Speakers

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Tom Short, Emcee

Where do you live? Columbus, Ohio.

What's your ministry passion? Boldly proclaiming and confidently defending God’s word so that people are inspired to live their lives fully to the glory of God.

How long have you been following Christ? 46 years.

Who's in your family? My wife Roz, five children and eight grandchildren.

What's your favorite pastime? Walking with my wife, keeping up with current events, and a good game. (Go Bucks!)

What's your favorite Bible verse? “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Focus your ambitions, goals and passions on the strengths God has given you and your holy identity in Christ rather than upon your weaknesses, failures and sins.


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Berk Wilson

Where do you live? Raleigh, NC.

What's your ministry passion? The college campus, surrounding communities, and internationals.

How long have you been following Christ? 41 years.

Who's in your family? My wife Barbara, six children and seven grandchildren.

What's your favorite pastime? Building a playhouse in the backyard for the grandchildren.

What's your favorite Bible verse? “And the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go…’” (Acts 9:11)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Compared to eternity, this life is short. You make the choice — invest in this world and what it offers, or invest in eternity and what God offers through His word. One choice possibly brings temporal happiness, the other brings eternal joy.


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Chris Old

Where do you live? Columbus, Ohio.

What's your ministry passion? Building communities of Christ-followers that love Jesus, one another, and the lost.

How long have you been following Christ? 26 years.

Who's in your family? My wife Becky and three children.

What's your favorite pastime? Baseball.

What's your favorite Bible verse? “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16)

What advice would you give to the next generation? No success in life is worth a lukewarm relationship with Jesus. If you want a life of substance, make Him the center of your future plans, your time, your relationships, your vocation, and your money. To make Him the center of all these things, decide now that your first commitments will be to God's word, prayer, and your church no matter the cost. I promise, you will not regret it!


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Robbie McAlister

Where do you live? Lexington, SC.

What's your ministry passion? Missions.

How long have you been following Christ? 39 years.

Who's in your family? My wife Criss and three children.

What's your favorite pastime? Studying history, running, reading, and travel.

What's your favorite Bible verse? “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Love God, love people, and make disciples with all you’ve got until we finish the task of the Great Commission!


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Frank Liu

Where do you live? Jacksonville, Florida.

What's your ministry passion? Helping people fulfill their God-given potential.

How long have you been following Christ? 31 years.

Who's in your family? My wife Gisela and four children.

What's your favorite pastime? Spending time with my family, reading, superhero lore, and playing games that end with my winning.

What's your favorite Bible verse? “…but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Cultivate thankfulness as a life habit. Faith, humility, lovingkindness, joy, patience, courage, and good humor are all great and important attributes to develop too! But, as a family, we have found that the ability to remain thankful keeps our eyes on Christ and sustains us regardless of circumstance — blessing or trial.


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Jonathan Kimball

Where do you live? Columbus, Ohio.

What's your ministry passion? Helping students catch a vision to love Jesus Christ and discover their true identity as they serve him boldly.

How long have you been following Christ? 19 years.

Who's in your family? My wife Christine and three children.

What's your favorite pastime? Buckeye football, music, renovating houses, and mostly having adventures with my family. And also mostly Buckeye football.

What's your favorite Bible verse? “So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Jesus Christ must be the foundation of our lives. He is the reason for our past and our hope for the future. It’s through his death that we’re reconciled to God and through his resurrection that we will live forever. His promise for today is abundant life. It’s not primarily an ideology or a community that Christians have been called to follow; it is the person, Jesus Christ. He has called us to himself. And young people who build their lives on him will have a faith that is true and sturdy. They will survive the impending trials and disappointments. And they will one day meet the source and object of their faith. That day will not disappoint.


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Mike Keator

Where do you live? Kathmandu, Nepal.

What's your ministry passion? Reaching the least reached nations of the earth.

How long have you been following Christ? 53 years.

Who's in your family? My wife Su, eight children and 36 grandchildren.

What's your favorite pastime? Studying statistics on the progress of world evangelization.

What's your favorite Bible verse? "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:15–16)

What advice would you give to the next generation? “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)


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Dave Blum

Where do you live? Manassas, VA.

What’s your ministry passion? Pastoring and leading a community church. Engaging lost, unchurched and dechurched people. I have a BIG passion to communicate the Scriptures truthfully and relevantly to all of the above.

How long have you been following Christ? 43 years.

Who’s in your family? My wife Vanessa, five children and four grandchildren.

What’s your favorite pastime? Running and racing, tennis, reading history and biographies, and football (all things Green and Gold).

What’s your favorite Bible verse? “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Live passionately and authentically for the Lord, fanning into flame your gifts and talents, working through disappointment... and don’t look back!


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Matt Gordon

Where do you live? Gainesville, FL.

What’s your ministry passion? Anything that has to do with disciple-making.

How long have you been following Christ? 40 years.

Who’s in your family? My wife Jan, 11 children and four grandchildren.

What’s your favorite pastime? I love to go on hot dates with my wife, win at sports with my kids, and catch fish with anyone.

What’s your favorite Bible verse? “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Don't underestimate the value of faithfulness. Be that person that others can count on, not as a people-pleaser but as a person of godly character. “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)


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Nick Carruthers

Where do you live? Columbus, OH.

What’s your ministry passion? Teaching and equipping people to be with Jesus, to become like Jesus, and to do what Jesus did.

How long have you been following Christ? 15 years.

Who’s in your family? My wife Faith and four children.

What’s your favorite pastime? Hiking, playing and watching soccer (especially Liverpool), reading, and spending time with my family.

What’s your favorite Bible verse? “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

What advice would you give to the next generation? Jesus really is worthy of your whole life. Life is hard and following Jesus is not easy, but it is worth it because He is worth it. Culture is going to throw more and more pressure on you to compromise or to give up following Jesus, but settle it in your mind and heart to hold on to the scriptures and to hold on to Jesus.


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