The Gospel Coalition

 
The Gospel Coalition's 2011 national conference features renowned speakers who will model Christ-centered teaching from the Old Testament to help Christians study and teach all of God's Word. But the conference features much more than these nine plenary sessions. Three rounds of workshops offer the chance to learn from more than 60 teachers about diverse topics, including business leadership, inner-city church planting, counseling, and sharing the gospel with Muslims. Beyond the teaching, the conference features corporate worship led by Keith and Kristin Getty, along with other gifted musicians who will lead in a hymn sing. But the highlight for many will be the opportunity to connect with like-minded Christians from around the world and learn about ministries seeking to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ and carry out his Great Commission. For more details on the jam-packed schedule, including several new events before and after the conference and during breaks, check out the detailed schedule and register.
Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile
Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, is a native of Lexington, North Carolina (U.S.). He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters, Afiya and Eden, and son, Titus. He began serving as elder/senior pastor in August 2006. He served previously as an elder/assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and as an elder at Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC). Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.

Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham
Voddie Baucham (D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) currently serves as pastor of preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the author of several articles and books including, The Ever Loving Truth, Family Driven Faith, and What He Must Be.

Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg has been the pastor of Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio, since 1983. He served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.

Paige Benton Brown

Paige Benton Brown
Paige Benton Brown (M.A. Covenant Theological Seminary) is a native of Cleveland, MS. She completed a Masters degree at Covenant Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Paige served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) 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 in Dallas, Texas. After a couple of years in New York City, Paige and her husband, Reagan, now live in the Washington D.C. area with their two small children.

Mike Bullmore

Mike Bullmore
Mike Bullmore (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is the founding pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, WI. Mike served for 15 years as an associate professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, as well as chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Dr. Bullmore, a Kenosha native, lives in his childhood home with his wife, Beverly, and their three children, Abigail, Madeline, and Graham.

Don Carson

Don Carson
Don Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson is co-founder (with Tim Keller) and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children. In his spare time, Carson enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.  

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler
Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, TX. Before coming to The Village Church, Matt served as the teacher of the Grace Bible Study, an inter-denominational ministry for college students in Abilene, TX. He has also served on staff at two other churches in Texas. Matt is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. He and his wife Lauren live with their three children in Highland Village, TX.

Bryan Chapell

Bryan Chapell
Bryan Chapell (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University) has served as President of Covenant Seminary since 1994. He began teaching at Covenant Seminary in 1984 after ten years in pastoral ministry. Before becoming President, he served for six years as Vice President for Academics and Dean of Faculty. He is much sought after as a speaker in churches and conferences around the country. His book Christ-Centered Preaching has established him as one of the nation’s most recognized teachers of homiletics. At Covenant, Dr. Chapell teaches the introductory homiletics courses and several practicums, giving every M.Div. student the opportunity to study under him.

K. Edward Copeland
K. Edward Copeland (J.D., University of California, Berkeley) is the Senior Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkley and a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA. He is the author of Riding in the Second Chariot, a guidebook for associate ministers and ministry leaders. He is married to the former Starla Lynn Starks and they have three beautiful children, William Jibri (God’s Hero), Abeni (We pray for her arrival) and Titus Omari (Pleasant/New Beginning).

Mark Dever

Mark Dever
Mark Dever (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is the president of 9Marks Ministries and has taught at a number of seminaries. Dever has authored several books and articles, including It Is Well: Expositions on Substitionary Atonement (co-author), The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, and Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. He and his wife Connie live and minister with their son, Nathan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  

Kevin DeYoung
Kevin DeYoung (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has been the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, since August 2004. Prior to serving at URC, Kevin was the Associate Pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. He is the author of several books, including The Good News We Almost ForgotJust Do Something, and Why We Love the Church (co-author). Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have four children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth and Paul.

Bob Doll
Bob Doll (M.B.A, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) is Vice Chairman, Chief Equity Strategist, and Senior Portfolio Manager at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm. Bob appears regularly in the national financial press discussing economic developments and markets. He is also choir director at Westerly Road Church in Princeton, New Jersey. Bob serves on a number of boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society and Kingdom Advisors.

Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll
Mark Driscoll (M.A., Western Seminary) is the founding pastor and lead preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and leads the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative. Mark is the author of many books, including Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (co-author), Death by Love: Letters from the Cross (co-author), The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out, and Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Grace, and they have three sons and two daughters.

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan
J. Ligon Duncan III (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi having served in this capacity since 1996. Duncan is also a Council member with The Gospel Coalition and serves on the board of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Dr. Duncan is one of the founding members of Together For the Gospel, a bi-annual conference committed to encouraging pastors in gospel ministry. A prolific writer, some of Duncan’s most recent books include, Does Grace Grow Best in Winter?, Women’s Ministry in the Local Church, and volume three of The Westminster Confession in the 21st Century.

Craig Dyer

Craig Dyer
Craig Dyer in April 2008, after nearly 20 years serving as pastor in Scotland, 13 of these years in Harper Memorial Church in the south side of Glasgow, became training director with Christianity Explored. He is married to Margaret and they have 3 daughters in their late teens. Craig summarizes his life’s work as Equipping hundreds to train thousands to rescue millions.

Keith and Kristyn Getty
Keith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade, bridging the gap between the traditional and the contemporary. They currently live in the United States where they have just finished their second album together,Awaken the Dawn, a collection of hymns that takes believers on a lyrical journey of grace and hope for all the nations. This follows their first collection of hymns, the 2006 release In Christ Alone.

Greg Gilbert
Greg Gilbert (M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Prior to this Greg served as an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Greg is the author of the book What Is the Gospel?  Before entering The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Greg earned his B.A. from Yale University. He is married to Moriah, and they have two boys, Justin and Jack, and one girl, Juliet.

Nancy Guthrie
Nancy Guthrie is a Bible teacher and author of seven books, including Holding On to Hope, The One Year Book of Hope, Hoping for Something Better, When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One, Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion-Starters, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament. Nancy and her husband, David, are hosts of the GriefShare video series used in over 6,000 churches nationwide for small group ministry to grieving people. They also host Respite Retreat, a retreat ministry for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Along with their 20-year-old son, Matt, the Guthries are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.

Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris
Joshua Harris is the pastor of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. He is also the founder of NEXT, a worship and teaching gathering for young adults. Joshua is the author of several books, including Stop Dating the Church and Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters. He is married to Shannon. They have a boy and two girls, and live in Gaithersburg, MD.

Dave Harvey
Dave Harvey is responsible for church planting, church care, and international expansion for Sovereign Grace Ministries, having served on the leadership team since 1995. He has a DM in from Westminster Theological Seminary, is the author of When Sinners Say I Do, Rescuing Ambition and is a contributing author to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.

David Helm

David Helm
David Helm (M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor of the South Side Congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago and is the director of ministry training at Holy Trinity Church. After ten and a half years as founding senior pastor of Holy Trinity Church, David handed off the senior pastor role to Jon Dennis on November 23, 2008. In addition to serving as a pastor, David is chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping men in expository preaching. David is ordained in the PCA and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. He authored I, II Peter and Jude in Crossway’s Preaching the Word series, and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays in Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes. In addition, David has written The Big Picture Story Bible and The Genesis Factor (the latter with Jon Dennis).

R. Kent Hughes
R. Kent Hughes (D.D., Biola University) is Senior Pastor Emeritus of College Church in Wheaton and the series editor for the projected 50 volume Preaching the Word series, to which he has contributed numerous volumes. He has also served as a senior editor for Christianity Today and served on the board of Americans United for Life (the legal arm of the pro-life movement), the board of trustees of World Radio Missionary Fellowship (HCJB), and the board of Operation Mobilization. Pastor Hughes is presently a member of the board of Crossway Books. He still speaks regularly around the country at various conferences.

Gary Inrig

Gary Inrig
Gary Inrig (D.Min., Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands, California. A native of Canada, he has been in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years, having pastored for seventeen years at Bethany Chapel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; at Reinhardt Bible Church in Dallas, Texas for three years, and since 1992 at Trinity Church, Redlands. He taught for three years at what is now Providence College and Seminary in Manitoba, and has since served as a visiting or adjunct faculty member at several seminaries and Bible colleges in North America. He has had an extensive conference ministry in the United States and Canada, and has spoken in countries on each of the continents.

Mary Kassian
Mary Kassian is an author, speaker, and professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: In My Father’s House: FindingYour Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and the Feminist Mistake. Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada, and has studied systematic theology at the doctoral level. She speaks at conferences nationally and internationally, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and Marriage Uncensored. She and her husband, Brent—chaplain for a professional football team—enjoy a life full of athletics and adventure with their three sons.

Scott Kauffmann
Scott is the Executive Director of Labs for Redeemer City to City. His team creates new content, resources, and platforms to help agents and practitioners of the gospel love their cities to life. Scott spent eighteen years at Accenture, the world's largest management and technology consultancy, serving Fortune 500 clients in the areas of strategy, human capital, technology, and large-scale program management. He coached and consulted with ministry leaders through High Beam Consulting and Coaching by Cornerstone. Scott is on the board of Relevate, a non-profit organization dedicated to equipping the cultural influencers of the X and Mosaic generations with an active vision of Christianity that embraces the good, the true, and the beautiful. He and his family live in Manhattan.

Tim Keller

Tim Keller
Tim Keller (D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Keller was raised in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and holds degrees from Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received his D.Min. Pastor Tim became a Christian at Bucknell owing to the ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, with which he later served as a staff member. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years, while also serving as director of church planting for the PCA. He also served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he and his wife Kathy were involved in urban ministry, and he continues as an adjunct professor of practical theology. Keller is co-founder (with D.A. Carson) and vice president of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of The Reason for GodThe Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods.

Julius Kim
Julius Kim (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California. Prior to taking his current position at Westminster Seminary California, Dr. Kim ministered in a variety of ecclesiastical and academic settings. He has served in Presbyterian Church in America churches in California and Illinois. His current church calling is as Associate Pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido. Dr. Kim also continues to serve the broader Christian community as a preacher, speaker, and ministry consultant—especially for the Korean-American church.

Jonathan Leeman
As the editorial director for 9Marks in Washington DC, Jonathan Leeman edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks eJournal. He is also the author of Reverberation: How God's Word Gives Light, Freedom and Action to His People (Moody) and The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love (Crossway). He has served as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, and lives with his wife and three daughters in suburban Washington. 

Richard Lints
Richard Lints (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the author of many articles and books, including The Fabric of Theology: A Prolegomenon to Evangelical Theology (Eerdmans, 1993). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. Dr. Lints and his wife, Ann, reside in Boxborough, MA, and have three children, Catherine, Sarah and Lucas.

Crawford Loritt

Crawford Loritts
Crawford Loritts (D.D., Biola University) is the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA. In 1978, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) serving as a traveling speaker, ministering to both college students and the lay community. Currently Crawford serves as Associate Director, CCC-USA. In this capacity he gives input to the overall direction of CCC in the US, mentors younger leaders, and serves as a representative of the organization through his speaking and writing ministry. Crawford has written numerous articles and has written six books: A Passionate Commitment, Never Walk Away, Make It Home Before Dark, Lessons From A Life Coach, Developing Character In Your Child (co-authored with his wife, Karen) and For A Time We Cannot See.

Erwin Lutzer

Erwin Lutzer
Erwin Lutzer (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) has served as senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago since 1980. Lutzer is a renowned theologian and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling The Da Vinci Deception and The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage. The featured speaker on three national radio programs, The Moody Church Hour, Songs in the Night, and Running to Win, Lutzer speaks both nationally and internationally at Bible conferences and seminars helping to further God’s kingdom.

James MacDonald
James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is the husband of his high school sweetheart, Kathy, from Ontario, Canada, and the father of three grown children. James’ ministry focuses on the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, along with 18 people, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel in suburban Chicago which has grown to multi-site church of 13,000 people each weekend. He is the Bible teacher for Walk in the Word which reaches more than three million people weekly. He also founded a church planting ministry, Harvest Bible Fellowship, which has planted more than 60 churches across North America and around the world. James is the author of several books including Gripped by the Greatness of GodDownpour: He Will Come to Us Like the Rain, and most recently, Always True.

John Mahaffey
John Mahaffey is the senior pastor of West Highland Church in Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating from Central Baptist Seminary, John and his wife Andrea, became missionaries with SEND International in the Philippines, where John led two church planting teams of national and foreign missionaries. He later served as the pastor of Morningstar Christian Fellowship in Toronto before coming to West Highland. In addition to his pastoral duties, John is chair of the Adam House Board, a special ministry to refugees in Toronto, a member of the Canadian Advisory Council to Exodus Global Alliance, an international ministry to the sexually broken, and a founding member of The Gospel Coalition. John and Andrea have four children.

C. J. Mahaney

C. J. Mahaney
C. J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. After 27 years of pastoring Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, C.J. transitioned his ministry focus to giving his full attention to Sovereign Grace Ministries. He is author of The Cross Centered Life; Christ Our Mediator; Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know; Humility: True Greatness; and Living the Cross Centered Life. C.J. and his wife Carolyn have three married daughters and one son. They make their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Carolyn Mahaney
Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, homemaker, and the author of Feminine Appeal and Girl Talk. During her more than 30 years as a pastor’s wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences, including those of Sovereign Grace Ministries, which her husband, C.J., leads. C.J. and Carolyn have three married daughters and one son. They make their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Colin Marshall
Colin Marshall is the co-author with Tony Payne of The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything. Marshall is also CEO of Vinegrowers, a cross-denominational training ministry with no affiliation with any one denomination. Colin is married to Jacquie and they have three adult children. Together with Jacquie he has spent the past 30 years training men and women in the ministry of the gospel, both in university and local church contexts. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College, Sydney.

Eric Mason
Eric Mason (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the founder and lead pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He also serves on the boards of the Acts 29 Network and Reach Life Ministries. Dr. Mason received his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary (2000) and his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2007). Dr. Mason resides in Philadelphia, PA with his wife Yvette and his two sons Immanuel and Nehemiah.

Conrad Mbewe
Conrad Mbewe is the pastor of Kabwata Reformed Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa. He is widely regarded as the African Spurgeon. KBC is presently overseeing the establishment of ten new Reformed churches in Zambia and Botswana. Conrad is the editor of Reformation Zambia magazine and writes three columns in two weekly national newspapers. His most recent contribution to a book is found in Dear Timothy—Letters on Pastoral Ministry, published by Founders Press. He is also the principal of the Reformed Baptist Preachers College in Zambia.

Michael McKinley
Michael McKinley received his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and is the author of Church Planting is for Wimps, along with several articles and reviews. He served on the pastoral staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, and in 2005 was called to revitalize Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia.

Albert Mohler, Jr.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary—the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. He also serves as professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, as editor-in-chief of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, and on the boards of Focus on the Family and The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Dr. Mohler has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. Time.com called him the reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S. He is married to Mary, and they have two children, Katie and Christopher.

Russell Moore
Russell Moore (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ and Adopted for Life.

Randy Newman
Randy Newman (M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) has been with the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980 and currently serves with Faculty Commons, their ministry to university professors. He ministers on campuses and elsewhere in our nation’s capital to students, professors and policy shapers. He is the author of numerous articles and the books Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did and Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues about God and Life, both published by Kregel, and Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Other People You Can’t Fool, forthcoming from Crossway. He lives in Annandale, Virginia with his wife Pam and their three sons.

Kathleen B. Nielson
Kathleen B. Nielson (Ph. D., Vanderbilt University) has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt, Bethel College (MN), and Wheaton College.  She authors the Living Word Bible studies (P&R), as well as various articles, poems, and a book titled Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word.  Kathleen speaks extensively at women's conferences, and has directed and taught women's Bible studies at several churches.  She loves the community at Covenant College, where her husband Niel serves as President.  The Nielsons have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and a granddaughter.

Michael Oh
Michael Oh (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is president of CBI Japan in Nagoya, Japan (cbijapan.org/jointheteam). Michael attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, where he also received a Master’s degree and Ph.D. Michael completed his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies at Harvard University. Michael is a PCA Teaching Elder and serves on the executive board of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.

Ray Ortlund Jr.
Ray Ortlund (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Lead Pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, TN. Pastor Ortlund received a B.A. from Wheaton College, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Ortlund served as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1989-1998. He has been married to Jan Giles Ortlund for thirty-eight happy years, and they have four grown children.

Darrin Patrick
Darrin Patrick is the vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Seminary and has served in ministry for twenty years and speaks regularly at pastor’s conferences and training events for church planters. He is also the author of Church Planter: the man the message and the mission.

Tony Payne
Tony Payne serves as the publishing director for Matthias Media, an evangelical publisher of gospel-centered resources. Payne began work as Matthias Media’s first editor in 1988. Since then, Tony has been a busy guy: with his wife, Alison, he has grown a family of five children; he has completed a degree in theology at Moore Theological College; and he has written or co-written numerous ministry resources, and edited many others. Tony's most recent book isThe Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything;(co-written with Colin Marshall).

David Powlison
David Powlison (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is a faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and previously served as the editor of The Journal of Biblical Counseling. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a M.Div. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. David has been counseling for over thirty years. He has written numerous articles on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in Love; Seeing with New Eyes; Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare; and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context. David is an adjunct professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and has taught across the United States and in Korea, India, Brazil, Europe, and Sri Lanka. David and his wife, Nan, have a son, two daughters, and one granddaughter.

Jenny Salt
Jenny Salt (M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) hails from Sydney, Australia, and is a proud Aussie! She also has a soft spot for Chicago after living there on and off for a few years between 2003 and 2009, while studying for her M. Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Since 1997 Jenny has served at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, for most of that time as Dean of Women but most recently as Dean of Students. Jenny’s ministry extends to women’s conferences throughout Australia as well as in South Africa and New Zealand. Her passion is expository Bible teaching as well as equipping other women to do the same. Jenny has contributed to a number of books, including How to Write a Bible Talk and What Women Really Need. She loves spending time with her family (including six nieces and nephews) and making the most of the numerous walkways around Sydney Harbour.

Juan Sanchez
Juan Sanchez (Th.M., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the preaching pastor at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, a multi-ethnic congregation with both a local and a global focus to see all peoples become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ. Juan has also served local churches in Florida, Georgia, and Indiana. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Juan has been joyfully married to Jeanine since June 29, 1990, and they presently reside just outside of Austin, in Manor, Texas with their five daughters.

Tim Savage
Tim Savage (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor at Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, AZ. Prior to his call to Camelback, Tim was an assistant pastor at Eden Chapel in Cambridge, England, the youth pastor at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, and program staff for youth ministry at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in Forest Falls, California. He is the author ofPower through Weakness: Paul’s Understanding of Christian Ministry in 2 Corinthians. Tim and his wife, Lesli, have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith
Colin Smith (M.Phil., London School of Theology) is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He and his wife Karen have two grown sons. Colin pastored the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in North London for sixteen years and during that time served in various capacities in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, including a time as their President. His primary focus is on preaching and his ministry is shared more widely through his radio program called Unlocking the Bible.

Scotty Smith
Scotty Smith (M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Nashville, TN. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary and teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He has written five books: Unveiled Hope, with Michael Card; Speechless, with Steven Curtis Chapman; Objects of His Affection; and his latest two, The Reign of Grace and Restoring Broken Things, with Steven Curtis Chapman. Scotty and Darlene, his wife of thirty-five years, have two adult married children and one grandson. Scotty enjoys fly-fishing, cross training, classic rock and cooking.

Tullian Tchividjian
Tullian Tchividjian is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the author of Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different, Surprised by Grace and Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life's Most Important Relationship.

Stephen Um

Stephen Um
Stephen Um (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is the senior pastor of CityLife Church in Boston, MA. He also teaches New Testament studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. For the past 18 years, Stephen and his wife, Kathleen, have been involved in several Presbyterian Churches throughout the Northeastern part of the country. He is the author of The Theme of Temple Christology in John’s Gospel. Stephen also serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.

Trevin Wax
Trevin Wax is the editor of GospelEPIC, a small group curriculum developed by LifeWay Christian Resources. He blogs daily at Kingdom People. He is also the author of Holy Subversion (Crossway, 2010) and Counterfeit Gospels (Moody, 2011).

Sandy Willson

Sandy Willson
Sandy Willson (D.D., Crichton College) is the senior minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. Sandy also serves on the boards of several ministries and organizations, including the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies, the Clayborn Council (a collaborative urban church planting ministry), and World Relief. He previously pastored Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elizabethton, TN, and Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church in Lookout Mountain, TN. Sandy and Allison were married in 1972 and have five children.

Albert Mohler, Jr.

Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus (John 5:31-47)
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.  |  April 12, 2PM

Tim Keller

Getting Out (Exodus 14)
Tim Keller  |  April 12, 4PM

Alistair Begg

From a Foreigner to King Jesus (Ruth)
Alistair Begg  |  April 12, 7PM

Preaching from the Old Testament
Tim Keller, John Piper, Crawford Loritts, Don Carson, Bryan Chapell  |  April 12, 8PM

Tim Keller John Piper Crawford Loritt Don Carson Bryan Chapell
James MadDonald

Not According to Our Sins (Psalm 25)
James MacDonald  |  April 13, 9:30AM

Conrad Mbewe

The Righteous Branch (Jeremiah 23:1-8)
Conrad Mbewe  |  April 13, 7PM

Matt Chandler

Youth (Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14)
Matt Chandler  |  April 13, 8PM

Mike Bullmore

God's Great Heart of Love Toward His Own (Zephaniah)
Mike Bullmore  |  April 14, 9:30AM

Don Carson

Getting Excited about Melchizedek (Psalm 110)
Don Carson  |  April 14, 11AM

Consistent with the principles of our Foundation Documents, these Workshops reflect The Gospel Coalition’s goal of ministering to the whole church and helping leaders in a variety of contexts and roles to communicate and live the truths of Scripture.
Round 1

Panel: Training the Next Generation of Pastors and Other Christian LeadersR. Albert Mohler, Jr., Mark Driscoll, David Helm, Don Carson (chair), Ligon Duncan

Albert Mohler, Jr. Mark Driscoll David Helm Don Carson Ligon Duncan
Thabiti Anyabwile

The Gospel for MuslimsThabiti Anyabwile
God seems pleased to bring the Muslim world right to our doorsteps. With some confidence in and reliance upon the God and His gospel, we may yet be the generation that sees history’s greatest revival among Muslim peoples. This is not a ‘how-to’ workshop, but an exploration of the gospel itself with particular application to questions and ideas our Muslim neighbors often have.

Gospel Faithfulness and Business Leadership in Tumultuous TimesBob Doll
Too often there is a large gulf between our "faith on Sunday" and our "work on Monday." This workshop is designed to examine God's intentions for work - how it is an integral part of the believer's walk with Christ. We will discuss how work itself, along with our conduct and character at work, are critical parts of who we are as children of the most high God, especially in these tumultuous times.

Christianity Explored - A Biblical Strategy for Effective, Sustainable Evangelism in the Local ChurchCraig Dyer, Alistair Begg
Discover why Mark's gospel is such a powerful evangelistic tool and how to train the whole church family to explain the Identity, Mission and Call of the Lord Jesus from Mark as we let the gospel tell the gospel.

Craig Dyer Alistair Begg

Is Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People? Learning to Walk with Each Other Through LossNancy Guthrie
How should we suggest our church members pray for those facing terminal illness? How can church members overcome the awkwardness of interacting with those going through a divorce or grieving the death of a spouse or child? How do we keep from being that person who said the wrong thing to someone who's lost a loved one? How do we help those who have gone through a very public trial get back to normal in the life of our church? These are the kinds of questions we'll explore as we consider how to apply the grace and truth of the gospel in times of heartache and loss.

Signs of Grace in Inner-City Church PlantingEric Mason
This seminar will address the unique demands of ministering the gospel in the city through both preaching the gospel and practicing the implications of the gospel. How is the gospel communicated to glocal cities, and and how does the gospel impact the city regionally and locally? We will spend time exploring how the church practices that preaching of the gospel in that city. This workshop seeks to balance both the theology and the practice.

Orphans and AdoptionRussell Moore, Voddie Baucham
Adoption and orphan care are not just for families who want children or for families who want more children. Adoption and orphan care have everything do with the gospel itself, and with the mission of the church. This seminar will explore how our care for orphans can lead our churches to be more missional and gospel-centered, and how the recovery of the gospel can refocus the church on care for the least of these, the fatherless of the world.

Voddie Baucham

Old Testament Narrative: Letting the Literature SpeakKathleen B. Nielson
If the light of Christ shines through the whole biblical text, how best should we go about finding it – particularly within the genre of Old Testament narrative? What questions should we raise first, to find a story's relation to the big storyline of Scripture? How best can we avoid the pitfalls of wrong or simplistic interpretation? How do we make good application of gospel truths from these Old Testament narratives? Such questions will be applied specifically to the books of Ruth and Esther. The goal in this seminar, which aims to enable women to help other women handle Scripture well, will be to encourage lively, productive, Christ-centered study of this particular genre.

Justification Versus Self-JustificationRay Ortlund
Self-justification is the deepest impulse in the fallen human heart. Only the extreme grace of the gospel can begin to free us from our compulsive self-justifications, with their social pathologies. Drawing upon Paul's letter to the Galatians, Ray will contrast the dynamics of justification with those of self-justification.

The Pastor’s Counseling MinistryDavid Powlison
In most of what the Gospels show, Jesus’ ministry unfolds interactively.We observe and hear two-way conversations, as well as one-way proclamation. Preaching is part of proclamatory ministry; counseling is part of conversational ministry. Both are necessary for God’s people to grow up into the wisdom of Christ. How do ministries of conversation—care and cure of souls—personalize the Scriptures to individual life circumstances and struggles?

Women Teaching Women the Bible: A Suggested ModelJenny Salt
This seminar is designed for women who are concerned to teach the Word of God faithfully to other women in such a way that demonstrates a deep commitment to the authority and centrality of Scripture. It will focus on principles to ensure that our Bible talks are driven by the text and not simply a 'launching pad' for whatever topic is the latest trend. Key characteristics of expository Bible teaching will be considered in order to better equip women who teach other women in various contexts, from small groups in the local church to larger gatherings of women in conference settings.

Power Through WeaknessTim Savage
These are troubled times. What we need is a demonstration of the Spirit and power (1 Corinthians 2:4). But how will such spiritual power come to expression? The answer is startling – through human weakness! Power through weakness: it is the paradox inherent in the cross of Jesus Christ. Do you see the pattern of the cross at work in you? Is the surpassing greatness of the power of God manifested in your ministry? This workshop will seek to plumb the riches of the biblical paradox of power through weakness.

Colin Smith

Preaching a Christ to Whom We Can ComeColin Smith
Gospel preaching involves more than referring to Christ in a sermon. Its trajectory takes us into the world of grace. It presents a Christ to whom we can come. Observing that many in his day preached Christ only as an example to follow, Luther said, Rather ought Christ to be preached to the end that faith in Him may be established that he may not only be Christ, but be Christ for you and me. Luther’s observation is insightful for us. A moral example cannot help the weak, comfort the sorrowful, heal the broken-hearted, release the captive, or forgive the penitent. Our calling is to proclaim a Christ to whom sinners can come and in whom we may find life, hope, help and peace.

Round 2

Panel: What Should a Local Church Look Like?Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Mark Dever (participating chair)

Tim Keller Crawford Loritt Mark Dever
Paige Benton Brown

Meaningful Ministry: Relationships Required?Paige Benton Brown
The ministries that make the headlines often involve a large pulpit or a large publisher. Are personal relationships even necessary, ever necessary to the most significant ministry? If so, what kinds of relationships? Organizational or organic? Discipleship or friendship? Mentoring or mutuality? This seminar will address the relational aspect of transformational gospel ministry.

They All Look Alike To Me: The Implications of a Christ-centered Identity on the Issue of Racial Reconciliation in the ChurchK. Edward Copeland
One day people from every nation, tribe, people and language will gather around the Throne in uninterrupted praise to the Lamb. Beyond pulpit exchanges, and perfunctory fellowships what does the Gospel demand of the Body of Christ in regards to racial harmony within the Body of Christ here and now? What is at stake when there is racial unrest or apparent lack of unity among local congregations or within a particular congregation? More importantly, how does the Gospel address this issue? This workshop will address the practical implications and outworkings of a Christ-centered identity on the issue of skin idolatry.

Writing Corporate Worship MusicKeith and Kristyn Getty
Behind the hymns. An interactive workshop introducing writing hymns and songs for the contemporary church with reflections -- theological, lyrical, musical and practical on the writing of modern hymns -- geared towards musicians and writers.

Joshua Harris

Humble OrthodoxyJosh Harris
Why is it that a commitment to sound doctrine is so often associated with an arrogant, divisive spirit? This workshop will examine the necessity of both orthodoxy and humility. Genuine orthodoxy—the heart of which is the death of God’s son for undeserving sinners—is the most humbling, human-pride smashing message in the world. And if we truly know the gospel of grace it will create in us a heart of humility and grace toward others.

Gary Inrig

Pure Desire: Gospel-Centered Morality in a Sex-Saturated Society Gary Inrig
Modern society enshrines sexual expression, self-gratification and moral relativism as among its most cherished values. In many ways, our moral context is remarkably similar to that in which the gospel first appeared. Appeals to traditional morality or to moralistic self-effort to resist the tide are not only futile; they miss the power and purpose of the gospel. We will consider how the gospel calls us to embrace the goodness of God’s gift of sexuality while facing honestly the destructive impact of sin on our sexuality. In the light of the gospel, we not only recognize the sexual idols of our time, but experience the power of God that motivates us to sexual holiness both within and outside of marriage, empowers us in the fight against temptation, promotes joyful fidelity within marriage, and brings the hope of redemption and restoration in the face of our sins and failure.

The Feminist MistakeMary Kassian
Though we have entered a "post-feminist" era, feminism remains one of the most urgent issues facing Christians today. It infiltrates our homes and churches like an intravenous drug dripping into the veins of an unconscious patient. Feminism has become the default setting. Virtually all of us—to one extent or another--are feminists. In this session, Mary Kassian will trace the development of feminist thought and explore its radical impact on culture and the church. She will help you "connect the dots" to see how today's male-female relationship dysfunction and gender confusion stem back to the faulty feminist premise we have subconsciously embraced.

Mixing Whites and Colors Without Making Them Run: Building Gospel- Centered, Intentionally-Multicultural Churches John Mahaffey
The immigration patterns in Canada and the United States for the past thirty years have dramatically changed the demographics of major urban centers. Some local churches have responded to this new reality by withdrawing and attempting to maintain culturally comfortable Christian fellowships or by supporting the development of ethno-specific churches. This workshop will address the challenges that racially, ethnically and culturally mixed communities present for local churches. Particular focus will be placed on how our belief in and application of the truth of the gospel can guide us in the building of intentionally-multicultural churches.

Pastoring with Discernment: Applying the Gospel to the Hearts of Those You ServeC. J. Mahaney
More often than we realize, Christians have what John Owen describes as "hard thoughts about God." They view God as distant, uninterested, even angry. Thoughts like these rob Christians of joy and leave them vulnerable to paralyzing introspection, legalism, condemnation, and despair. A wise pastor must discern where erroneous views of God the Father are troubling those he serves. And he must skillfully apply the gospel to their hearts through his preaching, counseling, leadership, and personal care.

Literary Beauty and Gospel Truth: Celebrating the Biblical Union Kathleen B. Nielson
We easily acknowledge both the literary beauty and the gospel truth of Scripture – but how do they work together? How do we avoid seeing the literary form as simply an adornment of the propositional truth, like a nutshell we crack to get to the nut? How do we receive the Bible’s truth through a metaphor… through parallel lines of poetry… through the very narrative structure of a story? Offered from the perspective of one trained in literature and now working mainly with women’s Bible study groups, this seminar will examine and celebrate the biblical union of form and content, and its implications for our own contexts of reading and teaching.

An Invitation to Hispanic Pastors and Would-Be PastorsJuan Sanchez
Join other Hispanic pastors as we gather to begin a conversation about the opportunity for Hispanic ministry in the United States. During our time together we will report on the dramatic growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, highlight some of the present opportunities for ministry among Hispanics and begin establishing a network of gospel-minded pastors, church planters, ministers and lay persons who long to see the gospel advanced among the Hispanic population in the United States and Canada.

Asian-American Christian Thought and Theological History: Pastoral Implications for Diversity and Innovation in a Multiracial ChurchStephen Um and Julius Kim
This seminar will examine the recent rise of Asian-American Christianity in the US. This will be accomplished through the lenses of history and theology as they impact identity development. Consideration will be given to the implications of the Gospel in an ever increasingly racially-diverse society. We intend to facilitate conversation with Asian-American Christian leaders and those who have Asian-Americans in their congregations.

Stephen Um
Sandy Willson

Gospel-Centered Pastoral LeadershipSandy Willson
The pastor is called to demonstrate and communicate the gospel in every area of his life. How does he do that in his leadership and management of ministry? In decision-making, in settling conflicts in the church, in counseling, in vision-casting, in planning, and in his integration of church and family life? The gospel-centered pastor must think carefully about all of his life and ministry.

Round 3
Paige Benton Brown

When Despair Invades Gospel Work: Learning from Elijah Paige Benton Brown
You feel you have done everything right and everything goes wrong. Is it a lack of giftedness? A confusion of calling? An episode of persecution? Through the lens of one of God's great "failures" in Scripture, we will look at facing failure and discouragement in gospel work. The seminar aims to address women in many avenues of service – both formal and informal, public and private – in order to apply biblical perspective to the battle against despair.

The Mission of the ChurchKevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
Determining the mission of the church is a deceptively difficult problem. In this session we argue that the mission of the church is adequately summarized in the Great Commissions. We strongly support deeds of mercy and love, but we must understand these in the right theological categories. If we rightly understand key concepts like kingdom, gospel, and social justice, we will be better able to understand what the mission of the church is. And just as importantly, we’ll be able to pursue obedience to Christ in a way that is more realistic, more freeing, and, in the long run, more fruitful.

Mark Driscoll

The Spirit-Filled Missional Ministry of JesusMark Driscoll
In this session we will examine the work of the Holy Spirit in and around Jesus ministry in Luke’s gospel that includes empowering Jesus ministry of preaching, healing, and casting out demons. In so doing, we will work from the thesis that to be truly spirit filled and missional is to continue the ministry of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit as we see throughout the book of Acts which is Luke’s sequel.

Leading Corporate Worship MusicKeith and Kristyn Getty
Leading the hymns. This workshop extends some of the themes outlined in the previous workshop, now looking at selecting and leading songs during a service geared for worship. This workshop is aimed at leaders and pastors.

The Heart of the ExpositorKent Hughes
Biblical exposition has sometimes been characterized as a homiletic child of the Enlightenment (rationalistic, analytical and implicitly lifeless) -- effecting left brained homilies for left-brained, flat-sided people. Nothing could be further from the truth! Authentic exposition demands a heart in which the raw edge of God’s Word has plowed deep, bleeding furrows. The preacher must first eat the bread that he would offer to others.

The Genesis of GenderMary Kassian
Gender Matters. It matters a great deal. Who we are and how we relate as men and women is an object lesson, a parable, that tells a very important story. And the story is not about US it's about the gospel. In this session focused toward women, Mary Kassian will identify 12 markers from Genesis that reveal why and how God made men uniquely male and women uniquely female, and the implications for relationships today. She'll explain why the trend toward gender fluidity is an assault on the gospel, and how we can reclaim the proclamatory power of our created design.

Erwin Lutzer

Substitutes for the Gospel: A Modest Critique of Modern Evangelicalism Erwin Lutzer
This lecture begins with a brief summary of aberrations of the Gospel throughout church history, but primarily focuses on seven trends that often replace a Gospel centered ministry in the American church today. These substitutes will be briefly described, emphasizing that even what appears to be good can be the enemy of the best. The seminar concludes with a short prescription of how to return to the truths that made the church great.

Questioning EvangelismRandy Newman
The Gospel Coalition’s Theological Vision for Ministry includes the words, a truly gospel–centered church should be filled with members who winsomely address people’s hopes and aspirations with Christ and his saving work. How can we do that and help our people share the gospel in ways that truly engage outsiders in our skeptical age? This seminar offers insights from Scripture and suggestions of ways to use questions, dialogue, and conversations to proclaim the good news.

Trellis and VineTony Payne and Colin Marshall
How does the Great Commission apply to every disciple and every church? Do our church programs and organizations make us too busy to focus on people? Are we relying too much on our ministers to be doing the work of disciple-making? How can we learn to make disciples wherever we are, whether in the home, in the church or in our community? What are simple ways of helping others follow Christ through sacrificial love, sharing the Word of God and prayer? How can we actively encourage one another to follow Christ during our Sunday gatherings? How can we reach those who would never come to church on Sunday? These are some of the questions addressed in the Trellis and Vine workshop. The aim is simple: to equip ministry leaders with the biblical foundations, vision and resources to train co-workers in gospel ministry in a local ministry context.

Seizing Global Gospel Opportunities: Why and How You and Your Church Can Get Involved Michael Oh
The face of global Christianity has undergone remarkable transformation over the past 100 years. This workshop will take participants on a tour of the various regions of the world highlighting both the significant advances in the spread of the gospel as well as the astounding lack of gospel witness among a significant proportion of the world's peoples. Practical suggestions on how the individual Christian and the local church can have a global gospel impact will be presented.

One-on-One Discipleship: Grass-Roots Church Growth Jenny Salt
How will training Christians to disciple others help grow the church? How might such personal discipleship both bring people to believe the gospel and grow them up in the gospel? What are the best biblical methods for one-on-one discipleship, in a variety of contexts? Having done it, taught it, and watched it work in her homeland of Australia, Jenny Salt will lay forth the what and why of one-on-one discipleship, particularly in the context of women’s ministry.

Fostering a Praying ChurchScotty Smith
The gospel frees us from both pragmatic praying—the burden of trying to motivate and manipulate a reluctant God, and from presumptive non-praying—the error of assuming God’s sovereignty marginalizes the importance of our intercession. This workshop will offer reflections, conversation and suggestions on how a greater preoccupation with the gospel will lead to a greater emphasis on prayer in the local church—starting with the leaders. Topics covered will include
Learning how to pray the Scriptures wearing the lens of the gospel; the intercessory ministries of Jesus and the Holy Spirit; and cultivating a culture of gospel-praying in our churches and for the community.

Biblical Theology: What It Is and Why It MattersStephen Um and Richard Lints
The story of Jesus is the story of the whole Bible. And the whole Bible is the narrative of the whole gospel. In this seminar Professors Lints and Um consider the nature, scope, and rationale for thinking about Biblical Theology as the story of the gospel unfolded across the whole of Scripture. The progressive movement of the narrative of redemption helps to understand the gospel with greater depth and with greater practical value. They will follow out the ways in which the Bible intertwines the themes of kingdom, covenant, and temple from Genesis to Revelation. And they will consider why Biblical Theology matters in the ministries of preaching, teaching, and mission.

Stephen Um
Monday, April 11
5:00 PM Early Registration
Tuesday, April 12
8:00 AM Registration Opens
9:00 AM Bookstore and Exhibitor Hall Open
Pre-Conference Event: God-Given Growth  Read More
Scott Kauffmann (moderator), Darrin Patrick, Dave Harvey, Mike McKinley, and Tullian Tchividjian
12:30 PM Special Event
What I've Learned from Years of Preaching Christ in Old Testament  Read More
Phil Ryken, Alistair Begg, and Mark Dever
1:30 PM Introduction
Don Carson
1:45 PM Corporate Worship
Keith and Kristyn Getty
2:00 PM Session 1
"Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus" (John 5:31-47)
R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Corporate Worship
Keith and Kristyn Getty
4:00 PM Session 2
"Getting Out" (Exodus 14)
Tim Keller
5:00 PM Dinner Break
Special Event: Band of Bloggers  Read More
Tim Brister, Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor, Tim Challies, Trevin Wax, Owen Strachan, Joe Thorn, Steve McCoy, John Starke, Justin Buzzard, and Jared Wilson
5:30 PM Special Event
White Horse Inn Recording Live: The Great Commission AND The Great Commandment   Read More
Michael Horton, Rod Rosenbladt, Kim Riddlebarger, Ken Jones
7:00 PM Session 3
"From a Foreigner to King Jesus" (Ruth)
Alistair Begg
8:00 PM Session 4
Panel Discussion: Preaching from the Old Testament
Tim Keller, John Piper, Crawford Loritts, Don Carson, Bryan Chapell
9:00 PM Concert
Sing Them Again: An Evening of Old and New Hymns
Brooks Ritter, Jamie Barnes, Sandra McCracken, Mathew Smith, Melanie Penn, Isaac Wardell, Jonathan Gilley, Mike Cosper, Kevin Twit and Indelible Grace
Wednesday, April 13
8:00 AM Special Event
Pastoral Searches and Transitions   Read More
Panel: Chris Brauns, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, and Rick Thompson
9:00 AM Corporate Worship
Keith and Kristyn Getty
9:30 AM Session 5
"Not According to Our Sins" (Psalm 25)
James MacDonald
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM Workshops
Round 1
Panel: Training the Next Generation of Pastors and Other Christian Leaders
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Mark Driscoll, David Helm, Don Carson and Ligon Duncan
“The Pastor’s Counseling Ministry”
David Powlison
“The Gospel for Muslims”
Thabiti Anyabwile
“Is Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People? Learning to Walk with Each Other Through Loss”
Nancy Guthrie
“Old Testament Narrative: Letting the Literature Speak”
Kathleen B. Nielson
“Women Teaching Women the Bible: A Suggested Model”
Jenny Salt
“Justification Versus Self-Justification”
Ray Ortlund Jr.
“Preaching a Christ to Whom We Can Come”
Colin Smith
“Orphans and Adoption”
Russell Moore, Voddie Baucham
“Power Through Weakness”
Tim Savage
“Signs of Grace in Inner-City Church Planting”
Eric Mason
“Gospel Faithfulness and Business Leadership in Tumultuous Times”
Bob Doll
"Christianity Explored - A Biblical Strategy for Effective Evangelism in the Local Church"
Craig Dyer and Alistair Begg
12:00 PM Lunch Break
12:30 PM Special Events
Gospel, Mission, and the Church  Read More
Matt Chandler (moderator) will be joined by Trevin Wax, Kevin DeYoung and Jonathan Leeman
Recent Advancements in Biblical Counseling  Read More
David Powlison and Bob Kellerman
A Pastoral Look at Vocation  Read More
Tom Nelson
Getting to Know the Bible Personally as One Grand Narrative  Read More
Ligon Duncan, Kent Hughes, and David Jackman
2:00 PM Workshops
Round 2
Panel: What Should a Local Church Look Like?
Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, and Mark Dever
"Pastoring with Discernment: Applying the Gospel to the Hearts of Those You Serve"
C. J. Mahaney
“Asian-American Christian Thought and Theological History: Pastoral Implications for Diversity and Innovation in a Multiracial Church”
Stephen Um and Julius Kim
“An Invitation to Hispanic Pastors and Would-Be Pastors”
Juan Sanchez
“Humble Orthodoxy”
Josh Harris
“Gospel-Centered Pastoral Leadership”
Sandy Willson
“The Feminist Mistake”
Mary Kassian
“Meaningful Ministry: Relationships Required?”
Paige Benton Brown
“Literary Beauty and Gospel Truth: Celebrating the Biblical Union”
Kathleen B. Nielson
“Pure Desire: Gospel-Centered Morality in a Sex-Saturated Society”
Gary Inrig
“Mixing Whites and Colors Without Making Them Run: Building Gospel- Centered, Intentionally-Multicultural Churches”
John Mahaffey
“‘They All Look Alike To Me’: The Implications of a Christ-centered Identity on the Issue of Racial Reconciliation in the Church”
K. Edward Copeland
“Writing Corporate Worship Music”
Keith and Kristyn Getty
3:30 PM Workshops
Round 3
“The Spirit-Filled Missional Ministry of Jesus”
Mark Driscoll
“Trellis and Vine"
Tony Payne and Colin Marshall
“Fostering a Praying Church”
Scotty Smith
“The Genesis of Gender”
Mary Kassian
“When Despair Invades Gospel Work: Learning from Elijah”
Paige Benton Brown:
“One-on-One Discipleship: Grass-Roots Church Growth”
Jenny Salt
"Biblical Theology: What It Is and Why It Matters."
Stephen Um and Richard Lints
“Substitutes for the Gospel: A Modest Critique of Modern Evangelicalism”
Erwin Lutzer
“The Mission of the Church”
Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
“Leading Corporate Worship Music”
Keith and Kristyn Getty
“Seizing Global Gospel Opportunities: Why and How You and Your Church Can Get Involved”
Michael Oh
“Questioning Evangelism”
Randy Newman
“The Heart of the Expositor”
Kent Hughes
5:00 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM Session 6
"The Righteous Branch" (Jeremiah 23:1-8)
Conrad Mbewe
8:00 PM Session 7
"Youth" (Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14)
Matt Chandler
9:00 PM Concert
Keith and Kristyn Getty  Read More
Thursday, April 14
7:30 AM Special Event
"God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty"   Read More
Don Carson, Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Kevin DeYoung, and Stephen Um
9:00 AM Corporate Worship
Keith and Kristyn Getty
9:30 AM Session 8
"God's Great Heart of Love Toward His Own" (Zephaniah)
Mike Bullmore
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM Session 9
"Getting Excited about Melchizedek" (Psalm 110)
Don Carson
12:00 PM Conference Close
12:30 PM Special Event
How to Teach Children and Youth the Gospel Story  Read More
David Helm, Kimberly Thornbury, and Russell Moore
2:00 PM Post Conference
Christ and City: A Post Conference on Renewing Our Cities with the Gospel - The post conference is free, but please register here in order to reserve your workshop.
"Reaching your City with the Gospel"   Read More
Tim Keller
3:30 PM Workshops
Church Planting: Supporting and Building New Gospel-Centered Churches for Our Cities.
Darrin PatrickPanel Discussion: Al Barth (moderator), Jonathan McIntosh, Doug Logan, Justin Buzzard and Felipe Assis
Arts: The Implications of the Gospel for Art and Creativity
Makoto FujimuraPanel Discussion: Cam Anderson (moderator), Mike Cosper, Lecrae, Edd Blott and Jonathan Gilley
Preaching: Preaching to Exalt Christ in the City; Spreading a Passion for the Glory of God Among All Peoples
Eric MasonPanel Discussion: Matt Chandler (moderator), Arthur Jackson, Jackson Crum and Stephen Um
Training: Equipping People for the City Ministry in Every Sphere
Jeff VandersteltPanel Discussion: Bryan Loritts (moderator), Michael Stewart, JB Bryson, David Helm and Brian Dye
5:00 PM Dinner Break
6:30 PM Special Event
"Generous Justice"   Read More
Tim KellerPanel Discussion: Jon Dennis and Franklin Ballinger (moderators), Donnita Travis, Josh Wilson, Charles Jenkins, and Justin Lopez
8:00 PM Concert
We Are Unashamed   Read More
Lecrae, Sho Baraka, KB, Trip Lee and Tedashii
Biblemesh Roundtable Q&A

Like The Gospel Coalition, BibleMesh desires to help people see how the Lord Jesus Christ fulfills every story and teaching of the Bible. Three lively panel discussions will feature informed yet accessible conversations on issues related to the conference topic of teaching Jesus and the gospel from the Old Testament. These discussions will be recorded before live audiences and distributed afterward by TGC and BibleMesh.

Title: What I've Learned from Years of Preaching Christ in Old Testament
Time: Tuesday lunch, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Participants: Phil Ryken, Alistair Begg, and Mark Dever


Title: Getting to Know the Bible Personally as One Grand Narrative
Time: Wednesday lunch, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Participants: Ligon Duncan, Kent Hughes, and David Jackman


Title: How to Teach Children and Youth the Gospel Story
Time: Thursday lunch, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Participants: David Helm, Kimberly Thornbury, and Russell Moore


God-Given Growth: A Pre-Conference on Church Planting
Tuesday, April 12 from 9-11:30AM | McCormick Place

The Gospel Coalition invites pastors, planters, potential planters, and lay leaders to God-Given Growth, a time of teaching and discussion that will celebrate God's work to advance his gospel through launching and relaunching Christ-centered churches.

The talks and roundtable discussion, moderated by Scott Kauffmann, will feature four pastors with decades of combined planting, re-planting, and pastoring experience. Darrin Patrick, Dave Harvey, Mike McKinley, and Tullian Tchividjian will cover the church leader's mission, character, practices, and prayer. Be sure to come with questions for the roundtable Q&A.





Band of Bloggers: Gospel Procession
Tuesday, April 12 at 5:15pm in TBA



According to Merriam Webster, a procession is "a continuous forward movement" by a group of individuals working in concert with one another. The directional focus this year is to turn attention toward the contributions of all people attending with the hope of making a significant contribution via gospel procession (or movement) in the evangelical world. We plan to have three, 10-minute round-table discussions on this theme, moderated by guest speakers. In between each round-table discussion, three to four of the guest speakers will share what they gathered from the discussions and provide feedback on issues related to the future of gospel blogging.

Several books and a catered meal will be provided for everyone who registers online before the event and pays $25. Registration will be capped at 150 in order to preserve a collaborative environment.

The speaker/moderators will be: Tim Brister, Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor, Tim Challies, Trevin Wax, Owen Strachan, Joe Thorn, Steve McCoy, John Starke, Justin Buzzard, and Jared Wilson.

White Horse Inn Recording Live: The Great Commission and The Great Commandment
Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30pm | Skyline Ballroom, McCormick Place

The Great Commission (making disciples through the gospel) and the Great Commandment (serving our neighbors through loving works) can neither be separated or confused. What is the relationship between the church’s divine mission and the Christian’s high calling? What is the relationship between our worship and our vocations? The hosts of the White Horse Inn want to equip Christians to know what they believe and why they believe it!

Michael Horton, Rod Rosenbladt, Kim Riddlebarger, Ken Jones

Pastoral Searches and Transitions Panel
Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00am

Does your church have a vacancy in the pulpit? Are you looking for ministry placement? Just want to learn more about the process of pastoral searches and transitions? Pastor Chris Brauns (author of When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search) will moderate discussion about this mysterious process among pastors and denominational leaders from varied backgrounds with a wealth of experience. This event will also facilitate networking among pastors looking for a pulpit and churches looking for a preacher.

Chris Brauns, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, and Rick Thompson

Gospel, Mission, and the Church
Wednesday, April 13 at 12:30pm | Skyline Ballroom, McCormick Place

How does our understanding of the gospel announcement affect the role of the gospel community? What does it mean to be missional? How do we avoid the pitfalls of mere quietism and activism? Join us for a discussion of the outworking of the gospel in the life of local churches. This event is sponsored by Moody Publishers.

Matt Chandler (moderator) will be joined by Trevin Wax, Kevin DeYoung and Jonathan Leeman.

A Pastoral Look at Vocation
Wednesday, April 13 at 12:30pm

Equipping congregation members to connect their Sunday worship with their Monday work is an important stewardship of Gospel centered ministry. The 16th Century Protestant Reformers recovered a rich theology of vocation that has dynamic implications for Gospel-centered churches today. Tom Nelson will be speaking on how a robust theology of vocation has transformed the local church ministry he serves. He will also be providing an engaging overview of his new book, Work Matters that is scheduled to be released by Crossway in October 2011.

Keith & Kristyn Getty and Friends Live in Concert
Wednesday, April 13 at 9:00pm | Skyline Ballroom, McCormick Place

Enjoy an evening with Modern Hymn-writers Keith & Kristyn Getty and their Irish band as they inspire you with new material for the church.

Keith and Kristyn Getty have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade demonstrating the ability to successfully bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary.

They are currently living, writing and touring in the USA from a base in Nashville, TN. Their latest album 'Awaken The Dawn' follows their first collection of hymns, the successful 2006 realease ‘In Christ Alone’. They are currently producing 'An Irish Christmas' for release in Sept 2011 and are writing for their forthcoming 2012 hymn project.

Recent Advancements in Biblical Counseling
Wednesday, April 13 at 12:30pm

Join in an open discussion on the current state and future role of biblical counseling in the church, hosted by David Powlison and Bob Kellemen, founding board members for the newly formed Biblical Counseling Coalition. Everyone interested in the ministry of biblical counseling is invited.

David Powlison is a counselor and faculty member at Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF).

Bob Kellemen is the founder of RPM Ministries; executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty
Thursday, April 14 at 7:30am - 8:40am | Skyline Ballroom, McCormick Place

Rob Bell’s forthcoming book Love Wins has already raised perennial questions about universalism, exclusivism, the love of God, and heaven and hell. The current controversy demands that we seek together how to understand and fit together the Scriptural testimony of God's character. What did Jesus himself say about God's wrath and hell? Why did Jesus go to the Cross? And what’s the best way to relate this teaching to a skeptical culture? How do we love our neighbors by relating this news to them?

Featured Speaker Don Carson will be joined at 8 a.m. by a panel including Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Kevin DeYoung, and Stephen Um. Following Carson's talk, the panel will field questions submitted from the audience.

Christ and City: A Post Conference on Renewing Our Cities with the Gospel
Thursday, April 14 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm | Skyline Ballroom, McCormick Place

These sessions are free and open to the general public. Register to attend at http://christandcity.com/.

2:00pm Tim Keller: "Reaching your City with the Gospel"
This session targets church planters and pastors interested in deepening their vision and strategy for reaching their city with the gospel.

Breakout Sessions
3:30pm Darrin Patrick "Church Planting: Supporting and building new gospel-centered churches for our cities"
Panel Discussion: Al Barth (moderator), Jonathan McIntosh, Doug Logan, Justin Buzzard and Felipe Assis

3:30pm Makoto Fujimura "Arts: The implications of the gospel for art and creativity."
Panel Discussion: Cam Anderson (moderator), Mike Cosper, Lecrae, Edd Blott and Jonathan Gilley

3:30pm Eric Mason "Preaching: Preaching to exalt Christ in the city: spreading a passion for the glory of God among all peoples."
Panel Discussion: Matt Chandler (moderator), Arthur Jackson, Jackson Crum and Stephen Um

3:30pm Jeff Vanderstelt "Training: Equipping people for city ministry in every sphere"
Panel Discussion: Bryan Loritts (moderator), Michael Stewart, JB Bryson, David Helm and Brian Dye

5:00pm Dinner (On Your Own)

6:30pm Tim Keller: "Generous Justice"
This session targets Christian laypeople, helping them think biblically and creatively about mercy and justice in the city.
Panel Discussion: Jon Dennis and Franklin Ballinger (moderators), Donnita Travis, Josh Wilson, Charles Jenkins and Justin Lopez

We Are Unashamed
Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 pm | Skyline Ballroom, McCormick Place

Come join Lecrae and the rest of the Reach Records artists as they exalt Christ through the medium of hip hop and display how cultural renewal is taking place through urban music.

PLENARIES

WORKSHOPS
ROUND 1
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Mark Driscoll, David Helm, Don Carson, and Ligon Duncan
David Powlison
Thabiti Anyabwile
Nancy Guthrie
Kathleen B. Nielson
Jenny Salt
Ray Ortlund Jr.
Colin Smith
Russell Moore and Voddie Baucham
Tim Savage
Eric Mason
Bob Doll
Craig Dyer and Alistair Begg
ROUND 2
Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, and Mark Dever
C. J. Mahaney
Stephen Um and Julius Kim
Juan Sanchez
Josh Harris
Sandy Willson
Mary Kassian
Kathleen B. Nielson
Gary Inrig
John Mahaffey
K. Edward Copeland
Keith and Kristyn Getty
ROUND 3
Mark Driscoll
Tony Payne and Colin Marshall
Scotty Smith
Mary Kassian
Paige Benton Brown
Jenny Salt
Stephen Um and Richard Lints
Erwin Lutzer
Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
Keith and Kristyn Getty
Michael Oh
Randy Newman
Kent Hughes

SPECIAL EVENTS
Darrin Patrick, Dave Harvey, Mike McKinley, and Tullian Tchividjian
Phil Ryken, Alistair Begg, and Mark Dever
Chris Brauns, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, and Rick Thompson
Matt Chandler, Trevin Wax, Kevin DeYoung, and Jonathan Leeman
Ligon Duncan, Kent Hughes, and David Jackman
Don Carson
Don Carson, Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, Kevin DeYoung, and Stephen Um
David Helm, Kimberly Thornbury, and Russell Moore
Tim Keller
Jeff Vanderstelt, Bryan Loritts (moderator), Michael Stewart, JB Bryson, David Helm, and Brian Dye
Tim Keller
Jon Dennis (moderator), Franklin Ballinger (moderator), Donnita Travis, Josh Wilson, Charles Jenkins, Justin Lopez, and Tim Keller