Speakers

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Mike Guerrero | Tuesday Morning

When Mike Guerrero was in college, he followed the desire God had placed on his heart to be a pastor—but he quickly realized how little he knew about life and people. To broaden his perspective, he enlisted in the army, spending three years at various posts in the United States.He enrolled at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he also served as youth pastor at a local church. He completed his final year of graduate work at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later served as assistant pastor at Eagle Rock Covenant Church in Los Angeles. In 1977, Mike became pastor at Shoreline Covenant Church, where he served as lead pastor for 40 years until his retirement in 2017. He recently served as transitional pastor at Highland Covenant Church and is now retired again and hopes to remain so. He and his wife, Judi, have two daughters and two grandchildren.

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Shaun Marshall | Tuesday Evening

Shaun Marshall serves as the director of congregational vitality with Start and Strengthen Churches. In this role, he provides leadership, resources, and support to help churches grow stronger for mission. Previously, Shaun served as senior pastor of Community Covenant Church in Calumet Park, Illinois; executive pastor at the Citadel of Faith Covenant Church in Detroit, Michigan; and associate minister and director of church operations at New Life Covenant Church in Chicago. As a coach, consultant, and speaker, Shaun has worked with leaders, equipping them to transform organizations, strengthen churches, and impact communities. He is also the founder of Manifest, a movement providing vocational clarity through shared experiences, resources, and coaching to help every person live on purpose. Shaun and his wife, Veronica, are raising their daughter in the Chicagoland area.

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Danielle Strickland | Wednesday Morning

Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada, where she trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently. From establishing justice departments for the Salvation Army to launching global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people toward transformational living, Danielle has served people firsthand all over the world. She is the author of five books, most recently The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom from What Enslaves You and The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What It Means to Be Human. She is host of the DJStrickland podcast, co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace, Brave Global, and Women Speakers Collective. She is a mom of three, wife to Stephen Court, and has been affectionately called the “ambassador of fun.”

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Max Lee | Thursday Morning

Max Lee has been teaching at North Park Theological Seminary as associate professor of New Testament since 2006, where he currently chairs the biblical field. He thinks of himself as "a pastor in scholar's clothing," committed to bring the best of the academy in service of the church's mission and ministry. He has served as a pastor, college campus staff, and youth pastor for churches in California, and as a short-term missionary to Japan. He preaches and teaches for several local congregations in the wider Chicago area, and his research areas include the Apostle Paul in the Greco-Roman world, the Book of Revelation, and intercultural readings of the Bible. He is married to Su, and they have two sons in college.

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Jo Saxton | Thursday Evening

Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. She has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership. Born in London to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Jo credits her parents’ unrelenting work ethic to the bold, tenacious approach she takes to sharing her wisdom on identity, influence, and living an authentic life. Her latest book, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For, helps readers tackle their past and learn how to create the legacy they want. Jo lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters.

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Bobby Gruenewald | Friday Morning

Bobby Gruenewald is passionate about exploring new ideas and finding practical ways to leverage them for the global church. He serves as pastor and innovation leader at Life.Church, a multi-site church based in Oklahoma. Meeting in more than 30 different physical locations and globally online, the church is devoted to helping people around the world become fully devoted followers of Christ. Gruenewald is also the founder of the YouVersion Bible App, which has been installed on over 400 million devices.

Working with senior pastor Craig Groeschel, Gruenewald has helped shape Life.Church’s missional approach to technology, reaching people in every country in the world through initiatives like Church Online, the YouVersion Bible App, and the Bible App for Kids. Rooted in a strong belief that churches can accomplish more working together, Life.Church has created a suite of free tools for church leaders including open resources, an online library of sermons, ministry resources, and ideas.

As one of the leading voices in the church on innovation and the use of technology, Gruenewald frequently writes and speaks on the topic and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, TechCrunch, CNN, CBS, Stanford Business Magazine, and more. He was also named to Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Prior to joining the Life.Church team in 2001, he started and sold two technology companies as well as served in advisory capacities for various startups and venture capital funds. His focus now is completely on Life.Church and the incredible things God is doing in lives of people each day. Gruenewald and his wife, Melissa, live in Edmond, Oklahoma, with their four children.