Speakers

Rich Guerra currently serves as 12th District Superintendent of the Southern California District Council. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies at Southern California College in 1978. He then went on to complete the M.A. program in Church Leadership at Southern California College in 1987, now known as Vanguard University of Southern California. In 1984, he was chosen to serve as the Youth Ministries Director for the Southern California District where he led the District from 16th to 1st in the nation for Speed-The-Light and traveled across the county as a conference speaker. He went on to join the staff of Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, CA, and served under Pastor Glen Cole as Singles Pastor leading one of the largest singles groups in America. Rich and Coni served as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Life Center, in Las Vegas, NV from 1990 – 1995, where they helped transform a church that is now reaching its community for Christ. Rich served as the Senior Pastor of Visalia First Assembly of God for 12 years. Under his leadership, the church saw tremendous growth and relocated their Worship Center, Elementary School and Church Offices to a 40 acre (Akers) campus, while retaining their 5 acre (Walnut) campus for the Preschool, Jr. High and Sr. High Schools. The Miracle League of Visalia baseball field (for special needs children) is located on the Akers Campus and at that time the only one of its kind west of the Rockies. Rich served as an Executive Presbyter for the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God prior to being elected as the Assistant Superintendent in April 2007. It was at the District Council in April of 2010, that he was elected to his current position. Rich and his wife, Coni, have been married since 1978 and have three grown children: Ryan, Andrew, and Lindsay, and four grandchildren, Jacob, London, Simon and Everly.

 

Dr. George O. Wood was elected chief executive officer of the Assemblies of God at the 52nd General Council in August, 2007. As general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, USA, part of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, he is a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. The church has over 12,700 congregations in the United States with over three million members and adherents. The U.S. Assemblies of God is part of a larger World Assemblies of God fellowship with a membership of over 66 million. Prior to his present position, Wood served the church as its general secretary for 14 years. He was assistant superintendent of the Southern California District from 1988-93. Wood pastored Newport-Mesa Christian CeThe son of missionary parents to China and Tibet, Wood holds a doctoral degree in pastoral theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a juris doctorate from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. He did his undergraduate work at Evangel University (College) in Springfield, Missouri, and served the college in several capacities, including being director of spiritual life and student life from 1965-71. He was ordained by the Southern Missouri District in 1967.

 

 

Dr. Sam Chand serves Pastors, ministries and businesses as a Leadership Architect and Change Strategist. Dr. Sam Chand has served as senior Pastor, college President, Chancellor and President Emeritus. He personally consults, mentors and coaches some of the country’s largest church Pastors, speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches, corporations, Leadership Roundtables, Minister’s Conferences, seminars and other leadership development opportunities. He was named in the top-30 global leadership Gurus list. His singular vision for his life is to Help Others Succeed. Dr. Sam Chand develops leaders through Leadership Consultations, Leadership Resources – books/CDs and Leadership Speaking. Leaders are using Dr. Sam Chand’s books as handbooks worldwide in leadership development. Being raised in a pastor’s home in India has uniquely equipped Dr. Sam Chand to share his passion – that of mentoring, developing and inspiring leaders to break all limits – in ministry and the marketplace. (www.samchand.com)

 

 

Dr. John Easter, Director of Africa’s Hope serves as strategic leader for training for AGWM-Africa, director of Africa’s Hope, vice chancellor of Pan-Africa Theological Seminary (PAThS), and executive director of the Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA). John’s ministry focus aligns with the AGWM-Africa strategic campaign to train up men and women for church planting, to facilitate missions mobilization in Africa, and to equip missionary educators. His ministry assignment requires interfacing with over 300 AG schools and extension centers.

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