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Friday, October 17, 2014

11:30 – Registration Begins & Prayer
1:00 – worship
1:30 – Main Session – Leadership in the city (DA Horton) Titus Chapter 1
2:30 – breakout sessions
4:00 – break
4:20 – Main Stage Panel Discussion (Leadership & Discipleship)
5:00 – Pastor Eric Mason – Book Signing (Beat God to the Punch)
5:50 – Dismiss
8:00 – Frequency Concert

Saturday, October 18, 2014

8:00 – Worship
8:25 – Main Session – Discipleship through the church (Jerome Gay) Titus Chapter 2
9:20 – Breakout Sessions
10:50 – Break
11:00 – Breakout Sessions
12:30 – Lunch
1:45 – Worship
2:10 – Main Session – Mission to the city (Eric Mason) Titus Chapter 3
3:10 – Break
3:20 – Main Stage Panel Discussion (Urban Mission: The Church Plant)
4:00 – Dismiss

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Breakout Sessions

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Leading Worship In the Urban Context
Developing & Mobilizing Young Adults
Teaching as leading
Stewarding the resources of the church
Building Community in the Urban Context
Whites Serving in a Minority Context
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Discipling men
Discipling women
Discipling youth
Discipling college students
Counseling In the Urban Context
Discipling homosexuals
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The church plant
Outreach events
Gospel-centered service
Exegeting the city
How to release Called people into their calling
Church/Para Church: Healthy Partnership
Managing being a bi-vocational Pastor

Speakers

Ronique Wilson

Ronique is the leader of The Wise Women Project (women’s ministry) at Crossover Bible Fellowship.  Ronique’s heart desire is to see women enlightened to what the word of God has to say to their lives, encouraged through Godly relationships with other women, and equipped to fully live out who God has called them to be. She has travelled nationwide teaching women and teen girls on issues including sex, dating, marriage, family, dress, spiritual maturity, and managing family life.  She is a speaker at Lifeway Conferences for Women’s and Marriage Events.  A key teaching topic that Ronique is passionate about addressing among Christian women is eliminating the female ideology of “I don’t do women” and building a renewed theology of sisterly relationships.

Ronique holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and is a licensed psychologist.  She has also studied at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas.  She works in ministry alongside her husband, Blake, who is the Lead Pastor of Crossover Bible Fellowship.  They have been married for 17 years and they are parents of a daughter, Reagan, and a son, Robert Chance.

Dr. Sarita Lyons

Sarita T. Lyons, JD, PhD

“I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And this life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me(Gal. 2: 20).

Dr. Lyons, affectionately called “Dr. Sarita,” is a wife, mother, speaker, women’s bible teacher, radio host, professor, and psychotherapist.  She is currently in private practice in Philadelphia providing counseling for individuals, families, couples and groups.  Dr. Lyons has dedicated her life to fulfilling her God given purposes: to be a wife and mother, to minister, to counsel, to teach, to encourage and ultimately, to glorify Christ in every area of her life. Her most exciting work is helping people, especially women, to pursue healthy relationships with God, themselves, and others.  Dr. Lyons encourages individuals, through a variety of ventures, to move beyond the limitations of their traumatic past, negative thinking, fear, powerless living and unhealthy relationships in order to heal their emotional and spiritual wounds and to experience true freedom and fulfillment in Christ.

Dr. Lyons is the wife of Mark Lyons, a commercial airline pilot for Jet Blue Airways and a retired Lt. Colonel from the Delaware Air National Guard. They have been married for twelve years and are the grateful parents of four children, Malachi (10), Sophia (9), Olivia (8), and Gabriella (6).  A native of Philadelphia and a product of the Philadelphia Public Schools (Central H.S.), Dr. Lyons graduated from Florida A&M University, where she studied Broadcast Journalism and Psychology.  In 2000, just before marrying and having children, she was accepted into one of only four joint JD/PhD programs in the country, where she studied Law and Psychology.  In 2006, she graduated from Villanova University School of Law and earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University.  In 2011, Dr. Lyons earned a Ph.D. in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from Drexel University and is currently an adjunct professor at Drexel University’s College of Medicine.   Dr. Lyons is a co-host on a radio show called “Psych Talk,” (WNJC, 1360AM,) and she was the first African American woman to be a board member for the Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center where she served as Vice President.

Throughout her life, Dr. Lyons has worked as a community and youth activist; a news reporter and announcer for W.A.M.F. Radio; and a television anchor and reporter for a Fox Television show in Tallahassee, Florida. Her broadcasting experience in Philadelphia consists of her interning with Cody Anderson and Mary Mason of “Mornings with Mary” on W.H.A.T. 1340 AM.  For two summers, she worked as a Summer Associate at White and Williams, LLP law firm in Philadelphia, specializing in medical malpractice law.  She has worked as a political and educational lobbyist for Florida A&M University, a substance abuse therapist, school therapist, forensic evaluator for the courts, a therapist at the Youth Study Center in Philadelphia, a therapist for mothers with depression in a research study at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and she completed a Psychology Internship at Friends Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Philadelphia.  Dr. Lyons is a covenant member of Epiphany Fellowship (Dr. Eric Mason, Lead Pastor) where she serves on the women’s ministry as the Bible study coordinator and sings on the DOXA praise and worship team.

In addition to ministry and her private practice, Dr. Lyons has appeared on both radio and television shows as a media expert.  She is a highly sought after keynote, retreat, and conference speaker, and has conducted workshops for women’s groups, politicians, corporations, colleges, churches, hospitals, and high schools on a wide range of topics.  She desires to help women grow emotionally and spiritually by cultivating a deeper love for God by feasting upon the Word in order to reveal and heal the issues of the heart.  Dr. Lyons shares the Gospel and the message that no matter who you are, or where you’ve been, or what you’ve been through, by God’s grace, you can change and become who God created you to be.  Dr. Lyons is the Founder and CEO of Uplifting People, LLC whose mission is to equip, empower, and encourage people to “grow and go higher.”

Tommy Forester

Tommy Forester is originally from Fresno, CA and attended the University of California at Davis where he received a BA in Religious Studies.  It was during his involvement with Cru and the Impact Movement that the Lord called him to the ministry of reaching the nations in the North American context, beginning in Los Angeles in 2004.  In 2008 he moved to Philadelphia where he learned about the fusion of campus ministry, as a Cru urban missionary, and urban church plants under the direction of Dr. Eric Mason and Pastor Doug Logan.  It was at Epiphany Fellowship where Pastor Tommy launched and developed the College Connect Ministries where he presently serves as the College Connect Pastor.  In 2012 he graduated from Biblical Seminary with a Master of Divinity focusing on Urban Leadership.  Pastor Tommy is passionate about seeing multi-ethnic college ministries thrive in and through the urban church and church planting, so that students are comprehensively connecting to Jesus Christ, discipleship in the church, and mission on the campus, in their community, and around the world.

He has been married to his best friend, Fatimah since 2009.  They have two beautiful and adventurous girls, Mikayla and Kaitlyn.  They are presently preparing to transition to plant a church through Epiphany Fellowship in South Central Los Angeles near USC where they anticipate preaching the gospel in a multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic, multi-generational context.

Doug Logan

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Doug Logan serves as Lead Pastor & Directional Leader of Epiphany Camden. Doug is an Urban Missionary with a heart to see comprehensive Gospel change in the Inner-Cities. Doug and his wife Angel have been married since 1996 and have been blessed with three sons, Bernie (24), Aharon (15), and Avery (14). Doug is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and currently served as the Church Plant Resident at the Tenth Presbyterian Church in a 2-Church Partnership with Epiphany Fellowship in North Philadelphia under the leadership of Dr. Eric Mason. Pastor Doug Logan has served in the inner city for nearly a decade as a pastor of both Calvary Bible Church of Kensington and now in North Philly. He is currently completing his MAR at Reformed Theological Seminary-DC Campus.

Blake Wilson

blake-wilsonBlake Wilson is the Lead Pastor of Crossover Bible Fellowship. Crossover was planted out of his family living room with a group of men and their families who were compelled to saturate the Northwest side of Houston with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The goal was to “Teach People the Word of God and Touch People with the Love of God”. Blake has an intense focus on the basics, “making disciples” in the local Church. He has developed a program known as Hunger & Thirst to disciple the young adult males of Crossover called The 66: The Playbook & The Players. The Wise Guys Men’s ministry was developed to disciple the men of the Church so they would be equipped to disciple their families.

Blake served the Lord for 14 years in Youth Ministry in various capacities Pastoring, as well as, training and developing Youth Pastors across Houston and the state of Texas. Blake has spoken at Youth, Young Adult and Family Life conferences across the country.  Blake is known for his Sex & The Gospel Conference a.k.a The Biblical View of Sex. He has taught the material for churches and NBA teams: New York KnicksHouston RocketsSan Antonio Spurs for Allan Houston & Charlie Ward.  His FISLL curriculum (Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership, Legacy) is used to support the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation. Blake has partnered with Allan Houston and the Father Knows Best Program since its inception to build spiritual relationships between Fathers and Sons.

Blake has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) and a Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to Ronique Wilson and they have two children Reagan, and Robert Chance.

Leonce Crump II

crumpOriginally from Louisiana and raised Catholic, Leonce began following Jesus at age 16. Always an athlete and a talker, Leonce outran his first mall security guard (and pregnant mother) at age 3, and spent most of his grade school years talking with his principals on the subject of public speaking during class. He has been in ordained ministry for 9 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 currently finishing his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary.At Oklahoma he was an All-American wrestler and played defensive end on the Sooner football team. After college he competed to make the world team in wrestling, played professional football for the New Orleans Saints and coached collegiate wrestling. He experienced an extended time of rebellion and running from God during college, but after 22 months of living as though he were not a Christian he surrendered to Jesus and ultimately to God’s calling into ministry.

Leonce pastored in 3 other churches prior, starting and leading 3 college and young adult ministries. In 2006 he felt called to plant a church and through prayerful seeking of direction settled on the under-served area of downtown Atlanta. In early 2008 he and his wife moved to Atlanta from Tennessee to begin the process of planting Renovation Church. In 2009 Leonce was assessed and approved as a member of the Acts 29 church planting network, and began a partnership with Perimeter Church in Atlanta in their commitment to local church planting.

A prodigious reader and engaging speaker, Leonce regularly speaks and preaches across the country at conferences and churches of all denominations. Leonce enjoys boxing, MMA, studying theology, history, leadership, church structure and poetry. He likes soul music like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Jimi Hendrix (the blues albums), working out, watching football, UFC, and rugby, playing with his daughters, hanging with the homeless dudes outside his loft and going to art shows.

Leonce and his wife Breanna have lived in the Grant Park community of Atlanta for nearly 3 years, and have two daughters.

DA Horton

da hortonD.A. HORTON currently serves as the Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records as well as the National Coordinator for Urban StudentMissions at NAMB. Prior to serving at ReachLife, D.A. was an urban church planter, pastor and Lead Teaching Elder in Kansas City, MO for 6 years.

For over 16 years D.A. also has used the medium of Rap music as a tool to help educate the people of God on the precepts of Scripture as well as how to evangelize to the lost by presenting them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

D.A. also has served as an Adjunct Professor at Calvary Bible College teaching systematic and contemporary theology courses in addition to the seven urban-focused courses he wrote for the Urban Studies major.

D.A. earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies at Calvary Bible College and his Master’s Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary. D.A. is currently working towards his PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

With a heart to provide local churches with quality Bible-centered tools and resources for evangelism and discipleship, D.A. wrote two books; G.O.S.P.E.L. and DNA: Foundations of the Faith both published through Moody Publishers.

D.A. is currently using the Spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit has given him to edify the body of Christ while serving under the leadership at Blueprint Church where he and his family are privileged to hold membership. He and his wife of 10 years Elicia have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr.

Jerome Gay Jr.

jeromegayjr454Jerome Gay Jr., was raised in Southeast Washington, DC and moved to the Raleigh, NC in 1997 to attend St. Augustine’s College for his undergraduate studies. While there he founded a campus ministry that emphasized the gospel and biblical orthodoxy in the urban context. The ministry grew campus wide with many trusting Christ as Savior, upon graduating he served as an elder for several years and after fervent prayer was led to start Vision International Church in 2006, later named Vision Church in November of 2009. Vision Church has grown by God’s grace and is impacting the inner city of Raleigh by missionally engaging the city with the gospel of Jesus Christ through discipleship, service and social empowerment. Jerome Gay Jr. is a member of the Acts 29 Network, Founder of the Bless the Future Initiative and Lead and Founding Pastor of Vision Church. Jerome has a vision to see gospel centered churches and leaders raised up within the urban context and sent out to plant other gospel-centered churches. Jerome is married to Crystal Gay and the father of a lovely little girl Jamari Gay and son Jerome Jordan Gay III. Jerome is currently seeking his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Eric Mason

eric-mason-pic-454x454Eric Mason is a native of Washington, D.C. and now resides in Philadelphia with His wife (Yvette) and two sons (Immanuel and Nehemiah). Dr. Mason is founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, to his role at Epiphany Fellowship he serves as President of Thriving, a ministry dedicated to aiding ethnic minorities to be resourced and trained for ministry to the urban context. He has also the Author of Manhood Restored book Leadership Kit, and Study Guide  and Beat God to the Punch: Because Jesus Demands Your Life. Also, Dr. Mason has contributed to multiple publications to service the body of Christ.  Some would include The Mission of God Bible Study Bible, Keep Your Head Up, and several online articles. Dr. Mason serves on the Executive Board of Acts 29 Network as well as the board of Reach Life Ministries. Dr. Mason is known for articulating and proclaiming the gospel through the word of God expositionally with clarity, passion, and authority at churches and conferences nationally.
Christ has allowed Dr. Mason to serve in multiple ministry roles over the past 19 years. Dr. Mason went to Bowie State University where he received a BS in Psychology. While at Bowie State University, he was burdened after trusting Christ to go into full-time vocational service to the Lord in ministry. While at BSU he acknowledged his calling under the leadership of Rev. Dr. James J. McCord at First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover MD.  During the completion of his undergraduate degree, he taught bible studies on campus to the college students, lead people to Jesus, worked with youth and young adults at his church.
Seeking to be a biblically literate minister of the gospel, Dr. Mason ventured to Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Theology (ThM) degree. He immediately became a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship understand pastoral leadership of Dr. Tony Evans who would then become his father in the Ministry.  Meanwhile, Dr. Mason was hired by an inner-city organization as a counselor and mentor to “at risk” in the Southern and Eastern sectors of Dallas Texas. The context of this service was several community centers, High schools, and projects discipling troubled youth and former gang members. He was co-youth pastor to over 500+ youth and then served as prison ministry director at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship where he over saw 17 ministers who engaged troubled youth in the DFW metroplex.
Upon completion of Seminary, Dr. Mason received his ordination into the gospel ministry by the council of elders at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship with Dr. Tony Evans at the council’s helm (May 2000). Dr. Mason ventured to Houston, TX to serve functionally in the role of Assistant Pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church (140+ yr old church home to the late Barbara Jordan) under the leadership of Dr. D. Z. Cofield who helped expand Dr. Mason’s pastoral bandwidth.  Dr. Mason counseled on every level, taught Wednesday nights, lead Sunday Morning Worship, Sunday School, preached 3 services multiple times a year, did weddings, led this church to transition to 70 small groups in this historic Black church that is still going 13yrs later, and much more.  He was also, allowed by his pastor to begin a small but impactful itinerate ministry.
In addition, he served also as adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. Mason then was called to serve as the Regional Director of the Urban Schools Alternative at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Upon receiving the call to Philly, Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, AR offered to train him in leadership and church planting. After a year of sitting under the elder’s tutelage, they affirm upon him through the laying on of hands and commissioned him to the work of church planting. He completed his Doctoral (D.Min) degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (In Ministry in Complex Urban Settings) May 2007.

 

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October 17th – 18th, 2014

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