2019 Conference Speakers

Matt Carter

Matt had a life-changing experience in a campus ministry at the University of Georgia and has ministered to college students in a variety of roles ever since, including campus ministry work at the University of Memphis, Kansas State University, and the University of North Carolina. His current role is Director of Admissions at Harding School of Theology. He spends a lot of time helping people discern God's call for their lives. He is married to Felicia, and they have three young adult children.

Rick Cochran

Rick came to Troy, Alabama, seeking a degree in Music Education. After his experience at the Troy Christian Student Center, he decided to pursue a career in ministry. Rick enjoys leading worship, sports and being outdoors. Rick and Lauren have two boys Benjamin and Elliott.

Gary Head

Gary is one of the campus ministers for Christ in Action College Ministry at the Broadway Church of Christ. He first found a home in campus ministry with three years as an intern at Christ in Action under David Pounds, which were incredibly formative and foundational for him. After completing a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School, Gary returned home to Lubbock to work at Christ in Action full time alongside Rebecca and Tim Talley. He has been married for 6 years to Kayli T, and they have two beautiful children, Levi (almost 3) and Nora (almost 9 months). Between college ministry and his two children, Gary doesn’t sleep much—and he loves coffee.

Milton Jones

Milton Jones is the President of Christian Relief Fund in Amarillo, Texas. In his work there, he has focused on the care of AIDS orphans in Sub-Sahara Africa. He has also served as a preacher and campus minister in both Texas and Washington. Milton has authored eight books including a touching tale of one of his heroes with Cerebral Palsy, Sundays With Scottie. He is married to Barbie Jones and has two sons, Patrick and Jeremy. 

Rusty Jordan

With the desire to honor God in all things, Rusty, his wife Anndea, and five children have taken up the call of doing disciple based missions on college campuses and helping to equip others to do the work God has set before us. Graduating from Oklahoma Christian in 2003, they helped to plant a campus mission at the University of Central Oklahoma and attended his first Campus for Christ Conference in Norman OK. After serving 4 years as a youth minister in Indiana and focusing on making disciples and equipping others for missions they moved to Newark Delaware to continue the work at the University of Delaware and focus on doing disciple-based missions. This year Rusty has taken on a new role as Director of Campus Missions for the Newark Church and DCCMF to focus on recruiting, training up at UD, and planting disciple based campus missions throughout the Northeast USA and around the world.

Jim Martin

Jim has served as the Vice President of Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to this appointment, he served various congregations in Alabama, Missouri, and Texas as a preaching minister for 36 years. Most recently he served the Crestview Church of Christ in Waco, Texas for 20 years. Jim received his MDiv from Abilene Christian University and DMin degree from Harding School of Theology. Jim has a passion for mentoring and developing Christian leaders and other Christ followers. He has regularly led mentoring groups for both Christian leaders and others in the congregations where he has served. For a number of years, Jim has had a special interest in social media. He writes a blog, "A Place for the God Hungry," especially designed to encourage Christians and in particular, Christian leaders. Jim and his wife, Charlotte, enjoy spending time with their three grandsons, Brody, Lincoln, and Sully.

Hannah Parmelee

Hannah is the Campus Minister for Oasis at the Tempe Church of Christ. Previously the Director of Relationship IQ at Pepperdine University, Hannah and her team launched Oasis in the fall of 2018 on the campus of Arizona State University. Hannah's desire is to help young adults encounter, know, and love God; and for that transforming relationship to bless their relationships with others. Hannah and her husband, Jay, have been married for seventeen years and are parents to three wonderful daughters.

B. Chris Simpson

B. Chris is passionate about multicultural ministry and helping to heal race relations in our society. He ministers at the Holmes Road Church of Christ, a multiracial congregation in Whitehaven, a neighborhood where he lives and works in Memphis, TN. He has a passion to care for the local congregation, the community and the "emerging generation.” B. Chris has worked in children’s, youth, campus, young adult and preaching ministries in Dallas, St. Louis and Memphis. He has served on the board of different community organizations. He currently serves on the board of Hope Works Inc., a non-profit organization that offers education and skills to the under-resourced and previously incarcerated in Shelby County and Western Tennessee. He also serves as Chaplain for the Richmond Colony Neighborhood Association. He is privileged to have traveled throughout the country for 12 years speaking to churches and organizations on a number of topics. He and his wife, Halley, have two children, Elle and Grey.

Jimmy L. Stokes II

Jimmy has ministered with the Northeast Side Church of Christ in Bartlett, TN (metro Memphis) since 2010. Bro. Stokes grew up in the Memphis area and is active in the community on a variety of fronts and creatively engages community issues with faith, serves on the Planning Commission in Horn Lake, MS. God uses both his preaching and his musical talents to bless the church. Stokes earned a B.S. in Religious Studies at Southwestern Christian College. He is married to Akilah (Hill) and they have one daughter, Xaria.