Speakers

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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Douglas West

Ralph Douglas West works as senior pastor of The Church Without Walls in Houston, Texas, which has grown from 32 members to 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.

 

M. Daniel Carroll R.

M. Daniel Carroll R. is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He previously taught at Denver Seminary and a seminary in Guatemala City. Carroll earned his Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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. MacDonald also founded Harvest Bible Fellowship, a church-planting network, which has started more than 160 vertical churches on four continents. He has authored several books and Bible studies, including Lord, Change My Attitude (Moody Publishers), Act Like Men (Moody Publishers), and When Life is Hard (Moody Publishers). MacDonald earned his DMin from Phoenix Seminary and lives near Chicago with his wife, Kathy.

 

Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer ministers as executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College, and executive editor of Facts & Trends Magazine. He has two doctorates and has written more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles. He is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and executive editor of The Gospel Project. He is also frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. Ed 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 from 160 people 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.

 

Paul Nyquist

 

Paul Nyquist is president of Moody Global Ministries, a higher education and media ministry founded in Chicago by D. L. Moody in 1886. He serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Evangelicals and is the author of Prepare: Living Your Faith in an Increasingly Hostile Culture and The Post-Church Christian. Nyquist has a Master of Theology degree and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Moody in 2009, he served as president and CEO of Avant, an international church-planting missions agency. He was also the senior pastor of churches in Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for more than 30 years and have four children and four grandchildren.

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