2016 - Q1 - Proclaim the Gospel

February 1 | STL, CHI, DET, KC, Omaha, & Ozarks



Kempton Turner

St. Louis Speaker

Kempton was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, but has spent most of his life in Houston, Texas. Most recently, he served on the pastoral staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for 7 years before becoming the Church Planting Pastoral Resident under the oversight of the elders. Kempton’s prayer and hope is that the Lord would establish a joyful, loving, Christ-magnifying local church in his hometown.

Kempton and his childhood sweetheart Caryn have been happily married since 1999 and the Lord has blessed them with four children: Christian, Carysse, Kalia, and Caleb.

Lewie Clark

Chicago Speaker

Lewie Clark is a disciple-maker. With pastoral experience in large churches, small churches, church planting, and even a stint in higher education, he has spent his life learning to love others well. Lewie’s heart is to see the next generation follow Jesus, and he is currently living and ministering in Chicago, Illinois.

Joe Swords

Detroit Speaker

Joe Swords is the pastor of The Exchange Church in Cilo, Michigan. Joe planted The Exchange with his wife Ashely, and they are blessed with four boys.
Gospel, Community, and Mission are the core values that moved the Swords to plant in Cilo. Because church planting is never a “one-man show,” The Exchange is committed to partnerships that further church planting efforts. You can learn more about the Swords and The Exchange on their website.

Jared Wilson

Kansas City Speaker

Jared is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Managing Editor of For The Church, Midwestern’s site for gospel-centered resources. Jared is a failed church planter and once made a mess of his marriage. He likes food too much and worries way too much about what people think, and he’s definitely not all that he’s cracked up to be. After 20 years of ministry, he’s mainly learned that he’s kind of a nincompoop. But he knows Jesus loves him.

Erik Raymond

Omaha Speaker

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Erik moved to Omaha while in the Air Force. And it was through a faithful co-worker that God brought the gospel to him. Pastoral ministry became the clear priority for Erik after graduating from Grace University in 2002. He served as a pastoral-intern and later as an Assistant Pastor at Omaha Bible Church from 2002-2010 before leading the church planting efforts for Emmaus. Erik is a regular contributor to several publications including Ligonier, Tabletalk, & For the Church. His blog, Ordinary Pastor, is hosted by The Gospel Coalition and features regular articles and book reviews. He has recently written Gospel-Shaped Outreach to help churches to create a disciple-making culture.

Erik enjoys spending time with his best friend and wife Christie, as well as their 6 children; Bryce, Luke, Alaynah, Alexis, Zoë, and Bo. Some hobbies include reading, writing, fitness and being active in his neighborhood association. You will often find Erik cruising around Mid-Town and South Omaha in a bicycle lane.

Jonathan K. Dodson

Ozarks Speaker

Jonathan planted and lead Austin City Life with vision, theology, and leadership. He is married to Robie and father to Owen, Ellie, and Rosamund. He graduated from college with a B.A. in Anthropology and earned two masters degrees at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, one in Divinity (M.Div) and another in Biblical Theology (Th.M.). Jonathan has authored several books, including The Unbelievable Gospel.

Event Details

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Date: February 1, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Speakers: Kempton Turner

Cost: FREE

Venue: August Gate Church

Address: 2601 Minnesota Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63118

Registration is closed for the St. Louis region.

Date: February 1, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Speakers: Joe Swords

Cost: FREE

Venue: Restore Church

Address: 2701 Joy Road Detroit, MI 48206

Registration is closed for the Detroit region.

Date: February 1, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Speakers: Lewie Clark

Cost: FREE

Venue: Armitage Baptist Church

Address: 2451 N. Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

Registration is closed for the Chicago region.

Date: February 1, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Speakers: Jared Wilson

Cost: FREE

Venue: Midwestern Seminary

Address: 5001 N. Oak Trafficway Kansas City, Mo 64153

Registration is closed for the Kansas City region.

Date: February 1, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Speakers: Erik Raymond

Cost: FREE

Venue: Redeemer Church

Address: 13831 Industrial Road Omaha, NE 68137

Registration is closed for the Omaha region.

Date: February 1, 2016

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Speakers: Jonathan K. Dodson

Cost: FREE

Venue: LifePoint Church

Address: 51 Riverdale Road Ozark, MO 65721

Registration is closed for the Ozarks region.


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