May 7-8th, 2024 – Greensboro, NC

“The Most Fun You Can Have Planting Churches!”

Church Planting is the most effective method of evangelism. We shouldn’t just plant churches for the sake of planting churches. We plant churches to help lost sons and daughters across North Carolina come home to their Heavenly Father and a church family.

Join us on May 7 & 8, as leaders from across North Carolina come together for our annual two-day gathering in Greensboro, North Carolina. We will learn how we can work together to see a church planting movement in NC as we help every church become a church planting church! We will also cultivate life changing relationships as we have a ton of fun together!

MAY 7-8, 2024


Definition Church
1806 Merritt Dr
Greensboro, NC 27407

What to Expect









SUPER Early Bird


Through Feb 29th

Early Bird


Through 4/5

Regular Price


After 4/5


Greg Surratt

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Greg Surratt is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, which was planted with the goal of reaching unchurched people in the Charleston area. Greg led Seacoast as it grew from one campus to many, as Seacoast became one of the first churches to pioneer the multi-site approach to the weekend experience.

Greg is a co-founder of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), which is a global church-planting initiative that has established over 1000 churches worldwide since its founding in 2000.

Greg also founded The Retreat at Church Creek, a refuge for pastors who feel alone, burned out, and are in need of support. The Retreat at Church Creek is a 66-acre retreat center just 30 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from downtown Charleston owned and operated by The Pastors Collective non-profit.

Jerome Gay Jr.

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Jerome and his wife, Crystal planted Vision Church in Raleigh in 2010 where he still serves as Lead Pastor. Jerome is also an author, and the founder of The Urban Perspective and active in church planting in the RDU area.

You can find his books here.


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Todd Unzicker serves as the Executive Director for the NC Baptist State Convention. With a passion for the local church and the Great Commission, Todd Unzicker’s vision for North Carolina Baptists is focused on rallying them to be a movement of churches on mission together.

Unzicker was elected executive director-in May 2021. Before leading the work of the state convention, Unzicker served on staff at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham from 2012 to 2021. He has also served as a director of missions in Florida and as a missionary in Central America.

Unzicker earned his bachelor’s degree from the Baptist Bible College of Florida and his master of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary. Prior to his salvation and his call to ministry, Unzicker worked as a sports reporter covering the nationally ranked University of Georgia football program.

A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Unzicker has been married to his wife, Ashley, since 2007. They have three children and reside in Wake Forest.

Matt Fry

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God called Pastor Matt & Martha to start a church that would connect with where people are living today. They have a passion to create life-giving environments and help people to know God, find freedom, discover their purpose and make a difference. They launched HopeFront Church, originally known as C3 Church, in an elementary school in 1998. The vision has always been to provide real hope for people in a real world.

Matt is the author of the book I AM – Encounter the One Who Gives You Purpose and Peace in a Crazy World. He also serves on the leadership team for the Association of Related Churches (ARC), a church planting organization that believes in planting life-giving churches across the world. With a passion to train leaders internationally, Matt also serves as an associate trainer with Equip. Equip was started by John Maxwell and has trained over 2 million church leaders around the world. Matt graduated with a B.S. from Liberty University in Church Ministries and a M.A. in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University.

Dr. Allen Holmes

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Dr. Allen Holmes, author of Redefined: A Simple Path to a Hope-Filled Life, and Lead Pastor of Definition Church for 23 years. His greatest passion is to see people cultivate an authentic, transformative relationship with Jesus.

Corey Alley

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Corey Alley serves as the Executive Director for Carolina Movement as well as Church Planter and Lead Pastor of Sojo Church in Concord, NC. Corey and his wife Betsey have lived in Cabarrus County for the last 25 years. 

Pastor Corey’s Story

Chris Hankins

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Chris Hankins serves as the President and Movement Leader of Carolina Movement, a church-planting organization focused on planting churches across North Carolina. Chris also serves as the Founding Pastor and Lead Missionary at Point Church in the Raleigh area.  Chris has lived in North Carolina his entire life and feels a specific calling to see a church planting movement in our State.

Dr. David Nelms

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David serves as Founder & President of TTI. He casts vision and gives direction to TTI as disciple makers impact the world for Christ. David is a former senior pastor and had success in growing three different churches in Maryland, Iowa, and Florida. He has been a trustee on the board of Luther Rice Seminary and has taught all over the world. David received a Master of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute, a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice University and his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice University. David is married to his lovely wife, Loretta. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.


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Jen has served in various ministry roles over the years, including multiple stints as Kid’s Ministry Director. She has also experienced life as a church planter’s wife for seventeen years! Jen has a passion for helping pastor’s wives know they carry a unique burden and creating a community to support them. Pastoral wives can reach out to Jen at or visit to join the community.


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Jason serves as the Executive Pastor of Next Gen and Mobilization at Biltmore Church in Asheville, NC. Prior to his time at Biltmore, he served as a Family Ministries Pastor at Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC for 15 years. His driving passion is to see families reached, equipped, and unleashed on the world to take the gospel down the hallways of their homes to the unreached people groups across the globe.

Married to his wife Katie, they have three children; Holt (15), Annie (13), and Parks (10). Jason is an avid outdoorsman, a baseball enthusiast, book junkie, Garden & Gun Magazine connoisseur, and a lover of college sports.


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Clint has been married to his best friend, Rachel, for 10+ years. They have 3 children. In 2013 he was called as the Lead Pastor of Freedom Church in Lincolnton, NC. After four fruitful years at Freedom Church, Clint and Rachel, along with the elders of Freedom Church, believed God to be calling Freedom to send the Darsts (along with the Vandalls and the Tucks) out to plant King’s Cross Church in Greensboro. He will serve full-time as the Lead Pastor of King’s Cross Church.


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Casey was born and reared in Albany, NY, but has converted to life in the South. After working for General Electric for almost a decade in corporate America, Casey transitioned to full-time vocational ministry in 2014. Since falling in love with the Queen City, he has found great joy in connecting with churches and leaders from across the city and now serves as Senior Director of Network Development for ForCharlotte in addition to being a pastor of Multiply. Casey is married to Tanya and they have four fun-filled children—Isaiah, Kaydence, Jonah and Asher—whose energy never seems to run out!


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Rob Kelly is the Founder & CEO of the FORCLT Network. Rob is also co-founder of the City Leaders Collective (with Eric Swanson), which connects and equips city network leaders globally. Rob is co-author of the book ‘Metanoia’ (with Alan Hirsch), and the founder & lead author of the State of the City Report. Prior to this, Rob served 13 years as a pastor, along with numerous other leadership positions, including co-founding CLT/ONE and lecturing at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Rob is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte, and is pursuing doctoral studies from Bakke Graduate University. Rob is married to Ani, and they are the proud parents of Addison and RJ.


Check out the full conference schedule and more.


9:30am – Registration & Coffee
10:00am – Main Session 1
11:30pm – Lunch Onsite (Lunch Provided)
1:00pm – Main Session 2
3:00pm – Main Session 3
**7:00pm – Dinner & Fun


8:30am – Coffee & Krispy Kreme Donuts
9:00am – Main Session 4 & Commissioning
10:30am – Breakout 1
11:30am – Lunch Onsite (Lunch Provided)
12:50pm – Breakout 2
1:45pm – Main Session 5
3:00pm – Gathering Concludes

Hotel Recommendations

The below hotels are conveniently located within 10 minutes of Definition Church. Please call the hotel directly to secure your reservation.

 Sheraton Greensboro Hotel /Joseph S. Koury Convention Center

3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, North Carolina 27407



3030 W. Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27403




Hampton Inn & Suites Greensboro Coliseum

3033 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27403





It’s one thing for a church pastor to be passionate about church planting, but what happens when an entire leadership team catches the vision? Your church can unleash its potential to be a church planting church!

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