Chairs

CenterPeace is thrilled to announce this fantastic speaker line up for our 2020 conference. Don't miss out - register today!

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Richard Beck

Richard Beck, PhD, is an author, speaker and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. Richard's most recent books are Trains, Jesus and Murder: The Gospel According to Johnny Cash and Stranger God: Meeting Jesus in Disguise.

Richard is married to Jana, who is a high school theater teacher, and they have two sons, Brenden and Aidan. The Becks attend the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, TX, where Richard serves as an elder and adult faith Bible class teacher. Richard also serves and leads at Freedom Fellowship, a mission church plant of Highland that reaches out to the poor and homeless of the city.

Megan DeFranza

Megan DeFranza, PhD, is a theologian, author, speaker, and (most recently) director of the documentary film Stories of Intersex and Faith. She is a Research Associate at the Center for Mind and Culture, a non-profit, non-partisan think-tank in Boston and Visiting Researcher at Boston University School of Theology. She loves facilitating hard conversations about sex, gender, and sexuality in churches and Christian Colleges. With Lianne Simon, she co-founded the non-profit "Intersex and Faith."

 

Megan is the author of Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God and contributing author to several books including, most recently, Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church and Understanding Transgender Identities: Four Views.

Don McLaughlin

Author of Love First, Don serves as the preaching Minister for the North Atlanta Church of Christ in Atlanta, Georgia. He is passionate about creating an environment in which others can meaningfully experience God's life-changing love. Don is especially focused on local initiatives to facilitate healing for fractured families, friendships and communities.

 

Don is a graduate of Harding University and continued his graduate-level studies at Emory University. Don and his wife Susan are a team that loves ministry and serving together. They have five adult children and two very special granddaughters.

Justin Lee

For the last two decades, Justin Lee has been an influential Christian voice for LGBTQ affirmation, best known for working across areas of theological disagreement to promote grace and mutual understanding. He is the founder of the world’s largest LGBTQ Christian advocacy organization, the author of two books, and an internationally known speaker on faith, sexuality, and dialogue. Justin’s first book, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, has been widely cited for its role in changing conservative Christians’ attitudes and helping Christian parents accept their LGBTQ kids. His newest book, Talking Across the Divide, offers strategies for having more productive conversations on controversial issues in a polarized society.

 

Justin lives in Orlando, Florida, where he currently serves as the executive director of Nuance Ministries. He makes humorous videos on the Bible and other topics on his YouTube channel and blogs at GeekyJustin.com.

Sean Palmer

Currently serving as Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, Sean is also a writer, and sought-after speaker across the country. He is the author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community and a contributing writer for The Voice Bible translation.

 

Sean attended Abilene Christian University, earning a B.A. in Youth & Family Ministry and a Masters of Divinity. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Rochelle and their two daughters.

Matthew Vines

Matthew Vines is the author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. He is the Executive Director of The Reformation Project, which he founded in 2013. TRP is a Bible-based, Christian non-profit organization that works to advance LGBTQ inclusion in the church while remaining grounded in a love for God, a love for the Bible, and a love for the church. Matthew currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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