Keynote Speakers

Paige Brown

Paige Brown

Paige Brown completed a masters degree at Covenant Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Mississippi. She served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship at Vanderbilt University for many years, and again at the University of Virginia. In between campuses, she was a teacher on staff at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. After several years in New York City and Washington, DC, Paige and her husband, Reagan, now live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their three children.

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. She is the director of the Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, she has collaborated with the Swiss-based organization, International Christian Response, and travels internationally advocating for global religious freedom. Mrs. Ellis is a PhD candidate in World Christianity and Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England and is continually astonished by God’s grace.

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition, teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church—Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee—as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She and her husband, David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series and host Respite Retreat for couples who have faced the death of a child.

Tim Keller

Tim Keller

Tim Keller is vice president of The Gospel Coalition, chairman of Redeemer City to City, and pastor emeritus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. For more than years Tim led a diverse congregation that grew to a weekly worshiping community of more than 6,000 people. Tim now focuses on ministry more broadly in New York City and other global cities through the work of City to City, which has helped start more than 490 churches in 54 global cities. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God and The Meaning of Marriage.

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry is a speaker, author, poet, and artist. Her sophomore album, Crescendo, was released in May 2018. She is also the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I was and What God Has Always Been. At home she is a wife to Preston and mom to Eden and Autumn.

Mary Willson

Mary Willson

Mary Willson serves the saints at Second Presbyterian in Memphis, Tennessee, as the director of women in ministry. Along with being trained in the local-church context, she received formal theological training, most recently at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD, Old Testament). Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the local-church context. A number of rambunctious nieces and nephews make her life all the more enjoyable.

Breakout Speakers

Sam Alberry

Sam Alberry

Sam Allberry is an apologist and writer for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and an editor for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including 7 Myths About Singleness and Is God Anti-Gay?

Kristie Anyabwile

Kristie Anyabwile

Kristie Anyabwile is a pastor’s wife, mom, Bible teacher, and writer. Married for more than 25 years, she joyfully supports her husband, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. She has written contributions to the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible, Word-Filled Women’s Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church, Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved, and Neglected, and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Kristie and Thabiti have three children.

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon is an author and spoken-word artist residing in Tampa, Florida, with her husband—Jon—and beautiful, 4-year-old daughter. Jon and Quina are members of Living Faith Bible Fellowship. Quina's work has been featured on The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Journey Women, and The Witness: BCC. Her children's books Love Made and Love Gave help children and parents view creation and redemption through a Trinitarian lens. Quina writes at her website QuinaAragon.com.

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates

Suzanne R. Bates is associate dean of students and assistant professor of counseling at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. She also serves as staff counselor at New City Fellowship Church, and for more than a decade has provided care and counsel to individuals, couples, and families. She holds an MA, LPC, and is a PhD candidate (’21). Suzanne has four grown children and two grandchildren.

Hunter Beless

Hunter Beless

Hunter Beless is passionate about seeking after those whom God has awakened to guide them back to their heavenly Father. She exercises this God-given design through her roles as a wife, mama to three littles, in partnership with the local church, and as the founder and host of the Journeywomen podcast.

Mindy Belz

Mindy Belz

Mindy Belz serves as senior editor at WORLD News Group and is the author of They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. For decades, she has covered wars, disasters, and persecution. She lives in North Carolina with her husband—Nat—and has four grown children and one grandson.

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson is a pastor's wife and the mother of five children. She serves in ministry alongside her husband in Baltimore, Maryland, where they planted Imprint Community Church in 2017. She enjoys teaching and discipling women in her local church and through writing and public speaking. She is the author of Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl's Guide to Maturing in Christ. You can find her writing at lindseycarlson.net.

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor is an author, Bible teacher, frequent conference and retreat speaker, and periodic blogger. She received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and is the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story. She currently serves as the coordinator of women's training and content for The Gospel Coalition and on the advisory board for Covenant College. Courtney and her husband, Craig, have four adult children and four grandsons.

Ellen Dykas

Ellen Dykas

Ellen Dykas is the women’s ministry coordinator for Harvest USA, a national ministry focused on gospel-centered discipleship and ministry equipping regarding issues of sexuality and gender. She teaches and writes frequently on these topics, including Sexual Sanity for Women, a discipleship workbook for women needing help in their journey of faith and repentance. Ellen received her MA in theological studies at Covenant Theological Seminary and a graduate certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis

K.A. Ellis is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. She is the director of the Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2006, she has collaborated with the Swiss-based organization, International Christian Response, and travels internationally advocating for global religious freedom. Mrs. Ellis is a PhD candidate in World Christianity and Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England and is continually astonished by God’s grace.

Rachel Gilson

Rachel Gilson

Rachel Gilson is the director of theological development for Cru Northeast. Her writing has appeared in places like Christianity Today, Desiring God, and The Gospel Coalition, and she regularly speaks for churches and ministries across the country. Rachel holds a BA from Yale and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (May 2020). She and her husband and daughter live and worship in Boston.

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition, teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church—Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee—as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She and her husband, David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series and host Respite Retreat for couples who have faced the death of a child.

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and is the author of several books, including Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He edited The New City Catechism Devotional, among other books. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.

Lauren Hansen

Lauren Hansen

Lauren Hansen has more than 10 years of communications and marketing experience in corporations and nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as senior director of enterprise communications for an East Coast grocery chain. She’s a member of Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where she serves as a deacon of women’s discipleship.

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa Hawkins is the director of women’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church Augusta, Georgia. She holds an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, where she is pursuing her DMin in cultural apologetics and communication. She also serves as the at-large diversity adviser for the PCA’s Women’s Ministry. She is honored to be the wife of her third-grade friend, Marcus, and together they are the parents of Kyla, Sydney, and Chelsey.

Megan Hill

Megan Hill

Megan Hill is an editor for the Gospel Coalition and the author of three books: A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church (2020), Contentment: Seeing God's Goodness, and Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in Our Homes, Communities, and Churches. A pastor's wife and pastor's daughter, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children.

Jasmine Holmes

Jasmine Holmes

Jasmine Holmes is a wife, mom, and writer. She and her husband, Phillip, have two sons, and they are members of Redeemer Church in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of the upcoming book Mother to Son. Learn more at jasminelholmes.com.

Phillip Holmes

Phillip Holmes

Phillip Holmes is director of communications and marketing at Reformed Theological Seminary and the owner of Highest Good Media. Previously he served as co-founder and vice president of Reformed African American Network (RAAN) and content strategist for Desiring God. Phillip and his wife, Jasmine, live in Jackson with their two children. They are members of Redeemer Church (PCA).

Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom of three boys, host of the By Faith podcast, and author of several books, including Messy Beautiful Friendship and With All Your Heart: Living Joyfully Through Allegiance to King Jesus. She's also contributed to The Gospel Coalition, For The Church, Christianity Today, and Desiring God. Originally from Texas, she and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted a church in 2008. Find Christine at her home online, www.GraceCoversMe.com.

Betsy Childs Howard

Betsy Childs Howard

Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. Betsy and her husband, Bernard, live in Manhattan, where they planted Good Shepherd Anglican Church. She is the author of Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed and Arlo and the Great Big Cover-up (forthcoming, 2020). Originally from Alabama, Betsy worked at Beeson Divinity School and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries prior to joining TGC.

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen is the co-founder of Risen Motherhood, currently serving as the content director and co-host of the weekly podcast. She also co-authored the book Risen Motherhood: Gospel-Hope for Everyday Moments with Laura Wifler. Emily, her husband, and their five young children reside in central Iowa.

Aimee Joseph

Aimee Joseph

Aimee Joseph serves as women’s ministry director at Redeemer Church in Encinitas, California. She also serves alongside her husband, G’Joe, who directs Campus Outreach San Diego, a college ministry reaching three campuses. They have three boys who keep them quite busy. She has contributed articles to The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God and writes regularly at aimeejoseph.blog.

Jeany Jun

Jeany Jun

Jeany Jun is wife of a PCA ruling elder, a mother to three teenagers, a professor, and pharmacist. She served in Cambodia as a medical missionary with her family from 2010 to 2013. She is a chapter author in His Testimonies My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God and Women’s Ministry for the 21st Century. She holds a BA from UCLA, an MPH from Loma Linda University, and a doctorate in pharmacy from UCSF.

Kathy Keller

Kathy Keller

Kathy Keller serves at Redeemer City to City, an organization that helps national church planters working in urban areas. She has also worked as an editor for Great Commission Publications and for Redeemer Presbyterian Church. She holds an MA in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and has co-authored a number of books with her husband, Tim, including The Meaning of Marriage and The Songs of Jesus. Tim and Kathy have three sons.

Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller is vice president of The Gospel Coalition, chairman of Redeemer City to City, and pastor emeritus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. For more than years Tim led a diverse congregation that grew to a weekly worshiping community of more than 6,000 people. Tim now focuses on ministry more broadly in New York City and other global cities through the work of City to City, which has helped start more than 490 churches in 54 global cities. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God and The Meaning of Marriage.

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger serves as director of women’s content for The Gospel Coalition and on staff as women's ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. She’s the author of many books, including The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids, and editor of Identity Theft. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and they have three children.

Michael Kruger

Michael Kruger

Michael J. Kruger is president and the Samuel C. Patterson professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and also serves part-time as pastor of teaching at Uptown Church (PCA). He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and is one of the leading scholars today in the study of the origins of the New Testament, particularly the development of the New Testament canon and the transmission of the New Testament text.

Glenna Marshall

Glenna Marshall

Glenna Marshall is married to her pastor, William, and lives in rural Southeast Missouri where she tries to keep up with her two energetic sons. Glenna is the author of The Promise Is His Presence: Why God Is Always Enough and Everyday Faithfulness: The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World. You can connect with her at glennamarshall.com, where she writes about suffering, biblical literacy, and God’s faithfulness.

Mazaré

Mazaré

Mazaré is a spoken-word poet who describes herself as raw honey, "a teaspoon of brutal truth fresh from the comb--bold and thick with sweet." Her love for God and words are intertwined. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a degree in English and creative writing, Mazaré earned an MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary. Experience her spoken-word album Raw Honey at www.mazare.bandcamp.com.

Colleen McFadden

Colleen McFadden

Colleen McFadden trains women Bible teachers with the Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping the next generation of Bible expositors. She and her husband live in the Philadelphia area, where she serves with the women's ministry at Trinity Community Church. Colleen earned a BS in business administration from the University of Illinois and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also serves on the board of Matthias Media, an evangelical publisher of gospel-centered resources.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin is co-founder of Vocable Communications, where her mission is to help leaders deliver messages that change minds, and formerly the vice president of content at The Veritas Forum. She holds a PhD in Renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill Theological College in London. Rebecca is the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. She and her husband have three children.

Jen Pollock Michel

Jen Pollock Michel

Jen Pollock Michel is the award-winning author of Teach Us to Want, Keeping Place, and Surprised by Paradox. She writes widely for print and digital publications and travels to speak at churches, conferences, and retreats. Jen is married to Ryan, and they have five children. Their family attends Grace Toronto Church, where she is the lead editor for Imprint magazine.

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of Sacred Endurance: Finding Grace and Strength for a Lasting Faith, If God Is For Us, Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves, United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity, and a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family. You can find her at trillianewbell.com.

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson is an author and speaker, and loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She has taught literature, directed women's Bible studies, served as director of women's initiatives for The Gospel Coalition from 2010 to 2017, and holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and six granddaughters.

Jen Oshman

Jen Oshman

Jen Oshman is a wife and mom and has served as a missionary for two decades on three continents. She currently resides in Colorado, where she and her husband serve with Pioneers International, and they planted Redemption Parker, an Acts29 church. She writes about faith and biblical worldview at www.jenoshman.com and in her book, Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self (2020).

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry is a speaker, author, poet, and artist. Her sophomore album, Crescendo, was released in May 2018. She is also the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I was and What God Has Always Been. At home she is a wife to Preston and mom to Eden and Autumn.

Dennae Pierre

Dennae Pierre

Dennae Pierre leads the Surge Network, a movement of local churches in Phoenix, Arizona, and she serves on the North America Leadership Team for Redeemer City to City. Dennae is the founder of Foster Care Initiatives, a ministry that equips the church to minister to birth families whose children are in the foster-care system. Dennae and her husband, Vermon, minister at Roosevelt Community Church, where he is the lead pastor.

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

Kori Porter serves as a campus minister to the students at Princeton University. Her joy is found in evangelizing and discipling college-age women, and being discipled by older women in the body of Christ. She is pursuing an MA in theological studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig is a wife to Daniel, mom to four sons, writer, and Bible teacher. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist, Glory in the Ordinary, and a forthcoming book on the Psalms. Her writing has appeared in publications including Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and The Washington Post. Courtney and Daniel are members of Midtown Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, where her husband serves as an elder and she leads the women's ministry.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner is passionate about helping others find hope and joy in the midst of suffering. She is the author of the book The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering and is a regular contributor to Desiring God. She blogs at danceintherain.com, although she doesn’t like rain and has no sense of rhythm. Vaneetha is married to Joel and has two daughters, Katie and Kristi. She and Joel live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and speaker. She shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and paintbrush through an online shoppe at GraceLaced.com and her Instagram community. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure. Ruth is the author of Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship, and GraceLaced, which won a 2018 Christian Book Award.

Irene Sun

Irene Sun

Irene Sun was born in Malaysia and is the author of the picture book God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World. She teaches her four boys with her preacher husband in Chicago, and through TGC Women’s Training Network. She records her favorite prayers on her blog By the Waters.

Mallie Taylor

Mallie Taylor

Mallie Taylor serves as the community life coordinator for Reformed Theological Seminary. She holds an MA in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School, and lives with her husband and daughter in Charlotte, where they love to spend time outside in the Lord’s creation and to gather with neighbors and friends around their dining-room table.

Taylor Turkington

Taylor Turkington

Taylor Turkington is a Bible teacher who has served in church and parachurch positions, where she has loved training women to teach the Scriptures and disciple others. Living in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter, Taylor holds an MA and DMin from Western Seminary. She serves as the director of the women’s training network for The Gospel Coalition.

SharDavia “Shar” Walker

SharDavia “Shar” Walker

SharDavia “Shar” Walker lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Paul. Shar works on staff at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as the senior writer. She is a writer and speaker and is pursuing an MA in Christian studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She loves getting lost in a good story, hand lettering, movies, and all things chocolate. You can find more of her writings at sharwalker.com.

Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is the author of Fight Your Fears: Trusting the Character and Promises of God When You Are Afraid and the award-winning co-author of Hope When It Hurts. She writes regularly for digital publications and enjoys teaching the Bible to women at retreats, events, and conferences. She and her husband, Brad, are members of The Orchard and parents to Joanna. Read Kristen’s writing at kristenwetherell.com.

Laura Wifler

Laura Wifler

Laura Wifler is the co-founder and executive director of Risen Motherhood, and co-author of Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments. Laura, her husband, and her three children live in central Iowa. You can find her at laurawifler.com.

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. She currently serves as the director of classes and curriculum for The Village Church Institute. You can find her at jenwilkin.net.

Mary Willson

Mary Willson

Mary Willson serves the saints at Second Presbyterian in Memphis, Tennessee, as the director of women in ministry. Along with being trained in the local-church context, she received formal theological training, most recently at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD, Old Testament). Mary enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the local-church context. A number of rambunctious nieces and nephews make her life all the more enjoyable.

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra is a senior writer for The Gospel Coalition. She’s spent the past 14 years balancing motherhood and a variety of work – volunteering at church, cleaning the house, cooking meals, homeschooling, teaching at Trinity Christian College, freelancing for a local daily newspaper, and writing for Christianity Today. She lives with her husband and two sons just south of Chicago.

Pre-conference Speakers

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan is the chancellor and CEO, and professor of systematic and historical theology, at Reformed Theological Seminary. He served as senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, co-founder of Together for the Gospel, and a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He studied at Furman University (BA), Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, MA), and the University of Edinburgh (PhD). Duncan has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children.

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson is an author and speaker, and loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She has taught literature, directed women's Bible studies, served as director of women's initiatives for The Gospel Coalition from 2010 to 2017, and holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel helps lead a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and six granddaughters.

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see others become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. She currently serves as the director of classes and curriculum for The Village Church Institute. You can find her at jenwilkin.net.