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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, 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.

2019 Visionary Leader Conference

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


Conference Speakers

  Sammy Rodriguez

Sammy Rodriguez

Biography to come.




  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.



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
10:15 – 10:30 am              Break
10:30 – 11:45 am              Session 2
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.

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