Rebecca Lutzer is the mother of three lovely daughters, grandmother to eight delightful grandchildren, and wife of Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of The Moody Church in Chicago. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in a humble family situation, graduated from Bible college, and married in 1969. Rebecca has been a pastor’s wife for more than 40 years. She has spoken at retreats and conferences, and ministered to women in many ways over the years, teaching them to be counter-cultural women of truth and faith. Through the joys, trials, and disappointments of life, she has learned to trust God’s Word above everything else.
At the age of 40 Rebecca went back to college and achieved her longtime desire to become a registered nurse, working primarily in the operating room for several years. The hospital setting became her mission field, and she had numerous opportunities to share the love and comfort of Christ with the sick and suffering.
Rebecca is the author of Awesome Bible Verses Every Kid Should Know, ABC Bible Verses for Little Ones, and Life-Changing Bible Verses Every Woman Should Know. She co-authored two books with her husband: Jesus, Lover of a Woman’s Soul and Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know.
Brian Smith grew up in Batavia, Illinois, where he had a Tribune paper route, played for the Battl’n Bulldogs, and did Houdini-like underwater escapes at the Batavia Quarry. While attending Northern Illinois University, he became a follower of Jesus Christ in the spring of 1982 through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He went on to earn his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he met Elizabeth, now his wife of 30 years. Brian and Elizabeth were in ministry for 10 years in Appleton, Wisconsin, before moving back to his home area to plant Valleybrook Community Church. They have three young adult children who walk with Jesus faithfully and make them laugh out loud.
Elizabeth Smith is program head for Children and Family Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She counts it a joy and privilege to use her MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Systematic Theology in the classroom to prepare her students for ministry. Elizabeth loves working with kids and families in ministry and has done so for over 30 years, encouraging them to grow in knowledge and love for the Lord. In her spare time she enjoys walking along the Fox River, watching black and white movies, texting her adult children, and eating gluten free pizza with her students.
Brian and Elizabeth bring their years of education and experience teaching and speaking to make what is taught at the conference come alive. Teaching excellent theology in practical ways that can be applied in the home and church is a passion they share and will bring to their all-ages-welcome workshop at this year’s NEXT conference.
Jason Smith started his ministry right here in the Windy City, serving with the Chicago Center for Urban Mission. Jason has spent the last 24 years in children’s, youth, and family ministry. He has been on staff at Eastview Christian Church in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, for the past 16 years, where he serves as the family pastor, overseeing the children’s department and the family initiatives. Jason married his college sweetheart, Kim, in 1995, and they have three children: Cooper (19), Regan (17), and Gibson (14). Jason loves football, kayaking, art, and butter pecan ice cream.