Wednesday, 9-10 PM
PEP Talks are short, expertly crafted talks (each no more than 18 minutes) designed to encourage, challenge, and generate meaningful discussion. How does the Holy Spirit work through a pastor at porn conventions, or through a television producer as she digs into the lives of some of the most notorious criminals murderers, or through a pastor at one of the largest churches in America who grew up in Churches of Christ confused as to why the Holy Spirit of Scripture was largely absent from our churches? You will hear those stories and more at PEP Talks.
Marcus Brecheen is the Associate Senior Pastor of the Gateway Network. Before coming to Gateway, he studied business in college, received an MBA and pursued a career in the field of finance. After being called into ministry, Marcus received a Master's degree in Theology and served as a senior pastor for eight years before joining the Gateway staff in 2002. His passion is to help people learn to walk with Jesus in the fullness and authority He purchased for them through the cross. Marcus and his wife, Lexa, have five children: Macey, Bethany, Seth, Cole and Brielle.
Craig Gross is an author, speaker, pastor, and revolutionary. He shot to prominence in 2002 when he founded the website XXXchurch.com as a response to the hurting he saw both in those addicted to pornography and those who made their living in the porn industry. Craig also spearheaded the development of X3watch, an internet accountability system that is used by over 1 million people. Craig is the author of 13 books and has been featured in GQ magazine, Newsweek, Time, Wired, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife Jeanette and their two children. His most recent book is called Through a Man's Eyes: Helping Women Understand The Visual Nature of Men.
Bethany Jones began her career in television working as a researcher on the Fox drama series Prison Break. She has since produced Grantland/ESPN's award-winning piece on the Compton Cricket Club, the first all-American inner-city cricket club that exists today. Since then she has produced hours of TV for Oxygen, A&E, LMN, CNN, Discovery, and many other networks. Her credits include Declassified: The Untold Stories of American Spies, Three Days to Live, Betrayed, Unmasking a Killer and Dick Wolf's Criminal Confessions to name a few. Bethany earned the nickname "the inmate whisperer" having interviewed convicted criminals, murderers, spies and terrorists. She has also interviewed leading government officials, federal agents, United States Attorneys, and law enforcement officers across the country. Due to her experience in interviewing law enforcement and convicted felons, Bethany was one of the selected few chosen by the FBI director in Los Angeles to take part in the FBI Citizens Academy, a 10-week interactive class specifically designed to educate civilians about the inner working, roles and responsibilities of the FBI Agency. Bethany holds an honors degree from the University of Wales, U.K. in English literature and French.
Joshua Parrish, host of PEP Talks, loves to hear what God is doing in and around the world, to engage in conversations that inspire and encourage us to grow. He believes the heart of ministry begins with being and making disciples, so you're more likely to sit across a table and enjoy a cup of coffee with him than see him at a keynote event. He has a wife and two kids that teach him more than he could've ever imagined about love, forgiveness, and true joy. He's trying to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength a little more each day.