The Onething conference is a gathering of young adults who have purposed in their hearts to live with abandonment and devotion to Jesus. We invite you to join 20,000 young adults in Kansas City this December to encounter Jesus through extended times of worship, teaching of the Word, and ministry in the power of the Spirit.
Our primary aim as we gather is to encounter the majesty and beauty of Jesus, our glorious King, that we might go forth empowered to do His works, be His voice, and see many lives changed.
December 28–31, 2017
Kansas City Convention Center
Behold His Face
Encounter Jesus through worship, teaching, and powerful ministry times.
Become Who He Made You To Be
Respond to the Lord's invitation to partner with Him.
Boldly Declare His Beauty
Speak boldly in prayer and in your sphere of influence.
Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer, an evangelical missions organization based on 24/7 prayer with worship. He is also the founder of International House of Prayer University, which includes full-time ministry, music, and media schools.
Allen Hood (MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary) has been serving on the leadership team of the International House of Prayer since 2000. He served as the President of the International House of Prayer University from 2003–2016 and currently serves as the Associate Director of the IHOPKC Missions Base and as the Executive Pastor of Forerunner Church, IHOPKC’s church expression. Allen is an intercessory missionary called to partner in fulfilling the Great Commission by advancing 24/7 prayer and worship in every tribe and tongue and by proclaiming the beauty of Jesus and His glorious return. His highest joy is to see the Church manifesting the fullness of Christ’s life in the nations. Allen resides in Kansas City with his wife, Rachel, and their three sons.
Todd White had been a drug addict and atheist for 22 years when in 2004 he was radically set free! Redemption and righteousness are the foundation and the keys to the new-creation reality that we are to live in and from. God has simply opened Todd’s eyes to this truth and that Holy Spirit wants to flow through every believer everywhere we go: at work, school, grocery stores, malls, gas stations, everywhere. Todd’s true joy is being able to reproduce in people the simplicity of this reality in a 24/7 kingdom lifestyle and destroying lies that hold people back from being who God created them to be! This is for every believer!
Francis Chan is the best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and You and Me Forever. Currently, Francis is planting churches in the San Francisco area (wearechurch.com). Together, Francis and his wife, Lisa, raise their seven children in Northern California.
Bryan and Katie Torwalt met in 2006 at the Bethel School of Supernatural Worship in Redding, CA. Bryan is from Canada and Katie a Californian. They both led worship separately while dating long distance for two-and-a-half years—Bryan in Canada and Katie at Bethel Church. They got married in 2009 and became worship pastors together in Fresno, CA. The experience of their worship together is a powerful and unique mixture of their anointing and history with God. They live to see the earth transform to heaven’s likeness and for this generation to encounter the real Jesus. They believe that in God’s presence, sickness is healed, prisoners are set free, and minds are restored. Their songs carry hope and life that flow out of every note and lyric. Songs of thankfulness and praise reflect the spirit of their ministry together, and their anthems of prophetic declaration release the heart of revival.
Hunter Thompson is a songwriter and worship leader at Bethel Church and with Bethel Music. Music has been an integral part of Hunter’s life since his grade school days in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The unique, pure quality of his worship style encourages worshipers to engage with God anew. He seeks to lead others from the places where he himself has been moved by God.
Currently, Hunter ministers with Bethel Music Worship Nights and leads worship at various events around the world. When he is home in Redding, he can be found songwriting and adventuring with friends.
Laura Hackett Park discovered meeting the Lord in music from the tender age of two, and she went on to study music theory in college. Her motivation for music and songwriting comes from a desire to draw people back to God. Laura’s songs and vocals have been featured on numerous Forerunner Music compilations and Onething Live albums.
Laura has recorded two full-length albums, Laura Hackett (2009) and Love Will Have Its Day (2014), which was produced by legendary multi-Grammy-Award-winner Brown Bannister. She serves today as a worship leader and prolific songwriter at the International House of Prayer. Laura is married to fellow worship leader and Forerunner Music artist Jonas Park; the couple have one daughter, Mae.
Dr. Michael L. Brown is a national and international speaker on themes of spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, and he has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors, and gay activists on radio, TV, and college campuses. He is widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist. He and his wife, Nancy, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus, have been married since 1976. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Jaye Thomas is a Dove Award-nominated singer, songwriter, and worship leader of more than twenty-three years. Jaye comes from a long lineage of musicians and singers, including his aunt, the late Nina Simone. Originally from North Carolina, Jaye comes to Forerunner Music Academy as a former Brightleaf Music Scholar at Duke University (1996), having studied vocal jazz performance under the late Dr. Steve Zegree. He has been a full-time worship leader at the International House of Prayer for nearly ten years and is an artist on the Forerunner Music record label. He has contributed to more than twenty albums, including two of his own, Higher, and Here is My Worship. Jaye is married to Nayomi and a father to their three children, Mahan, Justice, and Addison.
Corey Russell serves on the senior leadership team of the International House of Prayer, having been part of the core team since 2000, and is an instructor at International House of Prayer University. With a mission to disciple and train young preachers and leaders, Corey travels nationally and internationally preaching on the knowledge of God, intercession, and the forerunner ministry. He is the author of four books, including Prayer: Why Our Words to God Matter and The Glory Within. Corey resides in Kansas City with his wife, Dana, and their three daughters, Trinity, Mya, and Hadassah.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in sacred music, Jon came to Kansas City in 2004 for the Fire in the Night internship, and has served as a worship leader at IHOPKC ever since. Jon lives in Kansas City with his wife, Kinsey. They look to the day when every knee will bow before Jesus and every mouth will confess Him as Lord.
At the International House of Prayer, Stuart serves on the senior leadership team and gives oversight to the prayer division, which serves the Global Prayer Room (GPR). For 16 years, he has served on the NightWatch, the hours from midnight to 6am in the GPR. With a vision to see Christ revealed by the Holy Spirit to the depths of peoples’ hearts, Stuart travels nationally and internationally, teaching on the forerunner message, intercession, and the knowledge of God. He is married to Esther, his wife of 19 years, and resides in Kansas City.
Chris Tofilon has a BA from Wheaton College. After five years on the mission field in Mexico, Chris joined IHOPKC in 2009. He has ministered internationally and currently serves as a primary worship leader in the Global Prayer Room. He has a passion to train and impart wisdom to young singers and musicians, so that they may have an understanding of the urgency of the hour.
Wallace and Rachel Faagutu have been working as intercessory missionaries at the International House of Prayer for the past five years, where they have found strength in singing the Word and spending time in prayer. Rachel has been leading worship for 20 years, mostly as a worship pastor for local churches and conferences. Her love for writing, singing, and performing her own music grew after she married Wallace. Stylistically, their music is an expression of the cultural melting pot in Hawaii. In 2012, they produced a children’s worship album, Little Songbirds, and in 2015, they released Little Songbirds 2. Rachel and Wallace have three young children.
Lauren came to Kansas City from Phoenix, Arizona, to study at International House of Prayer University (IHOPU) in 2012. She graduated from IHOPU and now serves as a full-time singer, songwriter, and worship leader at the IHOPKC missions base, building 24/7 worship and prayer. Lauren’s greatest desire is to magnify Jesus and draw others, through music, to do the same. She has recently released her debut EP, Victorious in Love.
Justin was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, where he developed a passion and love for music at an early age. He began playing a variety of instruments and started leading worship at age 12. He has released five albums and been featured on multiple compilation projects along with writing and producing two full-length musicals. In addition, he travels extensively to lead worship and speak at conferences and events around the world. Justin is currently a full-time staff member at the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, Missouri, where he serves as a worship leader, songwriter, composer, and blogger.
Originally from Texas, Brenton has been leading worship since 2000. Throughout his years of ministry, Brenton felt the Lord awaken a hunger for night-and-day prayer and worship through a series of spiritual encounters. In 2014, Brenton and his wife, Cara, came to Kansas City with their two children to participate in the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Brenton and Cara currently serving on staff at IHOPKC, where they are empowered to walk out their God-given passions for night-and-day prayer, songwriting, and serving the nations.
Originally from Cameroon, David Forlu moved to the US in 2002. The youngest of five children in a ministering family, David started playing musical instruments at age four. He studied two years at International House of Prayer University and is now a worship leader at IHOPKC. His desire is to see a generation of believers singing the songs of the Lord and crying out for the knowledge of God, for the fear of His name, and to be used by the Lord for such a time as this.
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