2017 TEN CONFERENCE:
We're very excited about the upcoming #TEN2017 Conference held in our Nation's Capital on June 29 - July 2, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel.
Below you will find information about workshops, presenters, and specials guests. This page will be updated with new information frequently, so be sure to check back often.
For a daily schedule of times and events, simply CLICK HERE to view the general outline from Thursday to Sunday.
Meet Our Worship Leader for 2017 TEN Conference:
Debra Lynn Rodriguez is a worship leader based in Atlanta, GA. She is passionate about leading and sharing collective worship, and loves to witness people discover a connection to God through authentic and personal experiences.
Since 2011, Debra Lynn has served as Pastor of Worship at The Gathering Place Atlanta, a come-as-you-are church that welcomes and loves all people. She is also the founder of Glory Tribe, a community dedicated to exploring and inspiring the intersection of worship and community.
Raised singing in church in the hills of Appalachia, Debra Lynn draws from a deep well of musical tradition as a singer and songwriter. The soulful songs of the faithful continue to inspire her and influence her sound. In 2015, she released LĭVE WORSHIP: a live, acoustic, all-original worship album.
"I love to lead worship- I deeply cherish the bond that's formed when we celebrate and experience God in community." -DLR (www.debralynnrodriguez.com)
Thursday TEN Women's Retreat - Pastor Leslie Rutland-Tipton and Alisa Winkie:
Reverend Leslie Rutland-Tipton was born and raised a "valley girl" in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. She earned her B.A. in Psychology in 1986 from San Diego State University before going on to serve in the Marine Corps, where she spent over ten years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. After serving for several years in the non-profit sector, she completed her pastoral education in 2007 and was ordained a reverend of the Christian faith. Currently the Senior Pastor at Church of the Holy SpiritSong in Wilton Manors, FL, Pastor Leslie is very active in church outreach and activities as well as the South Florida community. She resides in Miramar with her wonderful wife and many pets. She enjoys road biking and the beach.
Alisa Winkie is a registered nurse who currently works in pediatric cardiology and heart transplant. She graduated from Southeastern University with a B.S. in Biology and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia. She grew up in the Assemblies of God denomination and has always participated in ministries such as missions, outreach, evangelism, worship, as well as children’s, youth, and young adult ministries. After coming out to family and friends as a lesbian in 2012, she has been working towards reconciling her faith and sexuality. In 2016 she participated in The Reformation Project Leadership Cohort to become better equipped in advocating for full LGBT inclusion and acceptance within Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal communities. She attends Freedom In Christ Evangelical Church in San Francisco where she helps lead worship.
Thursday Keynote Speaker - Pastor Keith Peri
Pastor Keith Peri has been in ministry for over 20 years, and is currently the Senior Pastor of The Gathering Place Worship Center in Atlanta GA. He graduated from The Jimmy Swaggart Bible College in 1988 and The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 1992. He was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1986 and served in various ministry positions such as Minster of Music, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and even a missionary in Latin America. Pastor Keith continued to minister with the Assemblies of God until he graduated from Seminary in 1992 when he moved to Kansas City Mo., to go through an Exodus Ex-Gay program where he was taught he could pray the gay away. He jokingly says, “It didn’t work, you can ask my husband.”
It was during this time in that God really began to deal with him about who he was and who God had created him to be. This created a passion in Pastor Keith’s heart to bring to light what The Bible really says about homosexuality. He has developed a teaching on this subject and has traveled to many places around the world teaching this truth. He is currently working on his book called “I am Gay, I am Christian and God loves me.” He currently resides with his husband of 18 years, Edward and their two adorable pups Barnum and Bailey.
Thursday REMNANT SINGS! - What is it, and who can be a part???
Nope - it's not the name of the newest Christian Rock Band.
So what is "Remnant Sings?" Well, hopefully, it's you!
"Remnant Sings" is the open-mic, congregational all-sing that kicks off our TEN Conference each year. Often we'll hear from a few touring artists as well, but the best part is getting to share our gifts with each other in a fun and Spirit-filled time of song, dance, art, poetry, and more! Bring your talent and share your gift with us.
Our Worship Leader, Debra Lynn Rodriguez, will be there AND....
Both "Papa" David Ferrell and Todd Ferrell are planning to MC and share their gifts with us too! It's gonna be an awesome way to start a conference focusing on "IMPACT!"
We will begin opening night of conference on, Thursday, June 29 with a Welcome Dinner and fellowship time at 7pm, followed immediately by "Remnant Sings" at 8pm.
For more information or if you have questions about details or how to be part, contact Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Workshops and Seminars
(more details coming...)
- TEN 101
- IMPACT - "Transforming the Atmosphere
- Pastor's Workshop
- Homosexuality and the Bible
Friday Keynote Speaker - Pastor Deanna Jaworski
Rev. Deanna received her spiritual calling in 1983 and served for years in the music ministry for the NJ District of the Assemblies of God. One NJ district director pointed out that “…she sings with an anointing that is rich with purpose and reflects her commitment to the Lord, Who is calling her…”
In 1987, because of coming out as a God-fearing born-again lesbian, she was excommunicated from her denomination for being “a reproach to the cross of Jesus Christ.” She spent the next few years angry with God and unfulfilled by her music.
Determined to continue to love God while being open and honest about her sexuality, she moved to South Florida where she served as Music Director for three different LGBT- affirming congregations. In December of 1998, Rev. Deanna received her Bachelor of Christian Ministry from Christian Bible College and Seminary, Independence, MO and was ordained as a Reverend in March of 1999. She completed her Master's of Divinity Degree in Christian Counseling/Pastoral Ministry in September of 2001, and is now working on her Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Ministry/Christian Counseling.
In 1997, Rev. Deanna and Jill (her life partner since 1986) founded SpiritSong Ministries – “Igniting the world for Christ...one life at a time.®" In August of 1999, SpiritSong Ministries gave birth to Church of the Holy SpiritSong (Florida) where she served as the founding, Senior Pastor until June of 2007. Amidst a loving, tearful parting she ordained three new pastors to carry on the work in South FL. She followed the call of God to NJ, and in November 2008, God called together a handful of servants with a vision for a new LGBT-affirming fellowship to be birthed on the Jersey Shore – thus Church of the Holy SpiritSong NJ. Along with their two children Scott Marcus, 12 and Anthony Jason 7, they continue to share the Good News with all people. Their message is simple - the life-changing truth of God’s reconciliation and forgiveness is for all people -- regardless of sexual orientation.
Saturday Morning Keynote Speaker - Pastor Darren W. Phelps
Pastor Darren W. Phelps is the senior pastor/ founder of Bethel Christian Church in Washington D.C. which he founded in 2008 with a focus on radical inclusivity – affirmatively welcoming of all people regardless of sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, gender identity or expression or economic situation.
Pastor Darren is passionate about developing a hub in the community where the church resides. He has a heart for all of God’s children whether gay, straight, black, white, transgender, bisexual, young or seasoned. Pastor Darren reaches through the walls of conventionalism and he is a strong voice for those who have been marginalized. Pastor Darren is a dynamic teacher and preacher that embraces community, diversity, justice, equality, worship, fellowship, inclusion and social action.
Pastor Darren has spoken out at Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils, supported the DC AIDS Walk and organized for One Nation Working Together. He is also on the Host Committee and People of Color committee for the "Practice Spirit/ Do Justice" Creating Change conference, organized by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
Pastor Darren is a graduate of Virginia State University BA Education, MA Psychology. He completed further studies at Virginia Union seminary, Beulah Bible University, ITC Atlanta, and Capital Bible seminary. He is the proud father of two daughters and two grandsons.
Saturday Workshops and Seminars
- Radical Inclusion: Reclaiming the story of Jesus from the Non-affirming Church
Susan Cottrell is a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children. She is an international speaker, author and spiritual director. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that love—of God and others—is the foundation of faith. She spent 25 years in the nonaffirming Evangelical church, is the Founder and President of FreedHearts, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas), and was featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America. Her books “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith (published by Westminster John Knox Press), and True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You, have been endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, The Gay Christian Network and many others. She and her husband Rob have been married for 30 years, have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQI community, and live in Austin, Texas. www.freedhearts.org
- Pain Happens - Suffering is Optional
Loren A. Olson, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with over forty years of experience. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has been named an Exemplary Psychiatrist by the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Dr. Olson has also been a consultant to the media and has been interviewed numerous times on television and the radio, including on Good Morning America. He blogs for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today, is an award-winning writer and a popular speaker. He is a member of Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ, where he has served as Senior Deacon. He is married to Doug Mortimer with whom he has been together for thirty years. Dr. Olson is the author of "Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight," released in April, 2017.
- Church Leadership Development
- TED Talks with Pastor David Thomas
- HIV/AIDS Ministry
- MINISTRY EXPO 2017!
(more details coming...)
Saturday Evening Keynote Speaker - Brian Grizzle
Evangelist Brian Grizzle was born and raised in North Georgia. He began his Ministry in the United Pentecostal church at the age of 14. He graduated from a Christian school in 1990, and began evangelizing for several years.
In 2000 Brian met his spouse and Life Partner Ed Grizzle and they began a attending New Covenant Church of Atlanta. Bro. Brian has served as Deacon, CellGroup leader, Associate Pastor and Evangelist.
In 2008, Brian & Ed felt the call of God to establish a church in their local city, which is 100 miles north of Atlanta. Lighthouse Ministries of Clayton was born, and over a short period of time witness the miraculous glory of God transforming lives. In 2008 Brian and Ed became parents of a beautiful little boy named Tony.
A decision was made in May of 2011 to close Lighthouse Ministries. A new season began, Brian and his family have remained faithful to the call of God and is now evangelizing in many affirming churches and conferences across the country.
When not traveling, Brian and family attend New Day Worship Center of Toccoa, Ga. Brian is passionate when sharing the gospel. He preaches with a fervent desire to see people healed, saved, delivered, and walking in their destiny.
Sunday Morning Worship Keynote Speaker - Pam Wright
Pastor Pam Wright serves as the Senior Pastor of The Remnant in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Pastor Pam was saved in the Assemblies of God at 18. Her journey has taken her from the Assemblies, to Lee College, to New Covenant Atlanta, where God called her to start a new work in Knoxville, Tennessee with her wife June.
God's Remnant Ministries is about to celebrate its 12th year of making a difference in their unique, but ever so beautiful community where they relentlessly reach out to give the Hope of Jesus Christ, with a heart to serve and build up broken lives and broken bridges.
Pastor Pam’s wife, Pastor June Wright is an anointed artist who captures the heart of God and draws you into worship through her paintings.
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