Meet the Presenters


Dr. Emil D. Peeler, DMin - Host

Emil Dean Peeler was born and reared in Sacramento, California, the third son of the late Arlie and Thomasina Peeler. He attended Oakwood University and is a graduate of Loma Linda University (Bachelor of Arts), Andrews University (Master of Divinity), and Claremont School of Theology (Doctor of Ministry). He shares his life with his wife, Brenda, and three young adult daughters; La Donna, Nicole, and Alisha, and one grandson, Jeremiah Emil.

For over 33 years, Dr. Peeler has served in various positions of leadership in the body of Christ and broader community-most notably as pastor, conference evangelist, author, associate ministerial director, college professor, executive director of Westside Brighter Vision Foundation, and director of Church Growth and Evangelism of Southeastern California Conference. He has served in the role of senior pastor at Compton Community SDA Church (Compton, CA), Sixteenth Street SDA Church (San Bernardino, CA), Maranatha SDA (San Diego, CA), and Dupont Park SDA in Washington, DC.

In July of 2016, he returned to Washington DC and was installed as the senior pastor of the Capitol Hill SDA Church where the Lord has recently led the congregation to acquire a $1.9 million property to further the church's outreach initiatives. Additionally, he is engaged as an international evangelist and as Adjunct Professor at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD.

Dr. Peeler is in constant demand as a preacher, mentor, motivational speaker, and leadership and church growth consultant worldwide. Because of his love, passion, and gift for teaching God’s Word, he has been blessed to preach in the Philippines, Africa, England, Korea, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad, and Canada. He has also written books and produced music, and has been involved as a musical consultant for several noteworthy projects that have been critically acclaimed. His latest product is the FaithFacts Bible Lesson Series which were written for those seeking to know more about God’s Word. Thus far, the Lord has allowed him to share in the blessing of baptizing over 6,700 people into church fellowship. His ministry motto is: “When You Build people, you Build the Kingdom.”

Pastor Lola Moore Johnston, MDiv

Lola Moore Johnston is a motivational speaker who specializes in helping women chart the course toward discovering their life’s purpose. A charismatic and multi-talented leader, speaker, and performance artist, she is dedicated to her personal mission of impacting lives for the better, each time she takes the stage.

At the age of 20, Lola embarked on a solo journey across the country from New Jersey to California, to attend college at a small, private university. Suddenly thrust into life as a first-generation college student completely on her own, Lola tapped into a well of discipline and leadership she never knew was in her. After completing her BA in Religious Studies and later a Master of Divinity, she has earned over a decade of experience teaching, training, and inspiring audiences across the United States and abroad.

Lola’s platform is designed around inspiring women to be brave enough to believe in themselves and build the lives they not only dream of but deserve. Equally passionate and approachable, her work is soaked in a desire to be of service to others by giving them the tools they need to discover their destinies and thrive.



Dr. Jesse Wilson, DMin

Jesse Wilson, is an exceptional communicator, pastor trainer, professor, and evangelist. He received his undergraduate degree in theology from Oakwood University and a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University. He then received a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. With over thirty years of ministry experience, he has pastored churches from New York to California to the deep south of Alabama. He is a gifted clinician providing countless churches, leadership teams, and ministry conferences with cutting-edge insights on pastoral leadership, and evangelism, and church growth.

He is also an author, having written two books, (Preparing for Your Harvest, and 40 Days to the Harvest) to help leaders and churches systematically work towards becoming growing congregations.

He currently serves as the Director of the Bradford Cleveland Brooks Leadership Center on the campus of Oakwood University, and the Director of the Pastoral Evangelism and Leadership Council (PELC). PELC has become the largest continuous gathering of Seventh-day Adventist pastors and leaders in the world. He also serves as Associate Professor of Religion at Oakwood University, where he trains aspiring pastors and theologians in the art and science of evangelism, soul-winning, church growth, and pastoral leadership.

Dr. Wilson is passionate about kingdom building and building leaders who build the kingdom. This passion coupled with an undying passion to know the heart of God pushes him to write, teach and preach with power.