Dr. Shannon Hurley
Founder and Executive Director, Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries (SOS) - Uganda
Shannon Hurley is a missionary in Uganda with a passion to love people and strengthen churches. He and his wife Danielle, along with their five children, live in the remote village of Kubamitwe, Uganda where they love, serve, and disciple this impoverished community, as well as encourage and equip the Church in Uganda by providing biblical training and leadership to over 1,500 churches in Uganda and over 3,000 churches in Kenya.
A Southern California native, Shannon has a B.A. in Biblical Counseling from Masters College, and an M.Div. and Doctor of Ministry from The Masters Seminary (TMS). After marrying his college sweetheart, Danielle, Shannon established a successful international business with clients like Aflac & Hallmark Canada. Shannon Hurley was introduced to Uganda in 1995 after traveling to Kenya with a group of ten other volunteers on a short-term missions trip. While in Kenya, he met a Kenyan missionary to Uganda. During this visit Shannon went with ten others through the country of Uganda. This trip made a tremendous impact on Shannon. His heart was moved by the love and joy of the Ugandan people.
In 2002 Shannon established Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries (SOS). In 2006, Shannon left the corporate world and moved to Uganda to serve the Ugandan people on a full-time basis. God has blessed the ministry in not only their village (where they have planted a thriving local church, primary school, & outreach programs to their community), but God has also expanded the ministry of SOS to impact over 1,500 pastors and churches, working in partnership with several national church associations throughout the country of Uganda. Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries is a non-profit organization which seeks to see Jesus Christ reigning through His Word in the hearts of all people, especially in Uganda. SOS’s focus is on loving people and strengthening churches throughout Uganda. This is done through training in the Word of God, discipleship, and lovingly reaching out to their local community. Over the last several years, God has opened doors for Shannon to provide biblical leadership to the Church in Kenya and throughout Africa. For more information about SOS Ministries, go to www.sosministries.com.
Shannon, as the Founder of SOS Ministries, is the Chief Executive Officer of SOS Uganda, overseeing a staff of over 60 at its 150-acre headquarters in Kubamitwe, including the Estate Department, Community Outreach Department, Biblical Training Department, and Education Department (including the new Legacy Christian Academy Uganda’s Primary School). Shannon is the Secretary of the SOS Uganda Board of Directors, and is also the President of the SOS USA/Canada Board of Directors, which exists to support SOS Uganda.
Shannon is passionate about the Word of God, and the hope and power of the Gospel to transform lives. He is a discipler of men, and never too busy to take time to listen, to build relationships, to show care and love for his family, his staff, and those he serves. In addition to preaching and leading the Kubamitwe Community Church and Church leaders in Uganda and Kenya, Shannon is often a guest preacher at churches in the United States and Canada, as well as national conferences, church Summer Camps, and Southern Baptist Seminary’s D3 Conference.
Pastor, Crossing Church - Kentucky
CEO, Red Buffalo
Dan Dumas is the CEO of Red Buffalo and presently serves as Special Advisor for Foster Care and Adoption to the Governor of Kentucky. Dan is a teaching pastor and elder at Crossing Church in Louisville, KY. He is passionate about all things leadership, adoption, expository preaching, biblical manhood and being an idea-generating, transformational and organizational leader. He is the author of Live Smart, the co-author of A Guide to Biblical Manhood and the editor of A Guide to Expository Ministry. Dumas served as a Senior Vice President from 2007 - 2017. He currently also serves as a special advisor to the President of Southern Seminary and Faculty member. Dan actively writes on Leadership and Preaching at his blog: Leaders Don’t Panic, and provides a variety of coaching and consulting for businesses, churches, and their leaders. Dan has served in a variety of ministry capacities in many local churches, including Executive Pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Prior to his time in ministry, Dan served in the US Navy as a search and rescue swimmer.
Dan is married to Jane and has two children: Aidan (14) and Elijah (8). He loves all things sports (especially water sports) and is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting and fly fishing.
Dr. Scott Ardavanis
Pastor, Grace Church of the Valley - California
Scott Ardavanis is the Senior Pastor of Grace Church of the Valley in central California. Scott began his pastoral ministry at Grace Community Church with John MacArthur and also spent seventeen years as a senior pastor in Chicago and California. He is an adjunct professor at The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary in the area of Pastoral Ministry and Homiletics. Scott is a featured speaker at Bible and Pastors Conferences around the world. He also serves as a board member for Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries (SOS), which impacts lives in Uganda through humanitarian aid and sound Biblical teaching. Scott has earned his degrees at Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College), B.A., The Master’s Seminary, M.Div., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, D.Min. Scott and his wife, Patty, have now been married 25 years and are the parents of 7 children.
Dr. Adam Tyson
Pastor, Placerita Bible Church - California
Adam Tyson is the Senior Pastor of Placerita Bible Church. Pastor Adam was born and raised in a Christian home in Georgia. After attending medical school, he became a physician's assistant and worked in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery in Savannah for four years. While serving in his local church, he felt an overwhelming desire to pursue the glory of God through theological training and the opportunity to serve the Lord in full-time ministry. Adam had the privilege of attending The Master's Seminary for both an M.Div. (2005) and D.Min. (2013). Adam served as an associate pastor of student ministries and outreach at Lakeside Bible Church in Montgomery, Texas for seven and a half years. He has a passion for expository preaching, biblical counseling, world-wide missions, and reaching the community of Santa Clarita with the gospel! Adam has been married to his lovely wife, Lisa, since 2004, and they have been blessed with five children: Anna, Nate, Micaiah, Hudson, and Zoe.
Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel Calgary North - Calgary, AB
It was at the age of 10 that God revealed to me that I was a sinner in need of grace. My father had repented of his sins about six months before and I had seen a radical change in his life. I had seen firsthand what the power of the gospel can do. My youth years were pretty good and I was blessed to have a good youth pastor who challenged me in my walk with the Lord. After high school I was unsure of what the Lord would have me do. I struggled for a time unsure of what I was to do, however the Lord in His grace got my attention in February of 1990. I was at youth weekend called Youth Quake at Breircrest Bible College. It was then that I realized the brevity of life and the importance of giving my whole life to the Lord fully. It was there that the Lord called me into the ministry. That next fall I attended Briercrest Bible College and I graduated with a BA in Christian Education in 1994.
In January 1995 I was hired as a part-time youth pastor in Unity, SK. I had a rich time at Unity Baptist Church. I am still in touch with many of the youth from that time of ministry. Before I left the church for the mission field I also had 14 months where I was the interim pastor as the church sought a replacement for the senior pastor. I learned a lot in that time and really grew in my walk with the Lord as I understood that God wants our availability not necessarily our ability. I am very thankful for the things I learned there.
From 1998-2000 I served with Teen Missions International. While serving with Teen Missions I had the opportunity to do ministry on 4 different continents. I witnessed many teens discover that God can use them now. They don't need to wait until they are 18 in order for them to serve the Lord. It was a great privilege to serve with TMI. I spent the largest amount of time in Africa where I served for almost a year out of my 3 years there.
In the spring of 2001 I married my beautiful wife Heather. The original plan was to stay out of full time ministry for a year, but the Lord had other plans. I took a part-time youth ministry position at Grace Baptist Church in the fall of 2001. This began a time of ministry where I served with Grace from 2001-2005. I directed the summer camp program for the first two years and was hired into a full time associate pastor position. We are very thankful for our time at Grace and all that the Lord taught us. We were blessed to have our two little girls while we were there. Hope was born in 2002 and Gabriella in 2004.
In January of 2006 we moved to Los Angeles, CA and I began to pursue my Masters of Divinity at the Masters Seminary. This was a rich time for our family. We attended Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the pastor. It was great to sit under his preaching each Sunday. I learned a lot from the professors at the Masters Seminary and I am very blessed to have studied under their teaching. I graduated in the spring of 2009.
I was also accepted into the Training Center with Harvest Bible Fellowship in the spring of 2009. I then attended the Training Center from August 2009-May 2010. In May of 2010 we moved to Calgary to get ready for the launch of Harvest Calgary. By God's amazing grace we launched in September 2010.
This is my testimony to date. I often think of King David's words, "Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?" God is good!