Uniting the church, transforming the city.
This is Movement Day Charlotte.

MD Charlotte 2018


Date

Saturday, FEBRUARY 3, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm

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Le MÉridien / Sheraton Hotel
Charlotte, NC

Why Movement Day Charlotte?

  • “Having experienced the global and far-reaching impact of Movement Day in other cities, I cannot wait to see what God will do through the Movement Day expression in Charlotte. Our city is poised for tremendous change and I am confident that this gathering will be one of the key elements that catalyzes leaders for what is to come. This will be something you won’t want to miss!”


    Nicole Martin
    Charlotte City Mobilizer, American Bible Society

  • “Movement Day is a time to celebrate what God is doing, see God’s vision, and hear God’s call to serve our city. The possibilities are immense. Imagine all God’s people in Charlotte united in a movement of loving, compassionate service for the whole city. Movement Day is a critical next step for collaboration and Kingdom impact for Charlotte. I will not miss it.”


    John Bernard
    President, United World Mission

  • “Movement Day Charlotte is poised to be the spark that ignites a wildfire of kingdom unity and activity in our beloved city. Charlotte needs greater integration of her leaders in each sphere of influence working toward the common goals of justice, peace and flourishing for ALL of her citizens. I believe this gathering will be looked back on as the moment that started the movement that changed Charlotte’s future for the better.”


    Jason Smith
    Pastor, Forest Hill Church – Uptown

  • “Having participated in Movement Day in other cities, I’m excited to see Movement Day coming to our city.  Movement Day has a unique ability to gather influential Christian leaders from every sector of society to engage the most pressing Gospel needs of the city. Mark your calendars to attend Movement Day Charlotte.  It’s going to be an incredible time!”


    Dave Hickman
    Regional President | Apartment Life

Speakers


Plenary Speakers


  • Claude Alexander

    Claude Alexander
    Senior Pastor, The Park Church


  • Casey Crawford

    Casey Crawford
    Founder and CEO, Movement Mortgage


  • Leighton Ford

    Leighton Ford
    President, Leighton Ford Ministries


  • Bob Doll

    Bob Doll
    Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC


  • Bryan L. Carter

    Bryan L. Carter
    Senior Pastor, Concord Church


  • Clayton Wilcox

    Clayton Wilcox
    Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools


  • David Chadwick

    David Chadwick
    Senior Pastor, Forest Hill Church


  • Grant Skeldon

    Grant Skeldon
    Founder, Initiative Network


  • Jeff Warren

    Jeff Warren
    Senior Pastor, Park Cities Baptist Church


  • Kerr Putney

    Kerr Putney
    Chief of Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department


  • Dr. Mac Pier

    Dr. Mac Pier
    Founder & CEO, The New York City Leadership Center


  • Nicole Martin

    Nicole Martin
    Senior Mobilizer, American Bible Society


  • Pamela Davies

    Pamela Davies
    President, Queens University of Charlotte


  • Rob Kelly

    Rob Kelly
    CEO, For Charlotte Mission Network


  • Todd Tibbits

    Todd Tibbits
    President and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Track Speakers


  • Alex Kennedy

    Alex Kennedy
    Senior Pastor, Carmel Baptist Church


  • Bob Doll

    Bob Doll
    Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC


  • Brett McDonough

    Brett McDonough
    CIO, Movement Mortgage


  • Chris Payne

    Chris Payne
    Senior Pastor, New Charlotte Church


  • Dave Katz

    Dave Katz
    Executive Vice-President, Coca-Cola Consolidated


  • David Docusen

    David Docusen
    Lead Pastor, Center City Church


  • David Johnson

    David Johnson
    Founder/Director, Silent Images


  • Derwin Gray

    Derwin Gray
    Lead Pastor, Transformation Church


  • Eric Swanson

    Eric Swanson
    Missional Specialist, Leadership Network


  • Grant Skeldon

    Grant Skeldon
    Founder, Initiative Network


  • Jason Smith

    Jason Smith
    Pastor, Forest Hill Church – Uptown


  • Jim Kallam

    Jim Kallam
    Senior Pastor, Church at Charlotte


  • John Parker

    John Parker
    Outreach Director, Forest Hill Church


  • Jonathan Scott

    Jonathan Scott
    Pastor, Forest Hill Church – South Park


  • Mark DeHaven, Ph.D.

    Mark DeHaven, Ph.D.
    Dean W. Colvard Distinguished Professor, College of Health and Human Services, UNCC


  • Mark Linsz

    Mark Linsz
    Co-Founder, My Next Season


  • Michael DeVaul

    Michael DeVaul
    Chief Community Impact Officer, YMCA of Greater Charlotte


  • Nicole Martin

    Nicole Martin
    Senior Mobilizer, American Bible Society


  • RJ Davis

    RJ Davis
    Senior Pastor, Nations Ford Community Church


  • Tim Sittema

    Tim Sittema
    Managing Partner, Crosland Southeast


  • Zac Dean

    Zac Dean
    Executive Director, Charlotte One


  • Wes Vander Lugt

    Wes Vander Lugt
    Lead Pastor, Warehouse 242

Claude Alexander
Senior Pastor, The Park Church

Bishop Claude Alexander is Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC.  Under his leadership, The Park has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach.  A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, Bishop Alexander has worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. Over the years, he has served as a board member of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, United Way, the Arts and Science Council, the N.A.A.C.P. Educational Committee, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, and The Community Building Initiative. In addition, Bishop Alexander is the immediate past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference. He currently serves on the board of the Charlotte Center City Partners, Christianity Today, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Mission America Coalition Facilitation Committee, the For Charlotte Mission Network and as Vice-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Co-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Charlotte Board of Advisors, and Vice-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors.

Bishop Alexander has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College (1985), a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1988), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2004). In 2013, Bishop Alexander extended his many roles to include that of author. He published his first book, Necessary Christianity, through which he examines the ‘must’ statements of and about Jesus Christ within the Gospels.

Bishop Alexander is committed to his family above all else. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander and is the proud father of two daughters, Camryn Rene and Carsyn Richelle.

Casey Crawford
Founder and CEO, Movement Mortgage

Casey Crawford, a former NFL Super Bowl champion, co-founded Movement Mortgage amid the 2008 financial crisis. Taking note of the glaring inadequacies in mortgage lending, Casey aimed to build a company that glorified God and emphasized His command to love our neighbors. Under Casey’s leadership as CEO, the company is one of the nation’s 10 largest retail mortgage lenders. Movement is also a 5-time member of the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, has been certified as a national Great Place to Work and one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers.  Chief among Casey’s priorities is the work of the Movement Foundation, which uses the mortgage company’s profits to bring life, light and hope to the underserved. Since its founding in 2012, Movement Foundation has invested more than $25 million in causes that include opening the Movement Center, a coworking space for ministries and nonprofits, and the Movement School, a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through second grade. Casey worships at Transformation Church and lives in Charlotte with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.

Leighton Ford
President, Leighton Ford Ministries

Dr. Leighton Ford is President of Leighton Ford Ministries which focuses on raising up younger leaders to spread the message of Christ worldwide. He has spoken face to face to millions of people in 37 countries on every continent of the world and served from 1955 until 1985 as Associate Evangelist and later Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Leighton was recipient of the 1990 Two Hungers Award, which recognized his contributions to addressing the physical and spiritual hungers of people around the world. In 1985 he was selected as Clergyman of the Year by Religious Heritage of America and as Presbyterian Preacher of the Year by the National Presbyterian Center. TIME Magazine singled him out as being “among the most influential preachers of an active gospel.”

Leighton is also Honorary Life Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, having served from 1976 to 1992 as chairman of this international body of Christian leaders. He has served as a board member for World Vision U. S., the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ford is also author and co-author of numerous books. His lastest book, The Attentive Life, Discerning God’s Presence in All Things, was published in May 2008. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Jean. Their children are a married daughter, Deborah, a son in business, Kevin, and their older son, Sandy, who died after heart surgery in November 1981.

Bob Doll
Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series. Board chair of The New York City Leadership Center, he serves on a number of other boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society, Kingdom Advisors, National Christian Foundation, The Lausanne Movement, The New York City Leadership Center, Cairn University, the Wharton Graduate Executive Board, and the Princeton HealthCare System. He is also choir director at his local church. Bob and Leslie have three children.

Bryan L. Carter
Senior Pastor, Concord Church

Bryan Carter is the Senior Pastor of Concord Church. The mission of their church is “We Grow People.” He has served as pastor since 2003 and the church has tripled in size under his leadership, currently serving more than 8,500 members. He serves on the boards of Dallas Habitat for Humanity, Dallas ISD Education Foundation, HIS Bridgebuilders and Mentoring Brother to Brother. He and his college sweetheart, Stephanie, have three children, Kaitlyn, Kennedy and Carson.

Clayton Wilcox
Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Dr. Clayton M. Wilcox became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on July 1, 2017. He came to the district from Washington County, Maryland, where he had been superintendent for nearly six years.

“I believe that our schools need to serve all kids well, regardless of their background, experiences or circumstance,” Dr. Wilcox says. “Great leadership, great teaching, big-picture literacy, a guaranteed and viable curriculum and great schools are the elements public education needs to meet the needs of our children.”

A native of Iowa, Dr. Wilcox began his career as a teacher in the Tri-Valley Community School District in Illinois in 1979. A year later, he moved to Waterloo Community Schools in Iowa, where he taught in elementary and middle schools before working in human resources, as an assistant principal in a middle school and as an elementary principal.

In 1994, he joined St. Johns County School District in Florida as director for personnel services, subsequently becoming executive director for human resources and staff development. Since then, he has served as superintendent for school districts in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pinellas County in Florida and Maryland. He has also worked as a vice president and senior vice president for education and corporate relations at Scholastic, Inc.

Dr. Wilcox received his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree in education at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. He has also studied strategic planning and instructional design at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business and information management and telecommunications, instructional assessment and employee performance management at Viterbo College in Wisconsin.

In addition to his K-12 work in education, Dr. Wilcox has taught at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and Jacksonville University in Florida. He has also served on the Pre-K-20 Council at Frostburg State University in Maryland and on the board of advisors for the university system of Maryland in Hagerstown.

He has served in multiple state and national education associations, including the Council of Great City Schools, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Education Research Development Institute. He was a governor’s appointee to the Maryland Longitudinal Data Board and the legislative task force to study 21st-century school construction.

Dr. Wilcox is married with two grown children. He and his wife Julie live in Charlotte.

David Chadwick
Senior Pastor, Forest Hill Church

A native of North Carolina, Dr. David Chadwick graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where he played basketball and was a member of the 1969 NCAA Final Four Basketball Team. In addition to his undergraduate degree in Communications, David has a graduate degree in Counseling from the University of Florida plus a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.

David has been the pastor of Forest Hill Church since 1980 where worship has grown from 180 to more than 6,000 with campuses located in Ballantyne, Fort Mill, South Park and Waxhaw. In addition, he hosts Moments of Hope with David Chadwick, a local weekly radio program on WBT 1110AM — intersecting contemporary issues from a faith and values perspective.

David’s teachings are designed to take you deeper in your faith by unpacking Biblical truths and connecting them to your daily life. What does scripture say about relationships, family, marriage, leadership, work and much more? David takes the mystery out of Scripture with humor, humility and a passion for Christ and connects us back to God’s original intent for His people.

Having gleaned from his years of playing basketball for Dean Smith, David has written The Twelve Leadership Principles of Dean Smith and has developed a successful leadership seminar based on the principles outlined in the book. In addition, he has written My Father, My Friend, reflecting on what his father taught him about life, relationships, marriage and faith and Moments of Hope, written after the attacks of September 11, 2001. In March 2016, David and his wife Marilynn released their books The Eight Great Ways to Honor Your Wife and The Eight Great Ways to Honor Your Husband, reflecting on the lost art of honor in today’s culture.

David and Marilynn have four children, Bethany, David Banner, Michael, son-in-law Ryan, daughter-in-law Jessie and three grandchildren.

Grant Skeldon
Founder, Initiative Network

In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, cynical, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network in order to shift the culture of Dallas by training millennials to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making local missionaries.

Initiative has impacted thousands of young leaders from over 540 different churches across the metroplex. Grant has traveled the world speaking to over 40,000 pastors, parents, and business leaders on the topic of engaging and empowering millennials. He is currently writing a book that will be published by Zondervan in 2018.

Grant serves on the advisory boards for Harvest America in Dallas and Movement Day Greater Dallas. He is currently a student at Dallas Baptist University. He attends and leads a small group at Mercy Street Church, a multicultural, urban church plant in West Dallas.

Jeff Warren
Senior Pastor, Park Cities Baptist Church

Jeff received a Master’s in Theology of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Theological Seminary. He was named one of SWBT’s best preachers and was recognized for his doctoral project in his graduating class. After seminary he came to Park Cities Baptist Church as the Minister to Students for many years and then became the Minister to Young Marrieds and later, Minister over all Married Adults. Jeff is now the Senior Pastor of PCBC. Jeff is married to Stacy, and they are parents to three children.

Kerr Putney
Chief of Police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Kerr Putney was sworn in as chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on June 29, 2015. He was hired by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in August of 1992. Since that time, he has held a variety of patrol, training and specialized assignments at various ranks within the organization. He was promoted to the rank of deputy chief in September of 2007.

Chief Putney was previously assigned to the administrative services group where he managed the operation of the administrative functions of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He supervised the Computer technology services bureau (CTS). In that role, he helped prioritize and develop plans to enhance and maintain the technological advances of the organization for which the department has become a model around the country. He also supervised the training bureau where all new police candidates are recruited and trained to become police officers. He supervised the communications bureau where nearly one million calls per year are received and processed for public safety services. Prior to his assignment over administration, Chief Putney was assigned to the investigative services group where he supervised approximately 300 detectives. He was responsible for the criminal investigations bureau, which consists of detectives who investigate criminal offenses ranging from fraud and arson to armed robbery and homicide cases. He also managed the special investigative bureau, which consists of detectives who investigate crimes ranging from vice and narcotics to major series crimes involving priority offenders and priority groups who repeatedly commit crimes across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg jurisdiction. He was responsible for managing the detectives assigned to various federal agencies as task force officers who present cases to the U.S. Attorney’s office for prosecution.

He was also responsible for the field services group–north (Patrol-North) that covers the northern half of Mecklenburg County where he managed roughly 700 patrol personnel (including two majors and seven captains) in seven of the department’s 14 divisions. One of his divisions was responsible for sworn law enforcement operations at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

He attended the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy in 2004 and attended the 42nd Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2009.  He earned a bachelor of science degree in criminology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in criminology from East Carolina University.

Dr. Mac Pier
Founder & CEO, The New York City Leadership Center

Mac’s journey began when he traveled to Bihar, India. That experience led Mac to found Concerts of Prayer Greater New York. He then founded The New York City Leadership Center in 2008. As CEO of The NYCLC, Mac seeks to exponentially increase the leadership effectiveness of ministry and marketplace leaders – to address the spiritual and social issues facing our world today. To that end, the annual Movement Day conference was established in 2010 to accelerate the growth of Christian leadership in the world’s major urban centers. The dream of Mac’s heart is to see the birth of citywide “gospel movements” that will grow into solid, mature efforts that measurably impact a city’s most vulnerable citizens.

Nicole Martin
Senior Mobilizer, American Bible Society

Reverend Doctor Nicole Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.

Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching. During her time in seminary, she served as the Director of Evangelism at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership.

Dr. Martin is currently the Assistant Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte. She is also a consultant with American Bible Society where she serves churches in the city to equip them for greater engagement in God’s Word. She is a minister at The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr, where she formerly served as the Executive Minister.

She has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. Dr. Martin is a gifted writer and author of the book, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry. She is a regular columnist for the Faith and Values section of The Charlotte Observer, is a contributor for Christianity Today, and was also named one of the “Top Seven to Watch in 2011” by The Charlotte Observer. Most recently, she was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 for 2017” by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Dr. Martin has been selected to participate in ministries locally and globally, including the Lausanne Younger Leaders Conference in Indonesia, the Evangelical thought leaders gathering in Israel and being appointed by the Mayor to serve as the faith-based representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Advisory Board. Dr. Martin is also the founder of The Clergywomen of Charlotte and Executive Director of SoulFire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ.

Dr. Martin is married to her best friend, Minister Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Josephine. Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.

Pamela Davies
President, Queens University of Charlotte

Dr. Pamela Davies serves as the 20th President of Queens University of Charlotte, having served in that role since 2002. During her tenure as President, Queens has experienced significant growth, doubling in enrollment and increasing its outstanding faculty. Dr. Davies has led the expansion of academic programs and major enhancements to campus facilities. U.S. News & World report now ranks Queens among the top 20 comprehensive universities in the region.

Dr. Davies currently serves on the boards of Sonoco Products, Inc., Carolinas HealthCare System, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, North Carolina Campus Compact, as well as on the national YMCA (Y-USA) board and the World Alliance of YMCAS. She is also a Life Trustee of the Charlotte Metro YMCA. She has served as President of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities and is an elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Davies holds a bachelor’s from the University of Florida, a master’s from Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in strategic planning and international business from the University of Tennessee.

Rob Kelly
CEO, For Charlotte Mission Network

Raised in Seattle, WA, Rob moved to Charlotte 17 years ago after college to work in non-profit. After two years in Charlotte, Rob was called into pastoral ministry, spending 13 years serving churches, the last 10 at Carmel Baptist Church in south Charlotte where Rob was Missions Pastor. Throughout his career, Rob has actively pursued city-wide mission collaboration, helping found CHARLOTTE/ONE, and serving with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the local steering team of The Lausanne Movement, just to name a few. It was through these experiences and serving as a pastor that Rob’s burden for gosepl-centered, church-united city transformation grew. This burden led Rob to pray and build relationships with other like-minded pastors and leaders in Charlotte, ultimately leading to what is now the For Charlotte Mission Network, where Rob serves as the founding President & CEO. In this role, Rob also serves as the founding director of Movement Day Charlotte. Rob is a graduate of the University of Washington, and he completed his seminary studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Rob is married to Ani, and they are the proud parents of Addison and RJ.

Todd Tibbits
President and Chief Executive Officer, YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Todd has spent most of his professional life serving YMCAs in Michigan, Louisiana, Ohio and Minnesota. Previously, he served as the President and CEO of the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo where he led community collaboration to strengthen the relationship between the YMCA and Jewish community and cast strategic vision for growth in one of the Nation’s most strained economic regions. Other previous positions include operational leadership of YMCAs in Michigan and Louisiana. Most recently, Todd served as Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities (Minnesota), where he successfully directed the day-to-day operations of a $134 million association with 22 facilities, seven resident camps, 90 child care centers and 10 day camp sites. He started work March 1, 2016 at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, passionate about our potential to bring people together. As this city grows by the day in size and diversity, he believes the Y can be common ground. Todd is married to his wife, Denise, and has three children: Mel and his wife, Samra; Candice and her husband, Ryan; Eliana; and one granddaughter, Leandra

Alex Kennedy
Senior Pastor, Carmel Baptist Church

Pastor Alex began his walk with Christ when a friend in Elizabethtown, NC named John reached out to the “new guy” at East Bladen H.S. and shared the gospel with him. He was then discipled through the ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he ran track for two years. He met his wife Christy (Alexander) who grew up in Asheville while attending FCA. After graduation and a short stint as a youth pastor in Durham, they moved to Virginia Beach, Va. to attend seminary at Regent University.

After a long and beautiful season of pastoring in Katy, Texas, Pastor Alex joined the Carmel team as Senior Pastor in October of 2012.

His pastoral passions are…

shepherding and loving his wife and family
preaching the gospel
pouring into men to lead, love, and serve their families
equipping the church to ‘make disciples of those Nearest, our Neighbors, and the Nations.’

Alex and Christy have four children. Joy and Zach who live in Houston, Anna Grace who lives abroad and Lexi who lives upstairs.

Bob Doll
Senior Portfolio Manager, Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series. Board chair of The New York City Leadership Center, he serves on a number of other boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society, Kingdom Advisors, National Christian Foundation, The Lausanne Movement, The New York City Leadership Center, Cairn University, the Wharton Graduate Executive Board, and the Princeton HealthCare System. He is also choir director at his local church. Bob and Leslie have three children.

Brett McDonough
CIO, Movement Mortgage

After spending years working in business acquisitions, Brett McDonough joined Movement Mortgage as its chief investment officer in 2015. In this role, he’s responsible for the financial oversight of Movement’s nonprofit foundation, which uses profits from the mortgage business to bring life, light and hope to the underserved. He’s passionate about the intersection of faith and business, and aims to use his job to glorify God and break the barriers between the secular and divine in the marketplace. He worships at the Warehouse 242 ministry in west Charlotte and volunteers with a host of other ministries and organizations, including Love Life Charlotte, Project 658, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and For Charlotte. He serves on the boards of the Movement Foundation, Movement School and Hiinga, which lends microloans to farmers as a means of eliminating poverty in East Africa. He’s also served on the foreign mission field, traveling to El Salvador, Uganda and Kenya to share the gospel. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Anna and their three children.

Chris Payne
Senior Pastor, New Charlotte Church

Chris is a graduate of Liberty University, received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his Doctorate from Liberty School of Divinity. He is also a Captain in the Air Force Reserve Chaplain Corps. He is married to Jen and they are the proud parents of Jackson, Maryn and Faith.

Dave Katz
Executive Vice-President, Coca-Cola Consolidated

David (Dave) M. Katz is Executive Vice-President of Coca-Cola Consolidated. In his role, Mr. Katz is responsible for providing strategic direction and support in furthering the mission of the organization, including external relationships, strategic planning, and business development. Additionally, Mr. Katz has responsibility for manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, operations planning, culture, and stewardship.

Mr. Katz began his career in the Coca-Cola system in 1993, when he joined Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. as a Logistics Consultant, progressing into varying roles with increasing degrees of responsibilities. In 2008, he was promoted to the President and CEO of Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales and Services Company (CCBSS), where he was responsible for the procurement of nearly $5.1 billion in direct materials and $2.9 billion in indirect spending. In 2010, Dave served as Vice-President, Sales Operations, for CCE’s East Business Unit, before being named Senior Vice-President, Midwest Region within the newly created Coca-Cola Refreshments in 2011. Dave joined Coca-Cola Consolidated in 2013 as Assistant to the Chairman and CEO and was named to his current role in January of 2016.

Mr. Katz serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Western Container Corporation, and is a member of the Board of the Next Generation Mentoring Foundation. Dave was a founding member and former Chairman of The Coca-Cola Environmental Council – an international group of Coca-Cola bottlers focused on system environmental issues, and also served as Chairman of Coca-Cola’s Cross Enterprise Procurement Group. He is also a Board member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Katz holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed a portion of his Ph.D. program also at Georgia Tech. Dave is married to Daphne, and they have two daughters. He enjoys numerous physical activities, including running, swimming, biking and golf. He also enjoys cooking and has developed a passion for mentoring the next generation.

David Docusen
Lead Pastor, Center City Church

David grew up in Orlando, FL and moved to Charlotte, NC in 2008 to plant Center City Church in Uptown Charlotte. In the fall of 2016, Center City Church relocated to Freedom Drive in West Charlotte, joining five other nonprofit organizations to renovate a 40,000 square foot warehouse that now serves as a ministry center for the community. David is currently pursuing a doctoral degree that gives emphasis to the study of the cyclical patterns of generational poverty and the Church’s response. His studies (and relationships with several business leaders in the Charlotte community) led to the formation of Freedom Communities, a nonprofit focused on bringing equitable opportunities in education, employment, housing, and health to residents of West Charlotte. David lives in Uptown Charlotte with his wife, Dara, and their four children: Max, Mary, Jack, and Ben.

David Johnson
Founder/Director, Silent Images

David is a former English teacher who left the classroom in 2006 to start Silent Images. He is a graduate of UNC and is the author of two books on Africa. He and his team have done documentary work in 40 different countries for hundreds of charities. He has lectured at schools, churches and universities around the nation including, Stanford, Duke, Penn State, NYU, UC Berkeley, Baylor and was a 2011 TED Talk speaker. He, his wife, and two daughters reside in Matthews, NC.

Derwin Gray
Lead Pastor, Transformation Church

Derwin L. Gray is a former NFL football player (Indianapolis Colts & Carolina Panthers) as well as the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church (TC). TC is a multiethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with campuses near Charlotte, NC. Working toward his doctorate at Northern Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary, Derwin is the author of Limitless Life: You are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, and The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World.

Eric Swanson
Missional Specialist, Leadership Network

Eric has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities toward the end of spiritual and societal transformation. He is a UC Berkeley grad and holds a DMin in Transformational Leadership in the Global City from BGU. He served with Cru for twenty-five years before joining the staff of Leadership Network where he works with scores of missional churches around North America. He is an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and is co-author of The Externally Focused Church (Group, 2004), The Externally Focused Life (Group, 2009), The Externally Focused Quest (Jossey-Bass, 2010) , and To Transform a City (Zondervan, 2010), and numerous articles on churches that are transforming their communities. Since 1999 Eric has also been working with Tango, currently working on a mobile-digital platform designed for life change and since 2001 with Leadership Network as a missional specialist.

Eric has been married to Liz since 1977, has three married children, eight grandchildren and resides outside of Boulder Colorado.

Son Andy and his wife Natalie serve with Cru in China and are proud parents of their daughter, Jenda Zoe (b. 12/18/06) and sons Daniel Blaise (b. 05/13/2009) and Eric Titus (b. 9/21/12)

Son Jeff and his wife, Ashlie, live in Longmont, CO and have one son (b. 9/8/05), Gentry David and one daughter, Maelie (b. 7/5/14). Jeff is a graphic story teller and founder of StreetBuff. Ashlie serves as a counselor with St. Vrain School District.

Daughter Kacey is married to Erik Olson and they have one son, Lincoln Stone (b. 09.19.11) and two beautiful daughters, Violet Anne (b. 6/5/13) and Saylor May (5/12/16) live in the (refurbished) 1910 Ryssby School house in Longmont, CO. Erik is the owner of Servepro of Greater Boulder.

Grant Skeldon
Founder, Initiative Network

In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, cynical, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network in order to shift the culture of Dallas by training millennials to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making local missionaries.

Initiative has impacted thousands of young leaders from over 540 different churches across the metroplex. Grant has traveled the world speaking to over 40,000 pastors, parents, and business leaders on the topic of engaging and empowering millennials. He is currently writing a book that will be published by Zondervan in 2018.

Grant serves on the advisory boards for Harvest America in Dallas and Movement Day Greater Dallas. He is currently a student at Dallas Baptist University. He attends and leads a small group at Mercy Street Church, a multicultural, urban church plant in West Dallas.

Jason Smith
Pastor, Forest Hill Church - Uptown
Jim Kallam
Senior Pastor, Church at Charlotte

Jim joined the staff of Church at Charlotte in 1976. He has been Senior Pastor since February 1982 and is the primary teacher and visionary for the ministry. Jim and his wife Suzi have three married daughters and eight grandchildren.

John Parker
Outreach Director, Forest Hill Church

John has served as Outreach Director for Forest Hill Church in Charlotte since 2004. In his role, he directs all local and global outreach, including partner development, city engagement, and global missions. He oversees the stewardship of the church’s Outreach budget, which involves the administration of 18% of the church’s annual operating budget. John also engages in shaping the church’s important strategic initiatives as part of the Vision Team.

Prior to joining staff at Forest Hill, John served as Director of Leadership Development with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte from 2002-2004, where he initiated the Servant Leadership Academy. Previously, he operated an organizational development consultancy focused on small-to-mid sized businesses and non-profits. He spent the first 15 years of his career in the financial services industry. From 1988-2001, he held various leadership positions with First Union Corporation, specializing in key strategic business units and corporate initiatives during a period of rapid expansion through merger and acquisitions.

Over the past 13 years, John has served on numerous Boards, including Urban Promise Charlotte, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, and South America Mission.

John and his wife, Babbs live in the Charlotte area and have three grown children: Davis (23), Raleigh (21), and McKenzie (19). He enjoys golf, snow skiing, reading, and volunteering.

Jonathan Scott
Pastor, Forest Hill Church – South Park

Bio coming soon.

Mark DeHaven, Ph.D.
Dean W. Colvard Distinguished Professor, College of Health and Human Services, UNCC

Dr. Mark DeHaven has been building community-based research capacity in the United States and globally for more than two decades. As Professor and Chief, Division of Community Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas he founded the Divisions of Community Medicine and Community Health Science, the Community Health Fellowship Program (CHFP), and the Community Action Research Track (CART). His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society (ACS), ExxonMobil Foundation, American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects include: principal investigator, The Genes, Nutrition, Exercise, Wellness, and Spiritual Growth (GoodNEWS) Trial for reducing heart disease in the community congregation setting, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); co-investigator and community engagement key function director, North and Central Texas Clinical and Translational Sciences Initiative for linking basic science, clinical science, and community science, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS); and principal investigator and research core director, Reducing Obesity in African-American Women through Lifestyle Enhancement, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

Dr. DeHaven is a recipient of the President’s Award, North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), the world’s leading primary care research organization, for developing innovative primary care research training programs; the Dallas Academy of Medicine Philanthropy Award for improving health in the inner city; and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Professional of The Year Award for improving community care for the mentally ill. He has been recognized for his community health improvement activities in Mexico with the Programa de Desarrollo Humano Oportunidades (Program of Human Development and Opportunity) and for his community-based health promotion efforts in Lima and Huancavelica, Peru. He is presently the Visiting Professor, Haerbin Medical University (HMU), Haerbin, China, where he and his Chinese collaborators are developing a community-based approach to disease prevention among China’s 250 million rural to urban immigrants. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable models of community health improvement for reducing chronic disease, based on his work in the United States, Peru, Mexico, Africa, and China.

Since 2013, Dr. DeHaven is the Founding Director, UNC Charlotte, Academy for Research on Community Health, Engagement, and Services (ARCHES) based in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). The ARCHES is dedicated to bridging community wellbeing and health promotion, through community partnerships for improving health. Through innovative research and training programs, ARCHES teams work with communities – rather than merely in communities – to promote healthier outcomes for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Dr. DeHaven is also the Director, UCity Family Zone, a place-based collective impact organization dedicated to collaborative community development using a people first approach. He is committed personally and professionally to sharing God’s love each day, in ways that improve the quality of life in vulnerable communities, through partnerships with community members and leaders, based on trust, humility, respect, and compassion.

Mark Linsz
Co-Founder, My Next Season

After twenty-seven years of holding key leadership roles on three different continents for Bank of America, Mark Linsz retired to co-found My Next Season with Dr. Leslie Braksick. Creating a next season of his own, Mark transitioned from a senior executive in the financial world to senior managing partner of a new company. The mission of My Next Season is to help other executives transition from long, successful corporate careers to their next life phase where they will continue making a difference in new ways.

Prior to launching My Next Season, Mark spent three decades at Bank of America, most notably steering the company safely as Corporate Treasurer for four years during the worst of the financial crisis. While at Bank of America, Mark also served as the CFO Risk Executive, the Capital Markets Risk Executive, and the Chief Risk Officer for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Throughout his career, Mark has worked internationally and led global teams in Chicago, New York, Charlotte, London, and Hong Kong.

Mark has served on the board of directors for BlackRock and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC). In addition, Mark’s not-for-profit board experience includes serving on the board of Opportunity International for six years. He currently serves on the board of directors for African Bible Colleges and LifeNet International, a company that seeks to improve healthcare in Africa.

Mark has been married to his wife, Becky, for over 25 years and is the father of Ashley, Anna, and Ellie. He and his family reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Michael DeVaul
Chief Community Impact Officer, YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Michael is a 31-year veteran of the YMCA. Michael began his career at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, Illinois. Michael was most recently honored as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014 for his efforts in community building, community impact & diversity, inclusion, global work across the greater Charlotte community and in West Africa.

Michael is responsible for a number of areas for the Y. He has been an active leader in the YMCA movement and in the Greater Charlotte Community, currently serving on YUSA National committees. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Michael has a degree from Columbia College. He is married to his beautiful wife Laura & has two incredible sons Cole and Beau.

He considers himself a Husband/Father first, a social entrepreneur/innovator who is committed to impact & paying his privileges forward. He has been best known inside the Y for his talks to emerging leaders about the importance of Building Your Own Brand.

Michael’s favorite scriptures are Ephesians 6:11-14, Proverbs 18:16, and Matthew 9:38

Nicole Martin
Senior Mobilizer, American Bible Society

Reverend Doctor Nicole Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.

Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching. During her time in seminary, she served as the Director of Evangelism at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership.

Dr. Martin is currently the Assistant Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte. She is also a consultant with American Bible Society where she serves churches in the city to equip them for greater engagement in God’s Word. She is a minister at The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr, where she formerly served as the Executive Minister.

She has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. Dr. Martin is a gifted writer and author of the book, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry. She is a regular columnist for the Faith and Values section of The Charlotte Observer, is a contributor for Christianity Today, and was also named one of the “Top Seven to Watch in 2011” by The Charlotte Observer. Most recently, she was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 for 2017” by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Dr. Martin has been selected to participate in ministries locally and globally, including the Lausanne Younger Leaders Conference in Indonesia, the Evangelical thought leaders gathering in Israel and being appointed by the Mayor to serve as the faith-based representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Advisory Board. Dr. Martin is also the founder of The Clergywomen of Charlotte and Executive Director of SoulFire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ.

Dr. Martin is married to her best friend, Minister Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Josephine. Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.

RJ Davis
Senior Pastor, Nations Ford Community Church

Phillip RJ Davis is a 21st Century Pastor, Inspirational Speaker and Leader. Most recently he has served as the Associate Pastor of Nations Ford Community Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Phillip M. Davis, giving leadership to Nations Ford at Ballantyne, a satellite campus of Nations Ford and overseeing missions and evangelism for each site. He is a professor of Biblical and Pastoral Studies at Queen City Bible College/Envision Life School of Ministry.

Pastor RJ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a graduate of Talbot School of Theology, LaMirada, California with a Masters of Divinity. Pastor RJ was licensed to ministry at Nations Ford Community Church and ordained to ministry at Antioch Church, Long Beach, CA.

Pastor RJ answered the call to salvation at a young age and discovered his gift of teaching and leading as a young adult. He has been privileged to serve within youth and young adults ministries, including hosting bible studies for college students; lead various ministries at Nations Ford and spend several years serving in ministry in Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA. Pastor RJ’s experience has taken him beyond ministry working within the YMCA of both Charlotte and Los Angeles for six years in the areas of membership and financial development. In his over ten years of ministry experience Pastor RJ has had the opportunity to journey overseas as a missionary to Kenya, East Africa, Mexico and Haiti as well tour Israel, the Holy Land.

Pastor RJ holds numerous awards and honors and is a frequent speaker at church and community events and conferences. He is a respected member of the community serving on the board of The Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte and is a former board member the Charlotte Neighborhood Matching Grants. Pastor RJ recently founded the Lead Charlotte Group, a movement created to empower a new generation for community leadership. He is currently completing the manuscript for his first soon to be published book entitled “Devotions for Life.”

Pastor RJ is a prolific speaker and stirs the hearts of those who hear him with his open and honest delivery of the Word of God. Currently he can be heard delivering the morning Inspirational Word for the Day, week days on the urban radio station WPEG Power 98.

Pastor RJ is the proud father of two beautiful young daughters; Nicolette Valerie Davis and Camille Gabrielle Davis.

Tim Sittema
Managing Partner, Crosland Southeast

Mr. Sittema is a Managing Partner of Crosland Southeast and is responsible for strategic growth, capital markets, and the Affordable Housing efforts. Mr. Sittema is very involved in philanthropic work and has a passion for using his real estate platform to help the less fortunate in our communities. This passion led directly to Crosland Southeast forming an Affordable Housing team. When Tim is not at work, he is likely spending time with his wife of 35 years, one of his four children or one of his growing number of grandchildren (soon to be 4!)

Prior to the formation of Crosland Southeast, Mr. Sittema served as President of Crosland Investment Services, Crosland’s leasing, asset and property management service business unit. From 2005-2009, he served as a Lead Developer for Crosland Retail where he focused on identifying and leading development efforts for new retail and mixed-use opportunities throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Prior to joining Crosland, Sittema served as President for Sittema Properties, Inc., in Colorado. Previously he was a Managing Partner for Sittema-Bullock Realty Partners and Marketing Principal for Trammell Crow Company.

Zac Dean
Executive Director, Charlotte One

Bio coming soon.

Wes Vander Lugt
Lead Pastor, Warehouse 242

Wes Vander Lugt is Lead Pastor of Warehouse 242, a church for the city committed to making disciples and making culture. Wes holds a PhD in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from the University of St Andrews and is an adjunct professor in Christianity and the Arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.