Jim & Cathy Burns

JIM BURNS

Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: How to Raise Great Teens, Closer: Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage.  Jim and his wife, Cathy, along with their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi, live in Southern California.

CATHY BURNS

Cathy Burns is the co-author of Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together. Along with being a mom, wife and Bible study leader she loves her job as a teacher in a school for “kids who learn differently.” Cathy and Jim met the first day in college and married one week after she graduated


John & Nancy Ortberg

John Ortberg

John is an author, speaker, and the senior pastor of Menlo Church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1873, Menlo Church is in the heart of Silicon Valley and seeks to deploy the innovation and entrepreneurialism of its congregation to bless and draw people closer to Jesus.  More than 5,000 people participate in worship across four campuses each week, and many others follow John’s and other pastors’ sermons online at www.mppc.org.

A consistent theme across John’s teaching is on how to follow a Jesus way of life—and how faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. His books include, Soul Keeping; Who Is This Man; If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to get Out of the Boat; The Life You’ve Always Wanted; Faith and Doubt; and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat. He’s editor at large of Leadership Journal.  John teaches around the world at conferences and churches.

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in psychology.  He holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary, and his post-graduate work was at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago’s Willow Creek Community Church.

John is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fuller Seminary, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member. He is on the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation and has served in the past as on the board of Christianity Today International.  

John is married to Nancy Ortberg, and they have three grown children. He can be followed on twitter @johnortberg.

 

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.  During that time she lead Network, a ministry that helps people identify their spiritual gifts and find a place of service in the church, and Axis, a weekly gathering for the eighteen- to twenty-something generation.

She is a founding partner of Teamworx2, a business and leadership consulting firm that provides fast-paced, practical, and compelling sessions to leaders and their teams.  Teamworx2 works with businesses, schools, nonprofits, and churches to address issues of organizational effectiveness and teamwork.

Nancy is a gifted communicator who is passionate about helping people connect what they believe with their everyday lives.  A highly sought-after speaker, Nancy has been a featured presenter at the Catalyst and Orange conferences, and has been a regular contributor to Rev! Magazine.  

Nancy is the author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through Tattoos, Tofu, & Pronouns and, Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands, Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership.

She and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children: Laura, Mallory, and Johnny.


Dan Chun

Dan Chun has been the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu since 1994. Dan received his M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, his M.A. from University of Southern California in Cinema Production and his B.S. in Communications from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He was an award-winning filmmaker and a former TV news reporter for the CBS affiliate in Honolulu.

Dan and his wife Pam founded Hawaiian Islands Ministries (HIM) in 1983 with the vision of catalyzing Christian renewal and revival in Hawaii through a trans-denominational and cross-generational equipping ministry for Christian churches and leaders in Hawaii. Since then HIM has trained more than 50,000 church/nonprofit leaders in Hawaii and in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Dan has been privileged to speak at national Christian conferences, including four years of Promise Keepers stadium events. He has also spoken in England, Thailand, China and Singapore.

Dan is on the Board of Trustees of Fuller Theological Seminary, a contributing editor for Leadership Magazine and on Compassion International’s National Pastors Advisory Board.

Dan was an Associate Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (SF Bay Area) from 1985 to 1994, and, prior to that, was an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu from 1980 to 1985.

Dan and Pam have three children: Noelle, Dylan and Quinn.


Gary Gaddini

Gary Gaddini serves as lead pastor of Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, California, a position he has held since 2003. Before transitioning into this role, he worked for twenty-one years in student and family ministries. Gaddini earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Sacramento State University, where he became a Christian during his freshman year. After college he served as a chaplain to the UCLA Athletic Department with Athletes in Action. In 1990, he moved back to northern California to serve as the pastor of youth and evangelism at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, California. Gaddini earned his master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, in 1997.