Karl Vaters is the author of two books about small churches.

On his blog Pivot, he writes about Innovative Leadership from a Small Church Perspective for several times a week. He’s also the founder of, 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.



Shaila Visser is the National Director of Alpha Canada and the Global Senior Vice-President for Alpha International. She is the Executive Producer of both The Alpha Youth Film Series (2013) and The Alpha Film Series (2016), and currently holds a position on the Board of Regent College-an International Graduate School in Vancouver.

Shaila has a heart for people coming to know Jesus and is passionate about helping the local church flourish. She is a gifted communicator who is known for her strategic leadership as well as her ability to bring people together. Shaila is recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Christian Women in Canada. Shaila lives in Vancouver BC with her husband, Ryan Visser, a Vancouver Police Officer on the K9 Unit. Shaila and Ryan have two four-legged family members, Blade and Talon.

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Paul Bartlett is the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse, a church that Paul and Annette have led for 18 years. under Paul and Annette’s leadership the church has grown significantly not only within the church itself but has become a church of influence on a national and global scale. Paul is one of the nation’s leading voices influencing the way that the local church views its role in effectively transforming its community. A sought after speaker, leader, author and coach Paul draws on his 40 years of leadership experience to develop pastors at the three locations of Lighthouse in his local area the Illawarra as well as churches throughout New South Wales, Nationally and Internationally.

Although Paul is a visionary and innovative thinker he is passionate about serving a vision greater than his own. As the recently appointed Australian Christian Churches New South Wales State President, he is leading successfully in church planting, community engagement and most recently in his passion for church and Pastor health implementing the training of a team of mentors. Australian Christian Churches is the largest Pentecostal movement in Australia with over 1000 churches and 375,000 constituents. Paul is committed to advancing the movement, serving churches through his State Role and National Portfolio in Community Engagement, hosting conferences and training community leaders at Alphacrucis College.