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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.

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”.

Althea Taylor

Keynote Speaker

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.

Workshop Speakers

Mindy Caliguire

Why Leading from the Soul Matters, Especially for Women

This workshop will explore the topic of personal power and how it shows up in organizations, what women can bring to that soul-level of leadership, and how you can revolutionize your own ministry impact by focusing on your own soul’s health.

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.

Emily Miller

Ministry in Cross-Cultural Contexts:
Finding the Courage to Fight

Co-Led with Ilsia Muniz

Emily Miller is co-pastor of Greenville Multicultural (Wesleyan Church) in Greenville, SC and a clerk at a local elementary school. She was ordained in 2007 and has served in local church and parachurch ministries. She is married to Matt Miller, who is also a pastor and the director of an Immigrant Connection legal services center. They have 3 children who definitely love the variety of cultures in their community and sometimes love having both parents as pastors

Emily is passionate about the importance of listening and learning from people with diverse cultural backgrounds. This has allowed her to see the gospel in a richer way, and it has opened her eyes to the systemic injustices experienced by many in her community. As their congregation has sought to worship, eat, learn and grow across cultural lines, walls have come down and doors are opening for them to engage in community development and advocacy. She believes that the Church can reclaim her identity when the full gospel of Christ is proclaimed – a gospel that reaches into every aspect of peoples’ lives, so that individuals, communities and systems are transformed.    

Ilsia Muniz

Ministry in Cross-Cultural Contexts:
Finding the Courage to Fight

Co-Led with Emily Miller

Ilsia Muñiz is a pastoral assistant at Greenville Multicultural Church. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Political Science and is currently continuing her education through the Wesleyan Church. Ilsia was born in the Bronx, New York and was raised in New England most of her life.  She is a single mother of two boys who enjoys reading and dancing.

Ilsia interprets for her congregation during live sermons and seeks to bridge the gap across cultures and languages. For many years of her life, she lived believing she needed to choose one part of her identity in order to be authentic. Ilsia says “As I grow, learn and teach, I realize that Christ loves every part of me and every part of me is welcomed. My passion is to help others learn to live in this identity tension, embrace it and know that God wants to use all the different parts of us for His glory.”

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.

Shawna Songer Gaines

Preaching & Teaching With Spiritual Authority

Shawna Songer Gaines, MDiv, serves as the lead pastor of Trevecca Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She previously served as chaplain at Trevecca Nazarene University, as co-pastor of Bakersfield Church of the Nazarene in California, and as a youth pastor in Chicago. She is the author of the Breathe series and the coauthor of two books, A Seat at the Table and Kings and Presidents, with her husband, Tim. Shawna speaks and preaches at events nationwide, and blogs at shawnasongergaines.com.

Amelia Cleveland-Traylor

Self Care is Pastoral Care: Dealing with Stress and Burnout

The spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational health of a pastor is not discussed often enough. Yet, the health of a congregation’s leader often determines the health of the congregation. This workshop is designed to encourage every pastor to develop habits that will increase her personal health and wellness. Let us expand our vision. Love God. Love others. Love self. Change the world.

Formative Experience Facilitators

Jessica Broich

Worship Artistry

Jessica is a worship painter, follower of Jesus, a daughter, a wife and a mother. Currently lives in Portland Oregon and is blessed to call the Free Methodist church her home. Part of her ever growing communion with God is through imagery and worship painting. Jessica believes she was born to be on the front lines of what God is doing, impacting lives through art, storytelling, and business by leading people into greater levels of freedom.

 She seeks to partner with God to add a visual layer of worship and to draw us deeper into His Presence. The piece she creates this weekend will be up for silent auction that you can enter in at her vendor booth. She will not necessarily pick the highest bidders so if you feel drawn to the piece please talk to her.

Sponsors

Exhibitors