Wayne and his wife Gail both graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, Wayne and Gail served in Tri-Valley Chinese Bible Church in Northern California. In 2007, Wayne and Gail, along with Abigail and Michaela, left suburban America and joined New Tribes Mission as tribal church planters. In 2009, the family moved to the country of Papua New Guinea. They soon began living with a tribal group called the Biem people, on a tiny volcanic island 150km off the northern coast. In the last 9 years, they learned Biem language, developed an alphabet and a written form of the language, taught the Biem how to read and write and presented the Gospel for the first time to the Biem people. Today, there is a strong and vibrant indigenous church on Biem with tribal elders shepherding the church. They are now working to complete the New Testament translation for the church. Wayne is also the director for Radius Asia (radiusinternational.org). Radius, based out of Tijuana, Mexico, is training program for cross-cultural missionaries with heavy emphasis on language and cultural acquisition to proficiency, foundational Bible teaching, embracing suffering and hardship as tools in church planting and planting mature churches with indigenous leadership. Radius Asia is aiming to launch its first training class here in Asia before 2020.
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.
A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world:
Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: Rescuing the Gospel, He Will Be the Preacher, The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent, One Minute After You Die, When a Nation Forgets God, and Christian Bookseller's Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler's Cross.
His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including: Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.
Dr. Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
Daniel Bair has had a heart for Chicago since first visiting the Englewood neighborhood on the south side in 1999. He continued serving in this community while attending Moody Bible Institute where he received his Bachelor's Degree in 2005. He and his wife, Faith, then moved to Wheaton, IL for Daniel to continue his education at Wheaton Graduate School where he received his Master's Degree while continuing to do ministry in Englewood. They now have three children (Arielle, Titus, and Carissa) and Daniel serves as the Executive Director of Urban Youth & Family Outreach where they host teams from around the country every year training them how to more effectively evangelize to the lost and how to more appropriately help those living in poverty.
Christa Hardin is wife to Wesley and mom to Hannah, Melody, and Jack. She and her husband are the owners of Reflections Counseling and Coaching Center in Southwest Florida. She started Reflections five years ago on the Suncoast after a decade of being a clinical therapist in both the Chicago area & Michigan. Reflections is a multi-faceted center where individuals can find wellness, inspiration and healing, and where she and her staff can reflect the love of Christ. Recently, RCC has been able to extend it's reach globally when Christa adding coaching to their services.
Christa majored in communication and psychology for her Bachelor's of Science, Clinical Psychology (Master's degree, Wheaton) and has additional coaching training from the AACC. She continues to learn from and integrate practice from the very marriage research at large. She takes the Bible, God's word, as her ultimate source for inspiration and wisdom.
Also out of Christa's training and experience came her R & R Relationship Repair program which she shares with us at Grace 2017. This program is especially designed for those individuals who want to learn how to have marriage joy as well as those singles who want to know the best foundation for marriage. She has poured her research and passion into the R & R program and it's time effective, fun, and results-oriented!
Samuel Schleif is a pastor and revivalist currently serving as the Pastor of English Ministries at Truth Lutheran Church in Naperville, Il. Samuel received his Bachelor's of the Arts and Master's of the Arts in Pastor Ministry and Preaching from the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. Samuel is currently continuing his education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Master's of Divinity Program. Samuel is called as an agent of revival and awakening in the American church primarily by means of preaching, teaching, writing, and prayer. He is excited about God's dynamic work in the modern church through the Holy Spirit.
Samuel loves to learn, he likes to read great literature, and enjoys physical activity. Samuel appreciates the arts, along with spending time with family, and friends. Samuel is originally from Madison Wisconsin, but has lived in Chicago since 2010.
Anthony is currently a Treasury Analyst at Dropbox in San Francisco, CA. After graduating from the University of Michigan's business program in 2014, he moved out to California to begin his career in consulting. However, God had other plans. After participating in a program called Vision School and going on short term missions, God lead him to quit his job just 4 months in and go to the Middle East for a year as a student missionary through InterCP. At the conclusion of his term, Anthony realized that one year is far too short, and is currently making preparations to return to the Middle East as a long term missionary until his race is finished or Matthew 24:14 is fulfilled.
In the meantime, Anthony is currently serving as worship leader at Channel Church in Berkeley, CA, and as a staff member in InterCP, a missions organization that focuses on sending workers to Unreached People Groups in the 1040 Window. His passion is to see many more young people rise with a passion to see the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed in the darkest corners of the world. He hopes that many people from Grace Conference will answer God's call to go and make disciples of all nations.
In his free time, you can find Anthony learning more about Islamic and Christian theology, piano improvisation, fitness, NBA, and Arabic language.
William is the Youth Pastor at Chicago Northwest Suburban Chinese Christian Church in Rolling Meadows, IL and has been married to his wife Vivian for over seventeen years. William began his career as a prosecuting attorney with the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office in Rockford, IL in 1998 and then with the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office in Wheaton, IL. However, in 2012, William left his job when he felt the call of the Lord to go into ministry full-time and began attending Moody Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2016. William loves to preach God's Word and watch God work powerfully through it in changing lives and bringing glory and honor to Him. William also enjoys all kinds of gaming, including board gaming, and taking long walks with Vivian in his spare time.
Hans, Irene, and their family live and serve in the Chicago area. Like a certain other speaker, he previously worked for many years as an attorney. The transition to vocational ministry came slowly as God patiently revealed his beauty through trials of various kinds. If you have been at previous Grace conferences, you may remember that Hans has been studying theology at Trinity. In the fullness of time, that journey has finally been completed, and Hans is now enjoying being a homeschool dad and pushing Irene through seminary.
Irene Sun belongs to Christ. She is a homeschool mom and student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (ThM, Old Testament). She loves belonging to Hans. Born and raised in Malaysia, she is a mother of five. Four boys are with her, and one child is with the Lord. She is rocky, thorny, and generally unhelpful with the birds. But her Father keeps sowing.
Patty was born in Taiwan and she and her family immigrated to the States shortly thereafter. She grew up in the Chicagoland area and became a believer at the age of ten. After her education, Patty worked in a secular field. In the last few years, she has left her profession and is now preparing to become a longterm missionary to unreached, unengaged people groups in East Asia. Please pray for Patty as she makes this transition and that the Holy Spirit would move powerfully in East Asia and in her life. Please pray also that many more will answer the call to go throughout the world and proclaim what Christ has done!