National Conference 2012

September 14-15 / Atlanta, GA

Hosted by:
Cross Pointe Church

Conference for Pastors

October 4-5 / Louisville, KY

Hosted by: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary & Hope for Orphans


Michael Horton

Michael Horton, co-host of the White Horse Inn radio show ( and editor of Modern Reformation magazine (, is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology at Westminster Seminary California. The author of many books, including The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way and Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, he serves as associate pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, and lives in Escondido, California, with his wife Lisa and four children.

Sinclair Ferguson

Sinclair Ferguson is the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. He is also Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, he is the author of some two dozen books, has authored numerous articles and has contributed to various symposia. His writing interests have ranged from works of scholarship to books for children. He has served as minister of two congregations in Scotland, one on Unst, the most northerly inhabited island in the United Kingdom, and the other at the center of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. He has served more than twenty years as a seminary professor and is currently on the faculty of Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas as well as part time faculty of Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia.

Robert Smith, Jr.

Rober Smith, Jr. joined the Beeson Divinity School faculty in 1997 and teaches Christian Preaching. He is the author of Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life; coeditor (with Timothy George) of A Mighty Long Journey, a collection of sermons on racial reconciliation; coeditor with Timothy George and James Earl Massey of Our Sufficiency is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor; and has had a study of Christian ministry in the African American church published in Preparing for Christian Ministry. His research interests include the place of passion in preaching and the literary history of African American preaching. Before coming to Beeson, he was the Carl E. Bates Associate Professor of Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. An ordained Baptist minister, he served as pastor of New Mission Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 20 years. He and his wife, Wanda, are the parents of four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders is Associate Professor of Theology in Biola University’s great books program, the Torrey Honors Institute in La Mirada, and is a Faculty member for the Los Angeles Bible Training School. An evangelical Protestant theologian with a passion for the great tradition of Christian thought, he holds a degree in art from Murray State University, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary (Kentucky), and upon moving back to California earned a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley). Since 1999 he has taught at Biola University. Dr. Sanders has published four volumes of theological comic books, Dr. Doctrine’s Christian Comix (InterVarsity Press, 1999), one academic monograph The Image of the Immanent Trinity: Rahner’s Rule and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Peter Lang, 2005), a more popular volume engaging trinitarian theology The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (Crossway, 2010), and is conducting further research on the doctrine of the Trinity and evangelical theology. He co-edited Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective: An Introductory Christology (Broadman & Holman, 2007). His articles have appeared in Dialog: A Journal of TheologyCultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of CultureSouthwestern Journal of Theology, the Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology. Along with having reviewed books inTheology TodayScottish Journal of Theology, the International Journal of Systematic Theology and First Things, he is also a popular blogger at Scriptorium Daily and also at the First Things blog Evangel.

Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in this role since January 2004. Dr. Moore is the author of Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ; Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches; and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. He is a senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He also speaks and writes frequently on issues ranging from the kingdom of God, to global orphan care, to the theology of country music. Dr. Moore He received a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dan Cruver

Dan Cruver oversees Together for Adoption and provides thought-leadership on the theology of adoption as a team member of ABBA Fund. Before co-founding and directing Together for Adoption, Dan was a college professor of Bible and Theology. He has also served as a pastor of family ministries. As one who has been adopted by God and has adopted two children, Dan founded Together for Adoption to equip churches and educate Christians theologically about orphan care and horizontal adoption. Dan regularly writes and speaks about the Gospel and its implications for solutions to the global orphan crisis. He is the editor and primary author of Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father and wrote the foreword to Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption by Dr. Joel Beeke.

Paul Pennington

Paul is the Executive Director of Hope for Orphans. Paul and his wife Robin co-founded Hope for Orphans in 2002, before merging with FamilyLife in 2003. He is the co-author of the book Launching An Orphans Ministry in Your Church and a co-host of the If You Were Mine DVD Adoption Workshop both published by FamilyLife Publishing. Paul also led the development of the Your Church and the Orphan seminar that helps churches launch an orphan ministry. He also led the development of the of the Cry of the Orphan campaign – a joint orphan awareness media campaign by Hope for Orphans, Focus on the Family and Steven Curtis Chapman’s Foundation. Paul also co-founded and formerly served on the board of the Christian Alliance for Orphans – an association of Christian adoption agencies, orphan care ministries, Christian media, foundations and advocacy groups.

Jon A. Bergeron, Jr., Ph.D.

Jon attended college at Taylor University in Upland, IN where he met and married his sweetheart Shelly 19 years ago. After surviving graduate school at UT Southwestern in Dallas and one-year of postdoctoral training in Child and Adolescent Psychology in College Station, Jon and Shelly felt the call to become foster parents. The first sibling pair they fostered, a 5-year-old girl and a 3-1/2-year-old deaf boy, eventually led to the adoption of the little boy Tanner who is now 11 years old. In May of 2010 they received a second calling to adopt internationally, and in record time adopted a soon-to-be 14 year-old deaf boy from China. After working for 10 years in a private psychology practice, Jon joined Hope For Orphans as the Director of FamilyCare giving leadership and vision in developing tools and resources to help the local church and counselors meet the needs of families adopting at risk kids and for adoptive families in crisis. Jon also serves on the board of his local CASA organization, Voices for Children, and serves on the board of Churches for Children – BrazosValley, a local orphan care alliance.

Zach Nielsen (Worship Leader)

Zach Nielsen is a teaching Pastor and elder at The Vine who specifically oversees the areas of leadership development and music. Zach is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Covenant Theological Seminary. He is married to Kim and they have four children; Taylor, Autumn, Emery, and Mya. Zach can be heard several nights a month playing piano with the Zach Nielsen Trio, a jazz trio he started soon after arriving in Madison. Zach is also the author of popular Christian blog Vitamin Z.

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