Watch the TED talks and Plenaries
from our 2019 Speakers

Roger Sutton –
The Big Picture

Gary Schmitz –
The Inner Life of a Leader 

Kevin Palau –
Being and Sharing the Good News

Stephen Sutton –
Relational Unity Matters

Mark Visvasam Nannan –
Together for a Better City

Kevin Palau –
The City and The Gospel

Richard Sutton  –
The Transformed City

Mark Visvasam Nannan –
Biblical Mandate & Practical Ways 

Gary Schmitz –
The Heart of God for our Cities

Stephen Sutton –
My Church, My City

Richard Long  –

Tom White –
What has God been speaking to us during CAPITALYZE


Worshiping Together

Come celebrate what God is doing in our cities and across our country


Working Together

Co-labouring more effectively for the advancement of the Gospel


Walking Together

Connecting with other teams and cities for greater impact in our nation

2019 Featured Talks & Speakers

Be taught and challenged by an outstanding line up of international
city-reaching leaders!

Participate in stimulating workshops and plenary sessions

Kevin Palau

City Gospel Movements U.S.A

Kevin will share about the relationships that the Church in Portland, Oregon has developed with civic leaders, including the Mayor, and the fruit that has resulted from these relationships.  Kevin consults and trains city-reaching movements across the Americas.

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Kevin Palau is president and CEO of the Luis Palau Association.  Under his leadership, LPA has partnered with tens of thousands of local churches to produce large Christian gatherings in cities around the globe, including major evangelistic campaigns in Washington DC; New York City; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

In 2008, Kevin pioneered the Festival 2.0 model that includes a citywide service initiative preceding the festival event. Designed for long-term sustainability well after the festival, this service initiative also gave birth to Palau’s City Gospel Movement effort which is now focused on celebrating, accelerating, and inspiring hundreds of Gospel Movements in cities around the world. Kevin’s unique passion, and the focus of the City Gospel Movements Team, is to inspire leaders to keep evangelism as a central focus in their ongoing gospel movement.

Kevin also helped develop Palau’s Next Generation Alliance, which exists to serve up-and-coming evangelists through mentoring and equipping. The experience and resources that have grown out of decades of work with other evangelists have also helped birth a new movement, working with organizations around the world to create a global network of evangelists.

Kevin lives in Beaverton, Oregon near LPA’s headquarters with his wife, Michelle. They have three grown children.

Roger Sutton

Gather & Movement Day U.K.

From Manchester, England, Roger works with 120 city wide movements across the United Kingdom and will share successes, insights and lessons from the British post-Christendom environment.  He has hosted Movement Day UK.

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Roger Sutton was the senior pastor of a flourishing Baptist church in Manchester England where he also was the chair of RUN: Reaching the Unchurched Network. He also served as chaplain to the Manchester United football team.  Roger currently co-chairs the Trafford Local Strategic Partnership and the Stronger Communities Board for Trafford Council in Manchester. He now leads Gather UK, an organization enabled by Evangelical Alliance to foster unity and city transformation in that nation. Currently they are seeing over a hundred cities develop their own transformation stories.

Roger and his team at Gather UK have hosted Movement Day UK in 2017 and are currently organizing Movement Day events in other cities in Britain.  He is married to Lesley and they have four grown-up children and eight grandchildren.

Stephen Sutton

Gather & Movement Day U.K.

A next-generational leader from Middlesbrough, England, Stephen pastors Coulby Newham Baptist Church and facilitates the regional unity network in Teesside in the northeast of England and is a member of the Gather UK executive team.

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Stephen is pastor of Coulby Newham Baptist Church in Middlesbrough and facilitates the newly formed unity movement across Teesside. Steve is passionate about community and social change especially amongst the most vulnerable in the North East of England. A Next-Generation leader, he is a member of the Gather UK team along with his parents and has spoken at Movement Day UK and Movement Day Australia in Sydney in 2018.

He is married to Leah and they have four young, energetic children.

Mark Visvasam Nannan

Kingdom’s Harvest International, India

Working in a Hindu environment in Chennai, India, Mark will share about the engagement of marketplace leaders who lead prayer meetings in over 100 workplaces and work together to serve their city.  The Chennai Transformation Network is over 20 years old and has been a model for many other cities and nations.  Mark hosts Movement Day India.

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Mark is an active leader in the Chennai Transformation Network.  Growing up in a Christian family in southern India, he began working with Campus Crusade for Christ in India in 1982. In the cities of Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi, he mentored and trained university students, young professionals, pastors and mission leaders for 28 years.  He was also instrumental in establishing hundreds of strategic partnerships with churches and missions in India to plant churches in rural and urban centres.  He serves on the Board of several indigenous mission organizations and networks.

Mark and his wife Vasanthi joined the staff of Kingdom’s Harvest International in 2010 to coach and mentor missionaries. Mark has earned his Doctor of Ministry in transformational leadership from Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA.  With his vast experience as a grassroots missionary, trainer of fulltime missionaries, regional leader, networker and church planter he is committed to take the gospel to all the nations to fulfill the Great Commission.

Tom White

Frontline Minitries

Crisscrossing the globe for over 30 years, Tom is the master of catalyzing and coaching city-reaching efforts in every culture and continent. He is part of the Global Movement Day team and has coached the Ottawa city-wide network for many years.

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Tom White (Frontline Ministries), conducts an international ministry catalyzing and developing citywide gospel movements, and teaching on the topics of spiritual formation, unity in the Body of Christ and spiritual warfare. Tom has emerged as a recognized innovator and practitioner in city transformation—building collaborative partnerships among kingdom leaders to more effectively reach their communities.

Among other books he has authored, CityWide Prayer Movements: One Church, Many Congregations, published in 2001, is a practitioners guide to birthing and building city or regional movements of prayer.

Tom currently serves on the Leadership Cabinet of “Movement Day”,  and has designed “City Advance”, a cutting-edge leadership learning community for citywide leadership teams. Tom has facilitated hundreds of Leaders Prayer Summits worldwide and currently coaches city movements in North America, India and Eastern Europe.

Tom and his wife Terri live in Corvallis, Oregon, giving leadership to the “Church of the Valley”, a two-decade old movement in Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley.

Gary Schmitz

Citywide Prayer, Kansas City

From Kansas City, Missouri, Gary leads a city-wide network of pastors who pray together in many unique and powerful ways.  This focus on prayer has been the impetus for many citywide collaborations including the formation of “Love KC”.

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Gary has served as pastor in the Kansas City, MO/KS area for 30+ years and is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Citywide Prayer Movement and Board Chairman and Founder of the Caring for Kids Network in Kansas City. He facilitates prayer summit retreats, teaches workshops and connects pastors, leaders and intercessors. He is a leader and networker in the growing movement of prayer and community transformation.  Gary’s passion is helping every believer grow in their love relationship with God, helping local congregations develop creative presence-based “houses of prayer”, and building collaborative unity among churches across denominational and racial lines seeking spiritual awakening and social transformation of local communities.

Gary has been married to his wife Barbara for 44 years, has one son Luke (married to Tiffany), wonderful grandchildren, and he loves fishing, hunting, biking, canoeing and being outdoors.

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