Conference Speakers

All healthy things change, it’s the natural part of growth. However, sometimes this change causes seasons of growing pains that are, at times, hard to bare. So, how do we lead, not only ourselves but those we are called to serve, through seasons of change?

Carey Nieuwhof [Lead Pastor – Connexus]

Carey is a husband, a dad to two sons and a daughter-in-law, and the founding and teaching pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto Canada. Carey is incredibly passionate about helping leaders lead, and that’s why he writes at, hosts a leadership podcast, and wrote Lasting Impact and Leading Change Without Losing It.

Carey started ministry as a student pastor among three little mainline churches an hour north of Toronto. One of the churches had an average attendance of 6! To his surprise, he discovered a community he’s still a part of almost 20 years later.

The church changed everything in those two decades…the music, the buildings, our governance, our mission, our vision….everything. Carey founded Connexus Church, leaving his previous denomination, now a multisite church with two locations reaching over 1000 each weekend. Connexus is a North Point Strategic Partner.

Lead Pastor

Connexus Church

Lead Pastor

Central Community Church

Bill Markham [Lead Pastor – Central]

Bill is the Lead Pastor at Central Community Church located in Canada’s beautiful Niagara Region. Bill is a passionate communicator and desires to create a space that allows those who are far from God to explore and find new life in a personal relationship with Jesus.

Bill has served on staff at Central for over 15 years, filling almost every role from youth pastor to worship leader to creative director and everything else in between. In the summer of 2008, the church invited Bill to take the position of Lead Pastor, where he has been serving since.

Over the past 15plus years, Central has grown from a small church of 350 to a multi-location church reaching over 2500 every weekend and thousands more thorough the week through our online platforms.