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CFX Virtual Presenters

Meet Our Presenters

During the conference, you’ll have the best interactive opportunities to connect with these speakers during and after their sessions. Here’s a little background on each person to help you get to know them better.

Carlos Whittaker

Author, Speaker, Moment Maker, Spider Killer, Hope Dealer
carloswhittaker.com

Mark MacDonald

Sr. Church Brand Strategist
Be Known For Something

Phil Cooke

Filmmaker, Media Consultant, Founder
Cooke Media Group

Ben Stapley

Communicator, Creator, Pastor, Producer, Consultant, Coach
Christ Fellowship Miami | benstapley.com

Darwin Tillery

AV System Designer, Technical Director, Event Producer-Manager, Audio Engineer (A1), Artist Management
Darwin Tillery Designs, LLC | Integrity Events Solutions Group, LLC | The Rock Church

Janis Brackett

Vice President, Director of Community Projects
Kirksey Architecture

Gary Trenda

RF Coordinator to the Stars
Professional Wireless Systems

Paul Alan Clifford

Owner, Founder, Writer
Trinity Digital Media | ChurchTechU | Church Production Magazine

Tim Adams

Consultant, Author, Integrator, Thought Leader
Timato Systems

Eric Byrd

Worship Pastor, Consultant, Public Speaker, Educator, Musician
Frederick Church of the Brethren | Eric B. Byrd & VIP Consulting: Leadership Done Well

Stuart Green

Vice President, Education & Community
CAST Group of Companies

Katie Allred

Founder, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Church Communications | University of Mobile

Carl Barnhill

Creative Director & Owner
Twelve:Thirty Media

Julie Bullock

Senior Generosity Strategist
Generis

"So what exactly does your husband do?"

This is a question that plagues Heather Whittaker every time someone asks. Because she never knows how to answer. One day she came up with a phrase that she now uses when asked "He's a Hope Dealer." She says. And that's about as close to a job description as they can get to.

Carlos Whittaker is a People's Choice Award winner, a former recording artist signed to a major label, a social media maven, and currently spends the majority of his time writing books and speaking on stages around the world. It really began when the Whittaker's found their family in America's spotlight with appearances on shows like CBS Early Morning, The Today Show and more when their viral video "Single Ladies Devastation" went viral. But for Carlos, his wife Heather and their three children, this viral moment was just a snapshot of the bigger picture.

"Our family has experienced our share of moments both big and small. What we've learned is that every single one has played a pinnacle part in our lives. Each moment has built on to the next one and when we take a step back we see this incredible canvas that has been woven together."

The release of "Moment Maker" marked Carlos' debut as an author, but his current book "Kill the Spider" has taken Carlos' tribe into the deeper parts of their souls. In his newest book Carlos helps people identify, locate, corner, and kill the spiders that are plaguing their lives. "My dad once told me that I must stop cleaning to cobwebs in my life and kill the spider", Carlos recalls. "This was a massive shift in my soul that began my journey towards being truly centered in my life."

As an adult, Carlos and his wife Heather moved from California back to Atlanta where he joined the team at Andy Stanley's Buckhead Church. There, Carlos continued to apply 'moment making' into his everyday life, blogging about his experiences and recruiting his family and friends along the way. In 2009 Carlos signed a recording deal with Integrity Music and moved his family to Nashville TN. It was in Nashville where Carlos decided to make the shift from writing music to writing books. And from singing on stages to speaking on stages.

"I know it's a little backwards. People normally move to this town to make it in music. Little did I know that I moved to this town to make it as a speaker who motivates people to live their lives to the fullest." Carlos remembers. "It was actually only a week after he decided to stop pursuing a career in music and instead pursue a career as a speaker that he got his first call to speak. It was at the White House for the Easter Prayer Breakfast. "I went from singing in front of thousands to speaking an a room of about 50. One whom was the President of the United States. It seems the moment making thing is going to keep on going.

Currently Carlos is regularly teaching at churches and conferences worldwide. Including Catalyst Conference, Embrace Church, FreshLife Church, and many more.

Mark MacDonald is Sr Church Brand Strategist for Be Known for Something (a nationwide ministry branding agency) and also Executive Director of Center for Church Communication (10,000 churches). He motivates churches to become relevant in their community and is the bestselling author of Be Known For Something. For 30+ years, Mark has served as Sr. Creative Director in one of Eastern Canada’s largest agencies, led his own Church Branding Agency in NC, and most recently served as Communication Pastor for 3000+ Florida Baptist churches. He’s written 800+ church communication articles and is pursued to speak at church workshops and conferences.

Filmmaker, writer, media consultant, and founder of Cooke Media Group, Phil Cooke’s creative influence can be seen in many of the most successful Christian and inspirational media projects in history. He’s produced media programming in more than 60 countries around the world, most recently filming in India, Mongolia, and China for an episode of the new TV series “Unexplicable: How Christianity Spread to the Ends of the Earth.”

His book Unique: Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media is changing the way church and ministry leaders engage today’s culture with the gospel. Phil’s latest book co-written with Jonathan Bock of Grace Hill Media, The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get it Back, challenges Christians to confront the real reasons our faith is losing influence in the culture.

Phil was executive producer of “Let Hope Rise – the Hillsong Movie” released to theaters nationwide, and producer of “The Insanity of God” a feature documentary that premiered nationally as a Fathom Event. According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare – “a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology.” He’s appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and his work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Phil Cooke has lectured at universities like Yale, University of California at Berkeley, UCLA, and is a visiting professor at Oral Roberts University. In addition to writing his blog at philcooke.com, he’s contributed to The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Forbes.com, Wired.com and FoxNews.com.

His philosophy? Get your ideas out there and change the world in the process.

Tyler Reagin is the founder and CEO of The Life Giving Company. He is the author of The Life-Giving Leader (Oct. 2018) and a 2nd leadership book due out March 2021.

He was the President of Catalyst, a leadership development organization that exists to unify and equip leaders who love the Church through resources and experiential events. At its core, Catalyst is a community of change makers. Through live events, weekly podcasts, digital resources and a community-building app, the Catalyst team leans into leaders who are seeking to create courageous change in the world. Over 100,000 leaders from around the world connect to Catalyst per year.

Prior to leading the charge at Catalyst, Tyler served for seven years under the leadership of Andy Stanley as the Service Programming Director of Browns Bridge Community Church (a campus of North Point Ministries).

He received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and serves as a leadership coach for teams and organizations.

For over 20 years Ben has created & captured moving and memorable moments for individuals, non-profits & corporations across the globe. Ben serves at Christ Fellowship Miami on the executive team as the Weekend Experience Director overseeing worship, creative, production, online, communication & guest services. He also consults for churches and speaks at conferences about leadership, communication and creativity.

Twenty-six years of professional experience as a Technical Director, Audio Engineer, and Tour/Production Manager. And 40-plus years as a drummer, bassist, and vocalist. Artist credits include Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Bell-Biv-Devoe, Buddy Guy, Brian McKnight, Cameo, Charlie Wilson, ConFunkShun, Connie Francis, The Gap Band, Hammer, Israel Houghton & New Breed, James Brown, Josh Grobin, Ken Medima, Lea Solonga, Lou Rawls, Lyndsey Elm, Mary Mary, Mel Tillis, Night Ranger, Pam Tillis, Ronnie Montrose, and Wayne Newton. And experience as a successful Product Designer for such companies as Miktek Audio, Agner Swiss Drumsticks, and DT Designs.

As partner and Director of Community Projects at Kirksey Architecture, Janis oversees Kirksey’s Religious, Recreation, Cultural/Civic, and Non-Profit projects. She brings more than 20 years of architectural experience and a passion for collaboration to the design process. Working with boards, committees and volunteer groups, she understands the value of inclusion, and how aligning stakeholders around shared vision leads to powerful outcomes.

Having held numerous leadership positions within AIA, including 2014 AIA Houston President, Janis was elected to AIA National’s “think tank” as 2017-2018 Strategic Councilor At Large. She is a longtime advocate of resilience, serving on the City of Houston/AIA Houston 2020 Visions Steering Committee, past Chair of Gulf Coast Green, and Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston. At Kirksey, she serves as a mentor, ensures quality control, and owns project directives.

Nathan Parr is a Facility Specialist with Cool Solutions Group, sharing, teaching and training what he has learned to churches across the country. For over 12 years he served as a church operations manager in a large church in Texas. Like many in church operations his path to service in churches has been winding. Over the years Nathan has worked in theatrical design, commercial landscaping, commercial contracting, owned his own construction company, and served in the United States Marine Corps, deploying in support of OIF 2-2. In these endeavors he has had the support of Andrea, his high school sweetheart and partner of 27 years. Nathan and Andrea have been blessed with three kiddos, Caleb, Alexa, and Rylan.

Nathan has studied at Kansas State University, earning a BS in Social Science, attended seminary at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Master of Theological Studies, and completed the MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University. In addition, Nathan holds a Texas Food Safety Manager Certification as well as maintaining his certification as a commissioned Security Officer/Personal Protection Officer in Texas.

Manufacturer consultant with 25 years in the AV industry, live production, integration and design.

Gary has spent years playing 3D Tetris with wireless microphone, in-ear and intercom systems. He has coordinated frequencies at awards shows, half-time shows at NFL games played in February and many a windswept afternoon in Wisconsin.

Worship MD is a market development company that helps professional audio and music technology manufacturers build relationships with the church.
Doug Gould is the CEO and Founder of Worship MD.

He has been a veteran of the Pro Audio and Music Technology Industry for nearly 30 years, serving in management roles at Shure, Tascam and E-Mu Systems and has served as a worship leader, musician and tech at various churches throughout his esteemed career.

Over the last seventeen years Doug has been a very effective presenter at hundreds of worship conferences all over North America and beyond, focusing his experience to consult and teach others.

The mission is supported by clients that include Martin Guitars, Earthworks, and Yamaha Commercial Audio.

He can be reached at www.worshipmd.com or at his email doug@worshipmd.com

You can also find him at www.facebook.com/officialworshipmd

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div., is a fellow-journeyer, ever-working to use the talents God has given him. He works with church staff and volunteers who want to use technology to impact people far from God, by navigating through the maze of possibilities and jargon. He wants your church to get past the hurdles and embrace the tools so that technology is a gift, not a burden.

He's been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly called Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc.

He started doing technology in ministry when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed its growth to a peak of 5,300 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and three physical campuses before a previous pastor's moral failing led to a steep decline.

He's written various articles for publications like Church Production and Technologies for Worship magazines and created hundreds of YouTube tutorials.

He's married to Christina and has two daughters: Ellie and Trinity.

Stephen has been involved in lighting since running a followspot in 7th grade. He received a BFA in Lighting Design from NC School of the Arts. From there he went to work in the rental and production world. His favorite art form to light is modern dance; the possibilities are endless. He now works for The Light Source answering technical questions and assisting customers in the proper use of the hardware and lighting fixtures. He has continued to be fascinated by lighting and is constantly studying to learn more.

Serving in church tech ministry as a volunteer for over 20 years, Tim offers a unique perspective, borne from the week in/week out struggles facing church techs. He started in audio, learned video, then lighting and finally projection, mostly self-taught out of necessity. Tim is a lifelong student, always pushing for excellence rather than perfection and is deeply passionate about church AV.

Eric Byrd is the Contemporary Worship Leader at Frederick Church of the Brethren. He has a Masters in Ministry: Leadership Degree and an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Music. He is the director of the gospel choir at Messiah University and has been on church staff on and off for most of the last 30 years.

His podcast is Attention to Detail with Eric Byrd, co-hosted with his son Jason.

His consulting company is VIP Consulting: Leadership Done Well, where he partners with churches and faith-based institutions to assist in organizational change.

Rodney was raised building buildings with his father. God called him to full time ministry where he served as church administrator and later as senior pastor for 20 years. Having led his church through 3 major projects, Rodney understands the full process from discovering need, to vision casting, to designing and building ministry-related projects.

As an educator, Green has a wide range of international experience, teaching and delivering seminars on lighting, and believes that a learner’s needs should be at the center of education and training. His work spanning throughout the entertainment industry, Green was a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at the University of South Wales in Lighting and Live Event technology for 14 years.

Mike and The Daily Java/King's Coffee Company have been supporting churches and independent cafes since 1995. Through the years, they have set up over 1,000 cafes, restaurants and churches with coffee and full cafe service, supplying them with consulting, equipment, training and products. Mike is a well-published leader in the Church coffee area and knows how to create a successful coffee program.

Sandra Hardage is the founder of My Journey of Faith Ministries, a Bible teacher, speaker and author. She's a wife, mother and grandmother of eight grands who are the delight of her life.

After retirement from a professional career in education, Sandra felt God’s leading to begin an online women's ministry named My Journey of Faith Ministries. The ministry has many facets including an online magazine, a radio show, book club, daily devotions, an annual retreat and so much more. All of this for the purpose of bringing glory to God and for encouraging Christian women to share their faith stories.

Katie Allred is an assistant professor of software development and marketing at the University of Mobile. She founded ChurchCommunications.com, where has worked with 25,000 church leaders on their marketing and communication strategies. Additionally, Katie has previously consulted with Facebook on their groups product. She is a speaker and blogs at KatieAllred.com.

Carl Barnhill has served on staff at some of the largest churches and organizations in the country. He served as Media Director at Precept Ministries International, directing the television and radio program Precepts for Life with Kay Arthur, broadcasted to over 98 million homes around the world. He served as Video Production Director at Pinelake Church in Brandon, MS, where he produced media content for four campuses, as well as led volunteer teams.

He most recently served as Video Coordinator for Newspring Church in South Carolina. Newspring has multiple campuses across the state with a weekly attendance of over 35,000. At one campus alone, the number of consistent volunteers serving in media production tripled under his leadership.

He currently serves as Creative Director and Owner of [twelve:thirty]media, a company that serves churches and ministries all over the world through motion graphics content and church media coaching. He is the host of The Making Sunday Happen Podcast and author of The Ultimate Production Team Handbook. You can find him in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Katie and two sons, Jacob and Wesley. Visit him online at CarlBarnhill.com

Johnathan has over 20 years of experience in ministry and cyber security. He is passionate about helping churches reduce their cyber security risks and protect their reputations and resources. His cyber security certifications include CISSP, CISM, GCIH, and CEH.

Julie is a senior generosity consultant with Generis, a team of professionals who coach and influence churches and other faith-based organizations across the country in generosity development. She has led over 250 major giving initiatives for churches and organizations of all sizes and worship styles all across the country. Prior to joining Generis in 2009, Julie was the pastor for stewardship and generosity at Community Christian Church, a multisite church with 10 campus locations in the Chicagoland area and has also served on several boards of church planting organizations in the capacity of a generosity coach to new church plants.

Julie also previously served as the director of development for Wheaton College, leading a team of advancement professionals in a $160 million capital campaign and has strong experience in gift planning and charitable estate planning, earning her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) in 2010.

Julie, her husband Jud, and their daughter Jayma reside in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, where Jud raises beef cattle and where they both are involved in their church – of which Julie serves on the board. They are passionate about the local church and seeing the mission of God advanced through His people!

I’ve made my living in the entertainment industry as a performer and tech since 1982. Richard Belliveau hired me in 1984 at Blackstone Audio Visual, which became High End Systems. I worked in sales, then dealer education, and finally product development. In 2004 Don Pugh and I formed LightParts Inc., the first company dedicated to parts and service for entertainment lighting technology.