Matt Anderson is the Lead Pastor of Surprise Church in Bismarck, ND. He was involved in ministry for twenty years before starting Surprise Church in 2014, a growing congregation that has begun to launch new churches. Matt’s ministry expertise includes strategic thinking and planning, community engagement, church planting, and preaching as a means of leadership. In his free time, he enjoys working out, writing, and fishing with his kids. He has been married to Lacee since 2001 and is the father of three energetic kids.
Ryan Brooks is the Lead Pastor of Vertical Church, a church plant in the Durham, NC area. Ryan has served on staff for 10 years in churches with 200-5,000 members and has a heart for unity through the pursuit of the multiethnic church and discipleship. He is well-versed in discipleship strategies, leadership development, and systems. Ryan is married to his best friend, April, and they have four children together.
Joanne Hoehne co-pastors The Source Church in Bradenton, Florida alongside her husband, Ralph, with campuses in both Florida and Winnipeg, Canada. She is also an author, co-host of the TV show Source Live, and founder of an international conference, SHE Tour. Her areas of expertise are transformational preaching, teaching, and communicating, conferences and event planning, and women in ministry (including the importance of the balance of men and women and making room for women to rise). She is originally from Canada and now lives in Florida with her husband, four sons, two daughters-in-law, and two granddaughters.
Robbie Foreman is the Executive Pastor at Freedom Church in Moncks Corner, SC. He has been on staff at Freedom Church since its beginning in 2011 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry, a Masters Degree in Worship, and a Doctorate in Biblical and Pastoral Counseling. His areas of expertise include worship planning, worship leading, speaking, sermon content, systems, and counseling. Robbie also enjoys duck hunting, South Carolina Gamecock athletics, and grilling out. He and his wife, Allison, have three children and are currently in the process of adopting a son from Haiti.
Bobby Williams is the Lead Pastor and planter of The Ridge Church in Oak Ridge, TN and the Community Director for Church Fuel. He has been in full-time ministry for 20 years, previously serving in student ministry and worship arts, and has been coaching church planters and pastors for 10 years. His areas of expertise include church planting, discipleship and leadership models, systems, worship planning, and sermon content. Bobby enjoys fishing, bbq’ing on the smoker, and University of Tennessee athletics. He and his wife, Denira, have two children.