Speakers 2018-03-05T21:56:59+00:00

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PROFILES

DAVID E. RAMIREZ, D.MIN. AND FERNANDA S. RAMIREZ

Born in Argentina and holding dual citizenship in Chile and the USA, Dr. Ramirez serves as the Third Assistant General Overseer for the Church of God.  He has served the Church of God as Director for Latin America, Director for South America, and the Administrative Bishop for the South West Hispanic Region, USA.  Dr. Ramirez is the founding pastor of the 900-members Capilla del Valle Church, Quito, Ecuador.

Dr. Ramirez established the South American Seminary in Quito, Ecuador, (SEMISUD) serving as president for 14 years and also served as president of the Church of God South Cone Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dr. Ramirez holds a D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary (Beeson Scholar), M.Div. from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and two honorary doctoral degrees recognizing excellence in Christian Leadership.

He has participated with numerous denominational and global ministry boards and committees, and currently a member of the steering committee of the 4/14 Window Movement and the Strategy Working Group for the Lausanne Movement.

He is married to Fernanda and have three children.

Fernanda served as Director of Women´s Discipleship in Latin America, mobilizing women from 20 different nations under a vision called “Friends with a Dream.” This vision has unified and helped them network together to dignify, equip and transform other women thorough God´s unconditional love, truth and power.

Fernanda studied Music and Theology and has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health from Lee University.

H. LYNN STONE, D. Min. and DR. MARY RUTH STONE

H. LYNN STONE, D. Min.
Project Director
Church of God National Lilly Initiative

Married:
September 1, 1961, to Mary Ruth (Morris) Stone, Ed.D., Instructor, Division of Adult Learning , Lee University

Children, 4 Adult Sons:
Dr. Ken Stone, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Chicago Theological Seminary;
Dr. Tim Stone, OB/GYN, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham, AL;
David Stone, Public School Administrator, Cleveland, Tennessee
Dr. Jonathan Stone, Church of God Minister, Charlotte, North Carolina

Grandchildren, 9:
Jordan, Luke, Ethan, Will, Anna Claire, Eloise, Lillian, Emmett, Hillary

Current Position:
Project Director, National Lilly Initiative, Church of God International Offices

Previously:
Executive Administrator, Church of God Division of Education (2012-2016)
Administrative Liaison to the General Overseer (2010-2012)
Administrative Assistant, Education, Church of God DOE (2004-2010)
Administrative Bishop, Church of God, California/Nevada (1996-2004)
Administrative Bishop, Church of God, Pacific Northwest (1992-1996)
Administrative Bishop, Church of God, Iowa/Nebraska (1986-1988)
Coordinator, Ministerial Development, Church of God International Offices, Cleveland, Tennessee (1988-1992)
Director, Finance and Development, Church of God Theological
Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee (1982-1986)
State Director, Youth and CE: New Jersey, Arkansas, Virginia, Alabama
Pastor: Bluefield, VA; Cincinnati, OH; Bordentown, NJ; Media, PA

Education:
A.A., Lee College, Cleveland, Tennessee (1961)
B.A., Lee College, Cleveland, Tennessee (1963)
Graduate Studies, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1972-1973)
M. Div., Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN (1985)
D. Min., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA (1990)

Publications:
Books and Printed Manuals
    What God Has Joined Together
    From the Manger to the Mountain
    Sing a New Song
    The Administrative Puzzle
    The Spirit of Truth (Co-Author)
    Nurturing the Family through the Word (Co-Author)
    Equipping the Saints in the Faith (3 volume series)
    Equipping the Saints for Service (3 volume series)
    Equipping the Saints in the Power of the Holy Spirit (3 volumes)
Author of various articles in Church of God publications

Faculty Member:
Lee University Division of Adult Learning

Speaker:
Numerous conferences, seminars, conventions, youth camps, and other special events with current emphasis especially on those related to pastoral/ministerial training and development, education, and marriage and family seminars.

DR. MARY RUTH STONE
Instructor, Lee University Division of Adult Learning

Education:
A.A., Lee College, Cleveland, TN
B.A., University of Arkansas, Little Rock
M.S., Radford University
M.C.M., Church of God Theological Seminary
Ed.D., The University of Alabama
Post-Doctoral Studies, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA

Professional Information:
The Field of Education Classroom teacher and reading specialist, public and private schools, 1-12
College and university faculty and administration
Lee University; College of Saint Mary; University of Nebraska, Omaha; Patten University

Church of God:
Currently:    Instructor, Lee University, Division of Adult Learning
Previously:  International Coordinator, Women’s Ministries, Church of God International Offices; State Girls Clubs Coordinator, State Women’s Ministries President

Publications:Book, One Woman Before a King
Co-author, Becoming a Woman God can Use
Growing Pentecostal Kids
Nurturing the Family through the Word
Nurturing Pentecostal Families
Sitting at His Feet

Author of several teachers’ manuals
Author of numerous articles for Unique, Evangel, Women’s Ministries Website and other publications for Christian Education, women’s ministries and education.

Speaker:
Numerous conferences, seminars, teacher in-service training, and other events in the fields of teacher education, Christian education and women’s ministries.

Dr. Angel E. AND BETZAIDA Marcial Estades

Dr. Angel Marcial is an Ordained Bishop for Church of God, and has been administrative Bishop for the Southeastern Hispanic Region, Tampa, Florida for about 12 years, and serve also as president of FRACEEV (United Christian Denominations in the US-Florida) for about 8 years.   He has also been Administrative Bishop for Church of God in Puerto Rico for 10 years, in the Hispanic Caribbean for 6 years, Youth and Christian Educational Director for 4 years, and President of the Pentecostal Multidenominational Fraternity FRAPE in Puerto Rico.  Dr. Marcial is a great leader, excellent preacher and speaker in Churches, and many different auditoriums in Latin America, Europe, Caribbean and Asia, being very well recognized for his influence in contemporary social matters of the society.

PASTORS TONY AND KACI STEWART

Tony Stewart is a voice to this generation…a voice that speaks with passion and unwavering faith in the word of God. With fervency and an energetic delivery, he presents the word and paints the text in a way that challenges believers and non-believers to follow Christ. Pastor Tony is the Senior Pastor of citylife church…a dynamic, 3500 members, multi-racial, multi-generational church that is on the move in the Tampa Bay area.

Additionally, citylife church was named by Outreach Magazine and Lifeway Research as the 7th fastest growing church in America in.

Along with his pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Tony

  • Was elected to serve on the Executive Council of Eighteen for the Church of God, Cleveland, TN
  • Serves on the International World Missions Board for the Church of God and the Peniel Board of Directors, a residential drug/alcohol treatment program as well as the board of directors for God’s Pit Crew, a national disaster relief organization
  • Was elected to serve on the State Council, the governing board for the Church of God in FL and also serves as the Regional Bishop for the Tampa Bay area
  • Has traveled nationally and internationally speaking in conferences and camp meetings.
  • Hosts a weekly broadcast of citylife TV reaching into over 10 million homes

Pastor Tony’s partner in ministry and in life is Kaci Stewart. Kaci serves as the pastor of worship and arts at citylife church. She has released her debut album, You Are God. Tony & Kaci are the proud parents of 2 precious girls, Bayli Grace & Hadli Hope.

BISHOP PHILIP M. BONAPARTE

Bishop Philip M. Bonaparte, M.D. is a charismatic preacher, multidisciplinary leader, and medical doctor, whose mission is to deliver a message of hope and healing that will usher transformation into the lives of people all across the globe. Central to his calling is his role as the senior pastor of New Hope Church of God, one church in three locations serving the Greater Trenton Area, East Windsor/Hightstown, and Long Branch, in New Jersey. The church was recently featured in Charisma News, July issue of, “5 of the Fastest-Growing Churches You’ve Never Heard Of”, listed as number five under the heading of, “7 more churches in America experiencing rapid growth”.

He serves as a District Overseer for several churches in NJ, on the NJ State Ministers’ Council, and as a member of the Church of God International Care Ministry Board, headquartered in Cleveland, TN.

The Dual Calling
At the age of 15, Bonaparte gave his heart to the Lord and began preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the age of 19, he felt the call of God to enter the pastorate and so founded the Woodlands New Testament Church of God on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Synchronously, he was accepted into St. George’s University where he began his medical training. The article “Saving Lives and Souls through Both Medicine and Ministry,” published in the May 2013 issue of the Positive Community Magazine, describes Dr. Bonaparte’s acuity of spirit in answering the dual call to both medicine and ministry that was on his life.

His unique twofold ministry has afforded him the opportunity to grace many great platforms and address a wide variety of audiences. He is an author of his first book, “Forgiveness From The Heart”, the host of two nationally acclaimed radio broadcasts, which he uses to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Bonaparte also leads a daily Prayer Line, “Early Morning Prayer- Your Spiritual Workout” that is interactive with over 500 callers across the US. His tremendous expertise on health matters coupled with the life-saving medical advice he issues to his viewers has led many to dub him “The Dr. Oz of the Church.”  He’s the founder and Chief Medical Officer of the New Hope Health Center, providing Free Health Care, serving the uninsured and underinsured residents of NJ.

An Extensive Reach
Dr. Bonaparte has over 28 years of experience as a Medical Doctor, board certified in Internal Medicine and currently licensed to practice medicine in NJ. He served as Chief Medical Officer of Horizon NJ Health for over 11 years and as an officer of Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NJ  until his retirement in 2013. Prior to Horizon, Dr. Bonaparte was the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton and remained an attending physician on staff for over ten years. He played an integral part in the screening, prophylaxis and treatment of individuals in the 2001 Anthrax Exposure at the post office in Hamilton, NJ.

Dr. Bonaparte conducts many medical missions to countries around the world on an annual basis. He has worked in India, Haiti, West Africa and throughout the Caribbean, providing direct medical care and medical supplies to the less fortunate population. He speaks on a national level on health disparity and health literacy.

Beyond the four walls, Bonaparte has solidified his presence and influence in the community, garnering many awards, which include the, the State of NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma 2016 Ambassador Award, UIH Family Partners 2016 Platinum Dad Award, 2016 & 2015 NJ State District Overseer of the Year, 2014 NJ Pastor of the Year, 2014 Positive Community Choice Award for Health, 2011 Humanitarian Award from the American Red Cross Northern New Jersey Chapter and the 2011 Leadership Award from the Caribbean Medical Mission.

After more than 35 years of ministry, Bonaparte’s voice and reach continue to extend beyond the borders of the United States and the Caribbean. He conducts a daily spiritual workout every morning at 5:30 am, EST, M-F. Having made its stamp on the state of New Jersey, his binate ministry is predicted to become a household name across the nation over the course of the next decade.

Family
Bishop Bonaparte is happily married to Rev. Tracey S. Bonaparte of 27 years and is the proud father of Philip II and Philicia.

Author
Dr. Bonaparte coauthored his first book, “Forgiveness From The Heart”, May, 2017. And has written many articles on health related topics to “Positive Community Magazine” and spiritual topics in the Church of God’s “Evangel”.

PAMELA OVERBY

Pamela Kay Overby, a native of Virginia, has served in various capacities with the local church, state offices and the international offices of the Church of God. While working at the International Offices, Cleveland, Tennessee, Pamela Kay served seven years in the Women’s Ministries/Discipleship department.

Pamela Kay graduated in 2012 with a Master of Arts Degree from the Church of God Pentecostal Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Discipleship and Christian Formation. Her first book was published in 2009 entitled, “After Divorce. . . What Do I Do With Me?” Her thesis title was, “Living Single in a World Made for 2!”

Presently, Pamela Kay serves as the Executive Assistant to the director of the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Sevierville, Tennessee, and resides in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. She is also pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Discipleship and Christian Formation. Graduation is set for May 2018!

She is an ordained minister with the Church of God, mother of two, “nana” to three grandsons and one granddaughter, speaker, author, singer and has a heart to tell others the Good News of Jesus and His amazing grace!

Her Book
Is there hope for a divorcee? According to Pamela Kaye, Yes, there is hope!
In her self-disclosing way, Pam gives us a peep into some of the pains and struggles divorcees experienced after failed marriages. It was only through God’s grace, the Holy Spirit and a loving church community and the principles shared in this book that Pam’s joy, peace, purpose and rest was restored. The wisdom in this book is necessary for a healthy divorce recovery.

DR. KENNETH L. AND JANICE HILL

Dr. Kenneth L. Hill, an Ordained Bishop, is a third generation Church of God leader who imbues excellence in ministry, mentorship, nurturing, and discipling leaders into Kingdom Building. Currently he serves as the Administrative Bishop (Regional Overseer) of the Church of God Southern New England Region.  Formerly, he was the Director of Multi-Cultural Ministries and Administrative Bishop of the  Portuguese/Indonesian Churches within the USA and Canada, Church of God International Offices and a member of the 76th General Assembly Cabinet before being assigned to Church of God Southern New England.

He is married to Evangelist Janice A. Hill, an Ordained Minister in the Church of God and a Gospel Recording Artist for JANKEN Production, Inc. They are parents of Travis (Binta) and Tiffany.  They have four grandsons and two granddaughters that are their heart!

Graduator of Camden County High School with additional studies at Jones College, University of Hawaii, Liberty University and Catalpa Bible Way University, his studies culminated with a Doctorate in Divinity from Catalpa Bible Way University and an Honorary Doctorate of Ministry from Faith That Conquers School of Theology. He has published, is a contributing writer and has co-authored three books.

Dr. Hill has served as a member of many non-profit organizations and civil and religious boards.  He has served as a member of the Church of God State and Regional Council, President of the Church of God Southeast Regional Fellowship Conference, Church of God Stewardship Board, Church of God Ministry to the Military (MTTM) Board, Methodist University Foundation Board, Vice President of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Ministerial Council, Vice Chairman – Child Advocacy Executive Board of Directors, Chairman – Cumberland County North Carolina Partnership For Children Executive Board of Directors, and President & CEO of JANKEN Production.

He is a retired soldier from the United States Army Special Operations Command after serving 20 years of honorable service. Awards consist of the First Oak Leaf Cluster of the Army Meritorious Service Medal; Key to the City of Columbia South Carolina; Cumberland County North Carolina Volunteer of the Year Award and The Order of the Long Leaf Pine: the highest award given by the Governor of North Carolina.