2017 Featured Speakers


Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year. He currently serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Visit Lee’s website at: www.leestrobel.com

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The Case for Christian Education  |  Thursday, February 2 at 8 a.m.  |  Room: Executive Ballroom H/I

David kinnaman

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good FaithYou Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.

Educating the Next Generation in a Society that Considers Christianity Irrelevant or Extreme  |  Friday, February 3 at 8 a.m.  |  Room: Executive Ballroom H/I

Dan Egeler

Dr. Dan Egeler is the president of ACSI. His strength is passionately communicating how God is using Christian schooling around the world to accomplish God’s purpose. Dr. Egeler’s experiences equip him to address the challenge of how ACSI can train the next generation of Christian educators and leaders around the world to establish self-sustaining Christian schooling movements. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.   

Strengthened in Unity  |  Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m.  |  Room: Executive Ballroom H/I

Bill Brown

Dr. William E. (Bill) Brown led two Christian universities as President - Bryan College (1993-2003) and Cedarville University (2003-2013). Currently, he is the Senior Fellow of Worldview and Culture at the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He also directs the Colson Fellows Program (formerly, the Centurions Program). He serves as the Senior Executive of WorldAPP, and is a partner in the firm, Partnership Advisors.

Dr. Brown is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview, and Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips and John Stonestreet). He also is the Executive Producer and speaker for the multiple award-winning DVD series, re:View worldview study. Dr. Brown and his wife, Lynne, have been married since 1976. They have two children – April and Alex, and three grandchildren.

Now What? Do Christian Schools Really Make a Difference?  |  Friday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m.  |  Room: Executive Ballroom H/I

Aaron Keyes

Aaron and his wife, Megan, are the delighted parents of four sons (Cooper, Judah, Nyle, and Linen). They have been married for 15 years and live in the Atlanta area. Aaron is a singer-songwriter, worship pastor, husband, and father. He has served as a worship pastor for over 15 years. Aaron and his band travel nationally and internationally, leading worship and training leaders. In 2007, the Keyes launched their worship school, with four students coming to live in their basement and on their tour bus for six months of discipleship. Since then, many worship pastors from around the world have come through their home, gone through their training, and become part of the broader family, now called 10,000 Fathers.


Connecting with Students in Chapel: Music, Worship, and Message
Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m.  |  Room: Salon 3