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Program Lineup

Over 60 workshops
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Keynote Speakers

Monday, July 3rd Launch Event
Title: Turn the Page

Rev Dr Johnny Parker 
is a speaker, leadership consultant, certified professional counselor and executive coach, and author of Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room, Faith Like a Child, Exceptional Living: 31 Exercises for Enriching Your Life, Work and Relationships and is a contributing author to #Critical Issues, #Absolute Answers. He has conducted personal and professional development seminars in corporate and faith-based settings for nearly 25 years.

Dr. Parker has served as life coach for the Washington Redskins and regularly helps professional athletes (NFL, NBA, PGA and WNBA) develop healthy personal lives and strong relationships.

His Turn the Page approach has enhanced organizations such as AOL, Fannie Mae, Colonial Parking, Chick-fil-A, Signature Flight Support, Homeland Security, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Tuskegee Airmen, Mary Kay, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Keynote addresses by Johnny include audiences at Constitution Hall and the Pentagon. He holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Parker is married to his best friend, Lezlyn and they have three sons, JP, Jordan and Joel and an energetic Cocker Spaniel, Jay-Jay. The Parkers reside outside Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, July 4th Keynote
Title: Grounded: The Spiritual Revolution

Dr. Diana Butler Bass 
is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015) and the widely influential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012).

Diana regularly speaks at conferences and leads educational events for religious leaders. She writes at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR.


Wednesday, July 5th Keynote
Title: Open Palms in a Fisted World

Dr. Allen Walworth is the Executive Vice President of Generis, a consulting firm helping churches accelerate generosity toward God-inspired vision.  Allen and his wife, Connie, live in Dallas, Texas, and Naples, Florida (where he serves as a Teaching Pastor for their church during the winter).  They have five grown children, and four grandchildren (don’t ask about the grandchildren—trust me, you don’t have the time).  

A former pastor (seventeen years, serving three churches) and seminary professor (PhD in New Testament studies), Allen has been a church consultant since 1997, serving over 300 churches, and helping them to raise over $400 million toward the fulfillment of their ministry vision.  

When not working with the churches he serves, Allen enjoys golf (even the mediocre rounds), travel, and spending time with his family. (please note Dr Amy Butler, previously announce as keynote, is not able to attend due to unexpected medical concerns )

Thursday, July 6th Closing Event
Title: Annual Tax and Legal Update

Dr.Richard Hammar is an attorney, CPA, and best-selling author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is the author of more than 100 books, including Pastor, Church & Law  and the annual  Church and Clergy Tax Guide. He also writes the Church Law and Tax Report  newsletter, has contributed articles to numerous journals and publications, is a frequent speaker at legal and tax conferences, and has taught church law at a number of seminaries. This years presentation is a part of the closing lunch session and will end at 3 pm CDT.

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