2018 amplify speakers & panelists

We are adding more speakers to the mainstage. Stay tuned for additions!
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.
Laurel Bunker
Laurel Bunker
Dean of Campus Ministries & Campus Pastor, Bethel University
For over 20 years, Laurel has been a leader in fields of education, non-profit management, church and para church ministry. She currently serves as Dean of Campus Ministries and Campus Pastor at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Laurel and her husband Joshua, make their home in the Twin Cities with their two daughters, Naomi and Camile.
Krish Kandiah
Krish Kandiah
Founding Director, Home for Good
Krish is the Founding Director of Home for Good, a young charity seeking to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Krish is in demand as a speaker both nationally and internationally. In recent months, Krish’s efforts in the escalating refugee crisis have been significant in campaigning through Home for Good for securing homes for 3000 refugee children. Krish is an ambassador for Tearfund and has a passion for engaging with contemporary culture theologically.
Danielle Strickland
Danielle Strickland
Officer, The Salvation Army; Ambassador, Stop the Traffik and Compassion International
Danielle’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.
Nick Hall
Nick Hall
Founder, The PULSE Movement
Nick is author of the Reset and visionary behind Together 2016. In July 2017, Nick was also named the President and CEO of the Mission America Coalition. Nick’s passion is to “awaken culture to the reality of Jesus.” Nick is married to his best friend, Tiffany, and they are proud parents of Truett and Ruby.
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.
Miles McPherson
Miles McPherson
Pastor, Rock Church
Pastor Miles played four years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers from 1982-1985. It was during this time that he developed a cocaine addiction. In his second season in the NFL and after a weekend-long drug binge, he called out to Jesus Christ, accepted Him, and stopped doing drugs in one day. In 2000, he felt called by God to start the Rock Church in San Diego. According to Outreach Magazine, the Rock has consistently been one of the nation’s largest churches. Four years ago, Miles initiated Do Something Church, which is dedicated to equipping churches to transform the world by successfully meeting their community’s needs through innovative outreach strategies.
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.
Sarita Gallagher
Sarita Gallagher
Associate Professor of Religion, George Fox University
Sarita is Associate Professor of Religion at George Fox University. She is a member of the International Association for Mission Studies, the American Society of Missiology, the Evangelical Missiological Society, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Association of Professors of Missions, and is a frequent conference presenter.
Scott Chapman
Scott Chapman
Senior Pastor, The Chapel
Scott received his Masters degree at Trinity International University and afterwards co-founded The Chapel in 1994. In addition to serving as Senior Pastor of The Chapel, he helps lead a national network of churches called Christ Together. Scott’s passion is to give his life to serving Jesus and to see as many people as possible brought into the fullness of God’s kingdom.
Steve Carter
Steve Carter
Teaching Pastor,Willow Creek Community Church
Steve is the author of “This Invitational Life – Risking Yourself to Align With God’s Heartbeat for Humanity.” He also co-hosts “Relevant is Doing A Sports Podcast.” Steve lives outside Chicago with his wife, Sarah, their son, Emerson, and daughter, Mercy June.
Lisa Fields
Lisa Fields
Founder & President, Jude 3 Project
Lisa holds an MDiv with a focus on theology from Liberty University and speaks regularly at conferences, colleges, and colleges across the U.S.
Tom Lin
Tom Lin
President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Tom serves as President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and on the Boards of Fuller Seminary, Crowell Trust, and the Lausanne Movement. Tom previously pioneered an evangelical student movement in Mongolia and directed the Urbana Student Missions Conference. Tom holds degrees from Harvard University and Fuller Theological Seminary.
Phil Vischer
Phil Vischer
Creator, VeggieTales; Founder, Jellyfish Labs
Phil made his first animated film when he was 9 years old and by age 14 was convinced he would be a filmmaker when he grew up. After a brief stint in Bible College, Phil struck out on his own, looking for a way to integrate his faith with his filmmaking. This quest led him to a tomato and a cucumber. The year was 1991, and Phil was a newly married 25 year-old with no financial backing and no idea how his vegetables would ever see the light of day. Today, more than 60 million VeggieTales videos have been purchased and Phil’s faith-filled stories can be found in 1/3 of all American homes with young children. Although Phil’s original company, Big Idea Productions, collapsed in bankruptcy in 2003, Phil continues some involvement with VeggieTales, while actively developing new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his new company, Jellyfish Labs, including the new DVD series, What’s in the Bible?
Michael Oh
Michael Oh
Global Executive Director/CEO, Lausanne Movement
In addition to his role with Lausanne, Michael serves as Founder and Board Chairman of CBI Japan, which includes a theological seminary, church planting ministry, and various outreaches in Nagoya, Japan. Michael attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, where he also received a Master’s degree and Ph.D. He completed his M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as a Master’s degree in Regional Studies East Asia at Harvard University. He has spoken at many conferences, including Desiring God, Urbana, Cru, and the Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Pearl, have five children.
Nigel & Jessie Paul
Nigel & Jessie Paul
Founders & International Directors, MoveIn
Nigel & Jessie lead MoveIn, a movement “to see thousands of regular people prayerfully moving in among the unreached, urban poor globally.” They live in a high-needs community in Toronto, Canada, with their son Courage.
Team member
Belinda Bauman
Belinda Bauman
Founder, One Million Thumbprints
Educator turned advocate, Belinda Bauman seeks to bring hope to women in crisis. After living internationally for a decade in conflict and post-conflict zones, Belinda experienced what she calls a “beautiful collision” with the brave souls of women who survive in the most dangerous places in the world. She is a wife and mother, speaker and contributor to Newsweek’s The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and Today’s Christian Woman. She is working on her first book, “Brave Soul: Lessons in Love, Risk and the Power of Empathy.”

Frequently asked questions

  • About AMPLIFY 2018

    Key Passages for 2018 Conference include: “Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory…” - Psalm 115:1 and “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.” – 1 Timothy 1:15

  • About Our theme, "Reimagining a Simple Gospel"

    Look around you. Look around the world. So many needs, so many wounds and pains and divisions. So.much.brokenness. God made flesh, God dwelt among us. That’s what our world needs. An unsaturated, uncomplicated reconciling gospel that proclaims one thing: the healing work of the cross that has crossed two thousand years to get to us. For some, sharing the gospel is a dim memory. For others, it’s an archaic command. For others, it’s the call of a few. For too many, it’s hard, filled with fear, uncertainty, and a lack of feeling prepared. What all of these views lack is the rock-solid truth that God has called all of us, God will equip us, and God will do the work. When we take our eyes off ourselves, God is lifted high for all to see. Amplify 2018 will allow us to strip out the complexities of gospel witness and reveal the simplicity of the gospel that overcomes all barriers. Christ crucified. Christ lifted high. Our world made new. What does the simple, stripped gospel message look like to you? And how are you showing & sharing it with a world in desperate need of it?

  • Amplify 2018 Sponsorships

    Sponsorships for Amplify 2018 are now open. To inquire about sponsorship packages, email us at bgc@wheaton.edu

  • Amplify/Lausanne International Partnership

    Amplify 2018 will serve as the Lausanne North American Gathering. More information to come, but if you are currently part of Lausanne in North America or desire to learn more, stay tuned.

Registration Date Conference Rate
Nov. 1 - Dec 31, 2017 (individuals) $109
Jan. 1 - Mar. 31, 2018 (individuals) $149
Apr. 1 - May 31, 2018 (individuals) $199
June 1 and after (individuals) $299
Group rate (10 or more) $109
Student & International rate $99
Spouse rate $99

Conference Location

Conference Location: Amplify 2018 will again be held at Highpoint Church 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.

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