Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, NC
J.D. Greear, Ph.D., (born May, 1973) pastors the Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC. Tagged by Outreach magazine as one of the fastest growing churches in America, the Summit has grown in the past 10 years from 400 to over 6,000 each weekend, meeting at 6 different campuses across Raleigh-Durham. The Summit Church is deeply involved in global church planting, having undertaken the mission of planting 1000 churches out of its congregation in the next 40 years. J.D. has authored a number of publications, including Breaking the Islam Code and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. J.D. did his Ph.D. work at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on the correlations between early church presentations of the Gospel and Islamic theology. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his gorgeous wife Veronica and his four ridiculously cute kids, Kharis, Alethia, Ryah and Adon.
Lead Pastor, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC
Pastor, professor, and author, Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church. He has written two books Orphanology and Faithful Preaching, as well as numerous articles. Tony has a Ph.D. in Preaching and a masters of theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelors degree in education from the University of the Cumberlands, where he played baseball. Tony and his wife, Kimberly, have five children.