GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS
Joshua Harris has spent his life using words—written and spoken—to point people to Jesus Christ.
Joshua’s passion is making the truths of the Bible accessible and relatable. His six books have sold over 2 million copies combined and have been translated into dozens of languages. He’s also a dynamic preacher who speaks at festivals, churches and conferences around the world.
Comparing himself to the fictional character Benjamin Button who lived a backwards life, Joshua became a best-selling author at age 21, the lead pastor of a mega-church at age 30 and only now, at age 40, is attending Regent College, a graduate school of theology. (For more on that decision see The 40-Year-Old Seminarian: Why I Went to School AFTER Leading a Church).
Joshua lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, Shannon, and their three children, Emma, Joshua Quinn and Mary Kate.
Ryan Kwon serves as the Lead Pastor of Resonate Church in Fremont, CA. Originally from Los Angeles, CA. Ryan was called out of his hometown to plant Resonate in 2010. He is passionate about gospel centered doctrine and preaching and has a vision to see many churches planted in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010 Ryan was named “Church Planter of the Year” by the Evangelical Free Church Association.
A sought out speaker, he is actively involved with Exponential conference and The Gospel Coalition. He also serves on the board for Acts 29. Ryan is married to Jenni and they have two sons and one daughter.
Steve Bang Lee
Steve is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and Talbot School of Theology. He serves as the college and teaching pastor at Living Hope Community Church. Steve’s passion is the awakening of hearts to the beauty of the gospel and the grandness of God through the proclamation of Christ in the Scriptures. He lives with his beautiful wife, Angela, and their children, Isaiah and Elizabeth. Steve enjoys reading, surfing, and basketball.
Harold Kim is the Senior and Founding Pastor of Christ Central of Southern California and heads the Christ Central Network (CCN). He received his Master of Divinity (M. Div) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his Master of Theology (Th.M) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) in 2001 and is now a member of the Korean American Presbyterian Church (KAPC). Harold is a happily married husband to SunHi, and devoted father to his two daughters, Taylor and Elizabeth.
A graduate of Wheaton College and UCLA (M.A. in Cinema & Media Studies), Brett currently works as managing editor for Biola University’s Biola Magazine and is pursuing a master’s in theology at Talbot School of Theology.
Brett and his wife Kira live in Santa Ana, California and are active in their local church, Southlands, where Brett serves as a pastor/elder. Brett loves movies, particularly those by Terrence Malick (or those with a Malickean sensibility). Other things Brett enjoys: Marilynne Robinson, the Inklings, Kansas Jayhawk basketball, the Kansas City Royals, reading and writing in coffeeshops, history, art museums, food, hiking, traveling, planning trip itineraries, writing TripAdvisor reviews and making things better by editing.
Grace is a PhD student and is a professional shopper at Biola University. She is a graduate of UCLA and Talbot School of Theology. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is second-generation Filipino-American. She is a member of Bethel English Church, where her husband, Stanley, serves as the executive and college pastor. Grace is interested in culture and how it relates to spiritual formation, especially how shame affects relationships with God and others in the Asian-American community. Her favorite pastimes are going to Disneyland with Stanley, and relaxing at home with her two dogs, Bagel and Einstein.
Thomas Hwang received his B.A. at the University of Irvine and his M.Div. at Talbot Theological Seminary. He currently serves as an associate pastor at Gospel Life Mission Church overseeing college and various other ministries. Thomas is a former member of the SOLA Executive Team and staff member for the campus ministry Korean American Campus Mission. He blogs regularly at www.tom-talks.org. He and his wife Lynna have a baby boy and soon-to-arrive baby girl.
Jay Song is a church planter and lead pastor of True North Church in Silicon Valley. After doing ministry for over 10 years in Southern California, God called him to serve one of the most unreached cities in America. He graduated from the University of Santa Barbara and received his M. Div. at Talbot Theological Seminary. He is a former staff member for Korean American Campus mission and ordained with the Christian Reformed Church. Jay and his wife Christina have two beautiful children, Rylie and Isaac.