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 in your spheres of influence? Or do you too often feel a single thread away from unraveling, pressing on in fragile drudgery? Faithful long-term leadership is challenging and becoming more and more rare. The pressures of leading and serving continue to come at us week after week. But you are not alone. There IS hope because we trust in a big and awesome God who cares for you and your ministry uniquely.

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 we link arms and learn together. Joy is God’s heart for you as you 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.  

Ron Zappia

Ron Zappia is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Highpoint Church in Chicagoland. He is a visionary for church multiplication through the Highpoint Send Network, author of The Marriage Knot, and a regular conference speaker. For more than 20 years, Pastor Ron has been preaching God’s Word. A pastor of pastors, he helps thousands of people believe in, belong to, and become like Jesus.


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
2:30 pmSession 2: Ron Zappia
3:30 PMBreak (Coffee, Bookstore, Gym)
4:00 pmSession 3: H.B. Charles Jr
5:00 pmDinner Break (On Own)
7:00 pmSession 4: Panel Discussion
8:15 pmFellowship & Dessert

Saturday, February 22

9:00 AMDoors Open / Coffee
9:15 amSession 5: Ron Zappia
10:15 amBreak
10:45 amBreakouts
11:30 AmLunch (Boxed, Sign Up)
12:30 PMBreakouts
1:15 PMBreak
1:30 pmSession 6: Panel Q&A
2:30 pmBreak (Coffee, Bookstore, Gym)
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? This conference is for you!

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