Ken has traveled throughout the United States and into Canada to tell people about the Living God who has the power to transform lives. He speaks at churches, revivals, conventions, conferences, and retreats of all kinds. He even speaks in public schools, encouraging students not to give into peer pressure and to live a life that makes a difference. One principal commented, “Our kids have never behaved so well during an assembly. They had a good time, but when he got down to it, you could have heard a pin drop.”
Ken’s approach to evangelism allows him to grab the attention of his audience through humor and his down to earth personality. His message, then, is always delivered in a fresh, easy to understand manner that roots itself in God’s word. Ken’s ability to be versatile allows him to communicate well in any setting, traditional or contemporary, school auditorium or church staff meeting, a large convention or an intimate retreat.
Dr. Ed Newton
Dr. Ed Newton is the lead pastor of Community Bible Church, in San Antonio, a 27,000 member congregation, a multiple campus, missional community of multigenerational, multicultural disciple makers who seek to initiate and celebrate life change in Jesus name. Dr. Newton is an author, speaker, and a leader with an intentional burden to speak into the capital “C” church towards revival, leadership, evangelism, discipleship, leadership, missional living, and especially for the “next” generation to become a “now” generation. Pastor Ed Newton received his formal training from several institutions such as earning a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries from Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, Florida, a Masters in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN, a Masters in Divinity, and Doctorate of Ministry in Pulpit Communication from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh Indiana.
A mix of comedy and culture gives Chris an instant connection with the students and adults at Wild Week. 2017 will be Chris Taylor’s third year to be one of the Wild Week Pastors and he has been a great addition MC’ing, speaking, and teaching.
Chris and his wife Nicole have two children (Truett and Tag) and they live in Grand Bay, Alabama. Chris has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Liberty University, is a traveling speaker, and entrepreneur. We are welcomed to have him continue being with us for years to come. Chris is widely known for his “I’m Asian” Sign that was nationally broadcasted on ESPN’s College Gameday.
Jacob Smith is a College Pastor at Grace Bible Church in College Station, TX. Jacob was called by God into full-time ministry during his freshman year at Texas A&M University. After a number of years in student ministry, Jacob transitioned into college ministry in 2013. Jacob and his wife, Susan, live in College Station with their daughter, Charlotte, and their son, Lawrence.
Jeremy Freeman has been the Pastor of First Baptist Church Newcastle since July 2009. He is married to the beautiful Emily Freeman. Together they have 5 children: Brittany, Caleb, Clayton, Trey, and Aubrey.
He became a Christian at 16 years old and God called him into full time ministry when he was 17. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated with a Master of Arts in Religion in May of 1999. After college, he took his first full time ministry position in Rogers, AR. While in Rogers, he began attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary via extension center. He graduated from Southern in May of 2008 with Master of Divinity degree.
Tyler Campbell was born on October 26, 1986 in Houston, Texas, to Earl and Reuna Campbell. Tyler recalls life-changing words learned from his father at an early age, “A Campbell Never Quits.” Whenever confronted with life’s obstacles, this lesson provides strength and encouragement.
Being equipped with a powerful testimony. Tyler has become a spokesperson for empowering, inspiring and motivating messages of confidence and self-worth; messages that lift the human spirit and change one’s perspectives on life.
Tyler, a graduate of San Diego State University, is proudly married to Shana Campbell. They are the parents of one son, Messiah Campbell. The Campbell family resides in Texas.
Meredith King and Stephen Searles (True to Life Ministries)
Executive Director, Meredith King and Student Services Coordinator, Stephen Searles, come to us from True to Life Ministries. Their Mission Statement: We are a nonprofit organization committed to helping students and adults transition out of poverty and move toward self-sufficiency. Our team includes 18 program leaders, case managers, facilitators, and professionals who link arms with more than 300 volunteers.
Our philosophy about transitioning out of poverty isn’t based on good ideas; it’s backed by research. There are many factors causing adults, students, and families to stay stuck, and one-off touches aren’t enough. Research shows that for people to transition out of poverty, they must grow their resources – and we aren’t just talking about money. Resources are emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical. They include support systems, relationships, and the capacity to plan for the future. Research also shows intervention efforts are minimally effective outside of meaningful relationships.
In other words, we can pour a lot of time, money, and effort into doing good work and meeting needs, but without relationships and a long-term strategy, much of it goes to waste.
Three things are proven to be effective when carried out together, so our whole strategy to serve adults and students is built around them.
Elisha Dorsett has been speaking at Wild Week for 7 years and counts it one of her greatest honors! She has been married almost 20 years to her high school sweetheart and has three beautiful children.
Elisha Dorsett is the Vocal Director and Worship Leader at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas. She oversees the Vocal Accelerate Program that is designed to raise up future worship leaders. She is also on staff at Summit Christian Academy as the music teacher, Secondary Choir Director, Show Choir Director, Chapel Teacher and Student Worship Team Director. Elisha has a heart to see the next generation rise up in their giftings, and lives to inspire young people to burn with passion in their love for Jesus and the call to holiness.
Jeff Montgomery has been the camp director for Wild Week since 2010. During the school year he teaches Sophomore and Senior English and coaches baseball at Regents School of Austin, Texas. Along with coaching and teaching high school students he also serves as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor at Westlake. He is a elder at Life Austin Church and has been involved with the youth program as a youth leader there for the last 12 years.
Ron and Felicia Bruno
Felicia and Ron currently reside in Austin, Texas, and have been married and working together
for over 21 years. Over the past 10 years both Felicia and Ron have worked with youth, within
their church at Life Austin, as youth leaders. They both have been fitness trainers for many years
and are the developers of the health and wellness program, COR: 6 Fitness, teaching others how
to live a healthy lifestyle as laid out within the Bible.
Ron and Felicia are both key figures of Altura HealthShare, a recognized health care sharing
ministry, that gives individuals health coverage options around the country, while helping spread
the ministry of Jesus Christ.
Prior to working in his current position, Ron has over 30 years’ experience in the development of
companies from multiple sectors of the business arena. His experiences as an entrepreneur range
from program development, fund raising within the public and private sector, investor relations,
commercial and residential development, construction and financing industry. These companies combined generated over $600 million dollars in sales and revenue.
Felicia over the past 20 has closely worked with Ron, helping him to build their correctional business as
well as assisting in his residential and commercial construction business. Felicia also spent 10 years as a
national competitor in the area of fitness and bodybuilding. As a certified personal trainer, Felicia, as
changed the lives of so many, helping them to understand the benefits of living healthy life styles.