Elevate 2016

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Hyatt Regency 400 SE 2nd. Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
5-6 august 2016 Session Times 8am
Leadership Awards Gala-august 6 @ 7:30pm
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Leadership Gala Award

Second Annual Level Up Leadership Awards Gala Nomination


The person earning this award is a senior pastor who has been in active Christian ministry for a minimum of 30 years or more. He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the teaching of sound biblical doctrine and the propagation of the Gospel. Additionally, the recipient has intentionally taught, mentored, and coached other leaders who are themselves in ministry. The person earning this award must have an irreproachable and godly character. * Please include a 2-3 paragraph essay detailing the qualifications mentioned above.


The person earning this award is a next generation leader who has clearly demonstrated a call to vocational ministry. The recipient is a recognized and well respected leader among his/her peers and have exhibited a teachable, humble and entrepreneurial spirit. He or she must be between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Please include a 2-3 paragraph essay detailing the qualifications mentioned above.


The person earning this award is a female leader who possesses remarkable leadership skills and is a trailblazer for other upcoming women leaders. She must mirror the qualities highlighted in Proverbs 31 (v.10-31). Her accomplishments must include the establishment of well respected testimony, mentorship and readily identifiable track record of excellence in organizational leadership. Please include a 2-3 paragraph essay detailing the qualifications mentioned above.


The person earning this award is a community leader who has provided transformational leadership to his or her community through civic, religious, not for profit or corporate activities in the last 5-10 years. The recipient must be someone who affects social changes through his/her leadership over an observable period of time. Please include a 2-3 paragraph essay detailing the qualifications mentioned above.

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Dr. Crawford Loritts

Dr. Crawford Loritts was ordained to the ministry in March 1972. He attended Cairn University in Philadelphia, PA graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible with an emphasis on pastoral studies. He and his wife, Karen, married on May 22, 1971. He’s traveled throughout the US, Caribbean, Asia, Canada, South America, Africa and parts of Europe preaching in churches, evangelistic outreaches, conferences, in colleges and seminaries. He has been the featured speaker at Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four Chapel, and the Pentagon with senior military officers. He and his wife Karen are featured speakers at Family Life marriage conferences. They are co-authors of Developing Character in Your Child. Crawford has written 8 books including newly released, Unshaken. Crawford has a Doctor of Divinity from Biola University, a Doctor Sacred Theology from Cairn University, a Doctor of Divinity from Moody Bible Institute, a Doctor of Letters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Divinity from Columbia International University. He holds several board positions including CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). He is a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Crawford is the host of two national radio programs, the weekend program Living a Legacy, and the daily program Legacy Moments. They have 4 married children. Bryan, Heather, Bryndan and Holly, and have 10 grandchildren. Presently, Crawford serves as Senior Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA.

Keynote Speaker
Elevate 2016
Dr. Phil Phillips

Dr. Phil Phillips

Dr. Mercidieu “Phil” Phillips is a transformational leader whose passion is to positively touch people’s lives and effect holistic change. He is a much sought after conference speaker, teacher, business consultant and coach. His worldwide work in places such as Asia, Israel, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and across the United States, has made him an inspiration to millions. He is the founder and senior pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship, a fast growing multi-ethnic church.

He is the President and CEO of Level Up Partners Coaching and Consulting Inc. Dr. Phil is the author of several books including, Armed for the Journey, Divine Repairs and Managing The Silence of God. He has also written dozens of published articles on family, organizational development, and leadership. Dr. Phil is also an adjunct professor for Trinity International University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations such as Converge Southeast, Converge Worldwide and Conquerors For Christ Youth Foundation. Since 1989, Dr. Phil has trained more than 10,000 leaders worldwide.

Dr. Phil holds a BA from Trinity International University, an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Master of Divinity (equiv) and Doctorate degree from Bethel University/Seminary. In additional to his affiliation with the John Maxwell Team, he holds various certifications in leadership and organizational development. Dr. Phil is married to Emma and they live in Ft. Myers, Florida with their two children, Jehiel and Hadassah.

Keynote Speaker
For Gala Awards Event

Rev. Dr. Dwight Perry

Rev. Dr. Dwight Perry, Executive Minister and Chief Executive Officer of Converge Great Lakes is known and appreciated for his straight-talk approach to ministry. Prior to coming to the Converge Great Lakes, Dr. Perry served as a full time professor of pastoral studies at the Moody Bible Institute, a denominational executive with the Baptist General Conference and as a senior pastor and associate pastor in three different local churches in Illinois. He is a sought-after national speaker and is passionate about proclaiming God's Word. As a pastor and teacher in homiletics, he is one of the premier expository preachers in the United States of America. Dr. Perry speaks and consults on a number of topics across the country including the area of racial and cultural diversity for both not for profit and religious settings He is the first African American to graduate with an earned PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He has published extensively in the area of practical theology including a book on homiletics (preaching) entitled, Connect. He is the author of Breaking Down Barriers: A Black Evangelical Explains the Black Church and Building Unity in the Church in the New Millennium (Moody Press). Dr. Perry and his wife Dr. Cynthia Perry, a tenured professor in the College of Education at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin have four adult children and four grandchildren. They live in Madison, Wisconsin. www.turnaroundministryleader.com

Breakout Session
Turn Around Church

Pastor Bjorn Burrows

Pastor Bjorn J. Burrows , has served specifically with a focus on areas of youth or student ministry for over 15 years. Presently, he serves as Pastor of Youth at Mount Tabor Church under the leadership of Bishop Neil C. Ellis in the beautiful city of Nassau in The Bahamas. He earned his undergraduate degree of Theology and diploma in Ministerial Studies from the University of The West Indies and United Theological College of the West Indies, respectively. He has a passion to serve God by helping youth to see that they are the Masterpiece of God's Creation while training and equipping youth leaders to lead the next generation. Pastor Burrows is married the gorgeous Madam Jouseline and they are the blessed parents to two angelic daughters.

Breakout Session
Next Generation Leaders

Scott Ridout

Scott Ridout is the president of Converge. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Columbia International University, he and his wife Lisa led Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona, from 1998 to 2014. Sun Valley has grown from 375 to roughly 5000 attendees on three campuses under his leadership. Previously, Scott served six years as a Converge overseer, including two years as chairman. He has been a co-leader of the Vision Arizona church planting team since 1998, and has led Converge Generosity since 2008. He is also a church leadership mentor and will continue his coaching during his presidency. Scott believes Converge is better together. He and Lisa have three children: Jon, Ashlyn and David.

Breakout Session
Creating a Culture of Generosity in Your Church

Pastor Ronald Alexandre

A courageous, dynamic, and visionary leader, Pastor Ron is a much sought after preacher, teacher, counselor, and featured national keynote speaker for various churches, leadership and development programs. He attended McGill University and studied theology at Acadia University. He has traveled the world sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom in his unique and uncompromising way. Pastor Ron continues to defy description as he seamlessly integrates leadership, laughter, preaching, exhortation and encouragement into one package. He is married to Rachel and they are the parents of three girls.

Breakout Session
Leadership Development "French"
Pastor Mullery Jean Pierre

Bishop William C. Hackworth II

Bishop Hackworth will extend more than 38 years of his experiences as a lead worshipper. The one word that would define his giftings is Diversity, he has worked with artist such as Israel Houghton, Martha Munizzi, Vickie Winans, Katinas, Rachel Lampa, Darwin Hobbs, Fred Hammond to name a few. Bishop Hackworth has built Choirs, Praise Teams, Bands & Technical Teams. He is a recording artist and song writer. Bishop Hackworth looks forward in serving you.

Breakout Session
Worship & Arts PLatform
Minister Nerlynn Etienne

Nerlynn Etienne

Minister Nerlynn Etienne is a gifted leader called by God to expand the Kingdom. Her professional pursuits include working as an instructor for various conservatories and organizations in the performing arts. Her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University has afforded her the opportunity to work in the television and film industry. Since joining Agape Christian Fellowship in 2010, Minister Nerlynn has served in numerous capacities including children’s ministry, service coordinator, youth leader, and teaching. She was ordained in 2013 and has taken several seminary level courses with Phil Ministries including; Pauline Epistles, Church History, Homiletics, and Hermeneutics. Minister Nerlynn currently serves as the Director of Generation Impact Youth Ministry at Agape Christian Fellowship.

Breakout Session
Women in Leadership Today
Pastor Margufta Bellevue

Margufta Bellevue

Margufta Bellevue is the Pastor of Kingdom Empowerment International Ministries located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a teacher, preacher, lecturer, and songwriter who empowers people to maximize their potential. Her passion is to inspire and encourage individuals to bring effective change in their communities. She is anointed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ with authority and revelation all over the world in such places as Nigeria, Ghana, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Challenging men and women to discover, pursue, and cultivate their God-given purpose. She is the CEO of the Philadelphia Dream Center that aims to restore and educate at risk youths of Philadelphia through various educational, recreational, and social programs. With great dedication and commitment, Margufta Bellevue will continue to strengthen and enrich lives and communities for God’s kingdom.

Breakout Session
Women in Leadership Today
Dr. Steve Smith

Dr. Steve Smith

Dr. Steve Smith is founder of ChurchEquippers Ministries, a nonprofit organization to train pastors, leaders, and churches in spiritual transformation and increasing church capacity. Steve’s Doctor of Ministry degree is in Executive Leadership. His greatest passion is to help pastors and churches by guiding them toward transformation through a deepening intimate relationship with God. He is the author of several books including The Key to Deep Change: Experiencing Spiritual Transformation through the Facing of Unfinished Business, Increasing Church Capacity Primer: Learn to Think in Systems, The Increasing Capacity Guidebook, and Build Deep: Developing A Transformational Culture in Your Church. He was a pastor, church planter and the southeast regional leader for Converge, working with diverse cultural groups for 24 years. Dr. Smith has been married for 40 years to his wife, Shirley, they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Their home base is in central Florida.

Breakout Session
Sustainable Ministry Structures

What can I expect?

People who attend the Level Up Forum experience the following:

  • In-depth Leadership and organizational information
  • Relevant breakout sessions on a variety of subjects (e.g. Creating a sustainable leadership culture, The role of women leaders in ministry and organizations, The next Generation leaders)
  • Dynamic worship experience
  • Networking Life-long relationships

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Who Should Attend?

  • Senior Pastors & Spouses
  • Associate Pastors & Spouses
  • Youth Pastors
  • Deacons/Deaconesses/Elders
  • Youth Ministry directors and their teams
  • Worship Leaders / Music Directors / Choir Directors
  • Small Group Leaders/Coordinators
  • Church Administrators and their teams
  • Ministry Volunteers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone in a leadership capacity
Elevate 2015
8:00-8:30 - Registration & Check-In 8:30-9:00 - Doors Open 9:00-10:30 - Opening Session (General) 10:30-10:40 - Break 10:45-12:30 - Break Out Session I

Session Topics & Room Location

1. Leading a Complelling Vision & Ministry
2. Next Generation Leaders
3. Women In Leadership
4. Sustainable Ministry Structures
5. Worship and Arts Platform

12:30-1:30 - Lunch 1:30-3:15 - Breakout Session II 3:30-6:30 - Free Time (sight seeing south beach, shopping, resting, etc.) 6:45-8:30 - General Session 8:30-? - Mixer In The Hotel Lobby
Elevate 2016
8:30-9:00 - Doors Open 9:00-10:15 - Opening Session (General) 10:15-10:25 - Break 10:30-12:20 - Break Out Session III

Session Topics

1. Leading a Complelling Vision & Ministry
2. Next Generation Leaders
3. Women In Leadership
4. Sustainable Ministry Structures
5. Worship and Arts Platform

12:30-1:15 - Lunch 1:15-3:00 - Closing Session (Q&A) Monroe Flagler 3:00 - Wrap Up & Departure 7:00-10:00 - Leadership Awards Gala


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