ISI Grand Rapids2018-03-09T14:49:45+00:00



When: March 10, 2018
Where: Brookside Christian Reformed Church
3600 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI

Iron Sharpens Iron is a first class one-day equipping conference for men of all ages!

Emerging Men (ages 13-19) Pioneering Men (ages 20-29) Full Throttle Men (ages 30-54) Seasoned Men (ages 55+)


Keynote Speakers

Bryan Carter

Preaching, teaching, and leadership are Bryan Carter’s life passions.  Respectfully described as a “difference maker,” Bryan gets great joy out of helping people to reach their full potential in Christ. 

Bryan serves as a co-presenter/developer for “33 The Series”, a curriculum on authentic manhood published by Lifeway Christian Resources, and as a presenter for “The Art of Marriage” curriculum published by Family Life Ministries. He hosts the E. K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference annually.  This conference is one of the premier conferences in the country for training preachers on effective biblical preaching.  A sought after preacher of the Gospel, Bryan Carter regularly preaches and teaches at numerous conferences, workshops, leadership events and worship services throughout the country.  Internationally, he has shared in South Africa, Jamaica, Haiti and Kenya.

Bryan Carter has carefully and prayerfully explored and given his time and energy to efforts that expand beyond the walls of the church. He is heavily involved in the communities that surround Concord as well as the city of Dallas. His heart for community service and proactive work with community partners makes him a notable leader in the city of Dallas. Pastor Carter’s passion to forge toward a greater community and city has allowed him to serve in numerous capacities as board member of Dallas Habitat for Humanity, Dallas ISD Education Foundation, HIS Bridgebuilders, and Mentoring Brother to Brother. He also leads Harmony Community Development  Corporation, an organization committed to improving the community of southern Dallas through building stronger families and economic development.  Bryan also served as a member of the Mayor’s Taskforce Against Domestic Violence.  He has a heart for the city and works with community partners to forge toward creating a greater Dallas.  

While Bryan Carter is careful and prayerful about serving the community, he gives the same focused attention to serving the body of Christ.  He has served as Senior Pastor of Concord Church since 2003, succeeding the church’s founding pastor, Dr. E. K. Bailey. Under his leadership, Concord has tripled in size, currently serving more than 8,500 members. 

Bryan Carter is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a specialty in Science and Math.  He is also a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education with a specialty in Family Ministry.  He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.  Bryan is married to his college sweetheart, Stephanie and has two daughters, Kaitlyn and Kennedy, and one son, Carson.



Daniel Gil

Daniel Gil is a professional ninja athlete and a three time national finalist on American Ninja Warrior.

Daniel was born and raised in Houston, Texas and has always been a fun-loving adventurer. He is the second oldest in a family of five kids who were all home-schooled. As a kid, Daniel loved playing outside, climbing trees and participating in team sports. In high school, he began to focus his attention on new passions such as singing, dancing, and the performing arts. During that time, he also began leading worship at his home church, Dwelling Place Church. 

Daniel continued his physical training as well, by working out daily on his Bowflex and practicing Parkour.  After high school, Daniel attended All Nations School of Ministry and obtained a degree in Applied Ministerial Studies. In 2013, he began working at Iron Sports Gym with Sam Sann, where he is now the director of the homeschool program and where he trains for American Ninja Warrior. 2015 was his rookie year competing on Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior where he made it to the National Finals in Las Vegas. He was also selected to compete in the American Ninja Warrior All-Stars Special, and was chosen to be a team captain on Season 1 of Team Ninja Warrior.
This recognition and success has presented Daniel with new opportunities to begin traveling and motivational speaking.  Currently, Daniel is traveling, speaking, and training for the next season of American Ninja Warrior.

Daniel’s Mission is to exemplify a life of loving God, loving people, and impacting the world in which I live; to encourage others to discover their callings and live life in passionate pursuit of their destiny and to motivate others to strengthen their lives through health, fitness and nutrition.



Seminar Speakers

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Kevin DeKam, CSB Ministries Regional Director
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