Conference Speakers

Breakout speakers will be announced as they are confirmed
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.
Alan Hirsch
Alan Hirsch
Founder, Forge Mission Training Network, 100 Movements, Future Travelers
Alan Hirsch is the founder of 100 Movements, Forge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers. All three organizations focus on pioneering leadership development and training and consulting in on the church as missional movement. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is widely considered to be a thought-leader in his field and has worked with churches and organization across the world, but mainly in North America, Europe, and Australia.
James Meeks
James Meeks
Founder & Senior Pastor, Salem Baptist Church, Chicago
Pastor James T. Meeks is the founder and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, which has been recognized as one of the fastest growing megachurches in the United States. Salem is the largest African American church in Illinois with over 15,000 members. In 2002, Pastor Meeks successfully ran for Illinois state senator. His win made him the first Independent legislator ever elected to the Illinois Senate. He served three terms, where his major focus was on educational equity.
Lee Strobel
Lee Strobel
Author, Pastor, Professor
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and as a Teaching Pastor at Woodlands Church in Texas, one of the largest congregations in the country. His latest book is The Case for Grace. Lee co-authored the Becoming a Contagious Christian course, which has trained a million-and-a-half Christians on how to naturally and effectively talk with others about Jesus.
Kim Reisman
Kim Reisman
Executive Director, World Methodist Evangelism
Kimberly Reisman is Executive Director of World Methodist Evangelism, a ministry that brings the global Methodist/Wesleyan family of Christians together around the work of multiplying witnesses for Jesus Christ. An author, pastor, teacher, and theologian, Kim is a frequent speaker, focusing on evangelism, spiritual formation, women’s ministries, leadership development and the intersection between faith and culture. She is an elder in the United Methodist Church and has written numerous books. Kim holds a PhD in theology from Durham University in the United Kingdom.
Derwin Gray
Derwin Gray
Founding & Lead Pastor, Transformation Church, Charlotte, NC
Derwin L. Gray is a former NFL football player as well as the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church (TC), one of the fastest-growing churches in America. TC is a multiethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with four campuses near Charlotte, NC. Working toward his doctorate at Northern Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary, Derwin is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart and Limitless Life: You are More Than Your past When God Hold Your Future.
Peter Hong
Peter Hong
Lead Pastor, New Community Covenant Church, Chicago
Peter Hong is a native Chicagoan. Since arriving in the U.S. at the age of 10, he has lived most of his life in Chicago. He has completed a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Trinity International University (formerly known as TEDS). His passions in life include preaching Jesus as the goal of all of life, planting multicultural churches in major urban city­ centers that will proclaim Jesus as Lord, and pastoring kingdom missionaries that will make Jesus known to the ends of the earth.
Rice Broocks
Rice Broocks
Co-founder, Every Nation; Senior Minister, Bethel World Outreach Church, Nashville, TN
Rice Broocks is the co-founder of the Every Nation family of churches, which includes more than 1,000 churches in more than 60 countries. He has spent the last 30 years with Every Nation focusing on equipping college students around the world to defend their faith. Author of God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty (Thomas Nelson, March 2013), Broocks also serves as the senior minister of Bethel World Outreach Church in Nashville, Tenn. He holds a doctorate in missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary. ​
Ed Stetzer
Ed Stetzer
Director, LifeWay Research; Senior Fellow, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
Ed Stetzer is the Executive Director of LifeWay Research, 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 the Senior Fellow of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College and is a contributing editor for Christianity Today and a columnist for Outreach Magazine. He also serves as a pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., a congregation he planted in 2011.
James Choung
James Choung
National Director of Evangelism, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
James Choung serves as InterVarsity’s national director of evangelism and is ordained with the Association of Vineyard Churches. He has written True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In and its follow-up, Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out, and he has taught at Bethel Seminary San Diego on leadership development and evangelism. He has previously served on the pastoral staff of a Boston-area urban church plant, of a megachurch in Seoul, and of a house church in Los Angeles.
David Choi
David Choi
Lead Pastor, Church of the Beloved, Chicago
Pastor David Choi is a graduate of Wheaton College and Gordon Conwell Seminary. He is currently the pastor of Church of the Beloved, which was planted in 2012 in the city of Chicago. Since then, the church has grown to 700 people from thirty five nations, worshiping in five locations in Chicago, Seattle, and Northern Virginia.
Beth Seversen
Beth Seversen
Evangelism Team Leader, The Evangelical Covenant Church
Beth Seversen is the Evangelism Team Leader for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Beth served as a church planter and as Associate Pastor. Formerly, Beth was Associate Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership and the Masters in Missional Church Movements and adjunct faculty at Wheaton College. Beth is currently pursuing a doctorate in Intercultural Studies researching churches effectively reaching emerging adults. Beth loves infusing students with a bigger picture of the gospel and equipping pastors and churches for God’s mission to the world.
Kevin Harney
Kevin Harney
Lead Pastor, Shoreline Community Church, Monterey, CA; Founder, Organic Outreach Ministries International
Kevin Harney is a local church pastor, author, and international speaker. He is the Founder and Visionary Leader of Organic Outreach Ministries International. Kevin is the author of the Organic Outreach series of books (with his wife Sherry), the U-Turn Church, and many other books and studies. He trains movement leaders (church, denomination, and national) in how to transform the culture of an organization from being inwardly focused to evangelistic on every level.
Paco Amador
Paco Amador
Pastor, Nueva Vida in Little Village, Lawndale, IL
Paco Amador pastors the New Life congregation in a Mexican immigrant neighborhood in Chicago. He enjoys running, dancing with his four daughters, wrestling with his three boys, and bike riding through the city. Pastor P and his wife, Sylvia, have been married for 20 years.
Rick Richardson
Rick Richardson
Director, Masters Programs in Evangelism and Leadership and Missional Church Movements, Wheaton College; Evangelism Fellow, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
Rick Richardson is Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and the Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership and the Masters in Missional Church Movements degrees. He has recently been appointed an Affiliate Professor of Evangelism and Mission in Western Contexts at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also a Graduate Faculty Scholar with the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism (BGCE), where he directs Evangelizing Churches, a pastor cohort coaching, resourcing, and research arm that serves and equips local churches for witness. He also directs the research arm of the BGCE for all things related to evangelism and culture.
Lon Allison
Lon Allison
Pastor of Teaching and Outreach, Wheaton Bible Church, Wheaton, IL
Lon Allison is Pastor of Teaching and Outreach at Wheaton Bible Church in the Chicago area. Lon is also an instructor and has taught Masters and doctoral evangelism courses at North Park Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Northern Seminary, and is a visiting professor at Wheaton College Graduate School. Previously, Lon served as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Lon holds a DMin in Homiletics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Frequently asked questions

  • WHO IS SPONSORING THE AMPLIFY CONFERENCE?

    The event is sponsored by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. 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.

  • WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AMPLIFY?

    Many in church leadership positions want to help those in their care to increase their gospel witness and prioritize evangelism. Unfortunately, as our world changes so quickly, strategies for making this happen often cannot keep pace. We are coming together to lead the conversation in evangelism and then implement a renewal of evangelism in our local churches. We will be sharing research, platforming speakers, and conducting breakouts to move the conversation about evangelism and the local church forward. The event will feature a mix of plenary speakers, case studies, research, breakout sessions, and networking times.

  • 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.

  • Will there be follow up to Amplify?

    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.

Conference Lodging

Dorms will be available (Double bed rate [shared room]: $75 per person; Single bed rate: $100 per person). Or, if you prefer a hotel, you can get a discount by going through the Wheaton College lodging site. You are responsible for your own travel and hotel reservation. Click here to see a list of hotels and make reservations.

Conference Rates

Registration Price
Through Mar. 15, 2016 (individuals) CLOSED
Mar. 16 – Apr. 15, 2016 (individuals) CLOSED
Apr. 16 – May 31, 2016 (individuals) $249
Group rate (10 or more) $149
Student rate $99
Last minute (June 1 – onsite, if available) $299

Conference Location

The event will be held on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Click here to see the Wheaton College map.

Conference Sponsorship

Selected sponsorships are available. For an overview of our sponsorship guide, email Shirley Cross at shirley.cross@lifeway.com.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Sponsored by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College

Never have church leaders had so many good things to keep them busy. And never has the priority of gospel witness—both at the leadership and lay levels—been so needed. What would it look like to see a growing movement of churches filled with people who have weaved evangelism into every part of their lives?

Join with hundreds of church leaders for a three-day national conference where we will reimagine evangelism in our local church settings. As we come together, learn from each other, and commit to partner with each other, our individual and collective evangelism voice will be amplified and Jesus will be lifted high.

The conference will feature a number of key evangelism voices as well as the release of data from the largest ever research project on the unchurched and how churches are reaching them. Don’t miss the first-of-its-kind gathering to lead the conversation on evangelism in the local church.

“…for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” – Acts 4.20


Conference Schedule

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Time
Organic Outreach Intensive begins 9:30 am
AMPLIFY OFFICIALLY BEGINS 12:30pm
Plenary A: Proclamation & The Local Church
Luis Palau
Paco Amador
James Meeks
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Breakout A 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Plenary B: The State of Evangelism
Lee Strobel
James Choung
Ed Stetzer
4:00pm - 5:30pm

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Time
Plenary C: A Church for the Unchurched
Derwin Gray
Rice Brooks
Kim Reisman
8:45am - 10:15am
Breakout B 10:45am - 11:45am
Breakout C 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout D 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Plenary D: Organic Outreach
Kevin Harney
Lon Allison
Rick Richardson & Beth Seversen
4:00pm - 5:30pm

 

Thursday, June 30, 2016 Time
Breakout E 8:45am - 9:45am
Plenary E: Towards a Missional Evangelism
Alan Hirsch
Dave Choi
Peter Hong
10:15am - 12:00am
AMPLIFY OFFICIALLY ENDS 12:00pm
Organic Outreach Intensive Ends 5:00pm

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