Key Speakers for 2019
John M. Perkins, through years of living and working with the poor, observed the most creative long-term solutions to the problems of poverty came from grass-roots, church-based efforts by people who saw themselves as ambassadors of Christ. In 1983, Drs. John M. and Vera Mae Perkins founded The John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation for Justice, Reconciliation & Community Development. The foundation teaches the principles of Christian Community development and racial reconciliation. John, his wife, and children have lived out this ministry philosophy for more than 56 years.
Dwight Smith founder of Saturation Church Planting International. He currently works with a growing number of church leaders around the world. Dwight's passion is to see the leadership in the church today follow the biblical theology of leadership so that the whole body of Christ is mission mobilized.
Nancy Pearcey is heralded as “America’s preeminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual” (The Economist). Currently, she is a professor of apologetics and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University and a fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly an agnostic, Pearcey studied in Switzerland under Francis Schaeffer.
Conrad Hilario serves as a Xenos Senior Elder and leads one of the most dynamic spheres in our college ministry. He has successfully planted a number of home churches and has raised up numerous leaders. Conrad earned his M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and teaches leadership classes at Xenos. He is the author of Searching for Wisdom: Finding the Father in Proverbs. Conrad and his wife Hilary have two children.
James Rochford serves as a Xenos Elder and Senior Sphere Leader in the college ministry. He teaches classes in theology and apologetics as well as weekly central teachings. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Masters in Theological Studies. He is also the author of Evidence Unseen, Endless Hope or Hopeless End, and Too Good To Be True. He and his wife Duyen have two children.
Scott Risley serves as a Xenos Elder, oversees a sphere of college and high school home groups, teaches one of the college central teachings and a number of different classes. Scott has been part of the Xenos college ministry since 1996. He married his wife Chris in 2003 and they have two children. Before coming on staff, Scott studied computer science engineering at OSU and worked in software consulting. He earned an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.