Though it may be easier for Christians to transform culture or even withdraw from it, what does it look like to engage culture, and do it well? Join hundreds of church pastors, lay leaders, and staff at Engage 2017 as we dive into the topic of engaging the culture – a conversation relevant for all believers, not just lead pastors or those in Acts 29. Engage will feature 25 speakers and 20 workshops, and is hosted in Reno, ‘The Biggest Little City in the World.’


Hunter Beaumont

Hunter Beaumont is Lead Pastor of Fellowship Denver Church in Denver, CO.  He planted Fellowship in 2006 with a team of friends who are laboring together to “see a gospel movement that fills Denver with disciples of Jesus.”  He also serves this mission by recruiting and coaching church planters and by helping people connect their faith to their work.  His involvements include: trainer for Fellowship Associates, Regional Director for Acts 29 Mountain West, and founding board member of Denver Institute for Faith & Work.  Hunter is a softcore outdoorsman who is avidly mediocre at several Colorado pursuits: snow skiing, road cycling and fly fishing.  He also enjoys reading broadly and checking out live music.  If he wasn’t a pastor, he would be an author, Secretary of State, or modern architect.  He has a MTh from Dallas Theological Seminary and was a CPA in his previous life.

Mike Cosper

Mike Cosper is the director of Harbor Media, where he develops resources for Christians in a post-Christian world. Prior to that, he served as one of the founding pastors of Sojourn Community Church, a multisite congregation in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of several books, including The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth, and Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World. He lives in Louisville with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters, Dorothy and Maggie.

Brian Howard

Brian Howard has 25 years of proven leadership experience as a leadership coach, non-profit executive, church planter, lead pastor, and business owner. He has successfully started two businesses and several non-profit corporations, and currently coaches leaders as the executive director of Context Coaching. He also leads church multiplication for the Pacific Church Network.

Brian is the chairman of the Acts 29 Board, and the Network Director for the Acts 29 US West Network, where he directs church planter training, coaching, networking, and leads the network leadership team. Brian holds a Master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology. He has been married for 23 years to the love of his life, and they have four children, ages 12-18.

Ty Neal

Ty Neal is the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Grace Point Church in North Las Vegas; NV. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He also serves on the Acts 29 West Network Lead Team as well as the Southern Nevada Area Leader. Ty and his wife of 22 years, Angie, have four children. He loves to share God’s Word in such a way that is understandable to people all across the spiritual spectrum, from no church background to a seasoned believer. When he has some downtime, he enjoys being an obnoxious University of Kentucky fan.

Rachelle Starr

Rachelle Starr is a mother to a beautiful little boy named Isaac who is three and a wife to an amazing husband named Joshua. She grew up a pastor’s kid and loved the Lord from an early age. In 2006 Rachelle moved to Louisville, Kentucky and worked in advertising and marketing until the Lord called her to leave the corporate world and minister to women in the adult entertainment industry. In 2008 Rachelle founded the ministry Scarlet Hope, which is now a national ministry. Her mission in life is to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with women in the adult entertainment industry. In January of 2016 she opened a social enterprise, Scarlet’s Bakery, that offers transferable job skill training to women seeking a second chance at a new career.

Steve Timmis

Steve Timmis lives in Sheffield where he is the Senior Elder in The Crowded House. He is the Executive Director of Acts 29.  He is married to Janet, and they have four children and a growing number of grandchildren. He has co-authored a number of books with Tim Chester, including Total Church, as well as authoring a couple all on his own – Gospel Centered Leadership and I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That!

Harvey Turner

Harvey Turner is the Founding and Preaching Pastor of Living Stones Church in Reno, Nevada, the founding church of the Living Stones Network with churches throughout Northern Nevada. Harvey has studied at Multnomah University, Western Seminary, and received his Masters in Missional Leadership at the Resurgence Training Center in Seattle, WA. Harvey also serves as the Regional Director for the West Region of the Acts 29 Network, which oversees church planting in Nevada, California, Arizona, and Hawaii. Harvey and his wife, Rachael, have three children.

Twitter: @PastorHarv

Instagram: @PastorHarv



Brandon Washington

Brandon Washington grew up in Dallas, Texas and studied Political Science at the University of North Texas. While helping a friend plant a church in San Antonio he met his wife Cheri. They now have two beautiful children, Reese and Ellis. Soon after they wed, the couple moved to Denver where Brandon initiated studies at Denver Seminary and served as an Adult Ministries Pastor. After studying as a church planting resident in Arkansas at Fellowship Associates, he and his family moved back to Denver and launched The Embassy Church. Their sincere desire is to see that God is made famous in their city.


Jim Applegate

Jim is pastor of Redeemer in Modesto, CA. He has been married to Heather for 25 years and has five kids. Jim enjoys building organizational systems that help churches achieve the mission of planting churches while helping pastors avoid burn out. Jim became a U.S. Citizen in 2010, having moved here from England.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Pastor of Worship & Liturgy at Grace Point Church in North Las Vegas, NV. He also leads the Las Vegas Worship Cohort and serves in the Air Force Reserves. He loves connecting people’s hearts and minds to Jesus by leading and writing gospel-centered music. He and his smoking-hot wife of 11 years, Danielle, have 4 amazing children.

Justin Buzzard

Justin loves exploring God’s world with friends and helping people live a meaningful adventure. He serves as lead pastor of Garden City Church, which he planted in 2011. Justin has authored several books on topics such as understanding your life story, manhood, marriage, and the importance of cities, and also writes at A fifth-generation Californian, Justin’s home is Silicon Valley, where he lives with his wife, Taylor, and their three sons.

Brandon Cash

Brandon has been the pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo, California since 1998. He also teaches at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; where he serves as the director of the Preaching and Pastoral Ministry Program. In addition, Brandon is the chaplain for the LA Dodgers and the LA Kings. Brandon has nearly completed his PhD in Old Testament Theology at Fuller Seminary, and recently co-authored a commentary on Daniel that will be released later this year. Brandon is married to Courtney and they have four children.

Paul Dean

Dr. Paul Dean is the founding Pastor of Soma Eastside Church, Issaquah Washington, and author of Courage: Roy Blanchard’s Journey in America’s Forgotten War. Paul writes and speaks extensively connecting both theology and history to challenges that face Americans today. He is married and has 4 children.

Jason Diaz

Jason has served as the Pastor of Discipleship at Living Stones Church in Reno for more than 6 years, primarily leading Community Groups. Prior to his involvement at Living Stones, Jason and his wife, Lauren, served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ in San Jose, Costa Rica. Jason and Lauren have 3 children; Mateo (7), Reese (5), and Elijah (1).

Thien Doan

Thien has been working in the area of church planting in various roles for more than a decade, serving as an assessor, coach, consultant, and strategist. He has planted three churches in Southern California, and is currently the Lead Pastor of Citylights Church in Little Saigon, Orange County, which is among the first church plants targeting one of the least-reached people groups in North America. Thien is a graduate of Bible College and of Talbot Theological Seminary, Biola University (MDiv, DMin-abd). He and his wife of 17 years, Kerry, have been married for 17 years and live in Fountain Valley, California. They are huge Lakers fans and spend many nights yelling at the television because of how bad the Lakers are playing.

Tim Fraiser

Tim has been the Pastor of Discipleship at Grace Point Church in North Las Vegas, Nevada for the past four years, where his primary roles are to oversee Community Groups and Care & Counseling. Prior to this, Tim served in the United States Air Force for 10 years. He has a degree in Psychology from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Ministry and Leadership from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Tim and his wife, Kate have 4 children.

Mark Hallock

Mark serves as the Lead Pastor of Calvary Church in Englewood, Colorado. Calvary is a church planting church but also assists existing churches in finding their sweet spot and working toward revitalization. His great desire is to see the gospel transform lives and neighborhoods through the planting of new congregations, along with the revitalization of declining congregations, throughout the city of Denver. Mark earned his M.Div from Denver Seminary and his D.Min from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is grateful for 16 years of marriage to his wife, Jenna, and loves being a daddy to their kids, Zoe and Eli.

Dave Kraft

Dave is passionate about being the very best leader and leader developer he can be as he is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Dave wrote “Leaders Who Last” in 2010, “Mistakes Leaders Make” in 2012 and “Learning Leadership From Nehemiah” in 2015. He has had the joy of conducting seminars all over the world based on these books. He is the Discipleship and Coaching Pastor at Village Church Irvine in Southern California. Dave and Susan have been married for 48 years. They have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

Chris Lewis

Chris has been the Lead Pastor of Foothill Church in Glendora, California since 2006, an 80-year-old church that has seen great change and growth by God’s grace in this time: numerical and financial growth, hundreds of responses to the gospel and baptisms, and moving doctrinally from Arminian to Reformed. Foothill church has also supported (or is currently supporting) missionaries and church plants from Lithuania to Thailand, Boston to LA. Chris’s passion is preaching, teaching and leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, rooted in the gospel. Chris has been happily married to Michelle Lewis for 28 years and is the father to four of his favorite people in the world: Gabbie, Tucker, Berkeley and Gracie.

Joel Limpic

Joel is a worship leader and songwriter who grew up in Brazil but now lives in Denver, Colorado, and works as the pastor of Liturgy & Arts at Park Church. He loves God, people, music, and out of that love has led worship for over 22 years. He is one of the co-founders of The Verses Project which creates musical and visual art to help others memorize & meditate on Scripture. He’s married to Morgan and has three beautiful daughters.

Philip Moore

In 2006 Phillip moved to France to pastor a church in the Paris area. Since then, by God’s grace, the church has planted 3 daughter churches and trained and sent a couple to plant a church in the center of Paris. He is now the Acts 29 Network Director for Europe. Philip is married to Rachel and they have 5 children.

Mark Omohundro

Mark grew up in Northern Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 with a degree in business management. He has been the Kids Director at Living Stones Church Reno since 2013. One of the things he remembers most about Sunday school as a kid was the relationships he had with his teachers at church. Today, he enjoys building positive relationships with kids where they can talk about Jesus.

Boz Tchividjian

Boz is a former assistant state attorney and served as chief prosecutor in the Sexual Crimes Division, where he gained experience in cases involving sexual abuse. He later served as the attorney for the Child Advocacy Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Boz founded GRACE in 2003 to address issues of abuse in a Christian environment. He has spoken extensively on the subject of child abuse at various events, has authored numerous law journal articles related to the issue and a new mini-book entitled, Protecting Children from Abuse at Church: Steps to Prevent and Respond (New Growth), and writes a related blog for Religion News Service entitled, “Rhymes with Religion.”  Boz currently serves as a law professor at Liberty University School of Law.

Michael Turner

Michael is a graduate, by the grace of God, of Stanford University, Harvard Medical School, and the Mayo Clinic. He has practiced clinical medicine his entire career but considers himself first and foremost a “self-funded domestic missionary” and loves the challenge of living for God in the workplace. Besides being a physician, he has held a variety of jobs including book shelver, property manager, secretary, classroom teacher, and bread truck driver. Michael is married to a dynamic and amazing wife and is the proud father of 7 children (5 adopted). Also, he may be caught doing yoga poses in public.

George Velarde

George serves as a pastor at Living Stones Church, overseeing all pastoral care and church membership. Having served as a pastor since the church’s inception in 2003, George has devoted his life towards building a healthy church that is filled with healthy disciples. Now within the Pastoral Care role at Living Stones, he has been given the opportunity to focus primarily on nurturing the broken and wounded back to a place of health. George and his wife Jamie have been married for 13 years and have 3 sons.



5:00-7:00 PM
Main Session #1 – Harvey Turner, Hunter Beaumont


9:00-10:30 AM
Main Session #2- Brian Howard, Rachelle Starr

10:30-11:00 AM

11:00-12:15 PM
Workshop  Session #1

12:15-2:00 PM

2:00-3:15 PM
Workshop Session #2

3:15-3:30 PM

3:30-5:00 PM
Main Session #3 – Mike Cosper, Ty Neal

5:00 PM
End of Day 2


9:00-10:15 AM
Main Session #4 – Brandon Washington

10:15-10:45 AM

10:45-12:00 PM
Main Session #5 – Steve Timmis

12:00 PM
Conference Ends


The conference will be held at:
Living Stones Reno Church
445 S. Virigina St. Reno, NV 89501

Parking for the conference is located in the Bank of America Parking Garage. Parking is $5 per hour with a $30 day maximum, and is not included with your conference fees. If you stay parked in the garage until 5:30pm, parking fees will be waived. The church is also walking distance to the hotels.

Entrance to garage is on the west side of the building on Sierra St.



For hotel accommodations, we’ve made special arrangements with two hotels: the more affordable option is the Silver Legacy Casino Hotel at $59 per room per night. When booking your hotel, please be sure to request the group code “KKLSC17” to receive the Acts 29 rate. The Silver Legacy Group Reservations Department phone number is 800-687-8733.  We also recommend the Whitney Peak Hotel as a non-casino option at $116 per room per night; group code is “Acts 29” and the Whitney Reservation line is 775-398-5400.



Airport: The Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is a mere 4 miles from the hotels and only takes 12-15 minutes to arrive.
Shuttle: The Silver Legacy offers a free shuttle running every 30 minutes daily from 5am-12 midnight. Whitney Peak Hotel also offers a shuttle. It is $10/way and must be reserved 24 hours in advance by calling (775) 329-4777.
Parking: Silver Legacy & Whitney peak offers self and valet parking.
Driving: The Silver Legacy and Whitney Peak are easily accessible from both the 395 and 80 freeways


Workshops # 1:

  1. Hard Edges and Common Good: Engaging Culture in a Hostile World – Mike Cosper
  2. Critical Systems and Structures for Church Health – Brian Howard
  3. How to Become a Church Planting Church – Jim Applegate
  4. Reviving a Dying Church – Chris Lewis
  5. A Philosophy of Soul Care – George Velarde & Tim Frazier
  6. Marriage in Church Planting – Justin Buzzard
  7. Offenders in the Church: Who Are They and How Do They Operate? – Boz Tchividjian
  8. The Life & Liturgies of a Worship Leader with Joel Limpic and Matt Butler
  9. Faith in the Workplace: Why We Shouldn’t All Be Pastors with Michael Turner

Workshops #2:

  1. Keys to Developing International Partnerships – Phillip Moore & Steve Timmis
  2. Ministering to Prostitutes: How the Gospel Transforms How We See Beauty with Rachelle Starr
  3. Secrets of Successful Church Planting – Brian Howard and Harvey Turner
  4. How the Psalms Can Help Us Navigate The Rough Seas of Culture – Brandon Cash
  5. Leaders that Last – Dave Kraft
  6. How to Be An Excellent Community Group Leader – Jason Diaz
  7. Reaching the Wandering Millennial – Thien Doan
  8. Developing a Shepherding Strategy for Your Elders – Mark Hallock
  9. Kids’ Ministry – Mark Omohundru
  10. Engaging Your Community by Using Your Spiritual Gifts with Paul Dean

Tickets Pricing $69 – $79

Purchase Ticket(s)

No ticket refunds will be offered after April 23, though registrations may be transferred to another name.