The Mission & Ministry Summit

Springfield, Missouri | July 16 - 18, 2018

Keynote Speakers


Carey NeiuwhofCarey is teaching and the founding pastor of Connexus Church and has been serving in ministry since 1995. He is their primary communicator on Sunday mornings and is passionate about leading people into a relationship with Christ.

Carey served as Lead Pastor until 2015 when he transitioned to a teaching pastor role to focus more on communication and expanding Connexus' broader ministry.  He is the author of several books, including his latest, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow.

In his spare time, Carey speaks to church leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. He writes one of today's most widely read church leadership blogs at and hosts the top-rated Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast where he interviews some of today's best leaders.

He and his wife, Toni, live north of Barrie, Ontario, Canada and have two grown sons.


Karl Vaters is the author of the book, The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. On his blog Pivot, he writes about Innovative Leadership from a Small Church Perspective for several times a week. He’s also the founder of, a ministry that encourages, connects and equips innovative Small Church pastors.

His heart is to help pastors of Small Churches (about 90% of churches) find the resources to pastor their current church well, and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a Small Church – something virtually every pastor will spend at least some of their ministry years doing. He also believes that big and small churches can and should work together more often – to the benefit of each. Karl has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years and has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California for over 23 years.