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SAVE THE DATE Founders Week

Free Bible Conference: February 2-5, 2021

It’s still the nation’s oldest and largest free Bible conference, and it still offers a refreshing week of spiritual renewal with outstanding Bible teachers—although online instead of in person. Join us for this virtual event. Details coming soon.


Deb Gorton, Ben Wilson, and Emanuel Padilla

Deb Gorton

Deb Gorton

Deb Gorton is the Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage, Family Ministry and Counseling and also serves as head and associate professor of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She has worked for more than 14 years as a change agent for individuals, organizations, and emerging leaders—helping them refine, embrace, and thrive in their purpose. Her core philosophy is collaboration in community, built on strong and genuine relationships, which produces radical transformation. Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She resides in Chicago, is an avid Cubs fan, and loves to travel.

Ben Wilson


Ben Wilson is an associate professor of biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge. He enjoys preaching and teaching and is passionate about helping pastors and church leaders pursue a vision for proclaiming the gospel. His writings have been published in numerous academic publications, and he is the author of The Saving Cross of the Suffering Christ: The Death of Jesus in Lukan Soteriology. Ben and his wife Rachael have four children.

Emanuel Padilla


Emanuel Padilla is an instructor of Bible and theology at Moody Bible Institute. He also serves as the head of the Integrated Ministry Studies and Theology and Cultural Engagement programs. Emanuel graduated from Moody with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. In addition to teaching at Moody, he also serves as president of World Outspoken, a ministry dedicated to preparing the mestizo church for cultural change through training, content, and partnership development. Emanuel is committed to drawing insights from the Latino/a church for the blessing of the wider church body. Emanuel is highly engaged in his local church and is an avid NBA fan.

Each week, we are going to be announcing another speaker or musician, so come back next week to see who else will be joining us!

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