2020 Speakers

David Whitting

David serves as the lead pastor of New Heights Church in Vancouver, WA.

David grew up in a traditional Baptist church in Des Moines, IA. Those growing up years were formative in giving him a love for God and His Church. He graduated from Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary (M. Div) in Clarks Summit, PA. He met his wife, Sue, in college, and they married a month after he graduated. They have been married for 28 years and have three daughters (ages 25, 23, and 21). 

David served as a youth pastor for over eight years in Harrisburg, PA, then served as the lead pastor of Northridge Church in Rochester, NY, for over fifteen years. In 2016, he moved to Houston, TX to consult with churches through the Vanderbloemen Search Group. While there, his youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. The move to Houston became a huge blessing as MD Anderson (arguably the top cancer hospital in the world) was only 25 miles from their home. Once chemo was complete, David began to wonder what future God may have for him. That resulted in him connecting with New Heights Church. Each weekend over 3500 people attend the five-campus church.

His passion is making more & better disciples. 

Dan Nichols

Dan Nichols is the executive director of The Northeast Collaborative (NEC). As an ABWE missionary, he was the founding church planter for Restored Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He and his wife Joy have been married for 7 years, and they have two boys - Landon & Declan. Dan is finishing his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree at Clarks Summit University where he also teaches as an adjunct professor.

Jeff Stimpson

Jeff is celebrating his 25th year of full time ministry serving the Lord in different pastoral roles in NY, KY, WV, and OH. Jeff is currently serving as the Lead Pastor at Grace Powell Church just north of Columbus, OH.

Jeff was born and raised in a suburb just outside of Detroit, Michigan. After high school, Jeff attended Clarks Summit University (BBC) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible. While at BBC, Jeff played 4 years of varsity soccer where he was part of 2 national championships and earned 2 first team All-American awards. BBC is also the place where Jeff met Carrie. After graduation, Jeff and Carrie were married on July 22, 1995. They have 4 children: Noah, Ethan, Luke, and Sarah.

Jeff is a practical down to earth speaker who regularly speaks at camps, winter, and high school retreats throughout the year. Jeff’s desire is to impact teens with the Gospel and ultimately see them become fully devoted followers of Christ who passionately reach their world for Him!

Wayne Morgan

Wayne Morgan is the National Ministry Director for the National Network of Youth Ministries. Over the past 15 years, Wayne has experienced youth ministry in rural churches, parachurch ministries, multi-site church strategy, and collaborative urban youth ministry. Wayne has served as a presenter for Youth Specialities National Youth Workers Convention and is a popular camp speaker. Wayne's passion is connecting and equipping leaders to reach teens with the gospel.

Josh Ott

Josh is communicator, lead pastor and ministry coach that is passionate about authentic and engaging speaking that communicates truth, hope and life. Josh has been blessed with 18 years of speaking to a broad range of audiences. He is equally passionate about speaking to students for life change as he is teaching groups of leaders.