SPEAKERS & GUESTS

Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel is the co-founding and senior pastor of Life.Church—an innovative, pacesetting church meeting around the United States in multiple locations and globally online. Under his leadership, Life.Church takes a missional approach to technology and is known for creating the YouVersion Bible App that has been downloaded in every country of the world. He speaks frequently at conferences worldwide and hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. As a New York Times best-selling author, he has also written several books that are available at http://www.craiggroeschel.com/, including his new release, Hope in the Dark: Believing God is Good When Life is Not. He and his wife, Amy, live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area and have six children.

Jonathan Pokluda

​Jonathan Pokluda is the Lead Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. Previously, he was the leader of The Porch and teaching pastor of Watermark Community Church, both in Dallas, TX. Under his leadership, The Porch grew to be the largest young adult ministry of its kind in the world.

JP came to understand the grace of the gospel in his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. This ignited a desire in him to inspire young adults to radically follow Jesus Christ and unleash them to change the world. Most recently, he has seen this passion expressed through writing. His best selling book, Welcome to Adulting, offers Millennials a roadmap to navigate faith, finances, friendships, and the future. JP is passionate about equipping ministries around the world to reach the future of the Church.

JP’s partner in ministry is Monica, his wife of fifteen years, and together they disciple their children Presley, Finley, and Weston.

Brandon Rietz

Brandon Rietz has served on staff with Student Mobilization since graduating from the University of Colorado in 2001. He was a nationally ranked snow ski racer and one of the nation’s top waterski jumpers.  For the past 19 years, Brandon has powerfully influenced the next generation of leaders in their relationship with God through inspiring messages and personal discipleship. He currently serves at Oklahoma State University with his wife and three kids. Known by many as Doni (/dō,nē/), at 5 foot 7 inches and a 175 pounds, his passionate leadership packs more punch than size might presume. 

Robby Gallaty

Robby has served as Long Hollow’s Senior Pastor since 2015. He wasn’t always a pastor, though. 

For three years, he battled a drug addiction that ravaged his life. A $180 a day heroin and cocaine addiction forced him to steal $15,000 from his parents. After living without gas, electricity, and water for months, losing 8 of his friends to drug related deaths, watching 6 friends arrested, and completing two rehab treatments, Robby remembered the gospel that was shared with him by a friend in college and was radically saved on November 12, 2002.

 

Eight months later, David Platt, a seminary student and church member at the time, asked Robby to meet weekly for accountability, prayer, and bible study. For the next 2 years, David installed a passion for missions, expository preaching, and disciple-making in his life. He also encouraged Robby to go back to school to pursue theological education.

Robby and his beautiful wife, Kandi, have two young sons: Rig and Ryder.

Todd Ahrend

Todd Ahrend is the founder of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. Todd and his wife Jessica have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Together they have exposure in over sixty countries and have lived in the Middle East. He is the author of two books: The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have four children and live in Fayetteville, AR.

Sean Vollendorf

For the last twenty-four years, Sean has served reaching and developing college students and twenty-somethings with StuMo. Sean’s fusion of real-life leadership stories combined with his knowledge of scripture helps him communicate dynamically with college audiences.  

Sean’s book, Unsatisfied, targets spiritually hungry, irreligious people who have grown disappointed with what the world has to offer.  A sought after speaker, Sean travels the country speaking to college students. He currently serves as the Director of StuMo West.