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Evening Registration
Welcome Reception (families included)
Faithbridge Church Tour

Member Devotional
Morning Worship
TopGolf Family Outing

Member Devotional
Morning Worship
Exhibit Hall
Breakout Sessions
CP Exam
Free Evening

Member Devotional
Morning Worship
Member Business Meeting
Banquet & Entertainment


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Speakers & Entertainment:

Lizi Bailey will lead us in worship each day of the conference.

Lizi is a worship leader and a singer/songwriter/recording artist. She lives in the Houston area with her husband, Matthew, and their five children, and leads worship at Faithbridge Church. She has released multiple recording projects and collaborations and lately has been spending her time writing and recording worship songs for the Church. She loves nature, good conversation, and discovering what it means to become a fully alive human who knows her God.

Phill Martin will lead two sessions on "Building a Strength Culture in Your Team."

Phill works to engage and connect individuals and organizations to help them reach their maximum potential. He enjoys coaching, speaking, mentoring and connecting people with information and resources. He is a trained facilitator with CoreClarity leveraging CliftonStrengths, a Certified Association Executive and holds Certification with the International Coach Federation. Phill is the CEO Elect of The Church Network and founder of ForwardCoaching. He has been a member of the association community for 30+ years and also serves the faith-based community.

Whether speaking to a large audience, working with a staff team, coaching an executive leader or staff member Phill loves to watch the power of questions create that ah-ha moment that moves a client or team forward.

Building a Strength Culture in Your Team
Staff teams who build a culture around strengths can meet the demanding challenges of leadership. Phill Martin will walk us through the history of the strength movement and how it is being used to help staff teams improve performance and increase engagement. Learn about the coaching model of leadership and how your team can optimize your team’s strengths.

Carter Bliss will lead a session on "Operating an Emergency Shelter: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey."

Carter Bliss is the Director of Facilities at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. His affiliation with MDPC began in 1980 as a contractor and continued until he was hired as a full-time employee in 2000. His responsibilities include housekeeping, maintenance, transportation, security, scheduling, and front office operations. He also provides close support for the IT and Media departments, serves as an advisor for insurance and risk management, and previously supervised food service operations. He has extensive experience in HVAC, building automation, energy management, electronic security systems, and disaster planning and response.

Prior to church work, Carter owned and operated a commercial general contracting firm, and formerly held both HVAC and plumbing licenses. He is a regular presenter at both religious and secular facilities related events, has published or contributed to several articles in professional magazines, and serves as a consultant, advisor, or mentor to other churches and peers. He is the past vice-president of the International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) Houston Chapter, where he also served as chairman of the Sustainability and Professional Development Committees and on the Religious Facilities Council. He previously served as the religious facilities liaison for the City of Houston Green Office Challenge. He has been recognized by his peers several times for his professional achievements, most notably for sustainability and utility management. He recently resigned as vice-chairman of the Church CO+OP Board of Directors so he could assume the leadership role for the NACFM Houston chapter. He is the first recipient of the “Carter Bliss Award”, bestowed by the Church CO+OP for “dedication, resourcefulness, and service”. Carter is an honorary alumnus of the University of Houston Hilton College, where he has served as a student mentor, curriculum advisor, and benefactor of three scholarships. He is married to his best friend of more than 35 years. His wife is a former college professor, and currently works in a private Catholic school. Together they serve as marriage educators. Carter holds his service to God as paramount, and believes it is better to “wear out” rather than “rust out”.

David Connery will lead a session on "Facilities Assessments."

David, who currently serves as the Senior Account Executive for Accruent, has an extremely diverse background with more than 20 years experience in managing numerous technologies and professional services.

Charles Ligon will lead a session on "Why Your Work Matters to God."
Charles currently serves as a full-time Corporate Chaplain with PowerSecure, Inc., and its affiliate companies. PowerSecure deals in distributive generation and is based in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His previous ministry experience includes two years as Headmaster of Crossroads Christian School and ten years as Children/Recreation Pastor for Faith Baptist Church, Youngsville, NC.

Prior to God’s call to vocational ministry, Ligon worked briefly in the insurance and banking industry followed by twelve years with Virginia Power, an electric utility. He has a BS in Business Administration from Barton College (formerly Atlantic Christian). He has also earned the Master of Divinity (1997) and Doctor of Ministry (2008) degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. His doctoral project was entitled; Helping Christians to effectively integrate their Faith in the Workplace Context.

Charles is a member of The Other 6 Days team (, an interdenominational discipleship ministry that seeks to give glory to God by assisting Christian men and women with practicing their faith in the workplace and in their daily living context.

He resides in Wake Forest, NC with his wife Cheryl, and they have three children, Parks (33), Elizabeth (30) and Bryant (28). At 6’8”, Charles still plays a little “ball” but mostly enjoys spending time with his family on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.

Dylan Lucas will lead a session on Gentle Musings From a Facility Manager
Lucas is the Executive Pastor for Faithbridge in Spring, Texas.
Raised in the Palmetto State, and a life-long Clemson Tiger fan, Lucas has been known to quote Dabo Swinney from time-to-time. Came to know Christ at 22 years old and has been pursuing the Kingdom ever since. Educated at Coastal Carolina in South Carolina and Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. 01-05 Served as Director of Staff Development for LeaderTreks in Wheaton, Illinois. 05-10 Served as Sr. High Pastor at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas. He came to Faithbridge as the Lead Student Pastor, and helped set the culture for how FSM develops students, while launching a developmental missions program that has grown into its own ministry at Faithbridge, called The Road. He then served as the Discipleship Pastor as FB moved deeper into intentionally growing people in their discipleship.  He has now been in the Executive Pastor Role for 3.5 years. Puts up with Rick Burdon, fulltime, while raising 4 Kids with his wife, Jennifer.

Milton Windler will be the guest speaker at the 2019 NACFM banquet. Mr. Windler was flying fighter aircraft from 1955 through 1967 and began his work with NASA (then known as NACA) on Project Mercury in 1959. He was selected as a Flight Director along with Pete Frank just prior to the start of the Apollo manned missions. He was Maroon Team Flight Director for Apollo 14 and Lead Flight Director for Apollo 13, and all three of the Skylab missions.

Mr. Windler worked in the Orbiter (Space Shuttle) Project Office on Remote Manipulator Systems Operations from 1973 to 1978. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and was a group recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest honor given to a civilian by a President) for his contributions to the Apollo 13 Mission and Skylab Mission Operations.

Milton has served many years in First Baptist Church Friendswood, as a Deacon, R.A. Leader, chaired many committees and now serves as a Men’s Sunday School teacher, Men’s Tuesday morning bible study leader, Prayer Life and Community Prayer Breakfast Coordinator.

Bob Smiley, comedian, will be our family friendly entertainment for the Banquet Thursday evening.

Bob is one of the nation’s most in-demand and hilarious clean comedians. He honed his talents as the merch-managing MC for bands like Newsboys, Third Day and Mercy Me. And “he absolutely loves his job, no matter how many times his father challenges its legitimacy as a career choice…”

Find out more about Bob here.

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