Rusty and his wife Leisa founded and continue to Co-Lead as Pastors of The Rock Family Worship Center, a multi-cultural and multi-generational congregation with four campuses based out of Huntsville, Alabama. Rusty provides oversight to the R3 Ministerial Alliance and serves on numerous ministry boards throughout the country. He is deeply passionate about missions and outreach, providing executive leadership to Huntsville Dream Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting churches, businesses, and individuals to meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the surrounding community. A worshipper at heart, Rusty has become a father figure to many young pastors throughout the country, carrying an apostolic mantle to love, encourage, and see pastors walk in health and Spirit-led power.
Pastor Leisa Nelson and her husband Pastor Rusty Nelson co-lead The Rock Family Worship Center in Huntsville, Alabama with multiple campuses in the Tennessee Valley. From early years of youth and worship evangelism to now, their ministry has expanded locally and globally including outreach through Huntsville Dream Center, oversight of the R3 Ministerial Alliance, and service on numerous ministry boards across the country. She and Rusty have a passion for Israel and standing in the command to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!” They take several trips yearly, exposing young millennial pastors to the truth of what is taking place in Israel. Leisa oversees several areas of ministry including SHE Women’s Ministry and the church’s adoption, foster care, and orphan care partnerships in her city, state, and several other countries. She serves on the Alabama Board of Lifeline Children’s Services. She is a mom to four, grandmother to five, and spiritual mother to many more. Leisa has a passion for women to realize their true identity in Jesus and to know Him intimately.
Pastor David (Dad) and Ruth (Mom) Nelson have been married over 62 years and have been in ministry for over 57 years. David was educated and he and Ruth then pastored and evangelized in the United Methodist Church for 19 years. They pioneered Christ Fellowship at Double Springs, Alabama which is now The Rock FWC Smith Lake Campus. After pastoring three churches in the Assemblies of God, David and Ruth came on staff with his son Rusty at The Rock FWC where they have served for 18 years. David has a passion for missions, leading many mission trips to different parts of the world. He has a special passion for Israel and a love for the Jewish people, supporting Israel and visiting and leading tours to the Holy Land 17 times. Pastor David has authored two books: Exploring Covenant and a soon to be published book on The Power Of Love.
Pastor David and Ruth are presently semi-retired and enjoying their family, two sons: Greg, daughter- in-love Laquita, and Rusty, daughter-in-love Leisa, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Wilfredo “Choco” De Jesus served in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of
Chicago as Lead Pastor of New Life Covenant Church for over 19 years
(2000-2019). The church has seen a tremendous amount of growth and
influence through the planting of multi-site campuses, effective urban and
community outreach, and through world missions.
Today, Pastor Choco serves as the General Treasurer of the Assemblies of God. A
pentecostal denomination serving 13,017 churches in the U.S., with over 3 million
members and adherents and with more than 69 million members worldwide.
Pastor Choco has a heart to reach even the most marginalized with the Gospel and
the saving power of Jesus Christ. In April 2013, he was named one of Time
Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for his leadership
and influence within the Evangelical and Latino community, to the Glory of God.
Pastor Choco is also the author of five books: Amazing Faith, In the Gap, Stay the
Course, Move Into More and Love Them Anyway. In December of 2018, he
graduated with his doctorate from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.
He and his wife Elizabeth have three adult children and five pretty
Will Ford III is the former Director of the Marketplace Leadership Major at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, TX, and he is co-founder of 818TheSign. Many know him internationally, however, for his family heirloom passed down through history, and its connection to slavery and prayer for freedom.
As a leader in the prayer movement, Will uses this “prayer bowl” (Rev. 5:8) as a catalyst for mobilizing prayer and teaching on intercession, revival and societal transformation. He believes that it was the prayers of a godly remnant of all races—who were revivalists and abolitionists—that brought revival to America and ultimately ended slavery. Receiving their mantle from yesterday, Will is actively training a new generation to release justice to the most marginalized today.
Will is a father of four. He and his wife Dehavilland live in Dallas, TX.
Born in Clay City, Indiana, Bishop Zink began his ministry in October 1966 through the Assemblies of God in Ohio. Now, with over 55 years in ministry, Bishop Zink is recognized as a global influencer with unwavering ethics and strong business acumen, who has a passion for building Spirit-empowered leaders to impact the world.
In 1984, Bishop Zink and his wife, Sharon founded New Life Christian Fellowship, a multi-cultural church in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2014, Bishop Zink transitioned from being its senior pastor for 30 years, to follow a mandate from the Lord to pursue ministry in the apostolic arena. His son, Paul Zink II is now the lead pastor.
Bishop Zink is also the founder and President of Providence School, which opened in the fall of 1997 and currently enables over 1,400 students from kindergarten through 12th grade to receive a high-quality college preparatory, Christian education in state-of-the-art facilities. Providence School has received the highest academic accreditation in the State of Florida.
Bishop Zink is the Apostolic Overseer for both New Life Christian Fellowship and Providence School.
Bishop Zink serves on the Board of Directors for several ministries, both nationally and internationally. He also served on the Board of Regents of Oral Roberts University, and Church Growth International in Seoul, Korea, chaired by the late Dr. David Yonggi Cho.
In 2003, Bishop Zink was consecrated as a Bishop in Apostolic Succession through the International Communion of Christian Churches; a ministry committed to restoring the historical unity of the body of Christ.
Considered a father and mentor to many spiritual sons and daughters who have their own successful ministries, Bishop Zink has traveled extensively throughout the nations, helping to establish churches, and continues teaching and mentoring leaders both abroad and in the United States.
Bishop Zink is a nationally acclaimed conference speaker and has appeared multiple times as a guest on Trinity Broadcast Network. His first book entitled, “You Matter” was published in October 2015.
Bishop Zink’s passion for Israel and the Jewish people spans many years. After being invited to attend the Inaugural meetings of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), founded by Dr. John Hagee, in February 2006, Bishop Zink accepted an invitation to become the first CUFI State Director in his home state of Florida, serving in that capacity until 2008. He has also established a strong relationship with the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus in Israel.
Bishop Zink and his wife Sharon reside in Jacksonville, Florida and have 3 married sons and 12 grandchildren.
Kyle Searcy has a passion for developing a new generation of leaders. He is a recognized and highly respected leader, teacher, and author who earned his doctorate degree in theology from Christian Life School of Theology. He serves as senior Pastor of Fresh Anointing House of Worship, Montgomery, Alabama as well as eight other Fresh Anointing House of Worship churches in the United States. His unique leadership gift has afforded him the opportunity to witness his local church grow to over 2000 members since inception. Additionally, he is the Overseer for over 230 international churches on the continent of Africa, including Liberia, Nigeria, and Ghana. Marked by a natural ability, his leadership capacity has taken him to nations such as Canada and the continent of Africa to conduct leadership summits, seminars and conferences.
Kyle is also an author who writes on various subjects such as wisdom, leadership, vision, and planning. These topics are covered in several books written by him including his latest books: Counter Intuitive Leadership and How to Write a Book. He has also written: The Secrets of Biblical Wisdom, which shares the secrets to unlocking the power of wisdom, guiding believers along the path of acquiring and harnessing spiritual wisdom; Write the Vision: Developing a Life Plan, which provides practical tools to developing a vision and a life plan; What Ladder Are You Going to Climb, which is geared toward youth and young adults to guide them in achieving their goals; Precision! God’s Timely Manifestation in Your Life, which encourages readers to have faith in God’s ability to be “in time” and “on time”, Power of Agreement, shows how your ability to agree can change everything; and his latest book, Becoming Who You Are, portrays what holds most of us back from being current in our journey towards destiny. Kyle’s books have produced countless stories of how lives have been impacted and changed.
As a certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, Kyle uses his wisdom and talent to diligently serve in many positions on the local, national, and international platform. He is president of several organizations such as Fresh Start Community Development Corporation; KCS Ministries; The Kyle C. Searcy Leadership Institute; and Youth City, an organization that focuses on providing a holistic approach to meeting the needs of at-risk millennials. Futhermore, Bishop Kyle serves as a member of the Board of Directors with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery Parks and Recreation as well as International Apostolic Council (IAC). IAC is composed of the founding fathers of the International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC) led by First Presiding Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. A well-respected leader in the State of Alabama, he serves on the Governor’s Task Force for the 2020 US Census. Kyle is a voice not only to the Christian community but was extended an invitation to serve on the prison reform task force by the President of United States that resulted in the release of thousands of nonviolent offenders who had extensive sentencing.
As well as being a skilled writer and well sought-after speaker, he is husband to the beautiful, Kemi Searcy. They are the blessed parents of four beautiful children. They have two daughters, Marian Abiola Searcy-Hollis and Emmanula Funmi Searcy- Ford (son-in-law Samuel Ford); two sons, Paul and Christopher (daughter-in-law Maraya Searcy); and six grandchildren.
Founding and Lead Pastors, Jay and Melanie Stewart, started The Refuge Church out of a basement in 2004. They have faithfully cultivated a culture of actively “being the church” within the community. They both share a genuine love for people and a desire to see individuals come to know Christ in a real and personal way.
Pastors Jay and Melanie have known each other since high school and have been married for 37 years. They are parents to 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
Pastor Jay is a published author, coach to other pastors, endeavoring always to further the presentation of the gospel.
Sean is the Co-Director of Sean and Christa Smith Ministries. With over 3 decades of ministry experience Sean has been involved in University outreaches, overseas ministry, numerous conferences, Bible schools and has been a forerunner for equipping the body of Christ in Prophetic Evangelism. Sean has authored 4 books including his most recent “Prophetic Evangelism: The Legacy Edition”. His heart burns to see an outpouring of the Spirit transform this nation. He is married to Christa and is the father of two children, Brandon and Brittany. He loves reading books, training in MMA and can be seen bike riding on off trails in the Bay Area. Sean resides in San Ramon, CA and travels full time evangelizing the nations and equipping & revitalizing God’s people for the next great awakening.
Jimmy and his wife, Iris, are lifelong residents of Jacksonville, Florida. Jimmy attended Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee for two years, then served in the United States Coast Guard for four years before completing his college at the University of North Florida where he obtained his accounting degree in 1975. Jimmy served as Comptroller for both “for profit” and “not for profit” organizations prior to becoming Comptroller for New Life Christian Fellowship of Jacksonville, Inc. in 1993. Jimmy is part of the New Life team that assisted Bishop Zink in fulfilling the vision of developing Providence School as the outstanding Christian School it is today. He continued serving New Life and its subsidiaries, including Providence School in this capacity until his retirement in 2019. He currently serves on several “not for profit” boards with a desire to see them fulfill their goals in the kingdom of God.
• 2000-Present: Founder and President of Paraclete Ministries, a coaching and assessment program for strategic development of ministers and ministries in the U.S. and missionaries abroad. He and his wife, Kathy, have ministered in 45 nations. They have written and published comprehensive leadership development materials for training elders, deacons and other lay leaders. Their materials are being translated into Mandarin and other languages.
• 1974-2000: Senior Pastor of Grand Rapids First Assembly in Grand Rapids, MI. He and his wife, Kathy, pastored there for 25 years and were blessed with the growth of a congregation to 5,000. During their tenure, over 350 were launched into fulltime ministry. Over a 4-year period (’96-2000), they experienced a sovereign move of God where over 17,000 came to Christ.
• 2001-2005: President of Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. During his tenure, the college advanced academically with accreditation both regionally and internationally for the training of ministers and missionaries.
• 2005-2010: President and CEO of EMERGE Counseling Center, a Christian mental health clinic serving over 350 clients per week, specializing in caring for ministers and their families.
• 2011-2017: Wayne & Kathy served as Pastors of Leadership Development for the five campuses of The Rock Family Worship Center based in Huntsville, AL, where Pastors Rusty & Leisa Nelson are lead pastors. The Rock is a multicultural, multi-generational church serving over 6,000 people in the North Alabama and Southern Tennessee regions.
• 2017-Present: Wayne & Kathy serve as Pastors of Leadership Development for Dothan First Assembly in Dothan, AL. They have the privilege of serving alongside their son, Mark Benson and daughter-in-law, Michele, and have created and taught the first eldership training course.
• Wayne is proud to be husband to Kathy, father to two married children, both serving God in fulltime ministry with their spouses, and grandfather to nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.