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Main SEssion Speakers

 

James MEEKS

James MeeksJames Meeks is the founder and pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago and a member of Moody’s Board of Trustees. In 2002, Meeks successfully ran for the Illinois State Senate. After serving three terms, he currently serves as chair of the Illinois State Board of Education. He has led rallies to close liquor stores in the Roseland community and to distribute Bibles to every resident in the church’s zip code. Meeks has taken his message of hope and reform to many nations and is the author of How to Get Out of Debt and Into Praise and Life-Changing Relationships (both Moody Publishers). He received a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College in Dallas. He and his wife, Jamell, have four children and three grandchildren.

 

James Ford Jr.

James Ford Jr. ministers as senior pastor at Christ Bible Church of Chicago, president of Impact Ministries, and the voice of Treasured Truth on Moody Radio. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, has been an adjunct professor at Moody, and is a special instructor at Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Pastor Ford wrote When a Man Loves a Woman (Moody Publishers), When a Woman Loves a Man (Moody Publishers), and Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage (Moody Publishers). He and his wife, Leslie, have been married for more than 40 years and have three sons and nine grandchildren.

 

Dennis Hollinger

Dennis Hollinger is the president and professor of Christian ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has taught at Moscow Theological Seminary, Union Biblical Seminary, Eastern European Seminary for Evangelical Leadership, and Trinity International University. He wrote The Meaning of Sex and Head, Heart, Hands. Dennis served as co-editor for the Eerdmans book series Critical Issues in Bioethics and has published more than 80 articles. He earned his PhD from Drew University and has done postdoctoral studies at Oxford University. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have two daughters and six grandchildren.

 

Mike Bullmore

Mike Bullmore serves as the senior pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. Prior to launching CrossWay, Mike taught for 15 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as a professor of homiletics and pastoral theology and served as chairman of the practical theology department. Mike earned his PhD at Northwestern University and is a founding member of The Gospel Coalition Council. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and have three grown children.

 

Tony Merida

Tony Merida helped found Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is now a pastor. He also serves as associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. A former professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he has worked as a pastor in both Louisiana and Mississippi. Merida earned his MDiv, ThM, and PhD from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s written several books, including Faithful Preaching and Orphanology, as well as eight volumes in the new Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series, which he co-edits. He and his wife, Kimberly, have five children.

 

Anne Graham Lotz

Anne Graham Lotz, called the best preacher in the family by her father, Billy Graham, was named one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation by The New York Times. She founded AnGeL Ministries, a nonprofit organization that distributes biblical exposition materials and sponsors special events like the Just Give Me Jesus revivals in cities around the world. She has authored many books, including The Daniel Prayer and Wounded by God’s People, and a children’s book, Heaven: God’s Promise for Me. Anne and her late husband, Danny, have three children and three grandchildren.

 

Ralph West

Ralph West ministers as senior pastor of The Church Without Walls in Houston, Texas, which has three campuses. He earned his DMin from Beeson Divinity School and serves as adjunct professor of preaching at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He speaks perennially at colleges, universities, and seminaries across America, as well as at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. His books include Finding Fullness Again: What the Book of Ruth Teaches Us About Starting Over and Left Alone. He and his wife, Sheretta, have two sons.

 

Danny Carroll

Danny Carroll is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He previously taught at Denver Seminary and a seminary in Guatemala City. Carroll earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield. His areas of specialty are the biblical prophets, Old Testament social ethics, and Latino approaches to the Bible. He speaks and writes frequently on the Bible and immigration, and is the author or editor of thirteen books including Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible. He’s also written many journal articles in both English and Spanish. Carroll and his wife, Joan, have two sons and two grandchildren.

 

J. D. Greear

J. D. Greear pastors The Summit Church in Raleigh‐Durham, North Carolina. He completed his PhD in theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greear speaks on Summit Life, a Moody Radio program, and has authored several books including Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. He and his wife, Veronica, have three daughters and one son.

 

James MacDonald

James MacDonald founded and senior pastors Harvest Bible Chapel, which has seven campuses in the Chicago area. His practical teaching of God’s Word on Walk in the Word is broadcast daily on many media outlets, including Moody Radio. Under MacDonald's leadership, more than 170 vertical churches have been planted on four continents. He has authored several books and Bible studies, including Lord, Change My Attitude (Moody Publishers), Act Like Men (Moody Publishers), When Life is Hard (Moody Publishers), and his most recent book, The Will of God is the Word of God. MacDonald earned his DMin from Phoenix Seminary and lives near Chicago with his wife, Kathy, close to their three children and seven grandchildren.

 

Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer ministers as executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. He also serves as the interim teaching pastor for The Moody Church. He has two doctorates and has written more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles. He is a contributing editor for Christianity Today and executive editor of Facts and Trends magazineEd co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets, including Moody Radio.

 

Eric Mason

Eric Mason founded and pastors Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia. He is also the founder and president of Thriving, a resource organization for urban leaders. He trains families to plant churches locally, nationally, and internationally. Mason has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, and Biblical Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia. He earned his doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has written three books: Manhood Restored, Beat God to the Punch, and Unleashed. He and his wife, Yvette, have four children.

 

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler is lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas. Under his leadership, the church has grown to five campuses. Chandler is currently involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally. He is president of Acts 29, a church-planting organization, and speaks at conferences around the world. Chandler has written several books, including The Explicit Gospel, Recovering Redemption, and The Mingling of Souls. He and his wife, Lauren, have three children.

 

 

 

Afternoon Session Speakers

Kelli Worrall

Professor of Communications
Wednesday- 2:00 p.m.

Kelli Worrall has been a professor of communications at Moody Bible Institute since 1998. She is the author of two books from Moody Publishers: Pierced and Embraced and 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves (written with her husband, Peter). Kelli earned a Masters of Religious Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She speaks regularly at women’s events and together with Peter at both marriage and young adult retreats. Peter and Kelli are the parents of two children through adoption.


Steven Harrison

Biblical Exposition Major

Wednesday- 2:00 p.m.


Winfred Neely

Program Head, Biblical Exposition

Thursday- 2:00 p.m.


Hannah Johnson

TESOL & Biblical Exposition Major

Thursday 2:00 p.m.


Kelli Worrall

Professor of Communications

Wednesday- 2:00 p.m.

Kelli Worrall has been a professor of communications at Moody Bible Institute since 1998. She is the author of two books from Moody Publishers: Pierced and Embraced and 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves (written with her husband, Peter). Kelli earned a Masters of Religious Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She speaks regularly at women’s events and together with Peter at both marriage and young adult retreats. Peter and Kelli are the parents of two children through adoption.

 


Steven Harrison

Biblical Exposition Major

Wednesday- 2:00 p.m.

 


Winfred Neely

Program Head, Biblical Exposition

Thursday- 2:00 p.m.

 


Hannah Johnson

TESOL & Biblical Exposition Major

Thursday 2:00 p.m.

 

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