What is iDEA DAY?

Idea Day is a one-day conference dedicated to facilitating conversation that will help church leaders gain practical insight and methodology that will help their ministry. The value of Idea Day is not only just in the ideas shared, but also in the environment in which they are shared. Idea Day has no hidden or personal agendas; we simply want church leaders to receive and share ideas in an open and nonjudgmental environment. 


  • josh teis

    Josh was born and raised in Las Vegas. He has been the Lead Pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas for the past 13 years. Josh is the President and Founder of Idea Day and has a passion to see church leaders reach their communities. 


    Josh has served as the lead pastor of Ambassador Baptist Church in Fresno, CA for the last nine years. Under his leadership, the church has grown from a couple dozen people to several hundred in attendance. 88 percent of Ambassador's members and regular attenders are regularly attending Small Groups at Ambassador. 

  • heather teis

    Heather has served in ministry alongside of her husband Josh since their marriage in 2001. Originally from Alabama, she has since grown to love the city and people of Las Vegas. She loves serving as a counselor and coordinator for the Ladies ministry as well as assisting her husband with the various ministries at Southern Hills. As Lead Pastor's Wife and Women's Ministry Leader, Heather is the lead counselor for premarital, marital, and ladies' counseling. She also coordinates the quarterly ladies events, speaks at conferences, hosts church-wide events alongside her husband, and assists in office responsibilities as needed.

  • fred murray

    Fred Murray is a Las Vegas native. God brought Fred to Southern Hills Baptist Church in 2007 where he serves as the Executive Pastor. Fred has received a Master's degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University. He oversees the daily operations, office administration, and financial ministry of Southern Hills. He frequently contributes at Idea Day and offers administrative counsel to dozens of Pastors across the country. 

  • tommy thompson

    Tommy is the lead pastor of Ashburn Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. He was previously  the lead pastor of Grace Baptist Church in

    Brandon, FL for 7 years. Through his time in ministry, he has been passionate about reaching all generations and cultures. Tommy has a passion for expository preaching and the intentional discipleship of believers.