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Speakers

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana

Keynote Speaker

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, originally from Guatemala, grew up in Southern California as the daughter of Nazarene church planters. Jennifer received her B.A in Social Work from Point Loma Nazarene University and served as a youth pastor and social worker in San Diego county.

She serves as a pastor of La Fuente Ministries- a bilingual, intercultural ministry of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene and graduated with her Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. At Fuller Youth Institute, she serves as the Director of Multicultural Initiatives.

Her passions include leadership training, intercultural youth spiritual formation and bilingual ministries.

Kristy Hinds

Keynote Speaker

Kristy Hinds is a writer and the author of “Redeemed: The Power of A Single Story”. Kristy believes every story is valuable to God. She believes justice is served especially when a woman owns her story, finds her voice, and offers a path for future women to do the same. Kristy lives in Long Beach, California and serves as a Leadership Development Coach.

Kristy is the founder of Launch it, Ladies online ecourses for the equipping and leadership development of women. She is the daughter of Panamanian immigrants. She is an ordained minister and currently studies creative writing at UCLA. Kristy loves to write, travel, listen to music, read fiction, go to the beach, and dance to salsa music with family and friends.

Visit kristyhinds.com.

Danielle Strickland

Keynote Speaker

Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing Justice Departments for The Salvation Army to launching Global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently.

Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being “The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You” and “The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it means to be Human.” She is host of DJStrickland Podcast, Co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace and Brave Global. Danielle is a mom of 3, wife to @stephencourt and has been affectionately called the “ambassador of fun”.

Workshop Speakers

Carolyn Moore

Hurdles Women Leaders Face,
and How to Lead Effectively

Carolyn Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, Carolyn has served in the local church since 1998. In 2003, she was appointed to Evans, Georgia, where she has had the joy of planting and developing a missional community.

Carolyn Custis James

Biblical Foundations of Women in Ministry

Carolyn Custis James (BA in Sociology, MA in Biblical Studies) is an award winning author who thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world. As a cancer survivor, she is grateful to be alive and determined to address the issues that matter most. Her books have been described as “provocative,” “honest,” and “ground-breaking.”

Carolyn is an adjunct faculty member at Missio Seminary (formerly Biblical Theological Seminary) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament. In 2013, Christianity Today named her one of the 50 evangelical women to watch. She speaks regularly at church conferences, colleges and for other Christian organizations both in the US and abroad and is a guest lecturer at various theological seminaries. A pastor’s daughter, Carolyn grew up in Portland, Oregon. Carolyn and her husband Frank live in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Their daughter and two adorable little grand-ezers live in Alaska.

Cheryl Bridges Johns

How to Lead for the Long Haul,

Lessons Learned from the Journey

Co-Led with Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

(B.A., Lee College, 1975, M.A., Wheaton College, 1976, Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987) Cheryl Bridges Johns serves in the Robert E. Fisher Chair of Spiritual Renewal. She is past President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. From 1996-2002 she was a member of the Executive Board for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. In 1997 she was named a Henry Luce III Fellow. Dr. Bridges Johns currently chairs the Henry Luce III Fellowship Selection Committee. She served on the Selection Committee for the ATS Lilly Faculty Grants and chaired the committee for one year. From 2003-2005 she was a member of the Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee for the Fund for Theological Education. She was a member of the Selection Committee for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion (2007). Dr. Bridges Johns is a leading ecumenist, representing the Pentecostal movement in several venues. She was a participant in the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue, and was a long- term member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT). She was active in the Commission on Faith and Order for the National Council of Churches (1992-1996) and served on its Executive Committee. She has participated in a number of World Council of Churches initiatives. Dr. Bridges Johns is part of the ongoing Mennonite (USA)-Church of God Dialogue. She has delivered plenary address at the Global Christian Forum meeting in Kenya (2007) and at National Meeting for Christian Churches Together (2014). Dr. Bridges Johns is married to Jackie David Johns and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Tara Beth Leach

Preaching and Leading with Spiritual Authority

Tara Beth Leach is the Senior Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. Youth Ministry) and Northern Theological Seminary (M.Div.). She is regular writer for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, The Jesus Creed, The Table Magazine, Reflecting the Image Devotional, Renovating Holiness, and most recently a chapter in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

How to Lead for the Long Haul,

Lessons Learned from the Journey

Co-Led with Cheryl Bridges Johns

Jo Anne Lyon serves as the General Superintendent Emerita and Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church. Dr. Lyon holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, continued graduate studies in Historical Theology and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She has written several articles and publications, including the book The Ultimate Blessing and has served over 30 years in Pastoral Ministry. She has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. As the founder and CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, she directed the faith-based relief and development organizations into over 30 countries to alleviate suffering and injustice. Dr. Lyon and her husband, Rev. Wayne Lyon, live in the Indianapolis area. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.

Denise Rhrissorrakrai

Prophetic Prayer

Denise Rhrissorrakrai serves as Assistant Pastor at Hope Astoria in Queens, NY.  She enjoys listening to people’s stories and her passion is to see people thrive through forming an intimate relationship with Christ. Denise grew up in central Pennsylvania, then moved to Boston to pursue her B.A. at Harvard University.  After graduating in 2000, she worked at Oracle and served with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. In 2004, God rocked her world by calling her into a church-planting adventure in New York City, and it’s been home to her ever since. She served on staff for several years at the Vineyard church she helped to plant in Manhattan before transitioning to pursue her MSW from Hunter College.  Denise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has enjoyed working as a counselor. She currently lives in Woodside, NY, with her beloved husband Kahn.

Althea Taylor

Justice and Community Involvement

Rev. Althea C. Taylor is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and serves as the Executive Pastor for Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene. In 2018-2019 she served as the Co-lead Interim Pastor while Bronx Bethany engaged in a pastoral search for a new Lead Pastor. Formerly as the Coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada, Rev. Taylor helped to equip and resources the operation of more than 194 Compassionate Ministry Centers and promote the tangible expression of compassion through Nazarene churches across the region. Rev. Taylor gave leadership to the compassionate and practical response of Nazarene Disaster Response and Work & Witness ministries. She has served as a member of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc., the Women Clergy Council, Urban Strategic Readiness Taskforce, Global Social Justice Committee, and Connecting a New Generation committee within the Church of the Nazarene.Rev. Taylor also serves with several national organizations that seek to enhance the welfare of others and advocate for just practices. As a board member of Christian Community Development Association, CCDA, and a founding member of The Immigration Alliance, she works with others to equip community organizations in building capacity for transforming their communities and serving churches to equip them with providing trusted and affordable legal services for immigrants seeking to assimilate into the United States. Rev. Althea Taylor holds a BA in Business Administration, a MS in Management of Technology, and a Masters of Divinity.