Plenary Speakers

Ligon Duncan

The Gospel by Numbers (Numbers 5)

Ligon Duncan is Chancellor/CEO of the Reformed Theological Seminary system and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and reared in a Christian home, he did his studies at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (MDiv & MA); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (PhD). Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children. Ligon has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books, most recently including: Preaching the Cross, Fear Not: Death and the Afterlife from a Christian Perspective, In My Place Condemned He Stood, Does Grace Grow Best in Winter?.

Albert Mohler

The Open Door is the Only Door: The Singularity of the Gospel in a Pluralistic Age (Acts 4)

R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. He came to the presidency of Southern Seminary from service as editor of The Christian Index, the oldest of the state papers serving the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Mohler is a member of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is author of The Conviction to Lead, He is Not Silent, and Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timless Truth. He is married to Mary, and they have two children.

Mark Dever

The Certain Victory of Christ’s Church an Encouragement to Evangelism (Isaiah 36-37)

Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Mark holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries. Mark has authored several books and articles, most recently, What is a Healthy Church? and The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill. They have two adult children.

John MacArthur

Mass Defection: The Great Physician Confronts the Pathology of Counterfeit Faith (John 6)

John MacArthur is the president of The Master’s College and Seminary and featured teacher with Grace to You. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John took the pastorate at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. Since completing his first best-selling book, The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has written hundreds of other books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fifteen grandchildren.

David Platt

Relenting Wrath: The Role of Desperate Prayer in the Mystery of Divine Providence (Exodus 32)

David Platt is the senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. David practices what he preaches through his travel nationally and internationally, teaching from God’s Word in churches, seminaries, the underground church or even under a shade tree in Africa or Latin America. He married his wife, Heather, in 1999 and they are parents of four children.

John Piper

Persuading, Pleading and Predestination: Human Means in the Miracle of Conversion 

John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

Kevin DeYoung

Never Spoke a Man Like This Before: Inerrancy, Evangelism and Christ’s Unbreakable Bible (John 10:35)

Kevin DeYoung has been the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, since August 2004. Prior to serving at URC, Kevin was the associate pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Kevin holds a Master of Divintiy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including The Hole in Our Holiness, The Good News We Almost Forgot, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have five children.

Thabiti Anyabwile

The Happiness of Heaven in the Repentance of Sinners (Luke 15)

Thabiti Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.

Matt Chandler

Christ is All (II Tim. 1:8-14)

Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor for teaching at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. He assumed this role in August 2002 after several years of serving on a local church staff and as an itinerant preacher. Matt is involved in church planting around Dallas and across the world through The Village Church and other partnerships such as Acts 29, which he serves as president. He is the author of The Explicit Gospel and Creature of the Word. He and his wife, Lauren, live with their three children in Highland Village, Texas.

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Breakout Speakers


Ed Copeland

Evangelistic Ministry in Traditional African American Churches

Pastor Copeland serves as pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. He is a musician, composer, preacher, lecturer, author and attorney. He is the author of Riding in the Second Chariot, a guide for ministers and church leaders. Rev. Copeland graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1984 with a B.A. in English/Rhetoric. Since then he has earned a J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He is currently working on his D. Min. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is married to his beautiful wife, Starla, and they have three children.


Leonce Crump

Church Planting as a Means of Evangelism

Leonce Crump is the Elder for Vision, Preaching and Leadership at Renovation Church in Atlanta, GA. Originally from Louisiana and raised Roman Catholic, Leonce began following Jesus at age 16. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds Masters degrees in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Case Law (University of Tennessee), Missional Leadership (Resurgence Theological Training Center), and is currently finishing his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. At Oklahoma he was an All-American wrestler and played defensive end on the Sooner football team. After college he competed to make the world team in wrestling, played professional football for the New Orleans Saints and coached collegiate wrestling. In 2006, he felt called to plant a church and through prayerful seeking of direction settled on the under-served area of downtown Atlanta. Leonce and his wife, Breanna, have lived in Atlanta for over 4 years, and have two daughters.


Juan Sanchez

Building an Evangelistic Church

Juan Sanchez has served as the preaching pastor and elder of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, TX since 2005. He was converted to Christ in 1983 at the age of 17. Juan earned an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Florida. He later earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is currently completing his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from the same institution. Juan and his wife have five daughters.


Simon Gathercole

How Biblical Studies are Helping Apologetics (with Peter Williams)

Simon Gathercole is a New Testament scholar, editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, an elder at Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge, and Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies and Director of Studies at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University in England. He was formerly Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland for seven years. Gathercole received a MA at Cambridge, and later completed a MTh and PhD at the University of Durham. Some of Dr. Gathercole’s books include: Where is Boasting? Early Jewish Soteriology and the New Perspective on Paul, and The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark and Luke. He is an acknowledged expert on early apocryphal gospels, having written The Gospel of Judas: Rewriting Early Christianity.


Peter Williams

How Biblical Studies are Helping Apologetics (with Simon Gathercole)

Peter Williams is the current warden (president) of Tyndale House and a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and a lecturer at University of Cambridge in England. Dr. Williams earned his M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. at Cambridge University studying ancient languages. He is the author of several books and publications including Early Syriac Translation Technique and the Textual Criticism of the Greek Gospels. His research includes the early history of translation with particular focus on translation of the Bible and textual criticism. He resides in Cambridge, England with his wife and two children.


Dave Russell

Mobilizing the Church to Evangelize on Campus

Dave Russell is the Director for Campus Outreach DC, a college ministry based out of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where he also serves as an elder.  God’s work in Dave’s life as a college student at UNC Charlotte, ultimately led him to desire to work in Christian ministry.  For the last 14 years, he has worked with Campus Outreach to evangelize and disciple on college campuses.  After 10 years of serving with Campus Outreach in North Carolina, Dave moved to Washington, DC in 2010 to start Campus Outreach DC.  Dave is presently finishing up his Masters of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Carrie, and their four children.


Owen Strachan

The Pastor as Public Theologian in an Increasingly Hostile Culture

Owen Strachan is the Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, KY. From 2008-2010, he was the full-time Managing Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Associate Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS. He holds an A.B. from Bowdoin College in History, M. Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of six books and contributed to publications including The Atlantic, First Things, Christianity Today, and the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. Owen currently resides in Louisville with his wife, Bethany and their two children.


David Sinclair

Distinctives of God-Centered Evangelism

David Sinclair is the senior pastor of Clemson Presbyterian Church. David grew up in Greenville, SC and after graduating from Clemson University and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, he returned to Clemson to begin a work with Reformed University Fellowship and help with the plant of Clemson Presbyterian Church in 1984. In 1997, he received his doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and was called as Senior Pastor to Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC where he pastored for 10 years. Then in 2007 he accepted a call back to Clemson Presbyterian Church where he presently serves as Senior Pastor. David is married to Becky and they have three grown children and a daughter-in-law.


Mack Stiles

Developing a Culture of Evangelism in Your Church

Mack Stiles is CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger and Speaking of Jesus. Mack enjoys photography and snow skiing, but most of all loves thinking through how to apply the gospel of grace to issues confronting students in the university world. He is married to Leeann, and they are parents of three sons.

Ligon Duncan

The Importance of Inerrancy for Evangelism in Missions (with Albert Mohler)

Albert Mohler

The Importance of Inerrancy for Evangelism in Missions (with Ligon Duncan)

Mez McConnell

Church Planting in Hard Places

Mez McConnell, is the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the founder of 20schemes and has been involved in full time pastoral ministry, both church planting and revitalisation since 1999. He has worked in inner city areas in England, Scotland and Brazil and has a passion for training men and women for ministry in this context. He has written 2 books: Preparing for Baptism: A Personal Diary (Grace Publications Trust), and Is There Anybody Out There? (Christian Focus).

Mez studied Missiology at Moorland Bible College, England and Pastoral Theology at Bryntirion Bible College, Wales. He has been married to Miriam for 15 years and has two lovely daughters, Keziah & Lydia.

Mike McKinley

Church Planting in Hard Places

Mike McKinley is the lead pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church in Sterling, VA. He is the author of several books, including “Am I Really a Christian?” and “Passion: How Christ’s Final Day Changes Your Every Day”. Mike and his wife Karen have five children.


Title: “D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Pastor-Evangelist”
Chair: Mark Dever
Panelists: Elizabeth Catherwood (daughter of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones), Iain Murray (biographer of D. Martin Llyod Jones)

Title: “Homosexuality: Our Third Rail?”
Chair: Albert Mohler
Panelists: Russell Moore, Sam Alberry (author of “Is God anti-gay?”)

Title: “Preaching Sanctification”
Chair: Matt Chandler
Panelists: Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, David Platt, and Derek Thomas (Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC)

Title: “Denominations: Your Grandfather’s Oldsmobile?”
Chair: Ligon Duncan
Panelists: Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, and John Yates (Rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, VA)

Title: “Stump the Panel”
Chair: Mike McKinley
Panelists: Ligon Duncan, Albert Mohler, Mark Dever, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Simon Gathercole

Title: Future Theological Threats
Chair: Mark Dever
Panelists: Ligon Duncan, Albert Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, Simon Gathercole, and Peter Williams