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New Life Conference 2017

ESSENTIAL CHURCH: Returning to the Things that Matter
September 26-28


What is essential to your church? What are the things that matter most out of all the things you do? It's so easy to get caught up in the pursuit of more, or to lose ourselves in the busyness of the urgent and the good, that we end up drifting from the center. It's time to return to the heart of it all, to strengthen the core, to become best at what matters most.

This Fall, we want to host a conversation that will help you explore the health, the story, the practices, structures, and power that are essential to our call as local church ministry leaders. It's time to become an essential church.

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Super Early Bird Pricing Ends February 28th!
INDIVIDUAL - $69 • GROUP (4-10) - $59/person • GROUP (11-19) - $49/person • GROUP (20+) - $39/person


Tuesday, September 26th

6:30pm: Main Session One - Brady Boyd

Wednesday, September 27th

9am-10:30am: Essential Health
10:45am-12pm: Essential Story
Wednesday Lunch: 'Essential Justice: Power, Poverty, and Race Reconciliation'
2pm-4pm: Essential Practices
6:30pm: Evening Session

Thursday, September 28th

9am-10:30am: Essential Structure
11am-12pm: Essential Power


Brady Boyd

Derwin Gray

Rich Villodas

Glenn Packiam

Daniel Grothe

Stephanie Henderson

Michelle Anthony

Tom Lane

Jimmy Evans

Jon Egan

Brady Boyd

Brady is married to his college sweetheart, Pam, and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He has written five books: Addicted to BusyFear No Evil, Sons & Daughters, Let Her Lead, and Speak Life. (All are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble). He's also really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers.

He has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech, has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams, and was the Sports Editor for his college newspaper. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, for almost seven years.


Derwin L. Gray

Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church (TC) also has two campuses in South Carolina Correctional Institutions (Kershaw and Lee). For three out of the last five years, TC has been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine.

Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University. They have been married for over 20 years and have two children.

After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). He then graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude, with a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics, where he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler. Gray is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He's recognized by many as The Evangelism Linebacker and is a highly sought-after communicator. Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart (2009), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015) and The High-Definition Leader (2015).


Rich Villodas

Rich Villodas is the Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church. On October 6th, 2013, Rich succeeded Pete Scazzero as Lead Pastor. Rich was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn, just 20 minutes from New Life. He graduated from Nyack College and then went on to complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary. When Rich is not reading, he is cheering on his beloved Mets, Knicks and Jets teams. Rich is married to Rosie and they have a little girl and boy, named Karis and Nathan.


Dr. Michelle Anthony

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Executive Pastor of Families at New Life Church and Dean of Youthmin Academy. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, A Theology of Familiy Ministry and her newest book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children's and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and and her doctorate of Education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.


Tom Lane

Tom serves as the Campus Pastor for the Dallas campus of Gateway Church. As campus pastor he leads the campus ministry team and staff to execute the vision and values of Gateway as they minister to the Dallas congregation. In addition to his campus pastor responsibilities he serves as Lead Executive Pastor over the Apostolic Outreach ministries of the church. In his position of Lead Executive Senior Pastor he oversees the outside ministries associated with the church, working with the senior management team in this area to execute the outreach vision and values of the church.

His ministry experience spans more than 34 years in various ministries and roles, and his relational style and personal experiences bring a warmth to his leadership, speaking, writing, and pastoral ministry. In addition to coauthoring He Still Speaks, Tom has also authored four other books: The Influence of a Father, Conversations with God, Letters from a Dad to a Graduate, and Strong Women and the Men Who Love Them, which he coauthored with his wife, Jan. He has also written articles for Ministry Today and has produced Foundations, a DVD series on healthy church government.

Tom and Jan have been married for 44 years and have four married children and 15 grandchildren.


Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie Henderson is the Executive Pastor of Women, Creative Arts and Section Community at New Life Church. She is the author of Unforgettable - God's Relentless Heart for His Daughters and Her Heart Is Torn.

Stephanie has over 30 years of ministry and leadership experience including 12 years as a women's conference speaker. Empowering teams to fulfill their God-inspired destiny and providing opportunities to grow and flourish within their gifting largely expresses her passion for ministry and growing leaders.

She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and enjoys spending time cooking southern food with her husband George. Together, they enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, backpacking and spending time with their adult children and first grandchild.

Daniel Grothe

Daniel grew up as a pastor's kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma and loved his upbringing in the church. After playing a little bit of Division I basketball and a lot of music at Oral Roberts University, he received his degree in theology in 2005. That same summer, Daniel married his bride, Lisa, and a week after their wedding they moved to Colorado Springs to join the staff of New Life Church. They have three children--Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley--and they love to get outside to enjoy the rugged beauty of Colorado. Daniel serves as the lead pastor of the New Life Friday Night congregation.


Jimmy Evans

Jimmy Evans is Founder and CEO of MarriageToday, a ministry that is devoted to helping couples thrive in strong and fulfilling marriages and families.

Jimmy also serves as the Lead Apostolic Senior Pastor at Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and as Senior Elder of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas.

Jimmy has authored more than fifteen books, among which are his best selling works, Marriage on the Rock, Lifelong Love Affair, The Right One and his newest book, Strengths Based Marriage.

Glenn Packiam

Glenn Packiam is a the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church where he also serves on the Executive Team.

He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith, LUCKY, Secondhand Jesus, and Butterfly in Brazil. He's also the writer of beloved New Life worship songs, like "Your Name" and "My Savior Lives."

Glenn holds a BA in Theological/Historical Studies, a Masters in Management, and, after doing two years of graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, is earning his doctorate in theology at St. John's College at Durham University in the UK. Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.

Daniel Grothe

Daniel grew up as a pastor's kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma and loved his upbringing in the church. After playing a little bit of Division I basketball and a lot of music at Oral Roberts University, he received his degree in theology in 2005. That same summer, Daniel married his bride, Lisa, and a week after their wedding they moved to Colorado Springs to join the staff of New Life Church. They have three children--Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley--and they love to get outside to enjoy the rugged beauty of Colorado. Daniel serves as the lead pastor of the New Life Friday Night congregation.

Tommy Barnett

Tommy Barnett is the Co-Pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in America, Dream City Church (formerly Phoenix First), in Phoenix, Arizona. The church is known as Church with a Heart, because of its 260+ outreach ministries. With an average weekly attendance of over 17,000, Dream City Church is a soulwinning church, committed to reaching the city, country, and world for God.

Lisa Bevere

Lisa Bevere believes in women and empowers them by weaving the practical with the profound truth of God's Word in award-winning curriculums and best-selling books (Lioness Arising, Fight Like a Girl, Nurture, Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry, and more). Her heart breaks over social injustice. As an advocate for change, she rallies others to be an answer to desperate problems near and far. She and her husband John Bevere co-founded Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach, and rescue. Lisa is the mother of four sons and grandmother of four.

Greg Surratt

Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. Located in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, Seacoast has been recognized by various media as an innovative and influential thought leader in future strategies for church growth and development.

Greg is the president and founding board member of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), a church-planting network that has given birth to 500+ churches in the last 13 years. Greg and his wife Debbie have 4 children, 14 grandchildren and enjoys reading, photography, fishing, golfing and rooting for lost causes-specifically the Cubs, Bronco and Gamecocks.

Holly Wagner

Holly and her husband, Philip, are the Pastors of Oasis Church - a growing, relevant, multi-cultural, church located in Los Angeles. They have been married for over 30 years, love life and enjoy spending time with their two adult children, Jordan and Paris. Holly is passionate about seeing women become who God has designed them to become, and to see every generation of woman extend a helping hand to the generation that is younger. Through the women's ministry of Oasis, GodChicks, she has empowered thousands of women around the world. Holly has written several books including GodChicks, Daily Steps for GodChicks, WarriorChicks, Love Works, and Awakened.

Philip Wagner

Philip Wagner is Lead Pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles and founder of Oasis is an innovative and racially diverse church, largely comprised of people in their 20?s & 30?s. Oasis is known for its local and global outreach to the impoverished; especially orphans and widows, and funding clean water projects. Philip and his wife, Holly, started Oasis in 1984, in Beverly Hills with 10 people. Today they've grown to 3000+ members.

New Life Worship

Every week, people from different backgrounds and generations join as one to engage in worship as a family at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. From this place of worship, they go back to their homes, schools, and workplaces as carriers of the joy, hope, and life found in the presence of God.

Led by Jon Egan, the heartbeat of New Life Worship, the team of singers, musicians and songwriters is to help people encounter Jesus and develop a life of worship. Every song, every resource, every facet of New Life's ministry is designed with that end in mind. Tried and tested, New Life is a strong local church with deep roots in worship, youth ministry, and missions. All are important parts of a whole whose chief purpose is to lead people to God's throne.

Jon Egan

Pastoring New Life Church through worship and leading the Desperation Band, Jon is best known for writing songs Overcome, I am Free, Here In Your Presence, and Strong God. With a deep love for the Spirit, Jon can often be found leading God's people to proclaim truth over lies, freedom over fear, and life over death. He loves community, which can be found in the unified team of New Life Worship, which has deep history of innovation and creativity. Co-founder of "Heartwork", a ministry focused on the young people of our nation rescuing the lives of the orphaned and less fortunate, Jon champions our worship leading to action. Jon and his wife Paige have three children. Twins Jones and Izzy and little Lewis.

Mia Fieldes

Mia Fieldes is a songwriter/worship leader originally from Sydney Australia. Having written for and performed in the album recordings released by Hillsong Church for many years, Mia moved her craft to Nashville USA where she has continued her passion to write songs that inspire people with hope and faith.

Some of the songs written by Mia include 'Christ is Risen', 'Not For A Moment', 'Savior King' and no. 1 radio hits 'He Knows My Name' and 'First'. Mia divides her time collaborating with some of today's top Christian artists, including: The Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Francesca Battistelli, Lauren Daigle, Meredith Andrews, For King & Country, Vertical Church Band, Paul Baloche, Matt Maher, Jason Crabb, Lincoln Brewster, Darlene Zschech, Kari Jobe, Blanca, Tenth Avenue North, The Desperation Band, Bethel Music and Jesus Culture. Mia is the recipient of both ASCAP and BMI awards for various collaborations. She currently leads worship and serves under fellow Australians Henry and Alex Seeley at their church The Belonging co. in Nashville, TN.

Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes is the Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, London. Born in High Wycombe, Tim spent his teenage years in Birmingham where he learned to play the guitar and lead worship at his local Anglican church.

Tim's first solo project, Here I Am To Worship - in November 2001 with songs 'Jesus You Alone' and 'Here I Am To Worship' to 'If There's One Thing' and 'My Jesus, My Lifeline'. In 2004, Tim released his eagerly awaited second studio album When Silence Falls, featuring 'Beautiful One', 'Consuming Fire' and 'Whole World In His Hands'. April 2007 saw the release of Holding Nothing Back, an explosion of energy, expressing a life of full-on worship to God. Tracks include 'Happy Day', 'Everything', 'Almighty God' and many more.

By this time Tim had moved on from Soul Survivor and landed at Holy Trinity Brompton. There he and Al Gordon founded Worship Central, a school of worship with a vision to encounter God, equip the worshipper and empower the local church. Since launching in 2006, tens of thousands of people have attended training events on three continents, and hundreds of thousands have visited this website for practical resources.'

Cory Asbury

Cory Asbury is a worship leader, songwriter and pastor who joined the Bethel Music Artist Collective in May of 2015. Cory was raised in the mountains of North Carolina where he developed a deep love for music and songwriting. He began leading worship at his local church at age sixteen, and from there launched into full-time worship ministry at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City in 2005. In addition to countless worship sets spent in the prayer room, Cory's 8-year journey at IHOP-KC took him throughout the US and abroad. Cory has released two solo albums, Holy and Let Me See Your Eyes which include well-known songs 'Where I Belong', 'So Good to Me', 'Always Faithful' and 'Jesus, Let Me See Your Eyes', and is featured on numerous IHOP-KC compilation albums. He remains a featured worship leader at IHOP-KC's OneThing conference - an annual gathering of 25,000 young adults that takes place every December. In June of 2012, Cory and his family transitioned to Colorado Springs, Colorado to join New Life Church where Cory now serves as Associate Worship Pastor. Cory's passion is to lead people into a deeper knowledge of Jesus, and his worship leading evokes a contagious desire to grow more in love with God. Cory remains dedicated to a lifestyle of prayer and to seeing the prayer movement continue to expand within the Church. Cory's wife, Anna, also shares a gift for music and prophetic worship. Currently they are enjoying raising their two beautiful children and the adventure God is leading them on.

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Location and Lodging

New Life Conference is held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. You can fly into the Colorado Springs airport (COS, approx. 30 min from New Life Church) or Denver International Airport (DEN, approx. 70 min from New Life Church).

New Life Church
11025 Voyager Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO, 80921

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