Lecturers

Rev. Jorge Acevedo

Jorge Acevedo loves Jesus Christ and his Church. Touched by the grace of God at seventeen and rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church. He is married to Cheryl Montgomery. His son, Daniel, is married to Courtney and they have 4 children. Jorge and Cheryl also have a younger son, Nathan. Jorge is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in SW Florida. In August 2023, he will step away from the church to begin a coaching, consulting, writing, and speaking ministry. Jorge has authored or co-authored six books and has received numerous awards for ministry and evangelism.

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Bill Arnold

Dr. Bill T. Arnold joined the faculty of the Old Testament Department at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1995, and became the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation in 2007. During his time at Asbury, he has taught scores of pastors, missionaries, and teachers, and has published seventeen books, most recently the edited volume The Cambridge Companion to Genesis (Cambridge University Press, 2021). His research and writing cover several aspects of biblical interpretation, including the history of ancient Israel and the Hebrew language. His publications include commentaries on Genesis, Deuteronomy, and 1 & 2 Samuel, as well as a grammar of Biblical Hebrew and introductory textbooks.

Arnold served as an editor for the Old Testament notes in The Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon, 2009), and contributed its study notes on Genesis. He also served as co-translator of Genesis for the Common English Bible (Abingdon, 2011). He is an Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church (1984), and has been a delegate to four General Conferences.

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Rachel Billups

Rachel Billups is a visionary, leader, speaker and author. Currently she serves as Senior Pastor at Ginghamsburg Church multi-campus ministry in Tipp City/Dayton Ohio. Rachel draws on her love of people and passion to explore new venues for ministry and mission.

Rachel is an ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible/Religion and History from Anderson University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke Divinity School.

Most days you can find Rachel reaching out – praying online, hosting Open Table gatherings in her home or enjoying moments with husband Jon and their four loves: Adeline, Christopher, David and Sarah. She also might be cheering for those Duke Blue Devils and The OSU Buckeyes.

Rachel is a popular speaker for national gatherings and has recently authored BE BOLD: finding your fierce as well as co-authoring Down to Earth: Hopes and Fears of all the Year Are Met in Thee Tonight and Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas – all by Abingdon Press. You can find her on social media at: @rlbillups.

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Dr. Bill Britt

Bill is from the small town of Thomaston in middle Georgia and is a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta and his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife Wendie have been married for 39 years and have two adult children (Sara and Will). Bill has served churches throughout the North Georgia Conference including Trinity-on-the-Hill UMC in Augusta, Trinity UMC in Cartersville, and the First UMC in Athens. He became the senior minister at Peachtree Road UMC in 2008, and his hobbies include spending time with his three grandchildren, playing classic golf courses, and enjoying time at the beach. He loves to eat barbeque and icebox lemon pie!
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Rev. Dr. Kelly Jackson Brooks, LPCC

Rev. Dr. Kelly Jackson Brooks, LPCC holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Claremont School of Theology, a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Divinity from United Theological Seminary. She is the Executive Director of Chrysalis Consulting Center for Clergy (https://chrysalisconsultingcenter. org),  which focuses on clergy mental health and currently serves as the Executive Pastor with Central United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, NM. Kelly is a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) and has served as the Chair of the New Mexico Counseling Association and the Chair of the New Mexico Association for the Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, along with other community and United Methodist Church faith-based boards. Involvement in the spiritual, religious, and mental health fields as they relate to community and connection are the foundations and passions of Kelly’s work.

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Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Michael Brown is an author, motivational speaker, and adjunct professor. He is currently teaching at Duke Divinity School and High Point University. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy who retired after serving Marble Collegiate Church in New York City and churches in NC. He is the author of numerous books. He has contributed to The Huffington Post and Thrive Global. Michael has been featured on TV specials for ABC, PBS, and NBC and has also been a guest on other TV and radio shows. He is known as a gifted speaker who uses humor and anecdotes to bring meaning, joy, and hope his listeners.

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Rev. Dr. William B. Brunson

Bill has led a 3200+ member church for over a decade. He holds degrees from Jacksonville State University, Emory University, and Wesley Theological Seminary. He has also been a Lewis Fellow through the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Bill has served at churches of various sizes throughout his ministry and has served as a District Superintendent in The United Methodist Church. Bill is one of the co-creators and content providers for www.thelifeofpurpose.org – a resource for small group and preaching materials. Bill is married to Michelle. They have 3 children, 1 in-law, and 3 granddaughters.

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Dr. David Buegler

Dr. David Buegler has extensive ministry experience serving parishes in Ohio and Michigan, as Superintendent of the Lutheran High Schools in Cleveland. He was Ohio District President for several years and served also as a Vice-President for the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. He is known for his leadership skills and motivational speaking. He will go back 500 years to the Protestant and Lutheran Reformation and relate the church from that time to the challenges of being the church today.  These are glorious days of modern reformation. “God used both cultures to accomplish His mission.”

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