Speaker Details

Pre-Conference

Irwyn Ince

Irwyn Ince

Irwyn Ince serves as a pastor at Grace DC Presbyterian Church and director of the Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission. Rev. Irwyn is a graduate of The City College of New York, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary. After an 11-year engineering career, he began full-time ministry and helped plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church. He is the author of The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best. Irwyn and his wife, Kim, have four children.

Session 3 — Fruit that Abides: LOVE

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin 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, 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) About Christianity, and The Secular Creed: Engaging 5 Contemporary Claims. She is the co-founder of Vocable Communications, a data-driven communications firm that helps leaders deliver messages that change minds.

Session 2 — Fruit that Abides: HOPE

Breakout Round 5 — The Secular Creed

Breakout Round 6 — Sex (It's OK to Talk About It)

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of several books, including A Great Cloud of Witnesses, Sacred Endurance, If God Is for Us, Fear and Faith, and the children’s book God’s Very Good Idea. You can find her at trillianewbell.com

Session 1 — Fruit that Abides: FAITH

Breakout Round 2 — Trusting God in a Fearful and Anxious World

Breakout Round 4 — An Open Book: Why What We Read to Our Children Matters

Breakout Round 6 — Motherhood & Marriage: Balancing your Priorities

Keynote Speakers

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and currently serves as coordinator for women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She is a Bible teacher and author of several Bible studies including From Garden to Glory, Steadfast, and In View of God’s Mercies: The Gift of the Gospel in Romans. Courtney and her husband Craig have four children, two daughters-in-law, and five beautiful grandchildren.

Breakout Round 5 — Women’s Ministry in the Local Church

Breakout Round 6 — Sex (It's OK to Talk About It)

Keynote 6 — Sling and Stones: Salvation Is Won by Another

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her home church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally, including through her Biblical Theology Workshops for Women. She is the author of numerous books including Even Better Than Eden. She is the host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition. She and her husband host Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of a child and are co-hosts of the GriefShare video series.

Breakout Round 2 — Putting Personality and Passion Into Your Teaching

Breakout Round 4 — Getting Rid of our Fear of the Book of Revelation

Keynote 5 — Scarlet Cord: Salvation Is for All People

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry is an author, Bible teacher, poet, and hip-hop artist. Since becoming a Christian, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. She is the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I was and What God Has Always Been and Holier Than Thou: How God’s Holiness Helps Us Trust Him. At home, she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden, Autumn, and Sage.

Breakout Round 2 — Marriage: Principles for Building Loving Homes

Keynote 2 — Ram in the Thicket: Salvation Is Substitutionary

Breakout Round 4 — Let’s Talk Live: Growing in Gratitude

Breakout Round 6 — Holier Than Thou

Julius J. Kim

Julius J. Kim

Julius J. Kim serves as president of The Gospel Coalition. Prior to that he served for 20 years as dean of students and professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as an associate pastor at New Life PCA in Escondido, California. Julius holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is the author of multiple books. He and his wife, Ji Hee, have two daughters.

Keynote 7 — The King’s Table: Salvation Is an Invitation to a Feast

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has authored multiple books, including The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, and Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and they have three children.

Breakout Round 2 — Marriage: Principles for Building Loving Homes

Keynote 1 — Noah and the Arc: Salvation Is Needed

Breakout Round 4 — Let’s Talk Live: Growing in Gratitude

John Piper

John Piper

John Piper serves as founder and lead teacher at Desiring God and is chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He has authored more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. He resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife of 51 years and has five children and 14 grandchildren.

Keynote 3 — Water from the Rock: Salvation Is Life

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. An advocate for Bible literacy, 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. You can find her at JenWilkin.net

Breakout Round 1 — Fighting Good Fights

Breakout Round 3 — Journeywomen Live: Honoring God with Your Bank Account

Keynote 4 — Serpent on the Pole: Salvation Is Gracious

Breakout Round 5 — Teaching for Retention

Breakout Speakers

Wendy Alsup

Wendy Alsup

Wendy Alsup is a mom, author, and community college math teacher with a burden to help women understand the deep things of Scripture in ways that make a difference in their daily lives. She lives on her family farm in South Carolina with her two cats, two dogs, and two sons. She is the author of Companions in Suffering: Comfort for Times of Loss and Loneliness and I Forgive You: Finding Peace and Moving Forward When Life Really Hurts

Breakout Round 1 — Shame: No Condemnation

Breakout Round 2 — Suffering, Forgiveness, and the God Who Sees

Breakout Round 4 — Mothering On Your Own

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon

Quina Aragon is an author and spoken-word artist residing in Tampa, Florida, with her husband, Jon, and their daughter. Jon and Quina are members of Living Faith Bible Fellowship. Her first children’s book, Love Made, poetically retells the story of creation through a Trinitarian lens of overflowing love. Its sequel, Love Gave, poetically retells the incarnation and good news of Jesus Christ through that same Trinitarian lens. Quina writes at her website QuinaAragon.com.

Breakout Round 2 — Caring for the Least of These: Immigration and Human Rights

Breakout Round 3 — The Art of Perseverance: Suffering with Christ and Each Other

Breakout Round 4 — An Open Book: Why What We Read to Our Children Matters

Hunter Beless

Hunter Beless

Hunter Beless is passionate about helping women know and love God more, especially through his Word. She is the founder of Journeywomen, hosts the Journeywomen podcast, and loves doing ministry in her local church. Hunter and her husband, Brooks, have three amazing kids. When they’re not reading, seeing, saying, or singing the Bible, you can find the Beless family camping, riding bikes, or snuggling up with a good book. Learn more about Hunter at www.hunterbeless.com.

Breakout Round 1 — When You Don't Have Quiet or Time: Meeting with God in a Busy World

Breakout Round 3 — Journeywomen Live: Honoring God with Your Bank Account

Wendy Bello

Wendy Bello

Wendy Bello is an author and Bible teacher. She was born in Cuba, but now lives in Miami, Florida. A frequent speaker at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally, she is passionate about teaching women the Word of God so they can live grounded in it. She also teaches through TGC Women’s Training Network (Spanish) and as part of LifeWay Mujeres’ team. Wendy and her husband, Abel, have two children. You can find her writings at wendybello.com

— Spanish Track: Finding Joy in the Every Day of Life

Missie Branch

Missie Branch

Missie Branch serves as assistant dean of students to women and director of graduate life at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is also currently a student there completing her graduate degree in ethics, theology, and culture. She is passionate about women seeing themselves as theologians and disciples first. Missie is a contributing author to The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength. She is married to Duce Branch and together they have four children.

Breakout Round 3 — Phones, Folly, and Fruit: Training Our Kids to Tame Technology Usage

Breakout Round 5 — Unity in the Midst of Diversity: A Conversation

Winfree Brisley

Winfree Brisley

Winfree Brisley serves as an editor for The Gospel Coalition. She and her husband, Will, have three sons and live in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they are members of Uptown Church (PCA)

Breakout Round 5 — Writing: A Conversation with Editors

Breakout Round 6 — Leading a Small Group Bible Study

Lydia Brownback

Lydia Brownback

Lydia Brownback is the author of several books, including the Bible study series Flourish, and a teacher at Christian conferences and events. She holds degrees from Westminster Seminary and Syracuse University. More information about Lydia can be found at lydiabrownback.com.

Breakout Round 2 — Contentment: A Lifestyle

Breakout Round 5 — Writing: A Conversation with Editors

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson is a pastor’s wife and the mother of five. She enjoys teaching the Bible to women in her local church and through writing and public speaking. She and her husband, both native Texans, moved their family to Baltimore, Maryland in 2015 to plant Imprint Community Church. Lindsey is the author of A Better Encouragement: Trading Self-Help for True Hope (2022) and Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ

Breakout Round 1 — Shame: No Condemnation

Breakout Round 3 — Phones, Folly, and Fruit: Training Our Kids to Tame Technology Usage

Breakout Round 4 — Women and Friendship: Truth-Filled Encouragement

Caroline Cobb

Caroline Cobb

Caroline Cobb is a singer-songwriter who is passionate about telling God’s story through music, helping others rehearse and remember as they listen. Her newest album, A King & His Kindness, builds on previous storytelling projects: A Seed, A Sunrise, The Blood + The Breath, and A Home & A Hunger. The latter was named among TGC’s “Best Albums of the 2010s.” Caroline lives in Dallas with her husband, Nick, and three children.

Breakout Round 2 — Creativity, Art, and Our Christian Witness

Breakout Round 6 — Motherhood & Marriage: Balancing your Priorities

Portia Collins

Portia Collins

Portia Collins is a Christian Bible teacher, writer, and podcaster with a passion for sharing God’s Word. Portia is also the founder of She Shall Be Called, a nonprofit women’s ministry focused on Bible literacy. You can catch her hosting two weekly podcasts: Grounded—a podcast/videocast from Revive Our Hearts—and Sweet Tea with Jasmine & Portia. Portia and her husband, Mikhail, have a daughter and currently make their home in the Mississippi Delta. 

Breakout Round 4 — Women and Friendship: Truth-Filled Encouragement

Breakout Round 5 — Unity in the Midst of Diversity: A Conversation

Amy DiMarcangelo

Amy DiMarcangelo

Amy DiMarcangelo is the author of A Hunger for More: Finding Satisfaction in Jesus When the Good Life Doesn’t Fill You and a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition. Amy lives with her husband and three children in South Jersey and is pursuing her MA in theological studies at Westminster Theological Seminary. You can find her at equippedformercy.com

Breakout Round 1 — When You Don't Have Quiet or Time: Meeting with God in a Busy World

Breakout Round 6 — People Pleasing: How to Say No

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and currently serves as coordinator for women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She is a Bible teacher and author of several Bible studies including From Garden to Glory, Steadfast, and In View of God’s Mercies: The Gift of the Gospel in Romans. Courtney and her husband Craig have four children, two daughters-in-law, and five beautiful grandchildren.

Breakout Round 5 — Women’s Ministry in the Local Church

Breakout Round 6 — Sex (It's OK to Talk About It)

Keynote 6 — Sling and Stones: Salvation Is Won by Another

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.

Breakout Round 2 — Caring for the Least of These: Immigration and Human Rights

Breakout Round 3 — The Art of Perseverance: Suffering with Christ and Each Other

Breakout Round 5 — Gospelbound Podcast: The Persecuted Church

Amy Gannett

Amy Gannett

Amy Gannett is an author and Bible teacher equipping believers to know and love God through his Word. She is the author of Fix Your Eyes: How Our Study of God Shapes Our Worship of Him. She is also the founder of Tiny Theologians, a line of theological discipleship tools for kids. Amy and her husband are church planters in Greenville, North Carolina where they serve at Trinity Church Greenville. You can follow her online or subscribe to her email newsletter

Breakout Round 3 — Discipleship in Every Season

Breakout Round 4 — Social Sanity in an Insta World

Breakout Round 5 — Women’s Ministry in the Local Church

Rachel Gilson

Rachel Gilson

Rachel Gilson serves on the leadership team of theological development and culture for Cru. She completed her MDiv at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and is a PhD student in public theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary. She is the author of Born Again This Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith, and What Comes Next. You can find her on Twitter @RachelGilson.

Breakout Round 6 — Sex (It's OK to Talk About It)

Christine Gordon

Christine Gordon

Christine Gordon lives with her husband, three children, and two fluffy dogs in St. Louis. She is co-founder and writer for At His Feet Studies (on Instagram: @athisfeetstudies) along with Hope Blanton. She loves to walk, make music with other people, and share ridiculous puns with her family. 

Breakout Round 3 — Phones, Folly, and Fruit: Training Our Kids to Tame Technology Usage

Breakout Round 4 — Living Within the Gift of Limits

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her home church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally, including through her Biblical Theology Workshops for Women. She is the author of numerous books including Even Better Than Eden. She is the host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition. She and her husband host Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of a child and are co-hosts of the GriefShare video series.

Breakout Round 2 — Putting Personality and Passion Into Your Teaching

Breakout Round 4 — Getting Rid of our Fear of the Book of Revelation

Keynote 5 — Scarlet Cord: Salvation Is for All People

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and is the editor and author of many books, most recently Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age (with Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra). He hosts the Gospelbound podcast and co-hosts Life & Books & Everything. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.

Breakout Round 1 — A Theology of Work

Breakout Round 2 — Marriage: Principles for Building Loving Homes

Breakout Round 5 — Gospelbound Podcast: The Persecuted Church

Anna Meade Harris

Anna Meade Harris

Anna Meade Harris is editor-in-chief of the Rooted Ministry blog and co-host of the Rooted Parent Podcast. She writes frequently about issues facing parents of teenagers and the challenges of single parenting. A member of Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Anna is mom to three young adult sons. 

Breakout Round 3 — Phones, Folly, and Fruit: Training Our Kids to Tame Technology Usage

Breakout Round 4 — Mothering On Your Own

Vanessa K. Hawkins

Vanessa K. Hawkins

Vanessa K. Hawkins is director of women’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church Augusta as well as a Bible teacher and conference speaker. She has an MDiv and is currently pursuing her DMin at Covenant Theological Seminary. She serves as diversity advisor for the PCA’s women’s ministry and co-hosts a podcast called Something To Talk About. She is the wife of her third grade friend, Marcus, and together they are the parents of three daughters. You can follow her on Twitter

Breakout Round 4 — Whose Justice?

Breakout Round 5 — Women’s Ministry in the Local Church

Megan Hill

Megan Hill

Megan Hill is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the author of five books, most recently Patience: Waiting with Hope. She lives with her husband and four children in Massachusetts where they belong to West Springfield Covenant Community Church (PCA). 

Breakout Round 3 — Praying Through the Noise

Breakout Round 5 — Writing: A Conversation with Editors

Karen Hodge

Karen Hodge

Karen Hodge serves as coordinator for the PCA’s women’s ministry, where she seeks to connect women and churches to one another and to sound resources. She also serves alongside her husband, pastor, and best friend, Chris, as they plant King’s Cross Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She is the host of the enCourage podcast and, along with Susan Hunt, authored Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership. Chris and Karen have two adult children. 

Breakout Round 1 — Aging with Grace

Breakout Round 5 — Women’s Ministry in the Local Church

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 book Mother to Son. Learn more at jasminelholmes.com.

Breakout Round 1 — Shame: No Condemnation

Breakout Round 4 — Let’s Talk Live: Growing in Gratitude

Breakout Round 6 — Carved in Ebony: Lessons from the Black Women Who Shape Us

Betsy Childs Howard

Betsy Childs Howard

Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. She is the author of Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed and the children’s books Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up and Polly and the Screen Time Overload (2022). Betsy and her husband, Bernard, and their son live in Manhattan, where Bernard is the pastor of Good Shepherd Anglican Church, planted in 2017.

Breakout Round 1 — When You Don't Have Quiet or Time: Meeting with God in a Busy World

Breakout Round 4 — An Open Book: Why What We Read to Our Children Matters

Susan Hunt

Susan Hunt

Susan Hunt is a widow, mother of three, and grandmother of thirteen. She is the former women’s ministry coordinator for the PCA and author of several books for women and children, including Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women, Aging With Grace: Flourishing in an Anti-Aging Culture (with Sharon Betters), and My ABC Bible Verses.

Breakout Round 1 — Aging with Grace

Breakout Round 3 — Discipleship in Every Season

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen is the co-founder and content director of Risen Motherhood, a nonprofit digital media organization that brings gospel hope to moms across the globe. She is the co-author of the book Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments. Emily, her husband, and their five children reside in central Iowa.

Breakout Round 1 — Risen Motherhood Live: Biceps and Burpees–How Should Moms Think About Fitness?

Breakout Round 4 — Women and Friendship: Truth-Filled Encouragement

Jeany Jun

Jeany Jun

Jeany Jun is the wife of a ruling elder, a mother to three kids, a professor, and pharmacist. She is passionate about discipleship and served in Cambodia as a medical missionary for three years. She is also a chapter author in His Testimonies My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God and Women’s Ministry for the 21st Century.

Breakout Round 1 — A Theology of Work

Breakout Round 6 — People Pleasing: How to Say No

Jared Kennedy

Jared Kennedy

Jared Kennedy serves as managing editor of Gospel-Centered Family, a ministry that helps parents and church leaders share Jesus with the next generation. He holds a ThM from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Jesus Is Bigger than Me, The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, and Keeping Your Children’s Ministry on Mission. Jared lives with his wife, Megan, and three daughters in Louisville, Kentucky, where they attend Sojourn Church Midtown.

Breakout Round 5 — Teaching Children with Gospel Focus and Educational Excellence

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has authored multiple books, including The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, and Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and they have three children.

Breakout Round 2 — Marriage: Principles for Building Loving Homes

Keynote 1 — Noah and the Arc: Salvation Is Needed

Breakout Round 4 — Let’s Talk Live: Growing in Gratitude

Michael J. Kruger

Michael J. Kruger

Michael J. Kruger is president and professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Surviving Religion 101, and is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is married to Melissa Kruger, director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition.

Breakout Round 2 — Marriage: Principles for Building Loving Homes

Breakout Round 3 — Dealing with Doubt: How to Help Others (Or Yourself) Walk Through Tough Questions about the Faith

Blair Linne

Blair Linne

Blair Linne is a spoken word poet, Bible teacher and the author of Finding My Father: How the Gospel Heals the Pain of Fatherlessness. She serves as the head of women’s ministries at Risen Christ Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Shai, have three children, Sage, Maya, and Ezra.

Breakout Round 3 — Finding My Father: How to Cling to Your Heavenly Father When Your Biological Father is Spiritually, Emotionally, or Physically Absent

Breakout Round 4 — Social Sanity in an Insta World

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin 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, 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) About Christianity, and The Secular Creed: Engaging 5 Contemporary Claims. She is the co-founder of Vocable Communications, a data-driven communications firm that helps leaders deliver messages that change minds.

Session 2 — Fruit that Abides: HOPE

Breakout Round 5 — The Secular Creed

Breakout Round 6 — Sex (It's OK to Talk About It)

Patricia Namnún

Patricia Namnún

Patricia Namnún is coordinator of women’s initiatives for Coalición por el Evangelio and deaconess in the International Baptist Church, Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of the Integrity & Wisdom Institute. She is an author and Bible teacher, and co-host of the podcast De la Biblia a la Vida. She has been happily married to Jairo since 2008, and together they have three beautiful children, Ezequiel, Isaac, and María Ester.

— Spanish Track: Finding Joy in the Spiritual Desert

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of several books, including A Great Cloud of Witnesses, Sacred Endurance, If God Is for Us, Fear and Faith, and the children’s book God’s Very Good Idea. You can find her at trillianewbell.com

Session 1 — Fruit that Abides: FAITH

Breakout Round 2 — Trusting God in a Fearful and Anxious World

Breakout Round 4 — An Open Book: Why What We Read to Our Children Matters

Breakout Round 6 — Motherhood & Marriage: Balancing your Priorities

Jen Oshman

Jen Oshman

Jen Oshman has been in women’s ministry for over two decades on three continents. She’s a writer, podcaster, Bible teacher, and mother to four daughters. Her most recent book is Cultural Counterfeits: Confronting 5 Empty Promises of Our Age and How We Were Made for So Much More. Jen hosts All Things, a podcast about cultural events and trends and resides in Colorado, where her family planted Redemption Parker, an Acts29 church. 

Breakout Round 1 — Idols that Overpromise and Underdeliver: Outward Beauty, Hook-up Culture, and Success

Breakout Round 4 — Women and Friendship: Truth-Filled Encouragement

Breakout Round 5 — Unity in the Midst of Diversity: A Conversation

Soojin Park

Soojin Park

Soojin Park is the youth ministry director at Christ Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, Virginia. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Cornell University and will be completing an MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary DC in May 2022. Soojin has contributed articles to The Gospel Coalition and SOLA Network, where she also serves as a member of the editorial board.

Breakout Round 3 — Discipleship in Every Season

Breakout Round 6 — Leading a Small Group Bible Study

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie Hill Perry is an author, Bible teacher, poet, and hip-hop artist. Since becoming a Christian, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. She is the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I was and What God Has Always Been and Holier Than Thou: How God’s Holiness Helps Us Trust Him. At home, she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden, Autumn, and Sage.

Breakout Round 2 — Marriage: Principles for Building Loving Homes

Keynote 2 — Ram in the Thicket: Salvation Is Substitutionary

Breakout Round 4 — Let’s Talk Live: Growing in Gratitude

Breakout Round 6 — Holier Than Thou

Preston Perry

Preston Perry

Preston Perry is a poet, performance artist, teacher, and apologist from Chicago. By the grace of God, Preston has become a formidable communicator of the gospel. His love for people inspires him to pair transparency and vulnerability with his creativity in a way that promotes freedom. Preston pursues engagement with people from various faith backgrounds. He has a palpable passion for God’s word, and stands on biblical truth amidst his study of other religions.

Breakout Round 2 — Marriage: Principles for Building Loving Homes

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

Kori Porter is the CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. She graduated from the University of Mississippi and completed her MA in theological studies with an emphasis in religion and society from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has been published in His Testimonies, My Heritage and the AND Campaign’s A New Narrative on Abortion: Pro-Woman and Pro-Child. She has 13 years of experience in campus ministry, serving most recently on the campus of Princeton University.

Breakout Round 2 — Caring for the Least of These: Immigration and Human Rights

Breakout Round 5 — Gospelbound Podcast: The Persecuted Church

Breakout Round 6 — Sex (It's OK to Talk About It)

Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior is research professor of English and Christianity and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me, Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist, and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books. She is coeditor of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues and has contributed to numerous other books. She holds a PhD from SUNY Buffalo. 

Breakout Round 4 — Social Sanity in an Insta World

Breakout Round 5 — The Impact of Literature on Spiritual Formation

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig is a writer, Bible teacher, and a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Whether she is leading a small group, teaching her children, writing an article, or doing her day job as managing director at Risen Motherhood, she loves seeing others come to understand and enjoy the Bible. She is also the author of three books, most recently Teach Me to Feel. She and her husband have four sons and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Breakout Round 1 — Shame: No Condemnation

Breakout Round 2 — Trusting God in a Fearful and Anxious World

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner writes and speaks about finding hope in suffering. Her memoir, Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption, and her devotional, The Scars That Have Shaped Me, both encourage readers to turn to Christ in their pain. Some of her greatest joys are being a wife to Joel and a mother to Katie and Kristi. You can find her embarrassing them in North Carolina or online at vaneetha.com.

Breakout Round 3 — The Art of Perseverance: Suffering with Christ and Each Other

Breakout Round 4 — Mothering On Your Own

Breakout Round 6 — Navigating Divorce: Advice on Faithfully Walking Through the Unthinkable

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 at 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 and more at Mazare.net and on Instagram @MissPoeticMaz.

Breakout Round 2 — Creativity, Art, and Our Christian Witness

Breakout Round 6 — People Pleasing: How to Say No

Chárbela de Salcedo

Chárbela de Salcedo

Chárbela de Salcedo serves as a deacon at her local church, IBI, in the Dominican Republic. She serves as the women’s minister (Ezer), and also as part of the counseling team. She is co-host of the Coalicion’s podcast De la Biblia a la Vida. Charbela has an MA in spiritual formation and discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago. She is married to Pastor Héctor Salcedo and they have two children, Elías and Daniel.

Breakout Round 6 — Spanish Track: Finding Joy When Life is Hard

Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons

Ruth Chou Simons is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker. Through her online shop at GraceLaced.com and her social media community, Simons shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and art. Ruth is a Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author of several books, including GraceLaced and her newest release, When Strivings Cease. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure. 

Breakout Round 1 — When Strivings Cease

Breakout Round 2 — Creativity, Art, and Our Christian Witness

Breakout Round 6 — Motherhood & Marriage: Balancing your Priorities

Irene Sun

Irene Sun

Irene Sun was born in Malaysia and is the author of the picture books Taste and See: All About God’s Goodness (2022) and God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World. She studied liturgy and literature at Yale University (MAR) and Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (ThM). She now teaches her four boys at home with her preacher husband, Hans. They serve and belong to Pittsburgh Chinese Church.

Breakout Round 1 — When You Don't Have Quiet or Time: Meeting with God in a Busy World

Breakout Round 3 — Taste and See: Toward a Biblical Theology about Food

Breakout Round 4 — An Open Book: Why What We Read to Our Children Matters

SharDavia “Shar” Walker

SharDavia “Shar” Walker

SharDavia “Shar” Walker is a writer and speaker who loves getting lost in a good book or story (historical fiction and science fiction are her favorites). She works as the senior writer for a Christian nonprofit. She also enjoys watching the show Survivor, reading, listening to podcasts, and writing hand-written letters. You can find more of her writings at sharwalker.com. Shar lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons. 

Breakout Round 3 — Discipleship in Every Season

Breakout Round 6 — Leading a Small Group Bible Study

Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt

Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt

Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt is associate professor of art and art history at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections of race, gender, and representation and explore the potential of art to model and encourage empathy. In addition to visiting art museums, Dr. Weichbrodt enjoys hiking and throwing big parties with her husband and two sons. 

Breakout Round 1 — A Theology of Work

Breakout Round 2 — Creativity, Art, and Our Christian Witness

Ann Westrate

Ann Westrate

Ann Westrate serves as coordinator for women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She earned an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where God grew her heart for discipleship and her desire to minister God’s Word faithfully to women. Ann, her husband, Ben, and their children live in the western Chicago suburbs and are part of River Valley Community Church.

Breakout Round 6 — Leading a Small Group Bible Study

Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer, and speaker. She is the author of Humble Moms, Fight Your Fears, co-author of the award-winning book Hope When It Hurts, and editor of 12 Faithful Women. Kristen lives in Chicagoland with her husband, Brad, and two kids where they are members of The Orchard.

Breakout Round 3 — The Art of Perseverance: Suffering with Christ and Each Other

Breakout Round 6 — People Pleasing: How to Say No

Laura Wifler

Laura Wifler

Laura Wifler is the co-founder of Risen Motherhood and serves as the executive director and co-host of the podcast. She is the co-author of Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope For Everyday Moments and the author of the children’s book, Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer. Laura, her husband, and her three children live in central Iowa. You can find her on Instagram @laurawifler or at laurawifler.com.

Breakout Round 1 — Risen Motherhood Live: Biceps and Burpees–How Should Moms Think About Fitness?

Breakout Round 4 — Social Sanity in an Insta World

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. An advocate for Bible literacy, 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. You can find her at JenWilkin.net

Breakout Round 1 — Fighting Good Fights

Breakout Round 3 — Journeywomen Live: Honoring God with Your Bank Account

Keynote 4 — Serpent on the Pole: Salvation Is Gracious

Breakout Round 5 — Teaching for Retention

Elizabeth Woodson

Elizabeth Woodson

Elizabeth Woodson is a Bible teacher and writer who is passionate about communicating the rich theological truths of Scripture. She loves helping people internalize their faith and connect it practically to everyday life. Elizabeth received a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and works as the institute classes and curriculum director at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, teaching classes on the Bible, theology, and spiritual formation.

Breakout Round 3 — Journeywomen Live: Honoring God with Your Bank Account

Breakout Round 5 — Teaching for Retention

Breakout Round 6 — Embrace Your Life: Finding Joy in a Season of Longing

Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang

Jenny Yang is the senior vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate and contributing author to four other books. She is also a co-catalyst for the Freedom and Justice Network for The Lausanne Movement. She lives with her husband and two sons in Elkridge, Maryland.

Breakout Round 2 — Caring for the Least of These: Immigration and Human Rights

Breakout Round 5 — Unity in the Midst of Diversity: A Conversation

Susan Alexander Yates

Susan Alexander Yates

Susan Alexander Yates is a mother to five children and grandmother to 21. She and her husband, John, have been married for 52 years and live in the Washington, DC area where John served as the senior pastor of The Falls Church Anglican for 40 years before retirement. She has written 16 books and speaks on the subjects of marriage, parenting, and faith issues. Two of her latest books are Risky Faith and Cousin Camp. You can find her at susanalexanderyates.com.

Breakout Round 1 — Aging with Grace

Breakout Round 6 — Motherhood & Marriage: Balancing your Priorities

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra is senior writer and faith-and-work editor for The Gospel Coalition. She is also the editor of Social Sanity in an Insta World and co-author of Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age. She lives with her husband and two sons in the suburbs of Chicago, where they are active members of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church.

Breakout Round 1 — A Theology of Work

Breakout Round 2 — Creativity, Art, and Our Christian Witness

Breakout Round 4 — Social Sanity in an Insta World

Worship Leaders

Shane & Shane

Shane & Shane

Shane & Shane are a worship duo made up of Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. They are known for their celebrated guitar work and trademark harmonies. They spent more than a decade touring everywhere from the college circuit to worship arenas to far-flung places, and they released their first album, Psalms, in 2002. Most recently, they created The Worship Initiative, which is an online training platform where musicians, worship leaders, and budding songwriters can grow and flourish in their craft and creativity and devotion to the Lord. Shane Barnard is married to Bethany, and they have four children. Shane Everett is married to Kellie, and they have three children. 

Bethany Barnard

Bethany Barnard

Bethany Barnard is a music artist, wife, and mother. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2004, and was the highest selling female solo debut album of the year. In her music, which speaks on suffering, barrenness, vulnerability, romance, and faithfulness, Bethany finds redemption in the midst of pain. Bethany is married to Shane Barnard, and they have four children. 

Davy Flowers

Davy Flowers

Davy Flowers is a recording artist, songwriter, and worship leader. She currently resides in Jackson, Mississippi where she serves on the worship staff at Pinelake Church. Originating from Houston, Texas, Davy has been leading worship and writing music since her teenage years when she came to radical and all-encompassing faith in Christ. Davy recently released her debut EP titled “I Belong Here.”