Join with other Pastors, Leaders, and Clergy to learn how to engage the laity in your tradition to foster grassroots ecumenical efforts. When the local Pastors, Leaders and Clergy begin to see one another as brothers and sisters their hearts will change, their preaching will change and greater local opportunities which promote unity will follow. The result is that the “World” will see Christians acting as one and will come to believe (John 17:20-22).
Three themes will be re-emphasized, as they were outlined in the creed of the ancient undivided Church:
- The call of the church to be holy: How taking on the mind, heart,and character of Jesus Christ, enables the Church to bear witness to the truth.
- The nature of the church as apostolic and evangelical: That all members of the Body of Christ are called to continue the mission of the Head until he returns.
- The universal nature of the Church: How the unity of the Church is intended to reflect and manifest the Trinity.
As well, hear from others who have already seen the fruit of these efforts and walk away with concrete ideas to make this vision a reality.
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa
- Father Raniero Cantalamessa is a Franciscan Capuchin Catholic Priest.
- He was born in Italy in July 1934 and ordained a priest in 1958.
- Divinity Doctor (Fribourg 1962) and Doctor in classical literature (Milan 1966).
- Former Ordinary Professor of History of Ancient Christianity and Director of the Department of Religious Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan.
- Member of the International Theological Commission (1975-1981) and for 12 years member of the Catholic Delegation for the dialogue with the Pentecostal Churches.
- In 1979 he resigned his teaching position to become a full time preacher of the Gospel.
- In 1980 he was appointed by Pope John Paul II Preacher to the Papal Household and confirmed in that position by pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
- In addition to his early scholar books on patristic Christology, Easter in the Ancient Church and other topics he has published numerous books on spirituality fruit of his preaching to the papal Household, translated in more than twenty foreign languages.
- From 2009, when he is not engaged in preaching, he lives in an hermitage, at Cittaducale (Rieti) ministering to a small community of cloistered nuns.
Dr. Bruno Ierullo
- After years of prayers by his Grandmother, Bruno had a Damascus Road experience of God and turned from corruption to serving Jesus.
- Bruno Ierullo is one of the founding members at CATCH THE FIRE (CTF, formerly Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship – TACF), since 1989.
- Bruno and his wife, Naomi, joined the pastoral team as associates and lead pastors of a growing inter-generational church north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
- Currently planting and overseeing their fourth church.
- Bruno previously worked as a Demolition Supervisor and a Construction Manager and ended his career building the New Toronto International Airport, the largest single construction development and demolition single project in the history of Canada.
- Bruno is a father of 5 children.
- Messages that Bruno carries: “Father Heart of God,” “Unity and Reconciliation,” “Preparing for the Wedding Feast” and “Presence and Power Evangelism”.
- Bruno serves in various capacities, at the trans-local level, as Co-Founder and President of United in Christ, Canada and Director of United In Christ, USA, President of a humanitarian agency called LifeCorps, part of the Charismatic Leaders’ Fellowship initially convened by the late Rev. Dennis Bennett in Washington, Seattle USA in the year 1971 (formerly, Charismatic Concerns Committee or the Glencoe Group).
- At Bruno’s local community he serves as Lead Pastor, part of the ministerial and as a Prison Chaplain.
- Local and internationally, Bruno has initiated meetings at a grass root level as well as at an educational and theological level, dialoguing between Catholics and Evangelicals.
- He travels frequently in Canada, USA, Brazil and Italy and has a fluent understanding of 5 languages. He has ministered the Gospel in many nations worldwide.
James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International. Since entering public ministry in the 1960s, James has spoken to more than 20 million people in several hundred city-wide evangelistic outreaches and has personally inspired religious, political and social leaders across five decades. James embraces the sound principles of truth, justice, liberty, and personal stewardship; the family as the primary cornerstone for a sustainable society; the community of faith as the salt and life in this world; and civil government as the protector of our freedom but not the provider of our needs. He is encouraging believers to find common ground to address our common concerns. He believes we must first get on our face before God and then stand on our feet for God in supernatural unity.
Dr. Tom Phillips is Vice President of the Billy Graham Library for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tom has been the Vice President of Crusades, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, a Senior Crusade Director with the BGEA for many years, directing crusades in several cities in the United States and Canada. He has also served as the Director of Counseling and Follow-up, working in that capacity in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico, Brazil and the Far East. He has played a key role in the development of current materials and programs.
Dr. Phillips was President and CEO of International Students, Inc., based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1994-2001. He received his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he was formerly a field supervisor for the Doctor of Ministry Program. Tom graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Phillips serves on the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Evangelism at Wheaton College. He is a member of the Mission America Facilitation Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Center for Spiritual Renewal.
Tom and his wife, Ouida, have three grown children and make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
You’ll hear from the Group of Five…combining 140 years of prayer and service towards obey Christ command “that they may be one.”
Apostle Willie Murray -
Sr. Pastor God’s City of Refuge Non-denomination Newport, NC
“I have been praying for and living Unity for 40+ years. When God’s love flows in us then we are one, we don’t see color or denomination, we are one, united in Christ.”
Father Ed Wade -
Companions of the Cross – Houston, Texas
“God’s heart is for John 17:20-21 ‘that they may be one so that the world will know You sent me’ to materialize and manifest in the people of God. Unity is something we have to do.”
Rev. John Grayson -
Retired Anglican Priest – All Saints Church, Newport, NC
“We need revival in the body of Christ. “We know that the Holy Spirit is the One who brings unity.”
John Pullen -
Senior VP of Captrust Financial Advisors – Raleigh, NC
“…we need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, in order to bring revival and unity.”
Owner Carolina Homes Realty – Marketplace Ministries – Cape Carteret, NC
“Jesus commands us to love one another. To obey Him, we need to spend time with one another in prayer, praising God and breaking bread.”
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Deacon Keith Fournier
Deacon Keith Fournier is a married Roman Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, serving at St. Stephen, Martyr Parish in Chesapeake, VA. He is a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate. Deacon Fournier is a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (BA), the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (MTS), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD). He has completed all requirements for the PhD in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America and is writing the PhD dissertation on the teaching of St. John Paul II. He also holds honorary Doctorates in Humane letters and Divinity (LLD, DD) Deacon Fournier is the founder and Chairman of Common Good Foundation and the Common Good Alliance, and the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online. Deacon Fournier has written hundreds of articles on faith, culture and life and eight books. He has spent his life and ministry in efforts to bring Christians together and heal the wounds of division in the Body of Christ and his work is well known in the broad Christian community.
Bishop Courtney McBath
For the past 24 years, B. Courtney McBath has worked diligently to realize an ever expanding vision for ministry in Hampton Roads and beyond.
A graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), McBath earned a Bachelor of Science degree in humanities and engineering; a Master of Arts degree in Biblical studies from Regent University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Providence Bible College and Theological Seminary.
Knowing at a young age that he wanted to pastor a church, in 1989 he passed through Norfolk International Airport sensing that he was to begin a church in that city. Formerly an engineer and manager, McBath left his career in 1990 to establish Calvary Revival Church with his wife and co-pastor Janeen. Staring out in a hotel conference room with some 21 congregants, almost immediately the ministry experienced unusual growth. To accommodate, McBath and his wife moved locations several times, finally ending at the church’s current location which serves upwards of 4,000 weekly attendees. McBath’s television broadcast, The Voice of Revival, has aired on local and regional network stations for over 20 years.
In 1998 McBath founded Calvary Alliance of Churches and Ministries, an organization that serves pastors and leaders in the U.S., Africa, India and the Caribbean. He is also the current President of the Hampton Roads Ecumenical Council of Bishops (HRECB), an organization established in 2011, to provide accountability and fellowship for members of the episcopacy and promote unity in the body of Christ.
McBath has dedicated his life to teaching the truth of God’s Word so that all who hear can understand their significance in the Kingdom of God. His heart is to see people enjoy a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and walk in God’s will for their lives.
He has been married to his wife Janeen for over 32 years; has four sons, a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.
Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus of the School of Divinity at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, received his Ph.D. in American history in 1967 from the University of Georgia. In 1970 he co-founded the Society for Pentecostal Studies which has given institutional shape to Pentecostal research. Over the years, Dr. Synan has published numerous scholarly and popular articles, essays and books on various Pentecostal and charismatic themes.
His Holiness-Pentecostal Movement published in 1971 was one of the few early scholarly treatments of Pentecostalism and is still a significant work on the origins of American Pentecostalism. His Old-Time Power (1973) is a history of the Pentecostal Holiness Church and the more popularly written, In The Latter Days (1984) and The Twentieth-Century Pentecostal Explosion (1987) are surveys of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. He has also published a brief descriptive account of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, Under His Banner (1992), and The Spirit Said “Grow” (Fuller Church Growth Lectures, 1990). His newest major book, Century of the Holy Spirit (2001), is a historical summary of the major streams of Pentecostal and charismatic renewal. Another book of personal testimonies, Voices of Pentecost, appeared in May, 2003.
In 2010 he published his memoirs titled An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit. The next year, 2011, he edited and published a major work titled, Spirit Empowered Christianity for the Twenty-First Century.
Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and dean at the School of Divinity of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Seminary) and Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. He has authored or edited two dozen volumes (see http://www.regent.edu/acad/schdiv/faculty_staff/faculty/yong.cfm).
He and his wife, Alma, have three children – Aizaiah (married to Neddy), on the pastoral team at New Life Church (Renton Washington) and in a masters in theology program at Northwest University (Kirkland, Washington); Alyssa, a senior at Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California); and Annalisa, a freshman at Point Loma University (San Diego, California). Amos and Alma reside in Chesapeake and are members of New Life Providence Church in the Virginia Beach-Chesapeake area.
Deacon Darrell Wentworth