2021 Summer Conferences
Family Conference - Wk 1
June 21-26 | Jerry Benjamin
Dr. Jerry Benjamin has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world with the express purpose of proclaiming the Person of Christ and His preeminence in all things. His teaching is a clear biblical exposition of the Scriptures while emphasizing the centrality of Christ throughout the Old and New Testaments. In addition to being a visiting faculty member at several Bible colleges, graduate schools, and seminaries, he speaks in churches and at Bible conferences..
25% Discount Week (lodging, meals and program)
Family Conference - Wk 2
June 27-July 3 | Ed Underwood
Ed Underwood is Executive Officer and Lead Counselor of Recentered Group, and every year helps dozens of churches become healthy and thrive by loving one another in ways that build a high trust leadership culture and by equipping leaders to cultivate a disciple making community.
Ed brings over forty years of experience as a lead pastor in a traditional denominational church in the Midwest, a church plant that grew into the largest church in the county in the Northwest, and his last 21 years as lead pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door in Southern California.
Ed has authored three books: When God Breaks your Heart, Reborn to Be Wild, and The Trail. He and his wife Judy live in Southern California.
25% Discount Week (lodging, meals and program)
Family Conference - Wk 3
July 4-10 | Josh White
Josh White is the founding pastor of Door of Hope Church in Portland and currently serves there as the Vision and Teaching Pastor. Audiences engage quickly with his profound perspective of scripture. Josh is also the founder of Deeper Well Records. When not making music or leading the church, Josh loves to spend his time reading and hanging out with his wife, Darcy and 2 children.
Family Conference - Wk 4
July 11-17 | AJ Swoboda
A.J. Swoboda is associate professor of Bible, theology, and World Christianity at Bushnell University. As well, he leads a Doctor of Ministry program around the Holy Spirit and Leadership at Fuller Seminary. He also served for ten years as the lead pastor of Theophilus, an urban church in Portland. He has written books on ecological theology, pentecostal studies, and Christian living. His most recent being After Doubt: How to Question Your Faith without Losing It and Subversive Sabbath.
He is married to Quinn and is the proud father of Elliot
Family Conference - Wk 5
July 18-24 | Dennis Keating
Dennis Keating is passionate about communicating God’s Word. Dennis earned a Master of Divinity from Talbot Seminary and was the senior pastor of Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, California for more than two decades. He has taught “Church Leadership and Management” at Talbot School of Theology, led pastors conferences in China, and taught at Christ for the City Missionary conferences in Costa Rica. Dennis and his wife, Marsha have three grown children.
Family Conference - Wk 6
July 25-31 | Jim Burns & Gary Gadinni
Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: strong marriages, confident parents, empowered kids, and healthy leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life with Your Adult Children.
Gary Gaddini serves as Lead Pastor of Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA, a position he has held since 2003. Before transitioning into this role, he worked for 21 years in student and family ministries. He earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Gary’s ability to captivate the listener with incredible stories and illustrations helps bring the truth of Scripture to life.
Family Conference - Wk 7
August 1-7 | Rene Schlaepfer & Bill Butterworth
Rene Schlaepfer is the senior pastor of Twin Lakes Church near Santa Cruz, California. His superbly clear and humorous teaching always results in Jesus transforming lives through His Word. Rene is a former broadcaster whose voice may be familiar from the internationally syndicated program The Story Behind The Song, from his morning show on contemporary Christian radio.
Bill Butterworth is an award-winning speaker and author with nearly 40 titles to his name. From conferences to Fortune 500 companies, Bill’s extraordinary ability to blend humor, storytelling, wisdom and practicality has resonated with a wide range of audiences across the globe. Before his speaking and writing career took shape, Bill taught at the college level for thirteen years and was a counselor for six years.
Family Conference - Wk 8
August 8-14 | Rick McKinley
Rick McKinley is the founder and lead pastor of Imago Dei Community and is the author of five books. He is a nationally known speaker at conferences. In 2012, Portland Monthly magazine voted him one of Portland's 50 Most Influential People and he is widely respected as a leader who navigates the issues surrounding faith, culture, and the church. Rick lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and four children.
Family Conference - Wk 9
August 15-21 | Darryl DelHousaye
Dr. Darryl DelHousaye pastored in California before ministering in Arizona in 1981. He was Senior Pastor at Scottsdale Bible Church for 25 years and was President of Phoenix Seminary for 23 years. He is the author of Today for Eternity and the study notes for Acts in Nelson’s New King James Study Bible.
As Chancellor of Phoenix Seminary, he is active in the spiritual care of students, faculty and staff. He also serves as a resource to the President assisting in the development of the resources of the Seminary. Through his on-going ministry as a gifted Bible expositor, Pastor Darryl additionally serves as a distinguished ambassador of Phoenix Seminary.
Darryl and his wife Holly have three sons.
Family Conference - Wk 10
August 22-28 | Charles Price
Charles Price recently served as Senior Pastor of The Peoples Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a weekly congregation of 4000+ people. Charles also teaches via a weekly hour-long program, Living Truth, broadcast by television and radio coast to coast across Canada and internationally. He is a compelling and popular Bible teacher, well-known and respected internationally.
Family Conference - Wk 11
August 29-Sept 3 | Ryan Paulson
Ryan Paulson serves as the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido. CA. He is passionate about helping people live in the way of Jesus with the heart of Jesus. Under his leadership, a 35-year-old church has experienced growth and revitalization. Ryan has been a featured speaker at many Christian camps, MOPS International, and World Venture. Ryan lives in Escondido, CA. with his wife Kelly and their three young kids.
Labor Day Family Conference
September 3-6 | Bill Farrel
Bill Farrel is well-studied, interesting, engaging and fun. Bill holds a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in practical theology and counseling. He has experience as a Lead Pastor for 15 years, a youth pastor, and more recently, the Small Groups Pastor for Dr. David Jeremiah. A pastor, radio teacher, and international speaker, he has authored dozens of books on singleness, marriage, kids and living the Christian life. Bill and his wife Pam live in Southern California.