Keynote
Speakers

Learn from the experts and get inspiration from ministry pioneers. We have assembled a group of speakers who are leaders in technology and engagement through their ministries. Gain actionable ideas that you can take back to your church and implement right away. 

 

Ashley Wooldridge

Senior Pastor, Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV)

Keynote Speaker

Ashley is the Senior Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV), a multi campus church in Arizona with 12 locations, reaching over 35,000 in weekly attendance.   

He and his wife Jaime have been married for over 22 years and have three girls that keep them busy and grounded in life.  Ashley’s passions are teaching for application, creating a crazy healthy culture, and loving his wife and kids.

 

There may also be an occasional round of golf seeking to break par. 

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Ben Gowell

Executive Pastor, Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV)

Keynote Speaker

Ben serves as an Executive Pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV), a multi-campus church in Arizona with 12 locations Ben leads the Music, Production, Visual Arts, Marketing & Communications, Interactive Technology, and Next Gen ministry teams. He has an extensive background in the professional music industry and world of creative arts and has served as a worship leader and pastor in the local church for the past 20 years.

 

Ben has a strong passion for creating and maintaining healthy culture. He believes the church should be leading the way in shaping culture through authentic worship and creative expression that points people to Jesus. Ben and his wife, Jen, live in North Phoenix along with their two children. 

 
 

Joseph Walker, III. D. Min 

Presiding Bishop, The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, International

Keynote Speaker

Bishop Joseph Warren Walker, III, is the senior leader of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana to Deacon Joseph and Mrs. Rosa Walker. 

 

Bishop Walker received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds three honorary Doctorates from Meharry Medical College, Southern University, Kentucky State University, respectively. 

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Nona Jones

Author, Speaker, Tech-Executive, Preacher.

Keynote Speaker

Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, business executive, author, and entrepreneur. In her day job she serves as the Head of North America Community Partnerships and Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook.

 

She is the bestselling author of two books;Success from the Inside Out, chronicling her unlikely story of success after a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse, and From Social Media to Social Ministry, the globally acclaimed guide to digital discipleship for churches.

Jamal Bryant

Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bryant, a third-generation minister, was the founding pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland, acclaimed as the fastest-growing African Methodist Episcopal church in the denomination’s 200-year history.

With an undeniable gift to bridge generations from the Civil Rights movement to the Black Lives Matter era, Dr. Bryant incites change in the faith community. His ability to reach across social, economic and political barriers has helped people to not only experience the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, but to activate success in their everyday lives. His ministry has become an incubator for entrepreneurs, homeowners, and the like. Additionally, programs under his guidance have aimed to spread the Gospel, develop strong leaders, empower the economically disadvantaged, and challenge social injustices.

 

In December 2018, Dr. Bryant was appointed the Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. His leadership efforts have already begun to strengthen the multi-generational bond among members, expand community outreach, cultivate families and expand the church’s cultural significance.

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Angie Richey

President of Life Pacific University

Keynote Speaker

Angie Richey is the President of Life Pacific University and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background in marketing, communications, and multi-generational content and message creation, with an particular emphasis on Gen Z, across digital and traditional platforms.

 

She is a mental health advocate, recognizing the powerful impact of technology on mental health. A recognized voice in Christian higher education, she is a future-focused innovator with a proven track record of adaptive leadership. 

 

Keith Odom

CEO, Axtegrity Consulting & TechChurch.io

Keynote Speaker

Keith is a self-described “techie”.  He developed this passion while serving as the Senior Fiscal Officer (Controller) with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) prestigious Media Lab. 

The MIT Media Lab is one of the world’s leading research and academic organizations.  The Lab creates disruptive technologies that happen at the edges, pioneering such areas as wearable computing, tangible interfaces, and affective computing. Unconstrained by traditional disciplines, Media Lab designers, engineers, artists, and scientists strive to create technologies and experiences that enable people to understand and transform their lives, communities, and environments. 

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J. Drew Sheard

Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle, Church Of God In Christ

Tech Town Hall Speaker

Bishop John Drew Sheard is Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., one of the largest African American Pentecostal denominations in the United States.

 

Bishop Sheard was first elected to the General Board in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. In 2021 he was again re-elected Bishop as a member of the Presidium (General Board) of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., at that time he was also subsequently elected to the Office of the Presiding Bishop as Chief Apostle.

 

Bishop J. Drew Sheard is a former public school teacher. In 1982 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and in 1998 he earned a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Bishop Sheard received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from (where?), and in 2007 was inducted into the prestigious Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers Bishop Sheard is married to Evangelist Karen Clark Sheard.

 

They have two children, Kierra Kelly and John Drew Sheard, II, one son-in-love, Jordan Kelly, and two grandchildren. Together he and his wife, Karen, founded Karew Records, a faith-based record label focusing on various forms of Gospel, Christian and Inspirational music.

Wendy Nolasco

Sr. Director of Us Mission General Supervisor, The Foursquare Church

Tech Town Hall Speaker

Wendy is a leader, learner and passionate gatherer of people. Her deep love for Jesus and commitment to serve His plans and build His Church is what drives her. In one word, Wendy is a pioneer, called by God to take the lead for the expansion of the Good News of Jesus Christ, to multiply disciples, leaders, and communities of faith.

 

She is a devoted wife to her husband Sal and mom to her three beautiful kids. Apart from ministry and family, Wendy is a life enthusiast and dedicated foodie.

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Nick Garza

NHCLC’s lead strategist

Tech Town Hall Speaker

Dr. Nick Garza was on the founding team of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization.  He currently serves as NHCLC’s lead strategist and represents the organization's 42,000 churches.  Dr. Garza Is also the National Hispanic Spokesperson for Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that leads humanitarian initiatives across the United States and around the world.  Dr. Garza served as a denominational executive and is a frequent teaching pastor at New Season, Sacramento. He and his wife, Sandra, have four children: Anthony, Cassandra, Carissa, and Crystal. 

Darrell Booker

Corporate Affairs Specialist @ Microsoft 

Tech Town Hall Speaker

Darrell Booker is an executive within Microsoft’s Philanthropy division who created and leads one of the company’s most important racial equity commitments, the Nonprofit Tech Acceleration for Black and African American Communities. It’s his 25 years in the tech industry holding roles such as CIO and CTO that led him to be a successful tech entrepreneur but more importantly leveraging that knowledge and experience to bring innovative solutions to help solve the countries’ social impact issues.  Darrell has a big passion for working at the intersection of tech and culture.  Darrell chairs the board of several nonprofit organizations while playing advisories roles to many other organizations.

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