Speaker & Artist Bios
We are thrilled to announce these special guests for our 2014 conference. Check back soon for even more speaker announcements - you will not want to miss this event!
Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning author and popular blogger from Dayton, Tennessee--home of the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. Her first book, Evolving in Monkey Town (Zondervan, 2010), explores the relationship between faith and doubt and recounts the challenges of asking tough questions about Christianity in the context of the Bible Belt. Her second book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012), documents a year-long experiment in which she attempted to follow all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible.
In addition to her writing, Rachel keeps a busy speaking schedule, travelling across the country for retreats, conferences, universities and churches. She has been featured on NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Times London, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com, and was recently named one of Christianity Today's "50 Women to Watch."
She is happily married to Dan and is a lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan. Read more at rachelheldevans.com.
Glennon Doyle Melton
Glennon Melton is the founder of Momastery.com and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. She lives in Florida with her family. In 2013 she released her first published work which quickly jumped to the New York Times Best Seller list, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed. Glennon joined the C3 community in 2013 for a speaking and book signing event in partnership with Parnassus Books, an independent bookseller in Nashville. Read more of Glennon’s story at momastery.com.
William P. Young
Paul Young was born a Canadian and raised among a stone-age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was New Guinea (West Papua). The family returned to Canada where his father pastored a number of churches of various denominations. He completed his undergraduate degree in Religion at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.
While in Oregon Paul attended seminar, met and married Kim. Together they celebrate ‘the wastefulness of grace’ with their six children, two daughters-in-law, and now two grandchildren.
Read more about Paul at windrumors.com.
Dr. C. Baxter Kruger, theologian, writer and fishing lure designer is the Director of Perichoresis Ministries. Baxter is a native of Prentiss, Mississippi. He and his wife Beth have been married for 30 years and have 4 children. A life-long student of psychology, Baxter has a degrees in political science, divinity, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Kings College, Aberdeen University in Aberdeen, Scotland under Professor James B. Torrance. He is the author of 8 books, including The Great Dance, Jesus and the Undoing of Adam and Across All Worlds, and recently the international bestseller, The Shack Revisited. He teaches around the world. He is an avid outdoorsman and holds two United States patents for his fishing lure designs. He is the founder and President of Mediator Lures. Read more at perichoresis.org.
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, MD
Sister Mary Diana Dreger, O.P., has been providing health care for medically underserved patients at the Saint Thomas Family Health Center South Clinic since 2007. After entering the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in 1989, Sister Mary Diana completed her medical training and residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University in 2004. Sister is a member of the Aquinas College Board of Directors and the Catholic Medical Association in Nashville. In this lecture, Sister considers audience-submitted questions and presents an engaging medical perspective to current moral issues affecting women and families. Sister Mary Diana does not have a website, but you can learn more about her through Vanderbilt Medicine.
Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy’s mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don’t play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.
He is aware that God gave him a calling to deliver the Gospel through his music, and for over 30 years, Phil Keaggy has been grateful to do just that and hopefully will continue to do so for many years to come. Read more about Phil’s extensive musical career at philkeaggy.com.