Keynote Speakers

Robert P. GeorgeRobert P. George

Princeton University

Robert P. George is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and previously served on the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is a recipient of the United States Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he earned a doctorate in legal philosophy from Oxford University, and holds honorary doctorates of law, letters, science, ethics, divinity, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science.

Timothy GeorgeTimothy George

Beeson Divinity School

Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School since its inception in 1988. As founding dean, George has been instrumental in shaping its character and mission. In addition to his administrative dean responsibilities, he teaches church history and doctrine. He serves as a senior editor for Christianity Today, and on the editorial advisory boards of First Things, Harvard Theological Review, and Books & Culture. He is chairman of the board of BreakPoint, a member of the board of Prison Fellowship Ministries, and a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College. He is active in Evangelical-Roman Catholic Church dialogue and chairs the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. A prolific author, he has written more than twenty books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. He is the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a twenty-eight volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment. His most recent books are The Mark of Jesus: Loving in a Way the World Can See (with John Woodbridge), Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? and Amazing Grace: God's Pursuit, Our Response. His Theology of the Reformers is the standard textbook on Reformation theology in many schools and seminaries and has been translated into multiple languages, most recently in Chinese. An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, he has served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Alabama. He and his wife, Denise, have two adult children.

Garland HuntGarland Hunt

Prison Fellowship Ministries

Garland Hunt is president of Prison Fellowship and directs the efforts of the ministry's army of committed staff and volunteers. He came to the ministry in 2011 with high-profile experience in state-level criminal justice. For six years, including two years as chairman, he served on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him to be Georgia's commissioner of juvenile justice. In addition, Hunt has filled positions of leadership in the Church. He previously served as the executive pastor of The Father's House and vice president of a community ministry organization, both based in Atlanta. He was also a pastor at Raleigh International Church in North Carolina. Hunt earned his bachelor's degree and his law degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Russell D. MooreRussell D. Moore

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Russell D. Moore is the Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Moore writes and speaks frequently on topics ranging from the Kingdom of God to the mission of adoption to a theology of country music. He is a senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity and also blogs regularly at Moore to the Point, russellmoore.com. He is the author of such books as 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. Prior to entering the ministry, he was an aide to U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor. He and his wife Maria have five sons: Benjamin, Timothy, Samuel, Jonah, and Taylor.

Other Distinguished Speakers

Hunter BakerHunter Baker

Union University

Hunter Baker is acting dean, College of Arts and Sciences, associate professor of political science and Dean of Instruction at Union University. He is author of Political Thought: A Student's Guide and The End of Secularism. He also contributed "The Study of Political Philosophy at the Christian University" to Faith and Learning: A Handbook for Christian Higher Education and "A Bible for the People: The Political and Cultural Impact of the Vernacular Bible" to KJV 400: The Legacy and Impact of the King James Version. Baker earned an M.P.A. from the University of Georgia, a J.D. from University of Houston Law Center and a Ph.D from Baylor University.

Robert A.J. GagnonRobert A.J. Gagnon

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Robert A. J. Gagnon is associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He also served in a one-year position as visiting Professor of Religion at Middlebury College in Vermont. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible. He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics; co-author with Dan O. Via of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views and, as a service to the church, provides a large amount of free material on the web dealing with Scripture and homosexuality. In addition, he has published scholarly articles on biblical studies in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Novum Testamentum, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Horizons in Biblical Theology and The Christian Century. He is also author of article-length encyclopedia entries in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics, Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology and Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. In addition, he has also contributed to the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, Christianity Today, and Christian Century. Gagnon is also an ordained elder at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pittsburgh. He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

C. Ben MitchellC. Ben Mitchell

Union University

C. Ben Mitchell is the Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy in the School of Theology and Missions at Union University. He is co-author of Biotechnology and the Human Good and Does God Need Our Help?: Cloning, Assisted Suicide, and Other Challenges in Bioethics. He co-edited Aging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality and contributed to Faith and Learning: A Handbook for Christian Higher Education. He also wrote "The Beginning of Life and Abortion," "Bioethics," "The End of Life," "Capital Punishment," "Lying and Telling the Truth," for the English Standard Version (ESV) Study Bible. Mitchell has written numerous journal articles including "The Vulnerable: Abortion and Disability," "Technology, Biotechnology" and "Why Human Bioenhancement Technologies Are a Bad Idea." Mitchell earned a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Ph.D from the University of Tennessee.

Hal L. PoeHal L. Poe

Union University

Dr. Harry Lee (Hal) Poe serves as Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to coming to accepting the Colson Chair he served as vice president at Union and held earlier teaching and administrative posts at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and on two occasions at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before teaching, Dr. Poe served on the staff of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, as pastor of the Simpsonville Baptist Church, and as a prison chaplain at the Kentucky State Reformatory. He earned both the MDiv and the PhD degrees at Southern Seminary. Dr. Poe is married to Mary Anne who teaches and served for twelve years as chair of the Social Work Department at Union University. They have two daughters: Rebecca who is married to Joshua Hays, and Mary Ellen.

Gregory A. ThornburyGregory A. Thornbury

Union University

Gregory Alan Thornbury is a professor of philosophy and dean of the School of Theology and Missions and Vice President for Spiritual Life at Union University. He is author of Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry, scheduled for release in March 2013. He co-authored Who Will Be Saved? Defending the Biblical Understanding of God, Salvation, & Evangelism with Paul House. He has contributed to several other books including Faith and Learning: A Handbook for Christian Higher Education; The Lord's Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes; Shaping a Christian Worldview: The Foundations of Christian Higher Education; and Theologians of the Baptist Tradition. In addition, he has written numerous journal and magazine articles. He received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed additional study at Oxford University.