Book of Faith Jubilee 2011: Inspiring Everyday People to Engage the Bible

Plenary Speakers

nadia bolz-webeR

"Experiencing the Text in a Young Post-Modern Christian Community"

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colo. She's a leading voice in the emerging church movement and her writing can be found in The Christian Century and Jim Wallis' God's Politics blog. She is author of "Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television" (Seabury 2008) and the Sarcastic Lutheran blog.

 

jessicah duckworth

"Welcoming the Word, Welcoming the Newcomer, Welcoming Transformation"

The Rev. Jessicah Duckworth is the associate professor of Christian formation and teaching at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. An ordained minister in the ELCA, she served as associate pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Doylestown, Penn. Prior to teaching at Wesley, she taught at Princeton Theological Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She serves on the Catechumenate Task Force of the ELCA.

 

craig koester

"Experiencing the Bible through Sight and Sound"

Craig Koester is professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. A graduate of Luther and Union Theological Seminary, Koester has served in congregations in New York and Minnesota. He is known for his popular course From Genesis to Revelation, in which he brings the Bible story to life through music, drama and visuals. He is creator of "Bible Tutor," an interactive study tool; and the author of "The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel" (Eerdmans, 2008), and commentaries on Hebrews, Revelation and the Gospel of John. He has been accepted for membership in the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, an international organization for New Testament scholars. He has also been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and Catholic Biblical Association, and has received an Associated Press Award for Biblical Exposition.

 

John Roberto

“The Future of Faith Formation & The Bible”

John Roberto is the president and founder of LifelongFaith Associates, an organization dedicated to nurturing faith growth for all ages and generations in the parish and at home. He edits the journal Lifelong Faith, works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation, manages LifelongFaith.com and develops resources in lifelong faith formation. His latest publications include "Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life" (LifelongFaith Associates, 2009); "Becoming a Church of Lifelong Learners" (Twenty-Third Publications, 2006); and four volumes of intergenerational learning programs in the People of Faith series (Harcourt Religion Publishers, 2005-2007). John holds a masters degree in religious education from Fordham University.

Worship leader

kelly chatman

Kelly Chatman is the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapoolis. For five years he served as ELCA Director for Youth Ministries. Chatman has been recognized for his leadership among youth and young adults and his service in multicultural and urban settings. He has developed and presented workshops on diversity, leadership and transformational leadership in the church. He has provided leadership recently in the areas of affordable housing, youth and community development. He has been a teacher for seminary, college and high school students and he has a passion for increasing diversity within the church. Chatman serves on staff at Augsburg College and is a Lilly Theological Fellow. He was recognized as Portland, Ore., Public School's Volunteer of the Year in 1992, Mayor's Citizen of the Year for Portland and 2003 recipient of the Tom Hunstad Award for Youth Ministries. In 2006, Chatman received Luther Seminary’s Race, Church and Change Award.

 

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colo. She's a leading voice in the emerging church and her writing can be found in The Christian Century and Jim Wallis' God's Politics blog. She is author of “Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television” (Seabury 2008) and the Sarcastic Lutheran blog.