belief is that we are all part of God’s story as He intended from before the beginning of the foundations of the world and our continuing story involves “being with” other people as they live out their piece of God’s story. We were not intended to live our journeys alone but “with others.” As we share who we are with each other, we assist others in moving them along in their journey of spiritual discovery and formation.
In her free time Candy enjoys spending time with her four adult children, gardening, creative cooking, and enjoying God’s created world where she lives on an island off the coast of Maine. She is passionate about reflecting the beauty of God and His created world in herself, in others, and in the world around her for others to enjoy.

02 June

Rev. Mark Ashton

Originally from Glendale Heights, Illinois, Rev. Mark Ashton serves as the lead pastor of Christ Community Church (Alliance) in Omaha, Nebraska, with over 4,000 in weekly attendance. He began at CCC on April 1, 2006, teaching in a multi-venue environment and providing leadership and direction to a staff of 50. His 20 years of ministry experience include serving as the pastor of spiritual discovery at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, and as an evangelism specialist for InterVarsity Fellowship in Champaign, Illinois. Mark holds two BS degrees—Economics and Marketing—from the University of Illinois and has completed graduate work at Lincoln Christian Seminary, Grace University, and Crown College. Mark and his wife, Kelle, have been married for 20 years. They have four children.

02 June

Rev. Raed Awabdeh

An Alliance pastor, Raed Awabdeh immigrated to the Unites States from Syria when he was 18. Eight years ago, God gave his ministry team a vision to plant the Arab-American Learning Center to reach the Arabic refugee community in California’s greater Sacramento area, where they daily serve up to 30 Muslim families. “We let our light shine for these needy strangers at the center so that they glorify our Father who is in heaven,” says Raed. “We have heard stories of the oppressed, and we have made many friends.” Seminar attendees will learn how to help build additional community centers to share God’s love with the hundreds of thousands of refugees now settling in our U.S. neighborhoods.

02 June

Leo Ayala

Mr. Leo Ayala is the C&MA children's ministry consultant for multicultural churches. After serving with children and families in Spain, he received his MA from Nyack Seminar School of Puerto Rico. During the past 15 years Leo has been teaching one-on-one to children's leaders and sharing his experience during his workshops. He believes that the best way to learn is in a personal setting because every children's minister develops his or her ministry in a unique context.

01 June

02 June

03 June

Ken Baldes

Mr. Ken Baldeshas served as the vice president for Operations/Treasurer of the U.S. C&MA since October 2005. He received an MBA in finance from Canisius College (Buffalo, New York). Ken oversees Finance, Alliance Benefits, Information Technology, Facilities, and the Service Center at the C&MA National Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and serves as the liaison between The Alliance and several supporting organizations. Ken and his wife, Christy, have three children.

03 June

03 June

Sam Beatty

As pastor of worship and technology, Mr. Sam Beatty oversees Grace Church’s worship and technical ministries, including sound, lighting, video, and Web. He joined the team at Grace (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) in 2006 after being a high school teacher for 10 years, teaching band and orchestra for one year, Spanish for seven years, and Interactive Media for two years. He earned his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in violin performance in 1995 and his BA in Spanish in 1996 and then his MA in Educational Curriculum in 2008. He is currently a licensed pastor through the C&MA’s Ministerial Studies Program. Sam and his wife, Anna, were married in 2003 and now live in Berea, Ohio, with their four children: Morgan, Reese, Claire, and Micah.

02 June

02 June

Rev. Dan Boal

Rev. Dan Boal is the Alliance Youth ministry consultant and has spent 11 years serving the next generation. He has degrees from Moody Bible Institute and Bethel University. He deeply believes that we are better together and that we should leverage our collective gifts to reach students for Jesus and launch the next generation into their Kingdom roles. His wife, Amy, and five children: Everett, Arayla, Betsy, Lael, and CeCe enjoy adventures traveling the United States in their 12-passenger van known as the #boalbus and serving the Alliance family.

01 June

02 June

Rev. Guy Burgo

 Rev. Guy Burgo is director of estate and gift design services at The Orchard Foundation. He’s a nationally known expert and speaker on stewardship, generosity, and planned giving. Since 1998, Guy has served as a consultant to more than 100 ministries & churches nationwide, resulting in over 2,300 families giving nearly $200 million to the Kingdom. He is also author of Free to Give as God Intended.

02 June

03 June

Rev. Richard Bush

Rev. Richard Bush, DMin, is the C&MA’s director of coach training. He takes a LIFE-on-lifeapproach to preparing leaders for the 21st-century church—people whose lives reflect the transforming grace and power of “Christ in me.” At his mother's urging, Richard attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). Though his original plan was to pursue a career in music education, God intervened, and Richard entered pastoral ministry. He continued his education throughout the first two decades of local church ministry. He began his graduate work at Wheaton in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Old Testament. He completed a master’s in Sacred Theology in the urban program at New York Theological Seminary and then went on to complete his DMin at Fuller Theological Seminary.

01 June

02 June

Rev. Paul Clark

Fairhaven Church, in the Ohio Valley District of the C&MA, has been working for several years to implement relational and transactional models of ministry in an effort to help alleviate poverty in its community. Think Tank, Inc. has been leading a national effort to design and pilot, as well as train and coach communities, on effective models for poverty alleviation based on sustainable, relational approaches through its ACTS initiative. Think Tank and Fairhaven have formed a strategic partnership to bring the initiative to churches and Christian networks across the country. Fairhaven provides management and creative assets and coaches to contract with churches through the process of planning and implementing effective poverty alleviation and community development ministries. Fairhaven and Think Tank, Inc. work collaboratively to build a learning network that connects ACTS churches in shared community learning and relationships to encourage the success of their individual ministries.

30 May

01 June

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02 June

03 June

Dr. John Corby

Dr. John Corby is the director for GLOBAL LINK, the C&MA office which encourages and facilitates stronger connections between U.S. Alliance churches and districts with our internationally-based Alliance workers and their many ministries.He graduated from Nyack College, where he met Fran, his wife. His graduate studies were at the Alliance School of Theology and Missions (now the Alliance Theological Seminary) and his postgraduate/doctoral work was done at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The Corbys served as international workers from 1977–2011 in both the Africa Region and the Europe/Middle East Region. John and Fran reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and have three children and 11 grandchildren.

30 May

Dr. Tim Crouch

Dr. Tim Crouch, DMin, is vice president for International Ministries of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He oversees the worldwide missionary outreach of the C&MA of the United States. Previously, Tim and his wife, Shelly, served as Alliance international workers in Russia from 1995–2009 and were involved in theological education, youth ministry, evangelism, and church planting. For seven of those years, Tim was the field director for the Alliance there. In 2009, he completed a DMin degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. That same year, he and Shelly began to explore opportunities for new Alliance ministries in other former Soviet states. When The Alliance created the new North and Central Asia Region to provide leadership and coordination for work in this part of the world, Tim and Shelly were appointed the regional leadership couple. They supervised 75 international workers serving in 6 countries and worked with national church leaders in each of those nations.
Tim’s heart is to see International Ministries propel Alliance people and churches toward meaningful contribution to the completion of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. Tim and Shelly reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have four children: Anna, Joshua, David, and Michael.

01 June

02 June

02 June

03 June

Bob DeSagun

Bob DeSagun planted and pastors Experience Church (C&MA) in San Diego, California.
He has served on the South Pacific District’s Executive Committee as well as its Licensing, Ordination, and Consecration Council. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Crown College and a trustee at Simpson University. Bob received his Ph.D. from Regent University’s School of Business in Organizational Leadership with a major in Ecclesial Leadership. He has authored several books on small church dyanamics and is a sought-after consultant for small churches.

02 June

Saul Ebema

Saul is senior pastor of the Lombard (Ill.) Bible Church (C&MA). He also serves as a hospice chaplain with Advocate Healthcare.

Dr. Steve Elliott

Dr. Steve Elliott, DMin, has spent the past 36 years preaching and leading churches into a new day. He had the common sense to marry his wife, Marilyn, 42 years ago, and together they have served three Alliance churches in a “turnaround ministry,” bringing renewal, growth, and health to churches in difficulty and decline. Steve currently serves as senior pastor of First Alliance Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

01 June

03 June

Dinita Feather

Mrs. Dinita Feather loves ministry to internationals whether overseas or in the United States. She and her husband, Tim, have served churches in New York, Thailand, and Ohio, where they currently live. They have two young-adult daughters. Rachel teaches grade 5 at SPH International in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Lyndsay recently graduated from Messiah College and is working at a ministry-based coffee shop and garden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

02 June

Gary Friesen

Mr. Gary Friesen served for 17 years at Peacemaker Ministries before joining the Alliance team as peacemaking consultant in 2013. After graduating from Willamette University College of law (Salem, Oregon), Gary practiced law for eight years in Oregon, where he developed and led an innovative, church-based reconciliation ministry assistant Salem Alliance Church. In June 2014, Gary became the general council/assistant corporate secretary in the Office of the Corporate Secretary at the Alliance National Office. He is passionate about seeing people everywhere experience the redemptive power of the gospel in their relationships, beginning with himself, his wife, Laurel and their four children.

30 May

01 June

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03 June

David Graf

Son of an Alliance pastor and graduate of Nyack College, Mr. David Graf has grown up in and served The Alliance for most of his life. He has worked as an accountant for the National Office and in lending with the Alliance Development Fund (ADF) for close to 30 years. As vice president for Church Services, David travels the country, visiting church real estate projects and meeting with pastors and elder/governing boards. This experience has uniquely qualified him to share insights on church real estate, construction projects, and funding.

02 June

03 June

Rev. AJ Gutierrez

As a Millennial with experience in nonprofit social media and as an Alliance pastor, Rev. A. J. Gutierrez brings a unique and fresh perspective to the discussion of church and social media. Ordained in 2015, A. J. serves as the digital marketing manager for the C&MA and is currently working on his MBA from Crown College. He is responsible for creating and managing all of the social media content and accounts for The Alliance.

02 June

Rev. David Hearn

Rev. David Hearn is in his second term as the president of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He attended Canadian Bible College and was senior pastor at Bramalea Alliance Church (Brampton, Ontario) 1984–1997. He then attended Regent College in Vancouver and received an MDiv. While living in British Columbia, Dave served as lead pastor at Lake Country Alliance and then as assistant district superintendent in the Canadian Pacific District. Dave has also served on the Canadian C&MA Board of Directors (1994–2000) and on District Executive Committees in the Canadian Pacific District and Eastern and Central Canadian Districts. Dave and Agnes have been married more than 30 years and have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

31 May

Dr. Stanley John

Dr. Stanley John serves as the assistant professor of Intercultural Studies at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. Born and raised in Kuwait and from an Indian family, Dr. John is passionate about forming leaders for mission in a context of world Christianity. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Zion Bible College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. John serves on the board of India Gospel Ministries, an indigenous mission agency in India, and is a member of the Lausanne Global Diaspora Network. He and his wife, Eunice Lee, are members of Ridgeway (N.Y.) Alliance Church.

01 June

Rev. Tim Keller

Rev. Tim Keller has been the lead pastor at Carlisle (Pennsylvania) Alliance Church for the past 18 years. A 1987 graduate of Toccoa Falls College, he previously served at Moosic (Pennsylvania) Alliance Community Church. Tim has traveled overseas in ministry to Ethiopia, Israel, Ecuador, and Uruguay. He and his wife, Cheri, have been married for 32 years. They have three sons: Matthew, Michael, and Josiah.

01 June

02 June

Rev. David King

Pastor David R. King and his wife, Ty,have been married since 1980 and engaged in ordained ministry since 1982. They served from 1984 to 1992 as missionaries with the Siam Mission of the C&MA. In 2010 they joined the staff of the Evangelical Church of Bangkok (C&MA) where David currently serves as lead pastor and Ty serves as the director of Intercessory Prayer and Adult Discipleship. David and Ty love the church, worship music, the beach, new adventures and experiences, Jatujak (a huge, bustling weekend market in Bangkok), finding good deals on antiques, developing meaningful relationships, and using their home to bless others. They feel very much at home in Thailand, where they find wonderful food, an enchanting language, and some of their very favorite people in the world. David and Ty have five children: Jeff, Elizabeth, Scott, Rachel, and Jenna; and 3 grandchildren: Isaac, Henry and Vail.

30 May

Ty King

Pastor David R. King and his wife, Ty,have been married since 1980 and engaged in ordained ministry since 1982. They served from 1984 to 1992 as missionaries with the Siam Mission of the C&MA. In 2010 they joined the staff of the Evangelical Church of Bangkok (C&MA) where David currently serves as lead pastor and Ty serves as the director of Intercessory Prayer and Adult Discipleship. David and Ty love the church, worship music, the beach, new adventures and experiences, Jatujak (a huge, bustling weekend market in Bangkok), finding good deals on antiques, developing meaningful relationships, and using their home to bless others. They feel very much at home in Thailand, where they find wonderful food, an enchanting language, and some of their very favorite people in the world. David and Ty have five children: Jeff, Elizabeth, Scott, Rachel, and Jenna; and 3 grandchildren: Isaac, Henry and Vail.

30 May

Marquis Laughlin

Marquis Laughlin is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people's lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America. His live performances include 7 compelling dramatic solo Scripture presentations highlighting the epic story of God's relationship with man through the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, John, Acts, and Revelation. He maintains an active touring schedule at theatres, conferences, and houses of worship, where his one-man shows have been presented all over the world. Acts of The Word produces the nationally syndicated radio, television, and social media platform called The Moral Dilemma, challenging believers to develop a biblical worldview. Marquis' numerous live presentations of the Scriptures inspire believers to stand up for the Word of God and to trust in the accuracy, authenticity, and authority of the Bible. He has partnered with Food for the Hungry, iDisciple, Logos Bible Software, Prison Fellowship, The NRB Network, American Family Radio Network, Answers in Genesis, and numerous other organizations committed to serving others and making positive strategic impact on our culture.Marquis and his wife Theresa have three young children and live in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. They attend the Allegheny Center Alliance Church.

03 June

Rev. Bruce Lyman

Rev. Bruce Lyman, a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary, has served as an Alliance pastor for 23 years. During the past two and half years, God has used Bruce to start an ESL (English as a second language) ministry that has reached 350 students from 43 nations.

02 June

Melissa MacDonald

Passionate about the church and about kids, Miss Melissa MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. She currently serves as the C&MA’s national Children’s Disciplemaking consultant. With a fresh and unique perspective, everywhere she goes, Melissa boldly calls the church to be The Church. She’s been to more than 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits. Find out more at melissajmacdonald.com.

01 June

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Jeremy Malick

Before being called into ministry, Mr. Jeremy Malick had a successful banking career for 10 years where he worked as a commercial lender and mortgage sales manager. Jeremy has been a licensed pastor with the C&MA since 2007 and has served as executive pastor at two churches. He has been the special projects manager in the South Pacific District Office since 2011. In 2014 he co-founded Church Coach Ministries. Jeremy specializes in coaching churches in four areas: assimilation training, stewardship training, capital campaigns, and build-out design.

01 June

02 June

03 June

Joel Malick

Mr. Joel Malick, along with his colleagues Tim Watson and Jim Fredrick, are passionate about helping people make good financial decisions in an era when emotion-invoking media and technology never rest. Serving as consultants to the C&MA Retirement Plan, these three strive to provide the relevant tools and education that can make an impact in your life and better prepare you for the next chapter. Joel graduated with a degree in Finance from Seattle Pacific University and has spent the last 16 years in the financial services industry working hard to make a difference in people’s lives. Joel’s favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife and four children doing just about anything from soccer tournaments to camping. He also sits on the board of Crossfire Ministries, a Colorado Springs nonprofit, serving those that could use a hand up. He currently maintains the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF(r)) and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA(r)) designations.
Joel is a registered representative and investment advisor representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC Strategic Financial Partners is independently owned and operated.

02 June

02 June

Larry McCooey

Mr. Larry McCooey is the president of the Alliance Development Fund (ADF), a position he has held since 1998. He has also served as president of The Orchard Foundation, ADF’s sister corporation, since March 2010. Prior to serving in these roles, Larry was the vice president for Finance and treasurer of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, and had many years of experience in banking and public accounting before joining the C&MA. He and Kathleen, his wife of 40 years, are originally from Buffalo, New York, and now live in Colorado Springs near their three children and their families.

02 June

03 June

Dr. Tim Meier

Dr. Tim Meier serves as director of Envision. As a ministry of the C&MA, Envision identifies and develops future missional leaders who innovate, establish, and encourage sustainable communities of faith in key urban centers. Tim and Rachel have been married for 14 years and have two boys, Blaine (9) and Jude (6). The Meiers have served as youth pastors in New Jersey, international workers in France, and currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When he’s not “Envisioning,” hanging with his family, or working on completing his D.Min. through Alliance Theological Seminary, Tim loves to run, eat sushi, and watch Cleveland Sports.

02 June

03 June

Anita Morrison

Anita was born in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and, in her Junior year, married Ron Morrison and moved to the Cleveland area on her wedding day. She completed her B.A. in social work at Cleveland State University.

As a psychiatric social worker, Anita worked closely with the teachers in her district to help support the literacy needs of her and Ron’s foster daughter. Anita was so impressed with the expertise and support of the teachers that she decided to become a teacher herself. After receiving her M.A. in education from John Carroll University (JCU), Anita taught in public schools for 10 years. She was then hired by JCU as an educational consultant. Through this experience, Anita embraced her spiritual gifts of teaching and exhortation.

Anita has been married to Dr. Ron Morrison, the church planting pastor of Hope Alliance Bible Church in Maple Heights, Ohio, for 35 years. She serves on the church’s worship team, teaches a women’s bible study, gives oversight to the children’s church, and works with the afterschool tutoring program. She and Ron have spoken to national and international audiences.

Anita enjoys people, reading, roller skating, and line dancing to 70s music.
But most importantly, she is undeservedly privileged to be washed in the Blood of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus. She wants everyone to know Him and His saving grace.

02 June

02 June

Dr. Ron Morrison

Dr. Ron Morrison is the founding and senior pastor of Hope Alliance Bible Church in Maple Heights, Ohio. He has served for 14 years on the C&MA Board of Directors, four of which were as chairman of the Board. He also serves as president and executive director for Family Hope, Inc., a community development corporation that serves the children and families of Southeast Cleveland. Ron holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary and a DMin from Alliance Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Anita, have been married for 36 years.

01 June