2023 Keynote Address: Dr. Jerry Root
Jerry Root is Emeritus Professor of Wheaton College, and a visiting Professor at Biola University and Moody Bible Institute, teaching C. S. Lewis courses at all three schools. He has been lecturing on C. S. Lewis topics for 43 years and has lectured on Lewis topics at 81 universities in 19 countries. He has nine published books, as well as numerous articles and publications about C. S. Lewis.
His books include: the bestselling and award-winning The Quotable C. S. Lewis, co-edited with Wayne Martindale; The Soul of C. S. Lewis, also co-authored with Wayne Martindale; C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil (Princeton Theological Monographs); The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis, and The Neglected C. S. Lewis, both co-authored with Mark Neal; The C. S. Lewis Bible, co-edited with Douglas Gresham (Lewis’s step-son); The Sacrament of Evangelism, co-authored with Stan Guthrie; and Naked and Unashamed, coauthored with Claudia Root & Jeremy Rios.
Recently, Jerry published Splendour in the Dark, a book about C. S. Lewis’s narrative poem “Dymer.” Jerry has also written numerous articles about C. S. Lewis and evangelism published in other books, journals, and periodicals, as well as read numerous academic papers at various academic venues.
2022 Keynote Address: Ann Voskamp
Ann Voskamp’s the wife of a farmer, mama to 7, and the author of the four New York Times bestsellers, The Broken Way , The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and the sixty-week New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies and has been translated into more than twenty languages. Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken broken, big country skies, and an intimacy with God that touches tender places. Co-founder of ShowUpNow.com, Ann is a passionate advocate for the marginalized and oppressed around the globe, partnering with Mercy House Global, Compassion International, and artisans around the world through her fair trade community, Grace Crafted Home. She and her husband took a leap of faith to restore a 125 year old stone church into The Village Table — a place where everyone has a seat and belongs. Join the journey at: www.annvoskamp.com or instagram/annvoskamp