In approximately 740 BC, the prophet Isaiah stood trembling before God, who sat on His throne just a few feet away. Heavenly beings called out praises above Him. The temple shook and filled with smoke. In the presence of God, Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
In response to Isaiah’s awareness of his unworthiness, one of the heavenly beings touched his mouth with a hot coal, signifying the cleansing of his sins. God then spoke and asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah had one moment, one encounter with God and his perspective shifted. He responded, “Here I am! Send me.”
Isaiah’s experience shows us what can happen in just one encounter with God. As we move toward God, we are exposed to His holiness, justice, and mercy. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are offered forgiveness of sins and new life with Him.
His desire for us is to proclaim His gospel to all people. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the knowledge and truth of God’s Word, we have been equipped to GO.
As we lay our personal priorities at the throne of God, the question remains the same. The question God asked Isaiah echoes through time: “Who will go?”
General Superintendent // Assemblies of God // Springfield, MO
Doug Clay was elected chief executive officer of the General Council of the Assemblies of God at the 57th General Council in August 2017. As general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, USA, part of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world, he is a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. The church has more than 13 thousand congregations in the United States with over three million adherents. The US Assemblies of God is part of a larger World Assemblies of God Fellowship with a membership of over 68 million.
Prior to his present position, Clay served the church as its general treasurer for nine years. He was superintendent of the Ohio District from 2004–2008, and pastored Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo, Ohio from 1997–2004. Clay has also served as the Assemblies of God national youth director, Ohio District youth director, and as a youth pastor in Ohio and Iowa. He is a 1985 graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.
He and his wife, Gail, have two grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Senior Pastor // New Season Worship Center // Sacramento, CA
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals.
Rodriguez has been recognized for his impact across the religious and Latino communities, and a number of outlets have deemed him as one of America’s leading Christian and Latino voices and as the leader of the Latino Evangelical movement.
An award-winning author, Rodriguez has written multiple books, and contributes to world-renowned publications such as The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Outreach magazine, and others.
Rodriguez currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empowered21, PCCNA, and Christianity Today.
He earned his Master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University and likewise received Honorary Doctorates from Baptist University of the Americas and Northwest University. He has been an Assemblies of God Ordained Minister since the age of 23. Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, where he resides with his wife, Eva, and their three children.
Founder // Worship City Ministries // Minneapolis, MN
Jeff Deyo is the founder of Worship City Ministries, which is the umbrella under which he creates, serves, and participates in a variety of ministries worldwide. From teaching at conferences to leading worship for large and small events, Deyo's music exists to help worshipers deepen their walk with God by leading them into His transforming presence.
In addition, Deyo now holds the high honor of being a full-time faculty member (as “Worship Arts Specialist, professor”) at North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He teaches in the classroom, helps grow NCU’s already vibrant music department, recruits new students, leads worship, and produces new recordings for some of NCU’s top bands and artists. He is also very involved in his home church, Celebration Church, in Lakeville, Minnesota, and has been married to his college sweetheart, Martha, since May 23, 1992. Together, they have four beautiful children: Roman, Evan, Channing, and Clara.
Director of Student Discipleship // Assemblies of God Youth Ministries // Springfield, MO
Tom Groot has been happily married to Mandy for twenty-one years and is blessed with three incredible boys: Micah, Levi, and Noah. Tom’s three great passions are the Lord, his family, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. After giving his heart to the Lord in 1994, Tom attended Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida, then returned to his home church in Sandusky, Ohio, to be the youth pastor. Toward the end of 2008, he transitioned to Columbus, Ohio to be the Student Ministries Director for the Ohio Ministry Network. Tom currently serves as the Director of Student Discipleship for Assemblies of God Youth Ministries. Tom desires to encourage others to become all that Christ died on the cross for them to be and to empower leaders to create environments for discipleship and growth. Tom believes in teamwork and that together, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can change the world.