Special Guests

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat currently resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife Meredith and daughter Elyse. He is the Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco. He is also the founder of Afshin Ziafat Ministries and travels nationally and internationally proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in churches, retreats, camps, conferences, and missions.

Afshin helped launch Vertical Bible Study at Baylor University in Waco, TX. He also partners with Elam Ministries and travels into the Middle East regularly to train Iranian pastors. Afshin's passion is to teach the Word of God as the authority and guide for life, to preach Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Redeemer of mankind, and to proclaim the love of Christ as the greatest treasure and hope in life.


Todd Ahrend

Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and International Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement.

He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have three children.


Aaron Ivey has called Austin, Texas home since 2008. Lovers of Austin culture, live music, and the arts, songwriting is an extension of the band's life and faith. Bandmates Steven Bush, Philip Ellis, Jimmie Ingram, and Kyle Lent intertwine their love for soaring melodies and grounded lyrics. Deeply invested in the artist community, the band is proud to call Austin their home.

Serving as the worship pastor of The Austin Stone, Aaron believes that all worship is a response to a creative and compelling God. With a passion for living out God’s word, compassion for God’s children, and a deep, abiding love of God, Aaron and his bandmates are challenging a generation of believers to take their experiences in corporate worship out into the world, to marry song with service.

Also on Twitter: @jimmieingram, @stevenbush


Cheryl Fletcher

Cheryl Fletcher is Associate Pastor of Women at Christian Assembly in Los Angeles, California. She has an MA in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

She is a highly gifted communicator and leader with over 20 years of experience working with Young Life, Campus Crusade, serving in the local church and speaking at conferences and retreats.


Mark Gauthier

Mark Gauthier has served with Campus Crusade for Christ for more than 24 years, beginning as a staff member for Campus Crusade at Harvard University. In 1991, Mark's burden for college students motivated him to extend his ministry to include students throughout the Boston metro area. In just five years, he led a team to establish a ministry presence on 27 Boston campuses.

In 1996, Gauthier joined the U.S. Campus Ministry leadership team and soon moved into his current role as Executive Director of U.S. Campus Ministry. "College is a critical moment in students' lives," says Mark. "College can be either a spiritual greenhouse or a spiritual graveyard. It's a place where a student's faith blossoms or it dies."

Mark is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Industrial Technology. He and his wife, Kristi, live in Orlando, Florida, with their three children, Abby, Ben and Will.