The 3rd annual Understanding the Times conference features influential speakers from all over the United States and the world specializing in the Middle East, the role of Islam in regard to the end times, and God’s prophetic plan for Israel and the Church.

This year’s speakers include (click name to go to profile) Tom and Joann Doyle, Joel Richardson, Eitan Bar, Al Fadi, Jake McCandless, Daniel Secomb, David Dykes, Christopher Mantei, Dana Crosby, Marquis Laughlin, Nelson Waters and Gillian Sheridan. Our special guest musician is Bruce Wethey and our worship leaders are Josh Trammel and Luke Roman.

Tom & Joann Doyle

Tom and his wife JoAnn began working in the heart of the Islamic world shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Their ministry to pastors and others in this region has opened many valuable doors for him to build key relationships in numerous countries in the Middle East.

Tom has authored several books including Dreams and Visions (2012), Killing Christians (2015) and Standing in the Fire (2017).

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Tom & Joann Doyle

Dallas, Texas

Tom and his wife JoAnn began working in the heart of the Islamic world shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Their ministry to pastors and others in this region has opened many valuable doors for him to build key relationships in numerous countries in the Middle East.

Tom has authored several books including Killing Christians (2015) and Standing in the Fire (2017).

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Tom & Joann Doyle

Dallas, Texas

Tom and his wife JoAnn began working in the heart of the Islamic world shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Their ministry to pastors and others in this region has opened many valuable doors for him to build key relationships in places like Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Palestinian territories of Israel. Tom’s relations with both Arabs and Jews have paved the way for many churches to be planted and cultivated.

Tom is a master storyteller with several books highlighting God’s miraculous work among the Muslim people. His best known books include Dreams and Visions (2012), Killing Christians (2015), and Standing in the Fire (2017).

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Joel Richardson

Joel Richardson is a New York Times bestselling author, film-maker, and teacher with a special love for all the peoples of the Middle East. Joel is a sought-after prophecy teacher both in America and around the world. He is the author, editor, director, or producer of several books and documentaries, and is the host of the popular online Christian program, The Underground.

Joel’s books include Islamic Antichrist and Mideast Beast.

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Joel Richardson

Kansas

Joel Richardson is a New York Times bestselling author, film-maker, and teacher with a special love for all the peoples of the Middle East. Joel is a sought-after prophecy teacher both in America and around the world. He is the author, editor, director, or producer of several books and documentaries, and is the host of the popular online Christian program, The Underground.

Joel’s books include Islamic Antichrist and Mideast Beast.

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Joel Richardson

Kansas

Joel Richardson is a New York Times bestselling author, film-maker, and teacher with a special love for all the peoples of the Middle East. Joel travels globally, preparing the Church for the great challenges of our time, teaching on the gospel, living with biblical hope—the return of Jesus. Joel is a sought-after prophecy teacher both in America and around the world. He is the author, editor, director, or producer of several books and documentaries, and is the host of the popular online Christian program, The Underground. Joel grew up in the Boston area and now resides in Kansas with his wife and five children.

His best known books include Islamic Antichrist and Mideast Beast.

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Eitan Bar

Eitan Bar is a native-born Jewish-Israeli who currently serves as the director of Media and Evangelism for ONE FOR ISRAEL. He is the producer of I Met Messiah

Eitan is nearing completion of his doctoral degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. Eitan is the author of: Refuting Rabbinic Objections to Christianity & Messianic Prophecies (2019).

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Eitan Bar

Tel Aviv, Israel

Eitan Bar is a native-born Jewish-Israeli who currently serves as the director of Media and Evangelism for ONE FOR ISRAEL. He is the producer of I Met Messiah

Eitan holds an M.A. in Theology from Liberty University and is nearing completion of his doctoral degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. Eitan is the author of Refuting Rabbinic Objections to Christianity & Messianic Prophecies (2019).

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Eitan Bar

Tel Aviv, Israel

Eitan Bar is a native-born Jewish-Israeli who was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He currently serves as the director of Media and Evangelism for ONE FOR ISRAEL. He is the producer of I Met Messiah

Eitan graduated with his M.A. in Theology from Liberty University (2013) and is nearing completion of his doctoral degree at Dallas Theological Seminary (April 2020).

Eitan is the author of Refuting Rabbinic Objections to Christianity & Messianic Prophecies (2019).

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Al Fadi

Al Fadi is a former Wahabbi Muslim from Saudi Arabia. He is the researcher, editor, writer, and translator for numerous ministries, including “Answering Muslims” which is an outreach ministry designed for non-Muslims and Christians.

In 2015, Al founded The Center for Islamic Research and Awareness (CIRA), a ministry dedicated to introducing Muslims to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Al Fadi

Saudi Arabia

Al Fadi is a former Wahabbi Muslim from Saudi Arabia. He is the researcher, editor, writer, and translator for numerous ministries, including “Answering Muslims”. Along with fellow apologist David Wood, Fadi runs an outreach ministry designed for non-Muslims and Christians.

In 2015, Al founded The Center for Islamic Research and Awareness (CIRA), a ministry dedicated to introducing Muslims to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Al Fadi

Saudi Arabia

Al Fadi is a former Wahabbi Muslim from Saudi Arabia. He is the researcher, editor, writer, and translator for numerous ministries, including “Answering Muslims”. Along with fellow apologist David Wood, Fadi runs an outreach ministry designed for non-Muslims and Christians.

In 2015, Al founded The Center for Islamic Research and Awareness (CIRA), a ministry dedicated to introducing Muslims to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Jake McCandless

Jake McCandless is an award-winning author and the Executive Director for Prophecy Simplified and Stand Firm Ministries. He holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Central Baptist College and an Advanced Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jake’s book, Spiritual Prepper, was the 2018 winner of the Selah Awards (Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference).

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Jake McCandless

Arkansas

Jake McCandless is an award-winning author and the Executive Director for Prophecy Simplified and Stand Firm Ministries. He holds an Advanced Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jake’s book, Spiritual Prepper, was the 2018 winner of the prestigious Selah Awards (Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference).

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Jake McCandless

Arkansas

Jake McCandless is the Executive Director and lead speaker for Prophecy Simplified and Stand Firm Ministries. Jake is an award-winning author and writes for several publications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College and an Advanced Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jake’s book Spiritual Prepper was the 2018 winner of the prestigious Selah Awards, which are given out annually for a variety of genres by the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. His new devotional book Invincible, co-authored with Rita Halter Thomas was released May 1st.

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Daniel Secomb

Daniel Secomb is a sought-after speaker on the End Times and itinerant Bible teacher who ministers in churches and conferences throughout Australia and the United States.

He is the director of Israel, Islam and End Times and Culture War Resource. Israel, Islam and End Times is a ministry dedicated to informing and educating Christians on issues surrounding Israel, the Middle East, Islam and the last days.

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Daniel Secomb

Sydney, Australia

Daniel Secomb is a sought-after speaker on the End Times and itinerant Bible teacher who ministers in churches and conferences throughout Australia and the United States.

He is the director of Israel, Islam and End Times and Culture War Resource. Israel, Islam and End Times is a ministry dedicated to informing and educating Christians on issues surrounding Israel, the Middle East, Islam and the last days.

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Daniel Secomb

Sydney, Australia

Daniel Secomb is a sought-after speaker on the End Times and itinerant Bible teacher who ministers in churches and conferences throughout Australia and the United States.

He is the director of Israel, Islam and End Times and Culture War Resource. Israel, Islam and End Times is a ministry dedicated to informing and educating Christians on issues surrounding Israel, the Middle East, Islam and the last days. Culture War Resource is a website with the purpose to inform and equip Christians to understand and engage in the culture wars.

Daniel’s new book The Politics of the Last Days will be available at the conference.

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David O. Dykes

David Orlo Dykes pastored a number of churches in the South until he was called to be the senior pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in East Texas. He has led 28 tours throughout Israel and considers the Holy Land the perfect classroom to teach biblical truths.

David has authored fifteen books. His latest, Jesus Storyteller, was released in 2016.

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David O. Dykes

Tyler, Texas

David Orlo Dykes grew up in South Alabama where he came to know the Lord as a child and started preaching at age 17. He pastored a number of churches in the South until he was called to be the senior pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in East Texas. He has led 28 tours throughout Israel and considers the Holy Land the perfect classroom to teach biblical truths.

David has authored fifteen books. His latest, Jesus Storyteller, was released in 2016.

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David O. Dykes

Tyler, Texas

David Orlo Dykes grew up in South Alabama where he came to know the Lord as a child and started preaching at age 17. After a number of pastorates in the South, he was called to be the senior pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in East Texas. An avid history buff and amateur Israeli educational tour guide, Dykes has led 28 tours throughout Israel and considers the Holy Land the perfect classroom to teach biblical truths.

David has authored fifteen books. His latest, Jesus Storyteller, was released in 2016. He is married with two grown daughters.

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Christopher Mantei

Christopher Mantei serves as president of Wings of the Eagle, an online Christian resource networking the needs of the saints in 20 countries across the globe, linking believers to fellowship in areas hostile to the gospel.

Christopher is also involved with EndTime Church, an online church with the purpose of teaching, encouraging, and networking believers in these last days.

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Christopher Mantei

Delaware

Christopher Mantei serves as president of Wings of the Eagle, an online Christian resource networking the needs of the saints in 20 countries across the globe, linking believers to fellowship in areas hostile to the gospel.

He is also involved with EndTime Church, an online church with the purpose of teaching, encouraging, and networking believers in these last days.

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Christopher Mantei

Delaware

Christopher Mantei serves as president of Wings of the Eagle, an online Christian resource networking the needs of the saints in 20 countries across the globe, linking believers to fellowship in areas hostile to the gospel. As host of Wings of the Eagle Radio, Christopher immerses his listeners in the messianic prophetic message found in the Bible. Christopher has worked with Voice of the Martyrs and Armageddon News, created an online course called The End Times For Beginners and is now involved with EndTime Church, an online church with the purpose of teaching, encouraging, and networking believers in these last days.

Christopher’s new book Flee To The Mountains will be available at the conference.

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Dana Crosby

Dana Crosby has traveled around the world preaching and teaching on End Times Bible prophecy and is not afraid to tackle controversial topics. She is the host, writer, and producer of her viral YouTube channel Wisdom Calls.

She is the author of the five-star peer-reviewed book: Is Revelation for the Church? This practical ebook is the first in the series Debunking Common Myths about the End Times.

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Dana Crosby

Florida

Dana Crosby has traveled around the world preaching and teaching on End Times Bible prophecy and is not afraid to tackle controversial topics. She is the host, writer, and producer of her viral YouTube channel Wisdom Calls.

She is the author of the five-star peer-reviewed book: Is Revelation for the Church? This practical ebook is the first in the series Debunking Common Myths about the End Times.

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Dana Crosby

Florida

Dana Crosby is passionate about teaching on End Times Bible prophecy and is not afraid to tackle controversial topics such as the Timing of the Rapture and the Sign of the Return of Christ. She is the host, writer, and producer of her viral YouTube channel Wisdom Calls. She has traveled around the world preaching and teaching from open-air tent meetings in India, to training Messianic believers in Israel.

She is the author of the five-star peer-reviewed book: Is Revelation for the Church? This practical ebook is the first in the series Debunking Common Myths about the End Times.

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Marquis Laughlin

Marquis Laughlin is the founder of Acts of The Word Ministries, a ministry dedicated to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. As a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church in America, his unique and compelling dramatic-solo Scripture presentations include 7 different books of the Bible, highlighting the epic story of God’s relationship with man in Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, John’s Gospel, Acts of the Apostles, & Revelation.

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Marquis Laughlin

Pennsylvania

Marquis Laughlin is the founder of Acts of The Word Ministries, a ministry dedicated to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. As a performance artist, theologian, and missionary, his unique and compelling dramatic-solo Scripture presentations include 7 different books of the Bible, highlighting the epic story of God’s relationship with man in Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, John’s Gospel, Acts of the Apostles and Revelation.

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Marquis Laughlin

Pennsylvania

Marquis Laughlin is the founder of Acts of The Word Ministries, a ministry dedicated to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. As a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church in America, his unique and compelling dramatic-solo Scripture presentations include 7 different books of the Bible, highlighting the epic story of God’s relationship with man in Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, John’s Gospel, Acts of the Apostles, & Revelation.

He maintains an active touring schedule at theaters, conferences, and houses of worship, and his one-man shows have been presented all over the world.

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Nelson Waters

Dr. Nelson Walters is the Director of The Gospel in the End Times Ministries, an international ministry dedicated to helping the Church fulfil her God-ordained call in the last days.

Nelson exhorts and encourages thousands on his blog website, The Gospel in the End Times. He is also the author of the books; Are We Ready for Jesus (2015), Revelation Deciphered (2016), Rapture: Case Closed (2017) and 70 Times 7 (2018).

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Nelson Waters

North Carolina

Dr. Nelson Walters is the Director of The Gospel in the End Times Ministries, an international ministry dedicated to helping the Church fulfil her God-ordained call in the last days.

Nelson is a Bible teacher, songwriter and speaker. A popular blogger, he exhorts and encourages thousands on his blog website, The Gospel in the End Times. He is also the author of the books; Are We Ready for Jesus (2015), Revelation Deciphered (2016), Rapture: Case Closed (2017) and 70 Times 7 (2018).

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Nelson Waters

North Carolina

Dr. Nelson Walters is the Director of The Gospel in the End Times Ministries, an international ministry dedicated to helping the Church fulfil her God-ordained call in the last days.

Nelson is a Bible teacher, songwriter and speaker. A popular blogger, he exhorts and encourages thousands on his blog website, The Gospel in the End Times. He is also the author of the books; Are We Ready for Jesus (2015), Revelation Deciphered (2016), Rapture: Case Closed (2017) and 70 Times 7 (2018).

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Gillian Sheridan

Gillian Sheridan’s broadcasting career spans 30 years and four states. This Emmy-award winning journalist is passionate about helping foster children and is an advocate for adoption. She has spent the past 17 years working to find forever families for local children by featuring hundreds of their stories in her weekly segment, Children are a Gift.

For Gillian, faith and family are priorities. She and her husband, James, are blessed with two daughters. Their girls are both adopted and are just four months apart. She says they are a huge blessing and an answer to many prayers!

Bruce Wethey

Special Guest Musician

Bruce is a Grammy-nominated violinist and composer who has performed with Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Josh Groban, Alan Jackson, Natalie Cole, and Ray Charles. He joined Casting Crowns on their tours of Europe, Australia New Zealand, and throughout the United States.

The ministry of Bruce and wife, Lisa (flute), has taken them from church concerts to conferences nationwide. Bruce is one of the most sought-after session musicians on the Nashville scene. Answering God’s call on his life, Bruce now serves the Lord with his gifts, sharing the love of Christ with audiences in concert and testimony, delivering His message of hope and encouragement.

Our Worship Leaders

Josh Trammel is the worship leader at Marvin United Methodist Church. He has released his own self-titled worship EP that you can find on any music streaming platform, and is continuing his passion of leading worship and song writing for the church here in Tyler.

Luke Roman is the Worship Associate Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church. Luke grew up at Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee where he also began his ministry in the church through leading Simple Worship, a mid-week worship experience.

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