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Author and Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, serves as Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership at Wheaton College, and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America and publishes research through Mission Group.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited in, interviewed by, and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Founding Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible study.
His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.
He serves as interim teaching pastor of Moody Church in Chicago and as teaching pastor at Highpoint Church.

Stetzer has written the following books:

  • Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring Our Best When the World is at Its Worst (2018),
  • Igrejas Que Transformam O Brasil (Churches that Transform Brazil, with Sergio Queiroz, 2017),
  • The Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation (with Stephen B. Bevans, Darrell L., 2016),
  • Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (with Daniel Im, 2016),
  • Transformational Groups (with Eric Geiger, 2014),
  • Subversive Kingdom: Becoming Agents of Gospel Transformation (2012),
  • The Mission of God Study Bible (with Philip Nation, 2012),
  • Compelled: Living the Mission of God (with Philip Nation, 2011),
  • MissonShift: Mission Issues in the Third Millennium (with David J. Hesselgrave, 2010),
  • Transformational Church (with Thom Rainer, 2010),
  • Spiritual Warfare & Missions (with Jerry Rankin, 2010),
  • Viral Churches: How Church Planters Can Become Movement Makers (with Warren Bird, 2010),
  • Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and Churches that Reach Them (with Richie Stanley and Jason Hayes, 2009),
  • Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living (with Philip Nation, 2008),
  • 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007),
  • Comeback Churches: How 234 Churches Turned around and Yours Can Too (with Mike Dodson, 2007),
  • Planting Missional Churches (2006),
  • Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Be a Missionary in Your Community (with David Putman, 2006),
  • Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church
Founding pastor of one of the largest churches in California, Mosaic, and author of best selling book The Last Arrow and The Way of the Warrior.

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality.

McManus is a storyteller and observer of life. His writings are an exploration of the human spirit and search for what makes us uniquely human.

His newest book, The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace, is about winning the battle of peace in your inner world so you can become the warrior the world desperately needs. In addition to writing Soul CravingsChasing DaylightThe Last Arrow, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity, Erwin authored The Artisan Soul, an exploration of human creativity, which is a Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller.

McManus, a native of El Salvador, lives in Los Angeles, California.  He holds a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University.

McManus is an artist, entrepreneur, cultural thought leader and the founder of MOSAIC, a church in Los Angeles, California and has inspired the church across the world to new expressions of faith and spirituality. MOSAIC is known for its innovation, creativity, diversity, and social entrepreneurism and has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America.

Engaging such issues as culture, creativity, change, and leadership, McManus is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator. His travels have taken him to over 50 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, including professional athletes, Wall Street investors, universities, film studios, and conferences focused on leadership, creativity, culture, and living a wholistic life.

In The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace McManus asserts that we can never win the battle of our outer world if we do not first win the battle within. He uses the life of Jesus as the ultimate example of a warrior and reminds us that a warrior fights only for peace. The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace is written for anyone who believes they were created to live and fight for more, and who long to see peace in their lives and the world.

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Founding pastor of one of America’s most influential churches, Connexus in Canada, and author of best selling book Didn’t See It Coming.

Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church. He’s the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, Didn’t See It Coming, and speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth.

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast and Carey’s blog at are accessed by millions of leaders each year.

Founding pastor of Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas, one of the most influential churches in the United States.
Todd Wagner and a small group of friends established Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas in November 1999. Watermark was born out of a desire to connect people with the richness, adventure, and fullness of life that comes through Christ alone and to reach the unchurched, de-churched, dead- churched, and unmoved. Todd serves as Senior Pastor and Elder at Watermark, which has become one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the United States. Watermark is also home to The Porch, one of the largest ministries to young adults in the country, as well as the Church Leaders Conference, which exists to encourage and challenge other leaders and faith communities with God’s vision for His Church.

Under Todd’s leadership, Watermark has been recognized as one of the top two “Best Places to Work” in Dallas-Fort Worth by The Dallas Morning News for the past five years. Out of conviction, Watermark has operated debt free since its inception.

Todd’s first published book, Come and See: Everything You Ever Wanted in the One Place You Would Never Look, was released in October 2017. He has been a keynote speaker at national and international leadership conferences and a guest contributor to The Dallas Morning News and other media outlets. His weekly video podcast, “Real Truth Real Quick” reaches tens of thousands of people each month.

Todd and his wife, Alex, alongside their six children and grandchild, love to live, laugh, and serve together in Dallas, Texas.


Conference Hosts

JOSEPH SOJOURNER“Sojo”, Host and Communicator
ANDREW STANLEYHost and Comedian


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