Ross Cochran (Keynote Speaker)
Ross teaches in Harding University’s College of Bible and Ministry where he teaches courses in New Testament Church, Life & Teachings of Jesus, Gospel of John, Ministries of the Word and New Testament Story & Vision. He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award twice while at Harding (1999 and 2006).
Ross served on the preaching staff of the Downtown Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas for ten years, and currently serves as one of the 25 elders at Downtown.
In September 2014 his first book was published: Not Off Limits: Questions You Wish You Could Ask at Church.
Ross is passionate about equipping Christians to help expand and mature the church. He believes the Whole Church should take the Whole Gospel to the Whole World.
Bobby serves as the minister of the River Valley Church of Christ in Clarksville, Arkansas. He lives in Russellville with his wife Cindy, an elementary school teacher. They have two children, Benjy and Abby, who reside in Jonesboro. Bobby enjoys reading, cooking, and of course, calling those Hogs!
Topic: How Can a Good God Allow Pain and Suffering?
Garrett has served as the preaching minister for the Oliver Creek Church of Christ since 2010. A graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and Harding School of Theology, Garrett considers himself to be a lifelong student of the Lord, and enjoys sharing what he has learned with others. Garrett and his wife, Robin, live in Memphis, Tennessee and they have a dalmatian named Gage.
Topic: A Balanced View of the Holy Spirit
Luke serves as the Associate Minister of the Farmington Church of Christ, where he has been since 2006. He loves teenagers, and is devoted to helping them come to mature faith in Jesus. He and his wife Caroline have one daughter, Kinsley, who is three. A graduate of Harding University, Luke is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Harding School of Theology.
Topic: No Balance Allowed! The Radical Demands of Christianity
Robb has been teaching Scripture and the Christian life to young people for 30 years as a youth minister and summer camp director. He has been a minister for the Center Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville since 1991, and currently serves as Associate Minister. He and his wife Karen have one son, Ben.
Topic: Are We Saved by Faith or Works?
Jake began his journey in youth ministry in Northwest Arkansas in the Summer of 2008. That journey started and continues at the Center Street church in Fayetteville. He and his wife Tasha have two beautiful kiddos - Josh and Lilly. Jake will graduate from Harding University with a Master in Ministry degree this spring.
Steve is a campus minister at the University of Arkansas and director of the Razorbacks for Christ (RFCs). www.razorbacksforchrist.com
Topic: Divinity and Dust -- A Balanced View of Jesus
Justin lives in Searcy, Arkansas with his wife, Heather, and sons, David and Joseph. Justin teaches exercise science and kinesiology courses at Harding University and received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pediatric Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University. He is passionate about exploring the wondrous design of the human body, and using his research as a platform for theological insight.
Topic: Keeping Our Balance: Spiritual Lessons from Biomechanics and Our Physical Need for Light and Darkness
Mike has been preaching for 39 years, and has been the Preaching Minister for the Farmington Church of Christ since January 2013. Mike is passionate about saving souls and is a tireless worker in God’s Kingdom. He and his wife, Donna, have three adult children: Rachel, Joshua, and Caleb, and one granddaughter, Macy.
Topic: Free “Raine”
Nick is an imperfect but redeemed disciple of Jesus Christ, the husband of Alisha for ten years, and father of Livy and Max. He has a passion to connect the ancient Scriptures with modern audiences in a way that reveals the eternal relevance of the Word of God. Nick has been serving as a ministry for the Mount Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville, Arkansas since 2007.
Topic: In the World but Not Of It
Bobby served as the preacher of the Baldwin Church of Christ in Fayetteville, Arkansas for over 40 years before his retirement from full-time preaching in 2014. He has authored numerous books and tracts and serves as the director for Gospel Tracts International. He and his wife Meredy have three adult children: Jared, Rachael, and Luke.
Topic: I will have Mercy rather than Sacrifice: Balancing Internal and External Religion
Jared is a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Arkansas. He did his undergraduate work at Freed-Hardeman University and holds degrees in both Bible and History. Jared, his wife Karen, and their son Ben live in Farmington, Arkansas, where they are actively involved with the Farmington Church of Christ. An energetic Bible student, Jared loves studying the Old Testament and showing how relevant it is to us today.
Topic: New Testament Christianity, or Two Testament Christianity?
Jeff has served as the youth minister for the Bella Vista Church of Christ since 2010. He has a passion for teaching and encouraging young people to become devoted disciples of Jesus. He and his wife Staci have been married for 22 years and have three sons, Luke, Josh, and Matt.
Staci is a devoted follower of Jesus, as well as a wonderful wife and mother and career woman. She is a great Bible student and enjoys sharing what she finds in scripture with others. Staci has been married to Jeff for 22 years and has three sons, Luke, Josh and Matt.
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Jack has been the preaching minister for the Center Street Church of Christ since January 2002. He received a BA degree from Oklahoma Christian University and an MS degree from Abilene Christian University. He conducts Friendship Evangelism Seminars, gospel meetings and special workshops for churches annually. He is a avid hunter and loves spending time with his grandkids. He and his wife, Pat, have two adult children and five grandkids.
Topic: A Balanced View of Baptism
Jacob is a senior at Rogers Heritage High School and plans to attend Freed-Hardeman University in the Fall. Jacob is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Heritage swim team, and is also actively involved at the Farmington Church of Christ, where he participates in Lads to Leaders and is also a member of the Farmington Youth Group Leadership Council.
Topic: Balancing our Faith with our Friendships
Ben is a junior at Farmington High School, where he is a member of the FHS baseball team. As the son of a minister, Ben has been around the work of the church his entire life, and is an active part of the body at the Center Street Church of Christ.
Topic: Give and Take: A Balanced View of Church Involvement
Tarren is a senior at Farmington High School and plans to attend the University of Arkansas in the Fall. Tarren played football at FHS, works a part-time job, and is still incredibly involved with the work of the Farmington Church of Christ where he leads in worship, participates in the Lads to Leaders program, and is also a member of the Farmington Youth Group Leadership Council.
Topic: Balancing our Faith with our Commitments
Josh is an active member of the Bella Vista Church of Christ. He is a senior at Ambassadors for Christ Academy in Bentonville and after high school plans to attend Harding University where he will major in Bible and Ministry. He has been involved in Lads to Leaders as well as the Kerusso Experience at Harding.
Topic: All In: A Balanced View of the Church