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Available Speakers

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This list consists of OCC faculty and staff who often speak on particular topics/subjects you may be interested in for your church/organization. This is not an exhaustive list of our personnel available to serve, nor of the subjects/topics on which they speak. We hope it will serve as a resource as your church ministers in your area, and partners with OCC in reaching the world for Christ.

Please feel free to contact any of those listed and talk with them about your specific needs. Speaker requests may be made by contacting Carla Billingsley at 417.626.1234 ext. 2046 or

Sorted by Last Name, First Name

Speaking Topics

Dru Ashwell 
Faith (Reasons for Believing)
Spiritual Disciplines

Kenny Boles 

Dr.  Terry Bowland 
Contemporary Ethical Issues
Evangelism Seminars
How We Got the Bible: From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Translations
Jr. High and High School Retreat Messages
Leadership Seminars
Men’s Retreats
New Testament Book - Acts
New Testament Book - Romans
Theological Issues: A Defense of Christian Capitalism
Theological Issues: Calvinism vs Arminian thought
Theological Issues: Understanding and Critiquing Charismatic Theology

Michael DeFazio 
Discipleship (Living the Christian Life)
Doctrine of God
Doctrine of Humility
How to Study and Understand the Bible
Life and Teachings of Jesus
New Testament Book – Acts (Early Christianity)
New Testament Book – Colossians
New Testament Book – Mark
New Testament Book – Romans
Reading the Bible in the "Real World"

Dr.  Chris DeWelt 
Leadership - Elders
Leadership - Men

Jay Engelbrecht 
Cultural Analysis - a look at where we are in America through the lens of movies and music
Physical/Spiritual Connection - workshops on developing healthy habits in both physical and spiritual areas of life

David Fish 
Bible Interpretation
Bible Software
Outreach to Hispanics

Mary Alice Gardner 
ASL: Interpreting Scripture and Worship Songs
ASL: Introduction to Interpreting
ASL: Religious Interpreting
ASL: Working Together - Deaf ministry tips for the preacher
Dramas for Teens

Mary Green 
Drama in Ministry and Education
Sound System Design
Technical Arts - Sound/Video/Stage Production/Lighting
Technology - Assistance in finding resources for technical materials and technical help for churches
Women's Groups

Kevin Greer 
Connecting Family and Youth Ministry
Developing a Strategy for your Youth Ministry
Developing Missions Minded Students
Discipleship and Small Groups
Risk Prevention in Youth Ministry
The Heart of the Youth Worker
Youth Ministry Training

Gerald Griffin 
Church Leadership Seminars
Old Testament Book - Ecclesiastes

Greg Hafer 
Marriage Enrichment
Missions Emphasis
Spiritual Formation
Training for Communion Meditations
Training for Public Reading of Scripture

Travis Hurley
Christian Life
Issues of Unity and Multi-ethnic Ministry
New Testament Book - Acts (Early Christianity)
New Testament Book - John
New Testament Books - Epistles
Personal Holiness

Chris Lahm 
Youth Sports

Linda Lawson 
Developing/Revitalizing your Women's Ministry
Discipline in Christian Education Contexts
Grandparenting Near and Far
Teacher Training

Dr.  Tom Lawson 
Honest to God Prayer
Narrative message on OT People
The Lord's Supper: History and Meaning
Worship, History of Worship

Shawn Lindsay 
Educational Responsibilities of Church Leaders
Strategic Planning (esp. related to education)
Teacher Training

Doug Miller 
Estate planning and legal issues.

Dr.  Larry Pechawer 
End Times Seminar
New Testament Book - Hebrews
Old Testament - Poetry
Old Testament - Prophecy
Old Testament Books - Minor Prophets, Jeremiah, Daniel

Chad Ragsdale 
Biblical Interpretation
New Testament

Monte Shoemake 
Church Growth
Practical Ministry

Damien Spikereit 
Biblical Studies

Joy Stafford 
Dating - Workshop (with husband, Matt Stafford)
English - Workshops on how to teach English
Evangelism - "Touch the World" and "Reaching Out to Internationals" workshops
Marriage - Workshop (with husband, Matt Stafford)

Matt Stafford 
Christian Worship
Contemporary Worship Issues
Making Great Music with Your Worship Team
Planning and Leading Worship Services
Praying the Psalms in Worship
Praying the Psalms with Christ
Technology in Worship

Doug Welch 
Christianity and the Movies
Church in Contemporary Culture
Doctrine of Atonement
Doctrine of the Church
Doctrine of the Trinity
New Testament Book - 1 John
New Testament Book - 1 Peter
New Testament Book - James
New Testament Book - Revelation
New Testament Book - Romans
Reading the Bible

Teresa Welch 
Administration of Church Wide Education Program
Adult Bible Classes (variety of topics)
Children's Ministry (teacher/volunteer training, administration)
Curriculum Development (various ages)
Ladies Events (variety of topics)
Leading a Child to Christ (parents and children's ministry leaders)
Teacher Training for Adult Education
Training of Small Group Leadership

Dr.  Woody Wilkinson 
Apologetics - Bible Evidences
Holy Spirit
Religion - Non-Christian

Bob Witte 
Old & New Testament
Spiritual Formation
Youth Ministry Issues

Shane J. Wood 
Eschatology (i.e., the Last Days, End Times, Rapture, etc.)
Living the Christian Life
New Testament Book - Acts (Early Christianity)
New Testament Book - Revelation

Dr.  Gary Zustiak 
Biblical Interpretation (8 specific topics)
Church - Emerging/Emergent (8 specific studies)
Marriage Enrichment (6 specific studies)
New Testament Book - Revelation (6 specific studies)
Old Testament Book - Nehemiah (Leadership Principles)
Psychology and Counseling (12 specific topics)
Youth & Family (24 specific studies)