Chapel Speakers

Fall 2007

Theme: Living Under the Reign of God as the People of God

Theme Verse: "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV)

Dieter Zander

Dieter Zander serves as Pastor of Arts and Spiritual Formation at BayMarin Community Church, San Rafael, CA. Prior to his work at BayMarin he worked with Re-Imagine, a San Francisco-based ministry designed to help re-think the church in the post-modern world. He has served on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, where he led worship and developed the "Axis" ministry to post-modern young adults. He is the co-author of Inside the Soul of a New Generation. Dieter lives in Novato, California with his wife, Valerie, and their three children.

Matt Russell

Matt Russell is founder of Mercy Street, an alternative community within Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston. The community is comprised of 5 different half-way houses, 4 adolescent alternative peer groups, and people involved in various 12 Step programs. Matt received his M. Div., with a concentration in Systematic Theology from Fuller Seminary in 1998 and is currently working on his PhD at Texas Tech in the area of Adult Identity Development and Addiction. He and his family live in Houston, Texas.

J. R. Whitby

Rev. J. R. Whitby is President and Chief Executive Office of Gospel Communications International, a Christian media ministry with headquarters in Muskegon Michigan. He is also a member of the board of directors of both Gospel Communications and its sister organization, Gospel Films of Canada. J. R. is a graduate of JBU who also serves on the board of Trinity College of Ministerial Arts, a Bible College and Seminary with which he has been actively involved in Aba, Nigeria.

Tim Clinton

Dr. Tim Clinton is president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and publisher of the award-winning Christian Counseling Today magazine. He serves as professor of counseling and pastoral care and executive director of the Liberty University Center for Counseling and Family Studies and was recently a distinguished visiting professor for the Regent University School of Psychology and Counseling. He and his wife, Julie, have two children and live in Forest, Virginia.

Tracy Balzer

Tracy Balzer has served as JBU's Director of Christian Formation for ten years. Her recent book, Thin Places: An Evangelical Journey into Celtic Christianity is a result of her travels to the UK with JBU students and her own personal research. Tracy holds a Master of Ministry degree and is a certified spiritual director. Her husband, Cary, teaches in the Bible department, and they have two daughters: Kelsey (JBU sophomore) and Langley.

Frederica Mathewes-Green

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author, whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, the Los Angeles Times, Books & Culture, and the Wall Street Journal. In the past, her commentaries have been heard on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Her essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006. She has published 8 books and over 600 articles. Frederica lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Baltimore, MD.

Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips serves as Director of University of Communications here at JBU. She has a masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary as well as substantial working experience in the business world. One of her passions is to help equip believers to be all that God designed them to be, so in addition to her work here at JBU she finds time to speak at retreats, lead a Bible study, and help organize a fellowship group for young adults in Siloam Springs.