Q Commons is a two-hour live event where national and local leaders come together to discuss some of the most important issues in our cultural moment. They will give us guidance in how we can bring hope and leadership to transform our communities. Chase Oaks Church is hosting Q Commons on Thursday, October 25, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at three of our campuses: Legacy Campus, Sloan Creek Campus, and Woodbridge Campus  

With Q Commons 2018 around the corner, we are excited to reveal the Q Commons local speakers that will encourage us to work together to transform our neighborhoods and change the lives of the people around us. We will discover “the power of we.”   

Introducing Jeff Jones  

Since 2004, Jeff Jones has served as Senior Pastor of Chase Oaks Church. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and helped launch the Center for Church-Based Training, an organization that helps churches around the world disciple and develop new ministry leaders. He is co-author of the book, The Leadership Baton, and most recently authored, Distinct by Design. Jeff has been married to his wife, Christy, for 28 years, and they have two adult sons, Collin and Caleb. 

At Q Commons, Jeff will discuss what healthy activism looks like in our tumultuous culture. No matter what campus you attend, you will hear from Jeff Jones. You will not want to miss his talk! 

Q Commons Local Speakers at the Legacy Campus  

Meet Paul Martel  

Paul Martel is CEO and Co-Founder of Living As One, LLC. He enjoys working in fast-paced environments and solving complicated problems with technology. His favorite toys are micro-controllers, video cameras, loud speakers, and paintball guns—preferably all used at the same time. Paul is passionate about live production and broadcast, building scalable distribution systems, and being outside with friends on beautiful days. 

For his talk, Paul will speak about how we can engage and love the LGBT community. He has great insight into how we can bridge the gap between the church and this community.  

Meet Adrianne Watson 

Adrianne is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and has been motivating and inspiring people for over two decades as a motivational speaker, preacher, coach, teacher, and corporate trainer for Fortune 500 Companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and churches in Texas, Ohio, and Alabama.  

She has also written two books, Broken Crayons Still Color and Soul Talk Anthology. She is currently writing her third book, which will debut in October of 2019. Aside from writing books, Adrianne also leads Royalty Ministries where she equips, empowers, and encourages people to find their purpose.  

As one of the local speakers, Adrianne will give us a new perspective of the #MeToo movement and tell us how it really affects all of us. It will give us a new understanding of its significance to our culture today. 

Q Commons Local Speakers at the Sloan Creek Campus  

Meet Niel Brown  

Starting out as a team member at a Chick-fil-A in Tyler, Texas, in November of 1983, Niel Brown is currently the local Independent Owner/Operator of the multi-million-dollar Chick-fil-A franchised restaurants in Allen, Texas, where he employs almost 200 team members and leaders.  

Niel values and wholeheartedly embraces and serves as the local guardian of the Chick-fil-A Corporate Purpose: to glorify God, to be a faithful steward, and to have a positive impact on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.  

He embodies the core value of contributing to his community through caring for others, giving, and practicing social responsibility. Niel supports the overall company’s Shared Table Program where his stores are contracted to help feed local people in need. The program partners restaurants with Food Donation Connection, which connects restaurants with local charities to help relieve hunger. 

Since Niel understands the importance of investing in his team members, he encourages team member personal and professional growth and development throughout the organization. He is motivated to help others achieve their dreams and goals and loves to see their successes and share in their joy and future impacts. 

Since Chick-fil-A is known for its impeccable customer service, Niel will share his expertise on hospitality in the workplace. Not only has he found success in his business, but he has found success in making a difference in our community.   

Meet Aaron Tharp   

Aaron Tharp has been working with Christian Brothers Automotive for over 14 years. He worked his way up from cleaning floors to owning two successful locations.  

Aaron and his wife, Kyra, also have a tremendous desire to serve as ministers in their community and around the globe, specifically in providing encouragement and support to pastors. Today, Aaron and Kyra are living into God’s vision for their lives by impacting the local community, discipling a servanthood through an excellence approach in the marketplace, and reaching out to pastors worldwide in hopes to see a renewed passion in those who are called to lead others to Jesus. 

Aaron is excited to join the other Q Commons local speakers at the Sloan Creek Campus and share his perspective on our ability to transform our community when we come together as one.   

Q Commons Local Speakers at the Woodbridge Campus   

Meet Kathy Rogers 

 As Owner and Operator of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Richardson, Texas, Kathy Rogers is a leader that is passionate about serving others and supporting the local community. She is active in the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and a recent graduate of the Leadership Richardson program. She is a lay leader and Bible study teacher at Park Cities Baptist Church 

In the community, Kathy has been recognized for her leadership and service skills as a recipient of the 2018 Nothing Bundt Cakes WOW award and 2018 Rookie of the Year award from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.  

Aside from her career, she also has found success in her personal life. Kathy is a recent survivor of breast cancer. She has been married to her husband, Bryan, for 30 years and has successfully raised three children. She currently enjoys the company of her grandson. 

As a successful business owner, Kathy will share her perspective on combining business with hospitality.   

Meet Dr. David Vinson  

A native of Dalhart in the Texas Panhandle, Dr. Vinson has held various key roles in several school systems in his 25 years of experience in public education. Since July of 2011, Dr. David Vinson has served as Superintendent of Schools for the Wylie Independent School District, one of the fastest growing and most successful districts in North Texas.  

As a national leader in character education, Dr. Vinson created his own model of Achievement Education called “the Wylie Way.” Dr. Vinson believes that “students should graduate from high school with a plan and a purpose, and schools should equip students with the core ethical values necessary to make our community, state, and nation both smart and morally responsible. And our communities should perceive school as a resource and partner that develops future citizens with a global work ethic and skill level that is competitive in the United States and abroad.” The Wylie Way has been implemented in all Wylie campuses and has become part of the entire community.  

Recognized for his leadership skills, Dr. Vinson was named the 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas PTA/PTSA and was honored as the 2016 Wylie Citizen of the Year. He and his wife, Cristy, have two children, Cal and Kate. 

As one of the Q Commons local speakers, Dr. Vinson will discuss how we can build relationships “the Wylie Way.” Building strong relationships in our community is vital to creating a community where everyone can succeed.  

To find out more about the national speakers at Q Commons 2018, check out Q Commons 2018: The Power of We.

If you want to hear the talks from these awesome Q Commons local speakers, pick the campus you want to attend and register at Q Commons 2018. This will be a great opportunity to discover ways we can make a difference in our community and transform our neighborhoods.