Confirmed speakers currently include (in alphabetical order):
Davis Bunn – Internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than seven million books in sixteen languages. His first published book, The Presence, was released in 1990. Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Warning, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. Bunn serves as Writer in Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.and has recently been named Lecturer in Oxford’s new creative writing program.
Caroline Cox – Founder of Humanitarian Aid of Relief Trust. She has been awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit (the Republic of Poland); the Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award (All India Christian Council), and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland (upon the 25th anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement). Lady Cox has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has received Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, and Armenia. Lady Cox now sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, India, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma.
Diana Pavlac Glyer – Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. She has published extensively on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, including contributions to The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. She is the recipient of the Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant (Wade Center), Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award (Azusa Pacific University), and the Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award. Glyer is best known for her book The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community. Her latest book is Clay in the Potter’s Hands.
Os Guinness – Author, and founder of The Trinity Forum. He has written or edited thirty books on a wide range of themes, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, Invitation to the Classics, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, and A Case for Civility. His latest book is A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future. Guinness speaks frequently at political and business conferences in both Europe and the United States.
Malcolm Guite – Anglican priest, Chaplain & Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge, Guite teaches Literature and Pastoral Theology for the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. He is involved with a number of projects linking theology and the arts, and has published poetry, literary criticism and theology in various journals. His books include Beholding the Glory and What Do Christians Believe? He contributed to The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. His newest book of poetry is The Singing Bowl. As founder of the rock band, Mystery Train, he writes lyrics and performs on guitar and vocals.
Cherie Harder – President of the Trinity Forum. Her writing has appeared in Policy Review, the Harvard Political View, and others. She previously served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura Bush. She serves on the boards of Gordon College and Faith and Law, on the Leadership Council of Convergence, on the advisory board of the National Civic Art Society, and on the National Museum of American Religion.
Kelly Monroe Kullberg – Founder of the Veritas Forum. Kullberg edited the award-winning Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Christian Thinkers, and wrote its sequel Finding God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas. She co-authored A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings in Art, Science and Life. Kelly is an Acton fellow who co-founded Christians For A Sustainable Economy. She is developing the Renaissance Partnership for leaders in every sphere to contend for biblical truth as highest love, for cultural renewal.
Andrew Lazo – Speaker and writer on C.S. Lewis and his fellow Inklings. He speaks on C.S. Lewis at retreats, conferences, and seminars. Andrew has published several articles and book reviews on C.S. Lewis and other Inklings and co-edited Mere Christians: Inspiring Encounters with C.S. Lewis. Andrew currently teaches English and C. S. Lewis at Houston Christian High School in Houston. Andrew has also transcribed and edited a new book written by C.S. Lewis, the little-known “Early Prose Joy”, Lewis’s first spiritual autobiography.
Joseph Loconte – Associate Professor of History at The King’s College (New York). Loconte is the author of The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt and God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West. His other books are The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm and Seducing the Samaritan: How Government Contracts Are Reshaping Social Services. He contributes to the London-based Standpoint Magazine and Italy’s La Stampa, and he now serves as a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum and as an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute.
Vishal Mangalwadi – International lecturer, social reformer, political columnist, and author. He was born and raised in India, and studied philosophy at various universities, in Hindu ashrams, and at L’Abri Fellowship with Francis Schaefer. Mangalwadi has written several books on the role of the Bible in transforming entire societies, including The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization. He also currently serves as Honorary Professor of Applied Theology in the Gospel and Plough Faculty of Theology at the Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology, and Sciences.
Stan Mattson – Founder and President of the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Director of the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns in Oxford, England and Director of the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute in Oxbridge. A past member of the faculty of Gordon College and of the faculty and administration of the University of Redlands, Dr. Mattson also served as Headmaster of The Master’s School of West Simsbury, CT. He founded the C.S. Lewis Foundation in 1986, with the long-range objective of establishing an interdisciplinary, “mere Christian” prototype “Great Books College,” with a school of visual and performing arts, to be named in honor of C.S. Lewis.
Louis Markos – Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, He is the author of ten books, including From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics and Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World. He has also produced a series with the Teaching Company, The Life and Writings of C. S.Lewis, published over 100 articles and reviews, and speaks widely across the United States.
Wilfred McClay – G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. He is the coeditor of Rowman and Littlefield’s book series entitled American Intellectual Culture. He serves on the editorial boards of First Things, The Wilson Quarterly, The Public Interest, Society, Touchstone, Historically Speaking, and University Bookman. McClay is a member of the National Council on the Humanities and of the Board of Governors of The Historical Society. He has received awards from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education, the Howard Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the Danforth Foundation.
Eric Metaxas – Author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million. Eric’s most recent book, 7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness, has been a NY Times Bestseller; a sequel, titled 7 Women, is due out in spring 2015. His forthcoming book, Miracles, will be published in the fall of 2014.
John Morrison – Episcopal priest and a retired teacher. Ordained in 1980, he has served parishes across Long Island and taught for 36 years at Bay Shore High School. He was also Professor of Literature and Theology at the Mercer School of Theology in Garden City, New York. On three occasions he was nominated for Who’s Who by his students and received the Teacher of Excellence award from the New York State English Council. He is the author of numerous articles in the “Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society,” most recently “Michael O’Brien and C. S. Lewis: the Apocalyptic Imagination”, and of a book: To Love Another Person: A Spiritual Journey through Les Miserables.
Cherith Nordling – Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary. She taught theology for five years at Calvin College and Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, while serving as Co-Director of Christian Formation with her husband. She then filled a one-year theology teaching post at Wheaton College. Cherith has been a graduate lecturer for Regent College, Fuller Seminary, and has taught for Westminster Theological Centre in England, Vineyard Leadership Institute, Fire School (Chicago), and Trinity Learning Community (Corona, CA). She is involved in the Society of Biblical Literature, Society of Vineyard Scholars, the Karl Barth Society of North America, and Mission Alliance.
John Pritchard – Bishop of Oxford. Bishop John has held the post since 2007, having previously been the Bishop of Jarrow. In addition to his duties as bishop, he has written a number of books on the Christian life, such as How to Pray,Life and Work of a Priest, Going to Church: A User’s Guide, God Lost and Found and Living Jesus. He is the chair of the Church of England’s Board of Education and is also the episcopal speaker on education in the House of Lords.
Gregory Thornbury – President of The King’s College (New York). He has been called “Jonathan Edwards Meets Rolling Stone” by Russell D. Moore and “America’s First Hipster College President” by The American Spectator. He previously held the post of Professor of Philosophy, Dean of the School of Theology, and Vice President for Spiritual Life at Union University. He is the author of Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow of The Kairos Journal, as well as a visiting professor of philosophy at Ansgar Teologiske Høgskole in Norway.
Michael Ward – Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall in the University of Oxford. He is also the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. Though based at Blackfriars in Oxford, Dr Ward also has appointments at two American universities. He is Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and Visiting Professor at St Katherine College (CA). As an Anglican clergyman, he formerly served as Chaplain of St. Peter’s College (Oxford) and as Chaplain of Peterhouse (Cambridge). He was resident Warden of “The Kilns,” Lewis’s Oxford home, from 1996 to 1999. He is a Senior Member (Faculty Supervisor) of Oxford Students for Life.
Kallistos Ware – Metropolitan of Diokleia. Ware was a lecturer at Oxford teaching Eastern Orthodox Studies for 35 years until his retirement in 2001. As Bishop of Diokleia, Ware remained in Oxford and carried on his duties both as the parish priest of the Oxford Greek Orthodox community and as a lecturer at the University. Since retirement, he has continued to publish and to give lectures on Orthodox Christianity, traveling widely. Until recently, he was the chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge. He is the Chairman of the Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue. In 2007 he was elevated to Metropolitan. His best known writings are The Orthodox Church and a companion volume, The Orthodox Way.
Jane Williams – Visiting Lecturer at King’s College (London). She is a lecturer at the St. Paul’s Theological Centre and works for Redemptorist Publications. She is the author of numerous publications, including Bread, Wine and Women (with Sue Dowell), Perfect Freedom, Lectionary Reflections, Approaching Christmas and, more recently, Approaching Easter.
Peter Williams – CEO of Tyndale House Cambridge, the top Biblical research library in the world for evangelicals, an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Aberdeen and a lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Williams earned his M.A., MPhil., and PhD. at Cambridge University studying ancient languages related to the Bible. Dr. Williams is now recognized as one of the foremost Old and New Testament language scholars in the world. He has spoken in locations across the world on Biblical subjects including Bible translation and apologetics.
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