February 12-13, 2016
A Message from Jason Locke
For me, one of the best parts of Renew is the Friday leadership session. The cost is just $50, a real bargain for seminars of this kind. This pays your entrance into all sessions & the legendary Friday evening banquet. Ministers, elders and thoughtful Christians from many churches lift one another’s spirits as we listen to thought-provoking presentations and dialogue with each other about what God is doing. I always walk away encouraged at how renewal is breaking out in various ways throughout our fellowship.
I’m not originally from California, but I’ve come to deeply appreciate the rich West Coast tapestry of Churches of Christ. We have a lot to build on! But building for the future requires visionary leadership from men and women who are both courageous and persistent. We face many challenges: aging or inadequate infrastructure, increasing busy-ness, money shortages, leadership gaps, graying memberships, and changing neighborhoods. On top of this, the world around us appears to be pulling back from active church participation.
Now is not the time to batten down the hatches and wait for the end. We are people on a mission, sent in the name of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Won’t you join me in a time of renewal & recommitment to our common cause? Please take a moment to register right now.
Our Speaker Lineup
We’ve got a great lineup for Renew 2016: Becca Stevens, Claire Frederick, Eric Wilson and Jonathan Storment, plus the team from Pepperdine University’s Office of Church Relations along with the great hosts at the College Church in Fresno … a first-class group of presenters and moderators!
Keynote Speaker: Becca Stevens from Nashville
Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest, entrepreneur, author, and social justice activist. She is founder and president of Thistle Farms, a community of women who have survived trafficking, prostitution and addiction. She has been featured in New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN and was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House in 2011. Most recently she has been featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears.” She was named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. Her latest book is, Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter, Marcus Hummon, and sons, recording artist Levi Hummon, Caney and Moses.
This powerful video tells some of the story of Becca Stevens’ work.
Claire Davidson Frederick is a Nashville native. She is a graduate of Rutgers University who went on to spend 12 years as a professional singer/songwriter in the country music industry. Since being called into ministry, Claire has served as the Children’s and Family Minister at the Woodmont Hills Church in Nashville and is currently working toward the Master of Divinity degree at Lipscomb University. Claire facilitates a redemptive songwriting workshop at the Tennessee Prison for Women as part of the Lipscomb LIFE Program. She is a gifted teacher, speaker and worship leader.
Eric Wilson is the Associate Chaplain at Pepperdine University. He has worked as Executive Minister at the Sycamore View Church of Christ in Memphis & as Senior Minister at the Fairview Road Church of Christ in Columbia, Missouri. He is an award-winning playwright and theatrical director and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. Eric has been a keynote speaker at ACU’s Summit and taught at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. He serves as the Spiritual Director for the National Racial Unity Leadership Summit, and his first book, The 7 Irrefutable Laws of Spiritual Growth, is to be released in the summer of 2016. Eric & his wife Sharita have two sons.
Jonathan Storment is the Preaching Minister for the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. Following in the footsteps of Mike Cope & Lynn Anderson is no easy task, but Jonathan has quickly carved out his own niche as a gifted speaker and leader. He’s recently authored two books, How to Start a Riot (on the Book of Acts) and Bringing Heaven to Earth, a book he co-authored with Josh Ross. Jonathan has been a keynote speaker & frequent presenter at lectureships & events across the country. He and his wife Leslie have 4 kids.
Mike Cope is a perennial participant in the Renew Conference. As the Director of Ministry Outreach for Pepperdine University, Mike has a vested interest in the health of West Coast churches. Mike also preaches for the Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland, Texas. Mike and his wife Diane have two sons and three grandchildren. They lost their daughter Megan at the age of 10 in 1994.
Mark Love is a frequent attender and participant in the Renew Conference. Mark is the Director of the Resource Center for Missional Leadership at Rochester College. Mark loves West Coast churches. He preached for the East County Church of Christ outside Portland, Oregon for many years before moving into the world of academia. Mark has one grown son. He and his wife Donna live just north of Detroit, Michigan.