National Conference 2012

September 14-15 / Atlanta, GA

Hosted by:
Cross Pointe Church

Conference for Pastors

October 4-5 / Louisville, KY

Hosted by: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary & Hope for Orphans


Tony Merida

Tony Merida is the Lead Pastor of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Merida previously served as Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as well as Dean of the Chapel and Assistant Professor of Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Kimberly, with whom he has five children. Tony is the author of Faithful Preaching and Orphanology. He travels all over the world speaking at various events to various groups, including student camps & conferences, orphan care events, and pastors conferences.

Leonce Crump II

Leonce Crump II is the Lead Pastor of Renovation Church, a church committed to serving the city of Atlanta by loving people just as Jesus did. “If we wanted to plant a service, we could do that. But the city would stay exactly the way it is.” Renovation is a church that aims to share the gospel to help beautify Atlanta by glorifying the Lord.
Leonce has been in ordained ministry for 9 years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (where he played defensive end on the Sooner football team) and holds Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Case Law (University of Tennessee), Missional Leadership (Resurgence Theological Training Center), and is currently finishing his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. A prodigious reader and engaging speaker, Leonce regularly speaks and preaches across the country at conferences and churches of all denominations.
Leonce and his wife Breanna have lived in the Grant Park community of Atlanta for nearly 3 years, and have two daughters. He enjoys boxing, MMA, studying theology, history, leadership, church structure and poetry.  He played professional football for the New Orleans Saints and coached collegiate wrestling. Leonce likes soul music like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Jimi Hendrix (the blues albums), working out, watching football, UFC, and rugby, playing with his daughters, hanging with the homeless dudes outside his loft and going to art shows.

Anthony (Tony) Carter

Anthony (Tony) Carter serves as Lead Pastor of East Point Church, East Point, GA. He is author or editor of several books including On Being Black and Reformed: A New Look at the African-American Christian Experience, The Holiness of God: An Attribute First Among EqualsGlory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity, What is the Gospel?: Life’s Most Important Question, and Keep Your Head Up: America’s New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, and the Cosby Conversation (contributing author). Anthony also serves as a council member of The Gospel Coalition. A frequent conference speaker and guest lecturer, Anthony and his wife Adriane live in the Atlanta, GA area where they are raising their five children.

Reddit Andrews

Reddit Andrews III was born in Hartford Connecticut and dramatically converted to Christ in December of 1987, seven months after marrying Nadine Cook of Jamaica. They have two children, Felice Brionne and Shannon Nicole. As a student, Reddit has enjoyed an active academic career, serving as student chaplain, spiritual life advisor, Dean of Chapel at Trinity International University, Deerfield Campus, and as President of the Association of Believers for Black America in Illinois. Reddit also founded Coram Deo, a student fellowship that ministered to halfway houses, rescue missions and prisons throughout South Florida. Reddit was awarded a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University, South Florida Campus in 1997 and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois in 2000. Reddit has served as Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Piney Grove, Fort Lauderdale Florida, and Assistant Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Georgia. Since November 2001, Reddit has served as Senior Pastor of the Soaring Oaks Church, in Elk Grove, California. Reddit was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.

Noel Piper

Noël Piper is a speaker, adoptive mom, and the author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions, Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God, and several other books. Noël has been married to John Piper since 1968. They have 4 sons and a daughter, 4 daughters-in-law, and an increasing number of grandchildren. Their children grew up in Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where John has been a pastor since 1980. Talitha, a teenager, is the only one still living at home with Mom and Dad. Noël travels for missions and speaking as often and as far as possible and is steadily involved with the ministries and activities of Joni and Friends, both locally and internationally. Noël blogs at

Dan Cruver

Dan Cruver oversees Together for Adoption and provides thought-leadership on the theology of adoption as a team member of ABBA Fund. Before co-founding and directing Together for Adoption, Dan was a college professor of Bible and Theology. He has also served as a pastor of family ministries. As one who has been adopted by God and has adopted two children, Dan founded Together for Adoption to equip churches and educate Christians theologically about orphan care and horizontal adoption. Dan regularly writes and speaks about the Gospel and its implications for solutions to the global orphan crisis. He is the editor and primary author of Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father and wrote the foreword to Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption by Dr. Joel Beeke.

Shaun Groves

More than a musician, Shaun Groves is a communicator — a man full of messages and ideas that he hopes to translate through a variety of media outlets. He is a writer, teacher, preacher and most definitely a songwriter — 2001 Songwriter of the Year. Shaun is a performer and musician who encapsulates everything one would hope an artist to be. His songs reflect the bare-bones honesty of a searching and passionate faith. Unafraid of the questions or of stepping on toes, Shaun sets his sights as high as possible, aiming to pursue profound theological truths in the most accessible lyrical metaphors he can create.

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