January 19 – 22, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa, FL
Conference Pricing:
$189 individual or first staff
$169 additional staff
$159 spouses

Speakers

  • Dr. Jerry Sheveland
    President, Converge Worldwide

    x Dr. Jerry Sheveland Dr. Sheveland will share his vision for Converge Worldwide/BGC and kingdom ministry. Dr. Sheveland has pastored Converge churches, small to mega, in Colorado, Minnesota, and San Diego. He holds a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees, and has taught numerous courses at Bethel Theological Seminary and Denver Seminary. A gifted leader, Jerry is also known as a captivating preacher.

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  • Dr. Tony Evans
    Pastor, Teacher, Author & Speaker

    x Dr. Tony Evans Dr. Tony Evans is founder and senior pastor of 9700-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, former chaplain of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and present chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 U.S. radio outlets daily and in more than 80 countries.

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  • Bob Merritt
    Senior Pastor, Eagle Brook Church

    x Pastor Bob Merritt I love being the senior pastor of Eagle Brook Church. It’s been a tremendous ride since 1991. Leading people to Christ is a desire placed in my heart by God. It’s my pursuit to present God to people in a joyful, excellent way through each service and program.

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  • Alicia Williamson Garcia
    Worship Leader

    x Alicia Williamson Garcia Alicia Williamson Garcia is a Bible teacher, worship leader, author, speaker. She cofounded IN Worship Conference Ministries, a non-profit ministry of conferences, seminars and in-depth Bible studies in Mobile, Alabama. She has a Master of Worship Studies from Liberty University and has released nine albums. She has been touring and leading people in worship since 1987.

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Breakouts   //  
Workshops

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    Dr. Joey Mimbs
    Senior Pastor
    Bethel Baptist Church
    Bradenton, Fla.

    Join Dr. Joey Mimbs in exploring matters of the growing church ministry. Seek new ideas and answers for ministry to the growing church.

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    Scott Ridout
    Lead Pastor
    Sun Valley Community Church
    Gilbert, Ariz.
    Dr. Mike Romberger
    Senior Pastor
    Mission Hills Church
    Lettleton, Col.

    Join us to set your own group agenda and discuss aspects of a growing church that are significant to you, your ministry, your family and your community.

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    Rev. John Fuller
    Senior Pastor
    Prairie Lake Church
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Pastor Chris Rygh
    Pastor of Multi-Site Ministries
    Prairie Lake Church
    Cedar Falls, Iowa

    Join this pastoral team from Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls, IA to explore issues significant to your growing church. You will set the group agenda to discuss timely subjects.

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    Pastor Linn Winters
    Senior Pastor
    Cornerstone Church
    Chandler, Ariz.

    Join pastors of Converges largest churches in discovering and discussing topics particular to a large church ministry, growth and outreach.

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    Rev. Sam Crabtree
    Executive Pastor
    Bethlehem Baptist Church
    Minneapolis, Minn.
    Scott Anderson
    Executive Pastor
    Eagle Brook Church
    Lino Lakes, Minn.

    Executive Pastors serve a unique niche in the fabric of our churches. Sam and Scott are familiar with many of the issues particular to Executive Pastors and their ministry within the larger church community. Attendees of this breakout will be able to interface with others regarding the broad span of ministry. You will be able to discover new techniques, strategies and best practices for this challenging ministry. Because of the size of this group, there will be smaller breakouts scheduled for more indepth discovery.

  • Matt Swartz
    Outreach Pastor
    Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert Campus
    Gilbert, Ariz.
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    Mission pastors and leaders will gather to help and network with one another to increase our global impact in a God-honoring way. A plethora of topics will be addressed, including wise and biblical short-term missions, participating in global church planting movements, church-driven missions, and avoiding the worst mission mistakes that churches make. Come be sharpened, encouraged and equipped.

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    Mike Ebbah
    San Diego Christian Fellowship South
    San Diego, Calif.

    Join pastors of similar ethnic background to discuss ministry to 1st and 2nd generation Filipinos in the United States. You will be led in investigating new ideas and trends in a multicultural ministry.

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    Deb Harrold
    Center Baptist Church
    Omaha, Neb.

    Most churches in Converge Worldwide are under 500 in attendance. Spend time with the spouses of churches in this category to discuss the issues you determine. Whether it’s wearing many hats to keep things going smoothly, family issues, or personal needs, you will find this Breakout Group the place to be. Join others to create your agenda and discuss the results

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    Ginya Van Oosten
    New Covenant Community Church
    Fresno, Calif.

    Join the spouses of pastors of this size church to discuss the issues of your ministry, family and life. You will determine your agenda to explore during these 4 sessions. This is a great network with other spouses to deal with the issues of ministry.

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    Dee Sheveland
    Converge Worldwide
    Orlando, Fla.

    Join this group of spouses from Converge’s largest churches for a unique and uplifting time lead by Dee Sheveland.

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    Twanna Henderson
    First Lady
    New Beginnings Community Church
    Matthews, N.C.
    Michelle Obleton
    First Lady
    Waukegan Community Church
    Waukegan, Ill.
    Trina Jenkins
    First Lady
    First Baptist Church of Glenarden      
    Landover, Md.
    Shirley Smith
    First Lady
    Compassion Baptist Church
    Chicago, Ill.

    Join other First Ladies to discuss significant issues in regard to ministry — personal, within the church, and family issues. This breakout will meet during each of the breakout sessions on the schedule.

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    Donna Fagerstrom
    Converge Worldwide
    Orlando, Fla.

    This Breakout is designed with the spouses of Converge Worldwide District Executive Ministers in mind. This, as other breakouts, is a safe place to learn and share.

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    Vicki Crabtree
    Bethlehem Baptist Church
    St. Paul, Minn.

    The ministry of the Executive Pastor is unique in church life. So also is the role of the spouse of the Executive Pastor. Join other Executive Pastor Spouses to discuss the issues unique to your ministry. Determining your agenda allows you to investigate areas of interest to your entire group.

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    Dr. Don Mortenson
    Pastor of Congregational Life
    Whittier Area Community Church
    Whittier, Calif.
    Dr. Richard & Leona Bergstrom
    Northshore Baptist Church
    Kirkland, Wash.

    In areas of adult ministry there are unique challenges and issues that Adult Ministry Pastors and Leaders face. This breakout will focus on ministry with all five generations of adults currently in our churches: Gen X'ers, Millenials, Boomers, Silents, and Builders.

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    Ralph Gustafson
    VP for Constituent Relations
    Bethel University
    St. Paul, Minn.
    Nate Gustafson
    Student Ministry Pastor
    Eagle Brook Church
    Lino Lakes Campus, Minn.

    This high energy breakout will inspire you as you go back to minister to the Junior High, Senior and College Age population in your church. Led by Ralph and Nate Gustafson, both experienced in youth work, you will be able to dive into issues facing youth ministry today.

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    Rev. Pat Singleton
    Children’s Pastor
    First Baptist Church
    Glenarden, Md.

    This Breakout Group will be led by Rev. Patricia (Pat) H. Singleton. She has been the Children's Pastor in full-time ministry since February 2005 and Director of Children's Bible Study at First Baptist Church of Glenarden for 22 years. Her ministry, however, spans 27 years. She was on the team from Glenarden that created G.O.S.P.E.L. Kids Town that opened in September 2007 and has founded Sister Paté Christian Clown Entertainment whereas she ministers for churches, communities and hospitals. She manages and administers over 150+ volunteers in various children’s ministries throughout the facility. You will be blessed with the level of expertise she brings to the Breakout Group and we know you’ll come away with ideas and refreshment for ministry.

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    Pastor Paul & Melanie Bernard
    Pastors
    TEN27 Church
    French Valley, Calif.

    These experienced leaders will facilitate worship and creative arts leaders in issues particular to this important area of ministry in the church. Interact with these leaders on the important matter of collaboration to lead God-honoring worship.

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    Christine Kolb
    Executive Assistant to the President’s Office
    Converge Worldwide
    Orlando, Fla.

    This Administrative Assistant Breakout will greatly benefit secretaries, office managers and administrative assistants in local churches as well as those holding similar positions in Converge Districts or universities. Christine Kolb has extensive experience in event planning, office management and problem solving. Attendees will also experience a camaraderie that will help create and maintain a valuable network. Because of the popularity of this breakout, there will be opportunity for small breakouts to discuss more applicable topics.

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    Chaplain Captain George Paul
    Chaplain Endorser
    Converge Worldwide
    Orlando, Fla.

    The chaplains' gathering at TRANSFORM 2013 was the first of its kind. Eleven chaplains from the military, VA, hospitals, retirement centers and emergency response units came together and identified common areas of interest facing ministry in the chaplaincy. Topics like PTSD, human sexuality issues, contemporary issues relating to marriage and connecting chaplains to Converge cut across all institutions where chaplains serve and minister. We anticipate that TRANSFORM 2014 will build on last year and produce a greater sense of how to be effective leaders in non-church settings. We encourage our Converge chaplains to make every effort to join other CWW church leaders in Tampa.

  • Venue

    Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
    The Grand Hyatt is a AAA Four Diamond Tampa Airport hotel on 35 acres of beautiful grounds, pools and bay views. They have a complimentary shuttle to local shopping and dinner areas, as well as to and from Tampa International Airport. Parking and room internet are also included free.

    Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
    813.874.1234
    GrandHyatt.com

    Hotel Pricing
    $169 + tax per night if registered by January 4, 2014. Book a room.

    Use code
    ConvergeTransform2014 when registering for a group discount
    (discount pricing ends December 27, 2013).

    Nearest Airport
    Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    1 mile from Grand Hyatt

    Schedule

      Sunday, Jan. 19

    • 12:00 PM

      Registration

    • 02:30 PM

      Pre-Conference Workshops

    • 07:30 PM

      Guest speaker Dr. Jerry Sheveland

      Worship with Alicia Williamson Garcia

      Monday, Jan. 20

    • 09:00 AM

      Breakout Session 1

    • 10:25 AM

      Break (20 min.)

    • 10:45 AM

      Breakout Session 2

    • 12:30 PM

      Lunch included with a Tribute to Martin Luther King

    • 02:00 PM

      Breakout Session 3

    • After 2 PM

      Dinner on your own

      Tuesday, Jan. 21

    • 09:00 AM

      Breakout Session 4

    • 10:25 AM

      Break (20 min.)

    • 10:45 AM

      Breakout Session 5 | Combined Spouse's Session

    • 12:30 PM

      Lunch Included

    • 02:00 PM

      Breakout Session 6

    • After 2 PM

      Dinner on your own

    • 07:00 PM

      Guest speaker Dr. Tony Evans

      Worship with Alicia Williamson Garcia

      Wednesday, Jan. 22

    • 08:00 AM

      Breakout Session 7

    • 09:15 AM

      Break (20 min.)

    • 09:45 AM

      Guest speaker Pastor Bob Merritt

      Worship with Alicia Williamson Garcia

    • 11:30 AM

      Checkout

    Testimonies

    Pastor Matt Hammett

    Flood Church
    San Diego, Calif.

    Pastor Melanie Bernard

    TEN27 Church
    French Valley, Calif.

    Pastor Ben Payne

    Northridge Baptist Church
    Mitchell, S.D.

    Dr. Vince Arnaldo

    Woodbridge Community Church
    Irvine, Calif.