Main Session Speakers

Monday, May, 22 Tuesday, May 23 Wednesday, May 24 Thursday, May 25
 

Colin Smith
8:15 A.M.

 

Stephen Davey
8:15 A.M.

 

Alex Montoya
8:15 A.M.

 

 

Bruce Fong
11:00 A.M.

 

Derwin Gray
11:00 A.M.

 

Erwin Lutzer
11:00 A.M.

 

Paul Nyquist
7:00 P.M.

Mike Fabarez
7:00 P.M.

 

Mark Bailey
7:00 P.M.

 

Crawford Loritts
7:00 P.M.

 

Additional Speakers

Workshop
Session
Workshop
Session
Workshop
Session
Prayer
Sessions
Workshop
Session

 

Miriam
Adeny

Deb
Gorton

 

Peonita
Harris

Daniel
Henderson

 

Elizabeth
Tamez

 

Musicians

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Morning
Thursday
Evening

Ayanda "TK"
Khumalo

Tim
Stafford

Jonathan
McReynolds

Sergio
Villanueva

Chicago
Mass Choir

 


Main Session Speakers

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 PhD 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.

 

Colin Smith is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multisite church in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. His ministry extends through his daily radio program Unlocking the Bible. He is also committed to mentoring the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and church-planters through The Orchard Network. Born in Scotland, he has a Master of Philosophy from the London School of Theology and served as senior pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London before coming to the States in 1996. He is the author of Heaven: How I Got Here, JonahThe Unlocking the Bible DevotionalThe 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life, and others. Colin and his wife, Karen, reside in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and have two married sons and four granddaughters.

 

Bruce Fong has served as dean and professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary in Houston since 2012. Before that he pastored Sunset Church in San Francisco, California, and Grace Bible Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Earlier he served as president and professor of homiletics of Michigan Theological Seminary and professor of homiletics, Bible exposition, and pastoral ministries at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and a PhD from University of Aberdeen. Fong ministers in parachurch, pastoral, and academic ministry, and especially enjoys training the next generation of Christian leaders. Fong and his wife, Yvonne, have three children plus two in-law children they call their own.

 

Mike Fabarez is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, California, and has been in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Talbot School of Theology, and Westminster Theological Seminary in California. Fabarez is heard on hundreds of stations across the country on the Focal Point radio program and has authored several books, including Lifelines for Tough Times, Preaching That Changes Lives, Getting It Right, Why the Bible? Praying for Sunday, and Bible Survey for Kids. Mike and his wife, Carlynn, live in Laguna Hills, California, and have three children.

 

Stephen Davey, the son of missionary parents, serves as the president of Shepherds Theological Seminary and the pastor of Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC, which he planted in 1986. The church is committed to expositional preaching and has grown to lead more than 100 ministries. Davey’s sermons are aired in the U.S. and translated for broadcast in South America, Africa, and in the Middle East through the media/radio ministry Wisdom for the Heart. He has written more than 40 books, study guides, commentaries, and booklets. He has degrees from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary. Stephen and Marsha have been married more than 30 years and have twin sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

 

Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational community in South Carolina with four campuses, two located in South Carolina Correctional Institutions. Gray is pursuing a DMin in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary and has an MDiv with a concentration in Apologetics and an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s HeartLimitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, Crazy Grace for Crazy Times, and The High-Definition Leader. Gray played football in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and the Carolina Panthers (1998). Gray and his wife, Vicki, have been married for more than 20 years and have two children.

 

Mark L. Bailey is president and senior professor of Bible exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he has served for more than 30 years. He received his MDiv and ThM from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, his PhD in Bible exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. He has pastored churches in Arizona and Texas and authored such texts as To Follow Him: The Seven Marks of a Disciple and Nelson’s New Testament Survey. He has also led tours to Israel and the Middle East. His board service includes Insight for Living, Jews for Jesus, Bible Study Fellowship, and Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. Married more than 40 years, he and his wife, Barby, have two sons and five grandchildren.

 

Alex D. Montoya is a church planter and senior pastor at First Fundamental Bible Church, now located in Whittier, California. He also serves as associate professor of pastoral ministries at The Master’s Seminary. Montoya is the author of Hispanic Ministry in America and Preaching with Passion. He has an MDiv and a ThM from Talbot Theological Seminary and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary. Previously he was an adjunct professor of New Testament languages at Talbot Theological Seminary. He is a member and former Southern California regional president of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America International. In 1975 Montoya founded the Seminario Biblico Fundamental to prepare Spanish-speaking men for gospel ministry. He and his wife, Favy, have adult children plus several grandchildren.

 

Erwin Lutzer is pastor emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the senior pastor for 36 years. He earned a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, an MA in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LLD from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law. His preaching is heard on Moody Church Hour and Running to Win on more than 1,000 radio outlets in the U.S. and around the world. Lutzer has written many books, including The King Is ComingOne Minute After You Die, and the Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. He speaks at Bible conferences and leads tours to Israel and to the cities of the Reformation in Europe. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three children and eight grandchildren.

 

Crawford Loritts serves as senior pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia and is a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He preaches around the world and hosts two national radio programs: Living a Legacy and Legacy Moments. He holds several board positions including on Cru and has written eight books such as his latest, Unshaken. He and his wife, Karen, speak regularly at Family Life marriage conferences and coauthored Developing Character in Your Child. Crawford has a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Cairn University, a Doctor of Letters from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Biola University, Moody Bible Institute, and Columbia International University. He and his wife, Karen, married on May 22, 1971. They have four married children and 10 grandchildren.

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Additional Speakers

Miriam Adeny is associate professor of World Christian Studies at Seattle Pacific University. She graduated from Wheaton College and Syracuse University, then earned a PhD from Washington State University. The author of six books and more than 150 articles, she speaks frequently at seminars and workshops worldwide. Dr. Adeny serves on the board of Christianity Today International, is a mission associate of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, and is past president of the American Society of Missiology. A noted authority on cultural awareness, she will present a workshop on Removing Cultural Lenses from Your Church.

 

Deb Gorton grew up in Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in journalism. After working for NBC and Fox Broadcasting, she pursued further education in the field of psychology, earning a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. She also holds an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. At Moody Theological Seminary she teaches and serves as head of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her workshop topics include Mental Health and the Church, Caring for Caregivers, and Gender Dysphoria.

 

Peonita Harris is executive director of Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago. With a doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University and 15 years of clinical experience, she works with conflicted couples, couples recovering from infidelity, survivors of sexual trauma, and those who are recovering from the impact of sexual addiction. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Harris also ministers in pastoral counseling and trains women for ministry leadership. Her workshop will offer Tools for Addressing Spiritual Disconnect and Unwanted Sexual Desires.

 

Morning prayer Sessions

Daniel Henderson has been guiding individuals, leaders, and churches to embrace experiences of powerful spiritual renewal. He has served as a senior pastor to thousands in congregations in California and Minnesota. Today, he speaks across the nation at leadership conferences and local churches while coaching pastors and business leaders in the principles of a strategic and spiritually significant life. He is a husband, father, grandfather, and author of ten books.

 

Elizabeth Tamez is executive director of Nueva Generación3, a Texas-based nonprofit ministry that provides training and consulting services for community organizations and churches. After earning degrees in architecture and interior design in Mexico, she continued to study at Baptist University of the Americas and Fuller Theological Seminary. Now she is a PhD candidate at Andrews University. During Thursday’s Conferencia de Moody para Pastores en Español, Elizabeth will lead a Spanish-language workshop on ministering to young Latinos.

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Musicians

Ayanda Khumalo, who goes by T.K., leads worship at Harvest Bible Chapel. Based in Chicago, he also tours nationally and internationally, leading worship, sharing his story, and discipling other worship leaders. His latest album, Colour of Freedom, was released in February 2017. Originally from Zimbabwe, Ayanda has led worship at Moody Bible Institute’s Missions Conference and Founder’s Week, as well as Moody Radio’s One Cry and other events. He helped write and produce the 2016 Moody Missions Conference One album, and also produced the 2017 Moody Missions Collective album, Chapter 2.

 

Tim Stafford is pastor of music ministries at The Moody Church, where he has served for 13 years. He is also an adjunct faculty member in Moody Bible Institute’s Music and Media Arts Division. Stafford received a bachelor’s in music from Moody Bible Institute and a master’s in choral conducting from Northwestern University. As a vocalist, guitarist, and conductor, he is committed to serving the local church through corporate worship that is God-directed and transformational, displaying the unity of the Spirit.

 

Jonathan McReynolds is a talented gospel musician and contemporary Christian songwriter who sings about the ebb and flow of living in Christ. His 2012 debut album, Life Music, includes the catchy single “I Love You.” His second album, Life Music: Stage Two, was nominated for Grammy, Stellar, and Dove awards. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Jonathan grew up playing drums in his church. He has a bachelor’s degree in urban and popular music from Columbia College in Chicago and a master’s in applied biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning. At age 27, his performances on Essence Fest, the Stellar Awards, and other platforms have earned him a spot as one of the leaders of the next generation of gospel and inspirational music.

 

Sergio Villanueva is the worship pastor of Iglesia del Pueblo Church in West Chicago. A native of northern Mexico, he served as a youth leader and director of praise and worship from an early age. Over the years, he has collaborated on writing or translating songs for different ministries and worship projects throughout Latin America. One of his greatest goals is to proclaim the beauty of the gospel through hymns and songs of praise. He and his wife, Rosita, live with their teenage children, Gabriel and Daniel, in a Chicago suburb.

 

Chicago Mass Choir was founded in 1988. The internationally acclaimed choir is led by Dr. Fernanda Williamson, who graduated from Moody with an MA in Applied Biblical Studies. With a gimmick-free approach to gospel music, the choir has been nominated for multiple Stellar and Grammy Awards and won its first Stellar Award for Traditional Choir of the Year in 2017. Since its first recording in 1990, the Chicago Mass Choir has released several albums.

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