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Theological clarity provides, not only a true vision of Christ and his world, but also a strong foundation for building a life and ministry in his world. This year’s “Concrete” Conference will focus on how we work our theological convictions into appropriate and effective expressions for the sake of building up Christ’s church. Plenary speakers for the conference this year include: Tony Merida, Eric Mason, Bryan Laughlin, Doug Logan, Ajay Thomas, and Ryan Baitzel.

MAY 7-9

3 Day Conference

20+

Speakers

We will have speakers coming in from all over the globe to take part in our Network Conference

200+

Attendees

We are expecting this to be a great time in the Lord shared with folks from all across the North Atlantic.

Schedule


May 7, 2020
12:00 - 1:30pm
Registration
Venue: Remnant Midtown

1:30-2:00pm
Welcome & Worship
Venue: Remnant Midtown

2:00-3:15pm
Plenary Session 1
Venue: Remnant Midtown

3:15-3:30pm
Break
Venue: Remnant Midtown

3:30-4:30pm
Breakout Sessions
Venue: Remnant Midtown

4:30-5:30pm
Plenary Session 2
Venue: Remnant Midtown

5:30-5:45pm
Break
Venue: Remnant Midtown

5:45-6:30pm
Panel Discussion
Venue: Remnant Midtown

May 8, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am
Plenary Session 3
Venue: Remnant Midtown

10:30-11:30am
Breakout Sessions
Venue: Remnant Midtown

11:30pm-1:30pm
Lunch (A29 Member Summit)
Venue: Remnant Midtown

1:30-2:30pm
Plenary Session 4
Venue: Remnant Midtown

2:30-3:15pm
Panel Discussion
Venue: Remnant Midtown

3:30-4:30pm
Plenary Session 5
Venue: Remnant Midtown


Venue:

May 9, 2020
9:00 - 10:00am
Breakout Sessions
Venue: Remnant Midtown

10:00 - 11:00am
Plenary Session 6
Venue: Remnant Midtown

11:00 - 11:30am
Panel Discussion
Venue: Remnant Midtown

11:30 - 1:30pm
Lunch
Venue: Remnant Midtown

Speakers


  • TONY MERIDA

    Lead Pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC

    ERIC MASON

    Lead Pastor & Founder of Epiphany Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, PA

    BRYAN LAUGHLIN

    Acts 29 North Atlantic Network Director & Lead Pastor of Remnant Church in Richmond, Va

  • DOUG LOGAN

    President of Grimké Seminary & Co-Director of Church in Hard Places Initiative

    AJAY THOMAS

    Lead Pastor of Seven Mile Road Church in Philadelphia, PA

    RYAN BAITZEL

    Lead Pastor of Emergence Church in Glen Rock, NJ

  • BILL RIEDEL

    Lead Pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Washington, D.C.

    SCOTT PRENTICE

    Lead pastor of Advance Community Church in Gibsonia, Pa.

    MATT KRUSE

    Lead Pastor of Seven Mile Road Church in Melrose, MA

  • CHRIS ATWELL

    Lead pastor of vision and instruction at Portico Church in Charlottesville, Virginia

    KEVIN MALONEY

    Lead Pastor of Grace Road Church in Rochester, NY

    MATT COHEN

    Lead Pastor of Citylight Church in Philadelphia, PA

  • WILL BASHAM

    Lead Pastor of New Heights Church in West Virginia

    MATT LOOLOIAN

    Lead pastor of Liberti Church in Camp Hill, Pa.

    RICH RIVERA

    Lead Pastor of Restoration Community Church in Bronx, NY

  • DERRICK & TIA PARKS

    Lead Pastor of Epiphany Wilmington in Wilmington, DE

    CHRIS PRIESTLEY

    Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in Morgantown, WV

    ERIC SIMMONS

    Lead Pastor of Redeemer Arlington in Arlington, VA

  • DONNY & ANGELA CHO

    Lead Pastor of Metro Church in Philadelphia, PA

    EDDIE & PAMELA ZALDANA

    Lead Pastor of Anhelo Church in Cliffside Park, NJ

    JASON JAMES

    Lead Pastor of New Hope Church in Harlem, NY

  • RAPHAEL MNKANDHLA

    Lead Pastor of City Church in Williamsport, PA

    MIKE MAZZYE

    Lead Pastor of Renovation Church in Syracuse, NY

    MIKE REED

    Lead Pastor of Church at Bergen in Paramus, NY

  • CURT ALLEN

    Lead Pastor of Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, MD

    MATT CHEWNING

    Lead Pastor of Netcast Church in South Hamilton, MA

TONY MERIDA
Lead Pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC
Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, content director for Acts 29, dean of Grimke Seminary, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of a number of books, including, The Christ-Centered ExpositorOrdinary, and Orphanology. He and his wife, Kimberly, have five adopted children.
ERIC MASON
Lead Pastor & Founder of Epiphany Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Eric Mason is the founding and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also the founder and president of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing leaders for ministry in the urban context. Eric has authored several books, including Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice and Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole. He is married to Yvette, and they have four children.
BRYAN LAUGHLIN
Acts 29 North Atlantic Network Director & Lead Pastor of Remnant Church in Richmond, Va

Bryan Laughlin is the lead pastor of Remnant Church in Richmond, VA, where he lives with his wife and four children. He is an experienced pastor and planter with a heart for the Gospel and church planting. He has served many years in the local church, training and equipping leaders for Gospel ministry.

DOUG LOGAN
President of Grimké Seminary & Co-Director of Church in Hard Places Initiative

Doug Logan has been involved in urban ministry for nearly 20 years. In 2011 he planted Epiphany Fellowship of Camden with his wife, Angel. They have three adult sons & three grandchildren. He is the founder of the On the Block Collective, and author of 'On The Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement'.

AJAY THOMAS
Lead Pastor of Seven Mile Road Church in Philadelphia, PA
Ajay Thomas is a pastor at Seven Mile Road Church. In 2008, he and his family were sent by Seven Mile Road Boston to church plant in Northeast Philadelphia, where he still lives and serves. Ajay also helps lead The Advance Initiative, an organization which exists to see a movement of gospel-centered, multiethnic churches planted by or among Indian Americans. Ajay has the great joy of serving Jesus with his wife, Shainu, and their two children, Hannah and Micah.
RYAN BAITZEL
Lead Pastor of Emergence Church in Glen Rock, NJ
Ryan Baitzel is a husband, father of 5, follower of Christ, and lead pastor at Emergence Church.  Emergence Church was planted as an independent church in December 2011 and in that time  has grown to 3 campuses, with 2000 plus weekly attenders across Northern NJ. 
BILL RIEDEL
Lead Pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Washington, D.C.
Bill Riedel is the founding and lead pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Washington, D.C. He was formally trained at Trinity International University (BA) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv) and has served in ministry since 1998. He serves in Acts 29 as the D.C. area director and on the Acts 29 North Atlantic leadership team, as well as the board of the Eastern District Association of the EFCA. You can follow him on Twitter.
SCOTT PRENTICE
Lead pastor of Advance Community Church in Gibsonia, Pa.
Scott Prentice is the pastor of Advance Community Church responsible for preaching, worship, leadership development, and vision alignment. He and his wife, Heather, live in Gibsonia with their five daughters.
MATT KRUSE
Lead Pastor of Seven Mile Road Church in Melrose, MA
Matthew Kruse is one of the pastors at Seven Mile Road, a family of churches built to love and lead New Englanders to the real Jesus. He and his wife Grace grew up just north of Boston and they have four children. Through some beautiful and unexpected grace, he planted the original Seven Mile Road. Matt lives with is family in Melrose, Massachusetts. You can follow him on Twitter.
CHRIS ATWELL
Lead pastor of vision and instruction at Portico Church in Charlottesville, Virginia
Chris Atwell is the lead pastor of vision and instruction at Portico Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, which he planted in 2004. Chris is also an area leader in Acts 29’s U.S. North Atlantic Network. He serves as the dean of students at Grimké Seminary. Chris is married to Jenn, and they have three daughters. You can follow him on Twitter.
KEVIN MALONEY
Lead Pastor of Grace Road Church in Rochester, NY
Kevin Maloney is Lead Pastor of Grace Road Church, an A29 church in Rochester, NY. Kevin planted Grace Road Church in 2009 as a core group in a basement, and it has since grown to a thriving congregation with nearly 700 people that call it home. Grace Road meets in a rented theater in the heart of the city and has recently started a second location in a church building in Pittsford, NY. He speaks widely on college campuses and at various conferences. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University. He and his wife Debbie have four children: Lydia, Sophia, Isabelle, and Hudson.
MATT COHEN
Lead Pastor of Citylight Church in Philadelphia, PA
Matt Cohen is a California native who has come to love Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Penn State and Southern Seminary and somehow still loves to read. Before leading Citylight Church, Matt served as an assistant pastor in State College, PA. A former collegiate gymnast, he now prefers outdoor sports and is always down for a run if you’re interested. He has been married to Andrea since 2007 and the two make their home in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia.
WILL BASHAM
Lead Pastor of New Heights Church in West Virginia
Will was born and raised in West Virginia. He married his high school sweetheart, Amanda, and they have three children: Bella, Micah, & Tevah. They're also currently fostering two children. Will holds a master's degree in theological studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He planted NH in 2012. As the lead pastor, he casts vision for the church, leads the preaching, and generally oversees the mission.
MATT LOOLOIAN
Lead pastor of Liberti Church in Camp Hill, Pa.
Matt Looloian serves as the pastor of Liberti Church. He and his wife Shea moved to the area in 2011, and have since welcomed three daughters into their family. Matt is originally from northern New Jersey, but spent his high school years in Kansas City, college in Texas, a few more years in the midwest before finding his way back to the northeast.
RICH RIVERA
Lead Pastor of Restoration Community Church in Bronx, NY
Rich Rivera serves as Pastor at Restoration. Husband to Frances and father to Richard, Alexandra and Benjamin. He studied pastoral ministries at Nyack College in NYC.
DERRICK & TIA PARKS
Lead Pastor of Epiphany Wilmington in Wilmington, DE
Derrick was born and raised in the extreme poverty of Camden, NJ. He was born again at the age of 18. He was a teenage father who had recently become a single father. As he held his 18-month-old son in his arms his Godmother asked him a pivotal question. She said, “Son, can you imagine giving your son’s life up to save someone else’s life?” She shared the gospel of Jesus Christ being given up as a ransom for him.  Derrick received the Lord on that day. From that point on the Lord connected him with some God-fearing men who he had befriended earlier in life at PBU.  These men began to disciple him in the Gospel and he began to walk rightly before the Lord. In 2009, at the age of 24, he married his beautiful wife and started doing ministry in the city of Camden at various churches serving as a youth pastor. Derrick connected back up with Pastor Doug Logan in Camden in 2012 at Epiphany Fellowship Church. Derrick and his wife began to serve there faithfully. Derrick was eventually ordained as a Teaching Elder. Derrick began to discern the Lord’s calling to plant a church in 2014 after reading a Newsweek article about Wilmington, DE titled, “Murdertown USA”. Derrick and his family are entrenched in that journey for the long haul.
CHRIS PRIESTLEY
Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in Morgantown, WV
Chris was born and raised in Charleston, WV, where he served in youth ministry for seven years. In 2008, he married his highschool sweetheart, Laura, and moved to Morgantown. When he’s not working, Chris can be found on a skateboard downtown, at a local show, or skating the Mon River Trail with his wife.
ERIC SIMMONS
Lead Pastor of Redeemer Arlington in Arlington, VA
Eric Simmons is the lead pastor of Redeemer Arlington, a church just outside Washington, D.C.
DONNY & ANGELA CHO
Lead Pastor of Metro Church in Philadelphia, PA
Donny Cho is the Senior Pastor of Metro Church, founded out of a small prayer meeting that began in September 2008. Metro is a church-planting movement that is committed to personal and corporate renewal, the re-training and mobilization of “outward-faced” teams, and the rebuilding of the city. Donny Cho is responsible for establishing the overall vision, direction, strategy, and objectives for the Metro community, and is a regular preacher during its Sunday Worship Service. He leads the training, development, and empowerment of the church’s staff and leadership teams. Donny graduated from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, completed a double-major in Biology and Chemistry at Brandeis University, and completed the four-year Leadership And Ministry Preparation (LAMPhilly) program in Philadelphia (for city ministry training). He and his wife Angela have been married since February 2010.
EDDIE & PAMELA ZALDANA
Lead Pastor of Anhelo Church in Cliffside Park, NJ
JASON JAMES
Lead Pastor of New Hope Church in Harlem, NY
Pastor Jason James has been pastoring churches since 2010. God has stirred Jason and his wife Jyothi to plant a church in Harlem that will declare the hope of Jesus and hope of a new life more glorious than we could ever have imagined.
RAPHAEL MNKANDHLA
Lead Pastor of City Church in Williamsport, PA
Raphael was born in Zimbabwe and met the Lord at the age of 17 after a series of tragic events had taken place, which includes the passing of his mother. Raphael says the reason his life has taken a turn towards a better lifestyle is because of the presence of Jesus Christ. His encounter with Jesus has sparked a passionate desire for him to help people to know God, be free, and live victorious lives. He has a heart for mentorship and loves to encourage the younger and older generations to continue in the faith. 
MIKE MAZZYE
Lead Pastor of Renovation Church in Syracuse, NY
MIKE REED
Lead Pastor of Church at Bergen in Paramus, NY
Mike Reed is the Lead Pastor and founder of Church at Bergen. He hopes Church at Bergen will be a visible display of character and nature of God as the gospel of Jesus Christ remains central to all that it is and does. Pastor Mike and Kristin live Bergen County, NJ with their son Jaxson.
CURT ALLEN
Lead Pastor of Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, MD
Curt serves as the lead pastor at SRC. He has been in ministry for 12 years. Married for 11 to Betsy and has three boys, Santiago, Giovanni, and Mateo. He has written two books "Education or Imitation" and "Does God Listen To Rap?" and he currently writes for blog site "The Blazing Center".
MATT CHEWNING
Lead Pastor of Netcast Church in South Hamilton, MA
Matt Chewning is the Lead Pastor of Netcast Church. In 2007 Matt and Beth Chewning had a vision to reach Greater Boston by planting a gospel-centered church that is authentic and relevant to today's culture. In 2010, Matt and his family left the financial security of corporate America to move to the North Shore of Boston and start Netcast Church. After a month of meeting their neighbors and building friendships, 30 people gathered in a room to hear why the couple moved to Beverly. One month later another 40 Bostonians listened to Matt Chewning share the vision of a new church. Netcast Church launched in the YMCA building Jan. 23, 2011, with 120 people. Today Netcast Church has become one of the fastest growing church plants in New England and gathers between 500–700 people per week. Matt and Beth have four children.

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