Partnering with Dr. Tim Keller and Redeemer City to City, Dimas founded Infinity NY Church, planted at the Bronx River Housing Projects in 2006. Infinity Bible Church targets at-risk, gang-ridden youth and has spearheaded numerous outreach events, and weekly prayer walks, which have been significant factors in virtually eliminating homicides and other violent crimes at Bronx River. Former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credits Pastor Dimas and Infinity for the notable drop in crime. In 2013, Concerts of Prayer Greater NY (COPGNY) unanimously chose Pastor Dimas Salaberrios as its new president. He has been on the COPGNY Board of Directors for several years, an organization that is the largest mobilizing force of pastors in the Tri-state area. Dimas holds a Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary and resides in the Bronx with the love of his life, his wife Tiffany. They have three beautiful daughters: Shirley Ann, Dallas and Skylar.
Co-Author, Same Kind of Different as Me
Ron is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. He is the writer and producer of the Paramount Pictures film, Same Kind of Different As Me. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he and his wife Beth divide their time between Dallas, New York, and their Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth.
Senior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America.
In 1990, Greg Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Since that time, in-person attendance and live webcast views for these events have totaled more than 8.7 million, with 506,644 people deciding to make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Laurie was also the speaker at Harvest America in Arlington, Texas, in 2016; with an attendance of 350,000 it was deemed the largest live one-day evangelistic event in US history.
Along with his work at Harvest Ministries, Greg Laurie served as the 2013 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, and also serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He holds honorary doctorates from Biola University and Azusa Pacific University.
Greg has been married to Cathe Laurie for more than 40 years and he has two sons, Christopher and Jonathan. Christopher went to be with the Lord in 2008. Greg and Cathe also have five grandchildren.
Co-Founder, The Hope Consortium
Brooklyn, New York
A graduate of Mount Union College, Central Bible College, and Ashland Theological Seminary, Gary Frost has pastored in both Youngstown, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York for a total of 23 years. As a co-founder of The Hope Consortium, Gary has been very active in mentoring at Rikers Island Corrections where he has developed the Urban Eagle Mentoring Initiative targeting young men 16 through 21 years of age. He has been actively engaged in the work of the Southern Baptist Convention for many years, having served as president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and most recently as Vice President of the Midwest Region and Prayer for the North American Mission Board. While in New York City, Gary served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association as well as President of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York.
Gary and his wife of 39 years, Lynette, have been blessed with 5 sons and a daughter as well as grandparents of 6 grandchildren, and have fostered more than 40 other children. One special passage of scripture that provides clear ministry guidance for Gary’s kingdom service is Matthew 9:37-38 as Jesus says to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Founder, GATHER Movement
Manchester, United Kingdom
Roger founded and leads the GATHER movement www.gather.global a network of over 130 city Gospel Movements across the UK. Roger alongside his wife Lesley directed Movement Day UKwww.movementday.uk held in London in October 2017 which drew together over 1,000 leaders from all denominations and spheres of life, which has resulted in 10 cities across the UK making plans for their own Movement Days.
He has worked with others for over 30 years across Manchester to bring about a more strategic and co-ordinated unity across the city to see social, cultural and spiritual transformation. He serves at a senior level in the Civic leadership of his city area, Trafford in Manchester UK, and is leading on a 15 year Transformation Plan for its poorest areas.
Roger previously led Altrincham Baptist church in Manchester for 22 years, a large missional church in the city that pioneered a number of innovative expressions of mission. He was also a founding member and Chair of RUN: Reaching the Unchurched Network, which linked 850 missional churches across the UK. He is married to Lesley, an artist and curator, and they have four grown-up children and eight grandchildren.
DR. MAC PIER
Founder, The New York City Leadership Center
New York City, New York
When it comes to developing leaders within the Christian community, few are as successful as Rev. Dr. McKenzie “Mac” Pier, founder and CEO of The New York Leadership Center (NYCLC). Passionately driven to prepare Christian leaders to make a significant impact in the world, Mac particularly loves urging young leaders toward spiritual maturity, encouraging them to first recognize the needs around them, to unite in prayer with others about those needs, and then to collaborate with others to change what they see.
A visionary, strategic thinker and social networker, Mac delights in bringing movers and shakers together to transform their cities. Since 1995, he and members of his team have hosted urban consultations for more than 10,000 leaders.
Mac’s journey into leadership development began in 1983 after he and his wife traveled to Bihar, India to serve as short-term missionaries. As part of a ministry team that met weekly to pray for God’s intervention, Mac was a firsthand witness to the results of those prayers. Later, in 1998, after having lived in New York for some time but still recalling what had taken place in India, Mac founded Concerts of Prayer Greater New York (COPGNY), a collaborative prayer movement connecting pastors and churches throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Through his leadership, this united prayer movement became one of the most developed urban prayer and pastoral networks in the world.
After a 2007 survey revealed the time, financial and educational limits facing pastors, Mac founded The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC) as a way of creating and coordinating leadership training and service opportunities to radically impact Greater New York, both spiritually and socially. Mac was also instrumental in founding the first annual Movement Day conference, established in 2010, as a way of catalyzing leadership teams from American’s largest cities to serve their cities more effectively through the advancement of high-level, city-changing collaborative partnerships
A resident of New York City since 1984, Mac lives in a diverse neighborhood with residents from more than 100 ethnicities, and he attends church with people who speak 60 different languages. This daily interaction with neighbors and friends that literally come from around the world enhances Mac’s global view and attention to world issues. These relationships provide him with the determination that is needed to find solutions to the debilitating problems faced by so many, and to inspire leaders to work together to make the gospel relevant within each of their cities.
The Lausanne Movement—an international organization created to mobilize evangelical leaders to collaborate for world evangelism—has appointed Mac to serve in the volunteer position of senior associate. His role is to help expand their global networks, communicate their vision and further impact cities with the gospel of Christ.
Coauthor of The Power of a City at Prayer (InterVarsity Press, 2002), Mac also contributed to Signs of Hope in the City (Judson Press, 1997) and is author of Spiritual Leadership in the Global City (New Hope Publishers, 2008). His latest book is Consequential Leadership: 15 Leaders Fighting for Our Cities, Our Poor, Our Youth and Our Culture (InterVarsity Press, 2012).
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota, Mac then continued on to earn a Master of Arts degree in religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a doctorate from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (renamed Palmer Theological Seminary). He enjoys music and the creative process of composing it. He wrote original music for his daughter’s wedding.
Mac and his wife, Marya, have been married more than 30 years, and have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Founder, The Denison Forum
Jim speaks and writes on cultural and contemporary issues. He produces a daily column which is distributed to more than 113,000 subscribers in 203 countries. He also writes for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Post, Common Call, and other publications.
He serves as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, where he addresses issues such as genetic medicine and reproductive science. He serves as Senior Fellow with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, where he addresses issues related to politics and religious liberty. And he serves as Senior Fellow for Global Studies at Dallas Baptist University, where he leads the Institute for Global Engagement, chairs the Advisory Board, teaches doctoral seminars, and speaks frequently on campus.
Dr. Denison has taught philosophy of religion and apologetics for over thirty years with four seminaries. He has spoken in China, Cuba, Brazil, Australia, Europe, Israel, Greece, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Turkey. He leads frequent study tours in Israel, Greece, and Europe, and served as a short-term missionary to East Malaysia.
Dr. Denison speaks widely on radical Islam, medical ethics, geopolitics, and other cultural issues. He has served on the boards of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas Baptist University, Mercer University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Howard Payne University, and the Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.
Prior to founding the Denison Forum in 2009, Dr. Denison was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University.
He is the author of eight books: The State of Our Nation: 7 Critical Issues; Radical Islam: What You Need to Know; Wrestling with God: How Can I Love a God I’m Not Sure I Can Trust?; The Bible–You Can Believe It: Biblical Authority in the Twenty-First Century; The Myth and the Manger; Life on the Brick Pile: Answers to Suffering from the Letters of Revelation; Seven Crucial Questions About the Bible; and It’s Your Mission: The Church’s Responsibility to the Least of These. For more access to these books and more resources by Jim, please see his personal site, www.JimDenison.org.
His wife, Janet, is a published author and speaker (www.janetdenison.com), and directs www.christianparenting.org. They live in Dallas and are the parents of two sons: Ryan, a doctoral student at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute; and Craig, Director of Brand Strategy and Spiritual Formation for Denison Forum
Senior Pastor, Park Cities Baptist Church
Jeff grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and went to East Carolina University where he majored in Communication Arts – Illustration and Graphic Design. He received a Master’s Degree in Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Theological Seminary where his doctoral work focused on Christian apologetics. He was named one of SWBT’s best preachers and was recognized for his doctoral project, which became a six-session study for students in Christian apologetics. After seminary he became the Minister to Students at Park Cities Baptist Church for many years and then became the Minister to Young Marrieds. Later he became Minister over all Married Adults, led the Men’s Ministry and then became the Associate Pastor. He was the founder and speaker of Fast Break, a ministry that presented biblical truth to thousands within the Dallas business community.
In 1999, Jeff became the Senior Pastor of FBC McKinney. Under his leadership the church saw explosive growth, becoming one of the fastest growing churches in North America. Jeff came full circle when he returned to PCBC in 2010, as the Senior Pastor. He has a great desire to see the larger body of Christ work together toward unity in diversity. His unique passion is to unite the Church across racial, economic, and cultural lines, in order to see a Gospel Movement in our city, in our time. He describes his God-given mission as one who has been called to preach the Gospel to the Church, so that we might rescue one another from cultural Christianity, to follow Jesus every day.
Jeff is married to Stacy, and they are parents to three children – twin daughters, Whitney and Emily, and a son, Travis. They gained a son-in-law when Emily married Luke Landers in December 2015 and another when Whitney married Jeff McIntosh in November 2016.
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 a student at Dallas Baptist University and he leads a small group at Mercy Street Church, a multicultural, urban church plant in West Dallas.
President & CEO, Big Thought
Byron Sanders is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing. In addition to his work in the financial and educational arenas, his civic leadership includes many high-impact boards such as United Way’s Community Impact Council, Social Venture Partners Dallas, CitySquare, and The ChildCareGroup. Sanders has worked with Big Thought in various capacities since 2008, as a supporter, volunteer, adviser, partner, and most recently, board member.
Sanders is a recipient of the 2014 Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders and 40 Under 40 awards. In 2017, he became a Presidential Leadership Scholar. Sanders resides in the Dallas-area with his wife Celeste and their two young children.
Panel: Every Tribe Every Nation - Collaborative Bible Translation
Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen Investments
President, Hobby Lobby
Cofounder, Barnhart Crane
Founder, WidsomWorks Ministries
Panel: Poverty Alleviation & Job Creation
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dallas Baptist University
DANIEL PRESCOTT, JR.
Director of Development, HisBridgeBuilders
Director of Program Services, Redemption Bridge
Panel: Education Transformation and Protecting Our Children at Risk
Chancellor, Dallas Baptist University
Executive Director, Children at Risk
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Momentous Institute
IRMA DE LA GUARDIA
Principal, Stephen F. Foster Elementary
Panel: How do Millenials Move the Needle in Our City
Director of Operations, Initiative
Founder, We Are Unveiled
Associate Pastor of Students, Gateway Church Grand Prairie
Panel: The Realities of Racial Reconciliation
Relationship Manager, Federal Title
Pastor, Fellowship Church Dallas
Owner, Debra’s Healing Kitchen
Co-Founder, Hope Consortium
In response to the deep division between generations, denominations, and races, INTV intends to tell a different story. We are a collective of young diverse worship leaders who have a heart for our generation to become Christ loving, city changing, church investing, disciple making, local missionaries.
Our backgrounds are different but our stories are the same: “Jesus intervened.” INTV is a band that appreciates the value of dynamic, diverse worship. Whether it’s contemporary, hymns, gospel, hip-hop or songs from the 90s, our worship will be marked by reverence and angst.