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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?”

God, here I am! Send me

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.

Clay has a passionate love for the local church; he is a church health enthusiast and effectively equips leaders to grow in their calling. Clay is the author of Ordered Steps and Dreaming in 3D.

He and his wife, Gail, have two grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.

National Youth Director // Assemblies of God Youth Ministries  // Springfield, MO

Josh and Jennifer Wellborn have come back to their hometown of Springfield, Missouri to serve in the Assemblies of God Youth Ministries after 17 years in full-time ministry. Josh attended Evangel University and Jennifer, Missouri State University.

After pursuing a career in broadcasting, Josh became a youth pastor in 2001 and has served in Brussels, Belgium; Seattle, Washington; and Michigan. Their youth ministry at Mount Hope Church in Lansing, Michigan was nationally ranked in the Top 10 for Speed the Light giving.

In 2015, Josh was appointed as the Michigan District Student Ministries Director, where he oversaw both youth and children’s ministries. Then, in January 2018, he was appointed National Director of Assemblies of God Youth Ministries. Josh and Jennifer live in Ozark, Missouri with their four children—Isaac, Symon, Liza, and Stella.

Senior Pastor // El Tabernaculo A/D  // Houston, TX


Dr. Alfaro's heart for ministry is synonymous with mentoring, education, and leadership empowerment. Early on in her journey she invested over 10 years working in the public school system as a teacher, staff development presenter, motivational speaker and District Middle School ESL Coordinator, but her greatest passion was to collaborate with the school district in order to initiate mentoring leadership programs for at-risk teens. Presently Dr. Alfaro, and her husband of 15 years, Pastor J. Alfaro, serve as the Senior Pastors of El Tabernaculo A/D in Houston, TX. She often refers to Houston as her "place of purpose."

Dr. Alfaro serves as the Girls Ministries Director for the Texas Louisiana Hispanic District as well as sits on the National Girls Ministries Lead Team for the Assemblies of God. She is a writer and blogger for the Assemblies of God publication resource Healthy Kid Ministries and loves to chronicle her personal journey on her blog Melissa’s Memoirs. She is the author of the book The Day the Princess Cried. Above all other titles, she is most excited about joining the mommy club in April 2018 with the arrival of her baby boy. It is her desire to help individuals draw closer to God through prayer and empower them to live out their God-given purpose. She has weathered many storms in her life, but one thing she has learned is that God never wastes a season, and it is with that hindsight that she is now committed to encourage others...to enjoy the journey.

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.

Worship Artist // Worship City Ministries // Minneapolis, MN

Jeff Deyo is a worship leader, songwriter, author, blogger, speaker, and professor. He is the founder of Worship City Ministries and is internationally known as the former lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning worship band, Sonicflood. From teaching at conferences to leading worship for large and small events, Deyo's ministry 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 at North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He teaches in the classroom, helps cultivate NCU’s already vibrant music department, recruits new students, leads worship, hosts the Pure Worship Institute, and produces NCU’s Worship Live recordings. He is also the Music Director in his home church, Celebration Church, in Lakeville, Minnesota, and has been married to his college sweetheart, Martha, since 1992. Together, they have four beautiful children: Roman, Evan, Channing, and Clara. Connect with him @JeffDeyo. His upcoming book Awakening Pure Worship is set to be released in August 2018 at NFAF Houston18.

Speed the Light Director // Assemblies of God Youth Ministries // Springfield, MO

Eric Hoffman was appointed to serve as director for Speed the Light in January 2018.

In the three years Hoffman served as district youth director (DYD) for Illinois, giving to Speed the Light increased by more than $300,000. Prior to serving as DYD, he was youth pastor at Abundant Life in Alton, Illinois — one of the Top 20 Giving Churches for Speed the Light during his tenure.

“Eric and Liz have a strong record of cultivating generosity and a passion for missions,” says General Superintendent Doug Clay.

Eric and his wife, Liz, have three children.

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.


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