Speakers

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Andrew Gard

Southeastern University
Lakeland, FL
@drewgard

Andrew Gard has been Southeastern University’s campus pastor since August of 2011. Before moving to Lakeland, Florida, Andrew grew up in the state of Washington and furthered his education at Northwest University with a degree in pastoral ministry. While at Northwest, he served as the team captain on the varsity basketball team. During Andrew’s junior year of college, he and Christina Gard met on a blind date. A couple years later, they were married. In 2007, Andrew and Christina were invited to join the pastoral staff at Puyallup Foursquare Church, where Andrew served as the young adult pastor and Christina served as the children’s pastor. A couple years into his career, Andrew began his master’s degree in ministerial leadership. In December of 2012, Andrew completed his master’s degree and plans on continuing his education further down the road. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys golf, basketball, reading, and spending time with his wife.
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Chris Hodges

Church of the Highlands
Birmingham, AL
@Chris_Hodges

Chris Hodges is the founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, with campuses all across the state of Alabama. Since it began in 2001, Church of the Highlands has grown to more than 20,000 active members and is known for its life-giving culture and focus on leading people to an intimate relationship with God. Chris has a deep passion for developing leaders and planting life-giving churches. He co-founded ARC (Association of Related Churches) in 2001, which has launched hundreds of churches all across the USA. He also founded a coaching network called GROW, which trains and resources pastors to help them break barriers and reach their growth potential. Chris is also the founder and president of the Highlands College, a ministry training school that trains and launches students into full-time ministry careers. Chris and his wife, Tammy, have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Church of the Highlands began. He speaks at conferences worldwide and is the author of Fresh Air.
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John Gray

Lakewood Church
Houston, TX
@RealJohnGray

“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 his Savior at seven 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 age seven. 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 him 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 then 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 21st 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 Him while utilizing the gifts of music, comedy and preaching, which 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 he had found the call of God on his life: to impact the 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 descriptions and labels by seamlessly integrating worship, laughter, preaching, exhortation, and encouragement all 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 and a comedy DVD; and appearing on hit T.V. 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 joys 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.

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Carl Lentz

Hillsong NYC
NYC, NY
@carllentzNYC

Carl pastors Hillsong NYC, a church in the heart of Manhattan that has a passion to serve the city and make an impact worldwide. If you can’t find Carl at Hillsong NYC, you can find him at MSG watching the Knicks as he attempts an NBA comeback.
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Robert Madu

Trinity Church
Cedar Hill, TX
@robertmadu

One of the premier voices being heard to proclaim God’s Word is evangelist Robert Madu II. At a young age, his unique gifting and powerful anointing catapulted him to the forefront of evangelistic ministry today. Robert travels both nationally and internationally ministering to several churches, youth groups, and schools through dynamic preaching. His ability to minister to people of all cultures and generations through his in-depth Bible preaching, sense of humor, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit has made him one of the most sought-after communicators.
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SEU Worship

Southeastern University
Lakeland, FL
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SEU Worship is a campus ministry at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. We are a collective of creatives, musicians, songwriters, and worship leaders.

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Schedule

Monday – February 10th

7:00pm General Session 1 – Polk Theatre

Tuesday – February 11th

9:00am General Session 2  – Polk Theatre
7:00pm General Session 3 - Polk Theatre

Wednesday – February 12th

9:00am General Session 4  – Polk Theatre
7:00pm General Session 5 - Polk Theatre

Thursday – February 13th

9:00am Baptismal Service – SEU Aquatics Center

Location

Polk Theatre

121 South Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Southeastern University

1000 Longfellow Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
863.667.5000

General Inquiries

Hollie Jo Eads
863.667.5130
(hjeads@seu.edu)

Free admission for all. No registration required.

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