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500 years. 5 Solas. One Night.

Scripture Alone. Faith Alone. Grace Alone. Christ Alone. Glory to God Alone.

Our worship leaders for the evening are Keith and Kristyn Getty (In Christ Alone) and Jon Guerra (I Will Follow).

Our Five Solas Bible teachers are Phil Ryken (Scripture Alone), Josh Moody (Faith Alone), Ed Stetzer (Grace Alone), Ajith Fernando (Christ Alone), Bryan Loritts (Glory to God Alone).

Friday, March 17, 2017, 6-11 p.m.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for registration and exhibitor tables.
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Keith and Kristyn Getty

Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition which are sung the world over.

“In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith and long-time writing partner, Stuart Townend) holds the #1 position of most-frequently-sung in UK churches for the past 9 consecutive years. It was voted the #2 best-loved hymn of all time in the UK according to a BBC Songs of Praise national survey and among the top 5 hymns of all time by the UK Hymns Society. According to CCLI, it is estimated that 40 to 50 million people sing “In Christ Alone” in church services each year— which does not include the unique reach the catalog has into traditional and classical contexts, as well as the popularity of the song throughout Asia.

The Gettys’ hymns are used increasingly both in contemporary and traditional circles, being included in most modern hymnbooks (with a number of these now listing “Getty” as the most-featured composers), while in the more contemporary church, more than 60 of their songs are featured on top 2,000 CCLI charts between the UK and USA.

Keith and Kristyn Getty continue to be global ambassadors for modern hymns in the USA and throughout the world. In addition to their Christmas show, the Gettys tour internationally, visiting venues as diverse as the Ryman Auditorium, Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, The Pentagon, and Royal Albert Hall, with performances for George W. Bush, the United Nations, and South Korea President Lee Myung-bak.  This worldwide representation of modern hymns has led to the creation of their first global church music conference, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, in September 2017.

Keith and Kristyn live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their daughters, Eliza Joy, Charlotte, and Grace.

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Jon Guerra

With a penchant for thought-provoking lyrics, innovative instrumentation and pleading vocals regularly wrapped around an entrancing, worshipful undercurrent, Jon Guerra is steadily being recognized as one of today’s most gifted, intellectual and groundbreaking singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists. But just because he’s meeting the world at large with Little Songs (Essential Records) doesn’t mean the Chicagoan (raised in Wheaton, a salt-of-the-earth Midwestern small town) is a newcomer to his craft.

While diligently studying Bob Dylan, Rich Mullins, Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright, along with influential poets Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, plus novelist Marilynne Robinson, Guerra essentially spent his entire artistic journey switching between local band and solo life. He’s been courted by mainstream labels, opened for the likes of .fun, and even served as a jingle writer for massive companies like Comcast, Chase Bank and Allstate Insurance. By 2013, the artist of many associations also became a member of Vertical Church Band, the worship band from Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, where he continues to serve when not on tour.

Like many of his groundbreaking muses, Guerra brings intelligence, passion and originality to every angle of Little Songs, which shows just as many shades of a timeless troubadour as someone with a truly revolutionary approach to congregational contexts. It’s no wonder he’s attracted a sizable listener base within and without the church community, while becoming a recurring favorite for the folks at Relevant Magazine and its massive audience of those thirsting for spiritual authenticity.

Main Session Speakers

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Dr. Ajith Fernando

Ajith Fernando, ThM, DD, was National Director of Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka for thirty-five years and now serves as its Teaching Director, spending much time mentoring and counseling young Christian workers. He has a worldwide Bible teaching ministry.

He studied at Asbury and Fuller Seminaries and is a visiting lecturer at Colombo Theological Seminary. His books have been published in 20 languages.

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Bryan Loritts

Bryan Loritts is the Lead Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Silicon Valley.

A graduate of Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia College of Bible) and Talbot School of Theology, Bryan Loritts was recently voted one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders. He is the co-founder of Fellowship Memphis, where he served as Lead Pastor of this multi-ethnic church for 11 years, helping to grow the church from 26 people in a living room to several thousand. Pastor Bryan served as Pastor for Preaching and Mission at Trinity Grace Church in New York City. He is the President of the Kainos Movement, an organization aimed at establishing the multi-ethnic church in America as the new normal.

He has written several books including: God on Paper, Letters to a Birmingham Jail, Right Color/Wrong Culture, A Cross Shaped Gospel and his latest, Saving the Saved. Pastor Bryan sits on the Board of Trustees for Biola University and Board of Directors for Pine Cove. He is the husband of Korie, and proud father of three boys – Quentin, Myles and Jaden.

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Dr. Josh Moody

Dr. Josh Moody serves as the President of God Centered Life Ministries as well as the Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois.

His books include Burning Hearts (Christian Focus, 2014), Journey to Joy (Crossway, 2013), Jonathan Edwards and Justification (Crossway, 2012), No Other Gospel (Crossway, 2011), The God-Centered Life (Regent, 2007; IVP UK, 2006), and Authentic Spirituality (Regent, 2009; Kingsway, 2000). He was an associate fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University (2007-2011), and his doctorate is published as Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment (UPA, 2005).

He grew up south of London in England, became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England, was an undergraduate at Cambridge University where he was president of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. He served as the college pastor at Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge, England, did pioneer mission work in the former Soviet Union countries of Georgia and Azerbaijan, and was senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven. He is married to Rochelle and they have four children.

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Dr. Philip Ryken

Dr. Philip Graham Ryken is the eighth president of Wheaton College, where he studied philosophy and English literature and met his wife Lisa during Orientation.

He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. Dr. Ryken returned from England to join the pastoral staff at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church, where he preached for 15 years before becoming Wheaton’s President in 2010.

He has published more than 40 books, including The Message of Salvation, Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and expository commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Luke, Galatians, and other books of the Bible.

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Dr. Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week.

As of fall 2015, Stetzer co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.

Location:

College Church in Wheaton, Illinois
332 E. Seminary Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

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