Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, is a native of Lexington, North Carolina (U.S.). He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters, Afiya and Eden, and son, Titus. He began serving as elder/senior pastor in August 2006. He served previously as an elder/assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and as an elder at Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC). Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.
Voddie Baucham (D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) currently serves as pastor of preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the author of several articles and books including, The Ever Loving Truth, Family Driven Faith
, and What He Must Be.
Alistair Begg has been the pastor of Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio, since 1983. He served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.
Paige Benton Brown
Paige Benton Brown (M.A. Covenant Theological Seminary) is a native of Cleveland, MS. She completed a Masters degree at Covenant Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Paige served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Vanderbilt University for many years, and again at the University of Virginia. In between campuses, she was a teacher on staff at Park Cities Presbyterian church in Dallas, Texas. After a couple of years in New York City, Paige and her husband, Reagan, now live in the Washington D.C. area with their two small children.
Mike Bullmore (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is the founding pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, WI. Mike served for 15 years as an associate professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, as well as chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Dr. Bullmore, a Kenosha native, lives in his childhood home with his wife, Beverly, and their three children, Abigail, Madeline, and Graham.
Don Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson is co-founder (with Tim Keller) and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children. In his spare time, Carson enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.
Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX. Before coming to The Village Church, Matt served as the teacher of the Grace Bible Study, an inter-denominational ministry for college students in Abilene, TX. He has also served on staff at two other churches in Texas. Matt is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. He and his wife Lauren live with their three children in Highland Village, TX.
Bryan Chapell (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University) has served as President of Covenant Seminary since 1994. He began teaching at Covenant Seminary in 1984 after ten years in pastoral ministry. Before becoming President, he served for six years as Vice President for Academics and Dean of Faculty. He is much sought after as a speaker in churches and conferences around the country. His book Christ-Centered Preaching
has established him as one of the nation’s most recognized teachers of homiletics. At Covenant, Dr. Chapell teaches the introductory homiletics courses and several practicums, giving every M.Div. student the opportunity to study under him.
K. Edward Copeland
K. Edward Copeland (J.D., University of California, Berkeley) is the Senior Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkley and a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA. He is the author of Riding in the Second Chariot,
a guidebook for associate ministers and ministry leaders. He is married to the former Starla Lynn Starks and they have three beautiful children, William Jibri (God’s Hero), Abeni (We pray for her arrival) and Titus Omari (Pleasant/New Beginning).
Mark Dever (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is the president of 9Marks Ministries and has taught at a number of seminaries. Dever has authored several books and articles, including It Is Well: Expositions on Substitionary Atonement
(co-author), The Gospel and Personal Evangelism
, and Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
. He and his wife Connie live and minister with their son, Nathan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Kevin DeYoung (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has been the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, since August 2004. Prior to serving at URC, Kevin was the Associate Pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. He is the author of several books, including The Good News We Almost Forgot
, Just Do Something
, and Why We Love the Church
(co-author). Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have four children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth and Paul.
Bob Doll (M.B.A, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) is Vice Chairman, Chief Equity Strategist, and Senior Portfolio Manager at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm. Bob appears regularly in the national financial press discussing economic developments and markets. He is also choir director at Westerly Road Church in Princeton, New Jersey. Bob serves on a number of boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society and Kingdom Advisors.
Mark Driscoll (M.A., Western Seminary) is the founding pastor and lead preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and leads the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative. Mark is the author of many books, including Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe
(co-author), Death by Love: Letters from the Cross
(co-author), The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out
, and Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church
. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Grace, and they have three sons and two daughters.
J. Ligon Duncan III (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi having served in this capacity since 1996. Duncan is also a Council member with The Gospel Coalition and serves on the board of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Dr. Duncan is one of the founding members of Together For the Gospel, a bi-annual conference committed to encouraging pastors in gospel ministry. A prolific writer, some of Duncan’s most recent books include, Does Grace Grow Best in Winter?, Women’s Ministry in the Local Church
, and volume three of The Westminster Confession in the 21st Century.
Craig Dyer in April 2008, after nearly 20 years serving as pastor in Scotland, 13 of these years in Harper Memorial Church in the south side of Glasgow, became training director with Christianity Explored. He is married to Margaret and they have 3 daughters in their late teens. Craig summarizes his life’s work as Equipping hundreds to train thousands to rescue millions.
Keith and Kristyn Getty
Keith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade, bridging the gap between the traditional and the contemporary. They currently live in the United States where they have just finished their second album together,Awaken the Dawn
, a collection of hymns that takes believers on a lyrical journey of grace and hope for all the nations. This follows their first collection of hymns, the 2006 release In Christ Alone
Greg Gilbert (M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Prior to this Greg served as an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Greg is the author of the book What Is the Gospel?
Before entering The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Greg earned his B.A. from Yale University. He is married to Moriah, and they have two boys, Justin and Jack, and one girl, Juliet.
Nancy Guthrie is a Bible teacher and author of seven books, including Holding On to Hope, The One Year Book of Hope, Hoping for Something Better, When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One, Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion-Starters, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament
. Nancy and her husband, David, are hosts of the GriefShare video series used in over 6,000 churches nationwide for small group ministry to grieving people. They also host Respite Retreat, a retreat ministry for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Along with their 20-year-old son, Matt, the Guthries are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Joshua Harris is the pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. He is also the founder of NEXT, a worship and teaching gathering for young adults. Joshua is the author of several books, including Stop Dating the Church and Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters
. He is married to Shannon. They have a boy and two girls, and live in Gaithersburg, MD.
Dave Harvey is responsible for church planting, church care, and international expansion for Sovereign Grace Ministries, having served on the leadership team since 1995. He has a DM in from Westminster Theological Seminary, is the author of When Sinners Say I Do
, Rescuing Ambition
and is a contributing author to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.
David Helm (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor of the South Side Congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago and is the director of ministry training at Holy Trinity Church. After ten and a half years as founding senior pastor of Holy Trinity Church, David handed off the senior pastor role to Jon Dennis on November 23, 2008. In addition to serving as a pastor, David is chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping men in expository preaching. David is ordained in the PCA and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. He authored I, II Peter and Jude in Crossway’s Preaching the Word
series, and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays in Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes
. In addition, David has written The Big Picture Story Bible and The Genesis Factor
(the latter with Jon Dennis).
R. Kent Hughes
R. Kent Hughes (D.D., Biola University) is Senior Pastor Emeritus of College Church in Wheaton and the series editor for the projected 50 volume Preaching the Word series, to which he has contributed numerous volumes. He has also served as a senior editor for Christianity Today and served on the board of Americans United for Life (the legal arm of the pro-life movement), the board of trustees of World Radio Missionary Fellowship (HCJB), and the board of Operation Mobilization. Pastor Hughes is presently a member of the board of Crossway Books. He still speaks regularly around the country at various conferences.
Gary Inrig (D.Min., Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands, California. A native of Canada, he has been in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years, having pastored for seventeen years at Bethany Chapel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; at Reinhardt Bible Church in Dallas, Texas for three years, and since 1992 at Trinity Church, Redlands. He taught for three years at what is now Providence College and Seminary in Manitoba, and has since served as a visiting or adjunct faculty member at several seminaries and Bible colleges in North America. He has had an extensive conference ministry in the United States and Canada, and has spoken in countries on each of the continents.
Mary Kassian is an author, speaker, and professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: In My Father’s House: FindingYour Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined
, and the Feminist Mistake
. Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada, and has studied systematic theology at the doctoral level. She speaks at conferences nationally and internationally, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Marriage Uncensored. She and her husband, Brent—chaplain for a professional football team—enjoy a life full of athletics and adventure with their three sons.
Scott is the Executive Director of Labs for Redeemer City to City. His team creates new content, resources, and platforms to help agents and practitioners of the gospel love their cities to life. Scott spent eighteen years at Accenture, the world’s largest management and technology consultancy, serving Fortune 500 clients in the areas of strategy, human capital, technology, and large-scale program management. He coached and consulted with ministry leaders through High Beam Consulting and Coaching by Cornerstone. Scott is on the board of Relevate, a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping the cultural influencers of the X and Mosaic generations with an active vision of Christianity that embraces the good, the true, and the beautiful. He and his family live in Manhattan.
Tim Keller (D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Keller was raised in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and holds degrees from Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received his D.Min. Pastor Tim became a Christian at Bucknell owing to the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, with which he later served as a staff member. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years, while also serving as director of church planting for the PCA. He also served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife Kathy were involved in urban ministry, and he continues as an adjunct professor of practical theology. Keller is co-founder (with D.A. Carson) and vice president of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of The Reason for God
, The Prodigal God
, and Counterfeit Gods
Julius Kim (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. Prior to taking his current position at Westminster Seminary California, Dr. Kim ministered in a variety of ecclesiastical and academic settings. He has served in Presbyterian Church in America churches in California and Illinois. His current church calling is as Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido. Dr. Kim also continues to serve the broader Christian community as a preacher, speaker, and ministry consultant—especially for the Korean-American church.
Richard Lints (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the author of many articles and books, including The Fabric of Theology: A Prolegomenon to Evangelical Theology
(Eerdmans, 1993). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Lints and his wife, Ann, reside in Boxborough, MA, and have three children, Catherine, Sarah and Lucas.
Crawford Loritts (D.D., Biola University) is the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA. In 1978, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) serving as a traveling speaker, ministering to both college students and the lay community. Currently Crawford serves as Associate Director, CCC-USA. In this capacity he gives input to the overall direction of CCC in the US, mentors younger leaders, and serves as a representative of the organization through his speaking and writing ministry. Crawford has written numerous articles and has written six books: A Passionate Commitment, Never Walk Away, Make It Home Before Dark, Lessons From A Life Coach, Developing Character In Your Child
(co-authored with his wife, Karen) and For A Time We Cannot See
Erwin Lutzer (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) has served as senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago since 1980. Lutzer is a renowned theologian and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling The Da Vinci Deception
and The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage
. The featured speaker on three national radio programs, The Moody Church Hour, Songs in the Night, and Running to Win, Lutzer speaks both nationally and internationally at Bible conferences and seminars helping to further God’s kingdom.
James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is the founding senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, one of the fastest growing multi-site churches in the Chicago area. Through James’ leadership, by God’s grace, a church planting ministry was formed in 2000, Harvest Bible Fellowship, which has planted more than 50 churches across North America and around the world. In addition, James is a Bible teacher on Walk in the Word
, a daily radio broadcast committed to “igniting passion in the people of God through the proclamation of truth.” James is the author of several books including Lord, Change My Attitude
, Gripped by the Greatness of God
and most recently, When Life is Hard
. James and his wife, Kathy, have three adult children and make their home in suburban Chicago.
John Mahaffey is the senior pastor of West Highland Church in Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating from Central Baptist Seminary, John and his wife Andrea, became missionaries with SEND International in the Philippines, where John led two church planting teams of national and foreign missionaries. He later served as the pastor of Morningstar Christian Fellowship in Toronto before coming to West Highland. In addition to his pastoral duties, John is chair of the Adam House Board, a special ministry to refugees in Toronto, a member of the Canadian Advisory Council to Exodus Global Alliance, an international ministry to the sexually broken, and a founding member of The Gospel Coalition. John and Andrea have four children.
C. J. Mahaney
C. J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. After 27 years of pastoring Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, C.J. transitioned his ministry focus to giving his full attention to Sovereign Grace Ministries. He is author of The Cross Centered Life; Christ Our Mediator; Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know; Humility: True Greatness
; and Living the Cross Centered Life
. C.J. and his wife Carolyn have three married daughters and one son. They make their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, homemaker, and the author of Feminine Appeal
and Girl Talk
. During her more than 30 years as a pastor’s wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences, including those of Sovereign Grace Ministries, which her husband, C.J., leads. C.J. and Carolyn have three married daughters and one son. They make their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Colin Marshall is the co-author with Tony Payne of The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything
. Marshall is also CEO of Vinegrowers, a cross-denominational training ministry with no affiliation with any one denomination. Colin is married to Jacquie and they have three adult children. Together with Jacquie he has spent the past 30 years training men and women in the ministry of the gospel, both in university and local church contexts. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College, Sydney.
Eric Mason (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves on the boards of the Acts 29 Network and Reach Life Ministries. Dr. Mason received his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary (2000) and his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2007). Dr. Mason resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife Yvette and his two sons Immanuel and Nehemiah.
Conrad Mbewe is the pastor of Kabwata Reformed Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa. He is widely regarded as the African Spurgeon. KBC is presently overseeing the establishment of ten new Reformed churches in Zambia and Botswana. Conrad is the editor of Reformation Zambia magazine and writes three columns in two weekly national newspapers. His most recent contribution to a book is found in Dear Timothy—Letters on Pastoral Ministry
, published by Founders Press. He is also the principal of the Reformed Baptist Preachers College in Zambia.
Michael McKinley received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and is the author of Church Planting is for Wimps,
along with several articles and reviews. He served on the pastoral staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, and in 2005 was called to revitalize Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary—the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. He also serves as professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, as editor-in-chief of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, and on the boards of Focus on the Family and The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Dr. Mohler has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. Time.com called him the reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S. He is married to Mary, and they have two children, Katie and Christopher.
Russell Moore (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ and Adopted for Life
Randy Newman (M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) has been with the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980 and currently serves with Faculty Commons, their ministry to university professors. He ministers on campuses and elsewhere in our nation’s capital to students, professors and policy shapers. He is the author of numerous articles and the books Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did
and Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues about God and Life
, both published by Kregel, and Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Other People You Can’t Fool
, forthcoming from Crossway. He lives in Annandale, Virginia with his wife Pam and their three sons.
Kathleen B. Nielson
Kathleen B. Nielson (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is a native of St. Louis, MO, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wheaton College. Dr. Nielson has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (MN), and Wheaton College. Kathleen is the author of numerous Living Word Bible studies (P&R Publishing), as well as various articles and poems. A book about the process of Bible study will be published by P&R in January 2011. Kathleen speaks extensively at women’s conferences, and has directed and taught women’s Bible studies at several churches. She loves being involved with the community of Covenant College (GA), where her husband Niel serves as president. The Nielsons have three grown sons and two daughters-in-law.
Michael Oh (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is president of CBI Japan in Nagoya, Japan (cbijapan.org/jointheteam). Michael attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, where he also received a Master’s degree and Ph.D. Michael completed his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies at Harvard University. Michael is a PCA Teaching Elder and serves on the executive board of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.
Ray Ortlund Jr.
Ray Ortlund (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Lead Pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN. Pastor Ortlund received a B.A. from Wheaton College, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Ortlund served as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1989-1998. He has been married to Jan Giles Ortlund for thirty-eight happy years, and they have four grown children.
Darrin Patrick is the vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Seminary and has served in ministry for twenty years and speaks regularly at pastor’s conferences and training events for church planters. He is also the author of Church Planter: the man the message and the mission
Tony Payne serves as the publishing director for Matthias Media, an evangelical publisher of gospel-centered resources. Payne began work as Matthias Media’s first editor in 1988. Since then, Tony has been a busy guy: with his wife, Alison, he has grown a family of five children; he has completed a degree in theology at Moore Theological College; and he has written or co-written numerous ministry resources, and edited many others. Tony’s most recent book is The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything
(co-written with Colin Marshall).
David Powlison (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is a faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and previously served as the editor of The Journal of Biblical Counseling. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a M.Div. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. David has been counseling for over thirty years. He has written numerous articles on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in Love; Seeing with New Eyes; Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare
; and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context
. David is an adjunct professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and has taught across the United States and in Korea, India, Brazil, Europe, and Sri Lanka. David and his wife, Nan, have a son, two daughters, and one granddaughter.
Phil Ryken (D.Phil., University of Oxford) serves as the eighth president of Wheaton College. Before this Ryken served as senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He is a Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken is also a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.). A prolific writer, Ryken’s recent books include, Discovering God in the Stories of the Bible
and Ecclesiastes: Why Everything Matters
in Crossway’s Preaching the Word series. Ryken is husband to Lisa and father to children Josh, Kirsten, Kathryn, and Karoline.
Jenny Salt (M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) hails from Sydney, Australia, and is a proud Aussie! She also has a soft spot for Chicago after living there on and off for a few years between 2003 and 2009, while studying for her M. Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Since 1997 Jenny has served at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, for most of that time as Dean of Women but most recently as Dean of Students. Jenny’s ministry extends to women’s conferences throughout Australia as well as in South Africa and New Zealand. Her passion is expository Bible teaching as well as equipping other women to do the same. Jenny has contributed to a number of books, including How to Write a Bible Talk
and What Women Really Need
. She loves spending time with her family (including six nieces and nephews) and making the most of the numerous walkways around Sydney Harbour.
Juan Sanchez (Th.M., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the preaching pastor at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, a multi-ethnic congregation with both a local and a global focus to see all peoples become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ. Juan has also served local churches in Florida, Georgia, and Indiana. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Juan has been joyfully married to Jeanine since June 29, 1990, and they presently reside just outside of Austin, in Manor, Texas with their five daughters.
Tim Savage (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor at Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, AZ. Prior to his call to Camelback, Tim was an assistant pastor at Eden Chapel in Cambridge, England, the youth pastor at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, and program staff for youth ministry at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in Forest Falls, California. He is the author ofPower through Weakness: Paul’s Understanding of Christian Ministry in 2 Corinthians
. Tim and his wife, Lesli, have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan.
Colin Smith (M.Phil., London School of Theology) is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He and his wife Karen have two grown sons. Colin pastored the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in North London for sixteen years and during that time served in various capacities in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, including a time as their President. His primary focus is on preaching and his ministry is shared more widely through his radio program called Unlocking the Bible.
Scotty Smith (M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Nashville, TN. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He has written five books: Unveiled Hope, with Michael Card; Speechless
, with Steven Curtis Chapman; Objects of His Affection
; and his latest two, The Reign of Grace and Restoring Broken Thing
s, with Steven Curtis Chapman. Scotty and Darlene, his wife of thirty-five years, have two adult married children and one grandson. Scotty enjoys fly-fishing, cross training, classic rock and cooking.
Tullian Tchividjian is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the author of Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different, Surprised by Grace
and Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship.
Stephen Um (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is the senior pastor of CityLife Church in Boston, MA. He also teaches New Testament studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. For the past 18 years, Stephen and his wife, Kathleen, have been involved in several Presbyterian Churches throughout the Northeastern part of the country. He is the author of The Theme of Temple Christology in John’s Gospel
. Stephen also serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.
Sandy Willson (D.D., Crichton College) is the senior minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. Sandy also serves on the boards of several ministries and organizations, including the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies, the Clayborn Council (a collaborative urban church planting ministry), and World Relief. He previously pastored Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elizabethton, TN, and Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church in Lookout Mountain, TN. Sandy and Allison were married in 1972 and have five children.
Consistent with the principles of our Foundation Documents, these Workshops reflect The Gospel Coalition’s goal of ministering to the whole church and helping leaders in a variety of contexts and roles to communicate and live the truths of Scripture.
The Gospel for MuslimsThabiti Anyabwile
God seems pleased to bring the Muslim world right to our doorsteps. With some confidence in and reliance upon the God and His gospel, we may yet be the generation that sees history’s greatest revival among Muslim peoples. This is not a ‘how-to’ workshop, but an exploration of the gospel itself with particular application to questions and ideas our Muslim neighbors often have.
Gospel Faithfulness and Business Leadership in Tumultuous TimesBob Doll
Too often there is a large gulf between our “faith on Sunday” and our “work on Monday.” This workshop is designed to examine God’s intentions for work – how it is an integral part of the believer’s walk with Christ. We will discuss how work itself, along with our conduct and character at work, are critical parts of who we are as children of the most high God, especially in these tumultuous times.
Christianity Explored – A Biblical Strategy for Effective, Sustainable Evangelism in the Local ChurchCraig Dyer, Alistair Begg
Discover why Mark’s gospel is such a powerful evangelistic tool and how to train the whole church family to explain the Identity, Mission and Call of the Lord Jesus from Mark as we let the gospel tell the gospel.
Is Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People? Learning to Walk with Each Other Through LossNancy Guthrie
How should we suggest our church members pray for those facing terminal illness? How can church members overcome the awkwardness of interacting with those going through a divorce or grieving the death of a spouse or child? How do we keep from being that person who said the wrong thing to someone who’s lost a loved one? How do we help those who have gone through a very public trial get back to normal in the life of our church? These are the kinds of questions we’ll explore as we consider how to apply the grace and truth of the gospel in times of heartache and loss.
Signs of Grace in Inner-City Church PlantingEric Mason
This seminar will address the unique demands of ministering the gospel in the city through both preaching the gospel and practicing the implications of the gospel. How is the gospel communicated to glocal cities, and and how does the gospel impact the city regionally and locally? We will spend time exploring how the church practices that preaching of the gospel in that city. This workshop seeks to balance both the theology and the practice.
Orphans and AdoptionRussell Moore, Voddie Baucham
Adoption and orphan care are not just for families who want children or for families who want more children. Adoption and orphan care have everything do with the gospel itself, and with the mission of the church. This seminar will explore how our care for orphans can lead our churches to be more missional and gospel-centered, and how the recovery of the gospel can refocus the church on care for the least of these, the fatherless of the world.
Old Testament Narrative: Letting the Literature SpeakKathleen B. Nielson
If the light of Christ shines through the whole biblical text, how best should we go about finding it – particularly within the genre of Old Testament narrative? What questions should we raise first, to find a story’s relation to the big storyline of Scripture? How best can we avoid the pitfalls of wrong or simplistic interpretation? How do we make good application of gospel truths from these Old Testament narratives? Such questions will be applied specifically to the books of Ruth and Esther. The goal in this seminar, which aims to enable women to help other women handle Scripture well, will be to encourage lively, productive, Christ-centered study of this particular genre.
Justification Versus Self-JustificationRay Ortlund
Self-justification is the deepest impulse in the fallen human heart. Only the extreme grace of the gospel can begin to free us from our compulsive self-justifications, with their social pathologies. Drawing upon Paul’s letter to the Galatians, Ray will contrast the dynamics of justification with those of self-justification.
The Pastor’s Counseling MinistryDavid Powlison
In most of what the Gospels show, Jesus’ ministry unfolds interactively.We observe and hear two-way conversations, as well as one-way proclamation. Preaching is part of proclamatory ministry; counseling is part of conversational ministry. Both are necessary for God’s people to grow up into the wisdom of Christ. How do ministries of conversation—care and cure of souls—personalize the Scriptures to individual life circumstances and struggles?
Women Teaching Women the Bible: A Suggested ModelJenny Salt
This seminar is designed for women who are concerned to teach the Word of God faithfully to other women in such a way that demonstrates a deep commitment to the authority and centrality of Scripture. It will focus on principles to ensure that our Bible talks are driven by the text and not simply a ‘launching pad’ for whatever topic is the latest trend. Key characteristics of expository Bible teaching will be considered in order to better equip women who teach other women in various contexts, from small groups in the local church to larger gatherings of women in conference settings.
Power Through WeaknessTim Savage
These are troubled times. What we need is a demonstration of the Spirit and power (1 Corinthians 2:4). But how will such spiritual power come to expression? The answer is startling – through human weakness! Power through weakness: it is the paradox inherent in the cross of Jesus Christ. Do you see the pattern of the cross at work in you? Is the surpassing greatness of the power of God manifested in your ministry? This workshop will seek to plumb the riches of the biblical paradox of power through weakness.
Preaching a Christ to Whom We Can ComeColin Smith
Gospel preaching involves more than referring to Christ in a sermon. Its trajectory takes us into the world of grace. It presents a Christ to whom we can come. Observing that many in his day preached Christ only as an example to follow, Luther said, Rather ought Christ to be preached to the end that faith in Him may be established that he may not only be Christ, but be Christ for you and me. Luther’s observation is insightful for us. A moral example cannot help the weak, comfort the sorrowful, heal the broken-hearted, release the captive, or forgive the penitent. Our calling is to proclaim a Christ to whom sinners can come and in whom we may find life, hope, help and peace.
Panel: What Should a Local Church Look Like?Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Mark Dever (participating chair)
Meaningful Ministry: Relationships Required?Paige Benton Brown
The ministries that make the headlines often involve a large pulpit or a large publisher. Are personal relationships even necessary, ever necessary to the most significant ministry? If so, what kinds of relationships? Organizational or organic? Discipleship or friendship? Mentoring or mutuality? This seminar will address the relational aspect of transformational gospel ministry.
They All Look Alike To Me: The Implications of a Christ-centered Identity on the Issue of Racial Reconciliation in the ChurchK. Edward Copeland
One day people from every nation, tribe, people and language will gather around the Throne in uninterrupted praise to the Lamb. Beyond pulpit exchanges, and perfunctory fellowships what does the Gospel demand of the Body of Christ in regards to racial harmony within the Body of Christ here and now? What is at stake when there is racial unrest or apparent lack of unity among local congregations or within a particular congregation? More importantly, how does the Gospel address this issue? This workshop will address the practical implications and outworkings of a Christ-centered identity on the issue of skin idolatry.
Writing Corporate Worship MusicKeith and Kristyn Getty
Behind the hymns. An interactive workshop introducing writing hymns and songs for the contemporary church with reflections — theological, lyrical, musical and practical on the writing of modern hymns — geared towards musicians and writers.
Humble OrthodoxyJosh Harris
Why is it that a commitment to sound doctrine is so often associated with an arrogant, divisive spirit? This workshop will examine the necessity of both orthodoxy and humility. Genuine orthodoxy—the heart of which is the death of God’s son for undeserving sinners—is the most humbling, human-pride smashing message in the world. And if we truly know the gospel of grace it will create in us a heart of humility and grace toward others.
Pure Desire: Gospel-Centered Morality in a Sex-Saturated Society Gary Inrig
Modern society enshrines sexual expression, self-gratification and moral relativism as among its most cherished values. In many ways, our moral context is remarkably similar to that in which the gospel first appeared. Appeals to traditional morality or to moralistic self-effort to resist the tide are not only futile; they miss the power and purpose of the gospel. We will consider how the gospel calls us to embrace the goodness of God’s gift of sexuality while facing honestly the destructive impact of sin on our sexuality. In the light of the gospel, we not only recognize the sexual idols of our time, but experience the power of God that motivates us to sexual holiness both within and outside of marriage, empowers us in the fight against temptation, promotes joyful fidelity within marriage, and brings the hope of redemption and restoration in the face of our sins and failure.
The Feminist MistakeMary Kassian
Though we have entered a “post-feminist” era, feminism remains one of the most urgent issues facing Christians today. It infiltrates our homes and churches like an intravenous drug dripping into the veins of an unconscious patient. Feminism has become the default setting. Virtually all of us—to one extent or another–are feminists. In this session, Mary Kassian will trace the development of feminist thought and explore its radical impact on culture and the church. She will help you “connect the dots” to see how today’s male-female relationship dysfunction and gender confusion stem back to the faulty feminist premise we have subconsciously embraced.
Mixing Whites and Colors Without Making Them Run: Building Gospel- Centered, Intentionally-Multicultural Churches John Mahaffey
The immigration patterns in Canada and the United States for the past thirty years have dramatically changed the demographics of major urban centers. Some local churches have responded to this new reality by withdrawing and attempting to maintain culturally comfortable Christian fellowships or by supporting the development of ethno-specific churches. This workshop will address the challenges that racially, ethnically and culturally mixed communities present for local churches. Particular focus will be placed on how our belief in and application of the truth of the gospel can guide us in the building of intentionally-multicultural churches.
Help, I’m a Pastor’s Wife!: Making the Most of Every Opportunity in Marriage, Motherhood, and Church LifeCarolyn Mahaney
Most of us feel unprepared to be pastor’s wives. We’re offered no training, receive scant counsel, and lack godly role models. As a result, we’re often overwhelmed by the constant demands and unexpected trials of home and church life. But God’s Word provides all the wisdom and clarity we need to fulfill our role in a manner worthy of the gospel. In this session we will seek to discover from Scripture how to seize the best opportunities to help our husbands, nurture our children, and serve the women in our church.
Pastoring with Discernment: Applying the Gospel to the Hearts of Those You ServeC. J. Mahaney
More often than we realize, Christians have what John Owen describes as “hard thoughts about God.” They view God as distant, uninterested, even angry. Thoughts like these rob Christians of joy and leave them vulnerable to paralyzing introspection, legalism, condemnation, and despair. A wise pastor must discern where erroneous views of God the Father are troubling those he serves. And he must skillfully apply the gospel to their hearts through his preaching, counseling, leadership, and personal care.
Literary Beauty and Gospel Truth: Celebrating the Biblical Union Kathleen B. Nielson
We easily acknowledge both the literary beauty and the gospel truth of Scripture – but how do they work together? How do we avoid seeing the literary form as simply an adornment of the propositional truth, like a nutshell we crack to get to the nut? How do we receive the Bible’s truth through a metaphor… through parallel lines of poetry… through the very narrative structure of a story? Offered from the perspective of one trained in literature and now working mainly with women’s Bible study groups, this seminar will examine and celebrate the biblical union of form and content, and its implications for our own contexts of reading and teaching.
An Invitation to Hispanic Pastors and Would-Be PastorsJuan Sanchez
Join other Hispanic pastors as we gather to begin a conversation about the opportunity for Hispanic ministry in the United States. During our time together we will report on the dramatic growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, highlight some of the present opportunities for ministry among Hispanics and begin establishing a network of gospel-minded pastors, church planters, ministers and lay persons who long to see the gospel advanced among the Hispanic population in the United States and Canada.
Asian-American Christian Thought and Theological History: Pastoral Implications for Diversity and Innovation in a Multiracial ChurchStephen Um and Julius Kim
This seminar will examine the recent rise of Asian-American Christianity in the US. This will be accomplished through the lenses of history and theology as they impact identity development. Consideration will be given to the implications of the Gospel in an ever increasingly racially-diverse society. We intend to facilitate conversation with Asian-American Christian leaders and those who have Asian-Americans in their congregations.
Gospel-Centered Pastoral LeadershipSandy Willson
The pastor is called to demonstrate and communicate the gospel in every area of his life. How does he do that in his leadership and management of ministry? In decision-making, in settling conflicts in the church, in counseling, in vision-casting, in planning, and in his integration of church and family life? The gospel-centered pastor must think carefully about all of his life and ministry.
When Despair Invades Gospel Work: Learning from Elijah Paige Benton Brown
You feel you have done everything right and everything goes wrong. Is it a lack of giftedness? A confusion of calling? An episode of persecution? Through the lens of one of God’s great “failures” in Scripture, we will look at facing failure and discouragement in gospel work. The seminar aims to address women in many avenues of service – both formal and informal, public and private – in order to apply biblical perspective to the battle against despair.
The Mission of the ChurchKevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
Determining the mission of the church is a deceptively difficult problem. In this session we argue that the mission of the church is adequately summarized in the Great Commissions. We strongly support deeds of mercy and love, but we must understand these in the right theological categories. If we rightly understand key concepts like kingdom, gospel, and social justice, we will be better able to understand what the mission of the church is. And just as importantly, we’ll be able to pursue obedience to Christ in a way that is more realistic, more freeing, and, in the long run, more fruitful.
The Spirit-Filled Missional Ministry of JesusMark Driscoll
In this session we will examine the work of the Holy Spirit in and around Jesus ministry in Luke’s gospel that includes empowering Jesus ministry of preaching, healing, and casting out demons. In so doing, we will work from the thesis that to be truly spirit filled and missional is to continue the ministry of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit as we see throughout the book of Acts which is Luke’s sequel.
Leading Corporate Worship MusicKeith and Kristyn Getty
Leading the hymns. This workshop extends some of the themes outlined in the previous workshop, now looking at selecting and leading songs during a service geared for worship. This workshop is aimed at leaders and pastors.
The Heart of the ExpositorKent Hughes
Biblical exposition has sometimes been characterized as a homiletic child of the Enlightenment (rationalistic, analytical and implicitly lifeless) — effecting left brained homilies for left-brained, flat-sided people. Nothing could be further from the truth! Authentic exposition demands a heart in which the raw edge of God’s Word has plowed deep, bleeding furrows. The preacher must first eat the bread that he would offer to others.
The Genesis of GenderMary Kassian
Gender Matters. It matters a great deal. Who we are and how we relate as men and women is an object lesson, a parable, that tells a very important story. And the story is not about US it’s about the gospel. In this session focused toward women, Mary Kassian will identify 12 markers from Genesis that reveal why and how God made men uniquely male and women uniquely female, and the implications for relationships today. She’ll explain why the trend toward gender fluidity is an assault on the gospel, and how we can reclaim the proclamatory power of our created design.
Substitutes for the Gospel: A Modest Critique of Modern Evangelicalism Erwin Lutzer
This lecture begins with a brief summary of aberrations of the Gospel throughout church history, but primarily focuses on seven trends that often replace a Gospel centered ministry in the American church today. These substitutes will be briefly described, emphasizing that even what appears to be good can be the enemy of the best. The seminar concludes with a short prescription of how to return to the truths that made the church great.
Questioning EvangelismRandy Newman
The Gospel Coalition’s Theological Vision for Ministry includes the words, a truly gospel–centered church should be filled with members who winsomely address people’s hopes and aspirations with Christ and his saving work. How can we do that and help our people share the gospel in ways that truly engage outsiders in our skeptical age? This seminar offers insights from Scripture and suggestions of ways to use questions, dialogue, and conversations to proclaim the good news.
Trellis and VineTony Payne and Colin Marshall
How does the Great Commission apply to every disciple and every church? Do our church programs and organizations make us too busy to focus on people? Are we relying too much on our ministers to be doing the work of disciple-making? How can we learn to make disciples wherever we are, whether in the home, in the church or in our community? What are simple ways of helping others follow Christ through sacrificial love, sharing the Word of God and prayer? How can we actively encourage one another to follow Christ during our Sunday gatherings? How can we reach those who would never come to church on Sunday? These are some of the questions addressed in the Trellis and Vine workshop. The aim is simple: to equip ministry leaders with the biblical foundations, vision and resources to train co-workers in gospel ministry in a local ministry context.
Seizing Global Gospel Opportunities: Why and How You and Your Church Can Get Involved Michael Oh
The face of global Christianity has undergone remarkable transformation over the past 100 years. This workshop will take participants on a tour of the various regions of the world highlighting both the significant advances in the spread of the gospel as well as the astounding lack of gospel witness among a significant proportion of the world’s peoples. Practical suggestions on how the individual Christian and the local church can have a global gospel impact will be presented.
One-on-One Discipleship: Grass-Roots Church Growth Jenny Salt
How will training Christians to disciple others help grow the church? How might such personal discipleship both bring people to believe the gospel and grow them up in the gospel? What are the best biblical methods for one-on-one discipleship, in a variety of contexts? Having done it, taught it, and watched it work in her homeland of Australia, Jenny Salt will lay forth the what and why of one-on-one discipleship, particularly in the context of women’s ministry.
Fostering a Praying ChurchScotty Smith
The gospel frees us from both pragmatic praying—the burden of trying to motivate and manipulate a reluctant God, and from presumptive non-praying—the error of assuming God’s sovereignty marginalizes the importance of our intercession. This workshop will offer reflections, conversation and suggestions on how a greater preoccupation with the gospel will lead to a greater emphasis on prayer in the local church—starting with the leaders. Topics covered will include
Learning how to pray the Scriptures wearing the lens of the gospel; the intercessory ministries of Jesus and the Holy Spirit; and cultivating a culture of gospel-praying in our churches and for the community.
Biblical Theology: What It Is and Why It MattersStephen Um and Richard Lints
The story of Jesus is the story of the whole Bible. And the whole Bible is the narrative of the whole gospel. In this seminar Professors Lints and Um consider the nature, scope, and rationale for thinking about Biblical Theology as the story of the gospel unfolded across the whole of Scripture. The progressive movement of the narrative of redemption helps to understand the gospel with greater depth and with greater practical value. They will follow out the ways in which the Bible intertwines the themes of kingdom, covenant, and temple from Genesis to Revelation. And they will consider why Biblical Theology matters in the ministries of preaching, teaching, and mission.
I see that a number of women will be speaking at the conference. How does their participation square with TGC’s convictions?
Our workshop topics and speakers are consistent with the principles of our Foundation Documents
. They reflect The Gospel Coalition’s goal of ministering to the whole church and helping leaders in a variety of contexts and roles to communicate and live the truths of Scripture.
Workshop descriptions indicate the appropriate audience.
Why aren’t group discounts available?
We have received inquiries from people about group rates for seniors, campus workers, missionaries, church planters, bivocational ministers, Sunday school teachers, and other deserving groups. We simply cannot offer discounts for all of these groups and still fund the conference. However, we offer a discounted $100 rate for individual full-time students and international guests. Additionally, married couples may register together for $300, a savings of $100 from the early bird rate. All other individuals may register for $200 until October 31, 2010.
How many workshops may I attend?
Each registered participant will be able to attend three workshops. There are three rounds of workshops and each person will attend one workshop per round. Workshop space is limited for each session. Availability is based on a first-come basis based on date of registration.
Can I change my workshop choice?
Yes. If you log into your account in the registration system, you can make your changes there.
How will the conference accommodate people with disabilities?
Throughout McCormick Place, you will find the facility has been designed to make your visit as productive and comfortable as possible. Please visit here
for more information related to assisted hearing, service animals, wheelchairs, mobility services, and oxygen equipment
Will anyone be translating the conference?
Yes, we will have live translations available in Spanish, French, and possibly Korean. Please let us know if you are able to help provide an additional language translation.
Will child care be available?
No. As a courtesy to the other attendees, this event is for adults only.
Is there a private area where I can nurse my baby?
The First Aid Office on level one of the West Building is set up to facilitate breast feeding/pumping needs. For further information you may contact the First Aid office at 312-791-6009.
What sorts of guest services will be provided at the conference facility?
Please view the Guest Services Brochure
for a listing of business services, on-location eating options, first aid stations, nursing mother stations, and more.
Will there be a conference bookstore?
Yes, there will be a conference bookstore as well as exhibitor hall for related ministries and organizations. Both the conference bookstore and exhibitor hall will be across the hall from the entrance of the main ballroom.
Travel and Hotel
Where do I stay?
We have booked special rates with several area hotels within four miles of the conference’s downtown Chicago location. One, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, is connected to the conference center. The others run regular, free shuttles.
If I have the option, which airport should I choose?
Midway International Airport is less than 11 miles away. O’Hare International Airport is about 21 miles away. You may reach McCormick Place from either airport using Chicago’s public transportation. It is possible to avoid renting a car.
What do I do about parking?
What if I do not want to drive a car to McCormick Place?
It is possible to get to and from the McCormick Place using Chicago public transportation. Click here
to see a description of bus, train, and taxi services.
Where is the conference facility in relation to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile?
Just minutes away. Click here
to see a description of bus, train, and taxi services.
When does registration/check-in begin?
In an effort to reduce the lines for registration on the first day of the conference, we will open registration the day before at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11. Registration will resume the following morning, Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 a.m.
Should I expect anything in the mail?
No. All materials will be handed to you upon registration/check-in.
If I want to stay longer or find some extra time, what might I do for fun?
Chicago is a wonderful city with tons to do. Check out some of those options here
What do we do for meals?
There are several eating options (see here
) available on site at McCormick Place. We have allotted two hours for meal breaks, making it possible to travel off site to an area downtown restaurant. McCormick Place is just minutes from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
Transportation to and from McCormick Place is convenient using Chicago public transportation. Click here to see a description of bus, train, and taxi services. A great option is to use the Shared Taxi Program, which allows up to four passengers to share a flat per person rate within a select downtown boundary. With this option you’ll save money when heading off location for a group meal.
Mary Kassian is an author, speaker, and professor at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and the Feminist Mistake. Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada, and has studied systematic theology at the doctoral level. She speaks at conferences nationally and internationally, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Marriage Uncensored. She and her husband, Brent – chaplain for a professional football team – enjoy a life full of athletics and adventure with their three sons.
Jenny Salt hails from Sydney, Australia, and is a proud Aussie! She also has a soft spot for Chicago after living there on and off for a few years between 2003 and 2009, while studying for her M. Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Since 1997 Jenny has served at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, for most of that time as Dean of Women but most recently as Dean of Students. Jenny’s ministry extends to women’s conferences throughout Australia as well as in South Africa and New Zealand. Her passion is expository Bible teaching as well as equipping other women to do the same. Jenny has contributed to a number of books, including How to write a Bible Talk and What Women Really Need. She loves spending time with her family (including six nieces and nephews) and making the most of the numerous walkways around Sydney Harbour.
Nancy Guthrie is a Bible teacher and author of seven books, including Holding On to Hope, The One Year Book of Hope, Hopingfor Something Better, When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One, Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion-Starters, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament. Nancy and her husband, David, are hosts of the GriefShare video series used in over 6,000 churches nationwide for small group ministry to grieving people. They also host Respite Retreat, a retreat ministry for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Along with their 20-year-old son, Matt, the Guthries are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kathleen B. Nielson
A native of St. Louis, MO, Kathleen Nielson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wheaton College. She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (MN), and Wheaton College. Kathleen is the author of numerous Living Word Bible studies (P&R Publishing), as well as various articles and poems. A book about the process of Bible study will be published by P&R in January 2011. Kathleen speaks extensively at women’s conferences, and has directed and taught women’s Bible studies at several churches. She loves being involved with the community of Covenant College (GA), where her husband Niel serves as president. The Nielsons have three grown sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law.
Paige Benton Brown
A native of Cleveland, MS, Paige Brown completed a Masters degree at Covenant Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Mississippi. She served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Vanderbilt University for many years, and again at the University of Virginia. In between campuses, she was a teacher on staff at Park Cities Presbyterian church in Dallas, Texas. After a couple of years in New York City, Paige and her husband, Reagan, now live in the Washington D.C. area with their two small children.
Randy has been with the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980 and currently serves with Faculty Commons, their ministry to university professors. He ministers on campuses and elsewhere in our nation’s capital to students, professors and policy shapers. His teaching responsibilities have included serving with the Chaplain’s office at the Pentagon. He is an honors graduate from Temple University with a degree in Music Education. He also holds a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He lives in Annandale, Virginia with his wife Pam and their three sons. He is the author of numerous articles and the books Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did and Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues about God and Life, both published by Kregel, and Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Other People You Can’t Fool, forthcoming from Crossway.
Bob Doll is Vice Chairman, Chief Equity Strategist, and Senior Portfolio Manager at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm. Bob appears regularly in the national financial press discussing economic developments and markets. He is also choir director at Westerly Road Church in Princeton, New Jersey. Bob serves on a number of boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society and Kingdom Advisors.
Dr. Michael Oh is president of CBI Japan in Nagoya, Japan (cbijapan.org/jointheteam). Michael attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate where he also received a Master’s degree and Ph.D. Michael completed his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies at Harvard University. Michael is a PCA Teaching Elder and serves on the executive board of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.
Eric Mason is the founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves on the boards of the Acts 29 Network and Reach Life Ministries. Dr. Mason received his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary (2000) and his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2007). Dr. Mason resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife Yvette and his two sons Immanuel and Nehemiah.
R. Kent Hughes
Kent Hughes is Senior Pastor Emeritus of College Church in Wheaton and the series editor for the projected 50 volume Preaching the Word series, to he has contributed numerous volumes. He regularly teaches preaching in seminaries and theological colleges and also lectures for the Charles Simeon Trust’s Workshops on Biblical Exposition. The joys of serial exposition have motivated and sustained him throughout his long ministry.
Keith and Kristyn Getty
Keith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade, bridging the gap between the traditional and the contemporary. They currently live in the United States where they have just finished their second album together, Awaken the Dawn, a collection of hymns that takes believers on a lyrical journey of grace and hope for all the nations. This follows their first collection of hymns, the 2006 release In Christ Alone. Kristyn’s lilting, crystal-clear voice is an ideal contrast to Keith’s richly melodic piano arrangements and accompaniment. An acclaimed soloist in her own right, today she is both an accomplished songwriter and artist, having penned children’s musicals and been featured with Christian music’s Margaret Becker and Celtic artist Joanne Hogg on the New Irish Hymns series, among her diverse credits. A multi-talented instrumentalist and composer, Keith first learned to play guitar, but later studied flute, including a summer masterclass under renowned Irish flautist Sir James Galway. Ironically, it was Keith’s piano not flute arrangements that most intrigued Galway and helped open the world of the music industry to him. Keith has since orchestrated and arranged more than 200 projects for recordings, concerts, theater, television and film, including arrangements for Michael W. Smith’s 2004 Healing Rain album, as well as producing and composing (with Kristyn) various projects for the internationally renowned African Children’s Choir. Though he was raised in a Christian home in Northern Ireland, it was ultimately a yearlong study of the life of Christ during his time at university that affirmed and crystallized Keith’s faith. Since then, he has nurtured a passion to communicate the basic tenets of the gospel through music in a universally appealing way.
John Mahaffey is a former missionary to the Philippines and the Lead Pastor of West Highland Baptist Church in Hamilton Ontario. For eighteen years he pastored Morningstar Christian Fellowship, a multicultural church in Toronto, Canada, comprised of people from over seventy nations.