Speakers AND MUSICIANS
What a lineup we have scheduled for this year’s conference! Read more below about our gifted and talented speakers and worship leaders!
Crawford Loritts grew up in New Jersey and trusted in Christ as a teenager. He attended and graduated from Cairn University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Bible. Crawford is the host of two national radio programs, the weekend program Living a Legacy and the daily program Legacy Moments. He served on the staff of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 27 years and for 15 years as pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Georgia. Crawford is the author of nine books including Your Marriage Today… and Tomorrow, co-authored with his wife, Karen. He has traveled throughout the country and much of the world, speaking in churches, evangelistic outreaches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries. Crawford and Karen have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.
Ed Stetzer wears a lot of hats—author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter—as he helps Christians learn to share Christ. Ed has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Now he ministers as interim pastor of The Moody Church, teaches at Wheaton College, and serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center and a regional director of Lausanne North America. Ed and his wife, Donna, have been married more than 25 years and have three daughters.
Mark Jobe serves as president of Moody Bible Institute and host of Moody Radio’s Bold Steps. He is author of several books, including What Now? How to Move into Your Next Season (Moody Publishers). Mark is also the founding pastor of New Life Community Church, a Chicago multisite ministry with locations across the world. He 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 and one grandchild.
Jon Hemmer has been a native of the Chicago suburbs his entire life and has worked in Chicago for the past 20 years. When he’s not on Moody Radio, you could probably find Jon hanging out with his wife, Cari, and their Golden Doodle, Charlie. Coming from a musical family, Jon has been a drummer for 30 years and plays for several churches in the Chicago area. Besides playing drums, Jon also likes creating audio and working as a DJ. Jon is also an enthusiastic Chicago Bears fan, an avid reader, and a movie-lover.
Chad James discovered a passion for leading God’s people in worship after accepting Christ in his early 20s. Born with one hand, at first, Chad doubted his musical abilities. But after the encouragement of a friend, Chad began to learn the guitar. Soon, the Lord filled his mind with melodies and lyrics to write songs, and in 2007, he recorded an original album in Nashville. Chad has opened for artists such as Jeremy Camp, Chris Tomlin, Mercy Me, and Third Day. In 2008 and 2009, he received the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s award for Christian Solo Artist of the Year.