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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.

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.

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.

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!

Breakout Speakers

Redefining Next Generation Ministry

Anthony Prince

newhope Church
Family Ministries Pastor

Anthony Prince is a husband, dad and pastor – in that order. Anthony currently serves as the Global Family Ministries Pastor at newhope church, a multi-site church with 10 campuses located throughout the Carolinas with an international campus in Kenya.

He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary, with an M.A. in Global Leadership and an emphasis in Youth, Family & Culture.

Anthony is a sought-after speaker on the topics of children & family ministry, strategic church leadership, and volunteer recruitment. He is also a contributing author to two books: What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry (2011) and Sunday School that Works! (2014).

Redefining Diversity

Gracie Johnson-Lopez

Diversity & HR Solutions
Founder and President

Gracie Johnson-Lopez is Founder and President of Diversity & HR Solutions, a consulting group focused on workplace inclusion, unconscious bias and organizational culture.

Gracie holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Public Administration from NCCU and a Master of Arts degree from Duke University. To find out more about Gracie you can visit her website at: http://diversityhrsolutions.com.

Gracie’s passion is to do what she can, when she can, for as long as she can with the gifts God has given her. She and her husband lives in Durham and are the parents of four children and one adorable grandson.

Redefining Generosity

Brian Dodd

INJOY Stewardship Solutions
Director of New Ministry Partnerships

Brian Dodd is the Director of New Ministry Partnerships for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. Over the last 14+ years, he has arguably had more one-on-one conversations with pastors than anyone in America.

Brian has also authored the book 10 Indispensable Practices Of The 2-Minute Leader.  His website, Brian Dodd On Leadership, was 2016’s 21st most read Christian leadership blog in the world.  In addition, it was one of Top 100 Most Shared Leadership Blogs of any genre in the world.

Brian was recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 speakers on leadership.  He, along with his wife Sonya and daughter Anna, are members of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Ga.  Brian recently served a 5-year tenure as one of the church’s elders and chaired the What If capital campaign resulting in the construction of a $5.3 million new youth facility.  But most importantly, Brian absolutely loves Jesus!

Redefining the Worship Experience

Brian Fuller

newhope church
Worship Arts Pastor

Brian Fuller is your INCITE Conference worship leader. He’s been in creative arts ministry for over 15 years and has led worship at newhope since 2010.

He says his favorite part of his “job” is experiencing God in new ways every week. In addition to his work in creative arts ministry he has he been a studio musician with numerous records in Nashville, TN and has also traveled the world with Women of Faith Ministries. Not only is he a gifted musician, but he has a Culinary Degree from Le Cordon Bleu Miami!

When he’s not serving the church, he enjoys time with his amazing wife Jackie, and their three beautiful children Noah, Ella Grace & Sophia Grace. He enjoys cooking and is a chronic Cincinnati Bengals fan!

Redefining the Worship Experience

Dake Bookhout

newhope Church
Creative Productions Pastor

Dave Bookhout has been the Creative Productions Pastor at newhope church for 4 years and has served in creative arts ministry for over 12 years.

He says the favorite part of his “job” is helping people discover and reach their full God given, potential! He is originally from Princetown, NY. His parents pastor a church back in NY and at age 11 Dave preached his first sermon. Someone accepted Christ and he’s been addicted to seeing lives changed ever since. When he’s not serving the church, he enjoys traveling the world with his beautiful wife, Lauren.

Redefining Success to Significance

Joe Schmidt

Audacity Factory
CEO, Founder

Joe has spent the last 20 years in digital marketing both as an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded Canvas on Demand in 2003 and drove his company to become the leader in the on-demand printing marketplace, taking it from a startup to the INC 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. This earned him a spot as a finalist in the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Prior to Canvas on Demand, Joe was Director of Sales for Art.com and has been involved in numerous successful technology start-ups. In September of 2010, Joe sold his company to online custom products leader CafePress, where he continued his role as its Chief Marketing Officer until 2013. He helped take CafePress public in 2012 and led five successful acquisitions. Joe now helps other entrepreneurs achieve crazy and wild dreams through his investment and guidance at www.tomandjoe.com. Currently he is involved with: GetStealz.com, FotoSwipe, CulturesForHealth.com, FilterEasy.com, Southtree.com, and Ice.com.

In 2013, Joe changed his focus to applying his online expertise to the global abolition movement. He founded the Audacity Factory, a non-profit incubator and accelerator for organizations fighting modern slavery. The Factory’s first venture was a crowdfunding website, ENDcrowd.org. In 2016, Audacity took the helm of Walkfree.org, the world’s largest anti-slavery movement with over 8 million members. Though the Audacity Factory is not a faith-based organization, as a devote Christian, Joe considers everyday he serves those enslaved as an act of faith.
Joe has served newhope church for 15 years in North Carolina where he lives with his wife of 18 years and three remarkable daughters.