Lecturers

Dr. Ronnie Kent

Dr. Ronnie Kent, M.D.- Founder and Medical Director of Connections in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Kent is an expert in the treatment of adolescent behavioral and learning issues and a frequent lecturer on family dynamics and health.

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Al Denson

In 30+ years of ministry, Al has found numerous ways to reach people for Christ at their level, regardless of age or background. As a Dove Award-winning Christian recording artist, Al has been extremely successful, having 19 top ten songs (eleven of which hit #1) and inducted into the Christian music Hall-of-Fame in 2009. Al’s compassion and encouragement for others are evident in all he does and he is nowhere near done using his creative talents.

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Drexel Gilbert

Drexel Gilbert has more than 40 years of experience as a television journalist and public speaker. A life-long Christian who says she’s an unabashed “Jesus Freak”, Drexel is a sought-after speaker in both the faith-based and corporate worlds. Her high-energy presentations often have the audience out of their seats and moving their feet! Her messages, books and bible studies tackle tough subjects with a light touch and with practical advice for living a better life and doing so with enthusiasm! In her journalism work, Drexel focuses on stories of overcomers and encouragers and the lessons they can teach us all. Drexel is married to the Rev. Dr. Wesley Wachob and is mother to two grown daughters.

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Rev. Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison

Priscilla Pope-Levison [DePauw University (B.Mus.), Duke Divinity School (M.Div.), and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (Ph.D.)] is Research Professor of Practical Theology at Perkins School of Theology/SMU. Her published areas of research (seven books and more than 30 articles, dictionary entries, and chapters) include women’s religious history, contextual theology, missiology, evangelism, and ecumenism. She has recently received two-million-dollar grants from the Lilly Endowment for her work to revitalize congregations. Priscilla, a United Methodist minister, has served in the local church, as a college chaplain, as a college and seminary professor, and as a seminary administrator. She is also a current participant in the World Methodist Council’s international dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Priscilla and Jack have lived in St. Andrews, Scotland, where Jack was a Rotary Scholar, and Priscilla earned her doctorate in practical theology. They love the landscape, people, and mystery of Scotland. Priscilla and Jack recently became Faculty-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, so they live on campus with nearly 200 undergraduates.

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Dr. Neal Jackson

Dr. Neal Jackson can be seen across the country through the telecast of Truth for Today which is currently broadcast in over thirty million homes each week by way of television, radio and streaming platforms. Dr. Jackson’s published works include The Coming Destruction of America, The Upside Down Way to Success and the best-selling devotional, My Favorite Bible Verses. He has earned doctorates from Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia and The Masters Seminary in California.

Dr. Jackson has led numerous Bible land tours and loves helping travelers discover how God has worked in the past and how that same all-powerful God desires to show himself strong on their behalf. Neal Jackson has pastored the Beulah Baptist Church, in Bennett, North Carolina for eleven years and is the founder of the Your Truth Radio Network.

Neal and his wife Tracy have five children: David, Victoria, Reagan, Aiden, and Hayden.

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Dr. Ed Hindson

Dr. Ed Hindson is the Bible Teacher on The King Is Coming telecast and the Dean Emeritus of the School of Divinity at Liberty University, in Virginia. Besides teaching thousands of students each week, he is an active conference speaker and a prolific writer who has written over 40 books, including Final Signs, Approaching Armageddon and The Illustrated Bible Survey (B&H).

Dr. Hindson is one of the most well-educated Bible teachers on the air today with earned doctorates from Trinity Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of South Africa. Dr. Hindson has a gift for making complicated Biblical passages easy to understand for the average Bible student. He has traveled and taught in the Bible lands dozens of times.

Ed and his wife Donna are natives of Detroit, Michigan. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Ed says, “My greatest desire is to lift up Jesus Christ and proclaim His Gospel to the entire world.”

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Dr. Jack Levison

Jack is W. J. A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins, SMU. A graduate of Wheaton College, Cambridge University, and Duke University, Jack has been a research fellow at St. Andrews University in Scotland, Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, and Oxford Brookes University. His essays have appeared in huffpost.com, parade.com, relevant.com, and beliefnet.com, and his recent book, A Bountiful God: The Spirit According to the Old Testament, was a 2021 Award of Merit winner in Christianity Today.

Priscilla and Jack have lived in St. Andrews, Scotland, where Jack was a Rotary Scholar, and Priscilla earned her doctorate in practical theology. They love the landscape, people, and mystery of Scotland. Priscilla and Jack recently became Faculty-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University, so they live on campus with nearly 200 undergraduates.

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Dr. Stan Copeland

Dr. Stan Copeland is Senior Pastor for Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX, where he has served since 1998. Stan has also served churches in Houston and East Texas and has become well known as a storytelling preacher, a visionary leader, and a multiple-award-winning cook and canner. He is an author of five books, including two pickling and canning cookbooks. His upcoming book, “Feeling the Heat in an Alaskan Kitchen, Recipes, and Stories About Caring for the Beautiful Earth,” is set in Alaska. It will feature the art of pressure canning meats and vegetables, but as with all of his cookbooks, it’s the stories that inspire. Stan will be joined on the cruise by his wife of more than four decades, Tammy. Tammy is a retired educator and school administrator who is quick to say, “It’s my second job to keep Stan well-grounded and about the work of the Lord on this planet.  My first job is being “Sugar” to two wonderful granddaughters.”

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Bill Arnold

Dr. Bill T. Arnold joined the faculty of the Old Testament Department at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1995, and became the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation in 2007. During his time at Asbury, he has taught scores of pastors, missionaries, and teachers, and has published seventeen books, most recently the edited volume The Cambridge Companion to Genesis (Cambridge University Press, 2021). His research and writing cover several aspects of biblical interpretation, including the history of ancient Israel and the Hebrew language. His publications include commentaries on Genesis, Deuteronomy, and 1 & 2 Samuel, as well as a grammar of Biblical Hebrew and introductory textbooks.

Arnold served as an editor for the Old Testament notes in The Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon, 2009), and contributed its study notes on Genesis. He also served as co-translator of Genesis for the Common English Bible (Abingdon, 2011). He is an Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church (1984), and has been a delegate to four General Conferences.

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Rachel Billups

Rachel Billups is a visionary, leader, speaker and author. Currently she serves as Senior Pastor at Ginghamsburg Church multi-campus ministry in Tipp City/Dayton Ohio. Rachel draws on her love of people and passion to explore new venues for ministry and mission.

Rachel is an ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible/Religion and History from Anderson University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke Divinity School.

Most days you can find Rachel reaching out – praying online, hosting Open Table gatherings in her home or enjoying moments with husband Jon and their four loves: Adeline, Christopher, David and Sarah. She also might be cheering for those Duke Blue Devils and The OSU Buckeyes.

Rachel is a popular speaker for national gatherings and has recently authored BE BOLD: finding your fierce as well as co-authoring Down to Earth: Hopes and Fears of all the Year Are Met in Thee Tonight and Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas – all by Abingdon Press. You can find her on social media at: @rlbillups.

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