April 16-17 2018



An unquestionable correlation exists between healthy leaders and churches that thrive. It can be demonstrated biblically, historically and using many contemporary examples. The health of a leader will be expressed in the organization they lead and truly healthy, thriving churches will develop and reproduce healthy leaders. The needs of our world today are urgent and demand a gospel-based, Spirit-empowered response from ministry leaders and churches.

Attend our 2018 Spring Leadership Summit and be encouraged and equipped to take your leadership and ministry to the next level of heath and fruitfulness. Pastors, church leaders, ministry and marketplace leaders will benefit from the dynamic and seasoned gift-ministries of our guest speakers. Come and expect a powerful spiritual renewal as we join together with likeminded ministry leaders.

Riverbend Church, 230 Meadow View Blvd., Suffolk, Virginia




Dr. Corne’ Bekker | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Corne’ Bekker presents God’s word with clarity, power and precision. He previously served as the associate dean for academics of Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg, South Africa and now as the Dean of Regent’s School of Divinity. Bekker also leads the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Ecclesial Leadership major of the School of Business & Leadership and is actively involved in research on the use of biblical hermeneutics and spirituality to explore Christian and Ecclesial leadership. 

Bekker is an ordained minister and is actively involved in ministry in the Hampton Roads area. He has traveled in Africa, Europe, the East and North America to present at churches, ministries, seminars and academic conferences on the subject of biblical exegesis and leadership formation. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his wife and son.

Dr. Bobby Hill | Suffolk, Virginia

After relocating from Texas, Dr. Bobby Hill accepted the Senior Pastorate of New Life Christian Fellowship, Chesapeake, VA in 1993 and led it to substantial growth as he established 7 congregations using a non-traditional multiplying model. Bobby graduated from Regent University with an MA in Practical Theology in 1995. Bobby also earned his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Nonprofit Management from Nova Southeastern University in North Miami, FL. Today, he serves as an Adjunct Professor at Regent University’s School of Divinity.

In 2001 he transitioned from his responsibilities as Senior Pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship to make his apostolic gifting more available through the founding of Vanguard Ministries. He is broadly recognized as an apostolic leader, and is considered a spiritual father to pastors and leaders across the globe. In 2012 Dr. Hill launched a new church in Northern Suffolk, Riverbend Church that he currently serves as Lead Pastor. Bobby continues to travel extensively, preaching and teaching in conferences, seminars, and churches across the United States as well as more than 45 countries. His heart is to develop ministry leaders and to assist churches and ministry organizations through teaching, consulting, training and coaching.



Dr. David Ireland | Montclair, New Jersey

Dr. David Ireland is founder and senior pastor of Christ Church, an 8,500-member multisite congregation in north Jersey of over 60 nationalities. Diversity consultant to the National Basketball Association, Dr. Ireland leads chapel services for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and at the U.S. Pentagon. Dr. Ireland has authored approximately 20 books.

Rev. Ireland holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (Fairleigh Dickinson University), a graduate degree in civil engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology), a master’s degree in theology (Alliance Theological Seminary). He has an earned Ph.D. in organizational leadership (Regent University) and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ireland was recently appointed as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Faith-Based Initiatives. He and his wife, Marlinda, have been married since 1984 and have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.

Paul Johansson | Hampton, Virginia

As a minister, author, missionary, and church statesman, Paul Johansson has a expansive perspective on ministry and leadership.  Past president of Elim Bible Institute and College (1994-2006), he currently serves as its Chancellor. He has been with Elim since graduating from the Bible school in 1956. Paul earned a Master’s Degree from New York University. Prior to coming to EBI he served as President of New York School of Urban Ministry, a school he started in 1984. He has pastored in North America and has served as a missionary in East Africa where he co-founded The Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College. He has also been on the staff of Elim Bible Institute as instructor, Dean of Men, Dean of Students and Vice-president. 

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Breakout Sessions

MONDAY, APRIL 16   11:00AM-12:30PM

Getting Beyond the Four Walls

Dr. Joel Palser

Building Strong Families
and Marriages

Glenn Brooks
Classroom 2

Leading a Growing Student Ministry

Josh Liotta
Annex (Nook 1)

Becoming and Leading a
Worshipping Church

Krystle Talavera
Annex (Nook 2)






Session I
Worship: Krystle Talavera
& Riverbend Worship team
Message: Paul Johansson

Session II
Breakout Sessions

Lunch (on your own)

Session III
Worship: Krystle Talavera
& Riverbend Worship team
Message: Dr. David Ireland



Session IV
Message: Dr. Bobby Hill

Session V
Panel Discussion

Lunch served on-site (Annex)

Table Talk

Session VI
Worship: Andrew Ehrenzeller
& Riverbend Worship team
Ordination Ceremony
Message: Dr. Corne’ Bekker



Note: All prices are per person

Evening sessions are free and open to the public

Complimentary Lunch – Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
A complimentary lunch will be provided for Summit registrants on Tuesday, April 17th at 12:00 noon for those interested.
Please confirm your plans to join us for lunch on the registration form.



VM Members       $89.00
Non-Members     $99.00
Students               $29.00