Guest Speakers 2017
GENE GETZ | January 8–29
Dr. Gene Getz has served as a professor at Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary. After 20 years in the academic world, Gene became involved in church planting and, in 1972, launched the Fellowship Bible Church movement. Gene is also a prolific author, with most of his 60 books have grown out of his experience as a pastor. Some titles include, The Measure of a Man, The Measure of a Healthy Church and Elders and Leaders: God’s Plan for Leading the Church.
Gene now serves as President of the Center for Church Renewal and has completed a 7-year Bible project using the Holman Christian Standard Bible. The Life Essentials Study Bible is the first Multi-Media Study Bible that contains 1,500 principles from Genesis to Revelation. Gene also airs a 2-minute daily feature on numerous radio stations called “Bible Principles” which can be accessed by going to bibleprinciples.org.
SEAN McDOWELL | February 5–19
Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.
Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.
Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences, has spoken for many organizations and has appeared as a guest on radio shows. Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over fifteen books and has written multiple books with his father, Josh McDowell. See seanmcdowell.org for Sean’s blog, articles, videos, and many other resources.
In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California.
TIM MUEHLHOFF | February 26, March 5, August 13
In addition to being an author, Tim is a professor of communication at Biola University where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication, apologetics, gender, and conflict resolution. Since 1986 he has served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in the campus ministry, short-term missions and currently with Keynote as a trainer for The Comm Lab—a center that trains Cru staff, pastors, and lay people in evangelistic speaking and apologetics.
For the past 18 years Tim and his wife, Noreen, have been frequent speakers at FamilyLife Marriage Conferences. One of his key interests is social justice resulting in a trip to New Delhi, India to study the narratives of impoverished women in order to create a strategy for providing spiritual and economic assistance. Tim and Noreen live in Brea, California with their three sons, Michael, Jason, and Jeremy.
MIKEY KLINK | March 19
Mickey Klink is the senior pastor of Hope Evangelical Free Church in Roscoe, IL. Before coming to Hope Church, Mickey served for nearly a decade as associate professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is the author of several books, including Understanding Biblical Theology (Zondervan, 2012) and a commentary on John (ZECNT, 2016).
Mickey has been married to Laura since 1999, and they have three children: Jacob, Benjamin, and Ruth.
DARIN McWATTERS | April 2 & 9
Darin McWatters is the Pastor of Teaching and Mission at Arbor Road Church in Lakewood, CA. Prior to his current role, Darin served as a teaching pastor at Rockharbor Church in Costa Mesa, Program Director and Founder of the Joshua Wilderness Institute at Hume Lake Christian Camps, and lead singer of the Christian band Everybodyduck.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Darin and his wife Shannon have been married for 20 years and have four children, Jack, Hank, Lily, and William. In addition to his role at Arbor Road, Darin speaks at numerous colleges, conferences, and retreats throughout the year.
TODD CLARK | Easter—April 16
Todd Clark is a teaching pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria, Arizona. CCV currently has six locations and over 24,000 in weekly attendance. Todd is a senior associate with the Slingshot Group and the founder of EatArt, a non-profit photography organization committed to artfully ending hunger. Todd blogs weekly at LiveCurious.ly and is married to his high school sweetheart, Rene, and they have two amazing children, Ruby and Cole.
KEVIN KOMPELIEN | April 23
Kevin Kompelien is the president of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Previously, he served as the international leader for the Africa division with ReachGlobal, as pastor to two EFCA churches, on the North Central District Board chairing the church planting committee and on the Central California District Board (now EFCA West).
A native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Kevin and his wife, Becky, have been married for 34 years. They have four grown, married children and seven grandchildren.
STEVE PORTER | June 18
Dr. Porter teaches theology and philosophy for Talbot's Institute for Spiritual Formation and at Rosemead School of Psychology. His areas of interest include theological methodology, the doctrine of sanctification, philosophical theology, and the integration of psychology and theology. He has contributed articles to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Faith and Philosophy, Journal for Psychology and Theology, etc.
Steve and his wife, Alicia, live with their son, Luke, and daughter, Siena, in Long Beach, CA.