In 2012 we were fortunate enough to have Doug Bend, co-author of "I am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives" as our guest speaker. 

Doug Bender is passionate about helping people share their faith, make disciples, and start new churches, Bible studies, and I am Second groups.

Both of Doug's parents were raised Catholic but never really understood their faith. That changed one day when an evangelist knocked on his parents’ door and shared the Gospel with his father. His father accepted Jesus and subsequently led the rest of his family, including Doug, to Christ over the next two years.

Doug eventually decided to pursue full-time ministry. He joined e3 Partners, an international church planting organization, four years ago. He started with e3 Partners as a church planting trainer among unreached oral peoples in Ethiopia. Currently, Doug is a writer and small groups coach serving on the I am Second team.

Doug has a message suitable for audiences passionate about international missions, church planting, evangelism, discipleship, small groups, and the power of telling your story.

A graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary, Doug is currently serving with his wife, Catherine, with e3 Partners and is a key writer/contributor to the I am Second curriculum, while also co-authoring the book “I am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives.”