The voices you will find on the MOCC 2019 stage bring years of ministry experience, a love for the church and passion for Jesus. Whether it is on our main stage or workshop environment you will be encouraged and challenged.
VICTOR KNOWLES is a 1968 graduate of Midwestern School of Evangelism. For 25 years he and his wife Evelyn ministered to churches in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. In 1992 they founded POEM (Peace on Earth Ministries) in Joplin, Missouri. Victor serves as President of POEM.Knowles has authored 20 books including Angels & Demons, Voice of Thunder - Heart of Tears (the biography of Archie Word), Taking a Stand, and The Biblical Roots of Islam. His latest book is Together in Christ - More Than a Dream. He is a contributing writer to The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Several hundred of his articles and essays have been published in more than 40 journals including Pulpit Helps, Moody, and Christian Standard. He is a special assignment writer for The Lookout.
SENIOR LUNCHEON SPEAKER
Dan Nichols was born in Chicago, IL the first of six children born to Sherman and Joyce Nichols. He was graduated from Joliet West High School and attended college at Central Christian College of the Bible (BA – Bible) and Cincinnati Bible Seminary (MA – Theology). He is married to Sherilyn (also a CCCB graduate) and they have two daughters and a son who are all active in ministry.
He is the son of a preacher has four brothers, a son, a son-in-law and a grandson who are all preachers. He has been in the ministry for more than 50 years and has held ministries in Moores Hill, IN; Bangor, MI; Alma, Michigan; Mansfield, OH and is currently preaching at First Christian Church of Hessville in Hammond, IN.
The Small Church
D.J. is originally from Hampton, Virginia with deep roots in Pulaski County Missouri!! He was baptized in 1983 at Richland Christian Church in Richland, MO. He is a Graduate of Bluefield College of Evangelism and Mid-Atlantic Christian University. D.J. has held Ministries in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. He is currently the Lead Minister at the Eastern Pines Church of Christ in Greenville, NC a small established congregation of 30 people in 2009, and today averaging over 400. He has been Married to Dee Dee for 26 years, has two grown children Olivia and Eli and he is a grandpa to Emmy Kate!! If you don’t find him preaching—you will find him on His Harley. Right On!!!
Meet Guys On a Bus. These guys are the Alt Rock band to hear from the Midwest (Joplin, MO). Their songs have been placed on over 100 indie and college radio stations in the past two years. Following their college radio hits, they landed three showcases at RedGorilla Fest at SXSW (Austin, TX) in March of 2017.
The band was started by Davis Drake (bass), Evan Todd (drums) and Nathan Hurley (lead vocal and guitar) in 2014. The Guys completed the lineup eventually adding Nate’s younger brother to the group, Caleb Hurley.
Since September of 2015, the guys have hit the music scene in a big way. From touring the United States almost non-stop, to landing adds on 120 different college radio stations in 2016, the Guys refuse to slow down. They have played to sold out crowds opening for Fatai, The Band CAMINO, The Wldlfe and Consumed By Fire. The guys continue with their ambitious tour plans aiming for 100+ shows a year.
Guys On a Bus brings a party experience to the indie scene every time. Packaging tight four-part harmonies, reminiscent of the Beach Boys, with their simple pop/rock choruses, in the neighborhood of COIN, Guys On a Bus tap into a wide variety with their original music. Their primary fanbase is the college and high-school crowd, but they have developed fans and listeners spanning over four generations. They have drawn a diverse audience with the passion and drive displayed in their live show. The group’s unique blend of upbeat melodies and lyricism will turn casual listeners to fans by the end of any festival showcase or full set. By the end of the night audience members will find Guys On a Bus’ songs stuck in their heads. Keep up with the guys and be sure to come out for their next show!