Carl Gladstone is a United Methodist Deacon who has served in youth and young adult ministries since graduating from seminary.
He is particularly interested in the creativity and innovation that young
people bring to the church, and in finding ways to support young people as agents of change for the
church and world.
Gladstone studies the Bible best by writing songs and enjoys singing and performing with his wife Anna and son JD. He lives in Detroit, MI and is pretty sure that when Jesus comes back, he’ll show up at the taco truck at the end of the street.
Zak Mirzadeh, Christian illusionist, has spent the last four years honing his skills for one
specific purpose, to capture the attention of his generation in order to share the Good News of Jesus with them. Zak’s new show, “Nothing Up My Sleeve,” captivates the audience
while illuminating the grace of God. His story of conversion from a Muslim to a follower of Jesus is not only timely, but also incredibly redemptive.
“Nothing Up My Sleeve” is an experience that will instill wonder in the audience. It will draw in every person to become a participant. Zak interweaves his personal story into the show to lead people to the Good News.
Bonray, a four-piece sibling group - Zac, Jesse, Jake and Morgan Bonner hail from Pennsylvania. They grew up in the church where their dad was a pastor. They have been playing music and performing together for most of their lives, crediting their parents for always having music in the home.
Since officially becoming Bonray in 2014, the group has been touring around the U.S. while also vlogging and creating popular mashup/cover songs for You Tube from artists such as Needtobreathe, Tobymac, Danny Gokey, and even Justin Timberlake.
Bonray also had their song "Good Life" featured in ABC's 2016-17 series, "Imaginary Mary."
Jasmine Rose Smothers is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She is a sought after preacher, teacher, workshop leader, church consultant, leadership coach, author, advocate and self-proclaimed technology geek!
Currently Smothers serves as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church.
She has served the United Methodist Church as a member of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race; the Ministry Study Commission; and several task forces on Ministry with Young People. Rev. Jasmine is a 2015-2016 Lewis Center for Church Leadership Community Fellow. Rev. Jasmine currently serves as a member of the United Methodist Church’s Commission on a Way Forward and is a Class of 2018 member of LEAD Atlanta.