Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter's House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas. Named "America's Best Preacher" by Time Magazine, Jakes' voice reverberates from the world's most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, T.D. Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the oppressed. Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain's 100 Most Influential Black People and EBONY's Power100. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, greeting cards and conference series. In 2011 Bishop Jakes made his presence felt in Hollywood with his third major release. "Jumping the Broom," a romantic comedy that debuted as the #1 comedy and #3 overall, earning more than $36 million domestically. Rounding out a prodigious year, Jakes also completed “On the Seventh Day,” the first sequel in the "Woman Thou Art Loosed" franchise as well as the remake of "SPARKLE." With his wife of 30 years, Thomas Dexter and Serita Jakes are parents to five children and two grandchildren. He credits his own parents as the source of his perseverance and sense of self-reliance. After 35 years in ministry, Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation, inspiration, and influence in Christendom today.
Bill Johnson is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Church. Bill is a fifth generation pastor with a rich heritage in the things of the Spirit. He and his wife, Beni, serve a growing number of churches that have partnered for revival. This apostolic network has crossed denominational lines in building relationships that enable church leaders to walk in both purity and power. The present move of God has brought Bill into a deeper understanding of the phrase, "on earth as it is in heaven." Heaven is the model for our life and ministry. Jesus lived with this principle by only doing what He saw His Father doing. Learning to recognize the Holy Spirit's presence, and how to follow His lead will enable us to do the works of Christ, destroying the works of the devil. Healing and deliverance must become the common expression of this gospel of power once again. Bill and the Bethel Church family have taken on this theme for life and ministry. Healings, ranging from cancer to broken bones, to learning disorders and emotional healing, happen with regularity. This is the children's bread. And these works of God are not limited to revival meetings. The church is learning how to take this anointing to the schools, workplace, and neighborhoods with similar results. Bill teaches that we owe the world an encounter with God, and that a Gospel without power is not the Gospel that Jesus preached.
Carl recently wrapped up 7 years of ministry at Wave Church. Before that, he had moved to Australia to pursue biblical training at Hillsong College, which quickly turned into the pursuit of his now wife, Laura, an Australian. Carl claims that Laura is the second greatest Aussie import of all time, only topped by Tim-Tam cookies. Both Carl and Laura embrace a simple, dedicated faith in Jesus and are passionate about delivering the gospel in a method that makes sense to a generation that is desperately seeking a cause that is greater than themselves. He counts it as an honor to lead the first ever Hillsong Church in the United States of America and plans on spending the rest of his life loving life, loving Jesus, loving people and building Hillsong New York City. Carl and Laura have three children under the age of 7, all of which feel a call to play professional basketball and make millions for their father, although it is not clear as to whether the children are aware of this yet. Be sure to follow him on Twitter via (@carllentzNYC).
Banning & SeaJay Liebscher are on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California as the Directors of Jesus Culture, a ministry dedicated to mobilizing, equipping, activating, and sending a new breed of revivalists all over the world. Through Jesus Culture conferences, Campus Awakening, and Jesus Culture Music, Banning and SeaJay are seeing a new breed of revivalists raised up around the world who are encountering God, being trained and equipped in the realm of the supernatural, and being sent into their city to minister in power. Prior to his current position, Banning was the Youth Pastor at Bethel Church for ten years and now oversees the youth and young adult ministry at Bethel Church. Banning's passion is to see people fall madly in love with Jesus, demonstrate the power of God, and give themselves to a life of prayer for worldwide revival. His heart is to ignite a prayer movement and raise up and release healing revivalists in cities around the world. Banning & SeaJay have three children, Ellianna, Raya, and Lake.