Speaker: Brian Burgess
Brian has an intriguing story of Christ transforming him from a rebellious teenager into a man who is passionate about God. He clearly communicates the timeless principles of God’s Word with effective zeal and enthusiasm. Brian is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies. He and his wife, Angie, have three boys and a girl. They enjoy working out, camping, traveling the world, and riding motorcycles.
Worship: I Am They
I AM THEY made its national debut in January 2015 with their self-titled album on Essential Records. The band’s five-piece, pop-acoustic-worship sound is anchored by three-part vocal harmonies. The group, made up of Abbie Parker (vocals/harmonium), Jon McConnell (vocals/guitar/keys), Matt Hein (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Justin Shinn (keys/banjo) and Sara Palmer (drums) represent I AM THEY – inspired by John 17. “In that chapter,” shares Sara Palmer, “Jesus is praying for his disciples and refers to them as ‘they.’ He’s praying and saying things like, ‘Sanctify them. Make them holy. They are not of the world because I am not of the world.’ He’s really interceding for his disciples. We are disciples of Christ and being disciples is just as important today as it was back then. We’re still here for the same purpose on the same mission with the same calling, bringing people to the Lord and spreading the news of the Gospel to people. We really wanted to incorporate that into our mission as a band, saying that anybody who is a believer in Christ is a ‘They.’ They are a disciple as well so we can stand together in that and really bring people into the ‘I AM THEY’ family because we are all family in Christ.”
D.J. PDOGG #INTHEMIX
DJ Pdogg #Inthemix (Durham, NC) has turned good gatherings into amazing events. Pdogg has performed on 4 Continents, 26 countries, and numerous cities across the US. He has made a number of television appearances, and has also toured with Grammy award winning hip-hop artist, Lecrae. He has a global reach with his podcast @DjPdogg #Inthemix which reaches 165 countries and 914 markets worldwide. Dj Pdogg gives back to his local community through a variety of mentoring programs, including teaching inner city youth how to become DJ’s, DJing basics, and having/managing their own DJ business.
Legin (AKA – Nigel Anderson) is a gospel hip hop and spoken word artist, speaker, and podcaster who uses transparency to connect and art to communicate with his listeners. Inspired by his father’s battle with addiction, Legin speaks about fatherlessness to forgiveness, as well as racial reconciliation and urban apologetics amongst other topics, and the hope of the gospel in his music. Legin has appeared on stage with Lecrae and opened for artists like KB, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Tedashii, Social Club, Canon, Deraj, Aaron Cole, and Flame among others.
Piercing Word exists to ignite passion for the Word of God in the heart of the Church. We do this by performing scripture in musical and dramatic presentations word-for-word from the ESV Bible. We challenge everyone, everywhere we go to memorize the Word of God for themselves and equip them to do so through scripture memorization workshops and discipleship opportunities.