Lina Abujamra

Lina AbuJamra founded Living with Power Ministries and is a popular Bible teacher, podcaster, and conference speaker. She's also the host of a radio show and the author of several books, including Fractured Faith and her new Bible Study Through the Desert: A Study on God’s Faithfulness. Lina is a pediatric ER doctor who practices telemedicine, and in her “spare” time, she provides medical care and humanitarian help to Syrian refugees and others in disaster areas. Learn more about her at LivingWithPower.org.

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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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Bob Allums

Bob Allums (M.Div), Director of A Praying Life Ministries for seeJesus, has taught over 100 A Praying Life seminars around the world. Bob is also a co-presenter, along with Paul Miller, on seeJesus’ Launch Into Prayer Cards course. Prior, he served in pastoral ministry for 14 years. Anyone who has worked, worshipped, or even been in the same room with Bob for long knows that his one-of-a-kind laugh is nearly 100% contagious. Bob and his wife, Helen, have three married children and three grandchildren and live in central Florida.
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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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Rurel & Lisa Ausley

Rurel and Lisa Ausley met in seminary and graduated at the top of …. one others’ hearts. They are both pastors and have served together in ministry for over 40 years – the last 25 in Niceville, FL. Rurel, as lead pastor, grew Crosspoint from 1 to 6 campuses and 16 worship services a Sunday. They also built over 165 churches in the Congo (DRC). Now, he’s retired to “focused ministries” like discipling Congolese pastors. Lisa’s mission heart has been filled by serving on the Board of One Mission Society for 30 years. She also serves on the Asbury University Board of Trustees. She helped launch and serves the 2nd campus of Crosspoint. Raising 3 sons (Matthew, Andrew and Luke) was worth it, especially now that 3 girls and 5 littles are part of the story.
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Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

Journey Through the Bible Speaker January 4 - 14, 2024

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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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Gary M. Burge

After 35 years teaching in liberal arts colleges (most recently Wheaton College in Chicago), Gary Burge joined Calvin Seminary in 2017 as a Professor of the New Testament. He specializes in the gospels and the ancient cultural context that shaped them. He is a frequent visitor to the Middle East, having served in eight of its countries, and has led students through the Holy Land over 25 times. He studied at The Univ. of California (BA), The American University of Beirut, Fuller Seminary (MDiv), and Aberdeen Univ., Scotland (PhD). He has authored many books and articles on the New Testament and the conflicts in Israel/Palestine. His textbook, The New Testament in Antiquity, is used widely in American colleges, and his commentaries are regularly utilized by pastors today.

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