Keynote 1 – Lance Winkler

This is the keynote from Lance Winkler at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.




Contemporary Worship Director, Church of the Resurrection

Lance Winkler has been the contemporary worship director at Church of the Resurrection for fifteen years. From a Sunday evening congregation of 200 the numbers in the contemporary worship services have grown to over 3000, this alongside a thriving traditional music dept. With a music degree in music education, Lance is a song writer, jingle writer, published author and speaker. He is passionate about the future of contemporary worship in our mainline churches and is praying and working hard to move them forward.

Keynote 2 – Melissa Bishop

This is the keynote from Melissa Bishop at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.




Education Ministries Coordinator, Christ Church

Melissa Bishop has served full-time positions at Christ Church in both Student Ministries and Worship and currently serves as the Children and Student Staff Coordinator. She is a wonderful speaker known for her honesty about church, family and ministry all served with grace and good humor. Melissa has been a consistent innovator at Christ Church and a catalyst for moving the congregation in uncharted waters. She is the wife of our Senior Pastor Shane Bishop. The Bishops have two grown children and four young grandchildren.

Keynote 3 – Dr. Joe Daniels

This is the keynote from Dr. Joe Daniels at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.


Joe Daniels


District Superintendent of the Greater Washington District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference & Lead Pastor, Emory United Methodist Church

Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. is a husband, father, pastor, author, prophetic imaginer and leader of a Relevant, Enthusiastic, Authentic and Loving church movement. Joe has dedicated his life to growing the kingdom of God. He is currently doing so in two roles: as the District Superintendent of the Greater Washington District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference (since July 2013) and as Lead Pastor at Emory United Methodist Church (since July 1992). During his leadership at Emory, the congregation has grown from an average of 55 people in weekly worship attendance to over 400 every Sunday. Emory seeks to be a “Real Church for Real People” and has been acknowledged numerous times for its role in changing lives and changing communities. The church has been awarded the “Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdictional Award” for effective urban ministry representing the United Methodist Church and has been selected as one of the 25 Congregational Resource Centers in the “Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century” effort of the United Methodist Church.

As a sought after speaker, preacher, mentor and author, Joe inspires and equips others to see the possibilities God has for them and their communities. To that end he has written two books: Begging for REAL Church (2009) and The Power of REAL (2011). He has been happily married to Madelyn since 1985; they are the proud parents of two young adults, Joia and Joey.

Keynote 4 – Rev. Ashley Cooper

This is the keynote from Rev. Ashley Cooper at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.




Senior Pastor, Swan Bank Church – Stroke on Trent United Kingdom

Ashley is the Senior Leader at Swan Bank, the largest Methodist congregation in England. He joined the staff in September 2007. He has a passion for reaching the forgotten people for Jesus in his city’s urban setting. He and his wife, Moira, have two children.

Keynote 5 – Rev. Shane Bishop

This is the keynote from Rev. Shane Bishop at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.


Shane Bishop


Senior Pastor, Christ Church

Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, became the Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in July of 1997. During his eighteen year tenure, Christ Church worship attendance has increased from 200 to over 2,000. He has traveled extensively around the world in mission and ministry. He is the author of Exactly as I Remember It (2012), Re:member (2013) and has been a featured writer in numerous publications.