April 29, 2019
The Assembly | Broken Arrow, OK
What is CLC19?
Century Leadership Conference is a gathering of church leaders building a culture of resources and relationships. On April 29, 2019, leaders will gather to connect, grow and develop. Attendees include all pastoral ministry positions, as well as other key church staff positions.
Pastor Al Toledo, Lead Pastor of Chicago Tabernacle, with his wife Chrissy, pioneered the multi-ethnic, vibrant church in 2002. Al, who spent his early years in New York City preparing for a promising career as a professional baseball player, gave his life to Jesus while on a baseball field at the age of 17. His Major League journey ended shortly after being drafted by the Chicago White Sox, as God started to direct Pastor Al along a path towards the ministry. He left baseball and began attending a church a short distance from the apartment he grew up in, The Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was there where he would meet Chrissy, the daughter of Lead Pastor Jim Cymbala and his wife Carol. Al served in various ministries and shortly thereafter responded to the call to full-time Christian service. This led Al to Omaha, Nebraska, where he pastored a thriving Assemblies of God church. He later returned with Chrissy to The Brooklyn Tabernacle to support the growing work before, finally, moving to Chicago.
Pastor Al lives with fervent desire to see people become all God has called them to be. An expression of this desire is the DNA of a Leader, a leadership training launched in 2012 to staff and lay leaders at Chicago Tabernacle, emanating from his over 25 years of ministry experience. Since then, DNA has been taught globally, in multiple seminaries, and in various cities.
Al and Chrissy Toledo have three children – Susie, Annie and Tommy – and three grandchildren – Wesley, James and Roman.
A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy, and creator of best-selling coloring books for grown-ups—Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book and Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, Wonderstruck, Fight Back With Joy, and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more. She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of 40 who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey. She believes some of the best days are spent in jammies, laughing, and being silly.
Who would have thought, when in 1973 "student" Samuel Chand was serving Beulah Heights Bible College as janitor, cook and dishwasher, that he would return in 1989 as "President" of the same college! Under his leadership it became the country's largest predominantly African-American Bible College. Sam is a former Pastor, college President, Chancellor and now serves as President Emeritus of Beulah Heights University. He is ordained with the Evangelical Church Alliance International.
In this season of his life, Sam does one thing--Leadership. His singular vision for his life is to Help Others Succeed.
Sam develops leaders through:
Leadership Resources—Books, CDs, DVDs
Dream Releaser Coaching
Dream Releaser Publishing
As a Dream Releaser he serves Pastors, ministries and businesses as a Leadership Architect and Change Strategist. Sam speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches, corporations, ministerial conferences, seminars and other leadership development opportunities.
Sam has authored and published 14 books, including FAILURE: The Womb of Success, FUTURING: Leading your Church into Tomorrow, PLANNING YOUR SUCCESSION: Preparing for Your Future, REChurch: When Change is no Longer an Option, WEATHERING THE STORM: Leading in Uncertain Times and more!
Sam shares his life and love with his wife Brenda, two daughters Rachel & Deborah, son-in-law Zack and granddaughters Adeline and Rose.
Being raised in a Pastor's home in India has uniquely equipped Sam to share his passion--that of mentoring, developing and inspiring leaders to break all limits—in ministry and the marketplace.
Skye Jethani is an author, speaker, consultant and ordained pastor. He also serves as the co-host of the popular Phil Vischer Podcast, a weekly show that blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Between 2004 and 2015, Skye occupied numerous roles at Christianity Today, a leading communications ministry launched by Billy Graham. He served as both the managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal and as the Director of Mission Advancement for CT. He was also the senior producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year, multi-city project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities.
Skye has been a sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne Movement, The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and theInterfaith Youth Core. Apart from Christianity Today's magazines and websites, Skye has also written for The Washington Post's "On Faith" column, Relevant, ChurchLeaders.com, and he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Skye is frequently featured on radio programs around the country including Moody Radio's Midday Connection, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio's Vocolo, and 180 with Karl Clauson on 1160am in Chicago.
Prior to his roles with Christianity Today, Skye served for six years in full-time pastoral ministry at Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois, as a teaching pastor. He is a "Featured Preacher" on PreachingToday.com, and Skye speaks regularly at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally. He has been invited to speak at events including Q, Catalyst, Newsong Church, Mars Hill Bible Church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, and the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. In recent years he has preached at both megachurches and led small workshops on topics including faith and consumerism, leadership, interfaith cooperation, spiritual formation, global mission, church trends, Christianity and politics, biblical justice, faith and vocation, and Common Good Christianity.
Skye has authored three books: The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity (2009), WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God (2011), and Futureville (2014). His latest writing project is the WITH GOD DAILY DEVOTIONAL, a subscription-based daily email designed to help a smartphone generation begin the day with God.