Event Details


September 15-17, 2021


7pm Nightly
Morning Sessions Thurs/Fri


Music Road Hotel
303 Henderson Chapel Rd.
Pigeon Forge, TN


Sam Chand

Being raised in a pastor’s home in India has uniquely equipped Sam to share his passion to mentor, develop, and inspire leaders to break all limits. He has been called a dream releaser, leadership architect, and change strategist. In the 1970s, as a student at Beulah Heights College, Sam served as a janitor, cook, and dishwasher to finance his education. He returned in 1989 as president—and under his leadership, Beulah Heights University became the country’s largest predominantly African-American Christian college.

Sam holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Beulah Heights University, an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Heritage Bible College, a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education from Beulah Heights. He has mentored leaders in churches and ministries as well as international corporations and business start-ups. He was named one of the top thirty global leadership gurus by www.leadershipgurus.net.

Sam has authored more than a dozen books on leadership, including Culture Catalyst, Bigger Faster Leadership, Leadership Pain, Who’s Holding Your Ladder?, What’s Shakin’ Your Ladder?, and 12 Success Factors of an Organization.


Karl Vaters

Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches: Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 and The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us.

On his blog Pivot, he writes about Innovative Leadership from a Small Church Perspective for ChristianityToday.com several times a week. He’s also the founder of NewSmallChurch.com, a ministry that encourages, connects and equips innovative small church pastors.

Karl’s heart is to help pastors of small churches (up to 90 percent of us) find the resources to lead well, and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church – something virtually every pastor will spend at least some of their ministry years doing. He also believes that big and small churches can and should work together more often – to the benefit and blessing of everyone.

Karl has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. He is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for over 25 years with his wife, Shelley.



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Sam Chand

Thursday, September 16, 2021

8:45 - 9:00am
9:00 - 9:45am
Sam Chand
9:50 - 10:35am
Sam Chand
10:40 -11:25am
Sam Chand
Karl Vaters

Friday, September 17, 2021

9:15 - 9:30am
9:30 - 10:15am
Karl Vaters
10:20 - 11:30am
Karl Vaters

Registration & Hotel Info

The Registration fee of $30.00 per person can be paid online by clicking the link below or can be payable to the: Joint Leadership Conference at the Registration Desk in the lobby of the Convention Center, or you . Your registration includes access to the recorded video of all sessions. Everyone must register before attending the conference, whether you pay online or on the first day of the conference.

This year we are offering a special lunch with Sam Chand on Thursday @ 12:00pm.  The cost is $20.00/per person and can be purchased as an add on when paying online.

Music City Resort Hotel
Conference Rate: $138/night

Reservation Info After Deadline
Reservations must be booked by clicking the link below or through the PFWB Church/CLC, by contacting Cathy Teague at 910.892.4161 or cathy@pfwb.org.

Cancellation Policy
You must notify Cathy Teague as soon as possible. If you cancel 30 days prior to the event, there will be no cancellation fees. If you cancel later than 30 days prior to the event, depending on your circumstances, there may be a fee of $138.00.

*Speakers are subject to change due to COVID-19*


The registration deadline has passed.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 Joint Church Leadership Conference, September 14-16, 2022.