Amisho is a graduate from the University of North Texas, but he experienced the Lord's saving grace in Alabama, while attending Tuskegee University. Amisho became active in college ministry at Tuskegee and met his wife while spending a summer dedicated to leadership training for Christian students. With the training gained while in Alabama, they committed their lives to training up the next generation. They moved to Denton, TX and had two children, Zoe and Zaccai. They served with Lifeline Bible and its college ministry, Plumbline. Now he currently serves as Lead Pastor at Blueprint Church and his wife Patreece now stays home with their children, training them in godliness.
Wife of Blueprint lead pastor and NAMB Director of Church Planting Development, Dhati Lewis. She is mom to 6 children--Trinity (8th), Jade (7th), Briaiah (5th), Dhati Jr (4th), Brayden (3rd) and Nathaniel (2nd). Angie lives and works in the Old 4th Ward where she and her husband do ministry, a short walk from Blueprint Church. Angie invests her time in their local elementary school where she was given a job as parent liaison after volunteering for a semester--her job is to engage parents and the community to help transform the elementary school. The Lewis' are avid basketball and soccer players--with all 6 playing year round, Angie often finds herself in gymnasiums and fields throughout the Atlanta area.
Anna Perez is a born and raised Jersey girl who now lives in Washington Heights, New York City with her husband Rich and two kids, Josiah and Hayden. As a critical part of starting Christ Crucified Fellowship in 2012, her passion for speaking to and caring for planting and pastor's wives was birthed. Along with school pick ups, leading meetings in her local school's parent association or redesigning the decor in her living room, Anna serves as National Director of Wives Development for the BLVD Experience.
Barnabas Piper is the author of The Pastors Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity, Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith, and The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life. He co-hosts the popular 5 Leadership Questions podcast and The Happy Rant podcast and writes for The Blazing Center as well as several other publications and websites. Piper speaks regularly at churches and conferences around the country and lives in Nashville where he works for LifeWay Christian Resources.
BJ was born and raised in Dallas, TX and came to know Jesus at 19. He and his beautiful wife Vanja have been married for 12 years and have 3 children. For 3 years, he served with recording artist Lecrae at ReachLife and completed a 3-year Pastoral Residency at Fellowship Memphis church under Bryan Loritts. Over the past 10 years, he has partnered with several churches and ministries to help develop marriages, form small groups, and train leaders globally. Currently BJ serves as the co-founder (2008) of Build a Better Us. He has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Christian Studies from Union University.
Blair Linne is a wife, mother of three, actress and Christian spoken word artist. As an actress, Blair has appeared on numerous commercials and television shows, including Alias, Days of our Lives, Malcolm in the Middle and The Parkers. As much as Blair enjoys acting, her true passion is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ through spoken word. Her poetry has been featured on ABC's Nightline and in the L.A. Times. Blair has appeared on a number of Christian Hip-hop albums and radio broadcasts. She has a passion for sharing God’s word and has taught Bible studies and workshops for women at churches and conferences across the U.S.
Blair lives with her husband Shai Linne and their three children, Sage, Maya and Ezra. They live in Alexandria, VA and are members of Del Ray Baptist church, where her husband is an elder. They have a heart for urban ministry and are preparing to move to Philadelphia in Summer 2015 to help plant a new church, Risen Christ Fellowship.
Dr. Bobby Manning is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of District Heights. Widely considered a pastor of the community, he leads FBCDH to continued service to the physical and spiritual needs of the residents of the Metropolitan DC area. Bobby is a native of the Washington, D.C. area where he and his wife LaVera currently reside with their three sons Levi, Reuben and Joseph.
In 1969, Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He continues to serve at C.U.T.S., and is also on the faculty at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. Carl is currently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship.
Born in Venezuela, Carlos' journey of becoming a pastor began at the age of 10, when he trusted in Christ as his Savior. He moved to South Florida at the age of 13, where he would learn English, serve Jesus, and discover the joy of drinking a café con leche. Over the past 10 years, Carlos has had the privilege of leading, teaching, and serving Jesus in church plants, large multi-site ministries, and a variety of other contexts. He is married to the love of his life, Cassie, and is Papi to the undoubtedly cutest and most beautiful toddlers in the known world, Maya & Kara. Carlos is a leader with a passion to know God and to help others know Him.
IRev. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Divinity Degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He currently is a candidate for the PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His original research focuses on the health of proclamation in late 20th Century Black Church Chicago. In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute and currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. He is a contributor to the 2014 book Letters To A Birmingham Jail.Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates.
Claudaniel (CD) and Melody Fabien
CD and Melody Fabien are known for their humorous and animated style. Their transparency in sharing their personal adventure has motivated thousands to believe God & experience Him for themselves. CD and Melody have become a strong voice on the issues of sexual education, manhood and womanhood, character development, healthy relationships, marriage and living by faith with purity and purpose. Melody and CD married in 2008 & have been featured on Fox News, CNN, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times for their unique love story. CD and Melody reside in Chicago, IL and have two daughters.
Chicago city native who was in and out of jail until he was arrested for the attempted murder of a police officer. While in prison, God led Corey to a Christian Living Unit ran by Chicagoland Prison Outreach. It was there Corey surrendered his life to Christ and after his release he obtained a B.A. in Biblical Exposition & Pastoral Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and currently is the Associate Director of Operations and Programs for the Chicagoland Prison Outreach.