Jorge Acevedo

 JORGE ACEVEDO loves Jesus Christ and his Church.  Touched by the grace of God at seventeen, he was never the same.  Rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church. Jorge is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church (egracechurch.com), a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida with four campuses (Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores, North Fort Myers and Fort Myers Central).  This church has grown in its weekend attendance from 400 to over 2600 in the past eighteen years.  Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America with over 700 people involved in weekly recovery ministries. Grace Church purchased a former grocery store and opened the Grace Community Center; a holistic ministry center, that houses more than 40 compassion ministries. From 1992 to 1996, he served as Executive Pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; from 1988 to 1992, as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Florida; from 1984 to 1988 as Minister of Youth and Children at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Jorge is a 1984 graduate of Asbury College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Bible.  He is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree.  Jorge was ordained as a Deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in May 1986, and an Elder in May 1990.  He was the 2001 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award from the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church given to a pastor for excellence in evangelism. In 2007 Jorge was named the Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Asbury Theological Seminary.  In 2009, the Foundation for Evangelism named Jorge the 2009 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church. He was a 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 delegate to the Jurisdictional Conference and a 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 delegate to the General Conference.  Jorge serves on the Southeastern Jurisdiction and Florida Conference Episcopal Committees. Jorge has been very involved in the Walk to Emmaus. Jorge authored Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World (Abingdon Press, 2013). He co-authored The Heart of Youth Ministry (Bristol House, 1989) with Hule Goddard. He has also written for the United Methodist Publishing House, Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine and Our Faith...
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Michael Frost

MICHAEL FROST (born 1961) is an internationally recognized Australian missiologist[1] and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. Frost is the Vice Principal of Morling College and the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia.[2] He is also a senior lecturer with the Melbourne University of Divinity. Dr Michael Frost is the author or editor of a number of theological books, the most recent of which are the popular and award-winning, The Shaping of Things to Come (2003), Exiles (2006) and The Road to Missional (2011). These books explore a missional framework for the church in a postmodern era. Frost’s work has been translated into German, Korean and Spanish. Their popularity has led Frost to become a sought-after speaker at conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom and across Europe, and as far afield as Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. In 1999, he and Alan Hirsch founded the Forge Mission Training Network, an action-reflection based program for training missional leaders. He remains an international director of that movement which is now based in the USA. In 2002, he founded the missional Christian community, smallboatbigsea, based in Manly in Sydney’s north. He has been the weekly religion columnist for The Manly Daily since 2002 and helped establish Action Against Poverty, a localised micro-financing agency, linking the cities of Manly and Manado, an impoverished Indonesian community. He was also instrumental in launching Street Pastors Manly, a street chaplaincy program for entertainment precincts, originally founded in the...
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Alan Hirsch

ALAN HIRSCH is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways and The Forgotten Ways Handbook; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap. (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford): On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson); The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim) His experience includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized, developing training systems for innovative missional leadership, and heading up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination. Alan is co-founder and adjunct faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College (Illinois).  He is also adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, among others, and he lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. He is series editor for Baker Books’ Shapevine series , IVP’s Forge line, and a contributing editor of Leadership...
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Deb Hirsch

DEB HIRSCH is the Lead Minister of Tribe of Los Angeles, a bunch of missional artists and vagabonds in downtown LA. She speaks around the place on issues related to discipleship and sexuality. She authored Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, with her husband Alan.  She is now working on her own  book on issues related to sexuality, spirituality and...
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Arlene Jackson

ARLENE JACKSON did not come from a background of God or church.  She entered a program to deal with her problem with alcohol and drugs in 1985 and has been clean, sober, and active in recovery programs ever since.  She began to know Jesus about 8 years later, when a pastor who had performed a funeral for a friend wisely affirmed her “recovery spirituality” but then asked her if she was taking her children to church anywhere.  He convinced her that even though she believed that recovery was enough spiritually for her, the boys needed some spiritual direction also.  That made sense to her, so she and her children began to attend church and Jesus began to capture her heart from that day. Arlene came on staff at Grace Church ten years ago as the director of Celebrate Recovery, and over the years has served in a variety of capacities including Care and Concern, and Connect and Form ministries.  She has been actively engaged in the multi-site movement of Grace Church since its inception, serving on the front line of the formation of each new Grace Church site. Arlene Jackson is presently a local pastor in the UMC, appointed as campus pastor to the most recent site of Grace Church, the “Central campus.”  Arlene was appointed to Central UMC five years ago.  Central was a dying 88 year old church with 40 older members, located in down town Fort Myers, once a thriving middle class community that had over the years become a multi-cultural, impoverished urban area.  Grace Church adopted Central UMC in 2010.  Since that time, Grace Central has grown to a thriving, messy, multicultural, passionate force for Jesus in the downtown Fort Myers area, with three weekly worship services engaging the lives of 340 people of all ages, colors, socioeconomics, and background stories. Arlene is presently in the Course of Study program at Duke Divinity School.  Next summer she will complete her five years of study.  She is passionate about bringing a transforming impact to broken and hurting people, as well as struggling and hurting churches.  She is married to Chris, who is a chamber of commerce director.  She has three children, the above mentioned boys: Jay, aged 32, who got engaged this year to Jill; Anthony, aged 31, married to Crista and parents to amazing Giovanni; and Amy, aged 16, who is smart, talented, funny, beautiful, and...
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Romal Tune

ROMAL TUNE has spent his life in service to local, national and international issues-based advocacy organizations working to improve the lives of those in need.  He is a sought after speaker, consultant and personal worth coach with a unique gift for empowering people to move from trauma to triumph and create a reimagined life.  He is Author of the critically acclaimed and award winning book God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for...
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Rob Wegner

ROB WEGNER served as a teaching pastor at Granger Community Church for 21 years, calling the people of God to get out of their seat and into the Story. Under his leadership, Granger has seen thousands move out into mission, culminating in redemptive movements locally and globally. These ventures include local expressions like Monroe Circle Community Center, a hub for neighborhood renewal in the inner city of South Bend, IN. And a movement of over 1000 reproducing churches in India with over 140,000 reached people. Rob has worked alongside Alan Hirsch in an innovative coaching program called Future Travelers helping mega-churches become missional movements. His first book, Share the Well, which he co-wrote with his wife, Michelle, is an eyes wide open experience through visually stunning photos and captivating stories of the holistic church planting movement they helped birth in India. His second book, Missional Moves, which he co-wrote with Jack Magruder,  is a part of Zondervan’s Exponential Series. Currently, Rob has just joined the elder team of Westside Family Church in Kansas City, where he will assist in advancing the Jesus movement both locally and internationally through the development of missional communities and other forms of church planting. Rob and Michelle have three amazing young ladies – Madeline, Whitney and Belle....
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