Jim Powell, the Founding Director of 95Network – kicks off the inaugural 95Conference in Peoria, IL on September 16, 2016. He sets the stage for our time together, introduces the heart of 95Network, and talks to everyone about what it means to be "Comfortable in Your Skin".

Karl Vaters’ Bio Karl Vaters is the author of the book, The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. On his blog Pivot, he writes about Innovative Leadership from a Small Church Perspective for ChristianityToday.com several times a week. He’s also the founder of NewSmallChurch.com, a ministry that encourages, connects and equips innovative Small Church pastors. Karl’s passion is neither to help pastors grow churches bigger or to settle for less. He believes Small Churches are not a problem, a virtue or an excuse. They just are. And they can be pastored well. His heart is to help pastors of Small Churches (about 90% of churches) find the resources to pastor their current church well, and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a Small Church – something virtually every pastor will spend at least some of their ministry years doing. He also believes that big and small churches can and should work together more often – to the benefit of each. Karl has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years and has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California for over 23 years.
Ever feel called to do something slightly counter to the modern church culture? Tim Reist did! Tim will share his story of how he walked away from his job at a mega church to follow God’s leading into bi-vocational ministry and the planting of a missional community.
Mindy Caliguire launched Soul Care in 1998 to help people restore health to their souls and to meet our growing hunger for authentic Christian spirituality.
From St. Paul Baptist right here in Peoria, Deveraux Hubbard brings his dynamic style and hard-earned wisdom to the stage as he helps us be better prepared to face the inevitable ups and (potentially heart-numbing) downs of pastoral ministry.
Author, blogger, and speaker Karl Vaters will call us to redefine the word “success” and help us to appreciate the fact that we don’t have to wait until tomorrow to have a meaningful impact for the Kingdom.