Speaker Bios

Tim Keller

Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons.  For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In over ten years they have helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller’s books, including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God and The Prodigal God, have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

Christianity Today has said, “Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.”

Dr. Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.


Mark Dever

Senior Pastor, President
Capital Hill Baptist Church, 9Marks

Mark has served as the senior pastor of CHBC since 1994 and as president of 9Marks (a ministry to churches and church leaders) since its founding in 1998. He’s married to Connie and they have two adult children, both married, and one grandchild. Mark has authored a number of books, including 9 Marks of a Healthy Church.

 


Jared Wilson

Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary

Jared Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Seminary, Managing Editor of For The Church (ftc.co), and Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Prodigal Church, and The Imperfect Disciple, as well as a frequent speaker at churches and conferences around the world. Jared blogs regularly at The Gospel-Driven Church hosted by The Gospel Coalition and is a regular contributor to publications from LifeWay, Ligonier, and more. He is married to Becky, and they have two daughters: Macy and Grace.

 


Jeff Schulte

Founder, Executive Director Tin Man Ministries

Jeff Schulte gives direction and oversight to the global mission of Tin Man Ministries, ministry he founded out of his passion to invest deeply and personally in the lives of leaders and the organizations they lead.  Tin Man Ministries offers organizational consulting and group process for building healthy/functional teams as well as one-on- one counseling, mentoring, and coaching for men and women desiring to live and lead with whole hearted passion and integrity. Prior to this, Jeff was the Executive Director of the Sage Hill Institute, and the directional leader, teaching pastor, and founder of a church with international reach that grew from four people to more than 4,000 in eight years.  Jeff has served in leadership roles with FamilyLife, Athletes in Action, and on several ministry boards including Amazima, The Compassionate Hope Foundation, Hawaiian Island Ministries, and Porters Call.

Jeff counsels, speaks, and consults nationally and internationally on a variety of issues including the Voice of the Heart, relational and spiritual authenticity, the emotional life of a leader, spiritual formation, leadership, addiction, biblical masculinity, adoption, and fatherhood.  Through strategic partnerships with ministries such as Compassionate Hope, Jeff is also a passionate voice for the persecuted church, rescuing the enslaved, and providing for widows, orphans, and the poor.  

In addition to The Voice of the Heart Bible Study, Jeff is the best-selling author of two Gold Medallion award-winning resources, including Preparing for Marriage with over 1 million copies in print.  He received his Th.M. and M.Div. with highest honors from Western Seminary, an MA in counseling from Liberty University, and is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in organizational behavior, sociology, and religious studies. Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for 30 years.  They are the parents of six children, grandparents of two, and reside near Nashville, TN. 

 


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Trillia Newbell

Author & Director of Community Outreach
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention

Trillia Newbell is the author of Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts (2016), Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015), United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014) and a children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea: A True Story of God’s Delightfully Different Family (September, 2017). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN. 


Soup Campbell

Executive Director, Eikon Ministries

While attending the University of Memphis on an athletic scholarship, Soup was invited to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) event, and December 5, 1981, he surrendered his heart and life to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That day, his life was radically changed. Upon completing his eligibility at the college formerly known as “Memphis State,” Soup began to work with FCA in the inner city schools of Memphis, TN. After working for several years with different ministries, including FCA, Youth for Christ, Neighborhood Housing Opportunity, as well as pastoring a church for 7 years, Soup felt the need to start a leadership and discipling ministry for kids in the inner city. In 1997, he established Eikon Ministries. Soup currently serves as Executive Director. Soup met the beautiful Linda in 1982 at Memphis State, and 2 years later they were married. Presently they reside in the Binghampton community, in the inner city of Memphis. Soup and Linda have four children: Antonio, LaSaundra, Jonathan, and Tabitha,  as well as 7 grandchildren.


Ariyana Rimson

Speaker and Counselor, Moriah House

Ariyana is constantly recognizing God’s grace as she teaches the bible and makes disciples in her everyday life. Ariyana first recognized God’s grace in her life when she heard the gospel and responded in faith while in college at theUniversity of Illinois at Chicago. A few years later, she moved to Memphis to join the staff of Downline Ministries. While at Downline, she served as the Women's Director for the Emerging Leaders program for 6 years. Those years shaped her heart for discipleship as she poured into women from all different backgrounds. After several years of volunteering with Moriah House, a long-term recovery program for women and their children, she joined its staff in 2014 as a counselor who walks with women through their recovery. Ariyana also teaches at the Downline Institute in Memphis and Little Rock. She has spoken at the past five Downline Summits, international discipleship conferences, youth conferences, and women's retreats. Her passion for discipleship and the Word of God is contagious. She desires to help people recognize their thirst for the Lord through the study of His Word. She is amazed every day that God chooses her to teach His Word. She enjoys building friendships that cross cultural and geographical lines. In her free time, she loves traveling, Netflix and trying new Memphis restaurants.


Kennon Vaughan

President of Downline Ministries
Lead Pastor of Harvest Church

Dr. Kennon Vaughan serves as the Lead Pastor of Harvest Church in Memphis,TN, and President and Founder of Downline Ministries. A Memphis native and graduate of Auburn University (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (MBS), and Gordon Conwell Theological (DMin), Kennon founded Downline in 2006 to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church. Downline has exploded into a 50+ church network in Memphis with over 1700 lay leaders trained through the local Institute, 3 other cities hosting LIVE Institutes, and an online Institute training students all over the world.  

In October 2013, Kennon planted Harvest Church with the hope of establishing a faithful Gospel-driven, disciple-making church that will plant other churches of the same kind. By God's grace, in just over 3 years, Harvest has become a fast growing multi-cultural, multi-generational beacon of the Gospel in the Memphis community and beyond.  He is married to Kathryn and dad to four amazing boys: Caleb, Luke, Jonathan and David.


Bobby Harrington

Director and Co-founder, Discipleship.org
Pastor of Harpeth Christian Church

Bobby Harrington is the director and co-founder of discipleship.org (along with Todd Wilson, director of the Exponential Conference). He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (near the Harpeth River just outside Nashville). He collaborates with national discipleship leaders to fan the flames of a national discipleship movement through discipleship.org.

He collaborated with Robert Coleman to write Revisiting the Master Plan of Evangelism (Exponential), Jim Putman to write Discipleshift: Five Shifts That Help Your Church to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples (Zondervan), Jason Houser and Bobby's son Chad to write Dedicated: Training Your Children to Trust and Follow Jesus (Zondervan), Alex Absolom to write Discipleship that Fits: The Five Kinds of Relationships that God Uses to Help Us Grow (Zondervan), and Josh Patrick to write The Disciple Maker’s Handbook: The Seven Elements of a Discipleship Lifestyle(Zondervan). He has a Doctorate of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Seminary. He has been married to Cindy since 1979 and he has two adult children who trust and follow Jesus.