Discovering her heart for worship at the young age of 12, Emily joined the worship team at her home church. Shortly after graduating high school and starting college in Richmond Indiana, she met her husband Ben, and they led worship together for 14 years before moving to central Florida in 2014. In addition to being a stay-at-home-mom to their son William, Emily has been actively involved leading a weekly prayer and worship set with Ben at Orlando House of Prayer. They currently serve as the worship leaders at Connection Church. It is here that Emily has been able to develop her gifting in prophetic worship and teaching. She has a heart for helping people discover their identity in Christ and raising up the next generation of worshippers. She is currently working with AAIM Ministries in Clermont FL.
Patrick J. McGuffin is a pastor, business leader, missionary and author who brings his diverse background and experiences together in reaching many venues both nationally and internationally. McGuffin, a University of Florida journalism graduate, spent the first part of his professional career publishing newspapers, ending that part of his life as president and publisher of 19 newspapers. He is also a 1977 graduate of the Pointer Institute, a publishing institute open to the top journalists in the nation. He is president of a Certa Publishing and a partner in American Solutions for Business, a national printing and promotional marketing company. The Orlando Florida based pastor has started a Christian newspaper in Ecuador and published four family magazines throughout Florida. He is a board member on two international Christian organizations – Heart of Titus Ministries, and Alejandro Arias International Ministries. He is married to his wife of 38 years, Sheila, and they have two married daughters and seven grandchildren. His Christian missionary efforts have taken him throughout the world, where he recently came back from his 56th international trip. One of McGuffin’s latest books, Making Sense Out Of Life, is insightful and very timely in light of current economic and relational issues worldwide. His book Turning Your Sermons Into Books has been a trusted resource to thousands of pastors nationwide. He has written five other books.
As Founder and Director of Strategic Cultural Initiatives, Lowell (Skip) Olmstead is about bringing change to the cultures of nations. Skip and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 25 years. They live out their passion for dogs, cats and horses on their private horse farm. In 1979 he started his own construction company specializing in luxury homes. After 24 successful years in the construction industry, Olmstead and his partner, Dr. George Peck opened Courtyard Gardens Assisted Living Community, a 129 bed Senior Living Facility. Olmstead managed and co-owned Courtyard Gardens for ten years, then sold his interest to his partner. In 2008 Olmstead formed his 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation, Strategic Cultural Initiatives (SCI), and has been self-funding the organization for the last eight years. SCI’s focus has been promoting ethics in Florida prisons and public schools. SCI’s foundation in value-based leadership to the cultures of nations is now moving beyond to a place of collaboration through identifying and uniting other transformational organizations. Today at SCI we are launching our new vision by creating a website to gather and connect with world transforming organizations in the seven distinct cultures of society. Our purpose is to help further and accelerate the transformation of nations by creating collaborations with like-minded organizations whose primary role and focus is transformation in the seven distinct cultures.
Tony Nardella is the president and founder of Heart of Titus Ministries. Through Heart of Titus Ministries Tony sends ministry teams on short term mission trips throughout the world. In the past 20 years Tony has been on over 100 short term mission trips, mostly to Latin America. Besides preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in churches, Tony has led teams which have worked with overseas churches to put on evangelistic and healing crusades, marriage conferences for pastors and church leaders, and seminars on a variety of topics including marketplace ministry and developing the gift of prophecy in the church. By God’s grace the Lord often confirms his Word with signs, wonders and miracles wherever these teams go. The goal of these different activities is to strengthen and encourage God’s church. Tony is the founding pastor (now retired) of Connection Church in Clermont, Florida. He also leads a pastors’ fellowship in Clermont, which meets weekly and conducts quarterly unity meetings. Tony is bi-vocational and when not travelling in missions works as an attorney in downtown Orlando. Tony has been married to Emily for nearly 40 years, and they minister together often. Tony and Emily live in Central Florida, have 3 adult children and are grandparents.