February 21-22, 2025


leading faithfully with joy 

Would your leadership style be described as joyful? Do you have a steadfast, confident hope that is contagious to those under your influence? Or do you too often feel a single thread away from unraveling, pressing on in fragile drudgery? Burnout is real. Faithful long-term leadership is challenging, even to the strongest of people. Each one of us carries a weight that often feels like too much to bear. The Christian leader is not exempt from this reality, but there is hope because we trust in a big and awesome God!  

Paul exhorts us in 1 Corinthians, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” At the REDEEMER LEAD CONFERENCE, you will be encouraged to grow in joyful resilience as you serve and lead in your various spheres of influence. Joy is God’s heart for as you as use your gifts for Christ and His Kingdom.  


H.B. Charles Jr

H. B. Charles Jr. is the pastor and teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville in Orange Park, Florida, where he has served since 2008. He is primarily responsible for preaching-teaching, vision casting, and leadership development. Outside of his ministry with his congregation, he regularly speaks and teaches at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country. Pastor Charles is the author of It Happens After Prayer, On Preaching, On Praying, On Worship, The Difference Jesus Makes, Getting Right With God, and Reaching God’s Goals for Your Life.  He and his wife, Crystal, have three children: H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey.  


Check out some of the books written by or forwarded by our speaker. Many of these will be available for purchase at the conference.


Schedule is subject to change prior to conference.

Friday, February 21

12:00 PMDoors Open (Coffee & Bookstore)
1:00 pmSession #1: John Dirkse
2:00 pmBreak
2:15 pmSession #2: TBD
3:15 PMBreak (Coffee & Bookstore)
4:00 pmSession #3: TBD
5:00 pmDinner Break (On Own)
7:00 pmSession #4: H.B. Charles Jr
8:15 pmFellowship & Dessert

Saturday, February 22

8:30 AMDoors Open / Coffee
9:15 amSession #5: H.B. Charles Jr
10:15 amBreak (Coffee & Bookstore)
10:45 amBreakouts
11:30 AmLunch (Boxed, Provided)
12:30 PMBreakouts
1:15 PMBreak
1:30 pmSession #6: H.B. Charles Jr
2:30 pmBreak (Coffee & Bookstore)
3:00 pmSession #7: H.B. Charles Jr
4:00 pmConference Ends


Redeemer Church

5501 Windsor Rd, Loves Park, IL

“Half-hearted trust is merely wholehearted unbelief masquerading as faith.

H.B. Charles jr

Registration & rates

  • Student (seminary, college, high school) rate – registration includes lunch on Saturday.
  • Registration includes lunch on Saturday. The early-bird rate ends on October 1, 2024.


Redeemer Lead Conference is geared towards anyone who holds positions of influence: pastors, church ministry leaders, elders, deacons, business and non-profit leaders, educators, parents, etc. Do you have a position of leadership or influence in your community, school, or workplace?

We are about 75 miles, or 1.5 hours west of Chicago. We don’t recommend staying in Chicago on Friday night. However, if you wish to extend your stay, Chicago would be a great place to visit before or after the Lead Conference.

We do not have a rate for attending only part of the conference. You are welcome to register for the whole thing and attend what you are able to.

Childcare will not be provided. We recommend making arrangements as soon as you’re able.

It is, and we welcome you if that is the case. Our building is all on one single level, we have parking available near the doors of the building, and each of the public bathrooms have stalls that are accommodating for wheelchair use.

For additional questions, please fill out the form below or email us at [email protected].

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5501 Windsor Rd, Rockford, IL