Dr. John Avant, Director and President of Life Action Ministries, was most recently Senior Pastor of First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, Tennessee. He served there since March of 2013, a mega-church with 8,000 members. John has pastored churches in Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana. He was also the Vice President of Evangelism and Spiritual Awakening at the North American Mission Board. John has authored four books: The Passion Promise, Authentic Power, If God Were Real, and most recently he co-authored Revival Revived. John became a follower of Jesus Christ at the age of 16. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his MDiv. and PhD from Southwestern Seminary. It was while earning his PhD at Southwestern that he learned about spiritual awakening and revival. He has a deep love and compassion for people and believes that the only hope for our nation is to experience a mighty movement of God.