Conference Host & Pastor,
Chris Williams joined the Fellowship staff team in March of 2014. His ministry has tested and tried the restored church paradigm and philosophy. They have averaged 20% growth for the past 4 years. Chris’ desire is to pass on what others have done for him in terms of encouraging, and equipping. Hence, this years conference is a culmination of others investment in him. Restored pastors conference is dedicated to encouraging and equipping pastors in building a restored church that lives for the good of their community, the glory of Christ and the salvation of all.
Chris has earned a Bachelor of Theology from Trinity Bible College, a Master of Science in Christian Studies, a Masters of Divinity both from Calvary Theological Seminary, and is a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching student at Midwestern Baptist Theological
He is the husband to Kate, and the father of five boys.
Pastor, First Baptist
Others. That singular focus summarizes the last 29 years of contagious passion that "Pastor Johnny" has imparted to First Baptist Church Woodstock and the countless lives across the globe his preaching and shepherding have touched. While the church has experienced significant growth under his leadership, it is growth of the person, not the platform, that continues to energize a ministry that sees its best days ahead.
Foremost among the "others" he lives for are his wife of 45 years, Janet Allen Hunt, his two daughters Deanna Carswell and Hollie Hixson; and his 4 grand children, Katie, Carson, Hope & Addie.
Before coming to the Woodstock, Pastor Johnny served at Lavonia Baptist Church in Mooresboro, NC, Falls Baptist Church in Wake Forest North Carolina, and his home church, Longleaf Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC.
Pastor Johnny's educational credits include a BA in Religion from Gardner-Webb College where he was voted "Ministerial Student of the Year" in 1979. He continued onto Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1981. Southeastern honored Pastor Johnny in 1997 by naming The Chair of Biblical Preaching in his honor in 1997. He has also received several honorary Doctorates over the years for his work in ministry.
Pastor, Family Church
Jimmy Scroggins is the Lead Pastor of Family Church, where he has served since July 2008. Under his leadership, Family Church has launched 11 campuses – 8 in English, 2 in Spanish and 1 in Portuguese. Jimmy is passionate about reaching the millions of South Floridians who have yet to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus. He is the coauthor of Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations and hosts the Church for the Rest of Us podcast at familychurchnetwork.com. Jimmy is the Chairman of the Board at LifeWay Christian Resources and a member of the Board of Trustees at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also teaches as a visiting professor at both Southern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. Jimmy and his wife, Kristin, have 8 children.
President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Elected on October 15, 2012, Dr. Jason K. Allen serves as the fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Kansas City, Mo., and is one of the youngest presidents in all of American higher education. Since coming to Midwestern Seminary, he has led the institution to become one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America.
In addition to his role as President, Dr. Allen serves the institution in the classroom, as an associate professor for preaching and pastoral ministry. More broadly, he serves the church through his preaching and writing ministries as well. He is the author of two recently-released books, The SBC & the 21stCentury (B&H Publishing) and Discerning Your Call to Ministry (Moody Publishing). Dr. Allen regularly posts essays on his website, jasonkallen.com, and hosts a weekly podcast, “Preaching & Preachers,” which can also be found at jasonkallen.com.
Before coming to Midwestern Seminary, Dr. Allen served as a pastor, and as a senior administrator at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Karen, are both from Mobile, Ala., and have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.
Shaun joined the Fellowship staff team in January 2014. His ministry is characterized by leading a congregation or conference in worship that highlights the Majesty of Christ and crosses both generational and stylistic barriers. Shaun has always sought to lead a church or group to glorify Christ by worshipping His name. He is convinced that all believers have been divinely called to sing praises to the Lord, and proclaim the excellencies of Jesus.
“I want people to not simply experience the power of a worship service, but to experience the power of God in their lives,” He writes.
Shaun followed Christ as Lord in 1999 and committed to serve Him as a pastor a year later. Shaun’s earlier ministry experiences have allowed him the privileges of serving on staff at his home church in Kansas City, Kansas as well as a church in Nebraska. He studied Vocal Music Education at William Jewel College receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in May of 2003. In May 2013, earned a Master’s of Arts in Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist College.
Shaun is encouraged daily by his wife, Kelly, whom he married in 2002. Kelly, a registered nurse, is not only a helper in life, but also a helper in ministry. They have two children that never cease to keep life interesting.
Poet, Writer, Speaker
Cedric Dale Hoard's vision is of a world where people have discovered their true and purposeful identity. By doing so, he hopes individuals are able to move from pain to healing and utilize the gifts God has given them.
As a mental health therapist, Cedric uses poetry and speaking to connect with others, to help them fulfill their authentic identity and reach their true potential.
Cedric discovered his God-given gift for poetry while taking a speech class in college. He is thankful for the opportunities God has given him to travel throughout the United States and perform in the community, on college campuses, in churches, youth groups and schools. He is honored to have written for and performed at several weddings, and he has written and performed for several events and organizations.
He has shared poetry at the 2013 premiere of True Voices – Chicago. He was blessed with the opportunity to share at Rhetoric, which is the world’s largest annual spoken word poetry event, founded by Passion for Christ Movement. Cedric has also performed alongside poets from Def Jam Poetry.
Cedric has several professionally produced videos on YouTube. A few of his poems have been featured on several websites and radio shows; including Rapzilla.com, and has twice been featured as the “Spoken Word of the Week” on WorldStar Hip Hop.
Cedric’s goal through poetry is to offer audiences a hope greater than the hype. Poetry is his passion, but empowering others and offering individuals the hope he received from Christ is his ultimate goal.