Chris Sonksen
Chris SonksenWisdom Conference
Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people at a single campus to several thousand across nine campuses. South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church.

In 1998 South Hills started with a single vision: to create a contemporary, friendly and down to earth church. Since its conception, South Hills has held Sunday morning services in a local lodge, a public-school auditorium and then finally in June of 2002 South Hills held its first service on their own property. With just a handful of people, the vision has grown and continues to grow as we seek to make a difference in our world.

Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas, and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives!

Chris is the founder of Church Boom an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church.

Chris is also spearheading the Convoy of Hope’s Feed One initiative. Convoy is a relief organization with “A Driving Passion to feed the World”. Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 and has served more than 55 MILLION people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response, and partner resourcing.

Aaron Burke
Aaron BurkeWisdom Conference
Aaron Burke first felt God’s call on his life at sixteen years old while on a missions trip to Nepal. Here, his eyes were opened to the love of God not only for himself but also for a hurting world in desperate need of a Savior.

After graduating from Southeastern University in 2005, Aaron spent time in Sri Lanka and India: working at orphanages, assisting with tsunami relief efforts, training pastors, and conducting village outreaches. He then settled in Pensacola, Florida, and opened a thrift store to raise funds for foreign missions. In addition, he also served as Student Ministries Pastor for six years, overseeing middle school through college-aged students. During this time, Aaron obtained his Masters in Business Administration. In 2010, he married his wife, Katie, and they now have four children.

At the beginning of 2013, Aaron and Katie took a major step of faith. Feeling the call to plant a church, they moved into South Tampa and started the process of building a team from scratch. The mission was to reach 87% of Tampa that is completely unchurched. After months of recruiting, praying, and strategizing, Radiant Church was officially launched on September 15, 2013, with 348 people in attendance. They now have three campuses and another one to launch in 2019.
Aaron and Katie have been living their dream ever since. They are continually amazed how God has used this local church to display the love of Jesus, develop disciples, and help people discover their God-given purpose. They firmly believe that the best is yet to come for Radiant Church and Tampa Bay!

Terry Raburn
Terry RaburnKeynote Speaker
Reverend Terrell (Terry) Raburn currently serves as the Superintendent of the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God and facilitates the management of the district with its various ministries and leadership responsibilities that incorporate assisting approximately 1,400 credentialed ministers and 350 churches. As Superintendent, Terry also oversees the District Office staff and the daily workload of the various departments, assists district ministers with problems and is always on call for emergencies across the peninsula. Terry and Athena travel to churches weekly to minister, dedicate facilities, and serve the people of our district in any capacity needed.

He represents the Fellowship nationally and overseas while serving as Chairman of Southeastern University, a member of the General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God and is a board member for Real Life Children’s Ranch, Native American University and American Bible Society for life. Among the Superintendent’s many assignments, he also sits on the Board of Directors for the Church Extension Plan Group and speaks at conferences and councils in the U.S. and internationally.

Terry earned a Master’s degree from Southeastern University and a degree in Political Science, Sociology, and Anthology from the University of Alabama. He also has a background in Communications, in Radio Broadcasting and News Reporting for the Beirut Daily Star.

Terry and Athena are both ordained ministers in the Assemblies of God and Athena holds a degree in Business Administration. Together the Raburns authored the story of their missionary journey in the Middle East, Under the Guns in Beirut, and a discipleship book for teens, Starting Blocks, and numerous articles for publications and periodicals. In 1990, Terry began serving as the National Director of the Divisions of Church Ministries in the General Council Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. Responsibilities included Youth, Chi-Alpha, Speed the Light, Women’s Ministries, Girl’s Ministries, Men’s Ministries, Royal Rangers, and Light for the Lost, Music Department, Sunday school, BGMC, and Christian Education. During his tenure, Raburn facilitated the development of programs and church educational materials and represented the Fellowship in travel and on many boards. In 1996 Terry Raburn became the Superintendent and Home Missions Director of Peninsular Florida.

Reverend Terry Raburn is a fourth-generation preacher whose grandfathers on both sides of his family were pioneers in Pentecost, as well as Charter Members of the Assemblies of God in the Florida and Georgia districts. Terry’s mother and father were church planters and pastors in the southeast.

Timothy A. Williams
Timothy A. WilliamsMemorial Service
Tim Williams as an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Pastor Tim and his late wife Suzi pastor Victory Worship Center in Plant City.
Tim was a former Sebring police officer, where he served and ministered to his home town community for six years. In 1998, he left the police force to begin his studies to become an ordained minister. Tim served as Associate/Youth Pastor at First AG in Lake Placid from 1998-2004. In 2004, he and his family left his home town to follow God’s calling to Plant City. He has five children: Garrett, Jessica, Justin, Abigail, and Isaac.
Paul Thangiah
Paul ThangiahWorld Missions Service
Reverend Paul Thangiah is a trailblazing leader, committed to the vision God has given him confidence in His great promises. He serves as Founder and Senior Pastor of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church, which caters to over 25,000 people in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Pastor Paul is a well-known and well-respected preacher who has traveled to 64 nations declaring the good news of our Lord Jesus, sharing principles of leadership at seminars, encouraging pastors and conducting prayer drives. He strongly believes that every minister must have a heart that is broken by the things that break the very heart of God, eyes flowing with tears in intercession, and lips filled with praise. A shepherd at heart, he identifies and understands the challenges of pastoral ministry. He is truly a Pastor to the pastors and makes every effort to uplift them and their families.

Donna L. Barrett
Donna L. BarrettOrdination Service
As general secretary of the Assemblies of God, U.S.A., Donna L. Barrett is a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. Barrett oversees the credentialing of ministers, church chartering, the collection of official statistics, and the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.

Prior to her appointment as general secretary, Barrett was a church planter, serving as founder and lead pastor of Rockside Church (Assemblies of God) in Independence, Ohio. Following seven years as a paralegal, Barrett became a credentialed minister in 1986. She served ten years as youth pastor at Highway Tabernacle Assembly of God in Youngstown, Ohio, followed by seven years as associate pastor at Bethel Christian in Parma, Ohio.

Barrett is the first woman to serve on the Executive Leadership Team. While pastoring, she was elected by her peers to serve as an executive presbyter for four years with the Ohio Ministry Network and then elected to serve as general presbyter for four years.

The denomination has more than 13,000 congregations in the United States with over three million adherents. The U.S. Assemblies of God is part of a larger World Assemblies of God Fellowship with a membership of over 68 million.