Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bethany Conference exists to engage, equip, and empower the local church to carry on the greatest call on this side of heaven; to advance the Kingdom of God.
The time is NOW to empower the next generation of pastors, leaders, missionaries, creatives, and worshippers to take up the baton and carry this cause forward, into the bright future. We are preparing for the inevitable, preparing for what is next. Next for you, next for your church, next for your ministry. The question is not IF it will happen, but when?
We want to personally invite you and your teams to join us this summer as we gather to encounter, worship, create, dream, and plan together with our sights set on the future.
NEXT IS NOW.
Chris Hodges is founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands with campuses all across the state of Alabama. Since it began in 2001, Church of the Highlands has grown to average more than 47,000 people attending each weekend and is known for its life-giving culture and focus on leading people to an intimate relationship with God. Chris has a deep passion for developing leaders and planting life-giving churches. He co-founded ARC (Association of Related Churches) in 2001, which has launched hundreds of churches all across the USA. He also founded Grow, a one-of-a-kind experience specializing in training and resourcing pastors and churches to help them break barriers and reach their growth potential. Chris is also the founder and President of Highlands College, a ministry training school that educates, equips, and empowers students to lead lives of eternal impact.Chris and his wife Tammy have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Church of the Highlands began. He speaks at conferences worldwide and is the author of Fresh Air, Four Cups and The Daniel Dilemma.
Whit has served at Church on the Move for over 20 years in various positions, currently as Lead Pastor, overseeing all areas of ministry and day-to-day operations of the church. For 10 years, he led the Church on the Move Arts team and is widely respected in the church world for his innovative thinking and the unique service experiences he’s helped create.
After leading Church on the Move through a major transition in the way we worship, Whit founded the Seeds church resources site along with the Seeds Conference which hosts 2,500 church leaders from all over the world, refreshing and empowering them with tools for more effective, dynamic ministry.
Whit and his wife Heather have five children: Francis, Lucy, Elliot, Zuzu, and Beatrix. He is a huge Notre Dame football fan.
Paul Daugherty, along with his wife Ashley, serve as the Lead Pastors of Victory in Tulsa, OK.
Paul speaks weekly at Victory's services while ministering to various audiences through TV & podcast and reaches thousands of people with God's Word on a weekly basis.
Paul and Ashley have three young boys, Liam, Benaiah and Mac. They also travel around the world speaking at churches, conferences, and crusades. His style of preaching is described as refreshingly transparent, uplifting, and practical.
Paul's desire is that people feel empowered and challenged to step out and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.
Paul is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, with a bachelor’s degree in Theology, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree at Oral Roberts University
Jonathan Stockstill is the third-generation lead pastor of Bethany Church, a multicampus congregation in southern Louisiana with more than 8,000 in weekly attendance. In addition to providing dynamic leadership, Jonathan is highly regarded for his innovative and creative approach to ministry and his dedication to the local church.
Pastor Jonathan leads with fresh vision, excitement, passion, and creative ideas to win Baton Rouge and surrounding areas for Christ. His heart to see lives transformed by the power of God and to see people experience new life in Christ is the bedrock of his vision for this new chapter of Bethany’s story.
A world-renowned worship leader, Pastor Jonathan has been leading worship at Bethany since he was 16 years old. A prolific songwriter, he has written or co written more than 70 songs for the body of Christ and has played the piano and guitar for over 20 years. His accomplishments in worship include producing notable worship albums both with Deluge Band and Bethany Worship, as well as partnering on projects with notable worship artists such as BJ Putnam, William McDowell, David & Nicole Binion, and Israel Houghton.
Pastor Larry Stockstill is the former pastor of Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Roy Stockstill, Larry's father, began the church in 1963 and Larry became pastor in 1983. His son, Jonathan, became Bethany's pastor in 2011.
Pastor Larry Stockstill has been married to his wife, Melanie, for 39 years and has six children, all of whom serve with him in the Bethany ministry.
Pastor Larry is the author of "The Remnant: Restoring Integrity to American Ministry" which is being distributed worldwide to promote renewed standards of holiness in leadership. His latest book "Model Man: From Integrity to Legacy” has sparked a Model Man movement. Churches all over the country have been setting up small group series based off this book to challenge men to live Godly, influential, powerful lives.
Pastor Larry is also the Director of the Surge Project, a church planting initiative that has planted over 23,000 rural church worldwide in twelve world zones from 2001-2014.
Joel has been a prophetic voice to his generation for over a decade. God has used him to effect the lives of countless young people, mentor thousands of leaders, and ignite passion for Jesus in the heart of a generation.
He is best known for his leadership of the 220 youth movement (Bethany Church, BR, LA) where over 7000 kids were discipled weekly.
He has served as a campus pastor, executive pastor, and now travels full time from Dallas, TX ministering to youth, young adults, leaders, and local churches.
At age 20, Willie George began an outreach with Sunday School buses and quickly learned how to hold the attention of rowdy, unchurched kids. In the decade that followed, his groundbreaking techniques brought him to national prominence as an authority on children's ministry. In 1982, he created a wildly successful, nationally broadcast kids television program, The Gospel Bill Show.
In spite of his success as a traveling minister, he longed to build a local church where youth and children's ministries would be showcased. Since 1987, Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK has been a leader in effective ministry for children and teenagers, with outreaches like Dry Gulch USA and Oneighty.
Today, the effectiveness of his vision is revealed in the amazing second-generation leadership team at Church on the Move. The same communicative skills that marked Willie George as a children's minister have positioned him as the Founding Pastor of one of America's most innovative churches.