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Featured Speakers 2014

Leith Anderson Stuart Briscoe Gary Chapman Charles Dyer
Leith Anderson Stuart Briscoe Gary Chapman Charlie Dyer
Jim Cymbala JD Greear Crawford Loritts Erwin Lutzer
Jim Cymbala JD Greear Crawford Loritts Erwin Lutzer
Paul Nyquist Priscilla Shirer Juli Slattery Colin Smith
Paul Nyquist Priscilla Shirer Juli Slattery Colin Smith
Robert Smith Wess Stafford Michael Vanlaningham JR Vassar
Robert Smith Jr. Wess Stafford Michael Vanlaningham JR Vassar

Featured Musicians 2014

SM - Butlers 2012 SM - ChicagoTab2013 SM - Moody_Chorale2011 SM - Moody_Mens2011
Charles and Donna Butler
Leading the All Chicago Choir
Chicago Tabernacle Choir Moody Chorale Moody Men's Collegiate Choir
Performing Tuesday Evening Performing Friday Evening Performing Wednesday Evening  Performing Wednesday Evening
SM - Moody_Band2011 SM - Aaron Shust SM - Tim Stafford SM - Womens_Choir2011
Moody Symphonic Band Aaron Shust Tim Stafford Women's Concert Choir
Performing Wednesday Evening  Performing Thursday Evening and Friday  Performing Wednesday Evening Performing Wednesday Evening 


All Chicago Choir

Last year we invited friends of Moody in the Chicagoland area to help us create a Founder's Week Gospel choir. Led by Charles Butler, Pastor of men’s ministry and shepherding at The Moody Church, the choir returns this year to lead us in worship on Tuesday evening. If you would like to join the choir, visit the Founder's Week webpage.

Leith Anderson

Leith Anderson serves as President of the National Association of Evangelicals in Washington, DC, though he maintains his home in Eden Prairie, MN where he pastored Wooddale Church for 35 years.  Anderson has been a seminary teacher, conference speaker and board member of numerous Christian organizations. He is often interviewed in national media on current events. Anderson is the author or co-author of twenty books, including Dying for Change, A Church for the 21st Century and Winning the Values War. He and his wife Charleen grew up in the same New Jersey church where his father was pastor before they both attended and graduated from Moody. Anderson is also a graduate of Bradley University, Denver Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Stuart Briscoe Stuart Briscoe has been preaching since he was 17 years old. Now, more than 80 years young, he shows no sign of slowing down. In 1970, Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisc. invited Briscoe to serve as senior pastor and the church experienced explosive growth due to an overwhelming hunger in the community for expositional Christian teaching. Out of the tape ministry at Elmbrook, Briscoe and his wife, Jill, began Telling the Truth, a biblical teaching ministry that made Bible sermons and other resources available online. Telling the Truth is also a half-hour radio broadcast airing on dozens of stations in the United States as well as London, Seoul, and via satellite across Europe and 10 countries in southern Africa. In 2000, the Briscoes began serving as Elmbrook’s ministers-at-large, bringing encouragement to God’s servants around the world. Briscoe has written more than 40 books and has received honorary doctorates from several schools and universities. For more information on Stuart Briscoe, please visit the Telling the Truth website.

The Butlers Charles and Donna Butler are members of The Moody Church in Chicago, Ill., where Charles serves as pastor of Men's Ministry and Shepherding. Prior to coming to The Moody Church, Charles served as worship pastor at Armitage Baptist Church and minister of Music at Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church. He has also led worship at Moody Bible Institute's Founder's Week and Pastors' Conference, Promise Keepers Reconciliation rally in Chicago, and served as music coordinator for the Luis Palau Campaign in Chicago. Donna attended Moody Bible Institute as a voice major, served as choir director at Rock of Our Salvation Church, youth director at Armitage Baptist Church, and has participated with Charles in several music and leadership events. In addition to their music ministry leadership, they have been active in marriage ministry, conducting premarital counseling from their home and teaching in the premarital class at The Moody Church. Charles ('81) and Donna ('78-'79) both received diplomas from Moody Bible Institute. For more information on the Butlers, visit The Moody Church website

Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman is a well-known marriage counselor and director of marriage seminars. The 5 Love Languages is one of Dr. Chapman’s most popular titles, topping various bestseller charts for years, selling upwards of eight million copies and has been on the #1 spot of the New York Times best-sellers list. Dr. Chapman has been directly involved in real-life family counseling for more than 35 years. His nationally-syndicated radio program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, airs weekly on more than 350 stations, and his daily program, A Love Language Minute airs on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively. He also has a master’s in education administration and his doctorate in adult education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He did further graduate work at Duke University and the University of North Carolina and completed the pastor’s course at Moody Bible Institute. For more information on Dr. Gary Chapman, visit his website


Charles Dyer Charlie Dyer is professor-at-large of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Dyer is an Old Testament scholar as well as an authority on Middle Eastern history and religion. As a licensed guide to Israel, he has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East over the last two decades. Dr. Dyer has authored and coedited many books and articles on the Middle East and the Old Testament. His articles have been published inBibliotheca Sacra and Michigan Theological Journal. Dr. Dyer’s books include The Rise of BabylonWhat’s Next?, The New Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land and Strike the Dragon.

Chicago Tabernacle Choir

Chicago Tabernacle Choir is directed by Chrissy Toledo, daughter of Pastor Jim and Carol Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. The choir began shortly after the church opened its doors in 2002. Founded by Al and Chrissy Toledo, the church is filled with a diverse group of people and considers prayer meeting their most important meeting of the week. The Chicago Tabernacle Choir, comprised of fifty voices, ministers every Sunday to its congregation as well as for various special events throughout the Chicagoland area. Its members join together to testify to the transforming power of God in their lives, through music that glorifies the name of Jesus Christ. For more information on the choir, visit the Chicago Tabernacle website

Jim Cymbala Jim Cymbala is the senior pastor at Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, N.Y. Pastor Cymbala and his wife Carol, who directs the six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, have been used by the Lord to not only preach the gospel in the inner city of New York, but also to see new churches grow out of their congregation in other parts of America and overseas. At the heart of the church’s outreach is the Tuesday Night Prayer Service, attended by close to 2,000 people. Beyond his pastoral role, Cymbala has authored several books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire and Breakthrough Prayer. For more information on Jim Cymbala, visit The Brooklyn Tabernacle website.

JD Greear JD Greear

Crawford Loritts

Crawford Loritts is senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Ga. He has also served as an evangelist, church planter and associate director of CRU- USA (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ – USA). He has spoken at evangelistic outreaches, conferences, conventions, churches, colleges and seminaries, as well as to professional sports teams and senior military officers. Loritts hosts the radio program Living A Legacy and is the author of six books, including Leadership as an Identity: The Four Traits of Those Who Wield Lasting Influence. He holds a doctor of divinity degree from Biola University and a doctor of sacred theology degree from Philadelphia Biblical University. For more information on Crawford Loritts, visit Fellowship Bible Church website.

Erwin Lutzer Erwin Lutzer has served as senior pastor at The Moody Church in Chicago since 1980. A prolific author and speaker, Lutzer is heard on radio programs The Moody Church Hour, Songs in the Night and Running to Win. He speaks at Bible conferences and seminars and has led Protestant Reformation tours in Europe. He received his master's degree in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a master's degree in arts and philosophy from Loyola University, as well as honorary degrees from Simon Greenleaf School of Law and Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. For more information on Erwin Lutzer, visit The Moody Church website.

Moody Chorale Moody Chorale Founded in 1946, the Moody Chorale has long been established as one of the leading collegiate choral organizations in the United States specializing in sacred music. Its purpose is to minister the Word of God through music, leading men and women in the worship of our Creator and Redeemer. The repertoire includes a broad range of music chosen from all periods of music history. The Chorale tours the United States twice each year as well as occasional overseas tours. The group has ministered in Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, the Far East, France, Guatemala, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Mexico and the former Soviet Union. The Chorale's most recent ministry tour was to Brazil in 2013. Membership in the Chorale is open to qualified undergraduate students upon audition. For more information, visit the Moody Chorale Web page

Moody Men's Choir Moody Men's Collegiate Choir Founded in 1957, the Moody Men's Collegiate Choir is composed of students from the undergraduate division of Moody Bible Institute and, from time to time, graduate students in Moody Theological Seminary. The group presents a carefully designed program of the best in sacred music representing a variety of styles. With ministry in mind, the group is very committed to striving for musical excellence with the goal of encouraging believers and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. The choir tours in North America twice each year, presenting concerts in churches and schools. Extended summer tours have included England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Most recently, the choir sang in China (2009), Greece and Cyprus (2011) and Australia and New Zealand (2013). For more information, visit the Moody Men's Collegiate Choir Web page

Moody Symphonic Band

Moody Symphonic Band Founded in 1970, the Moody Symphonic Band is comprised of qualified students from Moody's undergraduate school. Their repertoire includes band and orchestral concert music as well as hymn and gospel song arrangements of both traditional and contemporary styles. The Symphonic Band ministers in various churches across the country on its winter and spring tours. Additionally, it has toured internationally in Hong Kong and China, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Israel. For more information, visit the Moody Symphonic Band Web page.

Paul Nyquist

Paul Nyquist is the ninth president of Moody Bible Institute. Nyquist came to Moody from Avant Ministries, where he also served as president. Before joining Avant, Nyquist served as senior pastor at First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa, and Evangelical Bible Church in Omaha, Neb. Nyquist received a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1981 and a Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1984. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for more than 30 years and have four children and two grandchildren. For more information about Paul Nyquist, visit Moody's website


Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla Shirer is an author, conference speaker and Bible teacher. Through expository teaching of the Word of God, she desires to see individuals not only know the uncompromising truths of Scripture intellectually but experience them practically by the power of the Holy Spirit. Shirer and her husband Jerry founded Going Beyond Ministries where they are honored to provide resources designed to equip, encourage and empower the body of Christ. She is the author of numerous books and Bible Studies including A Jewel in His Crown, He Speaks to Me, Discerning the Voice of God, One In A Million: Journey To Your Promise Land, Life Interrupted, Gideon: Your Weakness. God's Strength and the New York Times best-selling Resolution for Women. Shirer is passionate about ministry and prioritizes her calling as wife and mother. Between writing and studying, she spends her days cleaning up after three fabulous boys, Jackson, Jerry Jr. and Jude. Shirer is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, with a Master's degree in Biblical Studies. For more information on Priscilla Shirer, visit Going Beyond Ministries website.

Aaron Shust Aaron Shust is a Dove Award winning artist. He has been embraced by Christian radio since his debut project in 2006, which contained the mega-hit single “My Savior, My God” that rose to #1 on six charts. Shust's last project, This Is What We Believe, launched with the biggest song of his career, “My Hope Is In You,” which stayed at the top of the Adult Contemporary Monitored chart for 14 weeks. Shust is scheduled to release his new album Morning Rises on July 16, 2014. The first single, “God Of Brilliant Lights,” is already Top 20 at Adult Contemporary Radio. Shust will be the cover story for CCM and iBelieve magazines’ August issues and has reviews with Worship Musician, JesusFreakHideout.com, Christian Retailing, and upcoming interviews with Christian Post, CBN.org, Faith Radio/Live The Promise and World Christian Broadcasting. At the GMA Awards in 2007, Shust was honored with three Dove Awards for Song of the Year ("My Savior, My God"), Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year. For more information on Aaron Shust, visit his website

Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery  is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. She is also the co-founder and president of Authentic Intimacy, a ministry to women on topics of intimacy in marriage and intimacy with God.. Her commitment to biblical principles, relatable style and quick wit have made her a highly sought after speaker to women's groups. Dr. Slattery holds a master of science and doctor of psychology in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She holds additional degrees in psychology from Biola University and Wheaton College and is the author of Finding the Hero in Your Husband, No More Headaches and Guilt Free Motherhood. Dr. Slattery and her husband, Michael, have three children. For more information on Dr. Juli Slattery, visit the Authentic Intimacy website.

Colin Smith Colin Smith serves as Senior Pastor of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Before coming to the States in 1996, Smith served as the Senior Pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London for 16 years. While in London, he was active in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in England, and has served the Fellowship as President. Smith is the author of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life, 10 Keys for Unlocking the Christian Life, Unlocking the Bible Story Series and 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible. He can be heard daily on the Unlocking the Bible radio broadcast. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Master of Philosophy from London Bible College. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Arlington Heights and have two sons. For more information on Colin Smith, visit Unlocking the Bible website

Robert Smith Jr. Robert Smith, Jr. serves as Professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School. He is a contributing editor for a study of Christian ministry in the African American church, Preparing for Christian Ministry and Our Sufficiency Is of  God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor. He is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey. Dr. Smith's book, Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life was selected as the winner of the 2008 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Preaching Magazine and 2009 Preaching Book of the Year Award by Christianity Today’s preaching.com. In 2010, Preaching Magazine named Doctrine That Dances one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. Smith has spoken at more than 70 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the United States, Great Britain and the Caribbean. Dr. Smith received his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Temple Community Bible College and an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Newburgh Theological Seminary. For more information on Dr. Robert Smith Jr., visit Beeson Divinity School website

Tim Stafford

Tim Stafford is pastor of Music Ministries at The Moody Church, where he has served for eleven years. He is also an adjunct faculty member in Moody Bible Institute's Music Department. Stafford received a B.M. from Moody Bible Institute and a M.M. in choral conducting from Northwestern University. As a vocalist, guitarist and conductor, he is committed to serving the local church by facilitating corporate worship that is God-directed, transformational and displays the unity of the Spirit. For more information on Tim Stafford,visit The Moody Church website


Wess Stafford Wess Stafford, author of Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute, is the former President of Compassion International. Compassion is one of the world’s largest Christian child sponsorship organizations, partnering with more than 60 denominations and over 6,200 local churches to serve nearly 1.5 million children in 26 countries. He joined the staff of Compassion in 1977 and served for 20 years as president and CEO. As President Emeritus, he continues to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”  Stafford has earned undergraduate degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Biola University and Wheaton College as well as a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is also a veteran, having served four years in the U.S. Army as a linguist in military intelligence, and is an avid outdoorsman and dedicated husband and father. Wess lives on a small ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife of 36 years, Donna. For more information on Wess Stafford, visit the Compassion International website

Mike Vanlaningham

Michael Vanlaningham is a Professor of Bible at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill where he has taught for 14 years. Before his tenure at Moody, he served on the pastoral staff of churches in California, Nebraska and Illinois. Dr. Vanlaningham is co-editor of The Moody Bible Commentary published by Moody Publishers (releasing Feb. 1, 2014). Dr. Vanlaningham has a Master of Divinity in Systematic Theology from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Trinity International University. He is married to Sue and has two grown children, three grandchildren and Elah, his big black dog.

JR Vassar JR Vassar currently lives in the Dallas Fort Worth area serving local churches through preaching, teaching and leadership development. From 2005-2013, he served as the founding and Lead Pastor of Apostles Church, a growing network of neighborhood congregations in New York City. He is a graduate of Dallas Seminary, is married to Ginger, and has three children. 

Womens Choir Women’s Concert Choir Founded in 1955, the Women's Concert Choir has performed for enthusiastic audiences all over the United States and around the world. The ensemble, composed of women representing a variety of academic majors, seeks first and foremost to worship God with their music while emphasizing musical excellence. The ensemble has toured in Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Korea, Japan, Hawaii and Israel. The Women's Choir toured Italy in May 2013. For more information, visit the Women's Concert Choir Web page.
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