We invited a panel of experts, creators, thought and visionary leaders from all 7 channels of culture. With our no topic off-limits approach, you will discover how to navigate the tensions of our time and engage the people you serve.
MEANING IN THE METAVERSE
ADOPTION IS AN OPTION
BUILD THE PARALLEL
RECOVERING OUR HUMANITY
Malcolm Gladwell will be participating virtually at the Culture Summit.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
THE FALLACY OF CONTROL
Sharon leads Bright City Church in Durham, NC with her husband, Ike, which they planted together in 2018. Sharon earned her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and her PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where she researched the topic of women and calling. In addition to writing for sites like Christianity Today, She Reads Truth, Propel, Relevant, and more, she is the author of two books: Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It’s Not about You, and Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked And How God Calls Us to More. Sharon travels the country speaking at churches and conferences, and then she loves to return home to her three awesome kids!
COMFORT IN CHAOS
Faith Eury Cho has been a preacher since she was 19-years-old and continues to have a burning passion to know the presence of God, articulate the gospel, and champion the marginalized. Alongside her husband David, Faith planted and co-pastors Mosaic Covenant Church of NJ. In addition, she is also the founder of The Honor Summit, a nonprofit organization that centers Asian American women’s voices in the mission of God. She is also an itinerant speaker and writer. However, her most precious role is being a mother to her four children.
DISCERNING THE NEWS
Batya Ungar-Sargon is the deputy opinion editor of Newsweek and the author of Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy.
PROCLAIMING HIS NAME
Rashawn Copeland is the author of Start Where You Are and the founder of I’m So Blessed Daily and Without Walls Ministries.
Founder of the largest Christian Facebook network, reaching millions daily, he is also the host of the Scripture and Stories podcast on the Converge Podcast Network. He has served alongside notable brands such as Life Church (YouVersion), the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, the Museum of the Bible, Pureflix, and many others.
A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, he is currently earning his MDiv at Liberty University and lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Denisse, and their four children.
THE FUTURE OF WAR
Joining us virtually, Dr. Alina Polyakova is President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis as well as an adjunct professor of European studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Polyakova is a recognized expert on transatlantic relations, European security, Russian foreign policy, digital authoritarianism, and populism in democracies. She is the author of the book, The Dark Side of European Integration, which examines the rise of far-right political movements in Europe, as well as dozens of major reports and articles in outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic, and others. She is a frequent commentator in major media outlets, such as Fox News, CNN, and BBC.
Prior to joining CEPA, Dr. Polyakova was the Founding Director for Global Democracy and Emerging Technology at the Brookings Institution and prior to that served as Director of Research for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council. She has held numerous prestigious fellowships, including at the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others. She also serves on the board of the Free Russia Foundation and the Institute of Modern Russia.
Dr. Polyakova holds a Ph.D. and MA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Emory University.
THE NEXT TRENDS
David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Faith For Exiles, Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is CEO 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 more than two million individuals and overseen thousands of U.S. and global research studies. He lives in California with his three children.
THE ETHICS OF CYBERSECURITY
Paul J. Maurer is the president of Montreat College. Prior to Montreat College, Dr. Maurer served as senior vice president for external relations at Gordon College, and prior to Gordon, he served as president of Sterling College – both sister institutions to Montreat College within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
QUESTIONING CLIMATE CHANGE
Joining us virtually, Steven Koonin joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences in September 2012.
Dr. Koonin was confirmed by the Senate in May 2009 as Undersecretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, serving in that position until November, 2011. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he was BP’s Chief Scientist, where he was a strong advocate for research into renewable energies and alternate fuel sources. He came to BP in 2004 after almost three decades as Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology, serving as the Institute’s Vice President and Provost for the last nine years.
Dr. Koonin is the author of “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters.”
Dr. Koonin received his B.S. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from MIT.
BECOMING HUMAN AGAIN
Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His writing explores faith, culture, and the image of God in the domains of technology, power, leadership, and the arts. He is the author of five books (plus another with his daughter, Amy Crouch): The Life We’re Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World (forthcoming from Convergent in April 2022), The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.
PROPHECY FOR THE PRESENT
Brad is the Founder and Executive Director of Walking The Text, a non-profit organization that creates resources and study trips to Bible Lands to help people understand the Bible in its original context so that they can learn, love, and live it out every day. He has traveled extensively to the biblical lands of Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Greece, and has been leading study trips to Israel and Turkey since 2010. Brad is a national speaker, author, Make Your Mark: Getting Right What Samson Got Wrong, and former teaching pastor, with over 10 years of serving in the local church. Brad has a Business Management degree from Cornerstone University, a Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary, and has done additional graduate work at Jerusalem University College. He and his wife, Shallon, live with their four children in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kirsten Watson is a daughter of the King, wife of retired 16-season NFL player Benjamin Watson, Mommy to 7 kiddos, author and executive editor of Mom Life Today. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing and Spanish, Kirsten worked for a Fortune 500 company and then entered into the nonprofit arena. With Benjamin she founded the One More Foundation, which is devoted to spreading the love and hope to “one more” soul. After many moves across the US, she is now CEO of a family of 9. She is a self-proclaimed “Foodie” who loves time with family and friends having deep conversations about life and Kingdom building. She has a heart for young girls and women and truly desires to speak truth in love when it comes to navigating life.
Benjamin is a 16 year retired NFL star, husband to his wife Kirsten for 16 years, Daddy to 7 kids, ESPN sports commentator, author, and a voice to the voiceless. Benjamin was a key playmaker for teams such as the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and the New Orleans Saints. His passion for football mirrors his passion for giving back. Through their foundation One More, he is devoted to spreading the love and hope to “one more” soul. Benjamin has authored 2 books, Under Our Skin, which garnered critical acclaim and eventually led to the release of his highly anticipated second literary work, The New Dad’s Playbook. Presently, Benjamin works with ESPN on the SEC Network, the Human Coalition, and hosts a podcast with Kirsten titled Why or Why Not with the Watsons.
MEANING IN THE METAVERSE
Joining us virtually, Phil Chen is a senior advisor at Race Capital, a serial entrepreneur and investor. Prior, Phil was the founder of HTC Vive (leading VR headset), Exodus (world’s first crypto phone), Alex eReader (acquired by B&N), partner at Horizons Ventures and led numerous investments including Improbable (valued at $2B), Beats (acquired by Apple for $3B), Sandbox VR (valued at $400M), among others.
Phil joined HTC late 2007 and shipped the world’s first Android phone and helped grow HTC from a USD$2B to USD$ 35B market cap company. Phil is a proud Taiwanese entrepreneur and received his B.A and B.S in Mathematics and Physics from UCSD and an M.Div from Fuller Seminary. He is the happy husband of Tanya and proud father of three children.
Jimmy Darts is a TikTok content creator known for giving crowdfunded money to people committing random acts of kindness. He has over 8 million followers on the platform. His tagline is “Generosity is Candy.”
THE HIDDEN GENOCIDE
Ms. Rushan Abbas was born, raised, and attended university in Urumchi, the capital city in East Turkistan (AKA Xinjiang). She has been an activist since her days at university in East Turkistan, where she co-organized pro-democracy protests in the mid and late 80s. Since coming to the United States in 1989, she has been a tireless advocate for Uyghur rights. Recently, after Beijing accelerated the genocidal policies in East Turkistan, in 2017, she established the Campaign for Uyghurs to advocate for her people among the government officials and lawmakers, interfaith organizations, universities and think tanks and as well as the grassroots movements.
In September 2018, her own sister, Dr. Gulshan Abbas was abducted by the Chinese regime and illegally sentenced to prison in retaliation for Ms. Abbas’s activism. Today, Ms. Abbas continues to advocate for her release and the freedom of millions of other Uyghurs as well as delivering remarks at national and international forums. She frequently testifies at the Congress, briefs, and advises on policy and legislative response. Ms. Abbas received a Freedom Fighter 2019 Award for her work raising awareness on the current Uyghur Genocide. She resides in Virginia.
A PSYCHEDELIC FUTURE?
Dr. Bill Struthers has been Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College since 1999. He is an expert in neuroscience, the intersection of science and faith, psychopharmacology, and pornography addiction. Dr. Struthers has previously been named a Visiting Research Fellow to Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought. He’s a member of the Society for Neuroscience, International Neuroethics Society, Association for Psychological Science, along with others. He holds a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Illinois – Chicago.
SOCIAL MEDIA’S UPSIDE
Myunique Inez runs the successful Instagram account, @instagramforbelievers. Her account serves as encouragement and a way to point people to Jesus. She is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and occasional YouTuber.
BEAUTY IN MINIMALISM
Matt Impola is a craftsman and founder of Handcrafted Movement, creating approachable luxury tiny homes. Matt has been in the construction industry for more than two decades and has revolutionized the tiny house market—pushing the limits of design and creativity within small spaces. He is passionate about teaching and providing opportunities for the next
generation of creative leaders through hands-on projects and kinesthetic learning. His tiny home designs have attracted a wide variety of clients, and have been featured by Dwell, Country Living, HGTV, and the TODAY show. Matt is currently in a transitional season with his wife Elizabeth to relocate the business and take on projects of a larger scale, including custom homes.
Elizabeth is a designer, photographer, and creative strategist. Elizabeth is passionate about working with individuals, brands, and companies who serve a greater purpose than their own and promote Kingdom values. She has used her affinity for photography, creative direction, and brand identity with nonprofits and companies such as the United Nations O.C., the A21 Campaign, and Red Bull. In recent years, she has pursued Interior Design and has worked alongside Matt with Handcrafted Movement. She graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Graphic Design.
WHEN HOPE SHOWS UP
Heath Adamson (PhD, University of London) serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Program at Convoy of Hope. He is an author, most recently, of Grace in the Valley and The Sacred Chase. Together with his wife, Ali, and their daughters Leighton and Dallon, they endeavor to leave a spiritual legacy in their family for generations to come.
THE FUTURE OF FARMING
Eddy Badrina is CEO of Eden Green Technology, an agtech company which is changing the way we grow food and feed people.
Eddy has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, and PR, including roles at the US Department of State, executive leadership at a White House Initiative, and director level positions at two successful startups.
He is an advisory board member for Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture, Agrilife agencies and research entities. He volunteers his time at Watermark Church, and is on the board of directors of Seed Effect, a microfinance non-profit; and Igniter Media, a media production company.
DIALOGUE IN ACTION
Christy Vines is the President & CEO of Ideos Institute, a Christian research and practice institute committed to understanding and advancing the field of empathic intelligence and its role in political and social polarization, and the founding organization of the National Day of Dialogue. A published writer and international speaker on topics at the intersection of faith, conflict transformation, and peacemaking, her work has been published in the Washington Post, Religion News Service, Capital Commentary, and Christianity Today. She is also the Executive Producer of the newly released documentary film, Dialogue Lab: America.
DEMOCRACY OR REPUBLIC?
Professor William B. Allen, professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, and 2008-09 Visiting Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He also served previously on the National Council for the Humanities and as Chairman and Member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was recently the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is an expert on liberal arts education, its history, importance and problems. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Toward A Fair Michigan, whose mission was to further understanding of the equal opportunity issues involved in guaranteeing civil rights for all citizens, and to provide a civic forum for a fair and open exchange of views on the question of affirmative action.
THE DISCIPLINE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
THE SECRET OF BEING CONTENT
In addition to authoring six books, Scott Sauls serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. In almost three decades of leading churches and being a “pastor to pastors,” Scott has walked with countless individuals through seasons of regret, hurt, and fear. From his own distressed seasons — including battles with anxiety and depression — Scott has a unique perspective on what it’s like to be unfinished, on the mend, and ultimately built up for greater fruitfulness, not in spite of “thorn in the flesh” seasons and experiences, but because of them.
ART AS MISSION
Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling and award-winning author of several books —including GraceLaced, Beholding and Becoming, and Foundations. Her most recent book is When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker, using each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people’s hearts. Through her online shoppe and her social media community, Simons shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and art. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys–their greatest adventure.
THE PROSPECT OF
Paul Kingsnorth is a writer based in Ireland. He’s written ten books, including his most recent project The Abbey of Misrule. This project is a collection of essays about the unfurling madness of the times. The first in his family to go to college, he studied history at Oxford.
WHAT IS AUGMENTED REALITY?
Renji, the founder of Immersed, a Techstars startup partnered with Facebook, HTC, & Microsoft to build VR Offices, who has raised $12M to date. Renji is part of 2021’s Forbes 30 Under 30, received a Master’s degree from Georgia Tech (#3 Computer Science graduate school in the US) in Computer Vision + Machine Learning, was a Techstars portfolio founder (top 10 of 10,000 candidates, top 0.1%), and was the lead software architect @ GreatBigStory.com (growth-hacked to 3M followers in 2 months.
SAVING SACRED SPACES
Joining us virtually, Dr. George Yancey is a Professor of Sociology at the Baylor University. His research focus surrounds the topics of institutional racial diversity, racial identity, academic bias, progressive Christians and anti-Christian hostility. He attained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Sociology. He’s written several books, including most recently, Beyond Racial Division: A Unifying Alternative to Colorblindness and Antiracism.
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
Don Brewster co-founded Agape International Missions, along with his wife, Bridget. Since 2005, they’ve built a ministry that is holistically fighting and preventing sex trafficking through the rescue, healing, and empowerment of survivors in Cambodia.
LESSONS FROM THE AMISH
Joining us virtually, Donald B. Kraybill received his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University. He served as chair of the sociology and social work department at Elizabethtown College from 1979 to 1985 and directed the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies from 1989 to 1996. He was provost of Messiah College from 1996 to 2002, and then returned to Elizabethtown College in 2003.
Internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups, Kraybill is the author or editor of many books and dozens of professional articles. His books have been translated into eight different languages. Kraybill’s research on Anabaptist groups has been featured in journals, magazines, and newspapers, and on radio and television programs across the United States and in many foreign countries. He has served as a consultant for various projects related to Amish and other Anabaptist groups. The National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous private foundations have supported his research projects. Kraybill is the series editor of Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
BIOETHICS & GENE THERAPY
Aaron Kheriaty is currently Chief of Psychiatry & Ethics at Doc1 Health and Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project. He is a Fellow and Director of the Program in Bioethics and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Health and Human Flourishing Program at the Zephyr Institute. Dr. Kheriaty holds the positions of Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute, Senior Scholar at the Brownstone Institute, Fellow at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and he serves on the advisory board at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy.
MANAGING SCREEN TIME
SISSY GOFF, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP is the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, where she works alongside her counseling assistant/pet therapist, Lucy the Havanese. Since 1993, she has been helping girls and their parents find confidence in who they are and hope in who God is making them to be, both as individuals and families. Sissy is a sought-after speaker for parenting events and the author of twelve books, including the bestselling Raising Worry-Free Girls and Braver, Stronger, Smarter and her new release for teenage girls, Brave. Sissy is a regular contributor to various podcasts and publications as well as her own podcast called Raising Boys and Girls.
DAVID THOMAS, L.M.S.W., is the Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, TN. He is the co-author of ten books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys and Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social & Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach as well as his two latest titles Raising Emotionally Strong Boys and Strong and Smart: A Boy’s Guide to Building Healthy Emotions. He is a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, including his own called Raising Boys and Girls, has been featured in publications like The Washington Post and USA Today, and speaks across the country. He and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, twin sons and a yellow lab named Owen.
Matt Markins serves as the President and COO of Awana, a global leader in Child Discipleship. Prior to joining the Awana executive leadership team, Matt served in leadership roles with Randall House Publishers, Thomas Nelson Publishers and was the co-founder of the D6 Conference (a discipleship and family ministry community).
DISCERNING THE SPIRIT
Alex Seeley is a passionate communicator and teacher of the Word. Possessing a unique ability to reveal how the Word of God is applicable to our everyday lives, Alex shares openly about how the power of God has proven real in her own life. Known for her boldness and tenacity, you’ll love the way Jesus shines through her.
Born and raised in Australia, Alex served as one of the Executive Pastors of a church in Australia for 17 years. In 2012, Alex, along with her husband and two children, moved to Nashville, TN where they began ministering to local musicians and artists in their home. Within 12 months, their basement was packed to capacity every Tuesday night with people hungering for an encounter with God. It was out of these nights that their church The Belonging Co was birthed in February 2014.
Alex and her husband Henry are passionate about seeing people have a genuine encounter with Jesus, raising a generation that will share the love and hope of Jesus to this world.
Alex and Henry have been married for over two decades, and together they have two children, Holly and Taylor.
HIRING FOR MORE THAN A RESUME
William Vanderbloemen was a pastor for 15 years and is now CEO & Founder of Vanderbloemen, an executive search firm. William started Vanderbloemen because he understands that when your team isn’t whole it disrupts your mission. He has combined his ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search to complete your team. Vanderbloemen has staffed over 2,500 missions of faith.
William is the author of Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook, and Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace. He is also a regular contributor to several major publications including Forbes where he covers topics about having a strong faith and building a business, Fortune, and Outreach Magazine. He has also been published through Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.
CREATURES HAVE LIMITS
Kelly M. Kapic (PhD, King’s College, University of London) is a professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where he has taught for twenty years. He is an award-winning author or editor of more than fifteen books, including Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering, winner of a Christianity Today Book Award. Kapic, a popular speaker, has been featured in Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition, has worked on research teams funded by the John Templeton Foundation, and contributes to the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care and various other journals.
PEOPLE OF PEACE
Amy L. Sherman, Ph.D., directs the Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities (CFIC). CFIC is a capacity building initiative for congregations and faith-based and community-based organizations. Its aim is to help leaders invest more strategically and effectively in their communities as they address poverty and injustice. Sherman has led multiple evaluation projects for faith-based organizations, including the Christian Community Development Association, Jobs for Life, Caring for Kids, Viva Networks, the Urban Youth Workers Institute, and Outreach, Inc. She is a frequent speaker/trainer at gatherings for congregational and nonprofit ministry leaders.
Sherman is author of Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (IVP, 2011) and Agents of Flourishing: Pursuing Shalom in Every Corner of Society (IVP, forthcoming May 2022).
Sherman is founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant life Ministries, a holistic, cross-cultural, whole-family, church-based outreach in an urban neighborhood of lower-income families.
Sherman earned her BA in Political Science at Messiah College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia.
THE CASE AGAINST COERCION
Dave Zanotti is the president of American Policy Roundtable and The Public Square® Media Network. He also serves as President of Roundtable Freedom Forum, a legislative organization. Mr. Zanotti is a political independent. He holds no affiliation with nor affinity for any political party. He holds a B.A in Religion and Ancient Civilizations and an M.A. in American History and Government from Ashland University.
Rachel Joy Welcher is an editor at Fathom Magazine and an Acquisitions Editor for Lexham Press. She earned her Master of Letters from The University of St. Andrews and is the author of two collections of poetry: Two Funerals, Then Easter and Blue Tarp, and the book, Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality. You can follow her on Twitter @racheljwelcher.
CLARITY IN CALLING
Through her work as a writer, researcher, and coach, Dr. Stephanie Shackelford helps people identify and take hold of their purpose. She is the author of You on Purpose: Discover Your Calling and Create the Life You Were Meant to Live, a contributing author for Christians at Work: Examining the Intersection of Calling and Career and Know, Be, Live: A 360 Degree Approach to Discipleship in a Post-Christian Era, and a Senior Fellow at Barna Group, primarily studying vocation and calling.
In 2012, she founded a career coaching company and has since helped hundreds of students, recent graduates, and working professionals live into their purpose. Stephanie received her Ed.D. from Northeastern University and her M.Ed. and B.S. from Vanderbilt University, where she is also an Adjunct Instructor. She lives with her husband and two children in Georgia.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DESIRE
Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia. He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His clinical focus has been the treatment of adults, adolescents, and families. He is actively engaged in learning and education as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues. Throughout his career, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality. He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats.
For the past several years that interest has taken a more specific turn as he has gained expertise in the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. Thompson believes that the findings in interpersonal neurobiology reflect important tenets of Christian faith that enable us to reflect on, understand, and experience that same faith in fresh, trustworthy ways. He is now training other clinicians in the same material.
He is the author of three books including most recently, The Soul of Desire.
He and his wife, Phyllis, are the parents of two adult children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.
TRUTH IN PUBLIC HEALTH
Joining us virtually, Vinay Prasad MD MPH is a hematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco. He runs the VKPrasad lab at UCSF, which studies cancer drugs, health policy, clinical trials and better decision making. He is author of over 350 academic articles, and the books Ending Medical Reversal, and Malignant. He hosts the oncology podcast Plenary Session, is active on Substack and runs a YouTube Channel VinayPrasadMDMPH.
DISCOVERING YOUR GIFTS
Rev. Dr. Tony Cook is the vice president, Global Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM). He provides leadership and operational management of the direction, strategies, and initiatives for the global ministries division. Cook has 22 years of ministry experience, including 17 years in curriculum design and development, distance curricula, educational technology, and leadership. His background includes serving as a parish pastor and consulting numerous Christian entities on curriculum design and development, distance learning, internet technologies, and sharing the Gospel through various forms of multimedia.
Cook served as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, specializing in education, pastoral theology plus leadership, and postmodern studies, including courses on preaching to postmoderns, post-liberal theology, and emerging Christianity. He also served as Concordia Seminary’s Director of Curriculum Design and Development. Cook received his Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Joy Clarkson is a lover of God and people, a crafter of words, and a dedicated evangelist for the soul-enriching benefits of teatime. Joy has pursued her doctorate in theology, imagination, and the arts at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and hosts a podcast called Speaking with Joy. She currently serves as the Books & Culture Editor at Plough. Someone once tried to insult her by telling her she was aggressively happy. She took it as a compliment and wrote a book about it.
UNITY AS HARMONY
Joel serves as the Director of Theology and Research for Proverbs 31 Ministries and Lysa TerKeurst, and is a part of the preaching team at Transformation Church with Pastor Derwin Gray. Joel earned a PhD in Theology under Drs. Patrick Schreiner (NT) and Michael Heiser (OT) with an emphasis on Paul’s household language in Ephesians as it relates to the Old Testament. He loves studying and teaching the brilliant truths found in Scripture and unpacking how they relate to our everyday lives.
THE GENDER QUESTIONS
Dr. Preston Sprinkle is a biblical scholar, speaker, podcaster, a New York Times bestselling author, and is the co-founder and president of The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland, and has taught theology at Cedarville University, Nottingham University (U.K.), and Eternity Bible College.
Preston has written a dozen books including Erasing Hell (with Francis Chan), Nonviolence, Scandalous Grace, People to Be Loved, Living in a Gray World, and Embodied. Preston also hosts a popular bi-weekly podcast titled Theology in the Raw, where he engages in honest conversations with interesting people.
Preston and his wife, Chris, live in Boise, Idaho, with their three daughters and son.
US VS. THEM?
Rebekah Lyons is a national speaker, host of the Rhythms for Life podcast, and bestselling author of Rhythms of Renewal, You Are Free, and Freefall to Fly. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety and depression—and invites others to discover and boldly pursue their God-given purpose. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah finds joy in raising four children, two of whom have Down syndrome. She wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Her work has been featured on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CNN, FOX News, Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review, and more.
BUILDING PASTORAL RESILIENCE
Darren Whitehead is the lead and founding pastor of Church of the City. In 2013, he and a small team had a vision to plant a family of churches that live in the way of Jesus for the renewal of global cities. Every weekend thousands of people join in person and online at one of 3 regional church congregations across the Nashville area. Originally from Australia, Darren has lived in the United States for over 20 years. He holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Ministry, with his dissertation focus on millennials and the future of the Western church. He recently released his second book, Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship, co-authored with worship leader Chris Tomlin. Darren and Brandy have three daughters and live in Nashville.
OFF THE GRID
Mike lives on a 32 acre Homestead outside Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with his wife Genevieve and their 5 children. He is the founder and CEO of The Character and Leadership Center and co-author of Lead Yourself First, which focuses on how solitude strengthens people’s character—and their ability to lead with clarity, balance and conviction. He is also co-author of Leadership is a Relationship which details why leaders who prioritize relationships are more effective. Mike co-founded The Positivity Project, founded Team Red, White, & Blue, and founding board chair of Father Vincent Capodanno High School. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a graduate degree in positive psychology.
THE PROPHETIC NATURE OF THE OSCARS
After graduating NYU film school and working 12 years at Turner Broadcasting, Coley quit and started a life exploring the intersection of faith, story and culture. Bryan has developed and/or produced numerous new works for the stage and screen. He also bears the label of “movie whisperer” for his work interpreting people’s stories, as well as the cultural story, through movies. His company, Reel Experiences, designs experiences to develop people and teams, also through their movies.
Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Marriage at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. Prior to joining Focus, Smalley worked for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and as president of the National Institute of Marriage. He is the author of 20 books including Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage and Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage, and he is the co-author of The DNA of Relationships for Couples.
Erin Smalley serves as the strategic spokesperson for Focus on the Family’s marriage ministry. In this role, she develops content that prepares individuals for marriage, strengthens and nurtures existing marriages, and helps couples in marital crises. Erin is also a licensed professional counselor with a private practice, as well as an author and conference speaker. She has coauthored 12 books, including Reconnected, Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage and The Wholehearted Wife. She also co-hosts the Focus on Marriage podcast.
REVIVING A NEW GENERATION
Grant has a deep passion for finding, uniting and accelerating diverse and dynamic young leaders to reach the most lost generation our nation has ever seen. In 2020 Grant married Cheyanne and moved to Nashville to become the Next Gen Director for Q Ideas. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Relevant, The Gospel Coalition and was recently featured on the cover of Outreach Magazine. His book on the next generation, The Passion Generation, has helped thousands of pastors and parents trying to reach and raise the next generation.
BUILD THE PARALLEL
In 2007, Gabe founded Q Ideas, a media and events platform that educates and mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. He is the co-author of Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme and unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity… And Why It Matters. Gabe’s work represents the perspectives of a new generation of Christians and has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, Fox News and USA Today.
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The Culture Summit is a moment for Christians from every sphere of society to gather, learn, reflect and collaborate on playing our unique role in God’s plans for the world. Founded by Gabe and Rebekah Lyons in 2007, this global gathering consistently platforms leading Christian voices making important contributions to how faithful followers of Jesus ought to live, love and lead during our cultural moment. From sitting Presidents and respected futurists to catholic nuns and local change-makers, our curation of the topics, ideas and people you need to know to navigate the year ahead is second to none.
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What is the Culture Summit?
The Culture Summit is the 16th Annual Q Conference hosted by Q Ideas. It is a gathering of leaders from around the world who are seeking to understand and faithfully engage the culture.
Who is the Culture Summit designed for?
It is for leaders in any area: church, business, education, nonprofit, government, art, etc. That may sound broad, but we believe that people of faith need to be informed about what is happening in the culture right now. Our attendees share this belief. They know that Christians must be equipped to meet the cultural moment with love, empathy, honesty, humility and boldness. Culture Summit is where that happens. If you are leading and serving in any context, Culture Summit will help you engage the people in your community and reach them with the truth and hope you’ve built your life on.
Who hosts the Culture Summit?
The Culture Summit is hosted by Q Ideas, which was founded by Gabe & Rebekah Lyons in 2007 as a platform to help leaders and influencers engage culture from a biblical worldview. Today, we accomplish this mission through media and live events designed to educate and equip Christians in every area of culture.
WHAT DOES THE “Q” IN Q IDEAS STAND FOR?
Q Ideas was founded in 2007 by Gabe & Rebekah Lyons as a platform to help leaders and influencers engage culture from a biblical worldview. The Q stands for Questions, and it comes from the belief that an informed, winsome and theologically faithful approach starts with Christians who seek to understand, learn and grow. Unfortunately, the letter Q has recently become associated with a conspiracy theory and political movement in which we have no affiliation. We existed many years before Q Anon and our work will continue well beyond it.
HOW LONG WILL I BE ABLE TO WATCH THESE TALKS ON-DEMAND?
The virtual experience and all talks will be hosted on the Q Media platform. Your digital pass gives you unlimited access to watch on-demand.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY?
Cancellation: We are not offering any refunds. All digital passes are non-refundable.
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