Churches planting churches that seek conversions through evangelism. Being marked by holiness and humility. Seeking diversity and thinking globally. At least some of this probably sounds like the mission you had when you answered God's call to ministry. And yet, if you feel at times that pursuing that original vision with consistency can feel challenging and overwhelming, you aren't alone! At this year's annual conference, you will be encouraged and equipped to go back to your own churches re-focused on the things that matter. You will be challenged in your personal lives while being re-invigorated to plant churches that think globally and see lives changed.
April 30 - May 2, 2018
Living Stones Church Reno, Nevada
Acts 29 US West has made arrangements for special rates at two locations:
$50-$60/night at the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino and $40-$50/night at Circus Circus. To take advantage of these rates, book your room online by using one of the links below before April 13, 2018 to guarantee rate and availability.
Circus Circus Hotel Casino
Group Code: ICACT18
Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Group Code: ISACTS8
The Silver Legacy and Circus Circus are next door to one another, and each are less than a 1 mile walk from Living Stones Church. They both offer free garage self-parking, complimentary valet service, and a daily airport shuttle service every 30 minutes.
Monday, April 30
4:00 p.m. - Registration
5:00 p.m. - Session 1
7:30 p.m. - Downtown Gathering
Wednesday, May 2
9:00 a.m. - Session 4
10:00 a.m. - Break
10:30 a.m. - Session 5
12:00 p. m. - Conference Close
MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS
Dr. Arturo G. Azurdia III is Associate Professor of Pastoral and Church Ministry at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He also currently serves at Trinity Church of Portland where he is Senior Minister of Word and Worship. Dr. Azurdia attended California State University at Hayward where he received a B.A. in Music Performance. He earned an M.Div. from The American Baptist Seminary of the West, and a D.Min. from Westminster Seminary.
He is an accomplished author and the founder of The Spurgeon Fellowship at Western Seminary, a fraternity of ministers devoted to seeking the wisdom of classical pastoral theology for contemporary church ministry. He is a frequent speaker at various national and international conferences.
His interests include film, literature, baseball, and the music of Arturo Sandoval. Art and his wife, Lori, have two children, Katherine and Jonathan.
Ryan Kwon is the Lead Pastor of Resonate Church, Fremont, CA. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ryan was called out of his hometown to plant Resonate in 2010. He is passionate about gospel-centered doctrine and preaching, and has a vision to see many churches planted in the San Francisco Bay Area. A sought out speaker, he is actively involved with Exponential conference and The Gospel Coalition. He also serves on the board for Acts 29. Ryan is married to Jenni and they have two sons and one daughter.
Michael is the youngest of 8 children and spent his childhood in the San Fernando Valley and Malibu, CA. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from The Master's College and an M.Div from The Master's Seminary. Michael pastored Free Grace Church in the Antelope Valley of California for 11 years while also co-founding and leading Care Net Women's Resource Center of North County. He also spent one year at Cornerstone Bible Church in Ridgecrest, CA as their church planting and missions pastor. In 2009, fueled by his passion for urban pastoring and racial diversity, Michael moved to Baltimore, MD to plant Freedom Church, where he currently pastors.
Michael has been married for 20 years to Dani and has 5 children. He has authored two books: 100 Meditations and An Everyday Book for Everyday People. Michael enjoys dating his wife, being a 'sugar daddy' to his kids, golf, cycling, keeping The Hershey Company and AT&T in business, and looking for any reason to bless those around him.
Dr. Eric Mason is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He serves through the local church in helping coach and train families to plant churches in cities locally, nationally, and internationally. In the past five years, Epiphany Fellowship has been involved in the planting of 17 churches in the U.S. and Africa.
Urban ministry is the heartbeat of Dr. Mason's ministry and calling. He is the founder and President of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing leaders for ministry in the urban context. He has also written three books.
Dr. Mason holds a B.S. in Psychology from Bowie State University, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctoral degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas and Biblical Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia.
Dr. Mason considers himself a foodie, coffee snob and enjoys reading, writing, art, and biking. He is married to Yvette and has three sons and one living daughter.
Brian Howard has 25 years of proven leadership experience as a leadership coach, non-profit executive, church planter, lead pastor, and business owner. He has successfully started two businesses and several non-profit corporations, and currently coaches leaders as the executive director of Context Coaching. He also leads church multiplication for the Pacific Church Network. Brian is the chairman of the Acts 29 Board, and the Network Director for the Acts 29 US West Network, where he directs church planter training, coaching, networking, and leads the network leadership team. Brian holds a Master's degree from Talbot School of Theology. He has been married for 24 years to the love of his life, and they have four children, ages 12-18.
Harvey Turner is the Founding and Preaching Pastor of Living Stones Church in Reno, Nevada, the founding church of the Living Stones Network with churches throughout Northern Nevada. He also serves on the Network Leadership Team for Acts 29 US West. Harvey has studied at Multnomah University, Western Seminary, and received his Masters in Missional Leadership at the Resurgence Training Center in Seattle, WA. Harvey and his wife, Rachael, have three children.
This year's conference is SOLD OUT!
Add your name to the wait list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.
Late Registration | $79 (through Apr 30)