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Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Randy Harris

Sunday, 7 p.m. at University Church of Christ

God’s Standing Ovation:  Praising His Glorious Grace, Ephesians 1:3-14

Randy will reflect on how God graces the church with blessings upon blessings, all to his glory. God – In Jesus by means of the Spirit – calls, redeems and seals us for his good purposes.  How delightful for all of us to rise and give God, our great Benefactor, a standing ovation.

Harris currently teaches freshman Bible, undergraduate theology, introduction to philosophy and advanced preaching. Harris taught for 10 years at Lipscomb University in Nashville and preached at Donelson Church of Christ while teaching. For the past 10 years, he has been on the faculty at ACU. He also formerly was the preacher at S. 11th and Willis Church of Christ.

Alan Jacobs

Monday 11 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium How To Think:  A Survival Guide for a World at Odds Using messages from his book by this name, Jacobs describes positive modes of thought allowing us to communicate effectively and love each other in spite of our differences.  Key themes include the dangers of thinking against others, the need to find the best people to think with, the error of believeing we can think for ourselves, the conflict between thinking and belonging, and the dangers of words that do our thinking for us. Jacobs is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program of Baylor University, and before that taught for many years at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is a native of Alabama, has been married for 37 years, and has one grown son. He has written five other books and frequently writes for different magazines.

Jordan Lee and Matt Dooley

Monday 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum Your Brokenness is Welcome Here, Ephesians 2:11-22

We all know that a growing partisan spirit divides communities in society today.  Neighborhoods, cities and nations are becoming more divisive.  The old walls that often divided us – ethnicity, gender and class – are being fortified by new bigotries.  The Dooleys will remind us that the church exists as an alternative way of peace and the witness of a gospel that radically includes all.

Jordan Lee Dooley is the woman behind the popular social media accounts and blog Soul Scripts. She provides wisdom and encouragement for young women all over the world through her posts and books. Matt, her husband, is a mentor and coach at heart. He played four years of NCAA D1 football and then went on to have a run with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He provides wisdom from his years in athletics and with a boldly direct yet wise and relatable voice, he’s not afraid to say the hard truth and is highly respected by men and women alike.  They live in Indiana with their dog, Hoosier.

Jerry Taylor

Tuesday 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum God Imagines Our Future:  Being Filled With the Spirit, Ephesians 5:1-21

Who better than Jerry to prompt us of God’s call to imitate him and embolden us to emulate Jesus’ way of love and self-sacrifice?  Our journey to follow Jesus transforms us into a people of holiness.  Jerry will proclaim how the Spirit within us seasons our conversations, rewrites our heart’s melodies, inspires our thanksgivings, and enables our submissive service.

Jerry Taylor is Associate Professor of Bible at ACU. He attended public schools in West Tennessee, graduating from Millington Central High School in 1980. He later earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Jerry has served as the minister of churches of Christ in Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia, and authored the book Courageous Compassion (ACU Press, 2011). He travels extensively speaking at national conferences, and is a popular lecturer at retreats and Gospel meetings. Jerry is married to Patricia (Bowden) Taylor, and they have two children, Alisha and Jeremiah. The Taylor family lives in Abilene and attends the Highland Church of Christ.

Also speaking in: Racial Wholeness

Don McLaughlin

Wednesday 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum God’s Empowering Protection:  Taking Our Stand, Ephesians 6:10-20

Don will challenge us to courageously take a stand with confidence provided through heavenly power to not only withstsand the principalities and powers of the world, but also impact our neighborhoods for the cause of Christ by proclaiming the mysteries of God’s intent.

Don McLaughlin came to his personal faith in college, where he also met the love of his life, Susan. They raised five amazing adults, and they love being grandparents. Don has served as the preaching pastor for the North Atlanta Church in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1997.

Also speaking in: Preaching Wholeness

Pathway Guides

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson

Pathway Guide For:

Small Church Wholeness

is the minister at the Cisco Church of Christ and the campground director at Lake Cisco Christian Camp. He and his wife, Robyn, have three children: Alyssa, Zack, and Heather.

Curt Niccum

Curt Niccum

Pathway Guide For:

Biblical Wholeness

is the Associate Director of ACU’s Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts (CSART). He has worked for the Dead Sea Scrolls Project and been a consultant for the Museum of the Bible. He currently teaches New Testament text courses and biblical languages at ACU.

Sam Souder

Sam Souder

Pathway Guide For:

Worship Wholeness

serves as the worship minister at the Monterey Church of Christ in Lubbock, TX, where he and his wife, Tara, have lived for the last several years. An avid musician, Sam has arranged songs that are sung in churches of Christ all over the country.

Berlin Fang

Berlin Fang

Pathway Guide For:

Technology Wholeness

is the Director of Instructional Design at Abilene Christian University, as well as an author writing about educational technology and cross-cultural comparisons of education.

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton

Pathway Guide For:

Mercy and Justice Wholeness

teaches courses in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament. He preaches regularly in churches and writes curricula for adult Christian education programs. He also serves as an elder of the University Church of Christ in Abilene.

Casey McCollum

Casey McCollum

Pathway Guide For:

Discovering the Enneagram

received both a youth ministry degree and an M.Div from ACU and spent 15 years in ministry. He is married to Kasey who also received a youth ministry degree and an M.Div from ACU and now serves as a hospital chaplain. They have two kids and live in Denton, TX.

Jerry Taylor

Jerry Taylor

Pathway Guide For:

Racial Wholeness

is Associate Professor of Bible at ACU. Jerry is married to Patricia (Bowden) Taylor, and they have two children, Alisha and Jeremiah. The Taylor family lives in Abilene and attends the Highland Church of Christ.

John Weaver

John Weaver

Pathway Guide For:

Technology Wholeness

is Dean of Library Services and Educational Technology at ACU, and is the preaching minister for the Oak Street Church of Christ in Abilene, TX. He currently teaches university courses on the New Testament, and also the use of technology in ministry. He and his wife, Vivi, have five children.

Eddie Sharp

Eddie Sharp

Pathway Guide For:

Preaching Wholeness

has served as the preaching minister for the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin, Texas since 2008. Eddie and Annette have been involved in counseling ministers and their families through the years. He has been in ministry since 1971.

Neal Coates

Neal Coates

Pathway Guide For:

Ethical Wholeness

is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice at Abilene Christian University.  He has taught at ACU since 1999, and has been blessed with his wife to take their four children to participate in Zambia Medical Mission.

Eric Gentry

Eric Gentry

Pathway Guide For:

Congregational Wholeness

has a BA in Biblical Text and a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University. His wife Lindsey and their two boys have been at Highland Church of Christ in Memphis since 2012, where he serves as Associate Preaching Minister.

Ben Pickett

Ben Pickett

Pathway Guide For:

Discipleship Wholeness

serves as the Discipleship Minister for the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, TX. Ben and his wife Kerry have been married 26 years and have two sons, Brady, and Eli.

Phil McKinney

Phil McKinney

Pathway Guide For:

Discipleship Wholeness

is the Discipleship Minister at the Fairfax Church of Christ in Fairfax, VA. Phil has been married to his wife Angie for 22 years and they have three beautiful daughters, Kaylee, Taylor, and Rylie.

Curtis Alexander King

Curtis Alexander King

Pathway Guide For:

Racial Wholeness

is the associate director of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry at ACU and the associate interim minister of the North 10th and Treadaway Church of Christ (Abilene, TX).

Les Ferguson

Les Ferguson

Pathway Guide For:

Still Wrestling

left the ministry after his wife and disabled son were murdered in 2011 by a member of his  congregation. After years of soul-searching and conversations with God, he has returned to the pulpit as minister of a church.

Garry Bailey

Garry Bailey

Pathway Guide For:

Interfaith Wholeness

teaches courses in Communication and Conflict Management at ACU. He serves the Highland Church of Christ as Co-Chair for the missions initiative to do Peacemaking in the Muslim Majority World. He lives in Abilene, is married to Janet, and has two children, Annie and Ethan.

All Speakers

Stephen Fowl

Stephen Fowl

is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. Steve is the author of many books and articles including a commentary on Ephesians. Steve and his wife Melinda have two grown sons.

Speaking in:

Preaching Wholeness

Colt McCook

Colt McCook

is preaching minister for the North Main Church of Christ in Winters, Texas. He and his wife, Kristen, have two sons: Caleb and Joshua.

Speaking in:

Small Church Wholeness

Frederick D. Aquino

Frederick D. Aquino

is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian University. He specializes in religious epistemology, the epistemology of theology, John Henry Newman, and Maximus the confessor.

Speaking in:

Biblical Wholeness

Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson

recently completed her Master’s degree in English at ACU and is currently working on her PhD at TCU in Ft. Worth. Alyssa grew up in various small churches and has experience being a part of ministries both large and small.

Speaking in:

Small Church Wholeness

David Nelson

David Nelson

graduated from ACU in 2009 with a Masters in Christian Ministry. They have three grown boys and two grandchildren. David has served as missionary to New Zealand, full-time minister in Michigan and Illinois, worship leader and elder.

Speaking in:

Small Church Wholeness

Jim Weaver

Jim Weaver

helps equip rural churches and ministers to make and mature Christ-followers who rely on the transformative power of the Holy Spirit to become and do like Jesus. He has been married for 33 years to Ashley Weaver. 

Speaking in:

Small Church Wholeness

Sam Gonzalez

Sam Gonzalez

is the Campus Minister for Oak Hills Church Alamo Ranch Campus in San Antonio, TX. Sam and his wife, Ann have four daughters: Victoria, Sofia, Olivia and Isabella.

Speaking in:

Preaching Wholeness

John Dyer

John Dyer

is the Executive Director of Communications and Educational Technology and Adjunct Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary.  He and wife lovely wife Amber have two delightful children: Benjamin and Rebecca.

Speaking in:

Technology Wholeness

Jonathan Witt

Jonathan Witt

is a senior fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He and his wife have three adult children and live in Denton, Texas.

Speaking in:

Ethical Wholeness

Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Jennifer W. Shewmaker

is the assistant provost for teaching, learning, and inquiry; a professor of psychology; and the executive director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at ACU. She is a mother to three daughters and a nationally certified school psychologist who has worked with hundreds of families, children, teachers, and community organizations in her career.

Speaking in:

Technology Wholeness

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell

serves as the Student Life Minister at the New Braunfels Church of Christ, New Braunfels, Texas. He and his wife Sherah live in New Braunfels with their three children.

Speaking in:

Worship Wholeness

Wilson McCoy

Wilson McCoy

has served as the Associate Minister at the College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon, TN for the past eight years working with young professionals, preaching and teaching, and small groups. He is married to his best friend Jessica.

Speaking in:

Congregational Wholeness

Jessica McCoy

Jessica McCoy

owns her own private counseling practice in Nashville, TN where she specializes in working with women with anxiety and depression. She is married to Wilson.

Speaking in:

Congregational Wholeness

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

serves as the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University in Malibu California. Wilson is a certified Spiritual Director, Executive Coach and is a religion blogger. He and his wife Sharita have two sons Canaan and Jordan.

Speaking in:

Congregational Wholeness

Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith

is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mandy and her husband Jamie live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm.

Speaking in:

Congregational Wholeness

Mike Cope

Mike Cope

is the Director of Ministry Outreach for Pepperdine University, currently leading the school’s “Thriving in Ministry” project, funded by the Lilly Endowment. Mike and his wife, Diane, live in Abilene, Texas, and have been married 40 years.

Speaking in:

Congregational Wholeness

Brandon W. Jones

Brandon W. Jones

currently serves as Associate Director for Student Learning and Development in University Housing and Dining at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married since 2011 and they have 2 children, Alissa and Brandon II.

Speaking in:

Racial Wholeness

Taylor Belt

Taylor Belt

is the Worship Arts and Media Minister at the Vancouver Church of Christ. He and his wife Kristi have two boys, Carter and Jackson.

Speaking in:

Worship Wholeness

Alvin Curette, Jr.

Alvin Curette, Jr.

is a proud husband, father, and professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Alvin’s goal is for his life to be an inspiration, and his motto is “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required.”

Speaking in:

Racial Wholeness

Darren Hagood

Darren Hagood

is a Master’s of Divinity student in ACU’s Graduate School of Theology as well as the executive assistant to Dr. Jerry Taylor in the Carl’s Spain Center for Race and Spiritual Action. Darren is married to Gloria Hagood.

Speaking in:

Racial Wholeness

Gloria Hagood

Gloria Hagood

is a Master of Divinity student at Abilene Christian University and a member of Nth 10th and Treadaway Church of Christ. She is married to Darren Hagood.

Speaking in:

Racial Wholeness

Walter Taylor

Walter Taylor

is the Chief Strategy Officer for the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority.  He lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Martrese and their 4 children.

Speaking in:

Racial Wholeness

Jackie Halstead

Jackie Halstead

is the CEO of Selah Center for Spiritual Formation located in Nashville, Tennessee. Jackie has been married to Randy for 36 years and has two daughters, Eryn (married to Stephen) and Ashley.

Speaking in:

Discipleship Wholeness

Shannon McAlister

Shannon McAlister

is an Assistant Professor of Spirituality at Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York. Shannon currently serves as a Coordinator of the Emerging Scholars Group of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.

Speaking in:

Discipleship Wholeness

Kelli Gibson

Kelli Gibson

is assistant professor of historical theology in the Graduate School of Theology. She teaches Greek and Syriac language, the history of Christianity, the development of Christian doctrine, and the history of Muslim-Christian relations. She is married to Ian.

Speaking in:

Biblical Wholeness

Amy Bost-Henegar

Amy Bost-Henegar

is a Minister for the Manhattan Church of Christ in New York City. Amy is trained as a pastoral coach. She lives in Fleetwood, New York, with her husband and five kids.

Speaking in:

Preaching Wholeness

Matthew Worthington

Matthew Worthington

is wrapping up public policy studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Matthew lives in Austin with his wife, Jess (’08), and their two girls.

Speaking in:

Racial Wholeness

Glenn Pemberton

Glenn Pemberton

is a minister turned professor turned writer.  He taught at OCU before coming to ACU from which he retired as professor emeritus. Glenn now spends his time writing for the church. Glenn has authored several books, his latest is set to be released in September of this year.

Speaking in:

Biblical Wholeness

David Trobisch

David Trobisch

is on the editorial board of the Greek New Testament (Nestle-Aland edition) and serves as an advising scholar for Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, and Europe. Born in Cameroon as the son of Lutheran missionaries, David Trobisch grew up in West Africa.

Speaking in:

Biblical Wholeness

John H. Boyles

John H. Boyles

is Assistant Professor in the Department of Bible, Missions, and Ministry and a member of the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene. He and his wife, Lauren, came to Abilene in 2016.

Speaking in:

Biblical Wholeness

Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson

is currently the Worship Minister for the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene.  Jeff has been leading worship for the past 35 years. He and his wife, Carol, have two grown children, Christopher and Nataleigh.  

Speaking in:

Worship Wholeness

Chad Higgins

Chad Higgins

has served as the Worship Minister for the Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas, TX. Chad enjoys spending time with his wife Rhesa and their three children, Raemey, Ryleigh and Caysson.

Speaking in:

Worship Wholeness

Darrell Wesley

Darrell Wesley

is a theologian, philosopher, and pastor.   He currently serves as Senior Pastor for Amos Temple CME Church in Riverside, CA and adjunct professor of Religion and Philosophy at Vincennes University.

Speaking in:

Racial Wholeness

Les Parrott

Les Parrott

is a professor of psychology at Northwest University. He and his wife, Leslie, make a husband-and-wife team that travel, write, and share how to develop healthy marriages.

Speaking in:

Marriage Wholeness

Pat Bills

Pat Bills

is Lead Minister and a primary voice of leadership for the Highland Oaks Church. Pat holds degrees in ministry from Harding University and Lipscomb University and completed his doctorate of ministry in 2017.

Speaking in:

Worship Wholeness

Sandra Henderson

Sandra Henderson

has been the Worship Minister for the College Church of Christ in Fresno, CA for over 20 years. She is married to Lex Henderson for 31 years with two beautiful children, daughter Ashley (also a graduate of ACU) and son, Avery, who are both living lives dedicated to the Lord.

Speaking in:

Worship Wholeness