2017 District Summit Speakers


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 Missions Dinner Speaker Monday, April 24  6:30 pm
Reserved DINNER TICKET required.  
Purchase ticket with Summit Pre-Registration.

Pastor Andy Raatz and his wife Nancy have clearly sensed God's direction to serve in missions. They served eight years in rustic Moldova where they focused on church planting, served as country leaders, and established the Freedom Home, a long term aftercare home for survivors of trafficking.  Those years were both exciting and challenging. Four years ago, Andy accepted the position as the  AGWM Area Director for Russia/Belarus.

 See full bio at https://agwm.com/phone/comm.html

Nancy will be sharing at the Ladies Luncheon Monday at 11:30.   She has her BA from the University of Minnesota and a MA from the University of Valley Forge, was recently ordained, and is passionate about ministry to and with women. 

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Rev. Denny Curran will be sharing in a Tuesday speaker forum and is our Credentialing Service speaker.

Pastor Denny is the Lead Pastor of River of Life church in Cold Sping, MN.  He has felt called to central Minnesota and rural church planting since 1993.  Starting with a 6 person prayer meeting, River of Life church has steadily grown and is in their third phase of building.  River of Life church has planted churches in the rural towns of Glenwood, Freeport, Becker, Sartell, and Annandale, and currently working on Waite Park.  

Denny is married to Cheryl and has four children and five grandchildren.   

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Tuesday Morning Forum Co-Speaker
with Rev. Denny Curran

Kirby is currently on staff at River of Life in Cold Spring, Minnesota as the youth pastor.  From his start in 1998 to present, he has invested in the lives of teenagers in central Minnesota and growing Breakthrough Student Ministries.  Kirby pushed students to be passionate in changing the world.  In 2015, Breakthrough students lead Minnesota to being the first district to give over $1,000,000 to Speed the Light. 
Kirby and his wife, Desiree, have three children.  
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Forum Speaker

Senior Director, Center for Leadership and Church Development

As the senior director of the Center for Leadership and Church Development, Dr. Chris Railey is focused on uniting the efforts of the multiple AG departments and ministry layers that contribute to resourcing ministers, church planting, and leadership groups across the Assemblies of God. This includes areas such as Church Multiplication Network, Hispanic Relations, Ethnic Fellowships, AG Coaching, Women in Ministry, Center for Holy Lands Studies, Alliance for Higher Education, as well as Influence Magazine and Roundtable events.