William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin), is the senior pastor of one of America’s most well-known churches, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a Lecturer of Pastoral Theology at Knox Theological Seminary, a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, and the grandson of Evangelist Billy Graham. He is a graduate of Columbia International University and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
Tullian is a best-selling author, having written several books, the most recent, One Way Love: God’s Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World was released in October 2013. Other titles include, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free, and Jesus + Nothing = Everything, which won Christianity Today’s book of the year in 2012.
Tullian has appeared on CBS News, Fox and Friends, Morning Joe, Sean Hannity, and the 700 Club. He has also written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Christianity Today, and a host of other print outlets. As a respected pastor, author, and sought after conference speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the amazing power of God’s grace.
A South Florida native, Tullian has been married to his wife Kim since 1994 and they have three children: Gabe, Nate, and Genna.
Steve Brown is a radio broadcaster, seminary professor and author. He previously served as a pastor for over twenty-five years and now devotes much of his time to the radio broadcast, Key Life, where he has become known for his refreshing and practical Biblical applications. Steve serves as Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry at Reformed Theological Seminary, and he sits on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters and Harvest USA. Traveling extensively, Steve is a much-in-demand speaker. He is the author of numerous books including A Scandalous Freedom, What Was I Thinking?, and Approaching God. His articles appear in magazines and journals such as Leadership, Decision, Plain Truth and Today’s Christian Woman.
Elyse Fitzpatrick has been counseling women since 1989. She holds a certificate in Biblical Counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary, and is a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counseling. Elyse is the author of numerous books including the award winning Women Helping Women and When Good Kids Make Bad Choices. A frequent speaker at women’s conferences, she has been married to Phil for over 30 years—they have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Elyse and her husband are members of Valley Center Community Church, a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center.
With colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary, broadcast on 1,400 outlets with an audience of eight million.
Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC. He is the 2011 recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. In September 2013, Eric and his wife Susanne were jointly awarded the Human Life Review’s “Great Defender of Life Award.”
In a decidedly eclectic career, Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times. A best-selling author, Eric’s works have been translated into many languages. Most recently, 7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness, was published by Thomas Nelson (2013).
Metaxas is a frequently featured cultural commentator on CNN and Fox News, and has discussed his books on The History Channel, C-Span’s Book TV, Glenn Beck, and Hannity & Colmes. He has also been featured on a host of radio programs.
Ray Cortese is a native of Miami, Florida, and a 1983 graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. He has been the Pastor of Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church, located in Lecanto, Florida (70 miles north of Tampa) since it began 30 years ago. A large part of the ministry of SRPC is Seven Rivers Christian School, serving families and students from Pre K3 thru 12th grade. He is married to Diane and they have 4 grown children and several grandchildren.
J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC and author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011) and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013). Two main things characterize The Summit Church: its gospel focus and sending culture.
J.D. has led the Summit to further the kingdom of God by pursuing a bold vision to plant one thousand new churches by the year 2050. In the last ten years, the church has sent out more than 300 people to serve on church planting teams, both domestically and internationally. J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived and served among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ.
He and his beautiful wife Veronica live in Raleigh, NC and are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.
Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This vision has led Paul to write 14 books on Christian living and travel around the world preaching and teaching. Paul’s driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people face in this broken world.
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University BYU and has been married for 21 years. They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah. After graduating from BYU, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). He then graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude, with a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics. While there he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler. Gray is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary. He’s recognized by many as The Evangelism Linebacker and is a highly sought-after communicator. Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2009) and Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, released September 2013 (www.LimitlessLifeBook.com).
Born in Kampala, Uganda, and raised in East and West Africa, and a boarding school in the New Forest, Sally Lloyd-Jones is a children’s book writer who moved to the United States in 1989. She worked in children’s book publishing for several years before leaving in 2000 to write full-time. She has authored numerous books, including the critically acclaimed New York Times Bestseller, How to be a Baby…by Me, the Big Sister as well as Christianity Today’s Children’s Bible Storybook of Choice: The Jesus Storybook Bible. Of the storybook she says, “I wrote this book so children could know that God loves them—with a never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love.” Sally lives in Manhattan.
Scotty Smith is Founding Pastor of Christ Community Church, in Franklin TN—a PCA church he planted with friends in 1986. After pastoring CCC for 26 years, Scotty resigned from the staff in May, 2012, to serve the larger church with his preaching, teaching and writing. He has recently taken the position of Teacher in Residence at West End Community Church, Nashville—a daughter church of Christ Community. Scotty also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Covenant Theological Seminary; Westminster Theological Seminary; Philadelphia, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas; and RTS, Orlando. Scotty is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA), Westminster Seminary (MAR) and Covenant Seminary (D Min.). Scotty has written 6 books, including Unveiled Hope, Objects of His Affection, and Everyday Prayers. Scotty and his wife, Darlene, have been married 41 years, and have two adult children, Kristin and Scott, and one grandson, Finn. Scotty loves fishing, photography, exercise, his wife, cooking and the gospel, not necessarily in that order.
David Zahl is the Director of Mockingbird Ministries and Editor-in-Chief of the Mockingbird blog. Born in New York City and brought up elsewhere, David graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 with a B.A. in History and German, and then served for five years as an itinerant youth minister with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Christians in Universities and Schools), restarting their New England Boarding Schools region. He left in 2007 to found Mockingbird in New York City. David and his wife Cate currently reside in Charlottesville, VA, with their son Charlie, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church.
Justin Holcomb is Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary and previously taught at the University of Virginia. Justin holds two masters degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University.
Justin wrote On the Grace of God. He and his wife, Lindsey, are authors of Save Me from Violence: Hope and Healing for Victims of Domestic Violence and Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault. He is also the editor of Christian Theologies of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction (NYU Press, 2006).
Justin serves on the boards of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments). He also serves on the council board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh is Dean of Students, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Knox Theological Seminary
Born, raised, and educated on the East Coast, Dr. Linebaugh completed his PhD at Durham University in England. Before coming to Knox, he taught graduate students at Trinity School for Ministry and undergraduates at Durham University. Dr. Linebaugh is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is ordained in the Anglican Communion and tries to connect his academic theology with service in and for the church, not least through his role as Director of Content for Liberatenet.org. His research and writing have focused primarily on the letters of Paul, but his interests and teaching include the historical and theological context of the New Testament, the history of interpreting scripture, and the intersection between exegesis and systematic theology.
When not teaching and writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, playing and watching lacrosse and basketball, reading, and traveling.
Jessica Thompson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. She co-authored Give Them Grace with her mother, Elyse Fitzpatrick. Her newest book, Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for Families, is due to come out in February of 2014. She holds to the truth that salvation is “naked confidence in the mercy of God.” She has been married for 18 years to her high school sweetheart. Together they have three kids ranging in age from 14-9.
Cameron Cole is the founder and chairman of Rooted: Advancing Grace-Driven Student Ministry. He has served as Director of Youth Ministries at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL since December of 2005. Cameron writes prolifically on the importance of Gospel centrality in ministry to young people and has published articles on the blogs for Youth Specialties, the Gospel Coalition, Mockingbird, and Modern Reformation. Cameron attended Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and graduate school and presently is pursuing a seminary degree through Reformed Theological Seminary.
He and his wife Lauren are parents of a son, Cameron Jr. (2010 – 2013), and a daughter, Mary Matthews, born in 2012.
The Reverend John Zahl serves as Priest Associate at Grace Episcopal Church in Charlestown, South Carolina. He grew up in New York City, and attended seminary at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (UK). His book Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody was released in November 2013. John is a regular contributor to Mockingbird Ministries and an avid film buff. He also moonlights on occasion as a DJ, specializing in Cosmic-Disco and Italo-Funk. He is married to Deirdre, and has a two-year-old daughter, Daphne.
Shari is mom to three birth children as well as many others who have wiled their way into her heart. Although she raised children abroad, wrestled through an intense marriage and survived a rare form of cancer, she claims church planting as her most difficult life experience. However, through an understanding of the gospel story and its intersection with her story, she’s discovered a freedom and joy she didn’t know was possible. She is passionate about inviting others to this same freedom and the explosive power of the gospel.
She has been partnering with her husband, John, in church planting and the pastorate for 34 years. Shari researched and helped develop the church planter spouse profile, which is used in church leader assessments in a variety of denominations. After completing further research on the stress and satisfaction levels of church planting spouses in the PCA, she joined Mission to North America’s senior staff as founder and director of Parakaleo, a ministry that comes alongside church planting spouses, couples, and movements. She is co-author with Tami Resch of Beyond Duct Tape: Holding the Heart Together in a Life of Ministry.
Shari and her husband live in Manhattan where John is the Director of Global Training for Redeemer City to City and she directs Parakaleo.
Zac Hicks (D.Min. candidate, Knox Theological Seminary; M.Div., Denver Seminary; B.A., Biola University) is Pastor of Worship at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and blogger at zachicks.com and Liberate. He grew up in Hawaii, studied music in Los Angeles, and trained in Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Denver Seminary. His passions include exploring the intersection of old and new in worship. Zac is an avid writer and recording artist, most recently having produced His Be the Victor’s Name (EP). He is a contributing author to Doxology & Theology (Nashville: B&H, 2013).
Zac has been married over ten years to his wife, Abby, and they have four children–Joel, Jesse, Brody, and Bronwyn.
Rod Rosenbladt is professor of theology and apologetics at Concordia University (Irvine, California) and co-host of The White Horse Inn radio broadcast.
Paul Zahl is the former Rector to All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, MD, Dean of the Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Pittsburgh, PA, Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL, Rector to St. James’ Church in Charleston, SC, and Rector to St. Mary’s Church in Scarborough, NY.
Rev. Zahl is the author of several books, including Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life (which served as the inspiration for the theme of LIBERATE 2013), A Short Systematic Theology, The First Christian: Universal Truth in the Teachings of Jesus, Five Women of the English Reformation, The Protestant Face of Anglicanism, and Who Will Deliver Us?: The Present Power in the Death of Christ.
|THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19|
Pre-conference Registration Opens
Key Life Pastors Pre-Conference
(for pastors and their spouses only)
• Steve Brown: "Is it finished for your church?"
• Shari Thomas: "Is it finished for your relationships?"
• Paul Tripp: "Is it finished for you?"
• Q&A Panel: Steve Brown, Shari Thomas, Paul Tripp, and Tullian Tchividjian
Pastors Luncheon *Sponsored by Compassion International
(for pastors and their spouses only)
• Panel Discussion with Tullian and three of his mentors: Steve Brown, Rod Rosenbladt & Paul Zahl
Special Event *Sponsored by Serge
(for pastors, ministry leaders, and their spouses only)
• Scotty Smith: "Liberating the Heart of a Church"
Breakout 1 (choose 1):
• Jono Linebaugh: "Liberating Preaching" or
• Zac Hicks: "Liberating Worship"
Breakout 2 (choose 1):
• Jess Thompson: "Liberating Kids' & Family Ministry" or
• Cameron Cole: "Liberating Student Ministry"
Registration and Bookstore Open
Paul Tripp: "It is Finished: Good News for a Worn Out World"
|FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20|
Registration and Bookstore Open
Devotion with John Zahl
JD Greear: "It is Finished: From Beginning to End"
Elyse Fitzpatrick: "It is Finished: The End of Your Identity Crisis"
(choose one - advanced registration required)
• Option 1 - Sally Lloyd-Jones: "Grace & Story-Telling"
• Option 2 - Justin Holcomb: "Grace & Abuse" *Presented by New Growth Press
• Option 3 - John Zahl: "Grace & Addiction"
• Option 4 - Chris Rosebrough, Rod Rosenbladt, Dan Price, and Tullian Tchividjian: "Fighting for the Faith" Radio Broadcast
Lunch Break and Luncheons
(Luncheon 1 & 2 require advance registration)
• Luncheon 1 - Eric Metaxas: "Stories of Grace" *Presented by Pyle Financial
• Luncheon 2 - Scotty Smith: "We're Not as Free as Our Father Intends" *Presented by World Vision
• Food Trucks by the Fountain - on-site lunch options *Presented by Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau
Eric Metaxas: "Transformed by Amazing Grace"
Ray Cortese: "It is Finished: The Present Power of These Three Words"
Church Tour and Organ Recital
View the Coral Ridge Sanctuary with LIBERATE Curator and Art Historian, Dr. Dan Siedell, and stay for a special demonstration of the church's famous organ by Artist in Residence, Chelsea Chen.
Dinner with Dropping Keys
(advance registration required)
"How Justification Plays Out in Our Everyday Lives"
• Panel Discussion with Jess Thompson, Kimm Crandall, Rachel Cohen, Lauren Larkin, Jeff Block & Chad West
Tullian Tchividjian: "It is Not Finished"
Free shuttle service from the church will bring you down to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea for dining, dessert, live music, and more. The shuttle will run from the church to this beachside location from 8:30pm - midnight.
*Graciously provided by Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau
|SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21|
Registration and Bookstore Open
Devotion with John Zahl
David Zahl: "It is Finished: The End of Score-Keeping"
Steve Brown: "Relax, It is Really Finished"
"Stay and Play" Group Tours
Visit South Florida sights with other Conference Attendees (advanced registration required).
• Option 1 - Water Taxi and Las Olas Blvd Tour
• Option 2 - Hillsboro Lighthouse Tour
• Option 3 - Everglades Air Boat Tour
|SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22|
Families are invited for breakfast, Story Time, and Q&A with Sally Lloyd-Jones. *Children will be dismissed for Sunday School after Story Time.
Sermon: Tullian Tchividjian
Coming to LIBERATE 2015 is a great excuse to visit South Florida in February. When you’re not at the church, get out and explore! Thanks to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, you can plan your free time here.
If you’d like to see the sights with other Conference Attendees, join a “Stay and Play” Group Tour on Saturday:
(Tours are $60 and include a boxed lunch and round-trip shuttle service from the church.)
By design, we’ve scheduled Liberate 2015 in February…PEAK SEASON. The weather is beautiful in South Florida during this time of year. We encourage you to make your airline and hotel reservations early to guarantee availability at the best rates possible.
Westin Fort Lauderdale: $189 Recharge in the resort atmosphere of our lagoon-side Westin Workout Fitness Studio with a dry sauna, take a lap in our outdoor heated pool, or a soak in our whirlpool. Now that you have had a chance to unwind, escape back to one of our luxuriously appointed guest rooms or suites with all the amenities you expect from a Westin, including the second generation Heavenly Bed (SM) and invigorating Heavenly Bath®. LIBERATE 2015 Room Block perks: Complimentary self-parking, complimentary WiFi, and just 10 min drive from Coral Ridge. To book remaining rooms, contact Thaler Corporation: 954-764-5342 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marriott Residence Inn: $299 (Studio Suites), $359 (2 Room & 2 Bath Ocean View) Experience majestic sunsets from your private balcony in a spacious suite with fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy tranquil on-site spa services at our full service spa & salon. Relax by our two sparkling swimming pools. Our Florida beach hotel blends together the best of any Stay-cation by offering stylish accommodations, delectable beachfront dining with your favorite seafood selections and rejuvenating spa experience- – all tied together with genuine hospitality. Our friendly staff is ready to help you experience the best of what you want from your oceanfront stay. LIBERATE 2015 Room Block perks: Apartment-style on the beach, includes complimentary hot breakfast buffet, complimentary WiFi, reduced parking rate of $12 a day, and just 10 min drive from Coral Ridge. To book remaining rooms, contact Thaler Corporation: 954-764-5342 or email: email@example.com
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa: $399 Spacious rooms provide sweeping ocean views from private balconies. Offering multiple large pools and access to local watersport activities and fishing charters, Marriott Pompano is sure to cater to any indulgent or adventurous need. Dine indoors or al fresco on the patio at the Resort’s restaurant, McCoy’s Oceanfront. The magic of the sea awaits you at SiSpa, the on-site full-service spa. Check out the 24-hour state-of-art fitness center, also featuring fabulous ocean views. Allow time to pass slowly and soak up the sun on the pristine Atlantic coastline that the new Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa calls home. LIBERATE 2015 Room Block perks: All oceanfront rooms, complimentary WiFi, complimentary valet parking for 1 vehicle ($25 value), 10% off Spa Services, and just a 10 min drive from Coral Ridge. *On-site Childcare for ages 4 yrs. and older. Half-day: $35 or Full Day (lunch included): $70. More info or reserve: 954-944-9521 To book remaining rooms, contact Thaler Corporation: 954-764-5342 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pelican Grand Beach Resort: $389 (Oceanfront Suite) At Pelican Grand Beach Resort, we offer oceanfront accommodations and fun for every age. Take a ride along our Lazy River or splash in our zero entry pool. Relax at the beach with our complimentary chairs and umbrellas while having friendly beach attendants look after your every need. Enjoy beachfront dining or bask in the warm Florida sun on our large veranda set with relaxing rocking chairs. Our 500-foot private beach and elegant 100% nonsmoking resort features old-style elegance and service reminiscent of historic Florida resorts. For Fort Lauderdale vacations, meetings and romantic getaways, let our Florida family beach resort treat you to a wonderful stay! LIBERATE 2015 Room Block perks: Resort fee waived, providing complimentary WiFi, access to oceanfront fitness room, beach and towel service, and daily use of beach chairs and umbrellas. Valet parking is $30 nightly and $14 daily, and just 10 min drive from Coral Ridge. To book remaining rooms, contact Thaler Corporation: 954-764-5342 or email: email@example.com
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale East: $199 – SOLD OUT
The Courtyard Fort Lauderdale East features large guest rooms – each with its own balcony, safe, and refrigerator. Enjoy free wireless Internet access in your hotel room, as well as a host of other perks and amenities. Stop by The Bistro for a healthy and delicious breakfast, or take a swim in our sparkling heated outdoor pool before soaking in the whirlpool. Our superb Fort Lauderdale hotel location places some of Florida’s top beaches and activities at your doorstep – including both Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beaches, world-class scuba diving, Dolphins games at Sun Life Stadium, and the charming town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Let the friendly staff at the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale East make your Florida beach vacation one to remember!
LIBERATE 2015 Room Block perks: Free parking, walking distance to Coral Ridge, or take the free hotel shuttle to the event.
La Quinta Inn Fort Lauderdale Northeast: $128.25 – SOLD OUT
The La Quinta Inn Fort Lauderdale Northeast is an ideal hotel for business or leisure travel. Always fresh, always clean, our guest rooms are full of thoughtful amenities, including a well-lit work desk and a remote-controlled TV with free cable. We’ll get you started each day with Free Bright Side BreakfastTM that includes hot, freshly brewed coffee. Relax with a splash in our refreshing swimming pool and stay connected with free high-speed Internet access in all rooms.
LIBERATE 2015 Room Block perks: Complimentary continental breakfast, free WiFi, free parking and walking distance to Coral Ridge.
Hampton Inn Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek: $169 – SOLD OUT
Enjoy great location and friendly service at our hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Make yourself at home in a comfy guest room and watch our 32-inch flat-screen HDTV. Catch up with work using the handy lap desk and stay connected with free WiFi. Surf the web in our complimentary business center offering free printing services, or work out in our 24-hour fitness center. Start your day right with Hampton’s free hot breakfast buffet and delicious waffles, and relax by our sparkling outdoor pool and hot tub after a busy day.
LIBERATE 2015 Room Block perks: Complimentary hot breakfast buffet, free WiFi, free parking, and just 10 min drive from Coral Ridge.
Need 10 rooms, 15, 20? We welcome the opportunity to host your large group at LIBERATE 2015. Please feel free to reach out to our hospitality partner, Thaler Corporation, with your group’s accommodation needs. Mark Thaler 954-764-5342 firstname.lastname@example.org
The church is approximately 20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Taxi, bus, and hired car services are available from the airport to local hotels, should you need them. For a LIBERATE Discount on an airport shuttle, click here.
To take full advantage of your stay in South Florida, we highly recommend you rent a car.
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