Speakers | World Challenge


Gary Wilkerson

Founding Pastor, The Springs Church. President, World Challenge. Author.

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people and the church is rapidly growing by God's grace. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.


David Wilkerson

Founder, World Challenge Inc., Founding Pastor, Times Square Church. Author.

David Wilkerson was the Founding Pastor of Times Square Church in New York City. He was called to New York in 1958 to minister to gang members and drug addicts, as told in the best-selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade. In 1987, David Wilkerson returned to "the crossroads of the world" to establish Times Square Church. As a pastor of the church, he faithfully led this congregation, delivering powerful biblical messages that encourage righteous living and complete reliance on God. David Wilkerson had a strong burden to encourage and strengthen pastors throughout the world. From 1999 to 2008, he traveled around the globe holding conferences for Christian ministers.


Carter Conlon

Senior Pastor, Times Square Church. Author.

Pastor Carter Conlon is the Senior Pastor of Times Square Church. He joined the pastoral staff in 1994 at the invitation of the founding pastor, David Wilkerson, and was appointed as senior pastor in 2001. Following a successful career in law enforcement, Pastor Carter pastored a church and directed a Christian school east of Ottawa, Canada. During his early years of ministry in Canada, he also owned and operated a sheep farm.
Pastor Carter’s shepherd’s heart is evident in the tender and compassionate way he leads the large congregation at Times Square Church. He is loved and well respected for his strong leadership and fiery passion for God. He is married to Teresa Conlon and they have three married children and four grandsons.
Pastor Carter has a bachelor’s degree in law and sociology.


Claude Houde

Senior Pastor, New Life Church. Chairman, French-World Theological Institute. President, Christian Association for the French Speaking Nations.

Claude Houde is the principal pastor of Église Nouvelle Vie (New Life Church) since 1993. Under his leadership, the church has seen a marvelous growth, from 50 people in its beginning to more than 4,000 in 2014. As an international speaker, he has ministered to pastors and leaders in many countries. He is also the chairman of the French-World Theological Institute and president of the Christian Association for the French speaking nations. He teaches on leadership, communication and pastoral theology and his courses are followed in all four corners of the French speaking world.
He has been married to Chantal for more than 25 years. They are parents to two children and an adopted daughter with two grandchildren. He resides in la Rive-Sud in Montreal.


Jim Cymbala

Senior Pastor, Brooklyn Tabernacle. Author.

Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years. He is also the author of the bestselling titles: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; Fresh Power; Breakthrough Prayer; The Life God Blesses; The Church God Blesses; and The Promise of God’s Power. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.


Neil Rhodes

President of Living New Covenant

Neil Rhodes, (BA Min), is the President of Living New Covenant ministries. He resides with his wife Noline in Florida. He has over 33 years of ministry experience gained by faithfully living and serving the Lord on three different continents. Neil’s wide experience includes church planting, lead pastor, and conducting marriage seminars throughout the world.


Patrick Pierre

Associate Pastor, Times Square Church.

Pastor Patrick Pierre is an associate pastor at Times Square Church. Having been discipled in the Times Square Church young adults ministry himself while in college, Pastor Patrick has proven to be a faithful, passionate minister of God’s heart. Through the uncompromised teaching of the scriptures, Pastor Patrick is provoking and equipping young people to make a lasting impact in this generation.


William Carrol

Associate Pastor, Times Square Church.

Pastor William Carrol is an associate pastor and longtime “spiritual son” of the Times Square Church family. Shortly after his salvation, Pastor David Wilkerson, recognized the strong call of God on his life and sent him to Bible college and seminary for ministerial training.
While completing his studies, Pastor William served as a co-pastor and later as senior pastor of Denver Fellowship in Colorado. He holds a masters degree in philosophy of religion. In 2005, Pastor William was invited to “come home” and serve on the pastoral staff of Times Square Church.


Teresa Conlon

Teresa Conlon has been serving as President of Summit International School since the fall of 2010. She also serves as a Teaching Pastor of Times Square Church in New York City.

Teresa has had the privilege of speaking internationally for over a decade at conferences for leadership and women’s events. She has a passion for the Word of God and is known for speaking directly to the heart through her messages. Mentored by Carter Conlon, Senior Pastor of Times Square Church and Rev. David Wilkerson, Teresa feels her call to Summit is a position for which she has had a lifetime of training.
Teresa has a BA in Law and History and is married to Carter Conlon. They have three married children and four grandsons.


Francis Chan

Founding Pastor, Cornerstone Church. Founder, Eternity Bible College. Author.

Francis Chan is the best-selling author of books, Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell and the host of the BASIC.series. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. He also serves on the board of directors of Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact. Currently, Francis is working to start a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco and also working to launch a countrywide discipleship movement.
Francis now lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa, and their five children. For more information on his ministry, please see www.francischan.org.


Nicky Cruz

Evangelist, Nicky Cruz Outreach. Author.

Nicky Cruz is the best-selling author of eighteen books, including the all-time Christian classic, Run Baby Run, published in 1968 and translated into several dozen languages worldwide. It is still a top-10 best-seller in the United Kingdom. His most recent book is Soul Obsession. Nicky is a minister and evangelist who has reached tens of millions of people around the globe with his powerful testimony. He is the president of Nicky Cruz Outreach, and founder of TRUCE, an international discipleship and evangelism ministry located in NYC dedicated to reaching and mentoring young people around the world. Each year he speaks to more than 500,000 people in stadiums and venues throughout the world. The Wall Street Journal described Nicky as the “Billy Graham of the streets,” a title that aptly describes his influence for Christ. He is the father of four daughters and eight grandchildren. Nicky lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Gloria.
If you would like to learn more about Nicky Cruz Outreach, or find out how you can support TRUCE urban evangelism training center, please visit www.nickycruz.org.


Tim Dilena

Lead Pastor, Our Saviors Church. Chaplain.

Pastor Tim Dilena is a graduate from the Oxford Center of Christian Apologetics. He has been the visiting pastor at Times Square Church for the last 16 years, where he ministers monthly. Pastor Tim speaks for Major League Baseball and NFL team chapels as well as corporate and entertainment industry chapel services. He ministers cross denominationally in colleges and seminaries. He has also written for magazines and periodicals. He is also one of the contributors for the new Thomas Nelson “Revival Bible”.
In late 2010, after serving as senior pastor for 20 years, Pastor Tim prayerfully accepted the role of an associate pastor at the 14,000 member Brooklyn Tabernacle Church in Brooklyn, NY. In early 2011, Pastor Tim and his family transitioned from the senior pastoral role in Highland Park to join the pastoral team in Brooklyn.


Mark Lecompte

Associate Pastor, New Life Church. President, French-World Theological Institute.