Keynote Speaker

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals.

In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues.

Conference Host

Kevin DeYoung


Kevin is the senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Early Modern History at the University of Leicester in the UK. Kevin is a member of the council and blogs for The Gospel Coalition. He regularly speaks at churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in North America and overseas. He has published a dozen books for adults and children. Christianity Today has awarded Book of the Year honors to three of his books in 2009, 2010, and 2013. World Magazine named one of his books in their 2015 Books of the Year. In addition to his primary responsibility as senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church, Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He was formerly a Chancellor’s Professor for the seminary.

Kevin and his wife Trisha are the parents of seven children, and are expecting a baby in December.

Breakout Speakers


David Russell

Dave Russell serves as the senior pastor at Oakhurst Baptist Church. Dave grew up in Charlotte and, after being gone for 15 years, returned to lead the replanting of Oakhurst Baptist Church in late summer of 2015. Prior to his time at Oakhurst, Dave spent time on staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where he served as a pastor and founded the ministry of Campus Outreach D.C. Dave earned his MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Carrie, have four children.

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Tom Hawkes

Tom Hawkes is the founding senior pastor of Uptown Church, PCA in Charlotte in 1994 and has since planted a number of churches locally and internationally. Dr. Hawkes has provided leadership as the founding director of The Arrow Leadership Program at Leighton Ford Ministries, as U.S. Director of Church Growth for the Presbyterian Church in America, Atlanta, GA, and as the Director of Church Growth Services for the Evangelistic Association of New England, Boston, MA. Tom and his wife, Ann, have four grown sons and a granddaughter.


Bill Barcley

Dr. William Barcley has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Charlotte since 2007 and also serves as Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Dr. Barcley was professor of biblical and theological studies at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and RTS in Jackson, MS, where he also served as academic dean.  Some of his many publications will be available for purchase at our conference bookstore. Dr. Barcley and his wife, Kristy, have six children.