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 Levi Lusko 

Levi Lusko is the author of the bestselling book Through the Eyes of a Lion and his newest title Swipe Right, pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multisite church in Montana, Utah and Oregon that he and his wife Jennie pioneered in 2007.
He takes pleasure in small things, such as black coffee, new shoes, fast Internet, and falling asleep in the sun. He and his wife, Jennie, have five children: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, Lennox and Lenya, who is in heaven.

Classes: Saturday Night Main Assembly

levilusko.com // freshlife.church // twitter // instagram

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 Margaret Feinberg 

A self-described “hot mess,” Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive and Women of Joy. She is the author of several books including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, Wonderstruck and Fight Back With Joy.
She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of 40 who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine.

Classes: Saturday Morning Main Assembly // 7. Margaret Feinberg's Secret Sauce to Writing and Publishing

margaretfeinberg.com // twitter // instagram

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 Albert Tate 

Albert is the founding pastor of Fellowship Monrovia—one of the fastest-growing multi-ethnic churches in the US. Blending the power of storytelling with a great sense of humour, Albert is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ both to the local church and the global community.
Albert also serves on the Board of Trustees at Azusa Pacific University and the Fuller Youth Institute. He was recently published in Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Classes: Opening Assembly

madeforfellowship.com // twitter // instagram

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 Mark Clark 

Mark grew up in an atheistic home and after his father’s death began a skeptical search for truth through science, philosophy and history, asking the big questions of life and eventually finding answers in Christianity. He felt called into pastoral ministry when he was 20 years old and in 2010 planted Village Church, which has since grown to a vibrant, multi-site church with a heart to reach the greater Vancouver area and beyond into Canada.
He blogs about theology, culture, leadership and church planting but his passion is connecting the message of Jesus to our culture and seeing people transformed by Jesus. He’s the author of The Problem of God, Radical Sex and Paul and The Gospel of God.

Classes: Closing Assembly // 59. The Canadian Church Circa 2030

pastormarkclark.com // thisisvillagechurch.com // twitter // instagram

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Carolyn Arends

Carolyn has written and released 12 albums (including numerous top 10 singles) and is the author of three critically acclaimed books. She has earned numerous Covenant Awards, two Dove Awards, three Juno Nominations and was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the West Coast Music Awards. Carolyn is also the director of education for Renovaré.

renovare.org // carolynarends.com

has written and released 12 albums (including numerous top 10 singles) and is the author of three critically acclaimed books. She has earned numerous Covenant Awards, two Dove Awards, three Juno Nominations and was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the West Coast Music Awards. Carolyn is also the director of education for Renovaré.

Rod Bergen

Rod is president of Power to Change. A prestigious chartered accountant and respected tax practitioner (with the Jim Pattison Group) for most of his life, he now devotes his energy to leading a ministry committed to helping people know Jesus and experience His power to change the world.


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Sarah Bessey

Sarah is the author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith. She is a sought-after speaker at churches, universities and conferences around the world as well as an award-winning blogger from right here in Canada. Sarah also serves on the board for both Help One Now and Heartline Ministries.


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Nathan Betts

Nathan Betts is an apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He frequently speaks on university campuses and churches across the US and Canada and writes for Converge magazine. He is a writer and presenter on RZIM’s Short Answers to Big Questions video series.


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Rev. Dr. Joe Boot

Rev. Dr. Joe Boot is the founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity and founding pastor of the Westminster Chapel in Toronto. Before that he served as the Canadian director of RZIM. His latest book, Gospel Culture, is designed to help Christians understand the scope and implications of the gospel in the 21st Century.


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Mark Buchanan

Mark is associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary. He is a gifted pastor, teacher, speaker and the author of seven books including The Rest of God and Your God is Too Safe as well as the forthcoming novel, David.


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Mark Burch

Mark & Karolyn Burch spent 23 years in local church ministry before transitioning to church planting leadership with the C2C network. C2C exists to catalyze church planting from sea to sea (Psalm 72:8) and partners with over 25 denominations to assess, coach, train and support church planters.


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Helen Burns

Helen is passionate about seeing people realize their full potential as a gift to the world! Along with her husband, John, she co-pastors Relate Church, a thriving family church in the Vancouver area. Helen travels globally teaching on marriage, family and relationships and is the co-host of the television show Love, Sex + Relationships.


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Joshua Ryan Butler

Joshua is pastor of Imago Dei Community (Portland, OR) and author of The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War and The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home. Joshua oversees his church’s work in foster care, human trafficking and homelessness.


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Randy & Donna Carter

Randy and Donna are the founders of Straight Talk Ministries. Lively and entertaining, they speak individually and together in churches and at leadership, youth, women’s and marriage conferences across Canada. Donna is the author of several books including Friend Me and Kick the Boring Out of Your Life.


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Tim Chambers

Tim is the artist/author of Seeing Beautiful and a renowned portrait and landscape artist. He suffers from a degenerative hearing and vision disease and is legally blind. Tim was featured in the NY Times bestseller Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

Photo credit Norman Jean Roy for Option B, Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.


has written and released 12 albums (including numerous top 10 singles) and is the author of three critically acclaimed books. She has earned numerous Covenant Awards, two Dove Awards, three Juno Nominations and was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the West Coast Music Awards. Carolyn is also the director of education for Renovaré.

Dr. Gary Chapman

Not only did Dr. Chapman write the most popular relationship book of all time, The Five Love Languages, he practices what he teaches! After 40 years of marriage, dozens of books and 35 years in family counseling, pastoring and teaching, Gary has become one of the most powerful voices for marriages and families around the world.


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Simon & Ruth Clarence

Simon & Ruth Clarence the founders of Two-gether Ministries. They pastored together for over 30 years and now offer pastoral counselling and coaching through Clarence Counselling Centres. They make regular television appearances and lead marriage enrichment seminars across Canada. Ruth is the author of Firestarters and Hot and Holy.


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Paula Cornell

Paula is a social worker, idea generator and food aficionado. She is also a facilitator with Food for the Hungry and community programs manager at The Mustard Seed. Paula has been named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 for her work with people experiencing homelessness and poverty.


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Dr. Larry Crabb

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher and founder/ director of NewWay Ministries. He is currently scholar in residence at Colorado Christian University in Denver, spiritual director for the American Association of Christian Counselors and the author of several books including Shattered Dreams and A Different Kind of Happiness.


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Sean Cullen

Sean has a big dream. He serves as the national director of Power to Change Students, a ministry on Canadian university campuses. Sean and his team pray and work for the day when not one of Canada’s 2.5 million students will graduate without engaging in the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.


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Tim Day

Tim gives leadership to a new vision in Canada called City Movement— designed to help business leaders, para-church ministries and churches advance the gospel in their city. Tim has served in a senior leadership role at The Meeting House, a multi-city church in Ontario. He is also the author of God Enters Stage Left, a creative retelling of God’s story.


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Ron L. Deal

Ron is the director of FamilyLife Blended. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has extensive experience training pastors, ministry leaders and counselors. Ron is considered a leading voice in stepfamily education, ministry to blended families and preventing re-divorce. His one-minute radio feature, FamilyLife Blended, can be heard daily on stations around the world.


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Brian Doerksen

Brian’s songs are known and sung in churches everywhere. He currently leads the Music & Worship Arts Program at Prairie College in Three Hills, AB with a focus on mentoring songwriters. He received a JUNO award for Holy God and in October 2017 released his new album GRATEFUL.

briandoerksen.com // prairie.edu/worship

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Ken B. Dyck

Ken is the author of Freedom Session and Authentic Living and executive director of Freedom Session International. He has served as a pastor for 25 years—currently as pastor of discipleship at Village Church in Surrey, BC—and now equips pastors and leaders to more effectively minister healing to people in crisis and emotional pain.


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Alyssa Esparaz

Alyssa brings her passions for youth, justice and Jesus to Compassion Canada’s advocacy team. She is the host of Compassion’s youth curriculum True Story: What God Wants Us To Do About Poverty. As a speaker and blogger, Alyssa encourages her generation to bring Christ’s hope to the darkest places of the world.


has written and released 12 albums (including numerous top 10 singles) and is the author of three critically acclaimed books. She has earned numerous Covenant Awards, two Dove Awards, three Juno Nominations and was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the West Coast Music Awards. Carolyn is also the director of education for Renovaré.

Melinda Estabrooks

Named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Christian Women Leaders, Melinda is the host of Your Story with Melinda on Joy 1250 Radio and Faith Strong Today as well as See Hear Love with Crossroads Christian Communications. She loves to encourage her listeners with stories of faith and redemption.


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Scott Fehrenbacher

Scott is the senior vice-president of Trinity Western University. Before that, he was a VP at Grand Canyon University, Director of the Presidential Prayer Team ministry and President/ CEO of a media company. His portfolio allows him opportunity to speak broadly on leadership and developing high performance teams.


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Dennis Franck

Dennis is national director of Single Adult/ Young Adult ministries for the Assemblies of God. He has developed young adult, single adult and single parent family ministries and leads Franck Insights, a ministry to equip leaders. His books, including Everyone Knows a Single Adult, are resources for leaders and churches around the world.


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Nicky Gumbel

Nicky is the pioneer of Alpha. He is currently the vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in London, England and the author of several books related to the Alpha Course including the Questions of Life series which has sold over a million copies worldwide.


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Brian Haynes

Brian is a lead pastor, writer and popular conference speaker. He is best known for his work in family ministry and generational discipleship and has written several books including The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting and Relentless Parenting: The Crucial Pursuit of Your Teen’s Heart, co-authored with his wife Angela.


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Brian Housman

Brian has worked with families as a youth pastor, camp director and school administrator and is currently president of 360 Family, a ministry to equip parents as they equip their children. He is the author of Tech Savvy Parenting and How You Always Meant to Parent and the parenting expert for FOX News Memphis.


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Ron Hunter

Ron is the executive director and CEO of Randall House and co-founder of the D6 Conference. Ron regularly speaks at conferences and consults with ministry and business organizations. He is the author of Toy Box Leadership and Youth Ministry in the 21st Century - 5 Views.


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Don Hutchinson

Don has been a leader in the Canadian church for over thirty years. Pastor and lawyer, Don is the principal of ansero, a ministry engaged on religious freedom in Canada and with the global persecuted church. He is the author of Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867–2017).


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Jim & Lynne Jackson

Jim and Lynne love making God’s grace and truth practical for parents. The combination of their careers—both focused on helping kids and parents—and their experience at home with three wired kids has uniquely prepared them to help equip parents with lifetime principles as well as immediate tips and tools.


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Brady Josephson

Brady is a charity nerd, entrepreneur, professor, writer and founder of Shift, a digital first marketing agency for charities. He’s also CEO for Nonprofit Supply Co. Brady hosts The Good Journey Pod, a weekly podcast with thought leaders, philanthropists and innovators shaping the world of ‘good’.


has written and released 12 albums (including numerous top 10 singles) and is the author of three critically acclaimed books. She has earned numerous Covenant Awards, two Dove Awards, three Juno Nominations and was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the West Coast Music Awards. Carolyn is also the director of education for Renovaré.

Neil & Sharol Josephson

After 25 years in higher Christian education and TV news, Neil and Sharol are devoting their second half of life to serving families and the church in Canada. They were marriage pastors at Bayside Church in California but returned home to Canada in 2010 and are currently the national directors of FamilyLife Canada and Break Forth One.

familylifecanada.com // breakforthcanada.com

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Eddie Kaufholz

Eddie is the producer and host of The New Activist, a podcast that hears from activists and world changers tackling some of the world’s biggest problems. He is on The RELEVANT Podcast and on staff with International Justice Mission, an NGO dedicated to ending slavery around the globe.


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Fr. Sean Kilcawley

Fr. Sean Kilcawley is an internationally recognized speaker on the Theology of the Body, Human Love and pornography addiction. He has a License in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome and serves as the director of religious education for the Diocese of Lincoln, NE.


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Leon Leontaridis

Leon was a member of The Canadian Tenors and has toured with The Rankin Family and George Canyon. As The Gentleman Leon, he played Carnegie Hall, the Beijing Olympics and more. Leon is on faculty at Mount Royal University, teaches in his private studio and works in churches across Canada as worship leader, music director, vocal coach, clinician, and performer.


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Scott Lindsey

Scott is the ministry relations director for Logos Bible Software. Scott’s passion is to equip pastors and leaders with the best tools available for the lifelong pursuit of God through His word. He works with the ministries of Tim Keller, Robert Morris, Kay Arthur, Ravi Zacharias, and many others.


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Carrielynn Lund

Carrielynn works with Connecting Streams Ministry caring for the marginalized, the aging and vulnerable people in Edmonton—from her wheelchair. Her life has been filled with abandonment, abuse, loss and chronic pain but she chooses to trust Jesus. “Some days I have so much joy I could just float out of this wheelchair!”


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Cheryl Nembhard

Cheryl has leveraged her talent on film and stage to advocate for social justice and has been involved in the rehabilitation of troubled youth, former gang members and ex-drug addicts. Cheryl was recently featured by CBC Toronto as one of 150 Black Women who have earned a place in Canadian history.


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Carey Nieuwhof

Carey is the founding and teaching pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto. With a passion to help leaders lead like never before, Carey blogs, write books and hosts a podcast on the subject of leadership. His resources have provided professional development and learning to numerous leaders worldwide.


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Shanna Noel

Shanna started sharing her Bible journaling process in early 2014 which led to a viral movement and an exciting community of Christian creatives. Shanna has a heart for helping others connect their art with their spiritual journey, documenting what Jesus is doing in their life along the way.


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Cathie Ostapchuk

Cathie’s work as a leadership development trainer, consultant and coach has taken her to corporate boardrooms, global non-profits such as World Vision and Compassion and around the world. She is the lead catalyst for Gather Women, a movement committed to raising the profile and presence of Canadian Christian women coast to coast.


has written and released 12 albums (including numerous top 10 singles) and is the author of three critically acclaimed books. She has earned numerous Covenant Awards, two Dove Awards, three Juno Nominations and was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the West Coast Music Awards. Carolyn is also the director of education for Renovaré.

Abby Paterson

Abby is a go-getter, networker, event planner, budding writer and blogger. She desires to walk alongside women as they navigate the realities of heartbreak and help them find restoration in Christ. She is on the web series See Hear Love and one of the women behind Gather Women.


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Hollie Sackett-Reid

Hollie has worked in various roles and cities in the Canadian radio and music industries. She now runs her own entertainment promotions company, Ten16 Entertainment, focused on the Canadian Christian music industry and hosts (with Johnny Rocket) The Morning Spin on 105.9 Shine FM Edmonton and the Why Me Project podcast.


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Ray Sawatsky

Ray is the global director of GAiN, an international relief and development organization. Before that, he spent years consulting with philanthropic organizations and advising donors on international development as the managing partner of Hatch. He also worked with Cardus, a Christian think tank.


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Paul Spilsbury

Paul is the author of The Throne, the Lamb, and the Dragon: a Reader’s Guide to the Book of Revelation and holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Paul has been teaching and writing on the New Testament and the world of the early Christians for many years. He currently serves as Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at Regent College.


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Tara Teng

Tara is a blogger, TV host, Miss World Canada 2012, TEDx speaker and works around the world to combat gender-based violence and human traffcking. Named “Canada’s Woman of the Year” in 2011, Tara is also one of the Globe and Mail’s “Top 25 Most Transformational Canadians” and has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.


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Jean Vanier

Jean is a Canadian philosopher, theologian, humanitarian and the founder of L’Arche, a network of communities for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. He has written over 30 books and been awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada. He lives as a member of the original L’Arche community in France.


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Shaila Visser

Shaila is the national director of Alpha Canada, the director of Alpha in the Workplace International and a member of the Alpha Global executive team. She also spent years helping women investigate their own spiritual lives through her work with Women in Leadership.


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Kallie Wood

Kallie is Nakota Cree of Carry the Kettle Band First Nation in Saskatchewan and is the Indigenous director at Caronport High School and Briercrest College and Seminary. Kallie is a resilient survivor of foster care and assimilation and shares her journey of loss of culture and identity, forgiveness, justice and reconciliation to bring a message of hope to a broken world.