VOICES

The voices you will find on the MCC 2020 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.

 
 

JASON POZNICH

MAIN STAGE

Jason serves as the Professor of Preaching and Bible at Central Christian College of the Bible, where he is in his sixth year teaching. Prior to teaching at Central, Jason served churches in Missouri, southern Illinois, Las Vegas, and southeast Kansas. Jason is a graduate of Pittsburg State University (BBA and MBA), Ozark Christian College (BBM), Lincoln Christian University (MDiv), and is currently finishing a Doctor of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has been married to his wife Kayla since 2006. Together, they have an eight year old daughter named Zoe and a one year old son adopted son named Joshua. When Jason isn’t spending time with his family, students, or preaching, he enjoys reading, running, golfing, rooting for his teams (St. Louis Cardinals, KC Chiefs, and Michigan Wolverines), and playing silly board games.

 

Jason is the preaching professor at CCCB in Moberly, MO. He has preached for over fifteen years, serving churches in Missouri, Illinois, Las Vegas, and Kansas.

CHUCK SACKETT

MAIN STAGE

Chuck Sackett serves on the preaching team at Madison Park Christian Church (Quincy, IL). Chuck currently shares his passion for preaching with students at Lincoln Christian University where he is the seminary Professor of Preaching and head of the preaching program. Chuck also teaches regularly for TCMI, International, in Eastern/Central Europe and Central Asia. 

 Chuck has been married to his wife Gail since August 1970, and together they have three daughters and one grandson, all involved in Kingdom service. Dr. Sackett also enjoys writing and reading. He used to run, having completed 11 marathons.

RANDY GARISS

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

 1 Peter Bible Study- The Exile Church…living powerfully from the margins of a culture. 

Randy, along with his wife Julie, co-directs the Life and Ministry Preparation Center, (LAMP) at Ozark Christian College, in Joplin, Mo.   He spent 40 years in local church ministry, 33 of those as the Preaching Minister of the College Heights Christian Church in Joplin.  In this present season he coaches and mentors college students and emerging leaders toward wholeness, healthy relationships, and ministry.  He and his wife both speak to the pleasure and delight of having 18-22 year olds as some of their closest and dearest friends.  

 

He has been married 44 years with 3 children and 9 grandchildren; building custom furniture for a hobby.

 

Randy is frequently speaking to churches on leadership, and college campuses on relationships and personal maturity.

JULIE GARISS

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

Women's Study - James

Randy and Julie are the Directors of the Life and Ministry Preparation Center, (LAMP) at Ozark Christian College, in Joplin, Mo.   They spent 40 years in local church ministry, 33 of those as the Preaching Minister of the College Heights Christian Church in Joplin.  In this present season they coach and mentor college students and emerging leaders toward wholeness, healthy relationships, and ministry.  They both speak to the pleasure and delight of having 18-22 year olds as some of their closest and dearest friends.  

 

They have been married 44 years with 3 children and 9 grandchildren.  Randy builds custom furniture for a hobby, and Julie is a gardener.

 

Julie's love for the Word has allowed her to speak at countless women's conferences, retreats, and events.  And often as her alter ego, Gladys Frump.

RICK CHEROK

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

 "Where is the Restoration Movement Today and do we Really Need it Tomorrow?”

Dr. Rick Cherok completed a PhD in United States Religious History from the Kent State University.  He has taught Christian History, including Restoration History, at Cincinnati Christian University and Ozark Christian College for over two decades.  In addition to contributing numerous essays and articles to a variety of publications, Dr. Cherok has published a book entitled, Debating for God: Alexander Campbell's Challenge to Skepticism in Antebellum America.  Dr. Cherok has served on the editorial board of the Stone-Campbell Journal for over fifteen years and is currently the Lead Editor at the College Press Publishing Company.  Dr. Cherok is also the founder and Executive Director of Celtic Christian Mission (www.CelticChristianMission.org), and has led hundreds of people on short-term mission trips to various locations around the world.  His favorite pastimes include reading, travel, watching baseball, and hanging out with his beloved Border Collie, Aidan.

JIM ESTEP

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

Church Leadership

Dr. Jim Estep serves as Vice-President of Academics at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO and is the Resource Director of e2: effective elders, a ministry dedicated to equipping elders to lead. 

 

Jim has ministered in churches from 8 to 800 and taught in higher education for 28 years.  He and his wife, Karen reside in Macon, MO.

VICTOR KNOWLES

WORSKSHOP SPEAKER

“United In Christ, United Against Sin”

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.

LYNN RAGSDALE

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

Renewing The Small Church

Lynn Ragsdale has been preaching for more than 45 years. Those   ministries have led him through small towns, rural areas, a church plant in suburban Chicago, and a regional megachurch near Joplin, MO. Along with his wife, Betsy, they have led in multiple revivals in preaching and music ministry. He has also led a mission organization whose mission was to rescue street children in The Philippines.  Most recently Lynn was a Vice President with The Solomon Foundation and served the Midwest region.  

 

Upon retirement Lynn decided to retool and continue to use his passion for preaching and leading and serve as co-minister with Murray Hollis at the First Christian Church in Webb City, MO.  This church is a small church in the heart of a small city.

 

Along the way Lynn’s journey has provided him with many observations and insights into the church and specifically, the renewal of the church.

MURRAY HOLLIS

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

Renewing The Small Church

Murray is currently Co Minister with Lynn Ragsdale at First Christian Church of Webb City, Missouri and Director of Christian Friends Connexion in Joplin, MO.  CFC representatives work with ministers and leaders in churches desiring consultations in church growth, administration, mediation and ministries.  In the last several years Murray has specialized in ministry to the 50 plus generations.

 

Murray sang with the Gospel Lads in a National/International Music Ministry for fourteen years and, more recently, with the Vintage Gospel Lads for the last thirty four years.  The Gospel Lads, (now Vintage Gospel Lads) have produced over thirty-five recordings and have appeared on television or in concerts with former President Ronald Reagan, as well as other public figures in the political and entertainment fields and with many other prominent gospel music personalities.

 

Murray loves the Lord and is committed to serve Him in music, preaching, teaching, and every other way possible as ministry opportunities are presented.

JAMIE FRANKE

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

Meeting the Challenge:  Standing Firm in the Faith in This Generation

 

 

Jamie Franke and his wife, Christy, along with their children, are from Vandalia, MO, where Jamie ministers at the Vandalia First Christian Church (since 2011).  Before coming to Vandalia, Jamie ministered at other congregations in Missouri (since 1999).  In addition, Jamie has served in a part-time role at Central Christian College of the Bible for many years, and currently serves as the Director of Online Education.  Jamie graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible in 1998 (BA in Christian Ministries), and from Johnson University in 2002 (MA in New Testament Research) and 2016 (PhD in Leadership Studies).

DANIEL MCCOY

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

“Progressivism: Coming To A Church Near You”

 

 

 

Daniel is happily married to Susanna, and they have 3 daughters and 2 sons. He has his bachelor’s in theology (Ozark Christian College), his master of arts in apologetics (Veritas International University), and his PhD in theology (North-West University, South Africa). His master’s thesis was on apologetics to atheists, and his doctoral dissertation was on apologetics to Buddhists. In 2014, he co-authored The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw with Norman Geisler, and he is general editor of the forthcoming Harvest Handbook of World Religions (2020). Daniel works as editorial director for the Renew.org. His passion is to help people understand that they can totally trust Jesus. He plays guitar and piano and occasionally enjoys writing songs.

TERRY STINE

WORKSHOP SPEAKER

“Maximizing Your Ministry”

 

 

President Terry Stine comes to St. Louis Christian College as its sixth president.  He has held ministries as President of Boise Bible College (2007 - 2017), Professor of Missions at Boise Bible College prior to his presidency, Executive Director of Niños de México for 20 years, Preaching Minister at First Christian Church, St. Peters, MO, and youth ministries in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

President Stine grew up in O’Fallon, MO, received the Bachelor of Theology in Missions from Ozark Bible College, Master of Arts in preaching from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and has worked on a PhD in Global Organizational Leadership from Johnson University.

He is married to Carol and they have four children and ten grandchildren.

President Stine took pilot training, he enjoys all sports, especially golf, fly fishing and hunting along with woodworking and fountain pen collecting.

He has preached and taught in England, India, Mexico, Canada, and he and his wife team-taught marriage seminars in Beijing, China. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is a member of the Florissant Rotary.

DARRYL BOLEN

SENIOR LUNCHEON SPEAKER

Darryl Bolen lives in St. Charles, Missouri and retired from the located ministry in Greenville, Illinois in 2017 following a 44 year ministry.  He speaks in area churches and does motivational speaking.  Darryl finds working at the HCC food pantry a fulfilling area of service.  A graduate of Lincoln Christian (College) University, he and his wife, Sally, have two grown children: Kirk, a minister on staff with Mountain Christian Church and pastor of the Bel Air, Maryland campus, and Suzanne, who resides in St. Charles, Missouri.  They have six grandchildren.

WORSHIP

Frontline is an auditioned group of worship bands from Ozark Christian College in Joplin MO. Frontline leads worship all over the country for conferences, camps, and churches. In the past year Frontline has begun the songwriting process between all of their teams in a collaborative manner in order to make music from our community, for our community.

For more details on Frontline visit https://occ.edu/arts/frontline

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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