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Fall 2012 Spiritual Development Speakers



Amy Grant: One Love
Aug. 29 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Amy has sold more than 30 million albums, won six Grammy Awards and 25 Dove Awards, and had 17 Top 40 songs as well as a string of Contemporary Christian hits. She has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
*Co-Sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business



john perkins

John Perkins: Justice For All
Sept. 5 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
A sharecropper’s son who grew up in Mississippi amidst dire poverty, he fled to California after his older brother’s murder at the hands of a town marshal, vowing never to return. However, after converting to Christianity in 1960 he returned to Mississippi to share and live out the gospel of Christ. His leadership in Civil Rights work resulted in repeated beatings and imprisonment. Despite dropping out of grade school, he has written 12 books, been awarded 12 honorary doctorates, and founded two national organizations: the Christian Community Health Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association.
*Co-Sponsored by the Inman College of Health Sciences and the Social Entrepreneurship Program

margaret feinberg
Margaret Feinberg: Scouting The Divine

Sept. 10 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 
Sept. 11 | Neely Hall | 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
A popular speaker at national conferences, Margaret Feinberg was named by Charisma magazine one of the “30 Voices” who will help lead the church in the next decade. She has written more than two dozen books and Bible studies, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo and Scouting the Divine.

dan miller
Dan Miller: Wisdom Meets Passion

Sept. 17 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Dan hosts the #1 rated podcast under Careers on iTunes and is the author of 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Mondays. He wills peak about how to engage our passions, which is the topic of his latest book, Wisdom Meets Passion.
*Sponsored by Career Services

robert kaita
Robert Kaita: One Truth

Sept. 19 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Dr. Kaita is the Principal Research Physicist for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the Program Chair for the American Scientific Affiliation’s 2013 National Conference at Belmont University, the largest annual meeting of Christians in the sciences.
*Co-sponsored by the Physics Department

mormonizing america, stephen mansfield
Stephen Mansfield: Mormon America
Sept. 21 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. 

A New York Times bestselling author of 17 books, Stephen will speak about his recently published book The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture.
*Co-sponsored by the Political Science Department

tom lin
Tom Lin: One World
Sept. 26 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Tom is the Director of Urbana, a triennial gathering of 18,000 college students and 250 world missions organizations, to be held in St. LouisDec. 27–31, 2012. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the author of Losing Face, Finding Grace, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Vice President of Missions. Tom served for four years as country director in Mongolia for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
*Co-sponsored by the School of Religion


mark regenerus
Mark Regenerus: Premarital Sex and the Soul
Oct. 10 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m.
Dr. Regnerus, who received his Ph.D. in sociology at UNC Chapel Hill, is associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Premarital Sex in America and Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers.

cece winans
CeCe Winans: One Passion
Oct. 17 | Massey Performing Arts Center | 10 a.m. 
CeCe and her family have helped define the world of gospel music. Among her numerous honors as a performer are eight Grammy Awards and 21 Dove Awards. She has numerous gold and platinum albums and has appeared in broadcasts and live performances around the world.
*Co-sponsored by the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business

walt wilson
Walt Wilson: Biblical Principles/Business Absolutes
Oct. 24 | Beaman A & B | 10 a.m. 
Walt was a start-up executive with Apple Computer, serving as managing director of U.S. operations as it grew from infancy to a multi-billion dollar company. He also served as senior vice president of Computer Sciences Corp., a $16 billion global business. He is founder and chairman of Global Media Outreach, a multi-lingual internet evangelism ministry that has reached over 12 million people.
*Sponsored by the College of Business Administration Center for Business Ethics

mark charles
Mark Charles: One Nation?
Oct. 26 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. 
Mark is a Native American leader who lives at Fort Defiance, AZ, located on the Navajo Reservation. He seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and biblical reconciliation for the nation.
*Co-sponsored by the English Department

bob and judy fisher
Bob and Judy Fisher: Life is a Gift
Oct. 31 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. 
President and Mrs. Fisher share what they have learned from interviewing 104 people, who were soon to die, about what really matters in life. What do the dying have to say to those who are young, healthy, and thriving? Their book, Life is a Gift, distills this hard-won wisdom into practical lessons for how we can live lives of faith, hope and love today.


edward larson
Edward J. Larson: Law and Faith

Nov. 2 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. 
Dr. Larson is University Professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He received his J.D. from Harvard and his Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of nearly one hundred articles and nine books, including Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.
*Co-sponsored by the College of Law and the Office of Administration and University Counsel

leroy barber

Leroy Barber: One City For All
Nov. 5 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Nov. 6 | Neely Hall | 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 7 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. 
Leroy founded Restoration Ministries to serve homeless families in Philadelphia, and Atlanta Youth Academies, a Christian school for low-income families. He is the President of Mission Year, which places young adults in intentional Christian communities in city centers across the U.S. Leroy has written two books, New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community and Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World.

winston gooden
Winston Gooden: Race and Relationships

Nov. 14 | Neely Hall | 10 a.m. 
Dr. Gooden is Dean of the School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary. Beginning with his work on adult development among black men, Gooden has researched the developmental crises and transitions of early and middle adulthood and the lives of couples of various ethnic backgrounds. He earned both a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Yale University.
*Co-sponsored by The Teaching Center and the Psychological Sciences Department

shane claiborne
Shane Claiborne: Our President
Nov. 28 | Massey Performing Arts Center | 10 a.m.
Shane is the founder of The Simple Way, a leader of the New Monasticism, and a passionate advocate for the poor and oppressed. Publisher’s Weekly noted that his book Jesus for President gives a “lucid exploration of how Christians can and should relate to presidents and kings, empire and government...reminding readers that Jesus did not preach the need to put God back into government -- he urged his followers to live by a different set of rules altogether.”