2018 Summit








But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:7&8 NLT


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"Self-Leadership and Strategic Essentials of a Healthy Church"

Senior Pastor, Lake Pointe Church, Rockwell, TX

Steve Stroope leads a congregation (Lake Pointe) that has grown from an attendance of 53 at its inception to more than 12,000 each week meeting at nine campuses. In addition, he provides coaching to partnership churches in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Cuba, Russia, Mexico, South Africa, and North America and mentors young pastors in the Next Generation Pastors group of Leadership Network in Dallas.

Pastor Steve’s spiritual gifts are evangelism, leadership, and teaching. He has a passion for seeing that the Gospel is presented to unchurched people in a culturally relevant style without compromising its truth. He also believes that one of the keys to an effective church is keeping a balance between evangelism and discipleship. Because of this belief, he is a strong supporter of the small-group ministry at Lake Pointe.

He and his wife Marsha have two grown daughters, three grandsons and two granddaughters.


"Leveraging Cultural Trends for Kingdom Expansion"

CEO, Leadership Network

Dave Travis has been the Chief Encouragement and Chief Executive Officer for Leadership Network, the premier church networking group, since 2011. His international team works with larger, innovative churches to foster innovative movements that activate the church to greater impact. See their website at www.leadnet.org.

Dave believes the Southern Baptist Associational Leader has the unrealized potential of being the most strategic kingdom leader in a region. ­­

He lives with his wife outside Atlanta, Georgia.


"Church Planting On or Near Collegiate Campuses"

NAMB National Collegiate Specialist

Brian Frye is the North American Collegiate Strategist at the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Together, Brian and the NAMB collegiate team work to accelerate church planting on and near college and university campuses to reach the 21.7 million students across North America. They focus on cultivating leaders to develop systems and initiatives that amplify the Gospel within the university context. Learn more at www.namb.net.

Brian holds a Ph.D. in Evangelism and Church Growth (focused on multisite churches) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and continues to serve as a collegiate strategist for the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.