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Keynote Speakers

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REGGIE McNEAL

For more than 30 years, Christian thought leader Reggie McNeal has dedicated himself to helping everyday people and other leaders pursue more intentional lives. His professional experience is wide-ranging, including serving as a denominational executive, congregational leader, leadership coach, the founding pastor of a new church, and more. He has also lectured and taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, served as a church ministry consultant and advised in the business sector. In addition to his many books, Reggie has contributed to numerous denominational publications and church leadership journals. 

Reggie will explore why Jesus taught us to pray “thy kingdom come” and not “thy church come.” The church clearly plays an important role in God’s plans, but have we given it too much emphasis? Have we confused a means of participating in God’s kingdom with the kingdom itself? From his book, Kingdom Come, Reggie will reveal why it’s crucial to realign the church’s mission with God’s ultimate kingdom agenda. He will help us discover how we can get in on—and help lead—the kingdom movement currently underway, helping the kingdom break into our hearts and out into the world.

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JEFF LOCKYER

Jeff Lockyer is the lead pastor of Southridge Community Church, a multi-site, missional church in the Niagara Region of Ontario. A former national team long-distance runner, Jeff also chairs the board of the Global Leadership Network Canada and is the founder of Leaders’ Village (@leadersvillage), a network of church leaders who embrace the way of Jesus together. He has recently released his first book, Finding Our Way: Reclaiming the First-Century Church in the Twenty-First Century.

In today’s church, it seems the functions of “gathering at the temple” and “meeting in each other’s homes” have been separated from “selling their possessions and serving the poor.” In the Salvation Army context, missional expressions and operationalized compassion and justice are often distinct from local church work. In comparison, Southridge Community Church is based on a model of “Anchor Causes” that define each of its church sites. Focusing on homelessness, migrant farm workers and low-income families, Southridge Community Church has integrated compassion and justice into the fabric of how they disciple people in their faith.

Jeff will describe Southridge Community Church’s quarter-century journey towards operationalizing and integrating mission, and their ongoing commitment to transfer church leadership to the next generation.

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ANN VOSKAMP

Ann Voskamp, a farmer’s wife and mother of seven, is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, The Broken WayThe Greatest GiftUnwrapping the Greatest Gift and the 60-week New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness, big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches tender places. Co-founder of ShowUpNow.com, Ann is a passionate advocate for the marginalized and oppressed around the globe, partnering with Mercy House Global, Compassion International and artisans around the world through her fair-trade community, Grace Crafted Home. She and her husband took a leap of faith to restore a 125-year-old stone church into The Village Table, a place where everyone has a seat and belongs. Join the journey at annvoskamp.com or instagram/annvoskamp.