Each month of 2020 we are asking wise, faithful saints to share from their experience with us. They will be leading a discussion about what they wish they knew as younger pastors and what they have learned and discovered over the years about God, life, and ministry.

These one hour webinars will happen on the last Wednesday of each month during the lunch hour and it’s our prayer that they encourage and equip our elders and staff teams towards greater fruitfulness.

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Al Henson | 4.29.20

Forty years ago, Al and Susan Henson moved to Antioch, Tennessee and started a life-long ministry that would include a thriving, diverse church, a multi-national Christian school, a large summer camp for disadvantaged children, and several other effective ministries for refugees and the poor in middle Tennessee.

Throughout the forty years, though, the Lord kept calling Al to Southeast Asia where he regularly traveled, serving the nations through building partnerships with trustworthy, national servant leaders. These experiences in Asia also exposed Al to the plague of poverty and human trafficking that is overwhelming Southeast Asia. It was in response to this need, that Al launched Compassionate Hope Foundation in 2011.

Working with the national leaders whom he had known and served for years, Al has established a ministry rescuing and caring for hundreds of children in Thailand, Laos, and the Philippines. Al Henson has a BS from the University of Tennessee and a Masters degree and Doctorate of Divinity from Liberty University.

Gerry Breshears | 5.27.20

Gerry was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He did his seminary work at Denver Seminary and his doctoral work at Fuller Seminary. He came to Western Seminary in 1980. Being a faculty member at Western takes him well beyond classroom teaching, spending many hours each week meeting with students individually and in small groups to discuss theology and ministry.  Beyond Western, Gerry is an elder and a member of the preaching team at Grace Community Church of Gresham. He served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 1993 and continues to serve on the national and regional executive committees of that organization and is on the board of the Bible Project.

His passion is to bring theology to life. That has led him to a lot of consulting with churches and pastors across the country and around the world. His wife, Sherry and him have two sons, Donn and David, and a daughter, Cyndee. They enjoy making their home a center of hospitality and ministry to all sorts of people. Gerry’s hobbies include computers, travel, hiking and reading.

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Jerry Root | 2.26.20

Jerry Root is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University, both located in Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from the Open University. He has written C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and is the co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of the best selling, and award-winning, The Quotable C. S. Lewis. He wrote, with Stan Guthrie, The Sacrament of Evangelism, and most recently published The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis with Mark Neal. Jerry has made many written contributions to edited works about C. S. Lewis and has published numerous articles about Lewis, Evangelism and Discipleship, and Spiritual Formation.

He is currently serving as the Director of the Institute for Strategic Evangelism at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, which is seeking to equip one million students on Christian campuses in ten years to be able to effectively integrate evangelism and the gospel wherever God calls them. Jerry is also a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University. He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children, all of whom are married, and thirteen grandchildren.

Robert Cupp | 3.25.20

Robert Cupp was the founding pastor and served as the Directional Leader of Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas for 30+ years. Fellowship Northwest began in 1984 with the mission to help others realize their full potential as spiritual leaders – leaders equipped to express their authentic relationship with Christ to those within their neighborhoods, work places, communities, and beyond. It would be a church focused on people and Truth, preparing the Body to embrace the work of the Gospel.

He attended both Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (M.A.B.S. and S.T.M.). Dr. Cupp also received his doctoral degree from Western Baptist Seminary (D.Min.) and was honored with his Doctor of Divinity (Honorary) from Hindustan Bible College (Chennai, India). He has traveled extensively training leaders in India and previously served as Chairman of the Board at John Brown University. He serves on the board of the Center for Mission Mobilization.

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