Platform Speakers

George Holley, Evangelist

George Holley is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, A native of Gallipolis, Ohio, Helley has spent the last 20 years as a full-time evangelist after serving 17 years as a pastor of Crown City Wesleyan Church in Crown City, Ohio.

With only one meeting scheduled and no savings in the bank, he and his wife Patti stepped out in obedience by faith.  God began to open doors and to provide in ways that we could have never imagined.  To this date, they have never had to call and ask for a meeting.  The rest of the story has been a tremendous journey of seeing what faith in God can do.  The Holleys firmly believe, faith is not a leap in the dark, but a stepping in the light.

Tom Atkins, Evangelist

Tom Atkins, a General Evangelist in The United Methodist Church, seeks to bring the timeless truths and experiences of the gospel to our contemporary culture. His major focus of ministry is helping local churches—through revival services, camp meetings, and men’s retreats—to experience real revival through the power of the Holy Spirit so that the body of Christ is renewed in spirit, refreshed in faith, and revived in power.

Tom graduated from Asbury College (now University) with a B.A. degree in Physical Education in 1968 and from Asbury Theological Seminary with an M.Div. degree in 1971. He has served as president of the Asbury University Alumni Board; vice-chair of the East West Christian Church and Ministry Report, and president of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists. Tom presently serves on the board of directors for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Georgia.

Prior to his appointment as a full-time evangelist, Tom pastored United Methodist churches in North Georgia for 23 years. Since then, he has preached in 30 annual conferences in the United States. In 2013, Tom was awarded the Philip Award for Faithful and Fruitful Ministry of Evangelism at the National Congress on Evangelism.

Tom and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1968. They have two sons and six grandchildren.

Dr, Caleb Friedeman, Bible Teacher

Caleb Friedeman is a pastor-theologian with a passion to teach, preach, write, and lead in service to the church. He holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Asbury University, an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology—New Testament from Wheaton College.

Caleb serves as David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Associate Professor of New Testament at Ohio Christian University. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has served as an associate pastor at Nazarene churches in Mississippi and Illinois.

Friedeman has been active in scholarship. He is editor of Listen, Understand, Obey: Essays on Hebrews in Honor of Gareth Lee Cockerill (Pickwick, 2017), a volume to which he also contributed an essay. He has written articles for Lexham Bible Dictionary and contributed to Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader by Karen Jobes (Kregel, 2016). A number of his popular-level articles appear on, and he has been featured in Seedbed’s Seven Minute Seminary series. He is currently editing a substantial reference volume and plans to publish his dissertation soon.