International Influencers Converge in Tampa to Elevate Leadership Acumen

April 25 – 27: Bishop T.D. Jakes Hosts International Leadership Gathering

Whether an entrepreneur or intrapreneur, a pastor or lay leader, or just someone who considers himself or herself to be a leader, the International Pastors & Leadership Conference aims to reach all generations to elevate their leadership and strategies. This year's conference will be held in Tampa April 25 – 27 and was inspired by Bishop T.D. Jakes' best-selling book SOAR!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up.

Under the vision and leadership of Bishop Jakes, this year's conference will tackle leaders' efforts to advance relationships, processes, workflows, investments, marketing, advertising, communication and more. It will also address today's cross-generational environments. Breakout session topics include cyber security, mental health, staff diversity, social justice, the art of preaching, artist development and how to handle change. Jakes will also be unveiling his latest book, Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power.

2019 International Pastors & Leadership Conference  

April 25 – 27, 2019

Tampa Bay Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602

The media credentialing process is now open for on-site coverage of the event. All members of the media—reporters, photographers, videographers and crew—are required to have and display credentials in order to cover events within the conference.

To register for credentials, members of the media must complete the application form online. Applicants will be notified via email whether they are approved or declined for credentials. Information regarding where to pick up credentials, parking, facility access, interviews and other details will be sent once credentials have been approved. For media interview requests or questions, please call 770.813.0000 or email



  • Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House
  • Pastor Craig Groeschel, co-founding and senior pastor of Life Church and host of The Craig Groeschel Leadership podcast
  • Pastor Touré Roberts, founder of The Potter's House at One LA and lead pastor of The Potter's House of Denver
  • Pastor Miles McPherson, former NFL player and founding pastor of Rock Church
  • Bishop Dr. Pat McKinstry, pastor of Worship Center Church
  • Cynthia Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks
  • Marquis Boone, founder and CEO of Marquis Boone Enterprises
  • Dr. Antipas L. Harris, founding dean of Urban Renewal Center and manager at Antipas Enterprises
  • Dr. Anita Phillips, minister and licensed therapist
  • Bishop Walter S. Thomas Sr., pastor of New Psalmist Baptist Church
  • Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of The City of Refuge Church
  • The Rev. Tony Lee, founder and senior pastor of Community of Hope A.M.E. Church


Jakes will unveil the winner of The Gospel, his latest reality show whereby six rising musical artists compete for a chance at stardom. The contest, which kicks off on March 10, airs exclusively on Jakes' online streaming platform, Bishop's Village. Visit to tune in. 

Visit for more information on confirmed speakers, talent, the full schedule and special event updates. Stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @IPLExcel.

About The Potter's House

Founded in 1996, The Potter's House is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian organization led by Bishop T. D. Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as America's Best Preacher. It has global humanitarian outreach and 48 active ministries like its Texas Offenders Re-entry initiative. Consistently ranked among the largest and most influential churches in the U.S., The Potter’s House has five locations: The Potter's House of Dallas, The Potter's House of Fort Worth, The Potter's House of North Dallas, The Potter's House of Denver and The Potter’s House at One L.A. For more information, visit