As men, we can put more energy, ambition, life, and time into everything the world offers. All of these things are good as long as we know where it comes from and priority triangle is in order . . . Jesus! Life is meant to be lived with passion and purpose! Men should come find out how to realign our lives to live in a constant state of passion and purpose for the King.

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JANUARY 26

8:15-9:00 Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:15-10:00 Worship

10:00-10:30 Speaker 1 - Chuck Tate

10:45-11:45 Speaker 2 - Bishop Criss

11:45-12:30 Boxed Lunch

12:30-12:45 Worship

12:45-2:00 Speaker 3- Chad Richmond & Worship

 

 

 

Chuck Tate is the award-winning author of 41 Will Come(Tyndale Momentum) and the founder and lead pastor of RockChurch, a growing and thriving congregation in the heart of Illinois. Prior to planting RockChurch in 1998, Chuck worked for a national youth ministry in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In that role, he managed and spoke at conventions across the United States and Canada, and co-produced a national television program that aired on Trinity Broadcasting Network. 
 
Chuck hosts a LIVE weekly podcast (41 Strong) on PeoriaLife.com (also available on iTunes) and is a contributor for CharismaMag.com and North Central University Magazine. He has also been featured on the international television show 100 Huntley Street and multiple national radio shows and podcasts, including In The Market With Janet Parshall (Moody Radio).
 
Chuck and his wife, Annette, are the parents of Savannah (14) and Ashton (11). 


Bishop Timothy E. Criss is the seventh of eight children born to Superintendent Robert Criss and the late Evangelist Georgianna Criss.  Bishop Criss comes from a family of singers and ministers, and serves faithfully with the United Covenant Churches of Christ, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Eric Daniel Garnes.

 

At the age of ten, Bishop Timothy Criss accepted Christ as his Savior.  He became an ordained minister in July 1979, and has served in several ministerial capacities before accepting Pastoral  duties at what is now the Greater City of Refuge Church in Peoria, Illinois on March 19, 1995.

Bishop Criss resides with his loving wife of 40 years, Sherry, and is grateful for their two daughters, Timony Criss-Kirkwood and Arienne Criss- Thornton, and their families.  He is also a graduate of Bradley University and will complete his Masters of Divinity in 2017 and has completed a community Leadership Program through The Harvard School of Divinity.

 

His mission throughout every area of ministry is that of illustrating the love and compassion of Christ for the community by providing Biblically-centered distinctive human care services, which result in improvement, stabilization, family strengthening, business development, and self-empowerment.

Greater City of Refuge is known as  "A Ministry in the Heart of the City, with the City in its Heart!" The Ministry purchased a 52,000 square foot facility to accommodate the growing needs of a growing congregation.  Since then there has been a continuous effort to keep the congregation Biblically knowledgeable, and challenged to grow.  As such, our Ministry recently purchased a school facility which measures 66,000 square feet, and sits on 3 1/2 acres which is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017 as the Promise Academy.

 

Besides his several duties as a Bishop, Pastor, Husband, Father and Grandfather he is also an author, songwriter and an avid businessman.

 

Bishop Timothy Criss has accepted an awesome responsibility in the Body of Christ as a newly consecrated Bishop, and the congregation is very excited to have him as their leader.  As the horizon expands, and his responsibilities grow, they have pledged their support, and are compelled to "run with the vision."


 

 

 

 

Chad Richmond is a locally known worship leader in our community who has a heart for seeing lives changed and living for the kingdom of God. He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 20 years. They have two children: Cody, 28, and Dakota, 20. Chad founded, led, and participated in several evangelistic outreaches in our area which have resulted in numerous decisions for Christ. He is also founder of the band, Revive Worship, that has participated in conferences across the Midwest over the past 5 years. Chad gave his life to Christ in September of 2000 and has been serving the Lord for 18 years.