ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

2017 amplify speakers & panelists

Luis Palau
Luis Palau
International Evangelist, Luis Palau Association
Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the good news of Jesus Christ with tens of millions of people through evangelistic events and media over the past 50 years. He has spoken in 75 countries with more than one million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.
Trip Lee
Trip Lee
Teaching Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta; Hip-hop Artist
Trip Lee is an author, teacher, hip-hop artist, and thought leader. A pastor in Atlanta, he regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events, and has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world. In his first book, The Good Life, Trip points to the abundant life available only in Christ – a life beyond anything the world can offer. His second book, Rise, calls a younger generation not to wait to follow God, but to get up and live now. Trip’s deepest desire in his writing, teaching, and performing is to declare the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ.
D.A. Horton
D.A. Horton
Pastor of Reach Fellowship in North Long Beach, CA; Chief Evangelist, Urban Youth Workers Institute
D.A. Horton serves as Pastor of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in North Long Beach, CA & as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI). Prior to his current roles he served as an urban church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO, a National Coordinator of Urban Student Ministries at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the Executive Director at ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records.
Danielle Strickland
Danielle Strickland
Officer, The Salvation Army; Ambassador, Stop the Traffik and Compassion International
Danielle Strickland’s aggressive compassion has loved people firsthand in countries all over the world where she has embraced, learned, cared, evangelized, taught, and exhorted individuals and crowds to surrender to the boundless love of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She loves the more fragile in communities around the world. Over the years, that has led her to back alleys and late night streets and to the halls of government and corridors of commercial power to see laws changed and practices transformed. She is author of four books on social justice, the work of God in our lives, and living as Jesus calls us.
Will Graham
Will Graham
Vice President, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Will Graham (William Franklin Graham IV) (@tellagraham), grandson of Billy Graham, is an associate evangelist and vice president with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Wilfredo de Jesus (Pastor Choco)
Wilfredo de Jesus (Pastor Choco)
Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church in Chicago
Rev. Wilfredo De Jesús (Pastor Choco) is Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church, one of the fastest growing churches in Chicago. NLC and its church plants have over 130 ministries reaching the most disenfranchised – the broken hearted, poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts, and gang members. In 2006, NLC inaugurated HopeFest, which has grown to become the largest annual back-to-school event in the City of Chicago. Over 800 church and community volunteers serve approximately 10,000 families in this one-day event. De Jesús has served as the Vice President of Social Justice for the nation’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. He the author of several books.
Michael Frost
Michael Frost
Missiologist; Vice-Principal, Morling College; Co-Founder, Forge Mission Training Network
Michael Frost is an internationally recognized Australian missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. Frost is the Vice Principal of Morling College and the Founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is Co-Founder of the Forge Mission Training Network.
Nikki Toyama-Szeto
Nikki Toyama-Szeto
Author & Speaker
Nikki Toyama-Szeto works with leaders of faith communities to help ignite a passion for biblical justice among the Global Church. She speaks and trains leaders globally, most recently in Nepal for Tearfund. She writes and speaks from her experiences as a leader in organizations like International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She served on the Third Lausanne Congress (2010), helping to develop the plenary program. She currently serves on the board of Interserve USA and Casa Chiralagua.
Bishop Claude Alexander
Bishop Claude Alexander
Senior Pastor, The Park Church, Charlotte, NC
Bishop Claude Alexander serves as Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC. Under his leadership, The Park Church has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and a weekly international reach. A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, he has worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues.
Dave Ferguson
Dave Ferguson
Lead Pastor, COMMUNITY Christian Church, Naperville, IL
Dave Ferguson is Lead Pastor of COMMUNITY Christian Church in Naperville, IL. He loves helping people find their way back to God and starting new churches. Dave also provides visionary leadership for the NewThing network. He is President of the Exponential Conference, equipping church planting leaders around the world. He is the author of The BIG IDEA (2007), Exponential (2010), On The Verge (2011), Discover Your Mission Now (2013), and Finding Your Way Back To God (2014).
Andrew Palau
Andrew Palau
Evangelist. Luis Palau Association; Next Generation Alliance Cabinet Member
International evangelist Andrew Palau is committed to sharing the good news wherever God may call him. Andrew grew up in a strong Christian home, a son of Luis Palau. He chose his own way and did not make an early commitment to Jesus until the age of 27. Andrew preaches at his own festivals around the world, most recently Malawi and NYC. He has shared the gospel with millions of people, demonstrating his father’s same passion and love for Christ and evangelism.
R. York Moore
R. York Moore
National Evangelist, InterVarsity USA
R. York Moore serves as National Evangelist for InterVarsity USA. He is the author of “Growing Your Faith by Giving it Away!” and “Making All Things New.” As an abolitionist, York has helped create state laws, corporate policies, resources, and a national dialogue concerning human trafficking. York came to faith as an atheist while studying philosophy at the University of Michigan. He also holds an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Ed Stetzer
Ed Stetzer
Executive Director, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism; Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism, Wheaton College
Ed Stetzer is the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism and the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. He is a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. Ed has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is former executive director for Lifeway Research and is a contributing editor for Christianity Today and a columnist for Outreach Magazine.
Jerry Root
Jerry Root
Professor of Evangelism and Spiritual Formation, Wheaton College; Director, Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
Jerry Root is a professor at Wheaton College and serves as the Director of the Evangelism Initiative as well as being a faculty/scholar at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. Jerry teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in evangelism and Christian formation and is a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University.
Paul Cedar
Paul Cedar
Chairman/CEO, The Mission America Coalition/U.S. Lausanne Committee
Paul Cedar serves as Chairman/CEO of The Mission America Coalition/U.S. Lausanne Committee. He also served as President of the Evangelical Free Churches of America for six years from 1990 to 1996 and pastored both large and smaller churches, including serving as Senior Pastor of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, CA. Paul has ministered with the Billy Graham Association and with Youth for Christ. He served as Chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization from 1998 – 2004 and continues to be a part of The Lausanne International Committee as a Senior Advisor. Paul is a member of the National Prayer Committee and the Board of the U. S. Center for World Missions.

EARLY BIRD ($159) REGISTRATION FOR AMPLIFY 2017 IS OPEN!

Frequently asked questions

  • WHO IS SPONSORING THE AMPLIFY CONFERENCE?

    The event is sponsored by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in partnership with Mission America Coalition. The BGCE exists to lead the conversation on evangelism by training, resourcing, and mobilizing followers of Jesus to share their faith; networking leaders; researching best practices; engaging thought leaders; and launching strategic ministry initiatives. The Mission America Coalition is a coalition of Christian leaders who have prayerfully come together to mobilize the Church for praying, caring, and sharing the gospel in deed and word. Amplify is an annual national conference. In between gatherings, we will be producing and sending out evangelism training, research, and leadership resources regularly. We will also be developing networks of leaders who bond together with a vision for becoming ongoing learning communities and cohorts that gather annually at the conference to make progress. You can learn more about the networks by visiting the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism website.

  • WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AMPLIFY?

    If we are honest, if we look at the fruit of many churches and Christ-followers today, we might say that too many hold evangelism to be a low priority in their daily lives. Perhaps they haven’t had much training, perhaps they are overcome by fear. Regardless of the reason we don’t show and share the love of Jesus with others, we must admit that the Church in North America is at a critical crossroads of witness. Amplify is a 3-day event where we will reimagine an evangelism for our day that is winsome, soulful, creatively, and deeply grounded in scripture. Amplify will feature a mix of plenary speakers, case studies, research, breakout sessions, tracks, and networking times intended to meet the needs of everyone who attends.

  • WHO SHOULD ATTEND AMPLIFY?

    Amplify is for anyone in a church leadership position or in a position outside the local church setting where you are seeking to weave an evangelism ethos into your own life or the lives of others. The conference is intended to equip and inspire you personally and as you lead others in developing a lifestyle of gospel witness.

  • How will Amplify be structured?

    This year's Amplify event will be bookmarked by a number of pre and post-conference meetings for church leaders, evangelists, network leaders, academics, and others. More to come. Amplify will feature five main plenary sessions and ten tracks, including tracks for LEADERSHIP & EVANGELISM, CHURCH PLANTING, RURAL CHURCHES, CITIES, CREATIVE ARTS, MARKETPLACE LEADERS, PRAYER, EVANGELISTS, and more. Information on tracks and speakers coming soon. If you would like to recommend a track, please email us at bgce@wheaton.edu.

Conference Lodging

Amplify 2017 will be held at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville, IL. You are responsible for your own travel and hotel reservation. We have contracted with area hotels to get discounted rates. Click here to see hotel options and reserve your room.

Conference Rates

Registration Price
Jan. 1 – Mar. 15, 2017 (individuals) $159
Mar. 16 – Apr. 15, 2017 (individuals) $199
Apr. 16 – May 31, 2017 (individuals) $259
Group rate (10 or more) $159
Student rate $99
International rate $99
Spouse rate $109
Last minute (June 1 – onsite, if available) $299

Conference Location

Amplify 2017 will be held at Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville, IL, which is conveniently located next to the Marriot Chicago Naperville at 1801 N Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL. Several dozen restaurants are within a three-block walk.

Conference Sponsorship

Would you like to join us as a sponsor for the 2017 Amplify conference? For an overview of our sponsorship guide, email Laurie Nichols at laurie.nichols@wheaton.edu.

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Compassion International Next Generation Alliance Exponential Christianity Today Christ Together Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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