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The Church Engaging Foster Care

Because of our emphasis on Margins Matter, in this breakout you will learn how you and your church/organization can tangibly impact the foster crisis affecting our city.


  • Alex Kennedy

    Alex Kennedy
    Senior Pastor, Carmel Baptist Church


  • Nicole Taylor

    Nicole Taylor
    Executive Director, Congregations for Kids


The Church Engaging Literacy

Because of our emphasis on Mobility Matters, in this breakout you will learn how you and your church/organization can partner with other churches and organizations to double third grade reading proficiency from 39% to 80% in Charlotte by 2025.


  • Munro Richardson

    Munro Richardson
    Executive Director, Read Charlotte


Unleashing the Next Generation (English and Spanish)

Because of our emphasis on Millennials Matter, in this breakout you will learn how you and your church/organization can reach, develop and unleash the next generation to live on mission for the transformation of our city.


  • Casey Crimmins

    Casey Crimmins
    Pastor, Multiply Church


  • Lucas Ramirez

    Lucas Ramirez
    Director, The Gathering Place


Becoming a Generous City

Because of our emphasis on Marketplace Matters, in this breakout you will learn how you and your church/organization can unleash a movement of Biblical generosity leading to collective city transformation.


  • John Putnam

    John Putnam
    President, NCF Carolinas


Business as Mission

Because of our emphasis on Marketplace Matters, in this breakout you will learn how to integrate your faith with your work and structure your business to impact our city for Christ.


  • Austin Rawlings

    Austin Rawlings
    Managing Director – East, Torrent Consulting


  • Charlie Malouf

    Charlie Malouf
    President and CEO Broad River Retail


  • Daisy Nieva

    Daisy Nieva
    Apprentice, Torrent Consulting


  • Scott Miller

    Scott Miller
    People Director, Torrent Consulting


The Art of Neighboring

Because of our emphasis on Multiplication Matters, in this breakout you will learn how you and your church/organization can take part in a citywide neighboring movement as we seek to live out Jesus’ command to “love our neighbor” together.


  • Dave Runyon

    Dave Runyon
    Executive Director, CityUnite

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.

Nicole Taylor
Executive Director, Congregations for Kids

A former journalist, Nicole Taylor, has spent much of her life telling stories of vulnerable children and families. In 2009, she began working with a non-profit that focuses on international orphan care giving her the opportunity to travel to several third world countries. In 2015, Nicole and her husband felt led to become foster parents and after the experience of their first foster son, Nicole’s focus shifted to what was happening with the foster system in Charlotte, NC. Earlier this year, Nicole joined the Congregations for Kids (CFK) team as their executive director. CFK works to unite the Church in transforming the lives of vulnerable children in the city.

Munro Richardson
Executive Director, Read Charlotte

Munro co-founded two education technology startup companies and is now leading Read Charlotte, an initiative to double the number of third graders reading on grade level in Mecklenburg County from 40% to 80% by 2025. Munro worked for ten years at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, before joining Read Charlotte. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, masters degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois

Casey Crimmins
Pastor, Multiply Church
Lucas Ramirez
Director, The Gathering Place

Lucas Ramirez is a non-profit executive, author and keynote speaker to a diverse group of audiences including students, politicians, CEOs, educators, pastors and leaders. He has spoken at venues such as the Catalyst Conference, TEDx, and the Georgia House of Representatives and has been featured on Fox & Friends. He is an organizational leadership expert and loves sharing and learning new ideas.

Ramirez lives out his passion for raising up the next generation of leaders in his role as the President and CEO of The Gathering Place, an innovative student mentoring and Christian leadership development organization in Georgia that impacts nearly 10,000 students annually.

Ramirez is also the author of Designed for More: Unleashing Christ’s Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World, which FaithWords released in June 2018. By drawing lessons from a beautiful natural phenomenon of flocking starlings known as a “murmuration,” Ramirez, with co-author Mike DeVito, offers seven principles for how Christians can move in unity. The follow-up book will apply the murmuration principles to businesses, schools, teams and communities.

Ramirez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of six, he immigrated to the United States with his family. He earned a degree from Eastern University and served as a youth director for the Wesley United Methodist Church for over five years before stepping into executive roles at The Gathering Place.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Thea, who is the founder and CEO of Adoption-Share. The couple has three children and lives on the Georgia coast.

John Putnam
President, NCF Carolinas

John is an author, speaker, Kingdom entrepreneur and non-profit leader of NCF Carolinas. He led a thriving financial services practice for over 20 years advising high-capacity families and private businesses around their personal & business planning, life goals and community impact. Following his passion for stewardship, he closed his practice in 2012 and launched a Charlotte, NC affiliate of National Christian Foundation. On January 1, 2018, the office merged with NCF Raleigh to become NCF Carolinas, working with families, advisors and the organizations they love, mobilizing resources by inspiring biblical generosity through the latest charitable giving strategies and tools so every person is reached and restored through the love of Christ. To His glory alone, God has used the NCF Carolinas team to help mobilize hundreds of millions of dollars for Kingdom impact. John’s professional background is as a former Certified Financial Planner, a trained Life Planner through The Paterson Center and a graduate of Charlotte Leadership Forum. He has worked alongside the Halftime organization, a two-time graduate of The Masters Program and a past Strategic Coach participant. John enjoys sharing through media, workshops and his website at JohnPutnam.com where you can read the first chapter of his book, He Spends She Spends – Why God Wants You to Live for Free, and learn about the accompanying 5-week curriculum for churches and life groups. John grew up on a cattle farm in Cherryville, NC (that’s ‘Churvul’ for you locals ☺), attended college at N.C. State, has been married to Anne for 30 years, has three incredible children and they worship at Church at Charlotte.

Austin Rawlings
Managing Director - East, Torrent Consulting

Austin is passionate about:

Charlie Malouf
President and CEO Broad River Retail

Charlie is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Broad River Retail, the largest independently owned and operated licensee of Ashley HomeStores in the United States. Charlie joined Broad River in May 2005 as Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer. After serving as COO for 10 years, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2015.

In June 2018, Charlie acquired majority ownership of Broad River Retail when he, Manny Rodrigues and Charlie Workmon purchased 100% of the Company.

As President and CEO, Charlie has the distinct privilege and honor of leading a highly talented and experienced senior management team that has consistently delivered premier financial results by furnishing life’s best memories.

Charlie has been an active contributor in the home furnishings industry by serving on various boards and committees as well as speaking at several industry events. Charlie has also served on many committees within the Ashley HomeStore network lending his time to critical initiatives such as e-commerce, marketing and supply chain.

Charlie is active in community philanthropy and enjoys giving back. Since its inception, he has served on the Board of Directors for nonprofit Beds for Kids and was the Board Chairman for four years. The Charlotte Hornets awarded Charlie with the Community Playmaker Award in February 2018 for his work in the Charlotte community.

Daisy Nieva
Apprentice, Torrent Consulting
Scott Miller
People Director, Torrent Consulting

Scott is passionate about:

Dave Runyon
Executive Director, CityUnite

Dave Runyon helps faith, business, and government leaders unite around common causes in the Denver metro area. He serves as the Executive Director of CityUnite and as a consultant for businesses who have a desire to make a positive impact in their communities.

Dave helped to start a neighboring movement in 2010 that has now spread to over 3,000 churches around the country. This experience prompted him to co-author “The Art of Neighboring,” which was published by Baker Books. He speaks locally and nationally encouraging leaders to collaborate for the good of their cities. Before founding CityUnite, Dave served as a pastor for ten years at Foothills Community Church and The Next Level Church. He graduated from Colorado State University where he studied history, economics, and education. Dave and his wife, Lauren, have four kids and do not plan to have any more.