Honolulu 2016 Speakers

BRANDON AHU
Spend 5 minutes with Brandon and you’ll get a load of cheesy jokes and some genuine Aloha Spirit. He’s a beach lover, dog owner, football fan, Kamehameha Warrior, USC Trojan, surfer, hiker, motor-biker, and is down for an adventure. Most of all, he is a servant and son of the Most High God, currently shepherding the flock at New Hope Metro in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi as assistant pastor. He believes firmly in the next generation’s potential to rise up and make a Kingdom difference in the world today in the name of Christ. newhopemetro.com

Honolulu 2016 Topics:

  • When Your Faith Feels Fake: What to Do When God Doesn’t Seem Real Anymore (Deeper) • Friday, 3:30 pm [Y]
  • Waiting in Vain • Saturday, 10:30 am

CAROL ALEVIZOS
Carol Alevizos serves on the leadership team of the Hawaiʻi chapter of Contemplative Outreach, a spiritual organization dedicated to the renewal of the Christian contemplative tradition. She participates in facilitating centering prayer workshops and retreats. A former project manager, mother and grandmother she understands the challenges of balancing the activities of an ordinary life in our fast moving world with the attraction to silence, solitude and service.

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • Centering Prayer Meditation • Friday, 8:30 pm, Rm 328

ANUHEA AKAMINE
Anuhea is associate youth pastor at Anchor Church in Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i. She previously taught high school Christian education at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, and she holds a master's degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis on school counseling. Her passion is to lead people to the presence of God and into greater intimacy with Him. Anuhea likes to laugh at her own jokes, has never come across a puppy she didn't want to keep, and believes that a multitude of problems can be fixed in the presence of good company... and coffee.

Honolulu 2016 Topic:

  • No Worries! (Middle School) • Saturday, 10:30 am [Y]
 

DAVE BARR
Dave Barr is senior pastor of New Hope Windward in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi, a multi-site church that includes locations in prisons. Dave enjoys coaching pastors and people about time management, building healthy relationships, church planting and leadership. Before Dave began full-time ministry, he led a multi-million dollar international company in Hawaiʻi. Dave lives in Kāneʻohe with his wife, Lisa, and three daughters. He enjoys watching movies, golfing, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family. nhww.org

Honolulu 2016 Topics:

  • Managing Your Mouth • Friday, 10:30 am
  • Processing Conflict Productively • Friday, 3:30 pm

CHRIS BROWN
A senior pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, CA and one of the two teaching pastors, Chris is on the vision-casting team and provides directional leadership for his church. He also co-teaches a preaching course at Bethel Seminary. Chris loves bringing the Bible to life with his gifts as a communicator and storyteller. His passion is sharing a real and authentic journey with Jesus. Chris and his wife, Amy, have three children. As a family they plan to stay involved in teaching, ministries, and fishing for as long as humanly possible. northcoastchurch.com

Honolulu 2016 Topics:

  • God Will Only Be God • Youth General Session 1 • Thursday, 8:30 pm [Y]
  • Being Robbed • Youth General Session 2 • Friday, 1:30 pm [Y]
  • Be Great and Put Yourself First • Youth General Session 3• Friday, 6:30 pm [Y]
  • Big G Versus Little g • Youth General Session 4 • Saturday, 8:30 am [Y]

GREG BRYAN
Greg’s primary mission is to advance the gospel and help others navigate life. His passion is to help others develop the vision, passion and skills to follow Christ and make disciples for the rest of their lives. Greg works for The Navigators and currently leads a ministry at the University of Hawai‘i. Greg received his MDiv from Columbia International University and has previously served as a church planter and pastor. Greg also serves as college ministry coordinator at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu. gospeldriven.org

Honolulu 2016 Topic:

  • Growing in Grace: How to Live a Gospel-Driven Life • Thursday, 8:30 pm

RICK BUNDSCHUH
A pastor, veteran youth worker, writer, speaker and cartoonist based in Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Rick is known for his creativity, over the top imagination and trouble-making tendencies. His numerous innovative ideas in ministry have resulted in a steady stream of pagans, trolls and other wild converts into the Kingdom. Rick serves as teaching pastor for Kauaʻi Christian Fellowship, a church he helped start 24 years ago. His books include; Soul Surfer, Deep Like Me and his latest, Moving Messages – Ideas that Will Revolutionize the Sunday Experience. kauaichristian.com

Honolulu 2016 Topics:

  • How to Reach Unchurched Teens • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Rethinking Church Leadership • Friday, 10:30 am
  • Piranha, Trolls and Vermin – Tips on Living in a Dangerous World (Middle School) • Friday, 3:30 pm [Y]
  • Moving Messages—Ideas that Will Revolutionize the Sunday Experience • Saturday, 10:30 am

JON AND CYNDI BURGESS
Jon and Cyndi met at Life Bible College, where they graduated with B.A.s in pastoral ministry. They trained under Pastor Wayne Cordeiro in the School of Church Planting at New Hope O‘ahu and were on the pastoral planting team for New Hope Hawai‘i Kai. They served as interim senior pastors of New Hope Kaua‘i and pioneered, planted and pastored New Hope Seattle and New Hope North City in Washington. They returned to pastor New Hope Legacy in Kona and are now the campus pastors for New Hope O‘ahu Sand Island. They love serving God’s people and seeing “the lights come on” as they discover their Divine Design in this grand adventure of faith.

Honolulu 2016 Topic:

  • Life Works: Honesty Equals Unity in Marriage • Friday, 10:30 am

JIM BURNS
President of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University, Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year and has over 1.5 million resources in print in more than 25 languages. Jim has a radio program that broadcasts over 800-plus stations a day and is heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. His books include: Faith Conversations for Families, Teenology, Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California. homeword.com

Honolulu 2016 Topics:

  • Refreshing Your Marriage • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Healthy Sexuality for Young Adults • Friday, 10:30 am, 
  • Pass It On: Energizing Your Family’s Spiritual Life • Friday, 3:30 pm
  • Creating a Media Safe Home • Saturday, 10:30 am

BRYAN CLAY
Track and field athlete Bryan Clay is known for his determination, dedicated work ethic, strong faith, and passion for giving back. He captured the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2004 Olympic Games and the gold and title of World’s Greatest Athlete at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. His efforts on and off the track were recognized in the 2008 Jesse Owens Award, the 2009 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award and the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Brian grew up in Kane‘ohe, Hawaiʻi and holds a B.S. in social work from Azusa Pacific, where he now serves as a brand ambassador and assistant track coach. He lives in Glendora, CA, with his wife, Sarah, and their three children. bryanclay.com

Honolulu 2016 Topics:

  • Balancing Priorities with Bryan and Sarah Clay • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • A Fireside Chat with Bryan & Sarah Clay (Senior High) • Friday, 3:30 pm  [Y]
  • A Fireside Chat with Bryan & Sarah Clay–Worship and Conversation about Choices and Asking “Who is Greater in Your Life?” (Deeper) • Saturday, 10:30 am [Y]

SARAH CLAY
Sarah grew up in Seattle, Washington, and went on to receive a B.A. in liberal studies and M.A. in education from Azusa Pacific University. Her Olympic decathlete gold medalist husband Bryan Clay attributes his success on and off the track and their success as a family to Sarah's faithful commitment to managing the family and her unconditional love for him, win or lose. Sarah excels at chasing after their three kids, a dog, a pig, a rabbit and four chickens. She also runs a home business and speaks for women's groups in churches around the country. Sarah and Bryan recently celebrated 12 years of marriage.

HONOLULU 2016 Topics:

  • Balancing Priorities with Bryan and Sarah Clay • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • A Fireside Chat with Bryan & Sarah Clay (Senior High) • Friday, 3:30 pm [Y]
  • A Fireside Chat with Bryan & Sarah Clay–Worship and Conversation about Choices and Asking “Who is Greater in Your Life?” (Deeper) • Saturday, 10:30 am [Y]

BOB DAVIS
Bob Davis is pastor at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church in California. His passion is to empower believers to grow in discipleship by equipping them in their communities. He holds a B.A from Dickinson College, a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, and an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Bob is married to Jennifer, and is the father of Kaley, Brooke, and Abby. When not coaching from the pulpit, Bob coaches from the mound as a girls’ fast-pitch softball coach.

HONOLULU 2016 TOPICS:

  • Persevering with Hope • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Where Am I Going? Where Are We Going? • Friday, 8:30 pm

FRANK DE GRACIA
Frank de Gracia is a regional pastor of Inspire Church and was youth pastor from 2012-2015. He has been on staff since 2006. Previously he was an Assemblies of God licensed minister at Bethel Chapel from 2000 to 2006. He attended Pacific Rim Bible College where he received degrees in Bible and pastoral ministry. Frank enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his wife and three sons.

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • It’s Your Choice (Senior High) • Friday, 10:30 am [Y]

TERRY GEORGE
A graduate of Punahou School, Terry received his BA from Stanford University, his MA in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, and his Executive MBA from the University of Hawaiʻi. After serving in Ford Foundation field offices in Manila and New Delhi, he moved back to Hawaiʻi in 1998 and now serves as president and chief executive officer of the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation. The Foundation invests about $8 million a year in grants to schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations throughout Hawaiʻi to achieve its mission of closing the achievement and preparation gaps in public education; restoring nearshore marine ecosystems; and strengthening the vibrancy of Windward Oʻahu’s communities. castlefoundation.org

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • Forging Powerful Relationships Between Churches and Foundations to Benefit the Community • Friday, 3:30 pm

TJ GORUM
TJ is lead pastor of Impact Fellowship, a church plant in the heart of Kakaʻako on O‘ahu. Prior to Impact Fellowship, TJ was one of four founding members of New Hope Diamond Head, a church that went from four people to over 1700. During that time, TJ served as a youth pastor, young adults pastor, equipping pastor and a campus pastor. His passion is to see people discover who God created them to be. TJ is always on some sort of adventure, whether that be spearfishing, trekking, or partnering with ministries in the hills of India. impactfellowship.church

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • What on Earth Am I Called to Do? • Thursday, 8:30 pm
     

ROBIN GUNN
Robin Jones Gunn has written 85 books with over 5 million copies sold worldwide. Robin’s Glenbrooke and Sisterchicks® series have appeared on the CBA bestsellers’ list and have received numerous awards including three Christy Awards. Her non-fiction works include Victim of Grace, Praying For Your Future Husband and Spoken For, co-authored with Alyssa Joy Bethke. Her Christy Miller series has helped thousands of teens come to know Christ, fulfilling Robin’s teen wish to be a missionary to unreached people. She and her husband, Ross, live on Maui and attend Hope Chapel in Kihei. Her life verse is Acts 20:24. “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” robingunn.com

Honolulu 2016 Topics:

  • Telling Your Story • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Early Missionaries to Hawaiʻi – What They Did Right • Friday, 8:30 pm

ROSS GUNN
Ross Gunn III has served as a professional Christian therapist with Skyview Counseling since 1998. He counsels men, women, couples and students on a variety of issues from a biblical perspective. He also specializes in working with men and couples in the area of sexual addiction. Ross has a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University, an M.A. from Talbot Seminary, and a master’s in counseling from Western Seminary. Ross and his bride, Robin Gunn, live on Maui where he has his private practice. skyviewcounseling.com

HONOLULU 2016 Topics:

  • One Eye, One Arm Christians • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Conflict Management: Rock, Paper or Scissors • Friday, 10:30 am
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KARELIN JAMES
Karelin James is the creative energy behind “Prayerful Breath Yoga.” Founded out of a love for God’s presence and movement, Karelin brings her extravagant love of Jesus to all her classes and private sessions. She received her 200-hour teacher training from Hawaiʻi Yoga Institute. Yoga has brought her experience in leading worship, teaching, dance and fitness together. Karelin has served as women’s ministry director, worship pastor, and currently leads the young adult ministry at Kailua Church of the Nazarene.

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • Christ Centered Yoga, Moving Meditation • Saturday, 10:30 am [W]

GER JONES
Ger is founding pastor of Vintage Church in Santa Monica, California. Born in England, he felt called at a young age to ministry in the workplace and after receiving his law degree at Bristol University, practiced corporate law in London before moving into brand management with Procter & Gamble’s European head office in Geneva, Switzerland. The call to full-time ministry led Ger to Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, for an M.Div. He held associate and interim pastor positions at Holy Trinity Church in Raleigh, North Carolina before moving with his wife, Lizzie, and family to church plant in Santa Monica in 2011. vintagechurchla.com

HONOLULU 2016 Topics:

  • Being a Word and Spirit Church • Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Planting a Church in a City Where You Know No One • Friday, 3:30 pm

JASON KIM
Jason is a national conference speaker with Logos Bible Software. He has been a Christian for nearly 18 years, and served as a missionary and ministry leader. Currently he is pursuing an MBA and is an accomplished portrait and landscape photographer. logos.com

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • How to Maximize Your Bible Study and Sermon Preparation with Technology • Friday, 3:30 pm

KAI KIAHA
Raised in Long Beach, California, Kai is known for going door-to-door, feeding the homeless and rallying against human trafficking to share the love of Christ within his community. A graduate of Cottonwood Leadership College, he has a degree in biblical studies and currently attends Vanguard University and works at a surf shop in Huntington Beach. He loves to hike, surf and travel. Kai has served as outreach director and worship pastor for high school and college groups. He is passionate about being a godly influence for younger generations and hopes to help build more warriors for Jesus around the world. 

HONOLULU 2016 Topics:

  • The Unstoppable, Unshakable, Unashamed Generation • Thursday, 8:30 pm [CC]
  • Life on Mission (Senior High) • Saturday, 10:30 am [Y]

KAYE LAWRENCE
Kaye’s life calling is to empower individuals, reinforce healthy behaviors versus negative behavior and to help change strategies when appropriate. A professor at San Diego Christian College in Santee, California, and at Southern California Seminary in El Cajon, California, Kaye and her husband have served as missionaries in Mexico for more than 39 years. Kaye holds an M.A. and Psy.D. in clinical and educational psychology. She travels extensively internationally to facilitate mental health conferences that train teachers in special education.

HONOLULU 2016 Topics:

  • The Ghost From the Past: Dealing with Non-Military and Military PTSD • Friday, 10:30 am
  • When the Past is in the Present: Domestic Violence Within the Military/Non-Military • Friday, 3:30 pm
  • Because Their Life Matters, Relieving the Pain: Families dealing with mental illness • Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Pipeline to Smart Health and a Healthy Existence • Saturday, 10:30 am

GRANT LEE
Having recently entered the “realm of the retired” after 45 years of pastoring, Grant’s interest in ministry with older folk has personal roots. His particular journey into aging focuses on the “spirituality of aging.” He has trained in spiritual direction at the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange, CA, and participates in centering prayer with Contemplative Outreach Hawaiʻi.

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • Growing Older: A Gift of New Beginnings • Friday, 10:30 am

KEN MAKUAKĀNE
Kahu Makuakāne serves the Hawaiʻi Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) as acting Papa Makua (pastor) to all Hawaiian pastors and to the historical Hawaiian congregations under the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches as well as the other Hawaiian churches within the UCC. He also serves as Minister of Church Vitality. He is a well-known and gifted singer, musician, composer, producer, and engineer, producing more than 150 albums and penning well over 1,500 songs. His numerous musical awards and recognitions include 15 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been nominated for a Grammy Award.

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • From Chicken to Champion • Thursday, 8:30 pm

BOB MARETTE
Bob has been teaching God's Principles of Finance for over 35 years. He has impacted tens of thousands with his life changing workshop, "How To Get Out Of Debt In 5-7 Years, Including Mortgage," taken from his book From A Millstone To A Milestone. His workshop has been presented in over 300 churches from countless denominations throughout the U.S. and Canada. His second book, Scriptural Calendar: A Daily Guide To Help You Hide God's Word In Your Heart, is aimed to teach anyone how important it is and how easy it is to memorize scripture. Additionally, he has authored two 366-day devotional books.

HONOLULU 2016 Topics:

  • From a Millstone to a Milestone: Helping People Achieve TRUE Financial Freedom • Friday, 10:30 am
  • YOU, Yes Even YOU, Can Memorize Scripture – A Daily Guide to Help You Hide God’s Word in Your Heart) • Friday, 8:30 pm

MEREDITH MILLER
As curriculum director for Promiseland at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, Meredith focuses on helping kids engage with scripture and respond to God in meaningful and personal ways. She was born and raised in Southern California where she worked in children’s and youth ministries with several local churches. Meredith is part of the research team for the Fuller Youth Institute’s Sticky Faith project and is passionate about giving children a foundation for life-long faith. She holds an M.Div. from Fuller Seminary and B.A.s in religious studies and Spanish from Westmont College. willowcreek.org

HONOLULU 2016 Topics:

  • Ministry to Children in a Changing World • Friday, 10:30 am
  • Creating (and Sustaining) a Dynamic Volunteer Team • Friday, 3:30 pm
  • Meeting with God: Kids curriculum that draws kids closer to Jesus • Saturday, 10:30 am

ADRIENNE MARK
Retired for two years from Hawaiʻi Pacific Health as a supervisor for the Kapiʻolani Early Intervention Program, Adrienne’s retirement life has been an integration of caregiving, volunteering, self care and seeking to understand the sense of being called without being “dutifully employed.” She has found that her understanding is enhanced through listening, reading and personal reflection.

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • Growing Older: A Gift of New Beginnings • Friday, 10:30 am

PHIL MARK
Phil Mark retired after 37 years of pastoral and denominational regional service. In retrospect, he views the first third of his life as the context for his recognizing and accepting what was meant to be his vocational call. That call to full-time Christian ministry characterized the second third of his life. The diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease came in 1998. Living with this chronic and progressive neurological condition has altered the third third of his life. Composing songs and hymns for aspects of church life has helped him “in connecting” the dots.

HONOLULU 2016 Topic:

  • Growing Older: A Gift of New Beginnings • Friday, 10:30 am