A more detailed schedule will be posted when it is finalized.
3:00-4:00 pm: A Season of Worship & Prayer
7:00-9:30 pm: Worship Celebration for Adults, Children and Youth
Friday & Saturday
9:00-11:30 am: Worship Celebration for Adults, Children and Youth
11:30 am-1:15 pm: Lunch & Free time
1:15-2:45 pm: Equipping Workshops
3:15-4:30 pm: Equipping Workshops
4:30-7:00 pm: Dinner & Free time
7:00-9:30 pm Worship Celebration for Adults, Children and Youth
9:30-11:30 am Family Worship Celebration with Holy Communion
The mid 1990’s to early 2000’s was not the best of times for Luke. He was addicted to drugs and spent a lot of time on the streets of Philadelphia and in and out of the prison system. During his last prison stay he had an encounter with another prisoner that made him decide to change his life. When released he tried to do all the right things. Looking back he realizes that he didn’t understand the difference between being good and truly knowing the Lord. Then one day on his way to work he had an encounter with the Lord where it was revealed to him that God wasn’t angry with him for his past. He was then filled with an overwhelming sense of joy and love. From that moment on he knew he would serve the Lord the rest of his life.
Luke and his wife, Alisan served for six years with Shores of Grace in Brazil, specifically in the slums of their area. They have three children of their own and numerous ones that just show up at their house where they can see and feel the Fathers love! Fast forward to today and you find Luke and Alisan ministering on the streets of Philadelphia to share all that they learned on the streets of Brazil: Freeing Those in Captivity, Rescuing the Lost, Restoring Identities, and Redeeming Destinies. Their ministry goes from teaching others how to minister on the streets, working with churches on going beyond their walls to share Jesus, community outreach, community meals to playing with children!
Luke is currently enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at United Theological Seminary.
Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Fairview Heights, Illinois
Christ Church worship attendance has increased from just over 200 to over 2,500 since Shane’s arrival as Sr. Pastor in July of 1997. Christ Church is one of the ten fastest growing United Methodist congregations over the past decade and was recognized in 2018 by Outreach Magazine as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America. Now in four locations, Christ Church has received thirteen consecutive Church Growth and Evangelism Awards from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Shane was named The Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church by the United Methodist Foundation on Evangelism in 2010. He holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated with honors from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1992. He speaks regularly in national and international venues and is a coach, writer and blogger. He resides in Belleville, Illinois with his wife Melissa. The couple have been married for thirty-seven years and have two adult children, three grandsons and a granddaughter.
Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory currently serves as the Central District Superintendent in the Central Texas Conference. She has a passion for preaching the transformational power of Jesus Christ, emphasizing the love and grace expressed through Wesleyan Theology. She feels every corner of God’s kingdom is loved by God and deserves quality leadership, both lay and clergy. No church is too small or too big to be vital agents of God’s transforming grace.
In the malaise the United Methodist Church finds itself, she seeks to lead her district to be bold in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. Through her leadership, the district is growing numerically in professions of faith and deeper as disciples through the implementation of intentional discipleship pathways.
Prior to entering Ministry, Leah was an Operations Manager for a Career Consulting firm. She has served in the Oklahoma Conference as a lay person, and in the North Texas and Central Texas Conference as clergy.
She holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary, as well as a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of theology. Leah is married to Stan and they have three children, Maddie, Caroline, and Will. She lives in Woodway, Texas.