GregandSusanJonesGreg and Susan Jones

are United Methodist ministers currently serving at Duke Divinity School. Greg is the former Dean and also serves as the Strategic Director of the Laity Lodge Leadership Initiative. Susan serves as the Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and United Methodist Initiatives. Greg and Susan have written a number of studies together and enjoy preaching together and leading joint retreats.

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson

is our guest musician for the conference and has a fairly simple approach to songwriting: He writes the songs that he himself needs to hear, trusting that there are other people out there who might need them as well. Andrew’s willingness to acknowledge the realities of life without ever loosening his grip on eternal hope has won him loyal and highly relational fans worldwide.

RobertaGreenAhmansonRoberta Green Ahmanson

is a writer and philanthropist whose public activities are focused on deepening awareness and understanding of the role of religion in public life, the importance of knowing history to understand the present, and the vital role the arts play in shaping human experience.

SarahPulliamBaileySarah Pulliam Bailey

is a national correspondent for Religion News Service, covering faith, politics and culture. She has written for several media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal,, The Chicago Sun-Times and Christianity Today.

WendellBirdWendell Bird

is an attorney practicing in Atlanta, Georgia, who concentrates primarily in litigation and in tax laws affecting exempt organizations. He is a senior partner at an Atlanta law firm. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and Yale Law School.

LizForkinBohannonLiz Forkin Bohannon

is the founder of Sseko Designs, a not-just-for profit company that provides employment and entrepreneurial training to women in East Africa. She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband, Ben, run Sseko Designs. She is passionate about social justice, compassionate consumerism and believes that empowering women is a fundamental piece of working towards a more just and peaceful world.

DavidBrooksDavid Brooks

became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. He is currently a commentator on “The PBS Newshour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He is also teaching a course at Yale University called “Humility.”

MichaelCromartieMichael Cromartie

is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. His area of expertise includes issues at the cross-section of religion and politics.

ShannonSedgwickDavisShannon Sedgwick Davis

is CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation. An attorney, Shannon is a passionate advocate for social justice and International human rights. She is a well-known strategist engaged in promoting peace and ending human atrocities across our globe. She is currently a board member of several organizations within the US and abroad including The Elders and TOMS Shoes.

VickieEscarraVicki Escarra

is the CEO of Opportunity International, an international nonprofit organization providing access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to over four million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world.

MichaelGersonMichael Gerson

is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in the Washington Post. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era. Gerson serves as Senior Advisor at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.

PeterGreerPeter Greer

joined Hope International in 2004, following extensive education and experience in the field of microfinance. Peter speaks and writes on the topic of faith and international development and is the coauthor of The Poor Will Be Glad, The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good, and Mission Drift.

ToddHarperTodd Harper

is one of the founders of Generous Giving and has been actively engaged in spreading the Biblical message of generosity for more than 10 years. In his current role as president, Todd acts as the key spokesperson, managing relationships with givers and implementing strategies for advancing the generosity message.

BenHarrisonBen Harrison

is an entrepreneur and visual artist and has given his imagination and ingenuity to the mission of equipping his son, Jonas, with creative eyewear solutions. He and his wife, Laura, founded Jonas Paul Eyewear. The company was designed to provide function and new form to children’s vision.

BruceJohnsonBruce Johnson

Bruce is the president of SIM USA. 


Julie Kurnia

Julia Kurnia

is the founder of Zidisha, the first online community to enable direct person-to-person lending to entrepreneurs in developing countries without going through local intermediary banks.  She is passionate about using the internet to overcome geographic barriers in the most marginalized places on earth. 

RussellDMooreRussell D. Moore

is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns.

PaulNiehausPaul Niehaus

is co-founder of GiveDirectly, the only nonprofit devoted exclusively to making cash transfers, and an assistant professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego.

MichaelNovakMichael Novak

is an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat. The author of more than twenty-five books on the philosophy and theology of culture, Novak is most widely known for his book The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism.

ThomSchultzThom Schultz

and his wife, Joani, have spent their adult lives serving the church and challenging the status quo. Thom is the founder and CEO of Group Publishing, a creator of innovative ministry resources for children, youth, and adults. They oversee Group Cares, a nonprofit that’s helped nearly 400,000 people around the world. 

Gabriel SchulzeGabrielSchulze

is Chief Executive Officer of Schulze Global Investments, an emerging markets private equity firm, managing capital on behalf of the Schulze family and a variety of other investors through offices in Singapore, Beijing, Addis Ababa, Ulaanbaatar, São Paulo, and Tbilisi. In addition, Mr. Schulze serves on the boards of various corporations and charities around the world.

CameronStrangCameron Strang

is the founder of RELEVANT magazine. He is “dad of Cohen, follower of Jesus, podcaster, design nerd, fan of the Magic and Gators. But not in that order.”

Dr.JohnTownsendJohn Townsend

is a business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 25 books, selling 5 million copies – including the 2 million best-seller Boundaries. For more than 20 years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems.

CharityWallaceCharity Wallace

serves as the Director of the Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. As the director, Wallace is responsible for setting the vision and creating the programming for the Women’s Initiative, including the empowerment of women in the Middle East.

DannyWuerffelDanny Wuerffel

is a former American college and professional football quarterback who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy and the 1996 national football championship while playing college football for the University of Florida. He also played for four NFL teams. Wuerffel is now executive director of Desire Street Ministries.

Bruce WydickBruce Wydick

is professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. Professor Wydick received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, studying under 2001 Economics Nobel laureate George Akerlof. He has served as a consultant and a collaborator with the World Bank as well as faith-based development organizations including Compassion International, World Relief and Opportunity International.

RaviZachariasRavi Zacharias

 is founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014. Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 42 years in scores of universities. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow.