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Select a day from the list below to read about the speakers for that day.


Monday, Feb. 4

Colin Smith    

Colin Smith

Colin Smith hosts Unlocking the Bible, a daily radio broadcast to edify the Church, aired on Moody Radio and other stations. Colin is currently the senior pastor at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church. He mentors young pastors through The Orchard Network, an organization for growing gospel oriented church leaders. Colin graduated from London School of Theology with a master’s in philosophy. He and his wife, Karen, live in Illinois and have two sons and five granddaughters.


Tuesday, Feb. 5

Michael Easley, Thabiti Anyabwile    

Michael Easley

Michael Easley ministers as the president and host of Michael Easley inContext, a broadcast designed to help listeners approach truth and biblical exposition. Previously, Michael served as the president of Moody Bible Institute. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his DMin and has served in church ministry for four decades. Michael has also written two books—Interludes: Prayers and Reflections of a Servant's Heart (Moody Publishers) and The Da Vinci Code Controversy. Michael and his wife, Cindy, live in Tennessee.


Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile currently serves as a pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. He served previously as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and as an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Thabiti holds a master’s degree in psychology from North Carolina State University. He coached high school basketball and has written several books including Reviving the Black Church, The Decline of African-American Theology, and The Gospel for Muslims. Thabiti and his wife, Kristie, have three children.


Wednesday, Feb. 6

Laurie Norris, Charlie Dates, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth    

Laurie Norris

Laurie Norris serves as an associate professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute. Laurie holds a doctorate in biblical theology—specifically New Testament studies—from Wheaton College. She has taught as a guest instructor in biblical and theological studies at Wheaton College and does pastoral research at Harvest Bible Chapel. Laurie and her husband, Bob, live in Chicago.


Charlie Dates

Charlie Dates serves as the senior pastor at Progressive Baptist Church and teaches at Moody Bible Institute as an adjunct professor. He graduated with a PhD in historical theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Charlie has contributed to Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Moody Publishers) and serves on the advisory board for the Chicago Fire Department. Charlie and his wife, Kirstie, have two children.


Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth hosts the Seeking Him podcast and Revive Our Hearts, a radio show that airs on Moody Radio and other radio stations. She has written over 20 books including Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free (Moody Publishers) and Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together (Moody Publishers). Nancy also runs the Revive Our Hearts ministry, a ministry that encourages women and produces events and materials for ministry to women. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.


Thursday, Feb. 7

Winfred Neely, Sanj Kalra, Mike Fabarez    

Winfred Neely

Winfred Neely serves as the Biblical Preaching program head and as the division chair for Applied Theology at Moody Bible Institute. He also ministers as the senior pastor at Judson Baptist Church. Winfred contributed to the Moody Handbook of Theology (Moody Publishers) and wrote How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation (Moody Publishers). He graduated from Trinity Evangelical School with a DMin. Winfred and his wife, Stephne, live in Chicago and have four children and nine grandchildren.


Sanj Kalra

Sanj Kalra is a speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministry. He also serves as the vice president of strategic partnerships for RZIM. In his role Sanj shares the gospel through his testimony and speaks on the transformation that Jesus brings. He earned his BA in business management from the University of Akron in Ohio. Sanj and his wife, Kay, have two daughters.


Mike Fabarez

Mike Fabarez founded and is the senior pastor at Compass Bible Church in California. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute and earned his DMin from Westminster Theological Seminary. Mike hosts Focal Point, a radio program heard on hundreds of stations around the country. He has also authored several books, including Raising Men Not Boys, Lifelines for Tough Times, and 10 Mistakes People Make about Heaven, Hell and the Afterlife. Mike and his wife, Carlynn, live in California and have three children.


Friday, Feb. 8

Michael Rydelnik, Aaron Damiani, Mark Jobe    

Michael Rydelnik

Michael Rydelnik teaches at Moody Bible Institute and serves as the program head for the Jewish Studies program. He attended Moody and earned his DMiss from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Michael hosts Open Line, a weekly, live program on Moody Radio that answers Bible study questions from listeners. He is also on the Old Testament translation team for the Holman Christian Standard Bible, wrote Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict (Moody Publishers), and was a general editor for The Moody Bible Commentary (Moody Publishers). Michael and his wife, Eva, live in Illinois and have two sons.


Aaron Damiani

Aaron Damiani serves as the lead pastor at Immanuel Anglican Church in Chicago. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology and earned his master’s in biblical exegesis from Wheaton College. Aaron wrote The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent (Moody Publishers). His vision is to raise up a vibrant Anglican church in Chicago that seeks the good of the city. Aaron and his wife, Laura, live in Chicago and have four children.


Mark Jobe

Mark Jobe will become president of Moody Bible Institute in January 2019. He is the author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call (Moody Publishers)and can be heard on Straight Talk, a daily radio program on Moody Radio. He is also the lead pastor of New Life Community Church, meeting at 27 locations throughout Chicago. Mark earned a diploma from Moody in 1984, a master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary and a doctorate in transformational leadership from Bakke Graduate University. He and his wife, Dee, have three adult children.


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