Platform Speakers

Tim Bias

Dr. Tim Bias has been a United Methodist pastor for 44 years and currently serves as district superintendent of Capitol Area South District of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.

He has an exceptional range of experience in rural and urban pastoral ministry as well as district, conference and denominational leadership. He is a visionary leader, strategic thinker, teacher and author who feels passionately about the importance of developing relationships to further ministry and make disciples for Christ.

Tim served two years as General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries. He previously served the agency as Director of Proclamation Evangelism where he was instrumental in developing the denomination’s Large Church Initiative. He also served as senior pastor of Peoria First UMC for 10 years in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and has been Director of the Appalachian Local Pastors School where he has taught preaching, pastoral care, evangelism and theology. Bias also in a past Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient from the United Methodist Foundation for Evangelism.

Mark Nysewander

Mark Nysewander recently retired as the teaching pastor of RiverStone Church in Kennesaw, Ga. He now works part-time with the Transformation Network, a church planting network in the greater Cobb County area.

He has been a pastor, church planter, missionary in Mexico and evangelist. Mark has written four books including The Fasting Key and his most recent is Revival Rising.

Mark is a graduate of Asbury University and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He and his wife, Kathy, currently live in Marietta, Ga., and have three adult children and six grandchildren