Levi Lusko is the author of the bestselling book “Through the Eyes of a Lion”, pastor ofFresh Life Church (a multisite church in Montana and Utah (that he and his wife Jennie pioneered in 2007), and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus. He takes pleasure in small things, such as black coffee, new shoes, fast Internet, and falling asleep in the sun. He and his wife,Jennie, have four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven. His new book “Swipe Right”, releases in February, 2017.
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and RockHill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church (TC) also has two campuses in South Carolina Correctional Institutions (Kershaw and Lee).For three out of the last five years, TC has been recognized as one of the top 100fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine.
Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University. They have been married forever 20 years and have two children.
After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional footballing the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). He then graduated from Southern EvangelicalSeminary magna cum laude, with a Masters of Divinity with a concentration inApologetics, where he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopherDr. Norman Geisler. Gray is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in NewTestament Context at Northern Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He’s recognized by many as TheEvangelism Linebacker and is a highly sought-after communicator. Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2009), Limitless Life:You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace forCrazy Times Bible Study (2015) and The High-Definition Leader (2015).
Dr. Eric Mason aka “Pastor E” is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship inPhiladelphia, PA. He is married to Yvette and has three sons, Immanuel, Nehemiah, Ephraim and one living daughter, Amalyah. After over 2 decades of gospel ministry, Dr.Mason has become known for his unquenchable passion to see the glory of Jesus Christrobustly and relevantly engaged in broken cities with the comprehensive gospel. Urbanministry is the heartbeat of his ministry and calling. Dr. Mason serves through the local church in helping coach and train families to plant churches in cities locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Mason considers himself a foodie, coffee snob and enjoys reading, writing, art, and
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
Samuel Rodriguez is president of NHCLC/Conela, an international organization of more than 500,000 evangelical churches. He is a sought after voice in White House and congressional meetings and is regularly featured on CNN, Fox News, NBC Telemundo, and other major news outlets. The author of The Lamb’s Agenda, Rodriguez is senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, where he resides with his wife Eva, their three children and two grandchildren.
“Preach Christ. He is the hope of the world.” That is the statement and life’s calling of John W. Gray III. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, John accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at 7 years old at Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorate of Dr. Wayne Davis. The product of two musically gifted parents, John showed an early affinity for music and was directing the choir at 7 years old. His passion for music and the arts was evident throughout his formative years as he was a part of every theatrical production at church and at school.
After graduating from Withrow High School in 1991, John accepted an academic scholarship to The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he continued to pursue music and acting. A sudden and devastating illness to John’s beloved grandmother at the beginning of his sophomore year caused John to lose focus on his academics, and he subsequently flunked out of school after that semester. Derailed temporarily, John headed home to seek direction and clarity for his next move. He subsequently enrolled in The University of Cincinnati and became a part of the traveling gospel choir that represented the school around the country. While home, John heeded the call to the preached ministry on the Sunday of his twenty-first birthday at Bethel Baptist Church and preached his first sermon that September. His life would never be the same.
Not long after accepting the call to preach the gospel, John was asked to be a cast member in a touring stage play starring Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin and The Family. From there, God began to open doors that would allow John to serve God while utilizing the gifts of music, comedy, and preaching that God had given him.
After touring with Kirk Franklin, John’s heart led him to participate in a musical tour whose purpose was to eliminate racism and create equality in the body of Christ. The tour was headlined by DC Talk, Out of Eden, and The Katinas. It was clear to John that God wanted him to be a bridge builder and that comedy would be a gateway to bring the body of Christ together.
After that tour, in September of 2000, John accepted his first youth pastor position at The First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, under the leadership of DeForest Soaries. It was while youth pastoring in New Jersey that John felt that he had found the call of God on his life: impact youth and young adults with the Word of God through music, comedy, and preaching--all at the same time. To this day, John continues to defy description and labels by seamlessly integrating worship, laughter, preaching, exhortation, and encouragement into one package.
Not content to simply be known as a singular gift, John uses all the gifts God has given him to reach people with hope, healing, forgiveness, and freedom found in Jesus Christ. From directing, producing or co-producing award-winning films, releasing two musical albums, a comedy DVD, and appearing on hit TV shows Sister, Sister and Tyler Perry’s The House of Payne, John is determined to show that you can use every gift God has given you to build the kingdom of God and bless people.
As an in-demand speaker, John has traveled the world sharing the gospel of the kingdom in his unique and uncompromising way. From South Africa to Australia and many places in between, God has taken John around the world to speak to youth, young adults, entire churches, conferences, and camps to say one thing in many ways: Jesus saves and He loves you with an everlasting love!
He was ordained an Elder at Northview Christian Church in Dothan, Alabama, in March of 2010.
John currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen. Wherever God takes John here and into the future, he is determined to serve with passion, humility, and power.
John is quick to acknowledge that although he is grateful for the places God has taken him and the ministries that have opened their doors to him, nothing compares to the joy of his life, his wife of two and a half years, Aventer, their son John W. Gray IV, and their newborn daughter, Theory Aspyn-Sky Gray.