2016 Briarwood National Conference Speakers
Rev. Alton Hardy Founder of Urban Hope Community Church (UHCC) and Co-founder of Urban Hope Development in Fairfield, AL, Alton and his wife Sandra have been blessed with five children, three boys and two girls. Before planting UHCC, Alton played a major leadership role in planting and starting three urban initiatives that addressed the plight and conditions facing urban communities.
Alton has a deep passion for the urban poor. He is ordained in the PCA, and holds a degree from Alpena Community College, Reformed Bible College, Calvin Seminary, and Completion from Antioch Leadership Training in Reformed Preaching.
Rev. Ryan McVicar Growing up in Illinois, Ryan became a Christian while in college at Murray State University through the ministry of Briarwood and Campus Outreach. After college he married his best friend, Megan. Ryan and Megan then moved to Orlando to pursue theological training at Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to their work with Campus Outreach, they have served in various roles in different churches from Florida to Memphis to Detroit, and have been blessed with three children—Nevin (10), Molly (8) and Anna (5). Ryan is the founding pastor of New City Presbyterian Church and Director of the Detroit Project, a ministry committed to church planting and renewal in the Detroit region.
Rev. Dr. Jon D. Payne
Presently serving as the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian in Charleston, SC. Previously, Jon served as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Douglasville, Georgia. He is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A.), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S /D.Min), and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), New College (M.Th.), and has served as author and editor of many books and commentaries. Jon contributes regularly to Table Talk magazine, and preaches/lectures at churches and conferences around the world. He and his wife of 18 years, Marla, met in Charleston while Jon was playing soccer for the Charleston Battery. They have two children, Mary Hannah (13) and Hans (11).