Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 23 books on daily living and the Christian life. Elyse loves to proclaim the good news of the gospel: That Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, perfectly obeyed all the Law in our place, suffered in isolation and agony as punishment for our sin, died, and then rose again, all for our justification.
A frequent speaker at conferences, she has been married for over 40 years and has three adult children and six really adorable grandchildren. Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley Center Community Church , a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center.
Lead pastor of Church of the Beloved, Dave has ministered in diverse contexts both here and abroad. He has spoken at top universities including Harvard, Cornell, and Wheaton College. Dave graduated from Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Planted in 2012, the Church of the Beloved’s vision is to see the gospel transform people into Spirit filled disciples who know they are the beloved of God because of Christ alone. Currently, the church has seven new church plants in Chicago, Seattle, and Washington D.C., with thirty five nations represented. [thebelovedchurch.org]
Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over ten years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks at conferences, on college campuses, and in churches. He has co-authored with his mother their memoir (now in seven languages), Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope and he is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary. Dr. Yuan’s latest book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story, was released in November.
Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith, Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year. Her second book, Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home, was published in 2016. Both books have been produced as original video series by RightNow Media. Finalist for The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association New Author Award in 2015, Jen writes widely for both print and digital publications. Additionally, Jen travels to speak at churches, conferences, and retreats. Jen holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and an M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She is married to Ryan, and they have five school-age children and live in Toronto. You can find more at www.jenpollockmichel.com or follow Jen on Twitter @jenpmichel.
Cameron has a B.A. in Latin and English and an M.A. in Education, all from Wake Forest; and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the founding chairman of Rooted Ministry and the co-editor of “Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practice Guide” (Crossway, 2016). He has been the Director of Youth Ministries at the Cathedral Church of the Advent since December of 2005, and in January of 2016 his duties expanded to include Children, Youth, and Families.
Kevin Yi is one of the youth pastors at Church Everyday in Los Angeles, CA and has been serving the middle school and high school students for over 14 years. He is a bi-vocational pastor and is also a video editor and associate producer with Toonzone Studios in Hollywood. He is also the founder of truthmattersministries.com. Him and his wife Tracy are celebrating 10 years of marriage together and have 3 children: Caden, Isabella, and Ian. He will be starting his Master of Arts in Philosophy at Talbot Theological Seminary in the Fall of 2017.
Chelsea Kingston Erickson
Chelsea serves as youth pastor at First Congregational Church in Hamilton, MA, where she lives with her husband, Steve. She holds an M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and loves a good party, good conversation, and a good espresso.