Morning Plenary Sessions

Monday morning plenary

Trends in Evangelicalism, Politics, and Culture: Navigating the New Landscape

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D is a highly regarded researcher, teacher, writer and speaker on theology, missiology, church planting, church revitalization, and church innovation. In Monday morning's opening session, Ed will kick off the instructional part of the convention with a fast-paced and stimulating presentation about important trends in evangelicalism.

Ed holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Stetzer also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School.

A prolific author, Stetzer is a well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week.

Since 2015, Stetzer has co-hosted BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.

Tuesday morning plenary

The Trump Administration: How Should the Church Respond?

The media has credited evangelicals with the unprecedented election victory placing Donald Trump in the White House. But evangelicals were not unanimous in their support then or now. Christianity Today editor Mark Galli will moderate a panel discussion about what role the Church should play now that Trump is the President. He will be joined by syndicated talk show host Julie Roys, writer Katelyn Beaty, and Daniel Darling, Vice President of The Ethics and Religious Commission.

Mark Galli has been part of the editorial staff at Christianity Today since 1989 serving as an editor for both Christian History and Leadership and as Senior Managing editor for Christianity Today. In 2012 he was named editor of Christianity Today. Early in his career, Mark was a pastor for ten years in Sacramento and Mexico City.


Julie Roys is a speaker, writer and host of Up for Debate, a nationally-syndicated talk show on the Moody Radio Network. Her articles have appeared in WORLD Magazine, The Christian Post, and Christianity Today – and her first book, “Redeeming the Feminine Soul: God’s Surprising Vision for Womanhood,” will publish in 2017.  A graduate of both Wheaton College and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Julie is respected for her ability to tackle difficult conversations with both courage and fairness.  A wife, mother of three and daughter of God, Julie’s rare mix of faith, family and investigative journalism make her a unique Christian voice.

Katelyn Beaty is an editor at large at Christianity Today magazine, where she previously served as print managing editor, as well as the author of A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World (Simon & Schuster).



Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is a contributor to Christianity Today, In Touch and a columnist for Homelife. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, CNN, Huffington Post, Washington Times, OnFaith, and The Gospel Coalition. Daniel is the host of The Way Home Podcast and is the author of several books, including his latest, ”The Original Jesus.”