SPEAKERS & ARTISTS
A dynamic pastor and speaker, Chris Brown joined the Dave Ramsey team in 2014 to carry the message of stewardship and intentional living to churches across the country. Chris was ordained in 2007. He began his ministry in the trenches as a campus pastor and became an executive pastor, helping his churches grow by more than 5,000 people in six years. As CFO, Chris managed multi-million dollar congregational budgets, and supervised the development of seven domestic and international church campuses. He understands the seasons and rhythms in the church world. Chris often draws from his childhood and college experiences to deliver messages of exceptional faith in God and His love. He speaks from the heart with vulnerability and connects with audiences in an honest and meaningful way. Chris is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College. He and his wife Holly now call Franklin, Tennessee home with their three children Max, Jack, and Annie.
Pastor Phil Munsey
Phillip Munsey has been in full time ministry since 1976. Phil has always been an encourager, and that gift has made him an influencer among influencers. After founding and pastoring a thriving church in Orange County, CA. with his wife Jeannie for 29 years, their mandate now is to pastor - pastors and shepherd - shepherds. Phil is chairman of Champion Network (with 500 + churches), a ministry of Joel Osteen / Lakewood Church. Phil is also committed to helping small churches with big vision. Phil is married to Jeannie Coffey Munsey since 1978 and reside in South Orange County, California. They have three grown children: Kara and husband Doug Bisel, Phillip II, Andrew and wife Stephanie, along with three grandchildren, Declan, Peyton Kate and Colin Bisel.
Bishop Joseph Garlinton
Bishop Joseph L. Garlington, Sr., PhD is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, a multiracial and cross-cultural community of more than three thousand members. For more than two decades, Covenant Church has been a model for racial healing and reconciliation for Reconciliation! Ministries International, an International Network of Churches and Ministries, INC, for which he is the Presiding Bishop. Reconciliation!
He is the president of Building United of Southwestern Pennsylvania, an ecumenical coalition of bishops in the Southwestern and Western Pennsylvania corridor. He is married to Barbara Williams Garlington, and together they share responsibility for seven children, thirteen grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches while serving over 450,000 Spanish speaking churches globally. Rodriguez has been among many lists of influencers in America, which have recognized his impact across the religious and Latino communities, including:
“40 People Who Radically Changed The World” Charisma Magazine
“101 Most Influential Leaders”Latino Leaders Magazine
“Top 100 Christian Leaders in America” Newsmax 2015
“The 2013 TIME 100 Poll” TIME 2013
“10 White & Brown MLKs of Our Time” Black Christian News 2013
Dr. Lance Wallnau is a catalytic thought leader. An internationally recognized speaker and business consultant, he is one of the premiere speakers on the subject of cultural transformation and the seven mountains. He delivers his message of transformation with relevance, wit, and intensity. Lance has shared platforms with best-selling authors Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell, and lectured at universities from Harvard and M.I.T. to the London School of Theology. Merging a thirty-year background consulting in business and the non-profit sector, Lance’s intuition inspires visions of tomorrow with the clarity of today—connecting ideas to action. His students represent a tapestry spanning nations and spheres: from CEO’s and HBO comedians, to professors and pastors, to one of Donald Trump’s winners of The Apprentice. Lance is dedicated to the task of meeting with principal leaders in key sectors to bring transformation to nations. He currently directs the Lance Learning Group, a strategic teaching and consulting company based in Dallas, Texas with affiliate offices opening up in Europe and the Philippines.
Kevin Singleton is a man of many hats: singer-songwriter, international worship leader, church worship consultant, community builder, and youth leader. For the last 25 years he has led worship & directed music for conferences, churches and church plants in over 20 nations around the world. He is presently one of the worship leaders at Hillsong New York. His songs have been recorded by Israel & New Breed, Lakewood Church, Ron Kenoly, and many others (his song "Ain’t Gonna Let No Rock" was recorded on the 1992 Grammy-award winning "Lift Him Up", fastest-selling praise & worship project to date). Kevin is the Founder & CEO of Elevate New York, an educational mentoring charity that builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, in the Bronx.
Israel Houghton is prolific worship leader, musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist. His music ministry has spanned 25 years and includes work on over 50 albums as an artist or producer, 20 awards and countless accolades. In 1995 Houghton formed New Breed Ministries that gave way to his debut releases in 1997 “Whisper It Loud,” and “Way of the World.” Since that time Houghton has released 11 solo and group CD’s and has consistently been a commercial success with Billboard chart toppers “New Season,” “Power of One,” “Jesus At The Center,” and the current “Covered – Alive In Asia.” He achieved Gold-selling albums with “Alive in South Africa,” and “Live From Another Level.”
Houghton has received numerous Grammy, Dove, Stellar, NAACP Image and Soul Train Award nominations and has won several including 5 Grammy-Awards, 13 Dove Awards, 2 Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Music Awards.Houghton currently serves as a Worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, TX.
Rita has been playing the piano since she was 11 years old. Music had always caused a stirring in Rita, as did poetry and drama. Rita recorded her first CD with producer Craig Musseau entitled Love Covers in the mid 90’s. That was an incredible first start to what would become a beautiful journey. She signed later with an independent record label (Floodgate Records) and recorded her first live release at the Anaheim Vineyard. Created To Worship was a raw organic set up to what Rita loves most about worship; capturing it live in front of a ready audience. The release All I Have followed a year or so later with Andy Piercy, producing.n 2008 she began a worship school called DIVE. (Deep-Innovative-Vertical-Expression) The school trains and encourages upcoming worship leaders all over the world with weeklong intensive one-on-one courses. Rita experienced a newfound love of mentoring and sees it as a valued gift to the whole of worship and what it is truly about. She believes that the joy of being a worship leader is to make those listening, jealous for what has been found in Christ. Making Christ famous through the art, act and physical sound of our worship is Rita’s anthem and her deepest desire is to see this arise in the body of Christ. Her motto is; “To make the Lord famous in whatever I do with my worship and relationship with Him”.
Pastor Jonathan Stockstill officially became the lead pastor of Bethany on October 2, 2011, making him the third-generation Stockstill to act as senior pastor for the ministry. In January 2011, both he and Pastor Larry fasted for 21 days to confirm what their board of overseers and family were sensing as direction from the Lord: it was time to pass the baton to the next generation. Pastor Jonathan followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming lead pastor at 30 years old, the same age Pastor Larry was when he took over. Since making the transition, Pastor Jonathan has been leading the church with fresh vision, excitement, passion, and creative ideas to win Baton Rouge and surrounding areas for Christ. His heart to see lives transformed by the power of God and to see people experience new life in Christ is the bedrock of his vision for this new chapter of Bethany’s story.
A world-renowned worship leader, Pastor Jonathan has been leading worship at Bethany since he was 16 years old. A prolific songwriter, he has written or cowritten over 70 songs for the body of Christ and has played the piano and guitar for over 20 years. Born in 1981, Pastor Jonathan started studying music at 4 years old and eventually received formal training in classical and jazz piano. He has a heart to train and equip worship leaders and further believes this is the generation that will usher in the return of Jesus. His music emphasizes both the necessity of holiness before God and the urgency of speaking out for Jesus. This was one of his motivations for launching the Deluge Band, whose name developed out of Bethany’s intense Deluge worship conferences. Pastor Jonathan and Deluge went on to release three internationally recognized Integrity Music albums.
In February of 2005, Pastor Jonathan and his wife, Angie, married. Four years later, their first daughter, Evie James, was born. In August of 2011, Pastor Jonathan and Angie celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Andi Rhodes, and could not be happier in this new season for their family and ministry.