International House of Prayer University (IHOPU)
12901 S. US Highway 71, Grandview, MO 64030
In previous years STAND was an annual conference; however, this year we will switch to a new focus and launch STAND Gatherings. These gatherings will last five days and will be hosted in the spring and fall, each with a different focus. Our aim is for the fall gathering to focus on the Gospel and Justice, whereas the spring gathering will focus on Prophetic Worship. These gatherings are designed for 100 attendees. We want to create an environment conducive for worship, equipping, focused discussion, and fellowship as we share meals together. Our goal is to have a living-room format as our teaching context to allow for more personal interaction with Stuart Greaves and the teaching team.
We want to invite you to our first Fall Stand Gathering, October 9–13, 2018. We will spend five days seeking the Lord in the Scripture, praying and discussing with other believers the subject of justice and what the gospel has to say about it. There are many emerging perspectives regarding justice; however, a more robust and holistic perspective concerning racial justice and justice for the poor and oppressed is needed. We will address questions like: “What is biblical justice?” and “What is the role of the Church?” This gathering is for all who have vision to co-labor with those who are contending for Jesus’ justice in our day. The registration cost for this gathering will be $75 per person and will include teaching materials as well as lunch for each day. We look forward to seeing you in October!
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.
Pastor Q and his wife, Angela, are native Iowans who came to know Jesus later in life. At 19, Q went to prison where he was radically touched with the love and justice of God through the gospel. After release, Q served as the associate director of AAFA under the leadership of Stuart Greaves for four years before returning home to plant Hope City Church. Hope City is a church located in the inner city of Waterloo, with a deep commitment to the gospel and works of justice. By the grace of God, in three short years, they have seen 687 come to a saving knowledge of Jesus. By working closely with the police department, mayor’s office, and public schools, Hope City Church is seeking to live out the mission of Jesus to make disciples who make a difference.
Pastor Darrian Summerville is a gifted singer and musician and is a widely recognized speaker in the Body of Christ. He has served in full-time ministry since 2011. He is the co-founder and national director of the Moravian Watch, a global movement of intercessors and watchmen, who model out a modern expression of interconnected prayer through the use of video-conference technology. This intercessory prayer unites nations, countries, cities, and states all across the globe in the watches of the night.
Over the last 12 years, Darrian has served in many ministries and parachurch organizations. He’s worked as a campus director, worship leader, as well as a national mobilizer of prayer in numerous gatherings all across the nation. Recently, he has felt the call of God to plant City Servant Church in Reston, Virginia. Darrian resides in Gainesville, Virginia with his wife, Greta, and their four kids.
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.
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.
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.
Alicia is from Maple Grove, Minnesota, and has been playing and writing music from a young age. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in music and BS in human resources and has been on staff with different houses of prayer since 2013. She moved to Kansas City in January 2016 to join staff at IHOPKC, working for the Business and Finance Department and as a musician in the Global Prayer Room. Currently, Alicia serves as a worship leader in the NightWatch.
Brandon Taylor was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Kansas City in 2016. He serves at the International House of Prayer as an assistant worship leader and is a student at International House of Prayer University. Before moving to Kansas City, Brandon graduated from Trinity Christian College, located in Palos Heights, Illinois, with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in theology (15′).