- Virginia WardVirginia WardPastor Virginia Ward integrates leadership and motivational skills with knowledge of multi-generational urban youth ministry to inspire, enlighten, and empower individuals and organizations to equip the next generation of leaders.Pastor Virginia is the Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Youth and Leadership Development of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston Campus. She also serves as a pastor at the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts where her husband Bishop Lawrence Ward, is the lead pastor.Together they formed a consulting company, Wards of Wisdom, to support urban ministries seeking change. Pastor Virginia and her husband of 33 years reside in Boston and have two adult sons.
- Jenny YangJenny Yang
Jenny Yang is the vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions, representing the organization’s advocacy priorities to the U.S. government and mobilizing churches on advocacy campaigns. For more than a decade she has worked in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights, and she is on an active deployment roster for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, and contributing author to Talking Taboo: American Women Get Frank about Faith and Global Diasporas and Mission. She has written numerous articles and speaks extensively at churches, conferences, and universities across the United States. She was named one of “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today in 2012 and “7 Leaders to Follow in 2017” by Relevant Magazine.
- Deb HirschDeb Hirsch
Deb Hirsch is a speaker, church leader, and writer. She has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles. She is founder of Forge Mission Training Network and a current member of the Forge America national team. She also serves on the board of Missio Alliance.
She co-authored Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, and her new book, Redeeming Sex, reflects her own journey and attempts to bring conversations around sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development, and as a trained counselor she has worked in the field of sexuality for more than twenty-five years. She and her husband live in community with others in Los Angeles.
- Alan HirschAlan Hirsch
Alan Hirsch is founder of 100 Movements, Forge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers, three organizations that focus on pioneering leadership development and training and consulting the church as missional movement. Alan is a global thought leader on missional movements and leadership, and he has worked with churches and organizations across the world. He has led a local church movement among the marginalized, developed training systems for innovative missional leadership, and headed up the mission and revitalization work of his denomination.
Alan is an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, and Asbury Seminary among others. He is the author and co-author of numerous books including The Forgotten Ways, The Permanent Revolution, Untamed, The Shaping of Things to Come, On the Verge, and The Faith of Leap.
- Paul de NeuiPaul de Neui
Paul de Neui and his wife, Gretchen, served as Covenant missionaries in Thailand from 1987 to 2005. Paul was ordained by the ECC to Word and Sacrament in 1991. He earned a PhD in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and has served as professor of missiology and intercultural studies at North Park Theological Seminary since 2005. Paul and Gretchen have four grown children and are members of Grace Covenant Church in Chicago. Between classes and international travel Paul is a master gardener, raises earthworms, and enjoys restoring furniture rescued from Chicago alleys.
- Michael TaitMichael Tait
Michael Tait grew up in Washington, DC, and is a graduate of Liberty University. After he met TobyMac and Kevin Max in college, the three formed dcTalk, one of the most successful contemporary Christian music groups of all time. Since 2009, Michael has been the lead singer of The Newsboys, another top contemporary Christian band. During his musical career, his bands that have sold more than 14 million records, garnered him five Grammy awards, two American Music Awards and twenty Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. His music has been featured on numerous TV shows and movies. In addition to being the lead singer, he is an acclaimed songwriter. Most recently, Michael has appeared in the films God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead II and is currently filming the next installment of that series.
- Abraham Bejaranopastor, Emmanuel Covenant Church, North Ridge, CA, and director of Latino Ministries, Pacific Southwest Conference
- Mathew Jock Mosespresident of the ECC of South Sudan and Ethiopia
- Dwight Perrydean of faculty, North Park Theological Seminary
- Curtis Ivanoffsuperintendent, Alaska Conference
- Marie Bretoncreative narrator and arts educator
- Beth Seversendirector of evangelism, Make and Deepen Disciples, ECC
- Mark Seversendirector of missional congregations, Serve Globally, ECC
- Francisco RamosCovenant missionary to France
- Patricia RestrepoCovenant missionary to Mexico