Summer Speakers

Nicolas Ellen & Tedd Tripp

Nicolas Ellen and Tedd Tripp

June 20 - June 26, 2021

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Dr. Ellen is the Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston Texas and Senior Professor of Biblical Counseling at the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. Ellen has also developed a biblical counseling training center called Expository Counseling Center LLC.

He received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, his M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Masters University, Santa Clarita, California, his Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, Kentucky and his PH.D in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Ellen is a certified Biblical Counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and travels nationwide with the organization teaching biblical counseling principles. Dr. Ellen also teaches on a morning show called “Up With The Son” where he teaches various topics from God’s Word. In addition, He is also a Senior Member of the Biblical Counseling Framework Association. Dr. Ellen and his wife Dr. Venessa Ellen have two children and four grandchildren.


Dr. Tedd Tripp is Senior Pastor Emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church since his retirement as Senior Pastor after 29 years of service.  He was married to Margy in 1968.  They have three adult children and nine grandchildren.  Tedd is a graduate of Geneva College, B.A. in History, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, M. Div., and Westminster Theological Seminary, D. Min. with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling. Tedd is the author of the popular child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Shepherding a Child’s Heart Parent’s Handbook and co-author with Margy of Instructing a Child’s Heart.
Tedd and Margy founded Immanuel Christian School in 1979 where Tedd has served as a teacher and administrator.  Tedd is ICS Board Chairman Emeritus.  For over a decade Tedd served as a counselor in the Lehigh Valley office of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.  Since 1994 Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars.  His books and video and audio materials are used throughout the world.
George Murray and Stephen Bramer

George Murray and Stephen Bramer

June 27 - July 3, 2021

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Dr.  George W.  Murray  is  the former President  (222 (2007– 2007) and  Chancellor 2017) of Columbia International  University  (CIU) in  Columbia,  South Carolina.   He currently  travels  the world,  preaching  and  teaching  the Word  of God,  and  providing  spiritual  and  organizational  consultation  services  for churches, para church  organizations,  and  individuals. Prior to  his  educational  leadership  role at CIU,  Dr.  Murray years  (1983served  for seventeen 2000) as the President  of two  international  missionary  agencies:  The Evangelical  Alliance Mission  (TEAM) and  the Bible Christian  Union  (BCU), which  merged  with  TEAM in  1994. From  19711983,  George and  Annette,  and  their fa planters  in  the spiritually  needy  country  of Italy. mily  were pioneer church A graduate of CIU  (B.A.,  1967;  M.A.,  1981) and  Trinity  International  University (D.Miss,  1995),  Murray  is  an experienced  missionary,  teacher,  preacher,  writer and  evangelist.  He has  ministered  all  across  the United  States  of America and  in 78  other countries. Annette Brice  Murray  is  a  graduate of Columbia International  University  (B.A., 1969) and  Biblical  Theological  Seminary  (M.A.  Theology/Counseling,  1994),  and is  a  licensed  professional  counselor. The Murray  have four married  children,  six  grandsons,  one granddaughter,  and two step- grandsons.


Dr. Bramer taught for 16 years at Briercrest Bible College and at Briercrest Biblical Seminary in Saskatchewan, Canada, before joining the faculty of DTS. He also has enjoyed a variety of other ministries such as teaching elder, youth pastor, and pulpit supply throughout Canada and the United States. He serves as an adjunct professor for Word of Life Bible Institute, Hungary; Briercrest Seminary, Canada; as well as at the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary (JETS) in Jordan. He is a teaching pastor at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship and travels yearly to Israel and Jordan. Stephen and his wife, Sharon, enjoy visiting their three married children and nine grandchildren who live in three different countries.

3-Corey Abney & Ray Pritchard

Corey Abney and Ray Pritchard

July 4 - July 10, 2021

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Dr. Corey Abney serves as the lead pastor at Bell Shoals Church, a congregation with over 6,000 members and 5 campuses in Tampa, Florida. He also serves on the board of trustees at Cedarville University and previously served on the board of governors at Gateway Seminary in Los Angeles, California. He is a published author and conference speaker, but remains most passionate about local church ministry, church planting, and international missions. Dr. Abney is a graduate of Cedarville University (B.A) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Ph.D). He is married to Christina and they have four children.


Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries. He ministers extensively across the US and in South Korea, Ukraine, Uganda, Kenya, China, and the Philippines. He has written 31 books, including Stealth Attack, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, and An Anchor for the Soul. He is a co-host of Today’s Issues on American Family Radio. He has been married to Marlene for 46 years. They have three sons (all married) and ten grandchildren.

Dr. Pritchard’s hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War. He hit the 50,000-mile mark on his bike riding in 2020.


Robert Morgan and Ramesh Richard

July 11 - July 17, 2021

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Rob Morgan is the pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for over 30 years. He is a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer with over 20 books in print. He is also a staff writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine, and has many articles published in other leading Christian periodicals. Rob has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows and has a wide-ranging Bible teaching ministry. He and his wife Katrina have three daughters and ten grandchildren.


Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary

In addition to more than thirty years of faculty service, Dr. Richard is founder and president of Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health (RREACH), a global proclamation ministry that seeks to evangelize leaders and strengthen pastors primarily of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has ministered in over 100 countries, speaking to wide-ranging audiences, from pastors in rural areas to heads of state. In partnership with DTS, RREACH launched the Global Proclamation Academy to equip influential young pastors from all over the world. Dr. Richard is also the founder of Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) and the general convener of the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers. He and his wife, Bonnie, have three grown children and three grandchildren.

Brian White & Richard Blackaby

Brian White and Richard Blackaby

July 18 - July 24, 2021

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Brian White, lead pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel North Indy, will speak in chapel at Cedarville University on Thursday, Sept. 6. Chapel begins at 10 a.m.

White and his wife, Laura, helped plant Harvest Bible Chapel North Indy in 2007. A second campus was added in April 2017 at Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana.

In addition to his role as pastor, White is an executive director of the Great Commission Collective (GCC), whose goal is to guide churches in planting new churches. GCC was established in August 2017, and Harvest North Indy was one of the first churches to join its mission. Since the GCC’s creation, 120 churches worldwide have joined the effort.

The Whites have five children. They live in Avon, Indiana.


Richard is the president of Blackaby Ministries International and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He travels internationally speaking on spiritual leadership in the home, church, and marketplace as well as on spiritual awakening, experiencing God, and the Christian life. Richard regularly ministers to Christian CEOs, church, and family leaders. He served as a senior pastor and seminary president, and has written or co-authored thirty-five books. Richard has been married to Lisa for 35 years and has three grown children and four grandsons.

Mark Yarbrough & Erwin Lutzer

Mark Yarbrough and Erwin Lutzer

July 25 - July 31, 2021

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Dr. Mark Yarbrough began his tenure as the 6th president of DTS on July 1, 2020. He also serves as Professor of Bible Exposition. Along with his responsibilities of leading DTS, he serves as an elder of Centerpoint Church in Mesquite and travels extensively leading tours and speaking at conference centers. Mark has recently authored Jonah, Beyond the Tale of a Whale. He has been married for twenty-nine years to Jennifer, his high school sweetheart. They have four adult children, one son-in-law, and reside in Sunnyvale, Texas.


Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years.  A clear expositor of the Bible, Dr. Lutzer is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world. Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross.  His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Todd Adams and Tom Messer

Todd Adams and Tom Messer

August 1 - August 7, 2021

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Pastor Todd, as the senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church, has been given the incredible privilege and responsibility to preach and teach God’s Word. He takes this calling very seriously, and desires to serve God with the utmost integrity and honor. As Pastor, his desire is to see you grow and develop in your walk with Christ.

Pastor Todd has a Graduate Degree in Theology, a BA in Ministry, and is currently working towards a MA in Pastoral Theology.  He has also taken extensive training in Biblical Counseling.  Pastor Todd has a passion to reach people locally and globally. Having lived most of his life in England, he has been afforded the opportunity to do an array of “mission’s work” in Europe.  God has allowed him the privilege of serving Him full time in ministry for over 25 years. 

Pastor Todd and his wife Angela have two sons and a loveable pit bull who completes the Adams household.


A native of Northfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Messer graduated from Maranatha Baptist Bible College where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1982 and was later awarded a Doctor of Divinity. In 1982, he began his association with Trinity Ministries as a basketball coach and teacher at Trinity Baptist College, where he earned his Master’s degree in Ministry. In 1991, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the college. On December 6, 1992, he became the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and president of Trinity Baptist College. In 1998, he was named Chancellor of Trinity Baptist College. Pastor Messer and his wife Lisa have four children: Drew, Christie, Michael, and Jacob.

Dr. Messer enjoys spending time with his family, studying the Bible, reading books on the Christian life or church growth, eating barbeque or seafood, and playing golf. He’s also a fan of basketball, football and baseball.

Mark Bailey & John Barnett

Mark Bailey and John Barnett

August 8 - August 13, 2021

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Dr. Mark Bailey is the the president of Dallas Theological Seminary and Senior Professor of Bible Exposition.  In addition to his years at Dallas Theological Seminary, he has pastored various churches in Arizona and Texas. He was a seminar instructor for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries for twenty years and is in demand for Bible conferences and other preaching engagements. He has ministered in several overseas countries and is a regular tour leader in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Rome.


John Samuel Barnett has been teaching the Word of God for over 30 years. He has served congregations in the East, and the West, before coming to the precious saints at Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2008. Since 1978, John has led dozens of study tours, retreats, travels, and pilgrimages with over 1,500 participants, and taught on site in 21 countries and on five continents. He has also served on the faculty of the Master’s College & Seminary. John was an Associate Pastor to Dr. John MacArthur at Grace Community Church for five years overseeing the Shepherding Ministries. During graduate school, John served as the Assistant Dean of Men at Bob Jones University for five years. John shares his life with his beloved wife, Bonnie.

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