International Children’s Ministry Director
Kathy Creasy serves as the International Children’s Ministry Director for the Church of God of Prophecy. While still in elementary school, Kathy sensed God’s call to serve children. She began fulfilling that call by serving as a public school teacher as well as a children’s pastor in several local churches. While serving in her first full-time ministry role, she became aware of the need for children’s ministers to be skilled in ministry and leadership. At the age of 21, she organized her first children’s ministry conference. Since then developing leaders who serve kids has been her passion.
Kathy has a Master’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a certificate in Children’s Ministry from Lancaster Bible University. Her joy is working with leadership on every continent and in every nation to increase understanding of the value of children in the kingdom of God while developing leaders who are called to serve them.
Founder of Relevant Children’s Ministry
Dale Hudson has co-authored several books on children’s ministry leadership and written dozens of articles for various magazines. He currently writes the “Leading Volunteers” column for Children’s Ministry Magazine. His Children’s Ministry articles are featured at www.churchleaders.com and www.cmbraintrust.com.
Dale’s passion is helping children and families discover God’s life-changing grace. He is also passionate about encouraging and equipping children’s ministry leaders.
National Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist
Passionate about the church and about kids, Melissa J. MacDonald travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She’s the author of Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids. She currently serves as the National Children’s Disciplemaking Specialist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. With a fresh and unique perspective Melissa boldly calls the church to be The Church everywhere she goes. She’s been to over 30 countries and seeks out the best ethnic food in every city she visits.
Find out more at www.melissajmacdonald.com.
Family Ministry Pastor
Justyn Smith has been serving the next generation for over 14 years. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 20 to Watch” in children’s ministry. He serves as the Family Ministry Pastor at River Valley in Minneapolis, MN where he oversees the vision, strategy and direction of children’s ministry. He’s known for his creativity, strategic development, leadership and his obvious obsession with Disney. Above all else he loves his wife, Briena, and six kids who bring him the most joy. You can connect with Justyn at www.justynsmith.com as well as on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook by following Pastor Justyn.
Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship
Brian Sutton serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship for the Church of God of Prophecy. He ministered as a senior pastor for 25 years. His heart is to facilitate the spiritual and professional growth of those at all levels of ministry in the Church. Additionally, he serves as the Publisher for the White Wing Messenger, the official publication of the Church of God of Prophecy, and continues to serve as a member of the Administrative Committee and Corporate Board of Directors for the International Church of God of Prophecy, a position he has held since 2010.
Brian has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, a Master of Arts degree in Church Ministries from Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, and a Master of Arts Degree in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. He is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Global Pentecostalism.
Bishop Sutton is the author of Discovering Holiness: A Quest for God published in 2014, Prevailing Prayer: Developing a Lifestyle of Conversation with God, and The Minister’s Pocket Manual, both published in 2016.