2018 Upper Room Conference Speakers

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natalie mangrum

Natalie Mangrum is the CEO of Maryland Teacher Tutors and a committed congregant of Freedom Church Baltimore. In 2009, when Freedom was just starting out & meeting in Pastor Mike's living room, Natalie was one of the first 17 members. Over the years, Natalie has studied prayer, and become quite comfortable with asking God for seemingly impossible things - both personally and professionally. And God actually does them! She is married to her SWAT commander husband, Chris, and has two teens - who she has lovingly nicknamed Sassy and Sarcastic.  Learn more about Maryland Teacher Tutors at www.marylandteachertutors.com


Ronnie martin

Ronnie Martin is lead pastor of Substance Church, a multi-congregation church in Ashland and Wooster, Ohio. He is the author of Stop Your Complaining, a contributing writer to The Gospel Coalition, and co-host of The Happy Rant podcast. He and his wife Melissa have one daughter, Beth, who lives in Denver, CO. 


Dr. drew shofner

Dr. Drew is what drives The Church at Severn Run to stay focused on Loving Well, Living Jesus, and Believing Big! His responsibilities include teaching us amazing truths about Scripture, and loving the people of Severn Run in big ways. He has a few amazing personal skills like bicycle riding, motorcycle driving, and avoiding vegetables.

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Carrie lynch

Carrie Lynch is the founder and lead intercessor of New Birth Global Prayer Ministries, Inc. in Bowie, MD.  She teaches, trains, and equips believers with the knowledge, skills, and tools to intercede effectively.


pastor cj matthews

CJ Matthews is the lead pastor of Bethany Church in Columbia, MD.  The church is located in the business district of Columbia and has become a beacon of light in a place that doesn’t know it needs one. He loves watching the Dallas Cowboys, playing basketball, fishing, hunting, but most of all his amazing wife of six years, Katie.  They adopted their one son, Thomas, from Baltimore City two years ago and this has taught them more about what it means to be adopted by God, to be loved unconditionally, and to trust God when life doesn’t make sense.


pastor Jeff belcher

Jeff Belcher is a church planter and Pastor of Church of the Harbor (CoH) in Baltimore, MD. Jeff moved from his hometown of Birmingham, AL to the Northeast 3 years ago with a team of 3 families, and they're working everyday to bring the gospel to their neighbors. CoH works diligently to engage their community on a practical level, and as they've developed meaningful rapport with neighbors, they've seen an increasing openness to the gospel, as is evidenced by over 350 professions of faith and average attendance having almost tripled in the past 18 months. Jeff is also privileged to write for LifeWay to support his work in the city and to impact the thousands of churches that use LifeWay resources. Jeff loves barbecue, the outdoors, and the University of Alabama. He has been married to Kelly for 17 years, and they live in a row-home in Baltimore city with their 6 children and their German Shepherd.