Stan Archie, Christian Fellowship Baptist Church (Kansas City, MO)
Stan Archie is the founding pastor of Christian Fellowship Church, in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has served since 1989. He strives to help people develop a biblical alternative for living in every area of life, leading his church to minister in a holistic way to the physical and spiritual needs of community.
Lee Eclov, Village Church of Lincolnshire (Lincolnshire, IL)
Lee Eclov is the Senior Pastor of Village Church of Linconshire. A native of South Dakota, he graduated from Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served as an Assistant Pastor at North Suburban Evangelical Free Church in Deerfield for five years, and as Senior Pastor of Chippewa Evangelical Free Church in Beaver Falls, PA (near Pittsburgh) for 14 years. Lee, Susan and their son, Andy, came to VCL in February, 1998. Pastor Lee is an adjunct professor at TEDS, a consulting editor for Leadership Journal, and a columnist for preachingtoday.com, both publications of Christianity Today Int’l.
Steve Farish, Crossroads Church (Grayslake, IL)
Steve Farish is the Senior Pastor of Crossroads Church. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He holds degrees from Auburn University (B.A.), the University of Georgia School of Law (J.D.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.). Pastor Steve has served as senior pastor at Crossroads since September 1993, and prior to that he served as an associate pastor at a Southern Baptist Church in Atlanta. He practiced law in Atlanta in the field of construction-related litigation from 1985-1990.
Scott Chapman, The Chapel (Grayslake, IL)
Greg Waybright, Lake Avenue Evangelical Free Church (Pasadena, CA)
The Center was pleased to welcome Trinity’s former president back to campus. Waybright addressed the subject of ecclesiology through consideration of two passages in Ephesians. His talks are entitled “The Dream Church”. His first sermon covered Ephesians 1:3-14 and is entitled “God’s Idea–Not Mine”, while his second covered Ephesians 2:11-22 and is entitled “From Dream to Reality.”
Tom Nelson, Christ Community Church (Leawood, KS)
In these two messages, Nelson briefly explored the rich and robust doctrine of Christian vocation, focusing on the topic of work. Examining primarily the first three chapters in Genesis he sought to build a theological framework regarding work and bring to light its vital contribution to our pursuit of Christian faithfulness in our times. The first message is entitled, “The Sunday to Monday Gap” (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15). The second message is entitled, “Is Work a Four-Letter Word?” (Genesis 3:17-19).
K. Edward Copeland, New Zion Baptist Church (Rockford, IL)
As part of the Timothy Series, K. Edward Copeland focused on the scripturally mandated “Ministry Fundamentals” that are essential for the spiritual progress of modern day Timothys. Special attention was paid to 1 Timothy 4 and 2 Timothy 4.
Dave Johnson, Church of the Open Door (Maple Grove, MN)
David Johnson has been the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota, since 1980. During this time, the church has grown from a congregation of 160 to 3,000 people. A much sought-after speaker, he is a graduate of Bethel College and received his theological training at Bethel Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His Growing in Grace radio broadcast is syndicated internationally. David and his family live in Minnesota.
Wayne Ogimachi, Lighthouse Church (Seattle, WA)
A graduate of UCLA and Fuller Theological Seminary, Wayne Ogimachi has experience in youth, campus, and pastoral ministry in southern California. He also served for 17 years as the Pastor of Christian Layman Church in Oakland, CA, during which time he also helped start the Asian American Christian Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000, he moved to Seattle to plant Lighthouse Christian Church in Bellevue, Washington, where he currently serves as Lead Pastor.
Josh Moody, College Church (Wheaton, IL)
Moody was born in Surrey, England, and holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Cambridge University. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois and served previously as Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut beginning in 1999. He has authored three books to date: The God-Centered Life: Insights from Jonathan Edwards for Today; Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment: Knowing the Presence of God; and Authentic Spirituality.
Harry Stackhouse, The Sign of the Dove Church (Waukegan, IL)
Harry Stackhouse serves as Senior Pastor at Sign of the Dove Church in Waukegan, Illinois. Harry and his wife, Pastor Deborah Stackhouse, founded Sign of the Dove Church in 1989 to minister to the hurting in the Lake County area. In addition to their pastoral duties, they also oversee several other Sign of the Dove Churches in the United States and around the world. Mr. Stackhouse also serves as President of United Ministries for Christ.
Jackson Crum, Park Community Church (Chicago, IL)
Jackson Crum is Lead Pastor at Park Community Church in Chicago. He has lived everywhere from New Orleans to California and spent over 20 years serving in ministry in Philadelphia before coming to Chicago. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary and is devoted husband to Donna and father to two grown sons. In his down time, Jackson enjoys traveling with Donna (especially to Biblical sites), reading, cheering on Philly and Chicago sports teams and riding his bike along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Minho Song, Young Nak Presbyterian Church (Toronto, Canada)
Minho Song is Senior Pastor at Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Toronto. He holds an M.Div. and Th.M. from Regent College in Vancouver, BC and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Dr. Song has served as a Missionary in the Philippines with OMF and in a variety of academic posts in Canada, South Korea and the Philippines.
Colin Smith, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church (Arlington Heights IL)
Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He is married to Karen, and they have two married sons. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Colin was raised in a Christian family and felt the call of God to pastoral ministry from an early age. He trained at London School of Theology where he received a B.A. in theology and later an M. Phil. for his work on Calvin’s doctrine of justification in relation to the sense of sin and the dialogue with Rome. Colin was pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in North London for sixteen years and during that time served in various capacities in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, including a time as their President. Colin has served as Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church since 1996. His primary focus is on preaching and his ministry is shared more widely through a radio program called Unlocking the Bible.
William Shields, St. Mark Lutheran Church (Lindenhurst, IL)
Pastor Bill Shields is one of the pastors at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Lindenhurst, Illinois (where he has served since 2007). In his nearly 25 years of ordained ministry, he has served two other congregations: American Lutheran Church in Rantoul, Illinois, and First Lutheran Church in Pontiac, Illinois. In recent years, Bill has also accompanied his good friend Dr. Robert Yarbrough on several teaching trips to Sudan. Bill grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. He received a B.A. from Wheaton College, with a double major in Bible and Sociology. He earned his M.Div. at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bill has been married to Lisa, his High School sweetheart, for 29 years. They have five children: Rebekah, Matthew, Rachel, Nathan, and Isaac.
Glenda Simpkins Hoffman, Vienna Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA)
Glenda Simpkins Hoffman is an associate pastor at Vienna Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia. She served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ at University of California, Berkeley; San Jose State; and Moscow State University in Russia and then for a decade as associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest. She received a B.S. in English Education at Utah State University and an M. Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is passionate about discipleship and spiritual formation. She loves to help others experience the love of Christ more deeply and to learn to love him more and love others in his name. Glenda enjoys reading, walking, and traveling, but her greatest joy is spending time with her husband Stuart and their young sons, Nate and Ian.
Bryan Loritts, Fellowship Memphis (Memphis TN)
Bryan is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis- a multicultural church ministering to the evolving community of urban Memphis. Bryan has also served as an adjunct professor at Crichton College, and is on the board of trustees for Biola University, Presbyterian Day School, and Memphis Leadership Foundation. In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan’s ministry takes him across the country as he speaks to thousands annually at churches, conferences and retreats. He is also the author of the books God on Paper and A Cross Shaped Gospel as well as a contributing author for the book entitled Great Preaching. Bryan was recently voted as one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders in the country by Outreach magazine.
Christine Kim Lee, All Angels’ Episcopal Church (New York NY)
Christine attended the Moody Bible Institute and received her M.Div. and Th.M. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After serving as a missionary in Bangkok, she joined Intervarsity Christian Fellowship as a campus minister at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She worked as a community organizer for Habitat for Humanity – NYC, engaging the faith community in building homes for low-income families and advocating for more affordable housing. In 2008, she joined staff at All Angels’ as the Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach. Most recently, she completed a year of Anglican studies at the General Theological Seminary and served as the interim minister at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem before returning to All Angels’. She lives in Harlem with her husband Jimmy, and loves running, hiking and eating.
Philip Griffin, Elmbrook Church (Brookfield WI)
Philip Griffin recently joined Elmbrook Church staff as Senior Pastor. Formerly the Senior Pastor of First Wesleyan Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, Philip is getting adjusted to Milwaukee and is excited about the ministry possibilities in the Brookfield and Milwaukee areas. An evangelist at the core and someone who has come through his own theological questioning, he has a heart for bringing the Gospel to the hurting and broken. He was raised as a missionary son, in the heart of Mexico City. Fluent in Spanish and formerly the pastor of a racially diverse congregation in Texas, he misses a culture that is more diverse and metropolitan. He has a passion for Scripture and believes mission is a lifestyle. He and his wife Deanna have three children; Jessica, Lexi and Colin; and two grandchildren.
Carolyn Gordon, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dr. Gordon is the associate professor of communication, and she chairs the Department of Preaching and Communication at Fuller Seminary. Dually ordained by both the Southern and the National Baptist conventions, Gordon has more than a decade of pastoral experience during which she preached regularly. She directed the Ministries in Higher Education department of the Washington DC Baptist convention for six years, and has experience as a television producer and host. She has also served on the executive boards of the Center for Urban Church Renewal, United Inner Cities Services, and Baptist Women in Ministry. Her current research interests include communication theology: what God intended for the spoken word, preaching to senior adults, preaching to those with disabilities, and vocal development and the maintenance of the preaching voice.
Steve Mathewson, Crosslife Evangelical Free Church
Steve Mathewson is the Senior Pastor of Crosslife Evangelical Free Church (Libertyville, IL). He is widely published in preaching, including The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative. Steve received a Masters of Arts Degree in Old Testament in 1986 from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (Portland, OR) and his Doctor of Ministry in 2000 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he studied preaching under Dr. Haddon Robinson. He and his wife, Priscilla, have four children.
Isaac Smith, Dakota District of the Wesleyan Church
Isaac has grown up in the Church and still loves it. He has planted a church and served small bi-vocational churches, mid-sized churches, and a large growing congregation. For the past thirteen years he has been District Superintendent of the Dakota District. Rev. Smith also serves on several boards in The Wesleyan Church, including the General Board and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Isacc is married to Esther, and they have three married sons, two of whom are Wesleyan pastors, and seven grandchildren. They live on a small ranch in Wyoming.
Gregory Waybright Lake Avenue Church (Pasadena)
After twelve years of leadership as President of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois Gregory L. Waybright accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor here at Lake Avenue Church. Gregory L. Waybright and his wife Chris Waybright began their transition from Trinity to Lake Avenue Church with their arrival in the Pasadena area in September, 2007.
Dr. Ralph Douglas West serves as founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church, Houston, Texas). He first preached as a sixteen year old in his native Houston. The church began with 32 members and now embraces 24,000 families meeting in three locations and conducting six services each Sunday.
A lifelong, fourth generation member of the ECC in Alaska, Curtis served at both his home church in the village of Unalakleet and at Alaska Christian College before taking a year of sabbatical to finish a master of arts in Christian ministry (MACM). He had already completed some graduate Bible and theology courses on a part-time basis, and also earned credit for work done through the Covenant Orientation Program in his process of being credentialed for service in the ECC. Curtis was able to transfer his previous credits to North Park Theological Seminary, making it possible to complete the MACM in one year of full-time study in Chicago.