Lecturers

The Rev. Sandy Webb

The Reverend Sandy Webb has served as Rector of Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) in Memphis, and as a trustee of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, since 2013. Sandy has also served as a fire department chaplain, on a medical research ethics panel, and for fifteen years as a worship planner and coordinator for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. An accomplished Christian educator, Sandy’s letters and essays have been accepted by a variety of publications.

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Kory Knott

Kory is Sr. Minister at Custer Road UMC, Plano TX. He received degrees from Evangel Univ, Perkins School of Theology, and Portland Seminary, Kory has specialized in revitalizing local churches. He has been recognized for outstanding effectiveness in evangelism and church growth. He is also an author. Kory and his wife Jennifer have 3 children.

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Jerrad Lopes

Jerrad Lopes is a Christian pastor and the founder of Dad Tired,  a non-profit ministry focused on equipping men to lead their family well. He hosts the weekly Dad Tired Podcast, listened to by hundreds of thousands of men from around the world, and also authored Stop Behaving: A Gospel-Centered Devotional for Men. 

He and his wife Leila live in Portland, Oregon with their two children.

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Kevin Bogan

Kevin is the director of Traditional/Blended Worship Arts at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. He has developed a wide variety of worship and musical experiences for the church that have included music, dance, drama and multi-media resources. Under his direction, the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra have performed around the country and world. Kevin is also active in the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts as well as in musical theater in Kansas City. Kevin travels with EO regularly and has been the Musical Guest on past Celebration Cruises. Members of the Resurrection Choir will perform with him during the 2020 cruise. 

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Dr. Rich Bimler

Rich is Ministry Consultant and Ambassador for Health, Hope, and Aging! for Lutheran Church Charities. Based out of the Chicago area, he writes, speaks and consults with agencies and organizations throughout the world. He is author of 17 books, editor for Hope-Full Living: Daily Devotions for Christian Seniors and writer for www.richandcharlie.com. He has served in local churches,  district and national denomination positions and on numerous boards and advisory groups. Rich continues to enjoy his family, grandparenting, jogging, St. Arbucks, writing, laughing and the Chicago Cubs.

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Brent A. Strawn

Brent A. Strawn is William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament in the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. He has twice won the On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award at Candler. Brent is an ordained elder in the North Georgia conference of The United Methodist Church. In addition to his many speaking engagements at churches, he is a frequent contributor to CNN. Brent’s most recent book is The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment.

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Carol Newsom

Carol Newsom is the C. H. Candler Distinguished Professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion, where she has taught Hebrew Bible since 1980. The first woman on the international team that translated the Dead Sea Scrolls, Carol has also focused on the ways in which women are portrayed in the Bible, and she co-edited the Women’s Bible Commentary, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Carol was president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Rev. Brian Tillman

Rev. Brian Tillman is Associate Pastor at Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Tillman is committeda to the core values of grace & mercy AND justice & righteousness, all wrapped up in the love of Jesus Christ. His passion for racial justice and reconciliation began at Morehouse College and continued when he created the Candler Society for Multiracial Congregations at Candler School of Theology. As Chair of the Commission on Religion and Race for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he works to bring the church to racial justice and reconciliation. 

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Ethos Roasters

At Ethos Roasters we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality coffee beans shipped directly from our roastery to your doorstep. We don't - and will never - have a roasted coffee inventory, so we can provide you with the FRESHEST and absolute best coffee experience - always shipped to you just hours after roasting. 

Our definition of coffee "greatness" goes well beyond taste & freshness - and extends to the story and impact behind each bean, to our scientific approach to roasting, and to our personalized attention to every order.

Our passion for coffee is only surpassed by our passion for making a difference in the lives of small coffee farmers, and in the world - thank you for the opportunity to roast for you, and for choosing to BREW GREATNESS!

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Kirsi Stjerna & Brooks Schramm

Kirsi Stjerna & Brooks Schramm are married with four adult children and one granddaughter. Together they have taught, researched, and published on Luther-related topics, and led travel seminars. They both love the German history, culture and language, and have a passion for teaching Christianity from different angles and with new partners.

Kirsi Stjerna (PhD, Boston University), a native Finn, is a Professor of Lutheran History and Theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. She was ordained in the Lutheran Church in Finland and is rostered in the ELCA. Her publications include Women and the Reformation, The Annotated Luther, and Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People, with Brooks Schramm.

Brooks Schramm (PhD, University of Chicago), a native of Texas, is the Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Goleta, CA since 2019. Previously he taught the Bible and Hebrew language at the United Lutheran Seminary for two decades. His publications and research interests have focused on Luther’s biblical interpretation, particularly the Old Testament. He is actively involved in inter-faith work. 

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