"Can U Hear Me Now?" Youth Conference
Removing Barriers So We Can Hear Him!
Pastor/Teacher, Bakersfield Adventist Academy
Pastor Gerzon Gomez has taught in the Adventist Educational System for 15 years and has served as Associate Pastor in the Adventist Church. He is presently serving on the Leadership Staff at the Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bakersfield California. He has a BA in Pastoral Ministries, a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Education. Currently, He is teaching at Bakersfield Adventist Academy. He consistently travels to preach as frequently as the Lord opens the door. He has made numerous mission trips to the Philippines and other countries and his passion is teaching and preaching the Word of God.
Speaker/Co-Director, "Loud & Clear Call Ministries"
Keala Thompson is an Ordained Minister of the Gospel who has Pastored in the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
Along with his wife, Yvette, and daughter, Ania, he is currently a Speaker/Co-Director of A Loud & Clear Call Ministries as well as s Speaker/Co-Director of Healing Rain Ministries. Keala with his family, have a burden to help others to experience healing; physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually through the message of looking to the source and discovering the root cause, as well as applying the solution of seeing God’s true character of love!
God has taught Keala the joy of surrendering to Him, through the many different trying experiences in his life! He has also learned that the only way to truly surrender to God is by following the only example, Jesus Christ in how He surrendered because of Love, to His Father. www.aloudandclearcall.org
Pastor/Evangelist Michael J. Johnson
Speaker/Director End Times Like These Ministries
Evangelist Michael Johnson is the founder and Speaker/Director of End Times Like These Ministries which conducts Lay Evangelist and Bible Worker training, and sets up Churches into year-round Community Evangelistic Centers. Medical Missionary Training, Youth Discipleship and Literature Evangelist Training. To date there are several churches that have been trained and over 500+ Lay Evangelists and Bible workers, which has led to the recording of numerous baptisms throughout the Pacific Union Conference including several states throughout the North American Division. He also conducts Weeks of Prayer, Revivals, Revelation Seminars and Evangelistic Reaping Meetings. He is also the Senior Pastor of the Pasadena SDA Church in Pasadena California. www.endtimeslikethese.org
Literature Ministries Coordinator
Southern California Conference of SDA
Marco Topete was born and raised in East San Jose in a non-religious home. He learned about Jesus when he had hit the lowest point of his life. While incarcerated, he remembered the Jesus that was shared with him as a kid, and that was the turning point. Upon being released from Jail, he started to read the Bible, and even attending church. God freed him from addictions that bound him for several years. In 2012, he made a decision that would change his life, by being baptized.
In 2014 he served as a full time literature evangelist in Youth Rush ministries. After the summer he attended a 2-year Bible college called SOULS West, and graduated in 2016. He served as a Bible worker, Evangelist, Literature evangelist, and everything else he could get his hands on. It was during this time that he met his now wife, Lisa. Currently they both serve God’s people in the Southern California Conference. They have a passion for seeing people make decisions for Jesus. Marco now serves as the Coordinator of Literature Ministries for the Southern California Conference.
Raised in a 7th day Adventist Christian home, Eric Wilson began training in the martial arts at the age of fourteen, just after his parent’s separation and divorce. Searching for purpose and meaning in his life, and struggling to understand the storm which had destroyed his family and his home, Eric began the journey on a path which promised confidence, assurance, and control. Yet little did he realize the darkness into which that first step would lead him, nor the influence which these mysterious arts would play in his own marriage and his walk with the LORD. In sharing the Glad Tidings of the miracle which the LORD our God has done through His Sovereign love and power in breaking the chains which held him in bondage and darkness for nearly 25 years. And now, through this powerful new series, not only are the powers of darkness working behind the scenes revealed, but most importantly, the Way by which every soul may find Hope and Assurance, Redemption, Salvation and Restoration and of our Lord’s great desire to set every captive free ! Luke 4:18-19 & Isaiah 61:1-3 - www.isaiahministries.wordpress.com
Chaplain Mark Tedford Minor,
Is a product of Christian education by way of the San Fernando Valley Academy and La Sierra University. He is a life long member of the prestigious Valley Crossroads Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he currently serves as Local Elder,
Sabbath School Teacher, and Prison Ministry Leader. He has consistently been involved in prison ministry for over 20 years, teaching Bible class, facilitating one on one counseling, church services and special events at the Barry Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar California. He also serves as a licensed Spiritual Counselor since 2010, and in March 2017 he became a Chaplain for the County of Los Angeles Probation Dept through the auspices of the Chaplain's Eagles Inc. organization. Chaplain Mark has two adult children: His lovely daughter, Rachel Leigh Minor Son, Jason Alan Minor, his wife Maria, grandson Malachi Melvin Minor. His favorite scripture is: 1 Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
Begin Living Again & The Witnessing Church Ministries
Pr. Derrick Hall is a visionary leader and dedicated soul-winner. He has a passion to motivate and train churches from pre-work to follow-up in the evangelistic cycle and brings with him personal experiences and testimonies. He has worked as a conference Bible Worker, Colporteur, Associate Pastor and Public Evangelist. Pr. Hall is the President and CEO of BALM also known as Begin Again Living Ministries. Since its inception on September 20th, 1997, BALM's core focus has been evangelism and church outreach training. Under the dynamic leadership of Pr. Hall, who has a contagious passion for evangelism and church training, the pass ten years has been a beehive of activity for this unique ministry and has resulted in over 1,200 souls coming to Christ thus far. During the course of this unique ministry, Pr. Derrick has trained laymen, elders, pastors, bible workers and also works closely with personal ministries leaders to equip and mobilize the church members in accomplishing the distinct mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He is a much sought after speaker and trainer and is also a consultant to other denominational churches. Pr. Derrick has had the privilege of training with some of the Adventist Church's premier evangelists including Ron Halvorsen, Mark Finley, Brian McMahon, Doug Batchelor and Gary Gibbs. He is a graduate of the Amazing Fact College of Evangelism (AFCOE) and is currently pursuing a degree through Griggs University. Pr. Derrick and his wife Devaney has two daughters. Devaney is a registered nurse known for her love and compassion for the sick, as well as witnessing to others about how Jesus has given her victories in her life. Pr. Hall states, “We’re a team, and we intend to make heaven a crowded place!”
Pr. Hall is currently available for the following events: Events: Camp meetings, Men's retreats, Seminars, Sermons, Ministerial meetings, Conference/Union ministry conventions, Leadership training events, Keynote address Speaker.
Topics: Revival, Church Renewal, Friendship Evangelism, Public Evangelism, Healthy Churches, Lay Ministry, Equipping Ministry, Soul Winning and Church Growth. www.balministries.adventistfaith.org/
Co-Director of End Times Like These Ministries
Denise Johnson is the Co-Director of End Times Like These Ministries, Inc. and the founder of Can U Hear Me Now Youth Conference. Currently, Denise is managing the School of Evangelism and Resource Center in Glendale, California. In December of 2019, Denise received a Master of Arts in Education/Adult Training. She is a member of the Pasadena Seventh-day Adventist Church where her husband of 18 years, Michael Johnson, is Senior Pastor. Denise is the church’s Communications Director and Youth and Young Adult Ministries Leader. She and Pastor Johnson are the parents of one adult son and three adult daughters. The Johnsons also have one teenage grandson. Denise’s heart’s desire is to share God’s love through humbly serving, teaching, and encouraging.
Speaker/Director of Little Light Studios
Scott Mayer was raised an Adventist in Paradise, California. He attended film school in college with high hopes of fulfilling his dream of working in the film and television business. Shortly after leaving college he packed his bags and headed to tinsel town where he quickly found a job working as a camera man in television. It didn’t take long before the lures of the Hollywood lifestyle led Scott completely away from anything to do with God. He lived his life in the fast lane until God sent him the right people at the right time to call him away from his destructive path. As a result of being asked to speak at a youth rally about his experience in Hollywood, Battlefield Hollywood was born, a presentation which takes an in depth look into the effects Hollywood has on your mind and how the devil is using the entertainment business to deceive many. He is now an Executive Producer at Little Light, which means he’s in charge and he pretty much can do anything from directing to writing and editing. He’s also one of our public speakers when we’re asked to preach somewhere. Scott is married with two children. www.littlelightstudios.tven.
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