Pastor of Celebrate Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD
Keith Loy is the pastor of Celebrate Community Church, located in Sioux Falls, SD, a large church launched in 1999 and now with over 4,500 in average weekend attendance.
He has a Doctorate of Leadership and Ministry from Sioux Falls Seminary, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Briercrest Biblical Seminary in Canada.
Keith’s desire was not to build a church, but to create relationships that build a family. Keith is driven by his passion for reaching the lost, and he is fueled by the personal story of a life changed by Christ. Keith and his wife, Kay, live in Sioux Falls, SD with their three girls: Jordan, Jaidyn, and Jaksyn.
Former NFL Player & Founding Pastor of Transformation Church (TC)
Derwin L. Gray is a former NFL football player as well as the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church (TC), one of the fastest-growing churches in America. TC is a multiethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with campuses near Charlotte, NC.
Working toward his doctorate at Northern Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary, Derwin is the author of: Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart, Limitless Life: You are More Than Your past when God Holds Your Future, and The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World.
Dr. Benji W. Kelley
Senior Pastor at newhope church, with campuses across the Carolinas.
Benji Kelley is the founding pastor of newhope church, a multi-site campus movement throughout the Carolinas, and Kenya.
Pastor Benji is from Sumter, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1994. He then studied at Duke University’s Divinity School where he received two Masters Degrees in Divinity and The Theology and Practice of Christian Preaching.
The Kelley family then traveled to Kentucky where he received his Doctoral Degree in Christian Leadership and Preaching from the prestigious Beeson Pastor Program at Asbury Theological Seminary. After graduation, Pastor Benji came to North Carolina and started newhope church in 2002 with his wife Amy Lynn.
newhope currently ministers to over 7,000 people. With an emphasis on leadership development, outreach, and a multi-site ministry where reverence meets relevance, newhope is a thriving community of faith spreading throughout the world. Currently, newhope church has 9 campuses in North and South Carolina, with its most recent campus being launched in Kenya Africa. The 2020 Vision for newhope entails launching 15 newhope campuses by the year 2020! newhope has become a sprawling network of church campuses committed to a clear Vision to Reach people for Jesus, Teach the Bible, and Release fully devoted followers and other churches to the glory of God!
Outreach Magazine has listed newhope church as one of the top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in the United States for 4 year in a row. Pastor Benji recently authored his first book titled, Preaching to Connect Truth to Life. (Copyright 2012) Currently, he is working on his second book titles, “Wrecked – a Head on Collision with Jesus and the Birth of New Hope.”
At the end of the day, newhope church can only be described as a, “God Thing.” Any words, stories, or adjectives fall woefully short of what has taken place since 2002. In twelve short years, newhope has seen steady growth averaging between 40 – 67% annually. Thankfully, that growth is not just in numbers but involves thousands of salvations, baptisms, missions trips around the world, small groups, ministry participation, and newhopers actively engaged in investing and inviting their friends to Christ and/or the newhope environment! We praise God for this harvest!
Founder and CEO of The Growth Company
Perry Noble is the founder and CEO of The Growth Company, an organization that is devoted to the success of other people.
He loves college football, dessert and cars that go really fast! To find out more about Perry you can visit his website at perrynoble.com.