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Bishop James Swanson – Bishop Swanson is the resident bishop of the Mississippi Conference of UMC. His tenure began Sept. 1, 2012. He serves as the president of the general commission of UMM for 2017-2020. He is married to Delphine and they have 6 grown children and 15 grandchildren.

Boyd Byerly – Still known as “Coach Byerly” to many in the community, Pastor Byerly has been the Senior Pastor at Sunset Avenue Church of God in Asheboro, NC for 20 years. He formerly taught math and coached football at Asheboro High School, and still leads like a coach! His commandment of discipling the fellowship of Sunset Avenue Church of God and impacting the surrounding community is evident in all he does. He has been married to his wife Wanda for over 30 years. They have two daughters, Tiffany, who is a doctor working in Greenville, NC, and Danielle is currently serving as a missionary in Cuba.

Rob McCorkle – In 2006 Rob nearly resigned from his church and left the ministry. After a 7 week sabbatical where “God wrecked his life in a good way”, he saw the necessity to combine the Word and the Spirit. To put it another way, Rob believes in the message of purity and power. The mission of Fire School Ministries has a mission to challenge pastors, leaders, and churches to replicate the ministry of Jesus and the church as witnessed in Acts.

Dr. Eugene Thomas – “Gene” is a native of Gloucester, Virginia. He entered full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church in 1983. His educational background includes a BA Degree in Philosophy from Christopher Newport College, a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Boston University. He also studied in worship at Mansfield College, Oxford University, in 1992. Gene has served pastorates in Winchester, Alexandria, New Market and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gene and his wife Amanda reside in Arlington and Winchester Virginia.

Betty McKinney – Betty McKinney lives in Athens, GA and has worked with Rick Bonfim Ministries since 2003, teaching the Word, managing mission teams in Brazil, Israel and Cuba, and overseeing the “Rekindle the Flame” conference. She grew up in Billings, Montana, and graduated from MT State University with a B.S. degree in Education. She has one son, Ryan and one “daughter-in-love,” Stephanie. They live in Prineville, OR.

Rick Bonfim – Rick is a General Evangelist with the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and President of Rick Bonfim Ministries – Rick and his wife, Mary Lucy, live in Bogart.

Randy DeGroot – Randy grew up in Columbia MO and attended the Univ. of MO. He currently lives in Peachtree City GA. He has been married to Karin for 37 years and they have three grown children. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, and now flies as a commercial airline pilot. He is a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary.

Jeff Bealmear – In his twenty-fifth year of ministry, Pastor Jeff is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, and pastors the Monticello UMC in Monticello, Illinois. He is passionate that “since lost people matter to God, then lost people must matter to us.” Pastor Jeff has been married to Lisa for 31 years, and together they desire that all Christians continue to grow in their journey. They are parents to two children and have two grandchildren

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