Speakers John PiperJohn PiperJohn Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is the author of more than fifty books, and more than thirty years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have five children and twelve grandchildren. Bob RussellBob RussellAt just twenty-two years of age, Bob became the pastor of Southeast Christian Church. That small congregation of 120 members became one of the largest churches in America, with 18,000 people attending the four worship services every weekend in 2006 when Bob retired. Now through Bob Russell Ministries, Bob continues to preach at churches and conferences throughout the United States, provide guidance for church leadership, mentor other ministers and author Bible study videos for use in small groups. An accomplished author, Bob has written over one-dozen books. Bob and his wife Judy of 51 years have two married sons, Rusty and Phil. Rusty is a Lead Pastor in Port Charlotte, Florida after serving at Southeast for many years. Phil is a Sergeant with the Louisville Metro Police Department and a deacon at Southeast Christian Church. Bob and Judy have seven grandchildren with whom they enjoy spending their time. H.B. CharlesH.B. CharlesSince 2008 H.B. Charles has served as pastor-teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida. Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding his late father, Pastor Charles began his pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen, as a senior in high school. Pastor Charles is the host of The On Preaching Podcast, a podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. He has three books with Moody Publishing entitled It Happens After Prayer, The Difference Jesus Makes, and On Preaching. Pastor Charles is also a regular guest speaker at various revivals, conferences, and conventions around the country and beyond. Thom RainerThom RainerThom S. Rainer serves as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, a 5,000 employee organization headquartered in Nashville. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his degree in business administration. He received both the master of divinity and the Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. Dr. Rainer has served as pastor of four churches. He is also the former president of Rainer Group consulting. He served for twelve years as dean at Southern Seminary. Dr. Rainer has authored or co-authored 25 books. William VanderbloemenWilliam VanderbloemenWilliam has been able to combine over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of Executive Search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search. William is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership. His book Next: Pastoral Succession That Works on effective pastoral leadership and succession was released through Baker Books in September 2014, and his book Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook was released through B&H Books in June 2016. Tami HeimTami HeimTami Heim has been the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance, headquartered in San Clemente, CA, since January 2012. Her professional career includes executive leadership experience in the technology, marketing, publishing and retail industries. She has served as a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, executive vice president and chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as the president of Borders, Inc. After graduating from Purdue University in 1980, she entered the management-training program at Federated Department Stores and continued to serve in various leadership roles until she left in 1996. At the time of her departure, she was responsible for the operations of both the LAZARUS and Goldsmith’s chains. She has experience serving on the nonprofit boards of EQUIP, Lead Like Jesus, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Growing Leaders. Christianity Today, and Christian Leadership Alliance. Tami and her husband, Dale, are actively involved in ministry at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Since 2010, they have been leading mission teams to Haiti and are wholeheartedly committed to bringing the love of Christ to hundreds of orphans in Jeremie and Camatin. Léonce CrumpLéonce CrumpPastor Léonce B. Crump Jr. is an activist, author, social commentator, and the founding pastor of Renovation Church. In 2006 he felt called to plant a transcultural, socially conscious church, and through prayerful seeking of direction settled on the urban core of Atlanta. In early 2008 he and his wife Breanna moved to Atlanta to begin the process of planting Renovation Church, and in 2009 Pastor Léonce was assessed and approved as a member of the Acts 29 church-planting network, which he now serves as an executive board member. Renovation Church launched publicly on January 16, 2011 and since has baptized hundreds of new Christians, grown significantly, and continues to be an example of a transcultural, community oriented ministry that partners with the city of Atlanta, for its overall good. Originally from Louisiana and raised Catholic, Pastor Léonce began following Jesus at age 16. He has been in vocational ministry of some kind for 14 years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds Masters degrees in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Case Law (University of Tennessee), Missional Leadership (Resurgence Theological Training Center), and is finishing his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary this year. Most recently, his book Renovate was released in February of 2016 focusing on “changing who you are by loving where you are”. Léonce and his wife Breanna have lived in the Grant Park community of Atlanta for 7 years, and have three children. Mark JobeMark JobeMark is the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in the city of Chicago. He and his wife Dee have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand meeting at over 25 locations with over 40 worship services each weekend. Mark is also the founder of New Life Centers, an organization focused on helping youth in underserved areas of Chicago (www.nlcenters.org). He holds a Masters degree from Moody theological Seminary and a Doctorate degree from Bakke Graduate University. Mark is the author of UNSTUCK: Out of your cave into your call and can be heard on his daily radio program Straighttalk. Eric GeigerEric GeigerEric Geiger serves as one of the Vice Presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church. Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, playing with his daughters, and shooting basketball. Daniel ImDaniel ImDaniel Im is the Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is also the co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He has a M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more. Todd AdkinsTodd AdkinsTodd is the Director of Leadership at LifeWay and the co-host of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast. He served for several years in various pastoral roles before coming to LifeWay to develop Ministry Grid and head up the Leadership team. Todd earned his M. A. in Leadership from the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. Barnabas PiperBarnabas PiperBarnabas Piper is the Brand Manager for LifeWay Leadership and the co-host of the 5 Leadership Questions. He is also an author of two books, The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity and Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt is Not the Enemy of Faith. He writes for The Blazing Center, WorldMag.com, HeReadsTruth.com, as well as contributing to several other sites.