Symposium Agenda


Heidi Dean

Heidi Dean (Th.M., Duke) is K–12 Bible specialist for CSI. She has taught Bible at 6–12th grades and in a church context. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and four children and teaches Old Testament at Veritas Christian Academy.

Zach Pritz

Zach Pritz teaches Biblical Studies at Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher, NC. He is in his third year implementing a whole-book, hands-on biblical studies approach for 6th–12th classrooms. He currently is completing a Masters of Arts in Humanities from Faulkner Universities Great Books Honors Program.


Greg Tonkinson

Dr. Greg Tonkinson currently serves as the spiritual life director for Valley Christian Schools (Chandler, AZ). Dr. Tonkinson is a TEDx speaker, has been a guest of Guy Raz (NPR), and recently performed a 45-minute interview with President George W. Bush. Dr. Tonkinson received his MDiv from Phoenix Seminary (1998) and his DMin from Talbot School of Theology (2015).

Main Stage Session Speakers

Sally Lloyd-Jones

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a New York Times best-selling author of over 20 children’s books, including The Jesus Storybook Bible, an ALA Notable and Platinum Book which has sold more than 2.5 million copies and is in more than 34 languages.

Philip Ryken

Philip Ryken is the eighth president of Wheaton College and holds an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in historical theology. He has published more than 50 Bible commentaries and other books. He preached at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1995 until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010.

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the US and internationally, including biblical theology workshops for Women. She has authored numerous books and hosts “Help Me Teach the Bible” at The Gospel Coalition. She and her husband are co-hosts of the GriefShare video series.

James M. Hamilton Jr.

Jim Hamilton is a professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and senior pastor of Kenwood Baptist in Louisville, KY. He has written numerous books, including What is Biblical Theology, God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment, and a commentary on Psalms.

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of the children’s book, God’s Very Good Idea, as well as A Great Cloud of Witnesses, Sacred Endurance, If God Is For Us, and Fear and Faith. She is an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers, married to her best friend, and resides with their two children near Nashville, TN.

Ken Weigel

Ken Weigel is a strategist for BibleProject. This crowdfunded non-profit is dedicated to communicating a single message: The Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus. Celebrated for its animated YouTube videos outlining each book of Scripture, BibleProject provides its resources worldwide, free of charge.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin holds a Ph.D. in English literature and an M.Div equivalent from Oak Hill Theological College in London. She is the author of Confronting Christianity (Crossway, 2019) and 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (And Answer) About Christianity (Crossway, 2021).

Leland Ryken

Leland Ryken is Emeritus Professor of English at Wheaton College, where he has taught for 52 years. He has published 60 books, most on literature in Christian perspective and the Bible as literature. His forthcoming book, Recovering the Lost Art of Reading, is a summary of his core message of half a century.

Brooke Hempell

Brooke Hempell is senior vice president of research at Barna Group. Barna helps leaders gain insights into faith groups and the general population’s perspectives on faith and cultural issues. She lives in Atlanta, GA and is active in church planting and racial reconciliation ministries.

Peter Leithart

Peter J. Leithart is president of the Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, and teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church. He is the author of many books, most recently The Ten Commandments (Lexham 2020). He and his wife, Noel, have 10 children and 13 grandchildren.

Whova Event Management App

The virtual conference will utilize the Whova Event management app. Whova is an all-in-one app that will be the organizing structure of the event. Once you register details will follow for access to download the app either via your mobile device/tablet or a website on your computer. The event management app offers the following features and benefits to successfully deliver the best content with the most efficient delivery:

  • Personal agenda, multi-track and session management
  • Announcements, push notifications and emails, options to stay updated on current happenings leading up to and throughout the virtual Symposium
  • Community board, multiple networking options to dial directly into areas where you need support
  • Embedded presentation functions, all presentation software is embedded into the app so you only need to manage one platform to view and interact with the main stage, break out and network sessions
  • Notetaking, anywhere, search all your information in one place
    Live-Polling, real time read feedback to presentations, talks, and breakout sessions
  • Mobile Survey, immediate feedback on main stage, break out, and networking sessions so conferences organizers can adapt for the current environment
  • Offline options are available if WiFi connections are unstable