Rev. Stephanie Moore Hand, serves as the minister of Evangelism and Discipleship, at Provi-dence United Methodist Church, Charlotte NC. She holds a Undergraduate degree from the Uni-versity of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Masters of Religious Education from Pfeiffer Univer-sity. She has also completed seminary requirements at Hood Theological Seminary.
Stephanie loves leading retreatsthat inspire and empower Christian leaders to live bold and courageous lives. She had the awesome opportunity to be the three-day keynote speaker, for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, the New England Annual and Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Summer Series, Ocean Grove NJ. Prior to her call into ministry, Stephanie was the Op-erations Manager for Marriott at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and later served as the General Manager for Marriott at the Little Rock International Airport.
Stephanie enjoys hanging out with family and friends, sports, the beach, the mountains, mu-sic, and deep laughter. Most importantly Stephanie is passionate about sharing the old, old stories of Jesus, in a relevant and meaningful context, to a 21st century generation. She is married to Walter “Chip” Hand Jr. and together they have two high-energy children, Ashlee (13) and Walter III (11).
Bishop Kenneth Carter was elected bishop of the Florida Annual Conference in 2012.He has served as Waynesville District Superintendent in the WNCC and for seven years as senior pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.Bishop Carter is the author of several books and a contributor to many others, and he maintains a blog entitled “Bear Witness To The Love of God in This World”. Most recently he contributed to The Wesley Study Bible, The Abingdon Preaching Annual, and the Feasting On The Word commentary series.He has spoken to groups across the country, and has preached in congregations ranging in size from very small mountain churches to congregations of more than five thousand members. He and his wife Pam have two daughters and their family also includes a young man from Haiti who is a student at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.
Rev. Dr. James Howell is the senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, has authored more than ten books. His most recent book, Struck From Behind: My Memoirs of God, was published in 2012.Dr. Howell received his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Duke Divinity School where he teaches part-time.He and his wife Lisa Stockton Howell have three children, Sarah, Grace, and Noah.
Rev. Dr. Timothy Bias was elected as General Secretary of the General Board of Discipleship in October of 2013.He has previously served at the GBOD from 1995 to 1999 as the Director of Evangelism Ministries. Bias has served churches in West Virginia, Illinois, and Ohio, and has written extensively about ministry in the UMC. Bias received his B.A. degree from Marshall University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dr. Mark Beeson, the Foundation for Evangelism’s 2014 Distinguished Evangelist, has been the Lead Pastor of Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana since its creation in 1986.Beeson holds a B.S. from Ball State University, a M.Div. from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and a D.Min.in leadership development from United Theological Seminary in Ohio. Beeson has been a regular speaker for Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Church Conference where he delivered the keynote address to more than 4,500 global pastors participating in the event. Beeson has also provided leadership and training programs for events sponsored by nationally known author and church development consultant John Vaughn.He also inspires, informs, motivates and equips other church leaders to creatively and effectively bring the hope of Jesus to a hurting world, through Granger Community Church sponsored events.
The Reverend Canon Gina Gilland Campbell was named canon precentor of the National Cathedral in September 2013. She provides leadership and direction for a number of worship groups—including communion ministers, nave chaplains, and lectors—and she has also served as the chaplain to the various Cathedral choirs. She works closely with the dean, the vicar, and programs director as a teacher in areas of Christian formation and education. Like the other clergy on the Cathedral staff, she also serves as a pastor and preacher to the broad Cathedral community and the congregation.
Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble is an award winning preacher/pastor and motivational speaker, having recently been cited as one of the top 20 young preachers in America (“The African American Pulpit” Magazine).He is highly sought after as a revivalist, keynote speaker, seminar leader, and motivator, and is a past member of the National Speakers Association.Among other honors, he is a past Conference Preacher for The Symposium on Worship - an annual, international, ecumenical event sponsored by The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and The Center for Excellence in Preaching, and has served as the Bible Study Leader for the national gathering of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR).Derrick was recently selected by Abingdon Press and the United Methodist Publishing House to write both the adult and teen curriculum for Vacation Bible School for the year 2013.In the corporate world, he has presented on topics as diverse as peak performance, customer service, educational excellence, and leadership in the workplace.
Derrick-Lewis Noble holds a BA in English with a double minor in Speech Communication and Psychology from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, a M.Div. in Christian Education from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA, and a D. Min. in Black Church Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.
Fred Bahnson is a writer, permaculture gardener, and pioneer in church-supported agriculture. He is the director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith and is the co-author of Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile With Creation. He is a featured speaker at the 2014 Wildgoose Festival and was a panelist on faith-based initiatives and childhood obesity at First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier American Summit in Washington, DC in March 2013.