MEET THE SPEAKERS

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of speakers.

Main sessions feature a keynote speaker and include worship, video testimonies, panel discussions and Bible expositions. There are approximately 50 breakout sessions, covering a multitude of topics during this 3-day conference. All the sessions are based on our vision to reach the cities of North America with a side emphasis on our host city of Chicago. The host committee and speakers have collectively come together to inspire attendees to share in this vision.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

TIM KELLER

Author, Speaker, Founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Chairman and Co-founder of Redeemer City to City

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Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For 28 years he led a diverse congregation of young professionals that grew to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.
Dr. Keller is a prolific writer whose books, including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God and The Prodigal God, have sold over one million copies and been translated into 15 languages. He is also chairman and co-founder of Redeemer City to City (CTC), which recruits, trains, coaches and resources leaders who cultivate gospel movements in global cities through church planting. Dr. Keller is now full time with CTC where he is passionate to pass along what he has learned to a new generation of ministry leaders.

TRILLIA NEWBELL

Director of Community Outreach, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

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Trillia Newbell is the author of Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016)Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015), United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014) and a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family (September, 2017). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. You can find her at trillianewbell.com and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell

DR. CHARLIE DATES

Speaker, Professor, Senior Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church

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In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 99-year history.

 

PETE SCAZZERO

Author, Speaker, Founder of New Life Fellowship Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

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The founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-three countries represented. After serving as senior pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as a teaching pastor/pastor at large. He is the author of The Emotionally Healthy Leader and two bestselling books: The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He is also the co-author of The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course and The Emotionally Healthy Relationships Course.

ROBERT GUERRERO

Vice President, Redeemer City to City, NYC and Pastor of Christ Community Church of the Heights, NYC

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A NYC returner, now residing (since Jan 2012) in the neighborhood where he was born and raised, after 37 years of absence – Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan. He was converted at age 17 and discipled in a birthing Church in his neighborhood, and ever since most of his Christian experience has been connected to Church plants. His calling to full time ministry led him to relocate to Chicago (Moody Bible Institute) during which time he co-planted La Villita Community Church. Upon graduation he returned to Dominican Republic where he planted and pastored Iglesia Comunitaria Cristiana for 16 years – the catalyst church that birthed Del Camino Network for Integral Mission in Latin America. He sensed Gods calling to return to NY leading him to intersect with Redeemer City to City where he has been serving for the last four years as NYC Church Planting Catalyst. Robert is also the lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church Washington Heights. Robert and Damaris have four children, Joshua (26), Tomás (20), Robert (14) and Joel (20).

DR. CARL ELLIS, JR.

Assistant to the Chancellor, Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative, and Provost’s Professor of Theology and Culture at Reformed Theological Seminary

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In 1969, Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant Pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Carl was recently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship. Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at LÁbri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his MAR (Theology) at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School.

 

ADDITIONAL PLENARY PRESENTERS

FELIPE ASSIS

Lead Pastor at Crossbridge Church, The Gospel & Our Cities Conference Emcee

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Felipe was born in Brazil but was raised between his native country and The United States. He has earned a Th.B from Seminário Presbiteriano do Norte and an M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary. Felipe has previously founded and pastored two other churches in Recife — Brazil and in 2008 he moved to Miami at the invitation of Redeemer City to City with his wife Beth and two young children to plant Crossbridge Church and serve as a catalyst to a gospel movement in Miami. Beth holds masters in mental health psychology and international education and deeply compliments Felipe in ministry. Together they enjoy life in Miami with their three daughters, Ana, Zoe and, Camila.

MILTON FRIESEN

Program Director of Social Cities, Cardus

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The Program Director of Social Cities and a Senior Fellow at Cardus, a public policy think tank. He is nearing completion of a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning.

Core ideas that orient a significant amount of my work include the exploration of complexity science by means of various network approaches. Network dynamics are a persistent feature of our human interactions including the organizations, institutions and societies that Cardus is working to support and make sense of.

Urban planners are in constant interaction with these social structures at a wide variety of levels. I have found that computational modeling  is valuable for these explorations alongside traditional statistics, machine learning, and spatial statistical approaches.

I am very interested in how organizations adapt to change (or fail to adapt) and cities are key players in this dynamic. Resilient enterprises at all scales invest energy in designing and nurturing intelligent processes that allow room for surprise, novelty and feedback. These reflect the social infrastructure dynamics that the Social Cities program actively explores.

Research development themes include a nearly completed Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo School of Planning that is focused on new ways to measure the social fabric of neighbourhoods, as well as participating in the Waterloo Institute on Complexity and Innovation .

I have written a number of articles for Municipal World and serve on the Steering Committee of the Thriving Cities Project (Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture) at the University of Virginia. I am a member of the Computational Social Sciences Society of the Americas as well as the Congress for the New Urbanism.

I have served a three-year term as an elected municipal councillor and run in two other municipal campaigns (including a mayoral race) that did not lead to election. The Social Cities program has been a regular participant in the annual Federation of Canadian  Municipalities Trade Show where new research, policy, and city building ideas are presented.

Michelle and I have four children ages 15, 18, 21 and 23. We live in a three-storey brick house in East Hamilton.

DR. NOAH TOLY

Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement, Wheaton College

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A professor of urban studies and politics and international relations at Wheaton College, where he directs the Center for Urban Engagement, and he teaches global cities at the Free University of Berlin’s Center for Global Politics. He has written on the role of cities in global governance and edits the Routledge series, Cities and Global Governance. In 2011, Toly was named an Emerging Leader by the Council, and for 2012-2013, he was appointed as a senior fellow at the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. In 2014, he was a visiting scholar at Ming Chuan University (Taipei, Taiwan). Toly earned his BA in interdisciplinary studies and Spanish at Wheaton College, an MA in theology at Wheaton College, and an MA and PhD in urban affairs and public policy at the University of Delaware.

 

 

PACO AMADOR

Pastor at NewLife Community Church Little Village/Lawndale

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Pastor Francisco “Paco” Amador was born in Mexico City. At the age of fourteen he gave his life to the King. Following a desire to serve Him for the rest of his life, Paco came to Chicago for training at the Moody Bible Institute. In 1990 he visited the Little Village neighborhood for the very first time and immediately fell in love with the community. A few years later he moved into the neighborhood. Prior to serving at New Life, Pastor Paco was a missionary in Spain, worked at Lawndale Christian Health Center and taught elementary school for nine years. In 2005 he was called into full time ministry as the pastor at New Life Little Village. Paco loves running with his wife, dancing with his daughters and wrestling with his boys. Pastor Paco & Sylvia have 7 children.

ED STETZER

Professor and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College

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Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.

Previously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than one million individuals each week. Stetzer is also Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine with a circulation of more than 70,000 readers.

In 2015, he began serving as the co-host of the BreakPoint This Week radio program with John Stonestreet. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.

He serves as interim pastor of Moody Church in Chicago.

DUKE KWON

Senior Pastor at Grace Meridian Hill

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Duke spent his early years in Southern California, then journeyed to the East Coast for his undergraduate studies at Brown University (A.B.). Duke moved to Washington, DC in 2004 to serve as the Assistant Pastor of Grace DC’s “anchor” congregation, Grace Downtown, then in 2011 planted its second congregation, Grace Meridian Hill, a cross-cultural neighborhood church located in one of the most ethnically and economically diverse parts of our nation’s capital. Duke and Paula live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood together with their three children.

DANIEL YANG

Director of the Send Institute at North American Mission Board (NAMB)

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I’m married to Linda and we have four sons named Justin, Conor, Joel, and John-Abraham.

I grew up in Detroit in a neighbourhood dominated by gangs, violence, and failing schools. I graduated from the University of Michigan and had an eight-year career in software before becoming a pastor. At the age of twenty-four, I began having doubts about God, church, and Christianity. This began a secret two-year journey of struggle which eventually led me to enroll in seminary to learn more about the Bible, theology, and philosophy.

I currently serve as the Director of the Send Institute at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College where I lead and oversee all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, I planted a church in Toronto where I also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. I served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where I was mentored as a church planter and was involved in global and multi-faith engagement.

I earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and am currently a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

MARK JOBE

Senior Pastor of New Life Community Church

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Mark is the lead and founding pastor of New Life Community Church in the city of Chicago. He and his wife Dee have seen New Life grow from a handful of people to several thousand meeting at over 25 locations with over 40 worship services each weekend. Mark is also the founder of New Life Centers, an organization focused on helping youth in underserved areas of Chicago.

He holds a Master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary and a Doctorate degree from Bakke Graduate University. Mark is the author of UNSTUCK: Out of Your Cave into Your Calland can be heard on his daily radio program StraightTalk.

JON DENNIS

Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Church, The Gospel & Our Cities Conference Emcee

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Jon M. Dennis (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MLA, University of Chicago) is the founding pastor and senior pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, Illinois. He has helped to establish the church’s four congregations and various ministries including Hope for Chicago, the Charles Simeon Trust, and the Chicago Partnership for Church Planting. He is the author of several books and is currently working to complete his doctorate of ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary. Jon and his wife, Amy, have five children.

KATHERINE LEARY ALSDORF

Founder and Director Emeritus, Redeemer Center for Faith & Work

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Katherine Leary Alsdorf is the founder & former executive director of Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work and co-author with Tim Keller of Every Good Endeavor. She came to Redeemer in 2002 to establish the Center for Faith & Work and help nurture a meaningful integration between people’s faith and their professional work. Prior to this ministry role at Redeemer, Katherine served 20 years in the high tech industry. In California, she served as CEO of Pensare, Inc., an online management education company, and CEO of One Touch Systems, Inc., a hardware/software products company. Before that, she was president of Private Satellite Network, a communications network and services company in New York City. She also worked in various consulting, sales, and marketing roles, primarily in the technology sector. She received an MBA from The Darden School, University of Virginia, and a BA in Psychology and Education from Wittenberg University. She became a Christian mid-career in NYC through the ministries of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and has taken seminary classes at Regent College in Vancouver. She also serves on the Theology of Work Project Steering Committee.

ROBERT DOLL

Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen

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Bob is a senior portfolio manager and chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages seven portfolios, including large caps and alternatives. He is a highly respected authority on the equities markets among investors, advisors and the media. As the author of widely followed weekly commentaries and annual market predictions. Prior to joining Nuveen Asset Management, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as chief equity strategist at BlackRock, president and chief investment officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and chief investment officer of Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. Bob received a BS in accounting and a BA in economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation from the CFA® Institute.

GORD FLEMING

National Director, C2C Network

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Gord has been involved in church planting for over 14 years. He began by serving on a church planting board while working in the marketplace. In 2006 Gord transitioned from the marketplace to full time ministry to lead Church Planting BC. The C2C network evolved from Church Planting BC in 2011, and Gord has been serving this ministry since its creation. Gord and Marcy live in Fort Langley, BC, and are part of North Langley Community Church.

HERB AHNE

Pastor of Worship, Redeeming Grace Church

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Herb serves as the Worship Pastor at Redeeming Grace.  He oversees the worship ministries at RGC and co-ordinates our worship services. Some of his other responsibilities include church administration and is currently serving as the church’s Interim Youth Pastor.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL) and has been in full-time ministry as a worship pastor since 2003. Growing up in a United Methodist pastor’s home, he’s been able to experience and learn from a wide range of worship styles and cultures in the city and suburbs of Chicago.  Herb’s hope is that all people could really experience the transforming power of the Gospel.

Herb has been married to Alice since 2010 and have been blessed with three children, Jadon, Madelyn, and Natalie.  During his downtime, you can find him in the garage restoring an old car or working on house projects

DENNAE PIERRE

Executive Director, Surge Network, The Gospel & Our Cities Conference Emcee

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Dennae was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Dennae loves church planting and helped plant Roosevelt Community Church alongside her husband, Vermon Pierre, who is the lead pastor. She has worked extensively throughout Phoenix among homeless, victims of domestic violence, and with low-income families. Dennae is the founder of Foster Care Initiatives. Dennae has her MA in Missional Theology from Covenant Theological Seminary and serves on the North American Leadership Team for City to City.  Dennae desires to see churches across Arizona cross cultures and boundaries to unite in love for Jesus, deepen their love for one another and walk with the poor and marginalized in our cities. Dennae and Vermon have four children and enjoy spending their free time exploring the parks, restaurants, and coffee shops of Downtown Phoenix.

TRILLIA NEWBELL

Director of Community Outreach, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

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Trillia Newbell is the author of Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (2016)Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015), United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (2014) and a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family (September, 2017). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. You can find her at trillianewbell.com and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell

DAVID DILLON

Owner, Dillon Kane Group and Co-founder, Together Chicago

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David Dillon is a Co-Founder of Together Chicago and has more than 30 years of experience in the application of advanced technology concepts and solutions for the financial services industry. As the CIO at CRT (a leading Chicago-based derivatives firm sold to Nations Bank), David led a global technology organization that built and supported real-time pricing, trade execution, and risk management capabilities that were instrumental in CRT’s success and ultimate sale. At Nations Bank and then Bank of America, David was a leader in the Global Corporate and Investment Bank in finding innovative technology solutions for complex corporate banking problems. David then ran the New Ventures Group for Citadel Investment Group in Chicago before forming the Dillon Kane Group in 2001.

JESSICA RICE

Communications Director, Renaissance Church, The Gospel & Our Cities Conference Emcee

BRYAN LORRITTS

Lead Pastor, Abundant Life Church in Silicon Valley, California

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Bryan Loritts is the Lead Pastor of Abundant Life Church in Silicon Valley, California. He also serves as the President of the Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multi-ethnic church become the new normal in our world. In addition to these positions, Bryan serves on the board of trustees for Biola University, and is the husband of Korie Loritts, and father of Quentin, Myles and Jaden. 

DONNA CRUM

Park Community Church

MICHAEL ALLEN

Senior Pastor, Uptown Baptist Church

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Michael Allen is a Co-Founder of Together Chicago and serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his family in 1977.  In 1986 he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Early in his professional career, Michael was called into ministry under the leadership of Dr. O.S. Hawkins, First Baptist Church – Ft. Lauderdale (1989). In 1997, Michael served as Assistant Pastor of Urban Outreach and Evangelism at The Moody Church in Chicago, IL . Michael also served as the Associate Pastor at Sagemont Church in Houston, TX (2002).

Michael currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Uptown Baptist Church. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the board of the Pacific Garden Mission. Michael holds a Masters in Divinity from Trinity International University, a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies from Trinity College – Miami, FL and an Associates in Computer Electronics.

 

AL BARTH

Vice President, Global Catalyst, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Executive Director, CTC North America

BART GARRETT

Lead Pastor, Christ Church East Bay

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Bart Garrett is the lead pastor at Christ Church. Bart co-founded Christ Church in 2006, with brother-in-law Jonathan St. Clair. He received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Bart has a special passion for reaching everyone in the community, whether they were raised in the church, have left the church or have never been to a church. He wants Christ Church to be a place where friends, neighbors and coworkers are all equally welcome. Bart lives in Oakland with his wife, Katie and their three daughters, Caroline, Clair and Cameron. When he is not serving the community and the church, he keeps physically fit by running, mentally fit by reading.

GREG THORTON

Interim President, Moody Bible Institute

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Greg Thornton is interim president of Moody Bible Institute, a higher education and media ministry founded by evangelist D. L Moody in 1886. During Thornton’s 35 years of ministry at Moody, he has served in various roles, most recently as senior vice president of media.Thornton enrolled at Moody Bible Institute intending to become a pastor, where he soon discovered his love for combining ministry and business. The day after graduation, he got married and began his career as advertising administrator for Moody Publishers. After earning his MBA from Loyola University, Thornton continued in various positions at Moody until his 1991 promotion to vice president at Moody Publishers. In 2011 he became senior vice president of media at Moody Global Ministries, overseeing Moody Publishers and Moody Radio. Moody’s Alumni Association named Thornton Alumnus of the Year in 2015. Thornton is a member of The Moody Church, where he serves as an elder.

PAUL KIM

Lead Pastor, Redeemer San Diego

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Paul Kim is the lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Diego, CA.  What started as a church plant 15 years ago has become a large and vibrant multi-ethnic and multi-generational church that is passionate about the gospel, serving the city through justice and mercy, and church planting both locally and globally.  A guest speaker for churches and consultant for church planters, Paul also serves on the City to City North America Leadership team and is excited to see many diverse and gospel centered churches being planted in the United States.

BREAKOUT PRESENTERS

DAN MACDONALD

Senior Pastor, Grace Toronto Church

ROBERT DOLL

Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Equity Strategist, Nuveen

PETE SCAZZERO

Founder of New Life Fellowship Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

NORM FUNK

Senior Pastor, Westside Church

DENNAE PIERRE

Executive Director, Surge Network, The Gospel & Our Cities Conference Emcee

DUKE KWON

Senior Pastor at Grace Meridian Hill

KATHERINE LEARY ALSDORF

Founder and Director Emeritus, Redeemer Center for Faith & Work

JON DENNIS

Senior Pastor, Holy Trinity Church, The Gospel & Our Cities Conference Emcee

VERMON PIERRE

Lead Pastor, Roosevelt Community Church

MILTON FRIESEN

Program Director of Social Cities, Cardus

DR. NOAH TOLY

Professor of Urban Studies and Politics & International Relations, Director of the Center for Urban Engagement, Wheaton College

GORD FLEMING

National Director, C2C Network

RANDY NABORS

Urban & Mercy Ministries Coordinator, Mission to North America

JOHN THOMAS

Senior Director, Training, Redeemer City to City

MARK REYNOLDS

Vice President, Leadership Development, Redeemer City to City

DAVID WHITEHEAD

Global Church Planting Catalyst, Redeemer City to City

ROBERT GUERRERO

Vice President, Redeemer City to City, NYC and Pastor of Christ Community Church of the Heights, NYC

AL BARTH

Vice President, Global Catalyst, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Executive Director, City to City North America

DR. CARL ELLIS, JR.

Assistant to the Chancellor, Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative, and Provost’s Professor of Theology and Culture at Reformed Theological Seminary

BRANDON O'BRIEN

Director of Content, Redeemer City to City

GREG LERNIHAN

CEO, Convergint Technologies

DAVID DILLON

Owner, Dillon Dane Group and Co-founder, Together Chicago

SHARI THOMAS

Founder & CEO, Parakaleo

BART GARRETT

Lead Pastor, Christ Church East Bay

DAN CLAIRE

Rector, The Church of the Resurrection

DEB KNUPP

Managing Director, GrowthPlay

JOEL HAMERNICK

Executive Director, Sunshine Gospel Ministries & Sunshine Enterprises

BRYAN LORRITTS

Lead Pastor, Abundant Life Church in Silicon Valley, California

FELIPE ASSIS

Lead Pastor at Crossbridge Church, The Gospel & Our Cities Conference Emcee

BRANNIN PITRE

Church Planter, Grace Pasadena

SCOTT THOMAS

Director of US Church Planting, C2C Network

DEBORAH GORTON

Director of Moody Counseling Center, Moody Theological Seminary

ROMELL WILLIAMS JR.

Associate Director of Workshops, Simeon Trus

SINCER K. JAKOB

Founder & Director of Circulation, Medical Fellowship/Park Community Church

DIOANE GATES

City Director, World Impact Wichita

TRAVIS VAUGHN

Executive Director, Metro Atlanta Collective (MAC)

WILLIAM ADJEI

Managing Directer, CBRE

TAMI RESCH

Program Director of Parakaleo

HOST COMMITTEE

Dr. Charlie Dates

Senior Pastor, Progressive Baptist Church, Chicago

Bishop Horace Smith

Pastor, Apostolic Faith Church

David Dillon

Owner, Dillon Dane Group and Co-founder, TogetherChicago

Brian Dye

Director, Legacy

Paco Amador

Lead Pastor, New Life Church Little Village

Jon Dennis

Lead Pastor, Holy Trinity Church

Tommy Lee

President, Resource Global & Managing Director, Barnabas Group

Vance Henry

Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Faith Based Initiatives, City of Chicago

Jackson Crum

Lead Pastor, Park Community Church

Donna Crum

Park Community Church

Bill Bertsche

Executive Pastor, Moody Church

Michael Allen

Senior Pastor, Uptown Baptist Church

Jillian Anderson

Senior Consultant, Gallup

Felicia Thompson

Executive Director, Resilient Network, Christ Church of Oakbrook

Deborah Knupp

Managing Director, Growth Play

Roy Patterson

Community Relations Director, Moody Bible Institute

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Kensen Lam

Campus Pastor, Park Community Church Bridgeport

Rene Alvarado

Independent Management Consultant

John Fuder

Executive Director, Heart for the City & PrayChicago

Daniel Ehrman

Director of Ministry Partnerships, AM 1160

Chris Lesner

President and CEO, Project World Impact

Herb Ahne

Pastor of Worship, Redeeming Grace Church

Mary Pudaite Keating

Independent Consultant

Dr. James Spencer

Vice President and Dean, Moody Bible Institute

Joe Riccardi

Campus Pastor, Park Community Church Lincoln Park

Kent Lau

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC)

Donna Dai

Project Coordinator, CreatePossible

Ashanti Pettaway

Director of Training, Chicago Partnership for Church Planting

Brian Ng

Director of City and Global Ministries, Holy Trinity Church

Brian Dye

Director, Legacy

Tommy Lee

President, Resource Global and Managing Director, Barnabas Group

Jeff DeVries

Producer, Faith Chicago and Director of Community Relations/Production Manager, Total Living Network

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