Select a day from the list below to read about the speakers for that day.
Monday, Feb. 4
Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multi-campus church in the Chicago suburbs. His ministry extends through the work of Unlocking the Bible, airing weekly on Moody Radio. He mentors young pastors, church planters and missionaries, and has authored more than a dozen books.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Michael Easley, Thabiti Anyabwile, Jared Alcántara
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 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.
Jared E. Alcántara serves as associate professor of preaching at Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. An ordained Baptist minister, he earned a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and served in several ministries. He is passionate about equipping students to minister effectively in diverse contexts and to preach in ways that are faithful, effective, clear, creative, and inspiring. His third book, The Practices of Christian Preaching, will be published in 2019. Dr. Alcántara plays piano, enjoys disc golf, and is a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan. He lives in the Waco area with his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Laurie Norris, Charlie Dates, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Laurie Norris serves as an associate professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute, where she also serves as the MDiv program advisor for Moody Theological Seminary. Laurie graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a ThM, then earned a doctorate in biblical theology (New Testament) from Wheaton College. She speaks at women’s events, mentors college students, and has taught at Wheaton as a guest instructor. Laurie and her husband, Bob, live in Chicago.
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 has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman Movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him–both airing on Moody Radio. Selling more than three million copies, her books include Lies Young Women Believe and Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together (Moody Publishers). Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Winfred Neely, Sanj Kalra, Mike Fabarez
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 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 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 serves a professor and program head of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute. He is also the host and Bible teacher of Moody Radio's Open Line. The son of Holocaust survivors, Michael trusted in Jesus the Messiah as a teenager. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Azusa Pacific University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where his doctoral research focused on messianism in the Hebrew Bible. He is the co-general editor of The Moody Bible Commentary (Moody Publishers) and wrote Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflict (Moody Publishers) and The Messianic Hope. Michael and his wife, Eva, live in Chicago, and have two adult sons.
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 is president of Moody Bible Institute. 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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