The ERLC National Conference will address “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families, and their churches. This event will be held at the iconic Opryland Hotel on October 27-29, 2014. 

Are you and your church prepared for the moral revolution surrounding homosexuality and same-sex marriage happening across America? While human sexuality and social institutions are being redefined before our very eyes, the Bible presents marriage as an unchanging picture of the gospel through the union of one man and one woman. The gospel announces that the story of Jesus is greater than the sum total of our sexual desires.

We'll equip you to defend marriage in the culture and strengthen marriage in the church by preparing you to address issues like:

·       How do we effectively minister to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?

·       How has the divorce culture impacted marriage in our communities and our churches?

·       What does sexual faithfulness look like for a same-sex attracted Christian?

·       Why did God create marriage and why did he design it for the common good?

·       How should a pastor counsel a same-sex couple that wants to join his church?

·       How can churches minister to those who are single, dating, divorced, or celibate?

·       How can Christians show the love of Christ to gay family members or neighbors?

Join us at the ERLC as we seek to explore what the gospel means for the future of marriage and sexual identity. Listen to great speakers, ask pressing questions at panel discussions, get practical equipping on these issues, and discover how your church can be a beacon of hope, clarity, and restoration. Space is limited for this conference, so make plans to join us at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville October 27-29, 2014.

Scheduled Speakers


Daniel L. Akin is President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Criswell College in 1980, he went on to earn an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989. He has authored numerous articles and several books. He is married to Charlotte and has four sons.

Sam Allberry is associate pastor of St Mary’s Maidenhead, in Berkshire, UK since 2008. Prior to that he worked as the pastor for students at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, UK. His passion is helping people understand the significance and wonder of biblical truth. He is the author of Is God Anti-Gay?

Jason K. Allen serves as the fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Elected as president in 2012, Dr. Allen became the youngest seminary president in the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the youngest presidents in higher education in America. Prior to Midwestern, Dr. Allen was the VP of Institutional Advancement at Southern Seminary. He holds a bachelors degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama as well as an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern Seminary. Dr. Allen is married to Karen and they have five children.

Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He is the editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J., and co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of the acclaimed book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Master’s degree.

Lizette Beard coordinates many research projects for LifeWay Research. She has earned a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies, a Master’s in Missiology, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in applied theology (North American Church Planting). She has also worked on missionary assignments in West Africa and Alaska, and is a contributing author to the book Paul’s Missionary Methods: In Hist Time and Ours.

Matt Boswell currently serves as the pastor of ministries and worship at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. He is a native Texan, who grew up the son of a pastor. He has been leading worship and involved in church planting since 1995. He writes songs for congregational worship and is also a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is head over heels for his bride, Jamie, and they have four small children.

Denny Burk is associate professor of biblical theology and ethics at Boyce College. He also serves as associate pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He completed a Ph.D. in New Testament at Southern Seminary. Burk is the author of What is the Meaning of Sex? He is married to Susan, and they have four children.

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College, is a full-time mother and pastor’s wife, and is author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and host of its National Radio Hall of Fame-honored daily broadcast, heard by more than 2.9 million listeners a week on more than 1,000 radio stations across the U.S. He is husband to Jean and father to Trent and Troy.

J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Greear completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh, N.C., and are raising four kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah and Adon. He is the author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011) and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013). 

Jackie Hill is known as a poet but she is simply a sinner saved by a gracious God. Growing up, Jackie was molested, bullied, and fatherless, which accompanied by an inherent separation from God, led her into a lifestyle of rebellion, homosexuality, drug use, and porn addiction. God spoke to her in 2008, revealing that her lifestyle would ultimately be the death of her if she chose not to walk away, but also, that her experience in that same lifestyle would bring hope and freedom to many others.  At that moment, she made the decision, to turn from her sin and give her life completely to Jesus. Now after walking with the Lord for four years, God has allowed Jackie to witness to thousands of people, through the gift of poetry, about the grace and power of God.

Bob Lepine is Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at FamilyLife, as well as the co-host of FamilyLife Today, a nationally syndicated radio program. He is a veteran of Christian radio as he received a degree in communications from the University of Tulsa and prior to joining FamilyLife in 1992, he hosted his own live radio talk show. He is the author of The Christian Husband: God’s Job Description for a Man’s Most Challenging Assignment (Regal, 2009). Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Little Rock, Arkansas where he also serves as an elder and teaching pastor at Redeemer Community Church.

Jennifer Marshall is director of Domestic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and oversees research in areas that determine the character of our culture: education, marriage, family, religion and civil society. She is the author of Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century. Marshall holds a Master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Institute of World Politics and a Bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College, where she also earned teacher’s certification.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. Dr. Mohler is a member of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He is author of The Conviction to LeadHe is Not Silent, and Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timless Truth. He is married to Mary, and they have two children.

Russell D. Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He received the M.Div. in biblical studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of five books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. He and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.

Trillia Newbell  serves as the ERLC’s Consultant for Women’s Initiatives. She has a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee and is author of the forthcoming book, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. She is a contributor to the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Desiring God, and The Gospel Coalition. Trillia is married to Thern, and they have two children.

David Platt has been the pastor at the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., since 2006. He went to the University of Georgia, and then earned a M.Div, Th.M, and Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics. He has authored several books, Radical, Radical Together and Follow Me. David and his wife, Heather, live in Birmingham with their four children. 

Dennis Rainey Dennis Rainey is the President, CEO and co-founder of FamilyLife, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ. Under Dennis’ leadership FamilyLife has grown to become a vibrant ministry that offers families blueprints for living godly lives. He can be heard daily as co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today. Dennis earned a degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also received an honorary doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dennis has authored more than two dozen books including Moments Together for Couples: 365 Daily Devotions for Drawing Near to God & One Another (Regal, 2014), which he co-authored with his wife, Barbara. He has six children and numerous grandchildren. 

Kelly Rosati is the vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family where she serves and oversees the Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative and the Sanctity of Human Life department. Kelly also directs the Option Ultrasound Program, The Truth Project, and Focus’ Community Care efforts. She received her undergraduate education at Marquette University and graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska School of Law. Above all her accomplishments, she and her husband have been married for 19 years and they have four children together. With her husband, Kelly co-authored the book Wait No More: One Family’s Amazing Adoption Journey (Focus on the Family, 2011).

Jimmy Scroggins is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla. He previously served as dean of Boyce College and as Teaching Pastor at Highview Baptist Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University as well as an M.Div. and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is married to Kristin and they have eight children.

Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Family Ministries at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. Dr. Smalley is a graduate of Denver Seminary with a degree in counseling and he also earned his doctorate from The Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. In 1992, Greg married his wife, Erin, and they have four children. He has authored and co-authored a number of books including Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage: How Healthy Conflict Can Take You to Deeper Intimacy (Howard, 2013).

Steven Smith serves as the Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Smith also serves on Southwestern’s faculty as the James T. Draper, Jr. Chair of Pastoral Ministry. Smith earned his B.S. in communications from Liberty University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in communications from Regent University. He is the author of Dying to Preach: Embracing the Cross in the Pulpit (Kregel, 2009). Dr. Smith is married to Ashley and they have three children. 

Glenn Stanton is the director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family. He debates and lectures on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting around the country. Stanton is the author of several books, including The Ring Makes All the Difference and Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society. Stanton and his wife have five children.

John Stonestreet  is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and Bryan College (Tennessee), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press). He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Eric Teetsel directs the Manhattan Declaration, a national movement of Christians for life, marriage, and religious freedom founded by Charles Colson. A prolific writer and speaker, Eric was recently featured in the New York Times and WORLD Magazine’s “Emerging Christian Voices” series. He blogs regularly at American Spectator and Patheos and has written for USA Today, Public Discourse, Relevant Magazine, and The City. Eric is married to Abby, and they attend Immanuel Bible Church.

Andrew Walker Andrew Walker is Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Previously, he worked in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and earned an M.Div. from Southern Seminary. He is married to Christian, and they have one daughter.

Thomas White became the President of Cedarville University in 2013. He previously served as Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He earned a Bachelor's degree from Anderson University and Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. White co-authored Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity in 2009 and served as editor of First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, and Upon This Rock. He is married to Joy and they have two children: Rachel and Samuel.

Christopher Yuan uses his own story of redemption, grace and transformation to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. While attending dental school, Yuan began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing, and discovered that he was HIV positive. Christopher has co-authored with his mother their memoir, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.
















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