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SUM would like to invite you and your spouse to our 2019 Annual Mardi Gras Outreach with special guest speakers: Sammy Rodriguez and Dr. Samuel Huddleston, Assistant District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Northern California and Nevada District. 

In addition to SUM covering your hotel and food expenses, we are offering a $500 travel voucher for you and another $500 voucher for your spouse.

We are also offering the same opportunity for new potential cohort locations across America. If you know of a potential cohort location with a strong leader, please contact Rod Whitlock, VP of Cohort Development, today.

2019 Visionary Leader Conference

February 28-March 2, 2019 (New Orleans, LA)


Conference Speakers

Pastor Sammy Rodriguez

Pastor Sammy Rodriguez

Pastor Sammy Rodriguez was born to Puerto Rican parents in the United States. Pastor Sammy founded and serves as the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the largest Hispanic Evangelical/Pentecostal organization in the world. He authored, The Lamb’s Agenda and Be Light: Shining God’s Beauty , Truth and Hope into a Darkened World. He serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Center in California and Nevada.




Teisa (Miller) Nicole

Teisa (Miller) Nicole

Teisa Nicole (was Teisa Miller) radically committed her life to Jesus as a teenager and also received His call to the nations. With a heart burning for missions, Teisa pursued various ministry training programs and opportunities. After years of ministry with Teen Challenge, Teisa felt God was leading her to attend SUM. The Holy Spirit transformed her life through the classes, chapel services, and practicums. After graduating SUM in 2001, Teisa joined the SUM support staff for a number of years. In 2004, Teisa received a vision from God and a word about reaching the Makua people of Mozambique. Teisa joined the missionary staff of Iris Global (under the leadership of Heidi and Rolland Baker) in Pemba, Mozambique. It was there that Teisa met her husband Jean Nicole and later celebrated their Luke 14 wedding by holding a huge feast for the poor and seeing many lives come into the Kingdom. After 5 years of serving in Mozambique, the Holy Spirit led the Nicoles to pioneer Michaels Childrens Village (MCV)- a family-based village of homes for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children in White River, South Africa. Almost ten years later-MCV is well established and providing a Biblical example of fighting for forever families for each child. The Nicoles also oversee a community outreach center called Village of Hope that includes Harvest Bible College, Jabulile Preschool, Dignity (reaching woman coming out of prostitution/anti-trafficking education) and other various ministries including a daily feeding/discipleship scheme. Jean and Teisa have three biological daughters (Johanna Joy, Glori Grace, Victoria Hope) and serve as ‘Papa Jean’ and ‘Mama Teisa’ to an ever expanding family in Africa.

Dr. Samuel Huddleston   Assistance District Superintendent Assembilies of God - Northern California/Nevada

Dr. Samuel Huddleston
Assistance District Superintendent
Assembilies of God - Northern California/Nevada

Dr. Samuel Huddleston was elected as Assistant District Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Northern California and Nevada District at their annual District Council on April 21, 2004. His responsibilities include oversight of our district’s Churches, District Men’s Ministries and our NCN US Missionaries.

Dr. Gaylan Claunch

Dr. Gaylan Claunch

Dr. Claunch is an ordained minister who has been in full-time ministry since 1968.  He served for ten years in Associate ministry roles including teaching at Southwestern Assemblies of God University as both full time instructor and adjunct faculty. He has served as a Senior Pastor for 30 years in three pastorates located in Texas and Oklahoma all of which he led in becoming strong missions churches. He served for ten years as the Assistant Superintendent which included District Missions Director, Pastoral Care Director and Director of the District School of Ministry. He is currently the Superintendent of the North Texas District Council. He serves on the Board of Network 211 and Global University, and Pleasant Hills Children’s Home, and the Executive Board of Regents for Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He previously served as Presbyter of the South Dallas Section. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married since 1973 and have one daughter, Lesli Deer, and her two children, DeLayna and Daxon. They also have a son, Loren Claunch and his wife Jessica who have two children Braeden, and Brynlee. Dr. Claunch holds the Bachelor of Science from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Master of Divinity from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry from Oral Roberts University. He hopes to earn the Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural studies from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary after completion of his dissertation.

Conference Host

Pr. Don Nordin  Lead Pastor CT Church

Pr. Don Nordin
Lead Pastor
CT Church

Don Nordin has more than 38 years of experience as a lead pastor. He is married to Susan Ashcraft Nordin and together they have two grown children, six grandchildren. Don and Susan pastor CT Church in Houston, a multi-cultural and multi-generational congregation, which has grown to encompass four campuses under their leadership. Pastor Nordin holds a bachelor of ministry degree from Central Christian University. His apostolic anointing and pastor’s heart motivate his visionary leadership.

Pastor Nordin’s denominational peers have elected him to a host of leadership roles during the course of his pastoral ministry. These include various executive level positions and committee chairmanships. Pastor Nordin is an entrepreneurial leader. Donors have committed tens of millions of dollars to kingdom projects under his care. 

Pastor Nordin’s four books, “The Giver and His Gifts,“ “Kings and Priests,“ “Working at God’s Altar,” and “The Audacity of Prayer,” have inspired thousands. He is the founder and president of Global Ministries Network ( which credentials ministers and oversees the work of member churches. Pastor Nordin travels extensively conducting revivals, altar worker training seminars, board and staff training, teaches on effective church structures and much more!

Each year Don and Susan host Empowerment Conference at CT Church. Empowerment Conference is a top-tier preaching and resourcing event. It draws hundreds of ministers from all over the world.  Empowerment Conference features some of the premier speakers in today’s Pentecostal circles.


Thursday Feb. 28, 2019

2:00 – 6:00 pm                    Registration
6:00 – 8:30 pm                    Visionary Leader Banquet

Friday, March 1, 2019

8:00 – 9:00 am                    Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am                 Session 1 with Dr. Samuel Huddleston
10:15 – 10:30 am              Break
10:30 – 11:45 am              Session 2 with Dr. Gaylan Claunch
12:00 – 1:15 pm                 Lunch
2:00 – 4:00pm                     Chancellor Address
5:00 – 8:30 pm                    Outreach and Dinner in the French Quarter

Saturday, March 2, 2019

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 am                 General Session with Teisa Nicole
10:00 – 10:15 am              Break
10:15 – 11:45 am              General Session with Sammy Rodriguez
12:00 – 1:30 pm                 SUM’s annual Crawfish Boil
2:00 – 4:00 pm General Session with Dr. Samuel Huddleston

View the entire Conference & Mardi Gras Schedule.


The events take place at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel and Suites.

Nearby hotels include:

  • New Orleans Marriot at Lakeway

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Metairie New Orleans

  • Orleans Courtyard Inn

  • Sheraton Metairie – New Orleans Hotel

Conference Reminders

  1. Complete the Registration Form below to secure a spot for you and your spouse. Airport shuttle service, main meals, and your entire hotel stay is on us! Please let us know if you need to a ride from and to the MSY airport.

  2. Be sure to book a flight if you haven't already before prices increase.

  3. Questions? Contact Crystal Gonzales, SUM Mardi Gras Coordinator, via or (281) 788-8716.