Plenary speakers

 
 
Bishop Harry Jackson

Bishop Harry Jackson

Baroness Caroline Cox

Baroness Caroline Cox

James K. A. Smith

James K. A. Smith

Jim Black

Jim Black

 
 

Bishop Harry Jackson

Bishop Harry Jackson is one of the chief conveners of The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Movement which is an effort to heal the racial division first in the church and then the nation. He is also founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC).  The HILC has become an agent of healing for our nation by educating and empowering churches and community leaders to make grassroots improvements in their communities, states and our nation. Jackson has appeared as a guest on: O’Reilly Factor, Cross Fire, The Kelly File, The News Hour, Face the Nation, CBS Evening News, The Tavis Smiley Show, BET Evening News, 700 Club, Tony Brown’s Journal, and others. He has been featured in articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Defender and more. Bishop Jackson is senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, DC area with 2000 attendees and serves as the presiding Bishop of International Communion of Evangelical Churches. He has also authored several books including his newest — You Were Born for More. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Jackson's secular work experience includes positions in several Fortune 500 companies.

Website: TheReconciledChurch.org   
Website: TheHopeConnection.org

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Baroness Caroline Cox

          Plenary Talk:  Supporting Heroes and Heroines on the Front Lines of Faith and Freedom

Talk Description: Come travel with me to meet some of our inspirational brothers and sisters holding front lines of faith and freedom in very challenging parts of our world. You will be blessed by their courage, faith, dignity and miracles of grace. Please then pray for guidance as to how we can best support them and be worthy of the price they are praying for our faith.

Baroness Caroline Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005.  She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006-2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing. She is Chief Executive of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust). Caroline has been awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa.  She has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by Universities in the United Kingdom, the United States, the Russian Federation and Armenia. Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma. She has visited North Korea to promote Parliamentary initiatives and communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia. Publications include Cox’s Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs (with Catherine Butcher); This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century, and The Very Stones Cry Out, The Persecuted Church: Pain, Passion and Praise, with Benedict Rogers. Two biographies have been published: The Baroness Cox: Voice for the Voiceless, by Andrew Boyd and The Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World by Lela Gilbert.

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Dr. James K. A. Smith

Plenary Talk: You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

Talk Description: As humans we are shaped by what we love and long for, rather than just what we think or believe. This has implication for how we think about our own spiritual formation, but it also has implications for how we communicate and live out the Gospel in an intellectual context like the university or in our vocations.

James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview.  The award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, his most recent books include Imagining the Kingdom (2013), Discipleship in the Present Tense (2013), Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (2014), and How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014). His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and First Things and periodicals such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Detroit Free Press.  He is a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine. Jamie and his wife, Deanna, have four children.

Website: jameskasmith.com
Twitter: @james_ka_smith

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Jim Black

Plenary Talk: On Your Mark

Talk Description: How will we take what we’ve learned at Nexus and live it out in Christian community?  Hebrews 12:1-2 provides beautifully practical guidelines for running the race that is set before us.  Jim Black will lead us in an exposition of that text, preparing us for the journey to come.

 

Jim Black grew up outside of the small Midwestern town of Valparaiso, Indiana.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Biblical Studies, from Wheaton College, Illinois. Jim sensed God’s call to serve in vocational ministry during his college years. Upon graduation, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he served as a youth pastor, chaplain, and high school basketball coach for three years.  At the end of that time, Jim married his wife, Laurie, and moved back to Wheaton College where he served as a staff member in residence life while earning an MA in Evangelism and Biblical Theology.  From there he and Laurie lived in Orlando, Florida, for three years while Jim completed his MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary.  Jim then served as Senior Pastor of Alliance Bible Church in Baytown, Texas, for nine years.  In 2011 Jim, Laurie, and their three (at that point) children moved to New York City to begin Christian Union’s work at Columbia University.   After four and a half years of living in New York City, Jim enjoys Manhattan and ministry at Columbia as much as ever, delighting in God’s clear call to serve students in the most vibrant city in the world.  Jim and his family (child #4—Isaac David—was born spring 2015) live one block from Columbia’s campus and are regulars at nearly every Columbia sporting event and can often be seen on the lawns outside of Butler Library.

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