HCC – Higher Calling Conference

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Ronald Walborn

Dr. Ron Walborn is the Executive Director of Urban Initiatives for Asbury Theological Seminary in New York City. Previously, Ron served as a Professor of Pastoral Theology, Vice President and Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Alliance University) in New York City and San Juan Puerto Rico for 24 years. He has a B.A. in History from Nyack College, an M.Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Walborn has planted and pastored churches in Connecticut and California. He has authored one book and numerous articles and chapters for other publications. He has lectured and spoken at churches, conferences and other events both nationally and internationally. Dr. Walborn was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania in a ministry focused family. Ron and his wife, Dr. Wanda Walborn have four married adult children and five beautiful grandchildren.

Keithen Schwahn

Keithen is giving his life to reverse the narrative that Young People are a lost cause in the church. Transitioning from leading citywide movements in Portland, Oregon, he is now in New York City as a pastor on staff at Church of the City New York, building a network of leaders and launching COLLEGE.NYC (http://college.nyc)  and YTH.NYC (http://yth.nyc). He lives in Manhattan with his wife Celeste and newborn son Powell as they contend for the next great move of God in our time, and enjoy a coffee and walk in Riverside Park.

David Yoontae Oh

David Oh is currently serving as National Executive Director at SOON Movement Global. He did his M.Div at Fuller Theological Seminary and Th.M at ITS. He is the first graduate class of GCTC in America. He used to teach at California Graduate School of Theology and he’s been working at Crossbridge Fellowship as a lead pastor helping the next generation to build their own church. He has five children, Caris, Kayla, David, Jeremiah, and Timothy with his beautiful wife Esther. His special passion is for Diaspora Asian Americans; whom he believes to be one of the greatest potential people ever lived to impact the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Olivia Munn-Shirsath

Olivia Munn-Shirsath is a passionate communicator of the Word, currently serving as Teaching Pastor at Wellspring Church in Queens, NY. With over a decade of frontline urban pastoral experience through the Salvation Army amidst the homelessness and recovery communities, she is convinced that the Body of Christ is the solution. Olivia is a mentor to young women, a worship leader, and the co-author of The Uprising: A Holy Revolution? She resides in NYC with her husband Pratik, and their two sons Roman and Shalom.