Come to the Next Generation Leaders Conference expectant as we have national ministry leaders, dynamic stage speakers, and powerful times of community and worship.
Bianca Juarez Olthoff understands the power of words and is known to wield them wisely to help people navigate life, live significantly and connect in community. As both a pastor and author who has been in ministry for more than 20 years, she inspires people to live with passion. Her leadership at The Father’s House Orange County has allowed her church to reach people all over the world.
As the founder and president of the nonprofit, In The Name of Love, she is committed to serving the incarcerated and equipping them to discover freedom despite their surroundings. Olthoff describes herself as a passionate, Jesus-loving, Bible-teaching, book-writing MexiRican. Experience her energy in her best-selling book, Play with Fire and her most recent book, How to Have Your Life Not Suck: Becoming Today Who You Want to Be Tomorrow, which explores how to win at work and navigate through life’s many decisions.
Herbert Cooper is the founding and senior pastor of People’s Church. Since it began in 2002, People’s Church has become known as a life-giving, diverse, multi-generational, multi-site church with campuses in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Indianapolis, Indiana.
After five years of crisscrossing America bringing hope and healing through God’s Word, including several international ministry trips to Ukraine, Malawi, and Uganda, Herbert and Tiffany started People’s Church in Oklahoma City. Herbert has a deep passion to tear down walls and build bridges racially and generationally, to spread hope, and to see lives changed through the power of the Holy Spirit. He speaks at churches and conferences across the country, serves on the board of two organizations that plant churches across America and the world, and is the author of the book But God Changes Everything.
Herbert and Tiffany have four children and live in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Josh and Jennifer Wellborn have come back to their hometown of Springfield, Missouri to serve in the Assemblies of God Youth Ministries after 17 years in full-time ministry. Josh attended Evangel University and Jennifer, Missouri State University.
After pursuing a career in broadcasting, Josh became a youth pastor in 2001 and has served in Brussels, Belgium; Seattle, Washington; and Michigan. Their youth ministry at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan was nationally ranked in the Top 10 for Speed the Light giving.
In 2015, Josh was appointed as the Michigan District Student Ministries Director, where he oversaw both youth and children’s ministries. Then, in January 2018, he was appointed National Director of Assemblies of God Youth Ministries. Josh and Jennifer live in Ozark, Missouri with their four children—Isaac, Symon, Liza, and Stella.
Johnnie Wilson has been in full-time youth ministry for over 25 years. He has been the Student Ministries Director at Faith Assembly of God in Orlando, FL overseeing middle-school, high-school, and young adult ministry since 1996. God has brought significant growth to this ministry with over 1,600 students attending weekly. In 2020, he transitioned into a new role as Executive Pastor at Faith Assembly. Pastor Johnnie also travels extensively speaking at camps, conventions and conferences throughout the country. He and his wife Jamee live in Orlando, Florida and have five children.
Brittany Jones is the mother of two girls, Jalynn (11) and Jayda (7), and the proud wife of 12 years to Travis. Together Travis and Brittany lead Motivation Church in Richmond, Virginia. After growing up in the inner-city, poverty-stricken community and suffering many years of childhood abuse and mental illness, Brittany’s desire is to reach all people. Her story is one of trials and triumphs. Brittany’s hope is to inspire and encourage people to look back to the redeeming work of Christ in the midst of their brokenness. She is dedicated to motivate and encourage others with a message of hope.
Mark Entzminger leads teams and influential leaders around the world in their journey to introduce children to Christ and help them grow a faith to last a lifetime. With over 20 years of local church ministry, and a 4-generation heritage of church leadership his insights are sound and practical.
He currently leads the Assemblies of God Children’s Ministries Department which is responsible for creating relevant ministry tools for the local churches in the United States of America. These churches are reaching nearly 750,000 preschool and elementary-aged children through over 13,000 local church expressions each week. Their shared goal is that every child will have a strong biblical foundation and faith in Christ for the rest of their lives.
Mark’s vision for children’s ministries includes one of the most important facets for successful spiritual growth; equipping parents to become the primary voice for spiritual growth in their children lives and model the essential values and behaviors for God to use their children so they can find their destiny in Christ.
Mark is married to his college sweetheart Christie, and they have two boys Colby and Cadyn. They are graduates of Central Bible College.
Doug Clay was elected chief executive officer of the General Council of the Assemblies of God at the 57th General Council in August, 2017. As general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, USA, part of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, he is a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. The church has nearly 13,000 congregations in the United States with over three million adherents. The U.S. Assemblies of God is part of a larger World Assemblies of God Fellowship with a membership of over 69 million.
Prior to his present position, Clay served the church as its general treasurer for nine years. He was superintendent of the Ohio District from 2004-2008, and pastored Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo, Ohio, from 1997-2004. Clay has also served as the Assemblies of God national youth director (1995-1997), Ohio District youth director (1989-1995) and as a youth pastor in Ohio and Iowa. He is a 1985 graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.
Clay has a passionate love for the local church; he is a church health enthusiast and he effectively equips leaders to grow in their calling. Clay is the author of Ordered Steps and Dreaming in 3D.
He and his wife, Gail, have two grown daughters and seven grandchildren.
Rick DuBose was elected assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God at the 58th General Council in August 2019. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to his present position, he served as general treasurer of the Assemblies of God from 2017-19. He served as superintendent of the North Texas District from 2007-17 and assistant district superintendent from 2005-07. DuBose pastored Sachse Assembly of God in North Dallas from 1987-2005. Prior to that, he served a pastorate in Hallsville, Texas, and began his ministry as a youth minister in Mesquite, Texas.
He and his wife, Rita, have two daughters, a son, and eight grandsons.
Rev. Char Blair is an ordained minister and gifted communicator. Her witty sense of humor and willingness to speak truth from God’s Word into real life situations are just the beginning of her many God-given talents and abilities.
Char currently serves as the Director of Church Ministries for the Northern California and Nevada Assemblies of God District Council. She is a graduate of William Jessup University receiving her degree in Psych/Counseling and Biblical Theology and a current student at SUM Bible College and Theological University working toward her Masters in Biblical Leadership.
Jim Wideman has the unique ability to help build the local church by strengthening the family, empowering leaders, and releasing today’s children to be the church. He is a pastor, speaker, author, and ministry coach with more than 40 years of experience serving in all areas of the local church, including 17 years leading one of the largest children’s ministries in the United States. Jim has trained thousands of children’s ministry leaders in the US and around the world. He has worked with six different thriving churches in the span of four-and-a-half decades, and he has published over 15 books.
He continues to engage with and empower the next generation. Jim currently serves as the Executive Operations Pastor at The Belonging church in Nashville, Tennessee. Jim and his wife Julie have been married for 43 years and have two wonderful daughters and have three of the cutest grandsons ever!
Terry is the NextGen Pastor at River Valley Church as well as the Director of River Valley Leadership Institute. His heartbeat is for this “emerging generation” of youth and young adults and helping them to discover their purpose, developing them as leaders, and empowering them to step out into the plan of God for their lives.
He lives in the Minneapolis-metro area with his wife Christina and his two daughters Avalie and Nova.
Rachel Pilcher has been a kids’ pastor in the local church since 2010. She has pastored in Kansas and Colorado. She is now the NextGen Pastor at Griffin First in Griffin, Georgia. Rachel is married to a minister-turned-police-officer, and they have a daughter, Elyn, who is five. Rachel loves all things Disney and is a huge Disney trivia nerd!
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