2018 Conference Speakers


D.A. Horton

D.A. Horton serves as Pastor of Reach Fellowship a church plant in Long Beach, CA. Prior to his current role he served as s Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI), a church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO, a National Coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Executive Director at ReachLife Ministries.

He and his best friend Elicia have been married for 15 years, and they have have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).

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Matt Bradner

Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Matt played soccer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It was during his freshman year of college that Matt became a Christian and began a life of following Christ. For the last 18 years, Matt has worked with college students through the ministry of Campus Outreach.  

His passion for students and engaging speaking style has made him a popular conference and retreat speaker. His desire as a communicator is to glorify God by being catalytic, positive and helpful. Matt and his wife Julia currently live in Lynchburg, Virginia with their five children who range from age 14 to 4.


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Muche Ukegbu

Though born and raised in Houston, Texas, Muche called Atlanta home as he served alongside his closest friends to help plant and pastor at Blueprint Church. With a passion for leadership, culture, and people, it brings him great joy to see the gospel come alive in people’s hearts. He cherishes his family consisting of amazing wife of 7 years, Diamone, & their three children (Serenity 6, Joelle 4, & Noah 3). He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of the Brook where he leads out in preaching, vision, and leadership development, helping mobilize the church to advance the gospel in Miami and beyond.


Paul Poteat

Paul is the regional director for Campus Outreach Minneapolis. Paul grew up in South Carolina and attended Presbyterian College where he met Samm his freshman year, no sparks yet though. They each served on staff with Campus Outreach in Greenville, South Carolina for several years before moving to be a part of pioneering Campus Outreach Minneapolis in 2003. Paul and Samm served with Campus Outreach at the University of Minnesota were they began dating and then got married in 2006. They have two daughters, Maddux (2008) and Sophie (2010). They each encountered Christ in a powerful way in college and decided to spend their lives investing in college students. As the Director, Paul provides oversight for the staff team, casts vision for catalytic events, and serves as a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church.


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Joe Rigney

Joe is a pastor at Cities Church and leads the Community Group in the Howe neighborhood. He is a professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary where he teaches Bible, theology, philosophy, and history to undergraduate students. Both graduates of Texas A&M, Joe and his wife Jenny moved to the Cities for grad school and now live with their two boys in Minneapolis.

Eric Russ

Eric is a husband and father of five and is dedicated to bringing Glory to God through the clear exaltation of Jesus. He has spent the last decade on the East Side of Detroit where he has founded Mack avenue Community Church and MACC Development which showcases a sports league to provide a positive outlet for youth, a literacy program for youth in his community, a legal aid clinic for those in need, and has helped lead the spark in renovations and beautification of the Pingree Park neighborhood. 


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John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is author of more than fifty books, and more than forty years of his articles and messages are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. John and his wife Noël have five children and twelve grandchildren.


Matt Reagan

Matt came to know the Lord in high school, but his years at Furman University (1998-2002) with Campus Outreach were perhaps the most formative of his life. God used a number of older students and CO staff to show him the profound reality of the gospel. He saw his life change and many others' through his, and he decided to come on staff with Campus Outreach at Furman.

In 2004, he joined the CO Minneapolis team to watch the Lord build laborers on the numerous college campuses in the Twin Cities. His wife, Lisa, is a Minnesota native who got involved with the COM ministry as a student. They were married in February 2006 and ministered together to the staff and students downtown. They have three children: Annie, Lucy, and Eli.

Matt and Lisa and their family recently became the directors of Campus Outreach team serving in Charleston, SC.