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SUM would like to invite you and your spouse to our 2018 Annual Mardi Gras Outreach with special guest speaker: Rick DuBose, General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. 

In addition to SUM covering your hotel and food expenses, this year we are offering a $500 travel voucher for you and another $500 voucher for your spouse. It is our way of saying thank you for your patience during our transition period. 

This year 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.

    2018 Visionary Leader Conference

    February 8-10, 2018 (New Orleans, LA)


    Conference Speakers

       Rick DuBose      General Treasurer   Assemblies of God

    Rick DuBose

    General Treasurer
    Assemblies of God

    Rick DuBose was elected general treasurer of the Assemblies of God at the 57th General Council in August 2017. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and the Executive Presbytery. DuBose oversees the Division of Treasury, which includes Corporate Accounting, Buildings and Properties and IT Services.

    Prior to his election to the Assemblies of God Executive Leadership Team, DuBose served as superintendent of the North Texas District from 2007-2017 and assistant district superintendent from 2005-2007. He pastored Sachse Assembly of God in North Dallas from 1987-2005. Prior to that, DuBose served a pastorate in Hallsville, Texas, and begin his ministry as a youth minister in Mesquite, Texas. DuBose is co-author of The Church That Works. He and his wife, Rita, have two daughters, a son, and eight grandsons.




      Andrew Mwenda    Bishop  Bethel Ministries & Assemblies

    Andrew Mwenda

    Bethel Ministries & Assemblies

    Bishop Andrew Mwenda is the founder of Bethel Ministries and Assemblies, also known as Bethel Christian Center in Lusaka, Zambia. After his personal commitment to Christ at the age of 14 in 1978, he started preaching messages which he borrowed from his father. 1986, he responded to the call of God into full time ministry. He subsequently attended the Africa Christian Training School (ACTS) in Harare, Zimbabwe. In February 1988, bishop Mwenda was ordained into ministry to work with an affiliate church of the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God. In May of 1992, Bethel Ministries and Assemblies was born with the vision of discipling nations through church planting. Today Bethel Christian Center in Lusaka has grown to about 600 congregants attending and approximately 400 adult members of the church. It has given birth to seven growing congregations in Lusaka. The work which started in an insignificant rural place has now grown to eighteen (18) growing churches in Zambia. In October 24, 2010, he was consecrated as the presiding bishop of Bethel Ministries and Assemblies by a presbytery of (5) five Bishops. He is married to Jude Miamba Mulesha, a young lady he met while serving the Lord in Zambia Assemblies of God Africa. The Lord has blessed them with five lovely daughters. 









    Thursday Feb. 8, 2018

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

    Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

    8:00 – 9:00 am                    Breakfast
    9:00 – 10:15 am                 Session 1 with Rick DuBose
    10:15 – 10:30 am              Break
    10:30 – 11:45 am              Session 2 with Rick DuBose
    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, Feb. 10, 2018

    7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast
    8:30 – 10:00 am                 General Session Foreign Mission
    10:00 – 10:15 am              Break
    10:15 – 11:45 am              General Session Rick DuBose
    12:00 – 1:30 pm                 SUM’s annual Crawfish Boil

    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. Inform a Visionary Leader or SUM representative that you're coming (at your own expense).
    2. 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.
    3. Be sure to book a flight if you haven't already before prices increase.
    4. Questions? Contact Crystal Gonzales, SUM Mardi Gras Coordinator, via or (281) 788-8716.

    Conference Registration