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2014’s Activate speakers!

(All speakers are live and in person)

Ed Young
Ed YoungSenior Pastor | Fellowship Church

EYEd Young is the founding and Senior Pastor of Fellowship Church. In addition to the main campus in Grapevine, Fellowship Church operates five more satellite campuses in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area, two in Miami, FL, and a location in London, England. As a noted author, Ed has written 14 books, including his most recent book, New York Times best seller, Sexperiment. Other books by Ed Young include Outrageous, Contagious JoyBeauty Full; and Kid CEO. Ed is a frequent conference speaker, and he provides resources for church leaders through CreativePastors.com and the Creative Church Conferences (C3).

Gordon MacDonald
Gordon MacDonaldChancellor | Denver Seminary

GMDr. Gordon MacDonald serves as chancellor of Denver Seminary and editor-at-large of Leadership Journal. He is an author, speaker, and teacher. MacDonald was a pastor for more than forty years, 21 of those years at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. He also led other congregations in New York City, Southern Illinois and Kansas. For three years MacDonald was president of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. In 2008/09 he served as the Interim President of Denver Seminary. Gordon MacDonald has written 20 books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known title has been Ordering Your Private World, which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost a million and a half copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen or more languages. Among his other books are Secrets of a Generous Life (Published by Tyndale, Fall 2002), The Life God Blesses, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, When Men Think Private Thoughts and Mid-Course Correction.

Greg Surratt
Greg SurrattPresident | ARC

GSGreg Surratt is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the early adopters of the multi-site model and author of Ir-Rev-Rend. 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. Seacoast combines a unique approach to highly participatory worship with a heart for missional evangelism. Seacoast currently has 35 weekend worship experiences in 11 separate locations. Greg is also a founding board member of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), a church planting network that has given birth to 200 churches in the last 9 years.

Joshua Gagnon
Joshua GagnonLead Pastor | Next Level Church
JGJoshua Gagnon is the founding pastor of Next Level Church, one church with multiple locations throughout New England. NLC has grown from a team of 12 people to a church with 4 locations and 3,000 people this Easter. More importantly, NLC has seen over 1,000 people make decisions for Christ since 2008! Pastor Josh has become known for his authenticity from stage, and is an extraordinary communicator, leader, and visionary. Next Level is rooted in his God-given dream to reach people far from God in a personal, real, and meaningful way and his vision for people to leave church feeling encouraged, rather than weighed down. Pastor Josh has a huge heart for seeing churches unite to share the gospel more effectively, which is the reason he founded Activate and has passionately invested time and resources into building up other churches and church leaders across New England.