Chapel Speakers

Spring 2008

Spring 2008 Speakers

Theme: Who Is Our Neighbor?

Theme Verse: "To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." Mark 12:33 (NIV)

John M. Perkins (January 21 & 22 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

John M. Perkins is a sharecropper's son who grew up in Mississippi amidst dire poverty. Perkins fled to California when he was 17 and vowed never to return after his older brother's murder at the hands of a town marshal. However, in 1960, after his conversion to Christianity, he returned to his boyhood home to share the Gospel of Christ. His outspoken nature and support and leadership in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings. Despite dropping out of school in the third grade, Perkins received recognition for his work with seven honorary doctorates from Wheaton, Gordon, Huntington, Geneva, Spring Arbor, North Park, and Belhaven colleges. He is an international speaker and teacher on racial reconciliation, leadership, and community development.

Jill Briscoe (January 29, 30, & 31 - Spiritual Renewal Week / Staley Guest Lecturer)

Jill Briscoe has an active speaking and writing ministry that has taken her to many countries. She has written more than 40 books, including study guides, devotional material, poetry, and children's books. A native of Liverpool, England, Jill launched into youth evangelism after becoming a Christian at age 18. She married her husband, Stuart, in 1958, and since then they have ministered together through Telling the Truth media ministries at conferences and mission organizations around the world. They reside in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Stuart has just completed 30 years of ministry as Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church. Both Stuart and Jill now serve Elmbrook as ministers-at-large. They have three children-David, Judy, and Peter-and enjoy the blessing of 13 grandchildren.

Kirk Lytle (February 7 - Staley Guest Lecturer)

Kirk Lytle brings his inspirational presentation of the Last Supper from the perspective of an eyewitness to the event. The true, untold stories of Jesus's closest companions will be related by the storyteller, who knew them all. The result is the authentic story of the birth of the Church from a very personal vantage point. The sacrament of Communion, in which the congregation will participate, is woven into the story. Kirk and his wife Patti have been in full-time ministry as a couple for over two decades. During this time they have traveled to virtually every corner of the United States, sharing drama and music in churches and Christian colleges.

Franklin Graham (February 12)

Franklin Graham has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, he serves as President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under his leadership, Samaritan's Purse has met the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries. As an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has led crusades around the world.

Anne Beiler (February 19 - Leadership Week)

Anne Beiler is the founder of Auntie Anne's Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels, the world's largest mall-based pretzel franchise. She was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she attended a two-room Amish school. Bred into the fabric of her close-knit family and into her soul were the elements of sincere Christian faith, an excellent work ethic, and an eye for good business opportunity. Anne's journey is a remarkable story of failure and success. She persevered through a series of difficult personal struggles to become the leading female franchise owner in the United States.

Stephan Moore (March 4 - World Awareness Week)

Stephan Moore is Assistant Executive Director of Kids Across America which currently serves over 7,000 youth and 800 of their leaders. Stephan is a dynamic speaker who speaks with passion and humor to reach his audience. He enjoys speaking on integrity/character development, leadership, and motivation, and shares a powerful personal story of forgiveness and reconciliation. Stephan is married to Scotia and they have 6 children and live in Branson, MO.

Bob Creson (March 6 - World Awareness Week)

Bob Creson and his wife, Dallas, have spent most of their 23-year career with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They have served in France, Cameroon, and Chad. In 2003, Bob assumed the role of President/CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA. They live in Orlando, FL and have four grown children.

Matthew Sleeth (March 11)

Matthew Sleeth, a former emergency room physician, felt like he was straightening deck chairs on the Titanic saving one patient at a time while the whole ship (Earth) was going down. Together with his wife and two teenaged children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values, cutting back on their fossil fuel and electricity use by more than two thirds. Following a new calling, Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to lecture, write, and preach about creation care and the environment. He is the author of the book, Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action.

Bret Lott (April 3)

Bret Lott is the author of eleven books; his twelfth, the novel Ancient Highway, will be published by Random House in July 2008. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984, studying under Jay Neugeboren and James Baldwin. From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at The College of Charleston, leaving to take the position of editor and director of the journal The Southern Review at Louisiana State University. Three years later, he has returned to the job he most loves: teaching.

Tarik Glenn (April 10)

Former Indianapolis Colt Tarik Glenn is the founder of D.R.E.A.M Alive, Inc., a public charity committed to improving the opportunities for underserved youth in Indianapolis through direct programs and services. Along with his wife, Maya, Tarik founded the organization in 2001 as a way for them to give back to the citizens of Indianapolis, a city that embraced Tarik when he played for the Colts. From day one, Tarik and Maya have been actively involved in ensuring that D.R.E.A.M. Alive continues to be a consistent and positive organization in the lives of Indianapolis youth and their families.