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Florida / October 15, 2024

About

The Portion Conference is designed to encourage anyone in a leadership role, including community, church, business, and school leaders. With engaging worship, breakout sessions, and seminars for both men and women, The Portion Conference will equip you with skills and knowledge to lead with excellence wherever God has called you.

Speakers

Corey Abney

Dr. Corey Abney

Lead Pastor Bell Shoals Church, Brandon, FL

He is a graduate of Cedarville University (BA), where he serves on the Board of Trustees, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, PhD), where he teaches as an adjunct professor. He has also served on the Board of Trustees at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, CA, on the Executive Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and as president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. 

Lt. Gen Loren Reno

Lt. Gen Loren Reno (USAF. Ret.)

Professor of Management Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

Loren Reno graduated from Cedarville University with the class of 1970. After graduation, he taught school for several years before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He served for 38 years and attained the rank of Lt. General. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support at Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C. He was responsible to the Chief of Staff for leadership, management, and integration of Air Force logistics readiness, aircraft and missile maintenance, civil engineering, and security forces, as well as setting policy and preparing budget estimates that reflect enhancements to productivity, combat readiness and quality of life for Air Force personnel. After his retirement from the Air Force, he returned to Cedarville University as the inaugural Dean of the newly formed School of Business Administration. In 2015, he became Vice President for Academics, and upon retirement from that position, he became Senior Adviser to the President. 

Jerrod Gunter

Jerrod Gunter

Next Generation Pastor New Direction Christian Church, Memphis, TN

Jerrod Gunter is the Next Generation Pastor at New Direction Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. At New Direction, Jerrod initiated a youth movement called Riot Starters, which equips students to take prayer and evangelism to their schools and communities. As a result of Riot Starters, Jerrod’s teens have become devoted Christ-followers and hundreds of unsaved students have put their faith in Jesus. Jerrod teaches at Impact 360 Propel – our one-week Leadership and Discipleship training experience. 

Jerrod Gunter has always had a heart for youth, especially in the area of development and equipping students to be successful in every phase of life. He has developed several ministry programs, and consults and trains with youth ministries to encourage students to be empowered through leadership, discipleship and their creative God-given gifts. He has shared his passion and perception of youth ministry with leaders at organizations such as Google, Stuff You Can Use, Dare 2 Share Ministries, and Center for Youth Ministry Training. 

Carol Kent

Carol Kent

President (Author, Speaker, Coach) Speak Up Speakers Bureau, Lakeland, FL

Carol Kent is a bestselling author and an international speaker for conferences and retreats.  She’s the executive director of the Speak Up Conference, an event committed to helping people develop their speaking and writing skills. She and her husband, Gene, founded the nonprofit Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families.  Carol holds a master’s degree in communication arts and a bachelor’s degree in speech education. Carol has trained Christian speakers for over twenty-five years and has been featured at Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy arena events.  She is the author of over twenty-seven books that have sold over one million copies, including the bestselling When I Lay My Isaac Down, Tame Your Fears, and Becoming a Woman of Influence.  Her newest titles are a 365-page (one per day) devotional titled He Holds My Hand, the award-winning Staying Power, and Life Lessons for Moms.

Phil Stacey

Phil Stacey

Worship Pastor Central Community Church, Wichita, KS

Phil Stacey is a Christian Recording Artist. You may have been introduced to him as a finalist on the 6th season of American Idol or watched him perform on Ellen or the Tonight Show; seen him as a featured artist on tours with Michael W Smith or Natalie Grant; or even attended one of the thousand concerts he’s headlined around the world in the last several years. His performances are marked by soulful and passionate performances combined with powerful testimonies that demonstrate the faithfulness of God. Phil serves as a Worship Pastor at Central Community Church in Wichita, Kansas. 

Brandon Elam

Brandon Elam

Northside Christian Head of School St. Petersburg, FL

Brandon Elam is the current Head of School at Northside Christian School in St.Petersburg, Florida. Beginning his career at Knox Central High School after graduating from Union College (KY) in 2000, Brandon taught biology and physical science while also serving as the head varsity basketball coach. In 2004, he earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership and then a Rank I degree in Educational Supervision in 2006. He eventually moved to the central office at the Knox County Board of Education, serving for eight years in the Department of Pupil Personnel. In 2011, Brandon and his family moved to Tampa, Florida, where he joined Carrollwood Day School as a science teacher and dean of students, eventually becoming the middle school principal. He joined Northside Christian School in 2017 as the Middle and High School Principal, where he spearheaded various initiatives, including a 1:1 iPad program, MAP testing, and the addition of a STEAM program. Brandon and his wife Whitney have two children. Isla (9th grade) and Everett (7th grade) both attend Northside Christian. He is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, all things sports, and exploring new things with his family. 

Kyle Gray

Kyle Gray

Director of The Coast and Pursuit Camp; Regional Coordinator of Youth Ministries Florida

Kyle has been serving with Word of Life and preaching the Word for over 20 years, and he has a passion to see revival happen in the lives of young people. Kyle’s calling is to ignite excellence in others through preaching God’s Word and discipleship, and he has put this calling into practice as he serves as the Camp Director of The Coast, Pursuit Camp, and as a Regional Coordinator with Local Church Ministries. Kyle is a graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute and Tennessee Temple University. Kyle, his wife Nicola, and their four children live in Hudson, Florida.

Rich and Lynn andrews

Rich & Lynn Andrews

Rich: Vice President of Youth and Family Camps | Lynn: Bookstore Manager and Registrar

Rich and Lynn have enjoyed serving in full-time ministry since 1994. Their experience working in camps, conferences, Christian higher education, and the local church gives them insight into various areas of ministry.

Chip and Audrey Nightingale

Chip & Audrey Nightingale

Chip: Vice President of Advancement | Audrey: Guest Services Manager

As a dynamic duo and devoted followers of Jesus, Chip and Audrey Nightingale are on a mission to create life-changing experiences and serve those they encounter.

With backgrounds in leading and serving in various Christian organizations, they have always approached new ventures as a team. From launching the volunteer program for Word of Life to serving as the Lead Pastor at Corner Bible Church, they have consistently worked together to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Currently, Chip is the Vice President of Advancement for Word of Life Fellowship, while Audrey is leading the area of Customer Service for Word of Life Florida. Their business philosophy is simple – to streamline processes in order to excel at what they do, leading to greater opportunities.

Their passion for serving Jesus and providing meaningful experiences is at the heart of everything they do. They are committed to making a difference in the lives of Christian leaders and those seeking inspiration and guidance.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about them. They look forward to connecting with you and creating impactful experiences together.

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