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Empower Conference

January 24 -25, 2020

Our vision is to strengthen and extend God’s Kingdom through the local church by inspiring and investing in spirit-empowered leaders. We want to practically equip people to receive impartation from the Holy Spirit. We desire to see people grow in God, in their leadership, wisdom, revelation and their love for people. We need more leaders in the local church and in our city, Calgary, which means we need YOU!

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matt Tapley

Matt Tapley has been the Lead Pastor of Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, Ontario since 2008.  He is a gifted leader who serves the Church by developing leaders in a culture of dependence on the Spirit with full devotion to the unchanging Word of God.  He frequently travels the nation as an insightful preacher, anointed worship leader and a keen contributor to leadership team environments.  Matt’s commitment to the Manifest Presence of God and the healing gifts of the Holy Spirit are a catalyst for stirring renewed faith for the “more” of God wherever he ministers


Matt and His wife Lisa have been happily married since August 1994.  Together they have three amazing kids – Abigail (’98), Joey (’99) and Sarah (’01).  In November of 2012, their youngest daughter Sarah died after a 3-year battle with cancer.  Accordingly, a significant dimension of their life message is declaring the relentless goodness of God even in the midst of tragedy and disappointment.  God continues to use their testimony to encourage others who are facing trials and challenges of faith.

Finally, Matt is a delusional Leafs fan and is convinced that the team is rebuilding (again).  He also enjoys riding his Harley whenever and wherever he can. 

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Chris cruz

Chris Cruz is the Young Adults Pastor at Bethel. He’s a passionate person, all the way from coffee to life with God. Chris loves teaching leaders and churches the way of Jesus and how it’s leads to heaven overlapping with earth. He worked as a Pastor for seven years at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Chris and his wife Lana live in Redding, CA with their son Solomon and daughter Pearl.


Friday, January 25th // 2019 

6:00 PM: Doors open

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Pre-Service PRAYER

7:00 – 9:00 PM: General Session #1

9:00 – 10:00: AFTER PARTY - (food will be provided)

Saturday, January 26th // 2019

9:00 AM: Doors Open

9:30 - 10:00 AM: Pre-Service PRAYER

10:00 – 12:00 AM: General Session #2

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch – ONSITE PROVIDED

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Break out Session #1 

2:45 – 3:45 PM: Coffee Break with Monogram 

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Break out session #3

5:00 – 6:30 PM Dinner Break – ON YOUR OWN 

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Pre-Service PRAYER

7:00 – 10:00 PM: General Session #3

10:00 PM: Paid Portion of Conference concludes ­

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Ben Cantelon

Ben Cantelon is a worship leader/songwriter originally from Canada but has lived in London, UK for the last 14 years. Ben and his family have recently relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to continue writing/producing and leading worship. Ben has been a part of many amazing ministries in the UK including Soul Survivor, Worship Central and HTB (Holy Trinity Brompton) which is home to the Alpha course. Some of his most well known songs are ‘Happy Day’, ‘Simple Pursuit’, Saviour Of The World’ and ‘Hallelujah’. Ben is married to the lovely Alice and they have two children, Cordelia and Jacobi. 

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Andrew Damazio

Andrew and Juila along with their two children Cruz and Quinn, are running after the call of God in Portland, Oregon building God’s kingdom by planting Rose Church.


Sunday - January, 27th // FA Church

9:30AM First Assembly & Imagine Church Joint Service 

Speaker: Chris Cruz 

11:30AM   First Assembly & Imagine Church Joint Service 

Speaker: Mark Buchanan 

Prayer // 5PM

Worship Night // 6PM

Monday - January 28th // Tehillah Monday 

6:00 - 7:00 PM // Tehillah Prayer 

7:00 - 9:00 PM // Worship and Word

Speaker: Andrew Damazio 

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mark Buchanan

Mark Buchanan and his wife Cheryl live in Calgary, Alberta, where Mark is associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Seminary. Previous to Ambrose, Mark was in pastoral ministry for 24 years in British Columbia. They have three young adult children. Educated at UBC and Regent College, Mark is a pastor, teacher, speaker, and the author of seven books as well as the forthcoming novel, David. He has also written numerous articles for Christianity TodayFaith TodayLeadership JournalDiscipleship Journal, and several other magazines. He enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and motorcycles.

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Stephanie Hill

Stephanie’s highest calling is to be a friend of God and she is deeply passionate about building healthy family, team and community in both the church and business realm.  With a powerful and transparent communication style she inspires hope and gives courage by teaching people to hear the voice of God and understand His heart.

Along with her husband, Craig, she has the privilege of raising four extraordinary children and leading Imagine Church towards loving God and loving people.   


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